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I’m alive! But, yowzers. That was one painful surgical experience. As I wrote about recently, I had surgery on february 2 to make my achalasia how to get rid of ants nest in house manageable. I am early into the recovery process, but on my way. As I move on to the next step toward recovery, I thought it might be helpful to present this nifty how to get rid of ants nest in house guide for anyone who is facing a hospital visit. While you might not be able to use all these how to get rid of ants nest in house tools, I hope there is at least something you’ll find helpful.

• if you are having laparoscopic surgery to your abdomen area how to get rid of ants nest in house and the pre-surgical directions tell you to “wear loose clothing,” take this seriously. I thought “loose clothing” meant I should wear something that I could change out how to get rid of ants nest in house of easily. You have to wear loose clothing because you are most how to get rid of ants nest in house likely going to pumped up with gas and will resemble how to get rid of ants nest in house the michelin tire man. As I mentioned in my previous post on my condition, a benefit to having achalasia (albeit a painful one) is that you’ll most likely lose weight. So if you need to shed a few pounds, at least this is one good thing that happens. By the time I headed to the hospital, everything I owned was loose. Even my underwear. When I left the hospital about 32 hours later, I could barely fit into my underwear, let alone the loose pants I had worn in. This “pumping up” phenomena is fascinating (especially if you are observing from afar) but painful. I was pumped up with CO 2 so the surgeon how to get rid of ants nest in house could move my organs around easily. You know, I was all about climate change and the evils of how to get rid of ants nest in house too much carbon dioxide in the air before my surgery. I’m even more committed to ridding the world of excess how to get rid of ants nest in house gas now. But, I need to concentrate on keeping it local and trying how to get rid of ants nest in house to get rid of my own personal greenhouse gas emissions.

• don’t panic when you meet your first nurse. There are a whole lot of people who will be how to get rid of ants nest in house taking care of you. Everyone has a role and they know what they’re doing. It’s a good thing, too, because my first nurse was, uh, well, not quite feeble, but heading in that direction. I found myself wanting to hear her perspective on WWII. I’m thinking to myself, “okay, there is no way I can let this sweet and how to get rid of ants nest in house lovely woman put a needle into my hand.” before I had to figure out a plan, an athletic, energetic, and completely confident woman (with steady hands, no less) bounded into the room to get me ready. Deep breaths.

• try to pay attention while you’re in the recovery area. It’s fascinating what you might observe. I was there for several hours before I got moved how to get rid of ants nest in house to my room, so I was able to observe quite a bit (of course, this was all through an anesthetic fog). One of the most interesting events was watching the patient how to get rid of ants nest in house in the next bay hitting on the recovery nurse who how to get rid of ants nest in house was taking care of both of us. Hitting on a woman anytime is just downright inappropriate, but doing it after you’ve had surgery, while your target has your health in her hands is how to get rid of ants nest in house just plain stupid. How she rose above all that and gave him fantastic how to get rid of ants nest in house care is a testament to the professionalism of nurses everywhere!

• make sure you do your homework about your surgery so how to get rid of ants nest in house you can speak with knowledge and authority during your recovery. The surgeon ordered shots of heparin to help prevent blood how to get rid of ants nest in house clots. The first shot came several hours after surgery. The nurse said something along the lines of “okay to put this in your belly?” now, think about this. I had incisions all over my torso. I considered all sorts of wisecracks each time a nurse how to get rid of ants nest in house came in to give this shot. “seriously. Take a look. What do you think?” was effective, but a little snarkier than I wanted. I finally settled on “no thanks. I’ll take the shot in my thigh. You’ll find lots of unused space there.” worked like a charm.

• when you’re home and in the thick of your recovery, do not, under any circumstances, watch the money pit. Especially if you haven’t seen it since it originally came out in 1986. And, I especially mean this if you and your spouse do how to get rid of ants nest in house home renovation projects. There is a scene when tom hanks starts to fall how to get rid of ants nest in house off some scaffolding creating a domino effect that made me how to get rid of ants nest in house laugh so hard I had to think about taking an how to get rid of ants nest in house extra dose of hydrocodone. I don’t care what anyone says, this was not worth it. I’d recommend a movie that you’ve seen multiple times so you can prepare yourself to how to get rid of ants nest in house get through the funny parts without splitting your sides laughing. Guffawing is to be avoided at all costs after having how to get rid of ants nest in house surgery that impacts your core muscles. I think office space might work, but only if you’ve seen it at least three times and can stay how to get rid of ants nest in house in control when amir smashes the printer.

• if you’re getting pumped with CO 2 gas, make sure you ask your surgeon all sorts of questions how to get rid of ants nest in house so he understands that you understand what’s going on. Be intelligent and he’ll give you all the specifics. This was especially helpful for me; otherwise, I may have totally freaked out after taking a sip how to get rid of ants nest in house of soup and feeling debilitating pain in my shoulders. Say what? Turns out, this is called “referred pain.” what happens is that the gas allows the surgeon to how to get rid of ants nest in house move the organs around, but all sorts of nerves get bumped around a bit how to get rid of ants nest in house in the process. Your whole body is now confused (and rightly so, I might add). Everything hurts—including your nerves, which send out messages like “help me!” the group of particular nerves near where a lot of how to get rid of ants nest in house my surgery took place have a direct path to the how to get rid of ants nest in house shoulders. Understanding why I hurt helps. Not with the pain, unfortunately, but at least to know I don’t have to panic. The pain in my face cheeks is a little harder how to get rid of ants nest in house to explain, but who cares? I find that I have a limited amount of areas how to get rid of ants nest in house that I am able to process as “yikes, that hurts like crazy.” for now, the cheeks are going to just have to take a how to get rid of ants nest in house back seat.

• remember why you’re having the procedure in the first place. I have a fairly high pain tolerance, but I hurt all over. I mean ALL OVER. I’ve shed a few tears over the pain (listening to sad music at the same time is probably how to get rid of ants nest in house sub-optimal, but, honestly, it hurts too much to change the channel), and I’ve had a couple of whiny moments where I have how to get rid of ants nest in house lamented the six-week recovery. I thought I might be able to eat like a how to get rid of ants nest in house normal person sooner than that. Turns out, it will be awhile. Right now, I’m on an even more restrictive diet than I was how to get rid of ants nest in house before the surgery. My husband has had to strain my beloved tomato soup how to get rid of ants nest in house because it’s not smooth enough for me right now. But in the middle of all this self-pity, he asked me how I was swallowing. Wait a minute! I realized that while I’m only eating a bit of tomato soup at a how to get rid of ants nest in house time, it is travelling directly from my esophagus to my stomach. The surgery worked. It’s a miracle. My surgeon is a genius. My husband is a saint. My colleagues and graduate students are concerned and supportive. My rowing friends and church friends are praying for me how to get rid of ants nest in house or sending good thoughts my way. My new blogging buddies are reading this post.

And, I’ve learned a lot. For an academic, that counts. That counts a bunch. In the meantime, I’m watching the food network and dreaming (okay, maybe hallucinating) about all kinds of food. So that’s how bobby flay roasts tomatillos. Sunchokes? Interesting. Ancho chili pepper in chocolate frosting? Why not? Gruyere in french toast? I’m ready!

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