Because the surgery was a midday outpatient procedure, we were discarged from the hospital right at rush hour. We decided that we would stay at SCCA House for a night to allow Anne-Marie to have a solid 18 hours or so in bed before attempting a long car ride. Plenty of comfort food eateries in the immediate vicinity assisted the recovery greatly, along with the very quiet and dark room.
|The peekaboo Needle view from SCCA house|
We returned home the next morning, Tuesday, April 15, to continue with the recovery. Our friend, Melissa, helped us out with the kids for a few days.
Although it was a very short surgery to correct/adjust the original DIEP procedure from January, the pain and stiffness lingered for a couple of weeks. Anne-Marie didn't drive or leave the house for two weeks. She was fairly well recovered by the time I took her to here post-op appointment on Thursday, May 1.
Dr. Colohan has informed us that the complete series of surgeries will be larger than we originally anticipated. We had hoped that it would be a series of three surgeries spaced three months apart. Now it appears that it may include five operations, with the third in mid-July and taking place every other month until the end of the year. Pray for us.