One week post-op. Out at 6am for a Starbucks on Wrightwood and the NYTimes for the first time. Then over to the bank and back. Walking very slowly and gently. I think if I stumble on a sidewalk crack...I'll break my own back!
Had emergency surgery last Wednesday. Operating laparoscopically, the doc removed a total of 18" of small intestine (ilieum), appendix, connection chamber (cecum) and 12" of ascending colon. In hospital for a day and felt pretty good...as long as I was on IV meds.
Discharged the second day and walked with Sari over to the L and home, feeling weaker and weaker. What a difference, coming off those hospital meds. Passed out cold in the middle of Saturday night, while getting up to pee; broke out in a cold sweat when I came to, on the floor. Sari cleaned me up and put me back to bed. Bumped my head, but otherwise no damage from what could have been an injurious fall.
Pathology report on the guts found several small spots. So lots of follow up appointments in the next couple of weeks. With visits to heart, lung, liver, oncooogy, and other specialists. As some other old guys on a/p have found, once you're in your 70's (old elderly) and go in for a simple test....anything can happen. And usually does.
Despite doctor's orders to remain immobilized for the next six weeks, I'm going to try to ramp up some kind of modest exercise program to add to my daily walks next week. This is all kind of ironic; as a result of my last Circuit race in the Chicago area, I moved into First Place in the 2017 M75-79 standings
for the first time in my life...while I was in the hospital!