Surgery Recovery, Day 3

Right after surgery, the hospital staff warned me that the second and third days after surgery were the worst: by then the anesthetic has fully worn off, but the pain hasn’t abated at all.

Thus, I expected to feel much worse on Sunday.

Instead, I felt… About the same for pain, but stronger. I walked to the bathroom and back without my legs shaking when I laid back down. The hallway didn’t seem quite so insurmountably long. We even went outside in the sunny, warm courtyard for a bit (via wheelchair) and played a game of Set. Continue Reading >>

New View

My Stanford Hospital room really did have a fabulous view. It was a 6th floor room on the southwest corner. Each window had automatic louvers that would come down and adjust based on the sunlight coming in.

Friday evening.
Saturday midmorning. The other louvers were closed all the way.

In the hotel, our room can’t be more than 10 feet from El Camino Real, a huge seven-lane road. The window faces towards the road, which the hotel has hidden with an embankment of ivy. Not nearly as spectacular, but…

… The window opens! This lets in traffic noise, admittedly, but also fresher air than I’ve breathed in days. Continue Reading >>