Yesterday, November 27 th, marked the one week anniversary of my kidney donation. Once I got up this morning, I decided not take any pain medication right away. First off, I felt I didn't need any, secondly, I decided I should venture out to have the staples removed. Now, the discharge nurse at Toronto General told me they could come out in 7 to 10 days and that this could be done at my doctors office, a walk in clinic or I could do it myself. They even gave me a little tool to do the job. Now, I would have taken them out myself, but I couldn't reach or see the staples so good on my own. Needless to say, I opted for the hospital here in town to take them out. Since I was medication free, I drove the 3 blocks to the emergency department and had the nurse take them out for me!! Not that bad a procedure really, but there was some pinching, some tugging and a general feeling of 'Holy shit!!~ That hurt!' 13 staples, took less than 20 minutes from registering at the front desk, to a quick once over by the doctor on call to the actual removal of the staples. As I write this, the surgery site is itchy...very itchy!
So, eight days post donation, my incision looks good! It's clean, no real redness or swelling and now that the staples are gone, that pulling sensation is gone. How do I feel?? My pain level is maybe a 5, my stomach is still numb, I still have bruising around my left wrist where the IV was and there is bruising above and below my scar. Yup, it hurts! Not so much that I'm prevented from doing anything, but it does hurt! Getting up from a reclined or sitting position is hard, it's hard to get into, and out of bed. ~sigh~ Every day is a little better. One thing for sure, it's good to be home!!!
( Got an email from Sherry, Administrative Assistant at the Living Donor Kidney Program, yesterday as well. It tells of a package being sent to me with all my post operative appointment requisitions. Vague? Yaa, I know)