A living nightmare
It’s been a week since I’ve had my LVAD and I cannot explain how painful this is. The day after my operation I was asked to get out of bed and I was so nervous. I couldn’t really even move and they wanted me to get out of bed and sit out… I stepped out of bed and after a couple of seconds I had a loss of consciousness. I woke up, on the bed being slapped in the face by my nurses and them screaming “KJ,KJ,KJ, WAKE UP KJ,KJ” and it felt like a blur. When I was unconscious I heard the sound of a helicopter. I think my nurses realised it was too soon for me to be getting out of bed and they told me I now had to have bed rest for the next 3 days.
I feel like the morphine doesn’t even help anymore. When my family comes to visit me, I cant even speak to them because im in so much pain. I finally started using my phone today, I haven’t touched it since before going into the operation. I’ve started to eat more and am feeling a little better but I still feel like shit. I finally got all my tubes taken out yesterday and feel a little more free but taking them out was very uncomfortable.
Everything apart from my energy levels is looking good so far and everyones been saying thats because I’m still in so much pain. Hopefully I’ll be transferred out of ICU in a couple of days and be put in the general ward. Once im there, I can start my physio sessions and then hopefully build up, start to walk again and then be discharged!
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