Thursday, February 3, 2011

T+2: Neck Numbness

Dr. Berke and Dr. Long came to check on me in the morning. Doing fine – I have no pain and I’m getting the hang of eating. With Thick-It I can now polish off my meals in about half the time it took the day before. My voice is about the same, maybe ever so slightly better. I’m walking the halls quite a bit. 

The gauze around my neck came off to reveal Steri-Strips over the incision line (about 4 or 5 inches long just below my Adam’s apple), but still in the area where I shave. I noticed that my neck is quite numb from above the incision line to just below my chin. This is normal and will go away in a few months.

I probably could have been discharged on this day (and another guy who had the operation on the same day was discharged today), but I found the hospital to be comfortable, and a bit nicer than Tiverton House, so decided to hang out. (Don’t get me wrong – Tiverton House is a decent place to stay, but since I now live in China, I have grown accustomed to five star hotels for about $120/night, so Tiverton House at about the same price with its outdated d├ęcor and 1990s-style floral print bedspreads wasn’t beckoning me to return immediately.) So I stayed one more night in the hospital.

The IV in my hand is starting to bother me a little, but I’m not eager to start taking medication orally, so I’ll stay on IV for one more day and get my medication that way.

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