Tonsils go bye-bye

Got my tonsils out today.

As with most of my life, I appear to be running about 20 years behind the rest of the population on this. For things like learning to knit or joining a martial arts class, that’s not necessarily bad. But for getting your tonsils out, apparently, the experience is much more painful as an adult than as a child.

So let’s cover the basic questions first:

Yes I can eat ice cream all week if I want to, though they actually recommended shakes and smoothies over dairy products because of mucous production.

Yes I get two weeks off. Yesterday this sounded like a great opportunity to get some small things done around the house, but today post-surgery I’m convinced I’ll be asleep for the whole time. I’ve now been awake for almost a half hour and it’s closing in on the longest I’ve been awake since they took the loppers to the inside of my throat.

Right now it feels like the worst sore throat or case of strep or whatever that I’ve ever had, and that’s with the pain drugs having worn off. If I could stay awake when the drugs were in effect, I’d probably feel ok when not swallowing.

I have zero appetite.

I also have a whole new appreciation for my iPhone and my iPad. Since I can use them from the sofa comfortably (unlike my desktop or even my 17″ laptop) they’re my main source of communication when my throat hurts too much to talk. I cant imagine how isolated or frustrated I’d feel without them.

I still swear Steve Jobs designed the iPad when he realized how much using a computer in a hospital bed sucks. No one else believes me, but I say it’s no coincidence the guy stuck in a small sterile room for weeks at a time devised a one-button computer with good-sized keys and the ability to complete the day-to-day tasks that keep us as part of the human race. His liver cancer was the greater hands-on study of technology in a medical setting that an innovator could ask for.

Having an extremely limited ability to communicate by sound has also given me a new desire: to find a charity (or charities) that provide children with language issues iPads so they can interact with their world.

If you know of any, can you drop them in the comments?

I’m falling asleep writing this, so you’ll hear from me again later.

There is a fracture. I need to fix it.

This movie has become a bit of a meme around our house. The phrase “There is a [x]. I need to fix it.” is muttered at least once a day. So that y’all don’t think I’m bonkers when I’m muttering it under my breath, I’m sharing it with y’all.

(It might help to know that asystole is the medical term for flatlining.)

Many many thanks to Jo from Head Nurse for posting it, as it had both Nighthawk and I laughing so hard we couldn’t breathe.

Cause of Death: Sloppy Doctors

Your next prescription could be on a computer somewhere, instead of on a scrawled and wrinkled sheet of paper.

I’ve been waiting a long time for this. A certain drugstore screwed up three different prescriptions on us in two weeks last summer, one of which could have been very dangerous. At least one of those was due to the fact that the pharmacy misread the prescription.

Not all of our doctors have computers, but if even one or two of them link into this, there will be less fighting with Caremark, less fighting to get scrips refilled… all in all, a very nice process.