Saturday, October 25, 2008

Day 5 – Buyer's Remorse

As Dr. Lev warned, the 2nd post-operative day was the worst. Ever overdone a work-out and felt the worst soreness on day 2? This is definitely what Elena suffered. We called it “buyer’s remorse,” kind of like buying a lime green pair of platform shoes that seemed just right in the store. Unfortunately, you can’t take surgery back to the mall for a refund! Elena expressed thoughts of, “why did I do this to myself?” and “oh, what have I done?”
We discovered on this day that yes, I needed to wake her up during the night to keep the pain medication on schedule. Otherwise, she woke up feeling terrible, and it is far easier to treat pain proactively than to wait until it takes hold. Even her appetite suffered a bit.
I left the room to make phone calls and returned every 15-30 minutes for check-in. On a side note, the best way to call home from Costa Rica is with Skype if you are traveling with a laptop. Skype is easy-to-download software, and you pay 2.1¢ per minute to call to the States using a credit card. You will need a headset with microphone (I bought mine for $9.99). Other options include renting a cell phone for about $10 a day or using an international phone card from a land line. If you use your US cell phone, you will pay a whopping $2 + per minute! Most of the hotels and recovery inns have a computer for guest access if you don’t plan to travel with a laptop.
Fortunately, tomorrow is always a new day, and The Day of Regret soon faded into history.

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