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When I got home, I was really loopy still from the effects of the combination of anesthesia and Benadryl, same as last time. (See The Time-Censored Light Switch). I dozed on and off but was speaking fine from the moment I woke up in recovery.
I sat out back by the pool for a good hour, until about 8 p.m., with my mom and sister and we chatted up a storm as we watched the dog swim!
For some odd reason, I couldn't sleep last night. I think the Benadryl may have first caused me to be drowsy then caused me to be hyper. I went to bed at 5 a.m. When I woke up at 8 a.m. to use the bathroom... I HAD NO VOICE!
I had to text and write notes to my husband. He immediately grabbed the discharge instructions and called the number. He told them that I had no voice, my throat was slightly swollen and I felt some phlegm.
Stony Brook is great, but it's BIG and BUSY. We were told if we felt it was serious we should go to the ER immediately. I had no serious symptoms and didn't want to take up doctors' time when there are patients who really need the ER. Not to mention, every ER visit is about 8 to 10 hours in these here parts, no matter the hospital!
There was no fever, no bleeding, I could breathe ok, I could swallow. I just couldn't utter a sound.
We chose to wait for a call back from the doctor. My husband called again after 2 hours. They had a nurse call us back about 40 minutes later. He/she said this was unusual and she was putting a call into the doctor who did my procedure. We thought that had already been done!
We waited another few hours. My husband called a 3rd time. He was concerned, as was I. In the meantime, my phone accidentally dialed my niece. She called back. She happens to be a Physician's Assistant.
- There really is a God he texted to his cousin.
- He sang Silence Is Golden to me!
- He said he was going to take the doctor to dinner.
- He cracked jokes with my dad (the two of them are always in cahoots) and they got a good laugh over the whole thing.
- He asked me if I wanted to sing a duet with him.
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