#WeekendCoffeeShare: 2 Surgeries in December


Hello, come on in from the cold. Please sit and join me for a virtual coffee.

I’m afraid no sweets this week. As the matter of fact, my fridge is kinda empty at the moment. Something big happen to me this week which immobilized me just a little bit and with me stuck at home, Mom somehow used that as an excuse to not get groceries.

I had my carpal tunnel surgery this week. Honestly, I didn’t think it was going to happen. I checked my appointment calendar on my phone over Thanksgiving and felt my jaw hit the ground when the date I thought I was going in for my surgery turned out to be just an office visit.

Who would’ve known a patient is considered “new” when he/she hasn’t seen the doctor in more than 2 years?

I was fortunate though. I went in for my appointment on Tuesday, told the doctor I need the surgery done before the end of the month because it would save me a lot of money since I’ve used up my annual deductible on my insurance.

“How about tomorrow?” He immediately responded, “I think I can squeeze you in.”

So the next morning, I woke up at 6 AM, arrived at the surgical center at 7 AM, wheeled into the operating room at 8:35 AM and in recovery a little after 9 AM.

Strangely, I was looking forward to be put to sleep. I had that kind of sleep before – the kind that’s comfortable and dreamless. Not this time. I was probably asleep for less than 5 minutes when nightmare about work woke me up. For the remainder of the surgery, I dosed in and out of sleep like someone who’s bored in class.

Who dreams about work during a surgery?

Apparently, I’m stressed about work again. It’s month-end and I’ve been so behind on billing, more behind than I was in October.

Bad time to have surgery, I guess.

That large wad of dressing was taken away on Friday and I’m now left with 2 knots in my wrist. My right palm is a little tender but as long as I don’t have to press or lift anything, it’s fine. I also can’t wring a towel dry, which I couldn’t believe it myself, because this means I won’t be about to wash my face with a towel. I’ll have to do it the old fashion way, splash water on my face.

My right hand’s range of motion is so limited right now but I’m grateful I can type, maneuver a computer mouse, eat a bowl of oat meal with a spoon, and maneuver a car despite with a little pain. Writing with a pen or pencil can come later.

The stitches will be out on the 14th which so happens to be the day of my next surgery. My medical insurance finally approved my oral surgery. It’s going to be a big surgery. The surgeon estimated 2 hours for the whole thing. I’m a little nervous. Can you blame me? The surgeon is going to extract my compacted teeth and then proceed to replace those teeth with other bones. It’s scary to just think about it.

Anyway, my December is sounding like a busy one and we’re only on the 4th, how about yours?

Thank you for joining me for this weekend’s #weekendcoffeeshare. I hope we’ll both return next week.

6 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare: 2 Surgeries in December

  1. Wow – YingLan, I could check my calendar but I already know – I’ve nothing to compare with your adventures this month. Heal up quickly and completely. I look forward to hearing what a great success this surgery was.
    Blessings.

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