As long as the thread’s still active:
Upthread in August, I mentioned the surgeon had decided I needed two separate, open hernia surgeries to fix mine. He declared a minimum 6 week recovery between procedures. The first was 8 weeks ago, the second was 2 weeks ago. I think the first went well, as I feel none of the bulges or pains from before. The second is still in the painful swollen stage, but it’s probably OK too. Based on last time, the swelling doesn’t really start going down until the 4th or 5th week, so we’ll see. Everything seems to be progressing exactly like last time, and I’m felling pretty good (no pain meds, not even ibuprofen).
The only unusual thing that happened was a lot of trouble “returning” from the second anesthesia. I’ve had 10 or so “put completely under” surgeries so far in my life, and never had a problem. But this time was days of confusion, large swaths of (still) missing memories, and frighteningly realistic hallucinations. The memory problems aren’t the kind where you later can recall with a few reminders, they’re completely gone, and the gaps are large. There are entire meals, lengthy discussions, and Netflix movies that happened 3-4 days after the surgery, and I have no memory of them. This is really disturbing, and I’m hoping this is my last time “going under”. It was only a few days ago we (wife and I) felt I was sufficiently recovered to drive.