MVD Diary - Sharon Scherer
For the past 2 months, I have trained daily for hours for Nordic Walk in order to get my fitness level up to prepare for this MVD operation. I was in Langeoog Island (North Sea) for 2 weeks just prior to this operation. In Switzerland it is a 7 to 10 day stay in the hospital or 5 to 7 days after the MVD operation. Tuesday, July 29, 2008 – Day of Arrival:
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 – Day of Arrival:
After the doctor left, I have a headache and rested. The nurse extracted 5 vials of blood. Then I went for chest X-ray. I'm supposed to have my MVD tomorrow, but due to excess accident cases, I was postponed. At 6.10 - 6.40 pm my husband came to visit me. I walked with him to the life downstair, I feel tired. So I rested from 7 to 7.25 pm. The night before I slept too little. I walked down the stairs 9 stories and walked for 45 minutes. I showered and chit chatted with my roommate, who is 50 years old. She has problem with her snorting, so I have to move to another room to sleep at night. We chatted for 2 hours till 11 pm.
In University Hospital Zürich, they provided set meals like in restaurant. Every meal there will be a main dish, soup or salad, fruit and yogurt. I always have big appetite.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 – The Day Before:The chief female doctor informed me that tomorrow will be my MVD. Good news! At 11 am I have my MRI. With the glass panel I am not so frightened being inside the machine. The staff extracted some blood for testing. I went to EKG after lunch time. It is just 2 minutes process. The next appointment is hearing testing. It revealed that I have normal hearing but I suffered from Tinnitus. I have an IV drip for my Echocardiography. The additional saline caused pain when going squeeze hard into my dip. The Anesthesiologist explained how anesthesia will work for tomorrow's surgery. At the same time when husband came, the Prof. Dr. Reisch, who is doing the MVD, was here. He explained the procedure and the risks involved. I also signed up for the video and photos taking during the operation. I walked with my husband to send him off and alone walking for an hour. I showered and watched TV till 10 am and slept.
Thursday, July 31, 2008 – "MVD Day":At 8.30 am the nurse gave me anti-Embolism Stockings to wear (to avoid blood clots in the legs). At 10 am I was pushed into the operating ward. I was so hungry, had a headache and wanted the surgery over as fast as possible. The anesthesiologist explained what will be done. I have to take a big breadth of oxygen. After a while I was sleeping well.
My husband was waiting. At 3.30 pm, the surgeon told him (10 am to 3.15 pm the operation but actual it was only 2 hours) the operation was successful. He told me that everything went well and I should rest well. The surgeon clicked his fingers to test whether I could hear. I replied I hear you. He told us that my case is the typical classic case.
I was very drowsy, have neck pain and a headache. Every hour the nurse asks me 3 questions: which month is it, where am I, and what year was I born. I asked for painkillers and also anti allergic pill as I have some drug allergies in both eyes. I got a cold pack for it. I vomitted twice when sipping too much water at one time. Then I got Peppermint tea which was good. Again, the breakfast with butter bread is not good for my stomach. I could eat apricot, yogurt and hot chocolate.
Friday, August 01, 2008 – 1 Day Post-Op:At 10 am, I was pushed back to my own room. I was sleepy, tired and giddy. I cannot sit properly on my bed to eat lunch. I have no appetite. I ate a little fish, fruit and yogurt. Three times per day the nurse will check my blood pressure, temperature and pulse. I have 4 tablets - one for pain, one for swelling in the head, one for the tummy (blood clots) and the last one is anti allergic pill.
From 3:10 - 4:50 pm my family came to visit. Children looked skeptical at my tubes. The nurse took away 2 tubes, so I have a catheter in my bladder. She walked with me, I can only walk 20 steps or less. I have vertigo. I have a jab for my blood clot in my thigh every night. I slept after watching some TV.
Saturday, August 02, 2008 – 2 Days Post-Op:This morning they took away the catheter. I was free! So I changed into my own clothing. After breakfast, I slept again. At 9.50 am the visiting doctor visited me. I told him about the eye 'fly'. My ear is full, uncomfortable. After lunch, I rested. I sat in the balcony for some fresh air and the family came. They were here from 2:20 to 4:40 pm. We walked 2 rounds in the park. At 5 pm I have bad Tinnitus. I rested due to vertigo. I lost my balance. After dinner, I walked alone for 30 minutes behind the houses. Keep holding the bar and praying, make sure I don't fall off. Pain in the neck.
Sunday, August 03, 2008 – 3 Days Post-Op:Woke up often due to pains. Didn't sleep well. I listened to music and try to get some sleep. After breakfast, I have painkiller, for tummy and headache. Prof. said my MVD is only 2 days, I need time for the balance to adjust. Tired, sleep and hungry. Family came from 2:20 to 3:30. Walked 2 rounds, have coffee with them in a cafe and children have desserts. Read female magazines. After dinner, I went to shower. I drank a lot of water until 11.30 pm. I went to toilet hourly. Perhaps due to hunger, had too much coffee or water in my bladder. I couldn't sleep until 4.30 am. I am very tired and have a headache.
Monday, August 04, 2008 – 4 Days Post-Op:After breakfast and resting, the new visiting doctor came. He said I have water dehydration when I complained I have a bad headache. Morning - headache Afternoon - resting Evening - fit Rested for 30 minutes and go to Eye doctor. She named it as 'Mouche Volante when seeing a fly in my vision. She said either it will go away or remain, and it's harmless. I read a magazine in the park for 15 minutes. The park is in front of the hospital. After lunch, I rested again. I took 2 painkiller. My husband came for a walk during his lunch time. Rested from 1 to 3 pm. Ate lots of fruits, chit chat with room partner and together we walked around the park. After dinner, I walked for 40 minutes. Shower, TV and sleep.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008 – 5 Days Post-Op:My room partner went for her operation at 8 am. After breakfast I have an hour of peacefull sleep. Informed the visiting doctor that I have insomnia for the past day. I also requested no further jab for the thigh for anti blood clot since I walk an hour per day. I requested to check out tomorrow because I didn't have enough sleep in the hospital and I feel much better. I'm ready to go home. My husband came for a walk during his lunch time and we discussed check out. During the whole day I read magazines, newspapers, rested and listen to music. I called family and friends in Singapore. After dinner I walked for an hour. I showered before watching TV. My Tinnitus made me unable to sleep.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008 – 6 Days Post-Op and Day of Discharge:At breakfast I started to do packing. I rested and waited for the visiting doctor to come. At 10 am I checked out of the hospital.
Thursday, August 07, 2008 – 1 Week Post-Op:I ate normally. Still feeling weak.
Friday, August 08, 2008 – 8 Days Post-Op:I have so much nausea that whatever I eat, I threw up. So I rested the whole day.
Saturday, August 09, 2008 – 9 Days Post-Op:Very bad headache, no solid foods except dry biscuits and Camillia tea. Bed confinement. Rest and rest. At 6 pm I was back to normal.