Yesterday, I arrived at Lenox Hill Hospital at 5 am, an hour before I was to report. I sat in the waiting room and watch Law and Order until it was time to go upstairs to the 10th floor to the same day surgery center. I went up and checked in and was quickly taken to my pre-op room and met with the intake nurse. I was given my gown, robe, and socks to change into and then the nurse brought me a warm blanket. My nurse came by to ask me the same questions I had already been asked by the intake nurse and another nurse. I then met with the Anesthesiologist and he asked me the same questions then explained what he would be doing. I asked what meds he would be administering and I was getting propofol and toradol if needed for pain.
Next, the surgical resident came and asked me again the same questions and introduced herself and shortly after Dr. Moisa came in to introduce herself and ask me about my IVF journey and other questions, as she was filling in for my OB, Dr. Karamitsos. Soon, I was taken to the OR, removed my robe, adjusted the silly cap they gave me to cover my hair, laid on the table and was freezing while they got me warm blankets, hooked up a monitor, put in my IV and then gave me an oxygen mask. I remember the propofol going in because it burns, starting in the vajayjay and then quickly coming up. The last thing I remember is the Anesthesiologist telling me I was going to sleep now and feeling the burning in my chest. I woke up at 9 am in the recovery room and was coughing up phlegm. I asked for pain meds and then I went back to sleep until 10 am.
I was ready to get up out of there at 10:30 or so and my make up artist had to come sign me out and take me to Penn Station because the hospital would not release me on my own. One of my producers was supposed to be in the city awaiting a call from the hospital, but he did not show up due to a sprained ankle.
I got to Penn Station and waiting on my train the DC (which was 5 mins late !) I slept all the way to DC on the Acela and then got off and my mom came to get me. I got to my mom’s house, and went straight to bed.
This morning, I awoke to a very sore throat and chest congestion. I called the doctor on call and he said as long as I did not have a fever, the irritation from the tubes they put down my throat should clear up in two days max. I explained to him that I have a history of pneumonia and I can not afford to get sick going into an IVF cycle. He assured me that it is just irritation and a little fluid from the moist oxygen. Hopefully this does clear up and if not, I will go to the emergency room here tomorrow evening for antibiotics.
Thanks for all of your well wishes and support and SpiritBaby, thanks for texting to wish me well just before my procedure! I was so touched ! 🙂 I was in surgery and my mom was in Northern VA undergoing chemo. What a day !