Well, the surgery is over.
In truth, I actually hurt worse now than much of the time before the surgery. Since Rocky was content to stay where he was, there was not a whole lot of pain. There would be moments of pain, and then it would be over. But now, the pain has been more constant.
I had been told to drink a lot of water. Problem, every time I peed, it HURT! BADLY! And then, because they put a stent in (from the kidney to the bladder), when I would go, it would hurt as if someone had stuck a knife in my back. And also it would feel like my bowel was about to explode. Now, I know this is reference pain from the irritation caused by the surgery, but that doesn't make it hurt any less. (I am again taking some pain killers, and that seems to help.) But between pain in the whole urinary tract and drinking copious amounts of liquids, recovery has been unpleasant.
A bright spot was the recovery room nurse. He was a cutie! Trim, a bit of a 5 o'clock shadow and a cute butt. (Scrubs can do wonderful things for people!)