Anyway, the upshot was that I slept pretty poorly last night, waking periodically with the ache, and then today, I tried to take it easy for most of the day, but there was still getting the kids fed and dressed and to school, which involves some movement, and packing for the trip, also movement, and then actually going to the airport, pulling my little suitcase, etc, lots of movement. I tried to use my left arm as much as possible, but still -- achey. Not a big deal, but something to be aware of; if you can just take the day off after a surgery like this, you might want to. But if you can't, you'll probably be okay working too, assuming your work doesn't involve much physical labor.
Actually, what bothered me a lot more was the tape they used to hold down the gauze after surgery -- it was this strong cloth tape that was very sticky and INCREDIBLY itchy. Even after I replaced it at home with less gauze and a paper tape dressing this morning (thanks to the nurse who gave them to me, warning me about the likely itch), the whole area they taped stayed red and super-itchy all day. It's only now that I'm in the hotel room, have carefully rinsed it all again, and am letting the skin air out, with the wound just held closed with steri-strips, that the itching has finally eased up. I'll lightly tape a bit of gauze and put a shirt over it before I go to sleep; hopefully the itching will have eased up tomorrow.
I have a random medical question -- I don't usually have such a sensitive reaction to bandages / tape. It it at all possible that the surgery / foreign body activated my body's immune response somehow, so it's now over-reacting to the tape? Is that just nuts? Forgive me if so -- I haven't taken a biology class in twenty years, and honestly, I wasn't so good at them even back then. It was just a thought
Anyway, tv and bed now, and tomorrow, panels at the convention. I don't know if I'll have time / energy to see any of Denver, but if there's anything you particular recommend, now's your chance! I do want to spend some time outside if I can, because the weather is just gorgeous here -- 80 and sunny tomorrow.