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I am trying to find out if anyone else experienced what my cousin is going through, and if so, how did they cope and how long does it take to recover?
She was told it would be a straightforward removal, and home the same or next day with "some discomfort and possible shoulder pain". Expected recovery time 2 weeks. When she came round (it was laparascopic not open) she was in excruciating pain, exhausted, and hooked up to IV lines for antibiotics, fluids, medication, plus a catheter and drains from the incisions (all expected I think). I phoned the next day expecting to take her home to be told she was "not very well" and "there were no plans for discharge".
A week later she is still in hospital, still hooked up to everything, still in excruciating pain, unable to move without assistance, unable to keep anything down. When all the pain medications failed she was given a PCA pump (patient controlled analgesic), with no apparent effect either. There are still no plans for discharge, which is highly unusual for the NHS.
My cousin is the most stoic person I know and has NEVER complained before, so I know she must be feeling bad. Any encouragement I can pass on would be most welcome. Thanks
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