allcallheralaska-deactivated201 asked: i just had my pectus bar removed about a month ago. i wasnt as severe as you, but i can still recall the experience of the day after the surgery, the pain i experienced in the hospital. please, do share.
Well, I remember “coming to,” if you could call it that, after the surgery and asking the nurse four times in a row how many bars they put in. Two was her response every time. But the Real first night after my surgery I woke up at eleven and hadn’t pressed the button controlling my morphine so I was in a lot of pain. To describe the pain, it was restrictive and taught, felt like two men were pulling me on each side, their fingers hooked in between my ribs. I pressed the button for morphine, but because there was nothing on my stomach I threw up. That was honestly the worst pain I have ever felt in my entire life, and at the time I equated it to one of two things, or at least what I imagine these things would feel like: being shot in the chest point blank, or some one ripping my rib cage into two halves, lifting the top like a jewelry box. However, through all of this imagery, I think the important thing is that I don’t remember what it felt like, I only equate emotion and my thoughts at the time to my physical experiences. Your body isn’t designed to remember pain in a physical sense.