Almost immediately, three nurses came in and got me ready. They put my hair in braided pigtails AGAIN and injected antibiotic into my IV. And cue never ending tears. The antibiotic hurt so badly and I was so scared to go into surgery. They took me downstairs to the operating floor. Drew was able to sit with me for a bit while one of my surgeons told us about what could go WRONG with the surgery. And then.. it was time. I kissed Drew goodbye and they pushed me into an operating room. Laying on a bed, waiting to have surgery is always scary, but doing that in a room full of people who aren't speaking English is one of the scariest things I've ever experienced. I could not stop crying. Especially when a nurse asked me for my blood type. I told her it was O- and she looked at me like I was crazy. She said, "No, like A or B?" Again I told her it was O- and she didn't understand. That's the last thing I remember.. thinking I was going to die from getting a blood transfusion! I was SURE they didn't even do surgery because it seemed like I'd been back there for 10 minutes max. Apparently it was more like 3 hours!
At 6, they brought me the best hospital meal I've ever seen. This picture is all for you
This morning I woke up while the nurses did their rounds and injected me with all kinds of stuff. They brought me breakfast and then I went down to meet with the surgeons. They changed my bandages, showed me my stitches and the pictures from surgery, and taught me some exercises to strengthen my hand. It turned out that my tendon was fine, I was just having trouble moving my finger due to pain and swelling. I can bend my fingers down a lot farther than even yesterday, and TONS more than Saturday night.
I have to take an entire pharmacy worth of pills every day for the next 2 weeks. 12 pills a day to be exact! I have to change my bandages twice a week and then I go back to Suwon on August 11th to have my stitches removed. My cast stays on for 3-4 weeks and I'm not allowed to use my hand at all (besides my exercises) until it's off. After my cast is off, I'll start therapy and be well on the road to recovery!