NOTE: I wrote this very early upon my first return home, on my phone. It had an error I couldn't correct and I was unable to get to it before I wound up in the hospital again for another 6 days. I am publishing this post now, but keep in mind when it was originally intended to be published.
I am typing this from my bed at home, so cut me slack on errors that normally wouldn't occur. I have been home for about 36 hours and am already being asked by well-meaning friends when they can come and burden their presence on me, er, I mean graciously visit. I realize now there needs to be a list of things people need to be made aware of when visiting a friend (in this case, me) after surgery.
1) just because I am home does not mean I am well. I am well enough to be home, but not well enough to hang out like normal. I am still in pain.
2) don't ask me how I am feeling every 5 seconds. You know how I feel? Like I just had surgery! Save this question for a week or so out.
3) never just swing by unannounced. It's not fun for me.
4) please do not expect me to be a hostess during your visit. Plan to come by on the way to or from food unless we made plans to eat at my place together. Expect to serve yourself.
5) I tire easily. Keep your visit short or I may doze off on you!
6) I just went through a traumatic experience. If you don't want the gory details, be mindful not to ask.
7) at least in my case, anesthesia sticks around longer than I'd like it to. Crying over stupid shit isn't unheard of. Keep the conversation light and don't expect me to watch anything more dark than Care Bears or Pee-Wee.
8) I look as crappy as I feel. Be prepared and don't make comments.
9) don't take it personally if I am not ready to see you. Once I am comfortable receiving guests I will let you know (or make a general announcement)
10) although I'd never make you my nurse, you may have to help me out. Just be understanding and know I appreciate it.