I can't believe I'm home! I can't believe I'm pretty much pain free (at this point in time, so far, but tomorrow may be a whole nuther animal!)!!!!! Pain free for me is still at about 4, but I'll take it thanks. Still have a slight headache, and my ankle hurts like mofo. I guess that's where they held it to pull the rod out? I can't see anything under the calf to arch bandages.
I sat around from 9:30 am till 1 pm waiting to get to the OR. I could have done without all that time to think, but I had a good attitude and didn't puke or stress out (who is
this person!!???). Ok, I just lied there. I did stress out, cry, and tossed my apple juice post-op.
When I finally got in to get my IV and discuss anesthesiology (sp, sorry, don't care right now
, the guy freaked me out. He told me he was going to give me a femoral block (sp) but I had to be awake. I lost it. Started leaking tears real slowly and said "Why do I have to have more pain?" I guess I didn't understand.
After he explained that once that was done, I would be out under general anespesiolity (sp, it's fun slaughtering words), I was totally relaxed. YAY! I also told him I throw up in recovery, and he said he'd give me nausea meds. YAY! He also said that the femoral block (sp, who gives a rip
) will last a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 hours. All is good.:
I woke up in recovery with a rod and some screws in a bag on the bedside table. I told them I'm making a windchime out of it. (I'll take pictures of it when I do). It's very small but also very heavy! Hey, it's rustproof, bendproof and will last longer than my grandson's body, can you say family hierloom (sp)? Ahr.
After sucking up a large cup of apple juice at 4 pm after not eating or drinking anything since the night before, true to form I expelled the juice. Another shot of nausea meds and I'm good as gold. I ordered dry wheat toast (and was it ever, ew) and ate it with a large cup of ice water.
I demanded good pain meds and got them. Oxycontin 10 mg time release, one every 12 hours, with a percoset chaser if needed. I feel no pain, but the anesthesiojerkwad (sp) lied to me. It lasted a whole 4 hours.
: The nurses were saying, Can you feel this? and squeezing my toes. Duh, I can feel a light brush on them, grrrrr. The other meds must be doing their job, and I am hoping like hell it's similar to Oxycontin 10 mg time release, or I'll be singing a different tune at 4 am.
I'm glad they asked me which leg it was. All of my paperwork said LEFT LEG. It's the RIGHT leg! They changed the paperwork and gave me a pen and told me to mark it, so I drew an arrow above my kneecap pointing down and wrote "Here, please!" with a smiley face (with hair, of course). That would have really stewed my beef if they got the wrong leg.
I feel pretty good. This is not like the last time when there was muscle damage, bone damage, psychological trauma and bronchitis as a topper. Doc H did say that he didn't go over the first scar, but cut me a new one. That should be interesting. I won't be able to see if for a while.
He said NO weightbearing at all for 2 weeks, and more likely a month.
I asked why so long, and he said something about there being holes to fill......rod and lots of screw holes. It's a Swiss cheese bone.
I hope this cures the other ails. Everything is crossed. I may even find RELIGION!! ha ha just kidding!Edit: My ankle feels like it was in a clamp. Do you suppose it was, or did manpower hold it while someone pulled the rod out? I forgot to ask. There was an intern in there, also. Perhaps it was him. Doc H is a MOUNTAIN of a guy........if he was holding it, I probably have a broken ankle! :