Jul
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Filed Under (Uncategorized) by barrrb on 19-07-2009

On July 10th I had surgery to repair my completely “shredded” tendon. I woke up at 7:30, I didn’t sleep very well because of my stupid wet cast. So we got to the place at 8. I went in, got in a robe, and instead of being on like stretcher they have you sit in these nice recliners. So I sat in the recliner with a heated blanket on, answers lots of questions. First the nurse talked to me, then the anesthesiologist, then Dr.Teplitz, then Dr.Grossman, and then the resident. A little after 9:00 after everything was ready to go they wheeled me into the room in the comfy chair I was in.
The room reminded me more of a garage then an OR. It was cluttered and lots of things were all around. They gave me a sedative, and the rest is kinda a blur. I remember getting up on the table and hunching my back so they could give me the spinal. I don’t remember rolling onto my stomach, or the blood pressure thing being attached or the mask being put near me. I remember the anesthesiologist asking if I had any brothers and I remember the nurse or someone wiping my nose but I have no clue why. APPARENTLY I was hysterical crying, like for a really long time, I don’t remember it, which freaks me out, but yeah. I remember waking up on my stomach, seeing the mask like lying next to my face and someone telling me “they were almost finished.” I also remember hearing the doctors discussing what they wanted for lunch lol. When they were finished the like flipped me off the table onto a gurney. Which was really weird since 1. I couldn’t feel my bottom half at all because of the spinal and 2. I was like half asleep. The surgery took an hour.
So they wheeled me into the recovery room where they tested my blood, hooked me up to the blood pressure machine and told me everything went well. Dr.Teplitz said everything went great and that the tendon was like completely shredded and really ratty. Then I took two naps each like 25 minutes while the anesthesia wore off. It was like so sick when they lifted up my leg to elevate it and even though I say them moving it I couldn’t feel my leg or foot at all. Turns out they had put in a nerve block which is like the best thing ever, but more about that later. So I waited to get feeling back into my leg. Once I was able to feel it the nurses moved me from the bed to the chair and my parents came in. After a little while, I ate some graham crackers, drank some diet ginger ale, and was able to get dressed and leave. By 1:00 we were on our way home.
At home I took a nap on my bed which my dad has moved down to the office for me, which rocks. I was able to sleep because of the nerve block. I had no pain and it was awesome. Everything was good…until the nerve block wore off.
Starting at like 9:00 the pain came. I had taken some pain killers at 5:30 to help but it was still terrible. My leg felt like it was burning, they was no way to rest it down without it hurting, My leg kept convulsing and I couldn’t control the muscles in it. Words cannot describe the pain. I tried to fall asleep but it was impossible. I was up until 4am until I finally moved out to the recliner and was able to get comfortable enough that I could fall asleep.

So to sum things up.Surgery went well. I like my doctors a lot. Apparently I cry when sedated and Nerve block = awesome.

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