Dec 22 2008


Waiting For My Cast

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Well I’m moving in on a week since my surgery. The pain level is very minimal, actually non-existant if I keep my leg elevated. There were a couple of things that I did ahead of time that I think really helped control swelling after the surgery. The best thing that I did was rent one of those hospital beds, the kind that allows you to raise the foot or the head of the bed. It helped me keep my ankle elevated and was actually quite comfortable to sleep in. The other thing that I did was rent a wheel chair. My leg isn’t elevated when I use it obviously, but I have noticed a difference when I stand vs. when I am sitting. The pressure I feel in my ankle and calf seems to come on a bit slower when I am sitting.

One thing that I didn’t do though that I wished I had was tie on a short rope around the handles of doors. It is a bit difficult to close a door behind you that you have to pull shut when you are in a wheel chair.

I am starting to get a bit of cabin fever sitting around the house, which from what I have read is a very common experience. The doc told me to be really careful, so I have been waiting to head out and about until the cast is put on and I have a bit more protection around my ankle. I am scheduled to get the cast on Dec. 30th. My late Christmas present, Yipee! (sarcasm should be read into the blog at this point).

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Dec 19 2008


2 Day Update

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First off, let me say thank you to all of you well wishers out there. Two days out from my surgery and my pain level has greatly diminished. Right now I have cut back on my pain killers.  I cut back from two to one and I am comfortable. I think that what has really helped me has been keeping my leg above my heart. I haven’t experienced much swelling at all. I have also experienced some of those itches characteristic of a healing wound. So, all in all, I think that the worst is behind me. I still haven’t gotten my appetite back yet, but I’m not worried about that.

I know that I am fortunate to have some people around me that can help me out. Not having someone to lean on with this injury would add a whole other layer of suffering. I feel for all of you out there who are struggling through your recovery alone. You are in my prayers.

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Dec 18 2008


My Surgery

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I went in for my surgery yesterday. Got there early in the morning around 9:30 picked up my paperwork and got myself checked in for a surgery time of 12:30. The wait didn’t seem that long because it was broken up by occasional leg shaving, paper signing, or conversation. However, my surgery was delayed until 3:00. Still time seemed to pass quickly and I was relieved that things were at least happening.

Before my surgery my anesthesiologist came in to do a block on my left leg. I was told that this would numb my leg for 12 to 24 hours to help me get through the worst of the pain post-surgery. To get the block I had to have a big needle inject some stuff deep in around a main nerve in my leg. Surprisingly this wasn’t that painful, but things would soon change.

After the block I was wheeled into the OR where I asked if it was ok that I still felt things in my leg. He gave me a test where he proceeded to poke me all over the leg with a needle which I felt, and then followed up by saying, “well sometimes it takes time.” Then I got the general and it was lights out.

When I came to I was in excruciating pain. The block completely failed, so they gave me morphine. When that failed to alleviate the pain they gave me the strongest stuff they had (still not sure what it was) which brought my pain level down from a 10 to an 8. The pain came on in waves peaking at a 10 and then dropping down to a 4. At that time I couldn’t even sit in a wheel chair let alone use a pair of crutches so they admitted me. This was around 6:00pm.

Between 6:00 and midnight they continued with the pain meds until midnight when I was finally able to get about an hour of sleep after they gave me another dose of morphine. When I woke up the pain was down a few levels and the waves and stopped. Since then it has gotten progressively better.

This is my third surgery. I have had a ruptured appendix and a hernia operation, and this by far was the most painful post-op recovery I have ever had. I am so happy it is behind me.

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