Done

Well, the dirty deed was done this past Tuesday. I actually received a call from the doctor’s office the night before asking if my operation could be moved up a few hours. Which actually turned out much better, allowing me longer to recuperate and leave the hospital that night.

Of course the surgeon was behind schedule that morning and the procedure began 90 minutes late. So I got to spend some extra time lounging around the pre-op room. Around noon I was wheeled into the operating room, told I would be feeling a bit drowsy and the next thing I knew I was waking up two hours later with a cast up to my knee. The most amazing aspect was the lack of pain or discomfort. Nothing. I don’t know if this is normal or because I was already taking Vicodin and wearing a Fentyl Patch for other pain issues. Because I have Sleep Apnea, the hospital wanted to observe me for a few hours before allowing me to go home. I was taken to another room to “nap”, then around 6:00 PM Tuesday I was on my way back home.

I never saw the doctor after he greeted me that morning. He did speak to my wife and told her the damage was much more intensive, with several small bone chips in the area he had to remove. The doctor cleaned up the tendons and grafted them together. There were enough tendon pieces available that the doctor didn’t have to place any pins in the bone, just tendon to tendon. The Orthopedic also informed my wife the recuperation time may be longer, now 8-12 weeks in a cast

I was given Percocet and an anti-biotic to take. But even the next day I didn’t need the Percocet. The doctor said it was a “non-weight bearing cast” but only because my foot was positioned so I walked on my toes. This was very uncomfortable until I found an older and larger shoe in the house and stuffed it over my foot. I was surprised at how easily I could now move around. With a shoe on both feet I was able to get in and out of the wheelchair and use the walker without any difficulty. I just needed a good sense of balance. What did hurt was the upper top portion of the cast where it pressed against my shin. I take a diuretic on a regular basis and between being swollen with fluid and the swelling from the operation; my leg was a tight fit in the cast. No matter how I positioned my leg, the upper shin pressed against the cast. No other pain elsewhere.

A call to the doctor resulted in being told to elevate my leg even more and wait for the swelling to decrease. That really never happened so I just took some extra diuretics and that took care of most of the swelling. I have an appointment this Monday but don’t know if I need to keep it now.

So it’s been 4 days now. I use the wheelchair and walker downstairs. I can go up and down the stairs using one crutch for balance and yesterday attempted a shower. It wasn’t easy so I ordered one of those bags that wrap around the leg to keep it dry.

So now comes the boredom.

One Response to “Done”

  1. dogtired - Congrats on the successful surgery. I hope you find some interesting things to do while recovering, so that you don’t get bored. :) Keep us posted!

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