Surgery!

Posted on July 21st, 2011 in Uncategorized by quepasa18

My surgery was scheduled for 4:45pm on July 5.  I arrived at the hospital at 2:45.  My husband and my parents were with me.  I changed into the hospital gown and was put in a little room to wait.  I was told at my last doctors appointment that, even though it was an outpatient surgery, because it was so late in the afternoon I could stay overnight if I wanted to.  I had decided ahead of time that that is what I wanted to do.

I usually get really nervous before things, and this was the first time I’d had surgery aside from wisdom teeth removal.  As soon as the IV line was in, I pretty much had a panic attack.  The nurse went to talk to the doctor and he gave me a valium to calm me down, which it did.  Once that passed, I was fine.

One thing I found kind of funny was how careful they were to make sure they operated on the correct leg.  They verified it was my left several times and wrote “Yes” on that leg.   I vaguely remember being wheeled into the operating room, and then waking up later.  I wasn’t in a lot of pain, which was good.

Eventually they took me to my room to stay overnight and I had morphine for pain if I needed it.  I only pushed the button maybe 4-5 times and felt pretty good other than tired.

My parents said that when the surgeon talked to them, he said it was good I chose surgery.  Apparently, the ends were pretty far apart and if I had chosen the non-surgical option it probably wouldn’t have healed well and I’d have needed the surgery anyway.  He also gave them a before and after picture from the surgery.  It’s kinda cool and kinda gross at the same time.  But it was interesting.

The next morning at 7am the surgeon came in to see me and said everything went well and I should make a full recovery eventually.  I then had a couple sessions of physical therapy where they just had me walk around with the crutches, and I went home about 3:30 the day after the surgery.

For the next week post-op, I really had very little pain.  That’s good because the pain medication made me sick.  I only took it maybe twice.  I was more in discomfort than pain.  So I was happy about that.  My leg had a splint on top of the leg from above the toes up the shin to a little below my knee.  I really didn’t leave the couch much for the rest of the week, and I was able to return to school the following Monday.

My next post will get us caught up to today.

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