Surgery Day, 10/27/2017

I had to be at the surgery center by 6:45 AM so we got an early start.  My surgery was at an outpatient surgery clinic. The pre-op went very well and was quite fast. I went back, changed into the gown, and met with my surgeon, who is a great surgeon and a friend.

The nurse prepped me, and I met with the anesthesiologist. I opted for the nerve block. Pretty soon thereafter, they put me under, and I awoke two hours later to the post AT surgery world!

I was very groggy and had some difficulty getting in and out of the car and then into the house. Once there, I had to scoot up the steps backwards. The nerve block helped tremendously. I sat in a chair and propped my foot on an ottoman, nowhere near above my heart.

Around 2 AM, I woke up in a great deal of pain. I crutches my way to the couch and didn’t leave for sometime. That night was miserable. I called the doctor the next morning, and he upped my pain meds. He also discouraged me from traveling to watch the state championship soccer game (I’m a high school principal).

I researched a great deal and read dozens of blog entries here. I’m not sure anything prepares you for the initial stages of recovery. I never dreamed I would be unable to do much more than lie on the couch and elevate my foot!

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