The day of the surgery my Personal Assistant Alli picked me up at 5:30. We made it to the surgery center on time. I filled out a few more forms and met the physician’s assistant that would be working with the surgeon, Dr Swank. She asked a few more questions, and the anesthesiologist came in and he asked a few questions, and then they asked me to put on the gown and take off my clothes. I had already asked if I could wear my own panties and bra. I was not able to wear my own panties, because they said you can have accidents during surgery… Yuck! So, I wore this really cute little diaper thingy. But they did let me wear my bra as it has no metal or fasteners, it’s like a skimpy sports bra only pretty.
I had asked about a nerve block as a patient of mine who is an anesthesiologist told me to insist on one. As it turns out, my doctor does nerve blocks and the anesthesiologist assured me that I would be getting a complete nerve block. It’s supposed to make recovery much easier.
After I was properly dressed, they came back in and started an IV and to be honest I don’t remember much after that at all. The next thing I remember is being at home in the basement. I vaguely remember changing into my pajamas while Alli waited outside the door and that’s it! 🙂 I woke up hours later and my daughter-in-law Brandi texted to say she was on her way. I felt pretty good at that point, but I really couldn’t remember much if anything of the surgery.
I used the walker when I first got home and found it to be a bit awkward. I decided to try walking without it before Brandy arrived and discovered that I was able to walk quite well without it. Brandi says when she got there I was running around, LOL! I wouldn’t call it running around but I was doing well without the walker.
We had a nice dinner, she fixed leftover lamb leg roast that I had made the day before and Mediterranean mixed vegetables. We caught up and talked for a couple of hours. She went upstairs to study for her boards and I got some Bing cherries and watched TV for a little while, still feeling pretty good! I got a good night’s sleep and woke up feeling well rested. Little bit more pain than the day before as the nerve block had worn off completely but it was nothing I couldn’t handle.
The physical therapist arrived at 10 and she was ecstatic about how well I was doing. She called me a superstar and she asked me if I was a dancer, LOL! So, the physical therapy session went very well. I was able to do all the exercises and according to the physical therapist was doing them at a rate that one might expect weeks after surgery. In fact, it went so well that she said I could probably go up and down steps. We tried it and she was correct I could! She also thought that I could probably drive as I already had enough strength in my right foot and enough range of motion in my leg. Not planning on doing that just yet though.
I opted not to take the oxycodone except for the night of the surgery. I took one that night but haven’t taken any more of them. I have a good friend that had a double knee replacement who ended up getting addicted to oxycodone after his surgery. It took him almost 2 years to overcome the addiction. I just think it’s a dangerous medication. I do have a couple of medications that are anti-inflammatories and also pain relievers. And they seem to be effective in keeping the pain manageable.
Here are some images of my area I set up in the basement and of my knee
I’ll keep you posted on how things are going!
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