Posted 20 December, 08on:
Thank you for all the good wishes. I enjoyed reading them through the night, as sleep was quite intermittent. The good news is I am feeling much better today. I hate the way pain medication makes me feel.
The surgery went well. The pain is really not too bad today, especially if I don’t move my knee. The biggest problem with the surgery was that they were running late, like almost three hours late. At one point, I was so weak from hunger that I started shaking and thought I would pass out. Once they hooked me up to some saline and glucose, I felt much better.
They wrapped my knee in an inflatable cast which is hooked up to pump. Hubski fills the tank with ice and water, flicks a switch, and it inflates the cast with ice water. The goal is to reduce swelling. Hubski really enjoyed helping me with the pump every couple of hours all last night. 🙂
My “physical therapy” at this point is to pump my foot back and forth like pressing on the gas or break in a car. Yesterday, that was painful. Today it is no big deal.
I am glad I am flexible and strong. It is helpful to be able to get up from a seated position using only my good leg. I can pick up my crutches from the floor without bending my leg. Doing all those abdominal exercises has made it easier for me to get in and out of bed without help. If anyone is headed for surgery, I highly encourage you to get as strong as you can before. It makes recovery so much easier.
Now, the big job is to stave off boredom….