Thursday, April 24, 2014

. . . On the Mend

Yes, it's true; the surgery's been completed and I'm on the mend.  I was a little disappointed when my doc called last Thursday to say that the components for my knee replacement would arrive Monday morning, but not in time for me to be the first surgery case of the day.  Being an old OR nurse I'd requested that, but it just didn't work out.  So, I was rescheduled for 11:20 AM.  My son, Spencer, drove me to the hospital Monday morning at 9.  There's always lots of papers to sign, etc., that I was busy from 9 -  10:30.  Then I was prepared for the 'long wait' that usually occurs when one is NOT the first case of the day.  

Just about at that time the anesthesiologist came to talk and plan the best anesthesia for me.  He suggested I have a femoral nerve block to cover pain issues post-operatively, and general anesthesia for the surgery itself.  He explained that he would expect the block to remain in effect for  12-14 hours, getting me over the hump of the immediate post op pain.  While the three doctors were injecting the nerve block, along came my Orthopedic Surgeon; his first case of the day had finished early.  That meant that my surgery would be able to start on time (almost unheard of in Operating Room occurrences).

Once the block and IV were in place, the anesthesiologist gave me IV Versed and I don't remember anything until I was being transported to my private room many hours later.  The surgery took about three hours I'm told and I awoke to a completely comfortable time.  As I said before, the femoral block was supposed to function about 14 hours; well, for me I had NO PAIN for 29 hours after surgery.  And, at that, I've only resorted to oral Percocet before I do any of the rehab exercises.  This has been, and is, just about as easy as it could be.

While I was in the hospital, my son-in-law, David, and my son, Spencer, went to my storage unit and brought my own bed to the house;  I have my own private room complete with TV, and a bathroom for my use only.  I'm being pampered like a princess and couldn't ask for more.

Thank you everybody for your well wishes - this, so far, has been a completely positive experience.

I'll leave with a couple of photos from Easter Sunday . . .
Mimi with newly engaged Quinn and Landon 
And, here's the beautiful ring.  We're all so excited and happy for Quinn, Landon, and ourselves.

25 comments:

  1. So glad to hear things went well and you are not suffering.

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    1. Thanks Nancy. It's been a lot easer than I expected . . . so far!

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  2. I'm so glad the surgery went well and that you have a speedy recovery!

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    1. Love hearing from you, Cheryl. Things are going well.

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  3. Hi sweet friend Mary-Pat!! Just thrilled to hear your surgery went well.

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    1. Hi Betty and Joe:
      Thanks for your message. All's well so fate. The Home Health Nurse and Physical Therapist are coming in a bout an hour so I'll get a better idea of how well this recovery is going.

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  4. That is wonderful that your surgery went to smoothly.
    Hope the rehab goes quickly too.

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    1. Hi George:
      Thanks for your wishes. I just have the feeling that I'm going to be back on top soon.

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  5. So glad all has gone well with your surgery! Congratulations to Quinn & Landon--gorgeous ring!

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    1. Thanks Dawn. We're all thrilled with Quinn's choice of life partner. And, that ring is a keeper!!!!

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  6. Hi Mary-Pat. Good news about your surgery going so well and that you are already on the mend... It's only fair that you be treated like a princess. Lovely photos of the happy couple and you. Congratulations to them on the engagement.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Hi Julia:
      I always look forward to your nice comments. It's day by day but so far no problem at all.

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  7. How wonderful that you are not in pain. Sounds like everything went perfectly and in a few months you will be back on the road. Great to have your own bed to sleep in.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. Oh, do I love having my own bed. Lacy enjoys sharing it with me, too.

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  8. This is a very happy post, with fantastic news. I'm SO happy the surgery went well and that you are feeling so good already. One can't expect more than that. I'll bet Lacy is happy to have you back.

    What a gorgeous ring! Best wishes to the happily engaged couple, Landon has sure started out right!! :)

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    1. Thanks so much. Yes, I do feel very lucky (or blessed) for all the good things that are happening. Lacy is being quite the trooper, spending about 23 hours a day on the foot of my bed. Eleanor is still at the cat sitter's house; we may pick her up on Monday. Keeping Eleanor safe and sound is a little more challenging, in that there are so man people here who are not used to keeping the cat indoors. She never tried to get out of the RV but being in houses is strange for her; I'm just afraid she may 'escape' outside to hide.

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  9. Wow, congrats!! A new knee and a new grandson-in-law, almost simultaneously!! Super glad the surgery is all over with and now just do what you are told!!! (Ha ha ha!!)

    Take care!!

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    1. Yup, my main job now is to be a good patient - a little challenging for the retired nurse!

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  10. Nice to hear all is going well, hopefully you'll be out and about soon.

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    1. Thanks, Peter. What a pleasure it will be to be out and about without pain, I hope.

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  11. Mary-Pat, I am so very happy for you. Glad the pre surgery, surgery and post surgery processes went well. Now the tough part, re-hab. Hope your new knee mends perfectly.

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    1. I'll have to keep my nose to the grindstone - you're right, rehab is the hard part. But, I'm determined to follow instructions to insure the best possible outcome.

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