Didn’t wanna post yesterday as it went remarkably smooth/well with a couple hiccups, but not surgery related per se. So didn’t want to jinx my first “day on the job.” Had a 6 am call, surgery at 8:30 am. They did the work up and I think I was lightly dosed as it was a bit surreal being wheeled down the hallway(s) passing people, other rooms, medical equipment, etc. Had an excellent anesthesiologist nurse who went into much detail about what she was going to do. That was the first snag. The spinal didn’t really work. I mean the entry to spine was easy peasy, but it didn’t take full hold; 10 - 15 minutes later they gave me a general—could have been my high tolerance to booze. The surgeon asked me what kind of music I wanted to listen to. A little doped up, I said, don’t call me a criminal, but maybe the Carpenters, something like that. I tried to cover my tracks with some other suggestions about adult contemporary rock. So, I wake up in recovery a bit groggy. Shortly thereafter they move me to another “room.” The anesthesia is starting wear off in my legs and feet. They want to get me up and moving after the same dissipates. This is done, and work on some stairs (we have them at home). Pain is managed, taking pills (will get a list together) regularly. Now the second snag; my buttocks and genital areas are COMPLETLEY numb. Couldn’t clench my butt if I was going to have a loose BM, so no control of gas that’s coming out me; we could all hear it, but I couldn’t feel it so of course I denied it was me! Same on the front, felt no control to urinate. So the second snag, they wanted me to urinate before I was discharged. Well, hours go by, they do a scan and sure enough, there is urine in my bladder. They talk about the possible necessity of using a catheter. Multiple times I walk to the bathroom with walker to stand at the toilet for ten minutes or more with a urine container waiting for something to happen. Nada. It’s going on close to 6 - 7 pm, it’s been close to 12 hours since a pee and that’s the only thing holding me back from going home. Catheter it is and 500 ml of urine later I’m ready to go home, all the while the numbness is slowly going away. At home the numbness is mostly gone and my “muscles” in my groin area seem to be getting active again. Sit up with the family for a spell. Opiates kinda keep awake. Take the 16 stairs down to the bedroom. Watch late news and crash about midnight. Poor wife is exhausted where she was nodding off in a chair in the recovery room. I offered to sit for a while where she could nod off in my hospital bed; she declined. Got a reasonable sleep on my sides which were okayed by the surgeon. A little painful, took some meds twice in the night. Felt like I had a really good team at the hospital. Have PT at home in two hours. The last hip replacement patient was a remarkable 81 year old woman. There she was buzzing past me on her walker after surgery. Her daughter looked older than she was! On one of my trips back from the bathrooom I asked if this was her first or second hip replacement. It was her first hip replacement, but she had two prior knee replacements.