- May 30, 2020
- United States
So sorry I have been so lax in checking in from ‘the other side’.
Surgery went well, thank goodness & I have been home since Wed. afternoon
I was supposed to have a spinal for anasthesia, but was told I woke up at the very beginning, so they then gave me general anasthesia. I do not remember waking up, or anything, thank God!!!
I was told that my surgeon saw me in the recovery room after, before they brought me to my room - again, no memory of that either. I just remember waking up in recovery & about 10 min. later, they wheeled me upstairs to my regular hospital room. That was approx. 6:30pm - surgery itself lasted approx. 2hrs.
My first night went well - with nurse & CNA’s help, they got me out of bed and walked me to the commode, pretty close to the bed, twice- once in middle of night & once very early the next am. They also put a knee immobilizer brace on me those 2 times, but no more after that.
Day 1 post-op, PT got me up, walked to bathroom, walked in the hallway outside my room & back to bed. Did some bed exercises that day as instructed - fairly easy ones, ankle pumps, etc. I was allowed one visitor that day for 2 hr max. visiting time. My FL friend, who is staying with me, came & we had lunch together. Rest of day was ok - busy, busy with various people coming & going & setting things up for sending me home the following day - Wednesday.
Pain was/is controlled - I am on Hydomorphone 2mg tabs that I can take 1-2 every 4 hrs as needed & 4 Tylenol Arthritis strength each day - one every 6 hrs. So far I have cut down on the Hydromorphone from what I was taking in hospital & in hospital they were giving me those pills every 3 hours, not 4. Goal is to be off the Hydromorphone in 2 weeks.
I have also been prescribed Meloxicam - one tablet daily, which is supposed to be a time-released NSAID. All agreeing with me so far.
I have only had one episode of feeling very awful on the evening of 2nd night in hospital. For about 2-3 hours, I felt like I was so hot from the inside out, not sweaty hot, just burning up hot! My actual temp. was 98.1, so I obviously wasn’t burning up, & all other vitals were fine. Temp. in my hospital room was 64 & I asked them to make it colder!!! Crazy! During that time, they gave me my dosage of Hydromorphone through the IV port instead of orally & things came back to normal shortly after that.
So... I think I am doing better than even I had anticipated, worst complaint is not being able to sit too long, stand too long, walk too long, ice too long, sleep or lie in same position too long, etc. without extreme stiffness when changing positions - and considering everything that I have heard & read about on here re: complications etc., I have nothing to complain about - just hoping & praying it all continues to go as smoothly as these last few days! Some minor issue with constipation, but already see a slight improvement there too.
Hope everyone else is doing well & I will try to be better about checking in & updating my progress.
Thanks for listening to this very long post!!