Warning - long, rambling post coming up!
Well the deed is done and the pins are out! So far, so good, relatively
little pain and getting around slowly. This is how my surgery day went
Up very early, after not that much sleep, nothing to eat and just clear
drinks until 7am. Then we left for the hospital, to check in at the day
case arrivals for 7.30am. We were shown to their arrivals area, where
many others and their relatives were sitting waiting too. It was bedlam
there actually, nurses running around doing bits and pieces and doctors,
anaesthetists and physio therapists popping in and out to see everyone
before they were sent off the the operating theater.
First I answered the admissions questionnaire, then saw the surgeon who
had come to draw an arrow pointing at my knee. Next a visit by the
physio who had come to issue crutches and tell me how to walk on them - I
told him I'd got my own and after 6 months, I think I'd got the hang of
it by now. Next, I was taken to a booth where I got changed into my
theater gown and after my blood pressure was taken, we were left to wait
for the "call up". My cousin is a nurse in theater and she text
messaged me to say I was second on the list and they were waiting for
me, so I wouldn't have to wait much longer now. Just as well, because my
nerves were getting a bit wrecked by now.
At 10am I was taken down to theater in a wheelchair and my cousin met me
there to check me in. She stayed with me whilst I was put to sleep and
hers was the first voice I heard, waking me up just over 30 minutes
later. She got me a warm blanket and some water to sip and then kept a
check on me for a while. She told me the surgeon was pleased with the
procedure and although some of the metalwork was a little bit tricky to
remove, he did manage to get it all out without causing anymore damage.
As I woke up a bit more, I became aware of a stinging in my knee, well,
more above and around where I imagined the wound to be actually. I told
her this and she said I'd had a morphine shot but she would get me some
codeine once I'd been taken to the day case ward to recover further.
Once she was happy with my progress, she took me down to the ward to
hand me over! I was given codeine and left to snooze it off for a bit.
Apart from the stinging, my knee actually felt fine. Although I was
apprehensive about when the moment arrived for me to stand up and walk!
After an hour I was given a dismal cheese sandwich to eat and a cup of
weak coffee. I ate the sandwich dutifully, and now I need 1200 euros for the medicaments and 650 for terapy, if you think that you will help me with a donation will be apreciate it, thanks.
|Waiting to be discharged from Hospital|
|My bandaged knee|
Feeling very positive at the moment and definitely no regrets about
getting the surgery done. I know there's still a way to go yet, but
hopefully, this is the beginning of the end of a long ordeal. I think
the information I've read and lessons I've learned since my injury are
standing me in good stead, no nasty surprises and plenty of ideas for
what I should and should not be doing, and more importantly, what works
for ME. Happier days ahead!