I’m happy to report I finally got to have my knee surgery (meniscectomy) on Wednesday. Even more, I’m happy to report it went well! I’m on the road to recovery now and hope to be back to my normal life very soon. I’m tentatively planning to head back to work on Monday, April 30 barring any complications in my recovery.
Since I didn’t have anyone staying with me at the hospital during my surgery, I didn’t take my phone with me. So, I don’t have any fun hospital pics to share, like me in my surgical hair cap, but I do have a couple of funny stories.
The first funny thing that happened was the older man who volunteers in the admissions waiting area. He was playing the keyboard and chatting with people as they came in to check-in for surgery. It was our own little floor show before we went under the knife. I have to admit, it was a bit odd/ominous at the point when he started playing Amazing Grace. It’s just not exactly a song I want to hear when I’m there for surgery.
The other funny thing that happened was when I got back to the recovery room. Since it was a fairly quick procedure (~45 mins), they didn’t put me under too deeply. As a result, I didn’t have the typical very slow, very groggy phase as I was coming out of the anesthesia. I just woke up and that was that. The funny part happened because my recovery room nurse was talking over her shoulder to another nurse about an upcoming performance of Miss Saigon at the La Mirada Performing Arts Center. I said, “Oh, that’s a great show. You should go see it.” Well, she didn’t realize I’d woken up and I completely startled her.
I have to say that hospital gown technology has come a long way since my spinal fusion surgery five years ago! Rather than wearing the typical cotton hospital gown, I wore something called a Bair PAWS warming gown. The PAWS part of the name is an acronym for Patient Adjustable Warming System. The gown has a couple of difference ports where a hose can be attached to circulate air through the gown. It has both heating and cooling options to keep the patient as comfortable as possible. It. was. awesome! It made a huge difference in the recovery room as well because I wasn’t being weighed down under a huge pile of heated blankets as in my previous surgeries and I was warmer to boot since the air was circulating right next to my skin. I really can’t say enough good things about this warming gown system. To whomever invented it, you rock!!
My first night at home was pretty rough and filled with a lot of pain. Thankfully, I got some different pain meds yesterday which made ALL the difference in the world. I’m doing so much better on them. I’m carefully following doctor’s orders by resting my knee and keeping it elevated. I’m also icing it one hour on followed by one hour off. Today is the last day I have to do that. I’ve been doing pretty well with putting my full weight on it, but I’m still using my cane anyway since I’m still a bit wobbly at times.
Due to the pain meds, I’m napping quite a bit. Brandi, my sweet little kitty, has been keeping me company and snuggling up in bed with me when I nap. She’s such an awesome little companion.
Since I’m on the pain meds, I haven’t tried to do any stitching or studying yet. I may give stitching a try tomorrow and see how that goes.
I have my first post-op appointment with my surgeon on Tuesday morning. I think I should be fine to drive by then based on how I’m feeling today. If not, I’ve got a few friends who’ve all offered to drive me or I could always take a cab since it’s only 1.5 miles away. I’ll then have to go back a week after that to have my stitches removed.
All in all, everything seems to have gone pretty much picture perfect as far as I can tell right now. I’m very hopeful for a full recovery so I can get back to working out. I need to start training for the annual Run the ‘Hood Virtual 5k/10k Race to Remember coming up on Memorial Day, May 28. Needless to say, I’ll be sticking with the 5k walk this year. If you haven’t already signed up, there’s still a few more days. Registration closes next Friday, April 20. In fact, if you use the promo code LASTCHANCE, you can save 5% on the registration fee. Even though this is a virtual race that everyone will do in their own neighborhood at a time that works best for them, each participant will still receive a t-shirt and goody bag and there are medals for each finisher. So, for everyone who always wishes there was a 5k/10k race in your area or one that doesn’t start at the butt crack of dawn, here’s your chance to participate in an organized race with all the bells and whistles of a regular event.
Until next time …