>I admittedly am the biggest chicken on the planet.
I offer good competition for that position!! If there was something to worry about with this surgery, I did!
>With regards to the IV...did it go in your hand or arm?
Mine was in the hand. It was painful, but the pain didn't last long. Once they swapped the needle for the tube, my hand felt fine. And...it's where the post-op morphine comes from if needed, so, I'd say it's worth it
>Did anyone get a temporary handicap permit...I feel like I will need it to get around??
I haven't yet but I read that others did. My surgery is on my right foot, so I can't drive for a long, long time. But even if it were on my left, I still don't think I'd be going anywhere any time soon. The very act of having my foot down and thus having the blood rushing into it....at 2.5weeks out, I definitely couldn't sit in a car in that position for more than a minute or two. And for the first two weeks, my 'getting around' was moving between the couch, bathroom, and bed.
>Did anyone get Heparin shots post-op...
I have no history of clots, so I was just told to do an aspirin a day for a month.
> What pain meds did you all get...
In the hospital, I had oxycontin and oxycodone (oral) and iv morphine & toradol. (Again, my nerve block didn't work as desired.) It wasn't enough (see nerve block issues
) and my nerves were hyper-excited, so the dose was upped...I then had a massive migraine and was throwing up so I was switched to dilaudid, oxycontin, ibuprofen, acetominophen, iv morphine...
I was discharged with all but the iv morphine and have since weened off the oxycontin. I am currently taking dilaudid, ibuprofen, acetominophen, neurontin (for my nerves) with the intention of weening fully off the dilaudid in the next 1.5 weeks.
>Is there anything else??
I'm not sure if you've prepared for the weeks of being no-weight-bearing? I did a lot of pre-surgery prep and thus after surgery, i had my pillows, ice packs, and rolling drawers of stuff all in one spot and ready to go..so there was no last minute i need x, y,z..or how will i do this and get that !?!? my books, remotes, phone, laptop, snacks, pills, liquids, crafts, pillows, blankets, etc were all right where i needed them.
Two things i learned so far:
1 - if you have an allergy to costume jewelry, you are probably allergic to nickel...surgical steel is not pure and is often mixed with metals such as nickel. Thus make sure to get titanium screws
2 - don't underestimate the constipating powers of opiates. You might want to start upping your fiber with psyllium tabs a good week before and perhaps start something such as Miralax the first day post-op..