I had my surgery yesterday afternoon. I thrilled with how I feel this morning. Of course, that's because the nerve block hasn't worn off yet
I had the nerve block and general anesthesia. Plus 3 of the shots to relax me. Because I had to report to the hospital at 10:30 a.m., and the surgery wasn't til 12:40, they gave me a relaxing drug when I got the IV, another when they did the nerve block, and another after they wheeled me into surgery. I was pretty relaxed by then, thank you very much!
Every single person who cared for me was awesome. My surgeon is so wonderful, and everyone I've talked to whose surgery he performed is very happy with the results. He had two surgeries before mine, and mine lasted for 3 1/2 hours. He was exhausted when he talked to my family after surgery, but they said he was patient, very thorough, and in a great mood. He was very happy with the outcome, and said I did great.
I did stop breathing during surgery, and they had to intubate me, but no apparent residual problems. My toes are a little swollen, but not much so far. Their color is good. I've been tightening and relaxing my thigh a lot, but can't wiggle my toes yet. I've been maneuvering quite well in the wheelchair. I had to get up a couple of times after I got home to use the bathroom. Other than asking some of the animals (I have 4, down from 5 - had to have one dog put to sleep last week), it's been a breeze getting around the house. I was nervous about the bathroom, because it's too small for the chair. But I'm keeping crutches next to the door, and they're working out great. I'm not supposed to use them, but for a couple of minutes for the bathroom, I don't think it should be a problem. I got the kind of aid that you put under the toilet seat, and has handles on either side. It's very easy to use those to get up from sitting. I was going to get a grab bar, but I'm glad I got this instead.
Three friends came over Saturday and helped my husband and son build the wheelchair ramp. It's awesome! It looks better than any home ramp I've ever seen. I wasn't thrilled with having a ramp on the back of my house, but it's really not bad. It has a turning platform in the middle, which will be a nice place to park my chair to sit outside when I feel like it. I can sit in my wheelchair on the porch, but it's all shady. The platform will be a nice place to enjoy some sunshine.
I know that the block will wear off soon, and I probably won't feel as great as I do now, so I'm enjoying the lack of pain and time to read and be online while I do it easily. I slept in my bed last night, and it was actually quite easy to get into and out of bed, and got to sleep quickly. When I'm not in bed, I'm in my recliner with the footrest up and my feet elevated on a wedge pillow. Also, the back down, so my foot will be higher than my heart. It's in a corner at an angle, so I can see the tv around my feet.
My surgeon was going to send me home with Percocet, but gave a prescription for Norco (Vicodin with Acetomenehine) instead. Not sure why. I hope it does the trick. I'm supposed to take 2 every 4 hours until I'm able to switch to my regular prescription arthritis medication. I'm not able to take any other inflammatory in addition to the arthritis med (Meloxicam), so won't be taking aspirin or ibuprofen. I can take acetaminophen if I need to. He also prescribed Valium to take every 8 hours.
The ride home was totally easy and comfortable, which I didn't expect (except for when my husband slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting a deer!). My husband wanted to use his Ford Freelander, which would be a little easier to get into. But I tried getting into/out of both that and my Toyota Highlander on Monday. My Highlander is definitely more comfortable. Not quite as easy to get into because it has running boards, and I'm only 5'4". But the back seat is roomier and more comfortable. The seat is definitely softer. Surgery was on my right foot, so I get in the passenger side and slide to the driver side with my right leg on the seat. I use a pillow against the driver side door to cushion my back. Comfortable as can be.
I plan on eating Raisin Bran for breakfast, Greek Yogurt for lunch (want the extra protein for healing) and a bran muffin each day for a snack. I hope that will be enough to ward off constipation from the pain meds. I'd like to do that with diet rather than a stool softener. We'll see.
So that's my story for today