Who knew it would be over that fast? Certainly not me! I got there a tad late, dying for the loo at 7.20am hubby was parking.
As soon as I got out of the toilet, I was called in for questions, and preparations, weighing, ID band, then I saw the an anesthetist, then my own surgeon, I briefly went back into the waiting area to find Mr Moon, sat down for a few mins and was called for surgery at 8.30am.
First off you go to change into the gown, slippers, paper pants, and dressing gown, they also put on compression stocking on. Nerves hit me a bit.
Then I’m off with a porter telling me he had his here just over a year ago, I know it’s not a story as I saw him on the ward near mine in September 2017. He puts my mind at ease, I can see how well he’s walking. I’m into the pre theatre room, more checks, on the bed with my pillow, and cannula is put in, down the side of wrist (that’s going to smart later, as it’s already swollen and sore from CMC joint)
Then off to sleep at 8.44am, swift it was. Then next I knew I woke freezing with hot air blanket and I was getting a coffee at 11am, onto a ward at 11.20am and it’s a private room ward!! Happy days x
I even have a TV too!! Spoilt. My fellow patients arrive and they are mainly 70+ and male, the separate rooms make sense now. At around 1.30pm I got my phone to tell everyone I was fine, because I really was, totally awake and bright eyed.
Pain controlled by a spinal but not epidural, so is quicker to wear off. Block between legs for now, with a bed that moves to reduce pressure ulcers, and leg cuffs that periodically inflate to stop clots.
After dinner (couldn’t take photo as no phone at that time) I sat up and pulled myself up unaided. Feeling great, moving around. Leg feeling came back enough for OT to take me to the toilet, where I used a walker and was absolutely fine going, the walk was easy enough. They both said it’s due to me already having a triple pelvic both sides, they said nothing is more painful than that, so this should be a walk in the park. I even managed some bed exercises, such as heel Slide, push knee into bed, and hip abduction. Only 3 reps but it’s movement!!
We will see once the painkillers wear off. I don’t have a pca pump, but they assured me I would not be forgotten or denied stronger painkillers. Makes me nervous as it’s happened multiple times, but we shall see.
Spent 5 hours in the chair, watching TV, YouTube and feeling ok. Spinal wore off and by the drugs trolley came round I was grateful to take some painkillers, some paracetamol and senna. But I knew this wasn’t enough, and I stayed uncomfortable until the bedtime painkillers, the morphine. That was perfect and it made me sleepy too. So I returned to the bed for silent witness and drifted off.
Sleep didn’t last, I’m near a nurses station, but I have sleep music on my phone, so I’ve catnapped all night, still feeling pretty good. Harder to move leg now though, feels heavy.
Got my squad with me, help keep me company and are my champions to spur me on