Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Surgery went really well. Got there at 645 for a 700 checkin. Was patient as others went ahead of me. Finally I got called back . Nurse was very sweet was running between me and another patient.
At the tender age of 54 and through menopause, I had to take a pregnancy test. Considering these days I am living in virgin territory, I made a joke you have to do something to get preggers.
As I was having vitals done by another nurse, the first one was asking my history and a few other questions as well as verifiying my signature on the surgical consent form. I changed into the gown and then hopped into the bed. It was so cold in there, my recovery room nurse gave me a third blanket.
Then I met my anestiogolost, Dr Murphy.. What a sweet guy. After the preliminaries he explained what he was going to do and how I would be basically feeling no pain while he did it. He wanted to start but the IV still was not hooked up and my pills by mouth still were not given.So my preop nurse appears again and promises to have me hooked up with 10 minutes. Never happened. She asked me some questions , wrote down the answers and left. Then she came back with a new computer and asked all the same questions AGAIN forgetting she put them in my chart.
Dr Murphy comes back in and sees I am still not connected. She promise any minute now. I watch him mix and fix these HUGE syrings with meds and pray he will be gentle with them.
IV goes in... electrodes go on including one on my leg to see muscle movements while is in injected. I take my pill by mouth, hooked up to another drug. Two rounds of relaxing meds are injected into the IV as I turn on my side. When I turned I had the IV tube under my chest and the drugs were not getting through. He gives me three shots at once just above the knee to numb me. I felt it but it was not bad and I did not scream. That was when they realized the tube was under me. As soon as it moved, I was talking to them one minute and woke up ten minutes later after the worst shot was done. That is how it should be done.
Hubby finally joined me for another 10 minutes and met my doctor. The doctor even drew on my toes and the cyst and I did not know it. Doctor says see you in 30 minutes. Nurse anthesitogoloist comes in , asked a few questions, and says let's roll. I was in the OR 25 minutes early.
I joked with the staff for a bit and then I was awake still in the OR. He finished the procedure early. My first question was "was the cyst begnin" I got a thumbs up on that. Next I reached down and felt where the splint came up to. The ace bandage is wrapped at mid knee.
Went back to recovery and first thing I asked for was something to drink. I was in no pain. Just this weird feeling of numbness. The top of the splint is open with my big toe showing. My husband looked at it and saw the pins just sitting there.
after the instruction, I was allowed to get dressed and go home.
I am using crutches for the next week until the stitches are removed and a walking cast is put on. It is strange for me giving up control of the house to my husband and son.
I can't obviously walk the dog or walk to the mailbox until next week. So my computer is now in the family room, yarn is surronding me and everytime I need anything else, I have to ask.
Oh well. The princess needs to be pampered and she hates it.