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Surgery

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I had my knee "done" yesterday. It was a long day, because the surgeon had an emergency. I hated waiting, and as the hours dragged on, I got thirstier and thirstier, but I was happier to be the person waiting than the person having the emergency, so it was ok. My brother kindly took off work to travel, collect me, get me to the hospital, and wait with me. He has an open jeep, which I didn't think about beforehand. I left the house looking decent and arrived looking like Amy Winehouse after a serious bender! I made my (cue ball bald) brother go to the gift shop and buy me a brush to try to set things to rights! LOL He stayed with me in the waiting bay as the hours dragged on. The poor guy was falling asleep in his chair. I felt so bad that I told him to go home and enjoy the nice weather.

I eventually got to the OR. Everyone from intake to the operating room was lovely. Because I had a spinal, they asked if I wanted to be awake and watch. I said no way! I think the anesthetist was disappointed with my wimpiness. Well, I don't make her watch me work, do I, so fair's fair. emoticon

The surgery went smoothly and faster than expected. I had a meniscal tear as well as some cartilage just hanging out. The ACL had a cyst on it that was removed and sent for testing. I had a torn ACL, but not badly enough to be reconstructed. HUGE BONUS!

I had been told I'd be in overnight, but they said I could go home early. I didn't have anyone to come get me, so my poor brother volunteered to turn around and drive all the way back to come get me. So from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m, he was pretty much driving me around or waiting for me. The releasing nurse and I had quite a time of it arranging me into my brother's jeep, but we eventually managed. Getting me back out proved equally entertaining. Thank goodness the drugs were still in my system!

I'm in pain and hobbling on crutches. It's tricky, but I will manage. I'm housesitting, so no one's here with me, but a lovely friend drove out from the city after work last night and looked after me. The sweet woman is returning tonight, even though it's a huge commute for her.

The best news? Instead of a 9-12 moth recovery timetable, we're looking at something more along the line of 9 - 12 WEEKS! How awesome is that? emoticon I asked the surgeon if I could possibly be racing again by autumn. His response?

"Definitely"



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  • v MSEMBERSTORM
    Hell ya! That is awesome. Quicker recover and you will be out and about in a lot less time then you thought. Good for you! Now take care of yourself and don't over do it. Hugs!
    1876 days ago
  • v MDMNINA
    Yeah, those darn crutches are tricky! Glad the surgery is behind you. I wish you a speedy recovery!
    1877 days ago
  • v ELVENSONG1
    Yay Cat! I wish you a speedy recovery. Race on over here!
    1877 days ago
  • v _LINDA
    So very glad you will have a shorter recovery time and was not as serious as thought! Hopefully they will find nothing with that cyst!! I am so glad you had a wonderful brother looking after you and a great friend! I will have to look up who this Amy Winehouse is. I watched all my knee surgeries, got a little queasy when he sawed my bone off, but other than that was okay. I did refuse to watch the surgery with the pins being hammered in my toes, that was just too yucky :P
    Hope you were able to enjoy your 4th of July holiday weekend!
    Sorry for the late comment, realizing I have missed a number of blogs with my busy week.
    Take care,
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    Linda
    1877 days ago
  • v MAPLELEAFMOM
    emoticon I am sooo glad it went well and it is done!! That is fabulous that the recovery time could be waaaaay shorter!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1878 days ago
  • v BEAUTIFLDZSTR
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    1879 days ago
  • v NIMAWEYGH
    Cat this is just wonderful news. What a difference in recovery time. Woot woot!!!

    You will be so much better soon it will all be worth it. I envy you having it done already. I just found out yesterday I have a meniscal tear myself and will have a scope soon. Dr says 5 weeks non-weight bearing but I am gonna prove him wrong too.

    I will be praying for you and that you have the speediest recovery ever.

    emoticon here's to a speedy recovery.

    Hugs and blessings
    1880 days ago
  • v CJBAGGINS
    Wonderful news, Cat!
    I'm so pleased that it went well, and that the news was good regarding no reconstruction of the cartilage. Also, the recovery news is splendid! Woot!

    Big emoticon for you wonderful brother and friends who are helping you out!

    cj
    1881 days ago
  • v SLCOLMAN
    So happy to hear that the surgery went so great after the delay!! I hope that the recovery is speedy and full!!
    1881 days ago
  • v DOTSLADY
    emoticon emoticon prayers have been answered! emoticon emoticon ... sure appreciate your update and prognosis cause you've been on my mind. YAYAYAYAY on so many fronts. Sorry you're in pain, and hope you're able to take advantage of your down time in other nice ways. Pet the dog for me.

    (((hugs)))
    Dots
    1881 days ago
  • v BRAVAH
    Oh Cat!

    What wonderful news! Soooo happy to hear about the remarkable diminishing of your recovery time! And - racing by fall... woohoo! Good news all around!

    Amy Winehouse after a serious bender... hahahaha! Excellent! As for watching, I don't know. I had an orthroscopy in '91. I wanted to watch then (couldn't under the circumstances), but not sure I would want to now.

    Again, I am so glad to hear that everything went well, and that you are at least mobile - even if you're slow. It will get better every day! Good luck!

    Sending recovery vibes!!!

    Cheers,
    Heidi
    1881 days ago
  • v DISPATCHER04
    LMBO!! I'm still rolling at the description of you looking "like Amy Winehouse after a serious bender"! emoticon

    I'm so thrilled for you and your good recovery news! :)
    1881 days ago
  • v 50FITNFUN
    emoticon emoticon Look Out WDW; the Stinkerbelles will have 4 srong legs in the Marathon Relay!! emoticon emoticon I am so happy for you that the damage was less than expected. I know you'll recover just fine and be aces all through rehab. In no time, you'll be back to work and back to training. emoticon emoticon
    1882 days ago
  • v SUETINGE
    Wonderful news! Like Holly said - don't "brave out" the pain. Keep ahead of it.
    1882 days ago
  • v HOPEFULANGE
    emoticon So glad to hear it went well and that you'll be back on your feet in no time. It's wonderful you have such a strong support team!
    1882 days ago
  • v FUNFROG79
    Wonderful news and what a kind brother you have!
    1882 days ago
  • v DDUNKIES
    oh Cat- that is such wonderful news- tell me do you have any photos of you looking like Amy Winehouse?!!!? that would be a scream for a Halloween costume emoticon in all seriousness- i am SO HAPPY for you!!! emoticon
    1882 days ago
  • v ENDUROVET
    Excellent news!
    You'll be racing again in no time...
    Best wishes for a speedy & uncomplicated recovery my dear,
    Val
    1882 days ago
  • v DRB13_1
    Sounds like the best things do indeed come to those who wait!
    Glad things went well in surgery, and how exciting your recuperation won't take a year emoticon
    Now take good care and try not to overdo... PT as prescribed.
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    1882 days ago
  • v L*I*T*A*
    awesome news!!!
    so glad to hear you are on the recovery side....
    blessings and hugs....lita
    1882 days ago
  • v DISPATCH91
    So glad and happy for you. I wouldn't want to watch either. If it is on someone else not as bad but not on me.

    Yeah for your brother, what a sweetie and such a wonderful friend.
    1882 days ago
  • v DEBULACLARK
    Yayyyyy!!!! Hurray!!!!! Things are finally sounding better for you, my friend!!! HUGS! HUGS! HUGS!!

    1882 days ago
  • v SIXFULLERS
    OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!! So glad to hear it went well and racing is an option in a much shorter time frame!!!
    1882 days ago
  • v NIGHTSKYSTAR
    woo hoo!!! LOL i love to watch surgeries. When i needed a broken piece of catheter removed from my heart i asked them to set me up a screen so i could watch, too..they thought i was nuts but it actually helped as i knew WHY i was feeling what i was feeling...
    I'm betting you will be up and about in no time. did they give you pain meds? dont be brave..take them. if you can keep the level up in your system it wont be bad..but let the pain get bad it is much harder to quell. I speak from experience..on both sides of the bed.
    I'm glad its over with. Watch your mail for a get well soon package!!!
    BIG HUGS!!
    Holly
    1882 days ago
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