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Surgery successful... I hope

Saturday, February 01, 2014

I wrote this last night but my tablet was fighting the site all night long so I am posting this late.

Good evening, all. I had my surgery today. What should have taken an hour, took 2. I now have a really heavy & cumbersome 2-piece cast wrapped all the way up to my knee. The cast is 15.5 inches around my ankle, which is normally 9 inches, and my calf is 19.5 inches, normally 15. So you get a image of how big this monstrosity is.

They gave me 2 pain blocks, so I can't even tell that I have a leg at all. I crawled into the house & then got in my rollator walker. i chugged so much water on the way home that i immediately had to visit the loo. Upon getting up, I realized that you CANNOT turn & shift your weight properly with only one working leg, so you already know what happened. I hit the floor quickly & got pinned between the tub & the toilet. Although embarrassed, I had to let my mom help me up to the side of the tub so i could pull up my drawers! And even better, I had on my super sexy gauze hospital panties. NICE! I went in again at 11pm... Same thing! However, if you can imagine a fat Bambi trying to walk for the first time... That was me. Since my leg was completely numb I could find my foot at first! It was all the way behind me and way up my back. I didn't even know that was physically possible! Once again, mom to the rescue. Now she stands in my room waiting while I potty for my own safety. And I have to call her in the night to have her come in and watch over me. So she's not sleeping well & is a nervous wreck.

So I am in bed now & all propped up. It's weird to not feel your leg when you can see it right in front of you. The 4 week recivery has been extended to 12 freaking weeks!! i didnt sign up for that! and evidently this was yet another procedure where the doc tells me my anatomy is "off". The nerves they were trying to inject the block in, well the couldn't be found on the doppler, so he had to feel around for it and wait to see where the tremors were before injecting.

Needless to say, I may put off the other ankle for a long while. I do now have lab-created ligaments that are held on with plastic clips until they fully adhere. And he was amazed at the amount of arthritis he had to scrape out, which is why he's going to make me wait so long before I can do anything.

And I am already BORED. LOL. Anyway, just an update on my end. Have a happy, safe weekend everyone! Seems that the sleeping meds are starting to kick in. YAY! I was up at 6:30am, took a 2-hour nap at noon & as soon as dad gets home, I'm going to eat my fruit then go back to bed. I'm worried about post-surgery constipation, of course, so I am keeping an eye on that situation before it gets too bad.

Peace, hugs, and Relax on your wonderful Saturday night!
Ang
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  • ROCKPORT9
    You are so active no matter what....maybe Wii bowling. Leg lifts are out of the question. I hope you figure this monstrosity out...maybe a walker helping you get off the toilet. Wishing you well. emoticon Laurel
    1721 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Wow! That is the Mother of All Casts! I would need a forklift to get it up! I hope you didn't hurt your back with your falls and that foot all the way up your back -that just freaks me out! Did not think it was possible unless you are double jointed or one of those yogi masters :P
    You need to get into playing online games -I used to waste hours playing those cute MSN games trying to earn every badge there ever was, I think I have well over 1000..They are super addicting..
    Wishing you a faster recovery then your surgeons think. I always like proving them wrong ;)
    Take care of you and don't be embarrassed to accept help -I have to let my Mom help bathe me as one hand can't reach everywhere although I do contortions really well.
    Have a Super Sunday!
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    1721 days ago
  • TC8890
    BEST WISHES!!!! Hope you feel better soon!!!! emoticon
    1722 days ago
  • RENWL123
    Get well soon!
    1722 days ago
  • COCOSMOMMA
    Feel better soon! Praying for a fast and great recovery!
    1722 days ago
  • KAREN2LOSE55
    Awwww Angela, I'm so happy that you have that first surgery behind you anyway. I'm glad that your foot isn't STILL behind you, up your back. Ouch! But I'm so glad that you didn't feel that! Pain pills are sure convenient at a time like this, huh?! Here's hoping you have the best of recover and that most of all, you don't get plugged up! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1722 days ago
  • TREYONE
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. And, you Bored? Just can't see it!!! Hopefully you will be blogging with some of your wonderful (yes, and funny!) insights!!! Always look forward to them!!! Take care!
    1722 days ago
  • LESLIELENORE
    Best wishes on your recovery! emoticon
    1722 days ago
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