"Oh yeah, then they hit you with a big hammer to make sure you're out!" says Meme, explaining her anesthesia for the procedure to Karen. Karen said that they "were pulling her leg", to which Meme replied; "Yes, but only after the anesthesia".
Let's get this show on the road!
The surgery went well about 4 hrs with recovery, and the doctor said, post op, "I don't know how she was walking on that knee at all". I know that Meme is a tough girl. She was in her room by about 10:30a.m.
Karen and Heather sat with me through surgery, no scary moments like the last time, thank God.
Karen had to go home but Heather takes the day off and spends it with us. When Meme is settled and comfortable, Heather and I go to a new deli for lunch (about 2:00p.m.), Taylor Center Deli. She shares my like for reuben sandwiches and they have a good one. The also have great cake and we share a piece of strawberry.
Meme gets to read the menu from a new deli, but eats hospital food.
Mary came for a visit after work. She has been keeping long hours at her job
Harley came to visit on his way home from work.
It was a tough night leading to Day 2. The morphine button was at hand and helped keep her comfortable enough to get a little rest. A hospital is not a restful place as there is quite a bit of activity, checking vitals, arranging equipment, etc. These all contribute to a long night for Meme with only napping.
Day 2 (Wednesday)
Day 2 was a rough day dealing with the pain. They switched from IV pain meds to pills early in the morning. The pills last longer but start wearing off before another dose is allowed. She naps whenever she can. She still keeps her Meme spirits and I know that her pain tolerance is way beyond anything that I could endure. We know that this is short term pain and when fully healed, will be so much better than the knee she has been walking on for several years. Her right knee does not hurt her and we are expecting the same for this one.
Physical Therapy came in for her first steps on her new knee! Just a few steps in the room but now she can make it the trip bathroom and regain some of her dignity.
But still feeling good enough for Facebook! (hey I have to keep up with my peeps!)
First steps on the new knee!
Day 3 was a busy and eventful day! The night's rest, hospital rest is not the best, left her feeling better and stronger and the pain levels were lower. Though she say's she is hurting, I can tell that she is feeling better than yesterday.
There have been lots of appreciated calls from family and friends.
The morning sesson with the Physical Therapists had her walking halfway to the solarium about 50ft.
Our friend Allison came by for a visit in the afternoon and prayed with us before she left. God is the reason for Meme's continued healing.
At this afternoon's physical therapy sesson, Meme walked all the way to the nurses station and back, twice as far as this morning. The therapist said that she had a natural heel-toe gait, which is something she has not had on her left side in years. The internal medicine doc came in and said that she didn't need to be here any longer, so all we need is agreement from the ortho doc and we will be headed home to Bishop, probably tomorrow.
It was a long night as the nursing crew that was on, seemed more intrusive than usual and woke her several times during the night. She can't wait to get home to her bed and a good night's sleep.
We slept as late as they would let us. Meme was feeling a little poorly, but after she got moving was in a lot better spirits. I think good rest without interuption will have her feeling almost normal and go a long ways toward getting her ready for the physical therapy ahead.
The Doc came in and started the paperwork for going home. From past experience we know that the process will move quickly once it starts.
The physical therapist came by and Meme walked the same distance she did yesterday. With a little more rest she will be trying out for a soccer team. He went through his checklist and she completed all the goals that were set for her release.
The occupational therapist came by a little later and made her demonstrate that she could do things like put her shoes on, sit on the potty (lol), and brush her teeth. She has been doing all of those things for the past few days, but the therapist had to witness them. Meme thinks that the "brushing the teeth" thing may have been added at the last minute because of her breath.