March 8, 2013 The day of right knee scope surgery. Got up at 4:45am, left the house at 5:30am. Surgery at 6:15 am. We arrived on time but couldn't find a door or light in any of the buildings it was dark and I felt lost but we weren't lost...
As soon as we arrived I was ushered back to prepare for the surgery. My mind is a little fuzzy here as I was given some happy meds and was ask lots of questions. I met 2 anesthesiologist and they explained I would have a breathing tube inserted in my throat so expect a sore throat....An IV was inserted (she got it on the first try!) My leg was washed and washed again. Then betadyne was applied from thigh to ankle and I was covered with warm blankets with a hose blowing warm air under covers. So nice. Dr smith came in and put his initials on my right knee with a Sharpie to be sure to operate on the right knee ( either would of been fine at this point). My hubby left as I was rolled back to the operating room. I remember Dr Smith coming in saying Hi again and everyone was in scrubs and masks. They put an oxygen mask on me and told me just to breath normal.
Next thing I know it was over and they were offering me graham crackers and ginger ale. Hubby came back, he had just talked to Dr. Smith and he said he had filed down the tears in the meniscus and the ALC he did not repair he just cleaned them up and cleaned out some parts that were floating around in there. He said if this didn't stop the pain I may have to have a partial knee replacement.
Its Arthritis which is the breakdown In the cartridge caused from Autoimmune Disease which of course is LUPUS.....
Shortly after that I was wheel out to the car and we were back home by 10:00 am. They gave me Percocet for pain which I used round the clock until Monday morning, then I started using as needed. I have found the more I do the more I hurt.
It has been one week ago today. This week has been bed to recliner and that's it. Started with 2 crutches, than started using one crutch on Monday. Tuesday cane for stability and to help with balance. I cannot bend my leg to get socks on which is very frustrating...if I accidentally bend it too far the pain is immense. I go to Dr. Smith on Tuesday to get the stitches out. My daughter is taking me because I can not drive yet....hoping for more info as to what I should be doing. I am anxiously awaiting spring mornings where I can walk. Not sure if I will be able to walk Marley because I think she would be walking me. But that time will come.
I am thankful and hopeful.