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The day of surgery I was scheduled to be there at noon. I was required to get up that morning to shower again. I got myself ready, we left about 11:20 a.m. for the hospital.
Since I did all the eCheckIn, my admitting process was sped up. I got changed. The nurse after doing my vitals let me know the surgeon was running behind by 1 hour and 15 minutes. I was ready to get this done, but at the same time, I was not going anywhere!
The anesthesiologist came in to go over anesthesia and all my options. I was offered a nerve block for my leg which made my leg numb but I was also unable to feel the pain. I have had problems with nausea from anesthesia in the past, so we discussed that. I was fully made aware of what was going to happen.
I did go into surgery a little later than planned, which did not surprise me. I and my husband have had a few procedures before. The later in the day, the surgeon can be off schedule due to unforeseen complications in prior procedures. I was grateful I had reached this point and I was willing to wait as long as it took to get the surgery and get to the next phase…Recovery.
The surgery was scheduled to take about 2-2 1/2 hours as long as everything went as planned. It took about that time, maybe slightly longer. The necessary repairs were made, I think I have a bionic ankle now!
I was in Recovery for 1/2 hour to 1 hour. I came back, my prescriptions were ordered. By 7:00pm I was ready to leave to go home. While my husband brought me home, our youngest daughter, got some dinner and the prescriptions. I knew I was entering the rest and recovery phase.
Stay tuned for my next installment:
“No Weight Bearing-Rest & Recovery”