Saturday, October 24, 2020

New Year ~ New Knee and time to write everyday

I finally decided to have surgery on my right after dislocating last July on vacation. It was a relatively short surgery ~ only about 20 minutes to do a tendon release and move my knee cap over and tie it down. The pain, however when I woke up was excruciating! The nurse would only give me demeral and it didn't work at all. On a scale from 1-10, it was a 10. She gave me another shot a demeral and it just wasn't taking my pain away at all. This was at a surgery center and by this time everyone was waiting to go home and they couldn't release me until I could get up and leave. I was so fed up with the pain I asked her if she could give me dilaudid. She had to call Dr. Phelphs to get approval for that. I practically had to bed for it and she finally agreed to call when I told her that I'd had a double mastectomy with reconstruction and because I'd had diaudid I did not feel any pain ~ at all. I'm allergic to morphine so she was able to get me dilaudid and I was finally able to get up, get dressed and leave. It took Phil and three nurses to help me in the car. No immobolizer, just a gauze wrapped around my knee and no crutches. Even though the ride was short, it felt like it took forever. It took Phil and two neighbors to get me out of the car and onto the couch in the house. Oh my gosh the pain! It didn't get under control until late in the day. We found crutches in the garage so I used them to get around.

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