Thursday, April 23, 2009

Told ya so!

So that's what it feels like to sleep for 24 hours! Waking up now and then for food and drink and, more importantly, painkillers, I slept straight through.
I had the anti-nausea drug before my op and they decided against morphine, given a bad history of that too, so I just ended up feeling - well, seasick is the best description. Still nauseous but not throwing up every five minutes.
I was the last to leave day surgery because of the nausea.

And the headache! I got a killer migraine after the op. It hurt just to open my eyes. That, thankfully, has gone now too. Still a bit of a headache, but not crippling.

My knee, not surprisingly, is a world of pain. Some of it has been controlled by the painkillers, and some reduced when I found my stitches had pulled and rebandaged it. On inspection I have one small incision on the inner side and one larger one on the outer side of my knee. Using a camera they inspected, repaired and trimmed my meniscus, the cartilage between the leg bones behind the kneecap, and that should stop the pain I have had for the last eight months.

My hands are also quite painful and swollen as they took three goes to get the cannula in for my anaesthetic. Apparently, I have very small veins in my hands! In the end, and after many tears, they put it towards the back of my hand over the wrist knuckle - which meant pain every time I moved my wrist and you could see the needle under my skin. Needless to say, I was thrilled when *that* came out!

I have been taking my drugs responsibly and started my exercises. Well, for the four hours I have been awake!

I still hate hospitals and admire everyone who works in there. Also, big love to my darling Aginoth who has been readmitted for intensive treatment for his psoriasis which is out of control again. Luckily I was only in one day - he's in for three weeks!

[yawn] tired now - back to bed........

Update (Friday, I think): The backs of both my hands are so bruised they are black - I must remember that next time anyone tries to insert a cannula.
My knee is ok, painful but manageable. Intending to spend some time downstairs today, but I am still very sleepy - could be the painkillers.
Kittycats are sterling nurses - one or both with me at all times. Charlie has walked on my bad knee twice - but he's forgiven because he is a doll-face :-)

Update Two (Friday night) I just undid the good work of 48hrs rest with a quick hairwash and 'top 'n' tail' at the sink (showers being not allowed for the first week or so until the holes are healing properly). I have done something, twisted my leg or something, and my knee is sooooooo painful now - every step makes me cry out. Guess I was too smug...

cq

9 comments:

LadyBugCrossing said...

CQ - Glad to hear you are on the mend. Keep doing what the doc tells you and you'll be as good as new before you know it.
I'll be thinking about you - keep us posted, okay?
xo
LBC

Melli said...

YIPPEEEEEE! It's all over but the healing - and the exercise! But you WILL do it because it WILL be WORTH it!!! Very good you!!! You are now in my prayers for a rapid recovery! We want you back in the castle as soon as possible!

utenzi said...

That sounds pretty bad, CQ. I hope you're able to recover in time to participate in those summer medieval dressup affairs. It'd be terrible to miss the entire season. It sounds like your knee surgery wasn't very pleasant---I hope it did the trick and if so, then it'll have been worth it.

Netchick sent me over to see you and say, get well soon!

Tanya (aka NetChick) said...

Hey CQ... Hope you are doing much better tomorrow! (it sounds like you are getting there)

I can't imagine how much pain you must be in. Knee pain, yikes.

Sending hugs out to you... And, thanks for coming by to say hi at the MEET n' GREET! Always fun to have you there!

Teena in Toronto said...

Wow! I hope you're okay.

And so does Net Chick!

CyberKitten said...

You're doing too much too soon.

REST!

You've just had surgery!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Glad to know you're ok, though it'll take a while to recover.

NetChick sent me here

David said...

give it a few weeks, and then months and you will be so glad that you had it done. soak up that kitty love, and rest

Carmi said...

Praying for a fast recovery for you, my friend.

I remember my surgeries vividly, and if it makes you feel any better, I used to do the same thing. I'd reach a point a couple of days post-surgery that I felt like I could take on more. Of course, I took on too much, and ended up in a new world of hurt as a result.

It's because you have such a resilient spirit. As much as it hurts now, better to have the spirit :)