After waiting all Tuesday afternoon for the doctor (the patient before me had complications and it took longer than anticipated), my ankle surgery started about 4:30. Everyone I ran into asked for my birthdate and what was suppposed to happen–plate for the small break in the back bone of the ankle and some ligament work.
I remember the anesthesiologist putting the stuff in the port that the nurse had painlessly put in earlier. First he did linacain (sp.) and he said it would sting a bit. It did. The other two things he added worked immediately. I said, “Wow this works fast.” Kathryn laughed, and that’s all I remember until I was in the recovery room. Bob & Kathryn were in there with me.
The key to being released was being able to pee and have a pain not more than the 4-5 scale. At some point they checked to see if I could potty. Yes, I could. It don’t remember much about the trip to the bathroom. Think it was just across from my bed, but not sure. Pain was under 4 on a 10 point scale. I qualified and we were home by 7:30.
Great docs and nurses, wonderful family care. Bob stayed home Wednesday morning until Kevin & Sarah got to the Lakehouse with Sara around 10:30.
Laura and Sarah at Birthday party.
Kathryn with Nelson & Lilly (in first pic below) came about 1:30 so Kevin could run some errands. Nelson asked both on entering and leaving if my foot was better. He has a big heart. After Kevin returned, they left in time to get to 4:00 swim team. Laura arrived after her last Pilates class and before Kat and kids left. Continuous coverage for the invalid. (Kevin leaving, looks like he’s wading through the water He’s on a sidewalk outside our windows, second pic.)
Wednesday’s yummy meal provided was provided by Kathryn’s gracious mother-in-law. Can’t beat the Central Market food!