Shades up, blue sky, tummy satisfied. What more could I want on my second day in the hospital. Well….maybe I’d like to be out of here, hmmm? Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
The operation went very smoothly and afterward the surgeon Informed me that my own knee was totally shot. No big surprise there! Once I sufficiently woke up from surgery they rolled me into my very own private room. Not quite the Ritz but I’ll take it!
In my own room, they put my leg in a small machine which rests on my bed and keeps my leg In a continuous bending and straightening motion. The goal is to get to 90 degrees bent and 0 degrees straight. Oh geez, they just turned it up to 75 degrees awhile ago and I’m not going to lie and say it isn’t painful, because it is. However, I think it’s about what I thought it would be.
Throughout the day I have a morphine pump in which I can give myself a dose as frequently as 8 minutes apart. The thing about morphine is that it causes so much itching! Needless to say, sleep was not my friend last night. All I can say is thank god for my iPhone! Listening to music, audiobooks and radio comes in quite handy!
Last night the physical therapist came in and had me stand next to the bed with a walker. It really is amazing what one can do right after surgery. I’ve had nothing but amazing care by the way! Here’s my awesome nurse, Steve, eating a piece of chocolates Cindy and David gave me. Who could not smile looking at this face!
Today has been a busy day at Casa De TKR! I never knew one could be so busy recovering from a knee replacement. Between selecting my menu for the next day, requesting lozenges that have to be approved by a doctor first, having two sessions of PT and all the visitors, I’ve barely had a chance to write my blog! Yikes!!
Okay everyone. I’ve been trying to finish this blog all day but I’m so affected by the morphine and i keep drifting off….so…..I’m going to sign off for today. More tomorrow!!