Last night, I came home from the hospital. My new knee came home with me. Overall the surgical procedure was fine. The thing I was most nervous about was the epidural, which was a very insignificant part of the process. No pain or discomfort and I was numb for 3 hours after surgery in recovery. Sadly, the block wore off sooner and more completely than they expected, my room wasn’t ready, and they didn’t have pain meds in the recovery room. Which I had trouble understanding. That, and the recovery room wasn’t too busy that day.
They finally put some dilaudid in the IV, but it was too late and I was way behind on the pain. When I got to the room I was in such distress, I cried for 3 hours. Mr Phat kept trying to encourage me to breathe deeply in and out. Ultimately they got enough pain meds in me to get ahead of it and I’ve been doing fine since then.
The day after surgery I was getting in and out of bed fairly easily, and did the long “loop” on the ortho floor. My doctor visited and said that the old knee had a lot of erosion, which is typical of what they see with Rheumatoid patients. Not surprising.
I’ve already had my first Physical Therapy session this morning. He thought I was moving along on my walker pretty well, and he showed me some exercises to do, interspersed with walking and icing. That’s what I will be doing for the next few days – walking, icing, exercising and resting. I will keep you posted on my progress.