Thursday, June 14, 2012
Upcoming Surgery... Yikes!!!
Well, I am sad to say that you won't be hearing from me for a while soon. It seems that when I went to see my orthopedic surgeon, I got signed up for surgery. How did this happen, you ask? Let me explain...
Last Tuesday (of last week) my husband Jon had an appointment with this same surgeon to see if it was time to do his other knee. He had a total knee replacement surgery done in Jan 2011 and was told that the other knee would need to be done at a later date... So since he's having more trouble with the other knee, we went in to see if it was time for surgery. The doctor ended up giving my husband a shot of cortisone in his knee (which Jon was against) and said to see how he felt in a few days.
I asked him if I should make an appointment, since the last time I saw him I had en EMG done and it revealed nerve damage in my left elbow. Well, I told him that my hand is continuing to fall asleep when I'm either talking on the phone (which is why I got a bluetooth headset for my cell phone) or while I'm in bed sleeping. He said to make an appointment, so I did... I didn't expect to be seen 2 days later!
So I went to my appointment thinking that my doctor was going to order a second EMG to see where things stand now... but instead he told me to bend my elbow so that my hand was up by my ear and to tell him when my hand starts to fall aslseep while we talked. I didn't last 2 minutes before my hand started to tingle. His next words were... "When do you want to have surgery?" I think I had a mini stroke when he said that it took me by surprise. I said, "whenever you can get me in I guess." So his surgical technologist Gwen came in with the appointment book and scheduled me for Monday the 18th at 8:00am. I was told to be at the surgery center at 6:30 to get prepped.
At first I wasn't too nervous, but this past Monday I had my pre-surgical appointment with the nurse who went over all of my information and told me what is going to be done. Then I freaked out... She started rattling off everything that I'm NOT going to be able to do while my arm is immobilized for 2 weeks... the list started with: you won't be able to dress yourself, you won't be able to pull up your shorts after using the bathroom, you won't be able to do your hair, you won't be able to cook, you won't be able to sleep comfortably (I'm a stomach sleeper) so I'm going to sleep in the Lazy Boy recliner that our cats use as their bed... and the list went on and on... I told her that with as nervous as I was sitting in that chair, I would be a train wreck come surgery day... she said "no problem, we'll give you some Versed." I've never had Versed before, but she said that it's "good stuff".
So, as the day is growing closer, my nerves are becoming more frayed. My oldest daughter is taking the day off of work to babysit my younger kids, and I'll be home by that afternoon - but in what condition, I don't know.
So, I won't be able to blog for the next couple of weeks, I hope you all stick with me and I promise to update you all on my surgery just as soon as I can.
Until next time....