4 Days Out & Can’t Sleep

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January 31, 2005 at 12:53 am

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I’m 4 days away from the knee surgery, and I can’t sleep. Maybe I’m getting any nerves out of my system early? Maybe?

I’ll be calling the specialist’s office later this (Monday) morning, not to

as they desire, but to confirm some details.

First of all, when the office called hoping I’d reschedule, they referred to my procedure simply as “ACL surgery” and I just want to be sure the physician also addresses , as well. I’m not entirely sure he noted it when he spoke with the surgical scheduler, and the last thing I want is to wake up from surgery (or wait 10 days until the first checkup) to find out he didn’t even look at it!

My only fear is they dropped the ball and mentioning the torn meniscus repair might require them to reschedule my surgery due to lack of time. However, I’m scheduled for a full 2 hours of surgery time, if needed, so I should hope that’s adequate.

Paranoid? Yes, a little. Better safe than sorry, in this case.

I’d also like to know when I’ll receive prescriptions for any medications I’ll need to take post-operatively (antibiotics, pain killers, anti-inflammatories, etc.) Ideally, I’d like to have those filled and in hand when I return home and need to begin taking them!

Apparently, I’ll be fitted for crutches and my leg immobilization brace prior to surgery. Having never walked on crutches, that should be interesting — doubly interesting since I’m checking in to the hospital at 5:30 AM.

I’m not a morning person, and whenever I have to be it’s through the wonders of caffeine, which obviously is restricted (along with all other food and drink) beginning Thursday at midnight.

While I don’t mind providing entertainment for the nursing staff as I bumble around getting acclimated to crutches, I do intend to avoid any further hijinks which cause injury!

In San Antonio at the moment, it’s 45 degrees. I am not wearing shorts to the hospital on Friday morning per the surgery scheduler’s request.

I’ve found several pairs of lightweight pants that are comfortable and baggy enough to accept the leg brace. Granted, getting in and out of the pants will be a challenge initially, but I don’t see how shorts would be that much different — the “fun” part is reaching one’s toes and getting the material over one’s feet to complete the journey north!

I had a few other questions written down but my reading the past week has helped address those concerns: physical therapy () and anesthesia (if I block

from my mind),

to name a couple.

I’d characterize my mood as antsy — I want to get the surgery over with so that the pain coming from my knee is at least a “healing pain” rather than a “God, I hope I’m not doing further damage to my knee” pain!

I’ve lost count of how many times my knee has slipped out of its normal range of motion in the past week. Bracing it with my cheapo consumer-grade knee brace (thank you, Target) is only a marginal solution since it provides some stability but also causes me additional pain after twenty to thirty minutes of wear.

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January 31, 2005

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Shannon, I don’t know if you’re a baseball fan, but Astros outfielder Lance Berkman blew out his ACL last November playing off-season flag football.

He’s had the surgery and is expected to miss a month of the baseball season.

He’s supposed to be back in May, so we’ll see if he has any complications.

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Shannon, a little bit “antsy” is a good thing, because it keeps you doing what you’re doing….asking questions and making sure the doc’s office has all of his ducks in a row! I trust DL ,but being pro-active is a MUST in the current HMO environment! How’d the phone contact go today??

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