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Published: November 1st 2013
started like any other day, but this day is a special treat for Chuck (no tricks)! The anesthesiologist, Dr. W., called last evening to talk about options, and they agreed spinal blocks are the best anesthesia for him. We were both impressed that he called during the World Series. Not sure many hospitals go to that extent nowadays. The "before" photos reveal a 2" decrease in height. Arriving at the OSI surgery center at 10 AM, he's prepped by nurse Ann, Dr. K. and Dr. W. talk with him, and OR nurse Tammy also introduces herself. He's wheeled out at 11:55 and ready for surgery to begin at 12 Noon. Free to good home:
Overused and abused, well-worn, 67-year old knees.
At 2:45pm, Dr. K. walked in with a HUGE SMILE on his face! He said everything went perfectly; he couldn't have asked for more! No excess bleeding, no need for a transfusion, no issues with his blood pressure or heart, his old knee parts and pieces are gone (and will be incinerated like wood scrap), and his shiny new knees are in place and straight! Looks like Chuck's going to need to name his new wheels!
Dr. W. (anesthesiologist) also stopped in to say Chuck is doing super in recovery! The spinal blocks worked great. He will not be standing tonight as the block on his quads won't let him feel how he's standing. The heavy-duty pain meds (two different balls) are working, and they'll have him stand tomorrow morning and pivot to a chair. One step at a time. He's on various pain meds...high level, medium level and low level...and he'll be weaned down to the medium and low level on Saturday.
He will spend the first 4 days days in rehab at Recovery Inn: http://www.osifv.com/recovery-inn/241.html
It is a beautiful facility with caring nursing staff who constantly monitor him and provide whatever he needs. The Recovery Inn is adjacent to the OSI surgery center, connected by hallway, and it is reassuring to know his physicians are truly right around the corner.
Chuck woke up around 3:30, and they wheeled him back into the pre-op room with me. He also has a HUGE smile on his face! He feels nothing from the waist down, but those pain blocks will start to gradually wear off. Dr. K. went back into surgery to do a knee
scoping on another patient. Since he already talked to Chuck after he woke up, Dr. K. said he'll be back to see him in the morning.
Post-op nurse Cassie came in at 4:45 to reduce the pain blocks on each leg down from 8 to 6, per Dr. W.'s orders, so that he can begin to get some feeling back. If the pain gets too bad, they can be increased to a 10. Using an alcohol pad, Chuck is able to feel it swiped on the back of his knee, so he's made progress.
At 5 o'clock, two nurses wheeled him over to his private room (Parfrey's Glen right next to the Coffee Grind café) at Recovery Inn, and the nursing staff transferred him with a straight board to his bed. He was enjoying a grilled smokehouse chicken breast sandwich on ciabiatta bread, along with lasagna soup, Lay's baked potato chips, a strawberry smoothie, a peanut butter cookie, vitamin water, and an Oreo-cookie ice cream sandwich.
By 6:30, he's able to move his ankles and toes and wiggle his legs from side-to-side. He continued shivering for a few hours, all part of his reaction to the spinal
With Pre-Op Nurse Ann D.
blocks. By 7:30, he was resting comfortably, and the shivering is almost subsided.
THANK YOU for your encouragement and prayers! They mean so much to both of us! He always felt uplifted in prayer, knowing he's in His Healing Hands! We appreciate your continued prayers for a good, restful, pain-free evening and successful standing tomorrow, along with pivoting to a chair. He already has 3 appointments for the CPM (continuous motion) machine, an hour each time, to slowly bend his knees up and down. Time for him to sleep. I'll try to post more tomorrow. (Scroll down for more photos.)
Tot: 1.393s; Tpl: 0.118s; cc: 9; qc: 52; dbt: 0.0323s; 1; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 2;
; mem: 1.3mb