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tranquilsea's avatar

Will you think about me tomorrow when I go under the knife?

Asked by tranquilsea (17760points) May 11th, 2011

The day has finally arrived. I’ll be heading in for surgery tomorrow at 11am for a fasciotomy that will, fingers crossed, fix the problem I’m having with my shins.

I was feeling ok about the operation until I spoke with the nurse last week. She said I was brave to be having both legs done at once and that made me a bit nervous.

I’ll be up on crutches after a few/many days of doing little to no walking.

I’ve been put under before but I am a little nervous about being anaesthetized tomorrow.

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

You will be just fine!! :))

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Mariah's avatar

You’ll do well, but of course I’ll send you some happy thoughts!

Some nurses just don’t say the right things, do they? My favorite recently was this one: “This shot, well, it’s going to hurt… a lot. I mean… it just hurts. Sorry.” I mean, okay, some warning is nice, but…!

wundayatta's avatar

I’ll certainly be thinking of you! Hope all goes perfectly!

picante's avatar

You’ll enjoy a deep slumber, Tranquilsea, and awaken to better shins. The nurse won’t be so lucky. Good thoughts are with you.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

My best thoughts are with you.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Green light and happy thoughts going your way! Talk to Jeruba about coping with crutches, and be sure to Fluther while you,re wacky on pain meds!

Buttonstc's avatar

I’ll be sending you positive healing vibes to make up for those nurse comments.

And definitely Fluther while you’re still high on pain meds :)

MilkyWay's avatar

Yes @tranquilsea I most definitley will. You’ll be just fine :)
Love you ♥

Seelix's avatar

Sending you the best of wishes! Think about how much better you’ll feel when you’re all healed up :)

nikipedia's avatar

Good wishes your way! Let us know how it goes!

augustlan's avatar

Sending you positive and healing thoughts, @tranquilsea! Please keep us posted. :)

tranquilsea's avatar

I must be nervous. I’ve been randomly tidying every part of the house today.

On the upside I got my dresses today. I’ve never ordered clothes over the Internet but I took the risk with these dresses here’s the first one and here’s the second one. They fit perfectly and my hubby is getting a nice surprise when he gets home ;-P

Seelix's avatar

WOW! Those are both gorgeous!

tranquilsea's avatar

@Seelix Thanks :-) I love those styles. I often feel like I was born in the wrong decade for fashion lol.

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Judi's avatar

I just looked this up on wikipedia. This does not look fun. I would be freaked out too. I’ll say a little prayer for you.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Yes. Good luck and be patient with the healing.

tranquilsea's avatar

@Judi That picture is a terrible one but thankfully I never got to the acute stage. Because I didn’t get there my incision will only be 2 to 3 inches on both legs with a smaller one near my knee if the fascia is stubborn.

tranquilsea's avatar

@noelleptc I love it too. Because these dresses fit so nicely I’ll probably be buying more from their site.

AmWiser's avatar

My thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow.
Beautiful dresses btw, they remind me of dresses my little petite mom wore in her hey-day:-)

aprilsimnel's avatar

I wish you the best, @tranquilsea, and a speedy recovery!

Kardamom's avatar

I’ll be thinking about you and wishing for a speedy and hopefully not too painful recovery. Hopefully you’ll get some really cute doctors and nurses attending to your every need and when you get home, people can push you around in a wheelchair and bring you things that you like. And maybe you’ll get to wear two of those brightly colored casts, like Jeruba had on her arm. If you get bored, we’re here for you : )

faye's avatar

Well, I think you are brave to do both! This time next week you’ll be saying ‘thank gawd I did both’, the worst hurt will be gone and you can happily rest. The worst thing about modern anesthetic is that you wake up so fast. I did like how I could doze all evening after a surgery in the old days.

augustlan's avatar

Wow, that green dress is a knockout! I bet you’re going to look fantastic in them. :D

liminal's avatar

Thinking of you.

MilkyWay's avatar

Praying for you dear @tranquilsea.

JilltheTooth's avatar

I guess it’s too early to know if anyone’s heard anything, huh…

augustlan's avatar

Hope everything went well!

tranquilsea's avatar

Things went well. I have a nasty side effect from the anaesthesia though: I can’t pee. My hubby is trying to fill my prescription for tylenol 3s (it’s 11:17pm here) as that should help (per nurse’s instructions). If it doesn’t I have to head to emergency so they can insert a catheter.

I’m pain med free right now because the percocet was making me puke.

nikipedia's avatar

Yikes! Thanks for the update, I hope everything works out!

augustlan's avatar

Hope you can pee! Catheters suck.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Wow, you got back to us fast! Thanks, @tranquilsea ! I wish you better pain meds and voluntary peeing. Glad you’re OK!

aprilsimnel's avatar

Oh, my. Luckily, your husband is there to take care of you. You’ll be back to normal soon! :)

Mariah's avatar

Eek, @tranquilsea, I can never pee after surgery, but it always comes before they would need to catheterize. I’m sure it’ll come for you too! The trick is to think about something else while you’re trying other than “oh god oh god I have to do this or they’ll stick an instrument up my urethra” because thinking that just makes you clench up. I hope they get you some pain meds you can tolerate soon, too – ouch!

tranquilsea's avatar

Thankfully, the tylenol 3s helped. I’m still not back to being able pee freely but at least it is back to something. I’m still groggy.

I was up on crutches yesterday and I can hobble around without them for short distances today. Too much hobbling and my feet swell.

My hubby wanted to take me for a walk today but um, no. I’m so not up for that.

Thanks for all the well wishes.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Loll about like the Lady of the Manor and make unreasonable demands for service from your loved ones. You’ll never have a better opportunity!

Kardamom's avatar

You’ll be up and running wind sprints in no time. Until then, ask for lots of things from everybody. Have you spotted any cute doctors yet?

JilltheTooth's avatar

Ask them to make you mac and cheese. That will eliminate any and all pain. Forever.

MilkyWay's avatar

I hope you feel much better soon @tranquilsea!
One queer thing was that after my surgery…. I wet the bed. I had to wear a sanitary towel because I was leaking the whole night :/
I wonder why I reacted different…

AmWiser's avatar

Even though you’re not feeling your best
With a little time, good care and rest-
It won’t be long until the happy day
you’ll be back on Fluther, typing awayl

tranquilsea's avatar

@Kardamom alas no. But my hubby is plenty cute for me.

tranquilsea's avatar

@queenie I guess people react differently.

@AmWiser :-)

augustlan's avatar

I never thought I’d say this, but “Yay for pee!”. Sounds like your husband is taking good care of you. :)

Kardamom's avatar

@augustlan Just coined a new Fluther term!!!

JilltheTooth's avatar

Yay for pee, indeed!
@tranquilsea : Hope you’re doing better today and the pee is flowing. Damn. Now I have to go to the bathroom. Yay for pee!

tranquilsea's avatar

I took the tensor bandages off today and my right ankle is black and blue and nice and swollen. When I first come out of the anaesthesia my right leg was in so much pain it wasn’t funny. That was the reason they gave me morphine. Now I know why. I wonder what happened on that leg because the other leg is sore but tolerable.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Your right leg fought back and needed to be sternly reprimanded.

MilkyWay's avatar

Oh, I hope you get better soon. (((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))))

augustlan's avatar

Thanks for keeping us updated, @tranquilsea. I hope you’re resting comfortably. :)

tranquilsea's avatar

@JilltheTooth it put up quite a fight from the looks of it.

I think he did that leg first because the incision on my left leg is a little lower.

Today I’m feeling much better. I can stand on one leg briefly and that’s progress.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Yay, standing! Are you peeing, yet? I guess that’s sort of a creepy question, sorry, just hoping the yellow stuff is exiting your person in an appropriate manner…

tranquilsea's avatar

@JilltheTooth Yes, thank you for asking :-P

That issue worked itself out by noon the next day thank god.

Now that the pain is minimal I’m going to try for a short walk outside.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Damn, you’re ambitious! Good on ya!

augustlan's avatar

Wow, I’m impressed! Be careful not to do too much, too soon, but I’m glad recovery is going so well.

tranquilsea's avatar

The short walk caused my right ankle to swell. Then, last night, my hubby accidentally kicked the stitches on that bad leg. That woke me up fast.

I have an appointment today I have to go to and I’ll use my crutches to keep the pressure off my right leg.

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