Monday, July 28, 2008

Slow Road to Recovery

Well miracles of miracles everything went well. The only Mary-esque thing that happened was a nurse pricked herself during the surgery so they had to do the whole battery of tests to make sure I wasn't going to give her AIDS or hepatitis. And of course the hospital billed us for the tests. Stinking medical system. I don't even know why I'm surprised. We're also the proud owners of a $65 ACE bandage.

The first week post surgery is just a haze of pain and a nice Oxycodone induced high. I was really out of it. Which is a good thing considering this ranks right on up there on the pain scale, coming in between childbirth and having my spleen removed. The worst part for me was that Addy was terrified of the full leg brace and crutches. She wouldn't come near me for days and screamed when anyone would try to bring her over for cuddles. Thankfully she got over it and now considers a Mommy stuck on the couch a good thing as I'm always available to read books.

Now I've started physical therapy and while excruciating its going quite well. I've re-gained about 80 degrees of flexion and already have almost total extension. I'm still on crutches of course, and will be for several more weeks. I should be able to drive in 2 to 4 weeks and be back to normal in about 6 months. It's a long rehab but thankfully the crutches are giving me a great arm workout. Everything has a silver lining!!

I appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers while I was out.


William said...

Don't get me started on the "stinking medical system". We got screwed when we were told to take Trey in for a "routine" echo-cardiogram. 6 months later I'm a payment plan to pay off the almost $1grand no one told me I'd be responsible for. All for a stinking 15-minute test he didn't even really need. rrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

eagleton4 said...

So glad the surgery went well & wasn't too traumatic. Hope the recovery process is QUICK! You poor thing- that's gotta be hard with an active toddler at your side. We'll be praying for you.

4marines said...

so glad you're healing well :-)