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Surgery update

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

I had my surgery on my foot yesterday morning. I’m told it went well, although I can’t even see how it looks, as it’s bandaged and will stay that way until at least Tuesday, when I go in for a follow-up visit. I had  a good experience at Surgicare, the facility where my doctor performed the surgery.  The only mishap was a nurse stepping on my IV. This was disconcerting, but an honest mistake. I was a little disturbed, a little amused, and a little reassured that everyone I spoke with asked me what foot they were operating on and what they were doing to it. I’m glad they double, triple, and quadruple-checked, but it got me thinking about what would happen if they performed a procedure on the wrong patient. Scary to think about.I was also a little reassured by the fact that the doctor I’ve been seeing was the one performing the surgery, as he knew exactly what needed to be done.

For the procedure, I had an IV, plus electrodes on my chest and I’m told they put in a breathing tube after they knocked me out. I must’ve looked like some kind of freakish cyborg. They cut out a bad section of skin and shaved off part of a bone in my little toe, and sent in the skin for testing to make sure it’s not something serious. The doctor said there’s no reason to think it’s more than an abscess, but they always send it in for testing, just to be sure.

After the procedure, I woke up feeling quite well. I didn’t even realize it was over until I looked down at my foot and saw it was bandaged. They used a local AND a general anesthetic, and my foot is STILL somewhat numb, and I’ve got meds on top of that, so there’s really been little pain so far, for the most part. I expect things to get worse before they get better, as my foot numbness wears off, but time will tell. From what I understand, some people wake up from the general anesthetic feeling horrible, and this has not happened to me this time, nor when I had my wisdom teeth out. I guess I handle the general anesthetic well.

I’ve been prescribed hydrocodone for the pain. Some people love the way this stuff makes them feel, but I don’t. I don’t hate it either, but I can’t see why people do this stuff recreationally. I’ve found that some caffeine makes it more tolerable by keeping my from feeling so lethargic.

So … so far, so good. It was a beautiful day today and I would’ve loved to go for a bike ride, but I am just glad not to be in excruciating pain. I did get out for a while, we managed to get out for lunch and we went for a drive, with Sarah driving. It was great to get some fresh air. We also dropped my bike off at the bike shop for a tune-up. When I’m ready to ride again, my bike will be in top form. I also had them order a couple more Pasela tires for me, they had a good price, and I really like the one I’ve been testing.

8 Responses to “Surgery update”

  1. Chris Says:

    Thanks for the update. Good thinking on the tune-up. You’ll be ready for each other soon.

  2. Ear to the Breeze » Blog Archive » One last ride before my surgery Says:

    […] this may be a little confusing. I actually already had my surgery on Friday. See my status update here. I just didn’t get around to writing about this ride until […]

  3. Steve A Says:

    Actually, this sounds more coherent than I’d expect. Rest.

  4. Doug Says:

    Sounds like everything went well. What kind of recovery time are you looking at? How long before you can ride? Here’s hoping it’s a quick recovery!

  5. Apertome Says:

    Supposedly, I can be back on the bike in about two weeks. We’ll see!

  6. Jon Grinder Says:

    Two weeks? Yow! At least it isn’t the height of the prime riding season.

    Glad to hear it went well. Enjoy the down time, as much as you can. It will only make getting back on the bike that much more special.

  7. mike Says:

    Good luck with recovery. Be sure to stick with any and all PT that they put you through – and you will be riding and hiking and taking gorgeous pictures in no time. I’ve been down the recovery road and it is no fun – but it can often lead one to new places, new strengths, and definitely new outlooks on how fragile yet strong we can be.

  8. bill Says:

    Hope all is going well…now get out there, ride and shoot – your public is relying on you.

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