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Surgical report

So I’m finally home. I had the surgery on Monday. The took me in for my femoral nerve block about 12:15 pm, I went in for actually surgery somewhere around 1pm, and I woke up in the recovery room a little after 4pm. My surgeon said everything went great. I went into my hospital room, they checked the bandages and I only had a small spot of blood on my bandages. About half an hour later they were getting ready to send me home and were routinely checking my bandages for blood when we realized my wounds had actually bled through the bandages and onto the hospital bed. I had to stay overnight in the hospital in order to prevent compartment syndrome. During the night my blood pressure dropped dangerously low (60’s/40’s) and my nurses, Sarina and Jeff and I had to work on getting fluids in me to get it back up in order to prevent the need for a possible blood transfusion. It was a pretty tumultuous stay in the hospital, but we had gotten everything normal enough for me to go home Tuesday morning. I have some crazy swelling and some new scars, but I made it home. Now the hard stuff begins.

My IV they put in for my surgery

My IV they put in for my surgery

Before my surgery in the hospital

Before my surgery in the hospital.

1st picture of my knee post-op

1st picture of my knee post-op

First sign that trouble was developing

First sign that trouble was developing

The bleeding that caused me to stay overnight in the hospital

The bleeding that caused me to stay overnight in the hospital

The drain in my leg and blood bandages

The drain in my leg and blood bandages

New scars 12-15-08

New scars 12-15-08

scars after the bleeding slowed

scars after the bleeding slowed

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12 and counting.

It’s strange, I’m less scared today than I have been the last couple of weeks. Maybe part of it is all the reassurance I’ve been getting. I have some seriously great people around me. John and Jerry came over, even though they didn’t have to. They’re so great to my family, and me. My family is just great. It’s been really nice having everyone around me. Maybe being home for the semester isn’t going to be so bad. Maybe this really is what I was supposed to do, despite all the doubt I’ve been going through.  Maybe that’s what faith is really about.

Tomorrow’s the day. I’ll have pictures as soon as I can take them. Posting might take longer since I won’t have my laptop, but they’ll find there way here eventually.

Under the 48 hour mark.

Man, I’m really going to miss my job. Well, maybe not the actual job so much, but definitely the people. It’s funny, I’ve only worked there for a few months and we all agreed that it felt like so much longer. It’s hard to find people you can really be yourself around and it’s really hard to leave that.

We finally got some snow today. It’s almost mid-December and we haven’t really had snow at all. I might get around to taking some pictures. We practiced for the church choir this morning and I had to carry the whole section since only a couple of altos showed up. I really hope that more show up for the other practices and actual performance. Best Year Ever is on today. It’s amazing how normal my life is when I’m kind of freaking out inside. Maybe after the next 48 hours normal will be hard to come by.

Well I guess I’m headed out to go grocery shopping, I’d better appreciate normal while I can have it.

Matt Nathanson- Little Victories

Sam.

That’s me. Today is Friday, December 12th. On Monday, December 15th at 10am I will be heading to my local hospital to undergo my second knee surgery. My goal in all this is not only to have a well preserved record of the surgery experience, but everything else that goes on in the next few months or so.

The surgery. This is my second surgery on my left knee. My first surgery took place on August 21, 2006. The surgery was an intended to stop my knee from dislocating, which had been a problem since 2003. It worked, for a while. So now I’m headed back in to get a tibial tubercle transfer and lateral release.  It’ll be a very painful process, requiring lots of physical therapy to rebuild and follow-up appointment to be sure everything goes right. I’ll be in an immobilizer and on crutches for a while.

I’m also taking next semester off of school in order to get this whole thing done.

Here’s something interesting: before pictures. Now I’ll have something to make comparisons with.

Left knee scars

Comparing my left knee to my right

Comparing my left knee to my right

My left leg as of 12-12-08

My left leg as of 12-12-08