Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Surgery Today!

Finally, after almost a month since my fall on the ice and rupturing my quadriceps, I am having surgery to repair those quadriceps. My orthopedist told me that after surgery, recovery time will be six to eights weeks.  A long haul folks. But, could be worse. I could have broken my hip or got a fractured skull when I tripped/slipped on that mound of ice that had frozen at the base of the drain pipe at the corner of the building.

I slept fitfully last night.  I can never get a good sleep the night before surgery. I worry. I'm not fond of going under (anesthesia) again. Two things that scare me now that never used to: going under anesthesia and flying in planes. Imagine, being enclosed in a tube six miles high in the sky for over five hours with every seat packed.  First time I flew across country (to San Francisco in 1979), it was a lark.  This last time (flying to L.A.), my heart was in my mouth.  I'm also fearful of heights now, never used to be when I was younger. But I'm straying off the subject at hand here. Surgery today.

Bill will help me slid into the back seat of our car (I still can't lift my lower left leg). I have to be at the hospital by 11:15 AM.  Of course we'll get there earlier. 

I took my anti-bacterial shower again this morning as I have done for the past week.  Try taking a shower when you can't life your left leg or put pressure on it for fear of falling down.  Thank goodness my metal cane is waterproof. Again, I think of how lucky I am with "only" a leg with torn ligaments.  What do people do who have BOTH legs incapacitated?  God bless them and their caretakers.  Bless Bill, I have been such a burden on him for the past month. Limping around the house here, unable to go downstairs, drive a car, or clean the house.  I'm useless right now.  A couch potato.  

I am so looking forward to going back to work.  To getting my life back on track. To sitting at this computer without my left leg stretched out to the side, causing pain in my back as I update this blog. 

Enough complaining from me.  Soon I will be on my way to another adventure at the local hospital. They have me in their data base from my past visits for prostate cancer procedures and multiple kidney stone visits and two surgeries. I've had more hospital procedure these past two years than I've had my whole life.  From 1962, when I dislocated my other knee when I was in the Army, I didn't have a hospital visit until 2001, my first kidney stone attack. Then I had two sphincterotmoty surgeries (the first one didn't take) in 2003 at the VA.  All those years I worked at the banks.  I didn't even have a doctor.  I left my one job at Girard with 220 sick days accrued.  Of course my later hospital procedures, not working not paid just like now.  But I'm rambling.

I'm going to lie down and rest now.  Haven't had anything to eat or drink since about 10 PM last night.  One hour we leave for the hospital 

I hope to be back here at this location later today.  If I'm not, it's been real.


Jon said...

The very best of luck, Ron. I'll be anxiously awaiting your future blog posts and updates.

Raybeard said...

Big, very important day, then, Ron.I do fervently hope that it all goes smoothly according to plan, exactly as you are, and that your recovery will be at super-duper speed with you looking back at the whole affair with a sigh like it was a bad dream. I'm anxiously waiting to read your first post-op report. Very best wishes to you.

Postcard Cindy said...


Looking forward to your return, and hoping you are pain free! The road to recovery will certainly include a lot of work on your end, but it will be worth it to return to normal. Don't over do! Some of your stress will be over at the very least.

Cindy from Sonoma

Mike, Studio City said...

Glenn and I know you will be fine. Like Pollyanna said, "think of something to be glad about". We are glad the doctor will fix you.

Elle Clancy said...

Dear Ron:

Hope your surgery went well and you are on the road to recovery!!!

Jay M. said...

I am sure you are at home and resting. Looking forward to hearing how it went.

Peace <3

Ur-spo said...

You are certainly getting your money's worth from Medicine.

Ron said...

I'm still in the hospital Jay. They want yo monitor my pain. It's 2:07 AM in yhec morning. I got a roommate they just moved in that they have to get ready for surgery.

"Tommy" said...

Ron, hope the surgery went well. Speedy Recovery!!!!

Ron said...

Surgery Is over. My doctor says it was a success but I sm in pain. Major trauma to my leg. Stayed overnight monitoring the pain but now waiting to leave. I have IV's in my arm that the nurse has to take out. So tired.

Ron said...

Leaving today if the nurse ever gets in here anf takes these IV's out of my arm. Looking forward to going home

Raybeard said...

Well, it's a relief to know it was a 'success', Ron, even though you're still suffering uncomfortably with the aftermath. Hoping you can get through this present discomfort quickly and be back to something approaching your usual self pretty soon. Continued good wishes to you.

Ron said...

Thank you Jon. I'll try to keep everyone updated via blog posts although it is very uncomfortable for me to sit at my computer now

Ron said...

Thanks Ray. Looking forward to recovery and back to normal.

Ron said...

Thanks Mike! I'm on my way to recovery now. All good thoughts from here on out.

Ron said...

Dr. Spo,
For 37 year I worked for banks with the best medical care money could buy. Never once used a doctor, in fact I didn't even have a doctor until I had to get one to get a Viagra prescription. I left Mellon Bank with 221 sick days accrued. Of course all these "sick days" I have had since, I haven't been paid for one. But, I did pay into Medicare (and still do) all those years. That was a worthwhile investment because now I need medical care. Thank God for socialized medicine but don't know how "socialized" it is because I pay almost $300 a month for insurance still

Ron said...

On my way to recovery. Thanks for your well wishes.

Ron said...

Thank you Ellie.