It was last Tuesday I had my new robot knee. I did decide finally, on the morning of the op, to go for a spinal injection as opposed to a general anaesthetic. Over the weekend I'd watched a couple of videos of knee replacements and still had mixed feelings about the choice of anaesthetic. (A bit like choosing baby names. You have 9 months to think about it then change your mind at the last minute)!
I found it a little disconcerting that, as I sat on the bed in the anaesthetist's anti-room, I was giving him directions as to which way the needle should go -
'No, I've got pins and needles in my left leg.'
'No, my right arm's gone dead!'
Then after a few minutes I was squirted with icy cold water up the side of my body to make sure I was well and truly numb.
He got it right and I was wheeled through to theatre. My God, there's no hanging about in there! The anaesthetist tried to keep my attention whilst all the preparation got underway. I was very surprised to see my leg up in the air but assumed they knew what they were doing.
I said I didn't want a sedative (as I was quite interested to hear what was going on). The sounds, of course, were quite gruesome but it all went well. I lost count as the staples went in. They wrapped it in a huge bandage and off I went to recovery.
The triplets came to visit (see photo). They wanted to look at the robot knee underneath the bandage so we're rather disappointed!
The hospital (& staff) was fantastic. I had first class care, the food was great. That is, until Friday morning when I was due to be discharged. It seemed that my 'controlled drug' had to come from larger hospital and that someone had to go in a taxi to collect it! Whoever it was decided not to tell anyone he was back which resulted in a 5 hour wait. During this time, I was a non-patient because I has been discharged (no food, no drugs). Eventually, someone took pity and brought sandwiches and tea but I was in so much pain. Luckily my meds appeared just at the point I was about to start ranting so we were able to go home.
My recovery has been amazing (I think) for one week. I'm rather slow but getting there. ToD xx