Part #3 of Red E Trainer Tegan’s knee reconstruction which she is documenting for everyone to read!
Friday 1st of June was THE day! I was asked to be at the hospital by 1.00pm to get prepped for 2.00pm surgery. By that time the anticipation was killing me!! I was in my super stylish gown and my knee was pained bright orange with betadine, just waiting for the theatre nurse to come and get me. Finally she walked me in to theatre and did a few last minute checks, then took me through to the surgeons “Work Bench”.
As I headed over to the bench my surgeon casually wandered in – can of coke in hand and did his checks…
Doc: “what are we doing today??”
Me: “ACL Recon”
Doc: “And which leg??”
Doc: “2 points for you!”
So I lay back for what felt like forever while they all got their “tools” ready and the surgeon drew some lines on my leg then before I knew it I was out!……
Two hours later I woke up with my leg strapped into the Continuous Passive Motion Machine. Before they turned it on they dosed me up with some pain killers and got me a nice warm blanket. The surgeon came to let me know it all worked well and went to plan so he was happy (still had a can of coke in his hand! haha)
After an hour in recovery they wheeled my bed back to my room where I discovered the CPM machine really wasn’t too bad, it was kind of comforting, just slowly bending my knee a little bit. Having a drain put in was my worst fear – to my absolute horror I realised I had not ONE but TWO drains!!!
For the most part I slept on and off while in hospital the only highlights were having the CPM machine and drains removed first thing on Saturday 2nd June. Having the drains pulled out, one at a time, would have to be the most uncomfortable experience of my life!! They then strapped me in to my splint which will now stay on for about four weeks.
In the early hours of Sunday 3rd June all the medication started to over-load my system and I couldn’t keep anything down which made things a bit uncomfortable for a few hours. I had to sip on lemonade which did settle my stomach enough to eat some breaky before my next visit from the surgeon who gave me very strict instructions to rest, and absloutely NO weight bearing for minimum of two weeks when I’ll see him again to check progress. Just to clarify I asked him…
Me: “So there’s no other exercises I need to do yet??”
Doc: “No, only what the physio says… You just had major surgery you know??”
Then the physio came to make sure I would be alright with my crutches. My first trip was a little bit wobbly and the pain killers sent me into a dizzy spell so once I was back on the bed he gave me a couple simple exercises to do from my lounge chair which will help get strength back into the quads and hamstrings.
The ride home felt long and bumpy but once I was back at mum and dad’s in the recliner I was comfy again!
So I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I will not be doing much “working out” this next few weeks – just keeping up with my rehab exercises and my short trips on the crutches should keep me occupied. And as for my goals I’m sure I can make up some time with the upper body once I’m back on my feet. I will also keep my nutrition and rehab on track until then!!
For now I’m just focusing on the positives and how strong my knee will be once I’m fully recovered!!
(Tegan – 4th June, 2012)