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SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014

I started this blog because there aren’t many out there that shed light on the affects/results of the procedure.At the end of the day, I had the Patella Stabilization/Realignment, Lateral Release, and bone marrow procedures completed.I stayed in the hospital for two nights.  Pain was excruciating.  I of course had meds, but any sudden movement did not go unnoticed.  I had a drain inserted into my leg for the duration of the stay.  Any none bedpan bathroom usage involved a nurse who followed me with my IV and drain/blood catcher (no technical term, sorry).Every time I woke up, it was time to take another dose of meds  Blood thinners, anti-naseau injection, stool softener, oxycodone, and oxycontin.  And I had access to the pain meds in the IV which I’m pretty sure saved me a few times.

A physical therapy team taught me how to get in and out of bed, use crutches, and how to climb steps.

A few vomit sessions later, and I was ready to go home.  Day 2 after the surgery, I was on my way.  I sat with my legs up across the back seat and prayed for no potholes (yeah right, this is NY!).

Do not try this at home unless you have a team of great friends and family who are willing to help.  Help with getting into your range of motion machine (CPM) and then help with setting up the icing machine.  4 hours in the CPM and then icing 3-5 times a day for 30 minutes at a time.  Appetite not included with these toys…

I made great progress and it showed in my post op (9 days after surgery).

I was asked to increase my degrees of flexion, had stitches removed, and was given the great news that my bone is healing really well!

Other than horrible daytime television, week one was not too bad.  I hope the left leg proves to be just as successful.

Until the next update… Dancer down out.

Posted by Christine Gonzalez at 9:22 PM