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Allen : Surgery Part2
Diary entry posted Sun 11:00am 20 May 2001

I forgot to mention that my surgery lasted for about an hour and a half (I think). I got a plate and two scews slapped on my fib. Now , back to the story....A couple of hours after surgery I ate and didn't have any problems. (Apparently some people have problems with nausea after anesthetics) The pain wasn't that terrible, but I was also getting Morphine shots about every 4 hours. The problem with morphine, is that even though it knocks out the pain (and you), it also seems to knock out you ability to urinate. (I assume it was the morphine) I was hooked up to an IV so I couldn't make it to the bathroom and had to use a "urinal" (so they called it- is was just a plastic bottle) That could have had something to do with it- but I could tell my bladder was full, but just could not make it happen. After 3 hours since my morphine shots, I could usually get most of it out. So I worked out a good schedule where I would get a shot, pass out, wake up request more, and then quickly go to the bathroom, er I mean plastic bottle, before the nurse got back with my liquid releif. To be honest, I slept most of the time after the surgery until the next morning.

The next day, a physical therapist came in to visit with me and my docoter came to check in with me. I ate and watched TV and that is about it. Also, the nurse comes every couple of hours to check temp, bp and heart rate. Around 2pm on Thursday I got one last dose of antibiotics intravenously and was free to go. Once I got home- miserable trip because I live near DC and beltway traffic is unforgiving- I started taking Vicodin and found the most comfortable position possible. I continued with the vicodin on Friday, but didn't really need it after that. I have an appointment tomorrow (Monday) to have things checked up on. I assume I will also get a cast since I am in another one of those brace things held on with bandages like I had when I first went to the hospital right after my injury. The main difference is that before I could feel my bone moving aound with this thing on, but now with my bone held toghether , I don't. That's pretty good I guess.

So, as far as the surgery goes, I am glad I got it. I understand how my injury will heal faster now, since the bones are stably in a good position to heal. The pain was worse from the surgery than from the original injury, but I think I the small amount of pain I had from the original injury is definitely not typical. I think normally, the surgery would not be that much more painful. Plus, morphine and vicoden Rock! They work wonders. Basically, if anyone is in need of surgery, don't get too worked up over it, just take it in stride and realize it will be over soon anyway. It's really not that bad. Well, that's about it, I'll give an update after my appointment tomorrow.



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