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Amanda_L : Hardware is out!
Diary entry posted Tue 2:21pm 8 December 2009

It took just 37 minutes to remove 2 plates and 17 screws... granted I was in the hospital for 6+ hours for pre-op preparations, etc., but the total time to actually remove the metal is truely amazing. I had general anesthesia. I came out of the surgery and was in immense pain. The nurses kept me in the recovery room a little longer than normal so I could get more morphine. Once I was out of recovery room I was given percocet. I had horrible pain immediately. The percocet helped a little, but it still hurt. On the 20 minutes drive home ( hubby drove) I was so nauseas. It was awful. I got home and went straight to bed. I did all I could not to puke. I couldnt get comfortable no matter how I laid. I am in a soft splint/cast again. Same as when I came out of the first surgery. My toes are black. My leg is swollen and the cast is really tight. Yesterday I slept all day. I didnt get out of bed until 1p today. I puked yesterday and could not keep anything down. Today is better. I have eaten and kept it all down. I am trying to drink fluids, which I dont have an appetite for. My husband is home for a week, thank goodness. Its amazing how quickly I remembered how to use crutches and get around. I need a shower chair, which my husband is going to get. I have to keep the leg elevated and iced constantly. Now, 30+ hours later, I am still in a lot of pain. It hurts no matter which way I lay it. It really hurts when I put the leg below heart level. I cannot bear weight for awhile now. In 10 days I have a post op appointment. I will likely not be walking at that point either, due to all of the holes in my bone. I did get to keep the hardware - pretty creepy to think that was all in my leg!!

To be continued!



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