The Comeback Begins!
Good news: I’m alive! My surgery went a million times better than I was expecting it to, and my mom, Adam and Cecil have all been excellent nurses at home. Cecil hasn’t left my side :).
Here’s a rundown of my surgery day… (get it? run-down? I love running.)
I got to the Lennar Medical Center at about 7am yesterday and they took me back almost right away. They had me sign all the consent forms, put in the IV needle and got me prepped for the heart rate and blood pressure machines. All in all it was pretty uneventful. They let my mom come back and sit with me which helped keep my nerves down a bit.
I got to see my doctor for a minute, I met the OR nurse and the anesthesiologist as well. I was told that people wake up in varying amounts of pain from a fasciotomy and was asked if I wanted to sign to approve a nerve block in case I woke up with unmanageable pain. I signed but luckily I didn’t need it!
My surgery was scheduled for 9:30am, but the team ended up taking me to the OR at around 9:15am I think. Even though I was super nervous, I couldn’t help but marvel at how cool the operating room was. I think they had three gigantic TVs, cool lighting, good music, etc. I was seriously impressed. I only had a couple of minutes to take it all in before I went under though.
Because my doctor was releasing all four compartments in both legs, I knew there was a possibility he might need to make three incisions on each leg. He said he would aim to only make two but that he wouldn’t know for sure how many until he got in there. Luckily he only needed to make two in each leg!
My mom said the doc came out to let her know the surgery went well at about 11:15am so I guess the procedure took roughly two hours.
After I finally woke up and drank something a nurse helped me get dressed, and then PT came by to get me up and walking. I was given crutches but haven’t been using them. Truthfully I don’t feel like I need them. I definitely feel sore but I wouldn’t say I’m in pain-pain. It hurts a little when I first stand up but once I’m up I’m all good.
My doctor came by as I was walking around just to let me know everything went well. He was glad to see I was walking and reminded me that I should walk as much as possible. The worst thing I can do is lay on the couch for a week and let scar tissue build up.
We chatted for a few minutes and then before I knew it I was put in a wheelchair and on my way home!
I think the picture makes the situation look worse than it is. My legs are definitely swollen and sore but it’s all good. Sitting with my legs down for an extended period of time is the only thing that aggravates them. The drive home from the clinic to my house took 45 minutes and my legs didn’t feel great towards the end of that trip.
Despite the Lennar Center being far from where I live, I am really glad that I had the procedure done there. I cannot recommend the center more. It’s part of the University of Miami Health System and everything in the building is state of the art.
I have to wear the compression stockings and bandages in the picture above for two days. After that I can remove them and take a shower.
I have to go to PT 2 times per week for 6 weeks, and I go for a follow up visit to the doc in one week just to make sure everything is healing nicely. He said the stitches are dissolvable so I don’t have to worry about anything there, thank goodness! My mom said she had stitches once and passed out after they took the first one out! o_O
Currently I’ve taken two Percoset and am feeling pretty positive about life. I feel certain that I’ll be running in less than three months. If you asked me right now I would say I think I’ll be able to run 6 weeks from now. I even think very short, easy runs might be possible in 4 weeks (or less? is that the painkillers talking?).
I’m honestly feeling so optimistic!
Thank you so much to everyone who left a comment, sent me a DM or texted me yesterday. I appreciate all of the messages so much. When my mom came back to see me in recovery she said “your phone has been going off nonstop!” Love you guys!
Did you run yesterday? Tell me ALL about it! I LOVE RUNNING!