Adventures in modern medicine during Covid
Here I am at 5:30 AM, waiting for them to take me in for surgery. I'm having the surgery done at the Good Samaritan Medical Center here in Lafayette. We choose this hospital because it is rated in the top 50 nationally for surgical outcomes. Except for the other patients of the day, the Hospital was very empty that early in the morning.
Here is a before photo of the leg. It will never look like this again!
Out of bed after surgery. The actual surgery took around an hour and the surgeon said he was very pleased with the results. The white stockings are compression stockings to reduce post surgery swelling. I will be wearing these on my right leg for many weeks.
Needless to say, with everything happening to me, I was at risk for falls.
Day 2. Hooked up to the ice machine. This device continuously circulates ice cold water over my knee to help control pain and swelling. This now belongs to me and I'll be taking it home for daily icing.
First real walk around the ward on day 2. Everything is working as expected.
Out of the hospital. Rather than going immediately home, I spent ten days (9 nights) at my Mother-in-laws guest room. She lives in a single story ranch house. The guest room was only a few steps to an accessible shower and bath, and entry only required navigating a handful of stairs.
Here's my knee post surgery. The bandage is waterproof and stays on for two weeks. So far, 11 days in, no leaks! Except when I bathe I'm wearing the white compression stocking from the earlier photo.
See you in about a week with an update after they remove the bandage!