Before the surgery, they had him wash his whole body with 4 different premoistened sterile wipe towels that would help fight infection. He had to do this at night before bed and when he got up in the morning.
Of course he had to fast all night and his surgery wasn't until 11:30 AM
|He is smiling now...|
The nurses also come in and ask a ton of questions like what medications are you taking, which side is the surgery on etc.
While he was answering questions, a girl came in and hooked him up to the saline drip and the machine that measures blood pressure and heart rate.
Then, they came to take him away and sent me to P20 to await updates of what was going on.
When you are in the Cleveland Clinic, they send the family members text messages on a little machine that they keep with them.
I was updated when the surgery started and then, when it ended, Dr Jonathan Schaffer came out to talk to me and tell me the surgery went well. I was to wait in the waiting room until I could visit.
The next message I got was a text saying that my Hubs was in the recovery room and not ready for family members. Pain That was all they said. I thought ... oh shoot.
An hour or so later, I was called to the desk and told what room number my Hubs was in. When I got there,... he was in terrible pain and waiting for the pharmacy to ok the pain meds Dr. Schaffer prescribed.
He had 3 different pain meds he could take, 2 oral and one that was a nerve block that was in his back. After getting both of the oral meds at intervals, he was still in pain, so they ended up putting meds into the nerve block. That seemed to take care of most of the pain.
Did you know when you are in pain it can make you blood pressure go way up? I had no idea but they were very worried about my Hubs blood pressure and doing everything they could to control the pain to help get the pressure down.
After a rough night of sleeping, and not because of pain but because someone was always coming in and out of the room doing something like taking his vitals, checking the catheter, the IV and checking his ice pack.. etc, plus he had a room mate that they were doing the same thing to.
The day after surgery was much better at first when it came to the pain. It seems to come and go and I can see him grimace when the pain gets bad.
They took out his catheter and the IV also. But now, physical therapy starts.
The physical therapist told him to make sure he got his pain meds 1/2 hour before his therapy was to start. The problem is... getting a nurse to give it to you when you need it. It seems like they take their good old time.
One of the things they had my Hubs do during the physical therapy was stand and put as much weight as he could handle on his leg. He did pretty well and even took a few steps with a walker.
He is not eating well and I can see why. The food at the Cleveland Clinic leaves a lot to be desired. Really pretty bad.
They also started my Hubs on a blood thinner called Lovenox. They do this so you don't develop blood clots.
We thought it was a good thing, but on the day he was suppose to be discharged, they checked his surgery site. There was bleeding and bruising so they decided to keep him for another day.
The Lovenox had thinned his blood too much and was causing the bleeding. Thank goodness there were no blood clots. But that meant I had to find a motel. Lucky for me my Hubs got me in to the Downtown Cleveland Comfort Inn and out of the Unfriendly, noisy InterContinental
Next Post Will Be How He Is Doing At Home.