I’m home, in no pain at the moment, completely recovered from the general anesthetic. No nausea at any point. The local anesthetic in my knee should wear off in another hour or two, but I have Percocet standing by. The knee is as good as it will ever be, I’m just dealing with the aftereffects of the surgery itself.
Mom & I were at the place early, minimal inprocessing on site, since we’d done a lot of it over the phone with the pre-op nurse. I got down to running shorts, surgical gown and hospital socks (the kind with a rubber tread pattern on the sole), on to a bed and an IV started in my hand. I hate needles, and trying to get that thing into the back of my hand after 10 hours of no fluids was kind of a drag, but they started some fluid through it and that got me rehydrated while we waited for the doctor. He got caught on the wrong side of an accident on the beltway, so we started about 20 minutes late. I remember then shooting a sedative into my IV, then I remember being in an easy chair in the recovery room. There was less than an hour in between, but I don’t mind that I lost it. I was pretty groggy for about another 20 minutes before I was ready to go. I’m told that people who drink deal with it better. What a drag that I’m a teetotaler.
They wheeled me out to car and I was able to give mom directions home. My dad met us there. I was able to walk in under my own power and get settled in. Mom left for a meeting, and dad suck around while I dozed on an air mattress in the living room for some period of time. When I woke up from that I decided I could go up and sleep in my bed, so dad helped me move my drugs, water bottle, etc., then he went home and I slept for a couple hours. Piedad the dog walker came over at some point to check on me and feed the dogs. I believe we had a conversation but don’t remember what anyone said. I’ll have to ask her tomorrow.
Penny came over after work and will be staying over. She brought me some dinner, for which I had a surprisingly good appetite. We’re hanging out for a bit, then I’m going to take some drugs and go to sleep.
Further reports as events warrant.