Thursday Feb 28th:
I arrived at OHSU hospital at 11:00 for my ACL reconstruction and some meniscus removal surgery with Dr Crawford, I was checked in and taken back soon after. They performed a nerve block with a pump that I was to carry with me for the next 72 hours. Only, I don't react to the prilocaine nerve block so I didn't get one. Apparently I am in about 4% of people that have this issue. I was disappointed about it.
At noon they rolled me into the surgery room and the anesthesiologist had me count backwards from 10, I remember saying 7,and the next thing I knew I was in recovery. I was in a ton of pain right out of the surgery but they gave me some fentanyl injections and it took care of everything. I was lucky I brought shorts to change into because there is no way I would fit my leg in a pair of pants, even sweats! I had a 3 hour car ride home and they made sure I was comfortable enough for it! We left there at 4 PM and drove strait home I slept the whole way.
At home I laid down and was up and down throughout the night, not too much pain, I still had a lot of surgery meds in me. At about 5 am I started getting some shooting pains but about 20 minutes after taking my pain meds it would turn more into an ache. This has been constant throughout the day. I am taking 2 pain pills every 3 hours. At about 2 & 1/2 hours into a dose the sharper pains come back so I am just staying on top of the pain for now. I feel well and active. I even went to the mall today and went clothes shopping, although my husband had to help me get dressed. So I am grateful that pain meds are helping me feel somewhat normal.
I am getting around the house alright on crutches, and have already started my at home pt. Not sure about my range of motion it's not much, I can almost fully straiten my leg though, still working on it. I can already tell that I am going to heal much quicker than my last ACL recon -of course they did a meniscal repair and an autograft using my hamstring. I was nwb for 12 weeks, this time I am wb as tolerated. I just need to ditch the crutches in 2 weeks.
Looks like it's going well, hoping that 3rd times a charm!