I think everything went well.
We got to the hospital at 6.30am and registered and paid.
Soon they took me up to a bed where I changed and they started the IV drip.
I met the nurse and the anesthesiologist. People came and went all asking me my birthday and what I was having done.
I got some meds to relax me and then they booted out my husband to go to the waiting room.
After that the anesthesiologist came in again and gave me my epidural. That so did not hurt. It was like getting a regular shot.
Some more people came in and they made me put on one of those lunch lady caps and then I got more drugs.
Then I woke up in recovery. They didn't put me all the way under but gave me an epidural for the nerve damage stuff and put me so far in twilight sedation I might as well have been put under general anesthesia.
I kept falling in and out of sleep, it was very hard to wake up.
At one point they took out my breathing tubes but I was breathing too shallow so they put them back in. (That was actually a little scary because I couldn't get a good breath and started coughing, thankfully it was quickly alleviated)
Every time I drifted off to sleep they came around with some ice and touched various parts of my body to see if the epidural was wearing off. It was only supposed to block from my hips down but it blocked from my chest down.
At one point I grabbed my legs and looked at the nurse and said, "Hey, it feels like I'm feeling someone else up!"
I was so groggy and sleepy, it took me almost 3 hours to fully wake up but once I was awake I was ready to go! But first I had to stand and then go pee for them and all that.
Finally I was able to get dressed and my husband went and got the car and we came home.
The guy from the CPM company came a few hours later and got me set up really quick.
My doctor took pics on his phone of my manipulation and showed them to my husband, I am going to ask to see them as well. He took them to prove that my knee can really bend that far (too my chest). He's a funny guy, I love my doc.
Apparently I had tons of scar tissue and the nerve issue was making it so my pain wouldn't go away, it would just circle back- a neverending circle of pain.
At home now and I'm sore where they did the epidural and I'm sore on the inside of my knee. I'm sort of freaked out about PT tomorrow, I'm not sure what to expect. Pain? If so, how much? I've heard that the first 3 days after a manipulation are the hardest. Just taking it one step at a time as they say....
Thanks for all the welll wishes!