Bend that knee

One guy's ongoing discussion with his left knee

Friday, December 23, 2005

Lucky half dozen

Alex's wife here :)

His 6th surgery went smoothly - as far as we can tell! Alex went in around 9:45, and they found me in the waiting room a little before 12:30. The surgeon didn't stop by afterwards this time, probably because we weren't in the same centralized location with other post-op patients as the last time, so it wouldn't have been as convenient for him. Regardless, we'll find out more tomorrow when he goes to his first full physical therapy appointment in the morning... Dr. Steadman is expected to make the rounds there around 10.

He came out of the anesthesia pretty well; a little nausea, but nothing that our capable staff at the Vail Valley Medical Center couldn't take care of! The view outside of the room was a goreous scene of several ski trails, dotted with skiiers throughout the afternoon. His dinner was "okay", which is to be expected with hospital food. Rae came by to chat, as she'll be out tomorrow through Thursday and wouldn't see us the next day as she did the last time. I ran into Kim in the hallway and she was surprised to hear that Alex had surgery. She stopped by his room for a bit too, and we'll see her on the PT floor after she returns from a holiday weekend off.

I was planning to stay the night, but he was in a regular hospital room and the staff didn't seem to excited about me being there (they have set visitor hours). So I decided to come back to the condo, update the blog and head to bed. Tomorrow we start the two-a-day PT appointments, one at 9 and one at 2:30. It'll be a fun day of getting him moved to the condo and getting his post-op equipment set up.

The weather has been very nice, with an impressive layer of snow on the car and roads when we left this morning. Thank goodness for our good planning in having picked up a snow brush/ice scraper thing the night before!!! I drove like a good little Texan out of her element... SLOWLY!

Thanks for your support and encouraging thoughts... Alex will post more with details tomorrow.

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