Last night was pretty rough. Out of nowhere I got what I will call a flash fever. I was shivering for a while and had a temperature of 102. I was covered in sweat. 3 hours later the fever had come down quite a bit and I was feeling much better. The nursing staff here is phenomenal and they were all over me while I was sick. I also developed a headache and had trouble sleeping.
Other than that I have been noticing daily changes in my strength level and seem to be able to do more with my legs each day. Tomorrow morning they will transition me off of the magic elixir (Bupivacaine) and on to oral pain meds so I can get out of bed. I am really looking forward to it.
Dr. Park just came by to see me and reiterated that he thinks the surgery went really well. He is very optimistic that I will have no residual spasticity!
Yesterday I was a little worried because I could not lift my legs at all so I asked to see the surgical resident. He pretty much told me to ‘pump my breaks’ and reminded me that I was not even out of surgery for 10 hours at that point. Fast forward to this morning – I was able to lift my legs up a bit, hold them in the air, and bend them. I cannot wait until Monday when I will have the chance to stand-up and maybe give walking a go.
A few of you have asked if I noticed any increase in control and flexibility. I don’t know yet because the “magic elixir” is still doing its thing so my legs are pretty numb. I am the first adult they are using an epidural on post op and Dr. Park just told me that with the old meds that they used post-op I would be in excruciating pain right now.
So far so good. The only frustrating thing is being stuck in bed and laying flat. But it’s not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.
I am setup in a room now. The surgeon says everything went well. I am not sure what magic elixir they have in the pain meds but I am virtually no pain! Awesome.
I will keep this brief as I am posting from my phone. Which is now back where back where it belongs – right at my side!
I arrived in St. Louis last night and this morning I went to the hospital to do all the pre-op tests and fill out some paper work.
We reviewed my medical history and then I had some blood samples taken. After that it was a quick trip to another building for a Gross Motor Function Measurement exercise. The therapist had me run through a few things — walking, trying to run, crawling, knee walking, etc…We saved the results from this test so that we can compare how I do on the same exercise after a few months of rehab.
After that I met with a Physician’s Assistant to go over the surgery and what to expect. Bedrest for the first 3 days and then we start PT on the 4th day. Assuming all goes well I will be flying back home on 5th day.
That’s all for now. Go time is 6:30 tomorrow morning. I will update on how it goes once I am able to.