Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Here's me one day after surgery. I wasn't going to post this but why not; it's instructive. You can see the CPM machine in the foreground, moving my leg up and down. The orange "trapeze" over my head was invaluable in moving around, especially when both of my legs were numb. I won't go into detail on the icky stuff but it's all there (drains, IV, epidural, ice packs, etc.)
This was my own room but as you can see, it's not spacious. The door to the bathroom is in the background, not that I got to use that until the final days. The view out the window, which I'm gazing toward, was of a smokestack on an older part of the hospital, but if I turned around and stretched I could see trees and Puget Sound. Guests had a great view in that direction. I saw a couple of beautiful sunsets out the window, perhaps made more spectacular by the oxycodone and other drugs.
In any case, this is what a person looks like one day post PAO. Basically just glad the hard part is over and wondering when I can have a shower!