[personal profile] ajohns
Surgery tomorrow at a bright and cheery 6:15 a.m. Ugh. My mum pointed out that it's better to be early rather than later in the day, since I'm not allowed to eat or drink anything after midnight tonight.

I'm getting increasingly nervous about it, mainly about the IV (eeek, needles!) and anesthesia (eeeek, weird unnatural loss of consciousness!). And my knee is finally feeling almost functional in day to day life (though not in hiking or, egad, TKD), so it feels like a step backwards to be on crutches, etc. again. Rationally I know it's a necessary step backwards to go forwards, but geez, being able to walk is really nice, and it's a bummer to give that up again for a while.

Date: 2006-10-23 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shgb.livejournal.com
here's hoping everything goes smoothly.

Date: 2006-10-23 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
Good luck with everything. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow.

And if it helps at all (or even if it doesn't), a wise person once told me that courage doesn't mean never being afraid. Courage means doing what's important in spite of your fear. Tomorrow probably won't be fun, but ultimately it will help you, and you'll be fine. *hugs*

Date: 2006-10-23 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] outsidetheparty.livejournal.com
Fingers crossed and wood knocked for you...

Date: 2006-10-23 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanj.livejournal.com
I'm thinking of you -- hang in there. Get out there and fix a leg.

*hug*

Date: 2006-10-23 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kcobweb.livejournal.com
Good luck!

Date: 2006-10-23 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pantshead.livejournal.com
Sending all sorts of good thoughts your way!

And yes, Pirateofcatan knows ALL about steps backwards that are supposed to take you forwards. He had begun to regain use of his arm before the shoulder surgery. Then he wasn't allowed to move it after the surgery at all. On the plus side, he can now move it quite a bit, what with all the bones being back in the right place now.

Be sure to bring comfy clothes to leave the hospital in, and maybe throw a bunch of pillows in the car.

Date: 2006-10-23 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterborne.livejournal.com
It will be good. You are made to be bounding around happily, without worrying about when your leg is going to wear out or go funny on you! Hikes and rock climbing beckon.

Date: 2006-10-23 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kassrachel.livejournal.com
I'm sorry about the early wakeup, though glad you'll be able to get it over with.

I do not like needles much, myself, but the last few times I've had blood drawn it's been surprisingly close to painless, so I hope your IV experience is similar.

And yes, loss of consciousness is weird, but my memories of being anaesthetized for surgery -- which all date back to adolescence -- are of being told to count backwards from ten, and thinking "this is never going to work, I am so wide awake here," and then waking up when it was all over. As bizarre as it is to lose an hour or two of one's life, it's painless, and I think it beats the alternative by a long shot. *g*

Will be thinking of you tomorrow! Call if you need anything at all.

You're hardcore!

Date: 2006-10-23 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rissymonster.livejournal.com
Much luck and love to you and your knee.

Also, my recommended post-op protocol is to have someone(s) procure you a milkshake(s) to assist your recovery. (Says the lady whose pre-knee surgery surgery-type experiences all involved oral surgery.)

Date: 2006-10-23 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bayleaf.livejournal.com
Good luck tomorrow! *hugs*

Date: 2006-10-24 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minyan.livejournal.com
Good luck! *hug* Thinking of you.

Sometimes rational only goes so far, but good stories and good people and baked squash with maple syrup fill some gaps. Maybe at least it can turn into a good reason to watch the last leaves (or lots of Veronica Mars?) and bake sweet sticky things in more abundance than usual...

Date: 2006-10-24 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cybersattva.livejournal.com
More hugs and well wishes! Here's to the road to recovery!
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