Pain Pills, Blood Clots and other things
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
This morning was yet another rough morning. The pain pills take away enough of the pain to help me sleep off and on during the night but every time I get up to go to the bathroom, which is a lot, I have serious stiffness and pain in my right leg. This morning I decided to call the Nurse's line.
Margaret was concerned, no so much because of the pain but because it seems to be getting a bit worse and I feel it in the back of my knee and in my calf. She said 'make an appointment with your PCP if you can'. My doctor fit me in but was unsure what she could do for me since she's not the one who usually manages pain after a surgery.
She sent me to Ultra Sound to check for blood clots. Well, that came out negative, another worry put down. Later today my surgeon called me and asked what I was feeling. She said "you know, you only had the surgery one week ago". So apparently this pain that I'm feeling is not so unusual. However, she did decide to add an anti-inflammatory to my medications. She had that listed in the first place but for some reason that neither Tom nor I can remember, her Physician's Assistant decided to take that off the list.
I have a good feeling about this last piece, because my leg is so obviously swollen. Tom just left to pick up the medication and I'm saying a small prayer that Costco will not give him a bad time - again!
And my expectations have been lowered - it will take more than a week for the pain to go away. I have decided to get up and walk the hallway every hour or so, that is when I'm not napping. I will also make sure I get in a few more icing sessions with my leg elevated. But I will be calm (or at least try to be) as I ride out the waves of pain that settle every now and then.
I had the nicest call from my son Colin today. Tom's birthday is April 3rd and while we never really celebrate his birthday - this year the day will be pretty much all about me. So Colin offered to come over and make dinner for us - inviting his sisters - so they can celebrate Tom's birthday! Totally makes me smile!