we he survived ACL surgery today! WHEW!!! I can’t believe it’s over. After almost a month of pain, Matt went under the knife to have his flag football injury reversed! …After lots of doctor’s appointments and many pre-hab visits, we felt confidant that we had found the perfect doctor! And, we were right! Matt’s doc did a surgery that he had never completely done before…and even had lots of doctors there watching as it took place! This certain type of ACL surgery was all orthoscopic and only contained 4 small holes. It also involved a cadaver’s (yick?!?) hamstring. Crazy right? Also, due to Matt’s blood deficiency, more precautions had to be taken. …It was a lot to take in to consideration and made me thankful that I wasn’t a doctor!!! I can’t imagine the pressure….
Now…on to the surgery…
We went in at 7:30 this morning. Just Matt and I drove the surgery center since Mammer is in town to keep an eye on Q! Once we got there, we waited for a short time before they took Matt back to prep him for surgery. It was quick and easy….gown…IV…put an “x” on the correct knee…wear this crazy hat…etc! :)
After that, Steve and Randy came to pray with Matt while the anesthesiologist waited to give him his sedative. As soon as we said “Amen,” and I kissed my patient, they gave him the meds. Within 30 seconds, Matt was talking about all kinds of things and was looking quite interesting. Right as they wheeled him off, he described how the meds made him feel like some other unmentionable “medicine”…and the doc said, “Let’s get him out of here before he says something he’ll regret!” … Matt smiled, said, “But Christ makes all things new” and he was gone!
Then, the clock ticked as I read (the second Twilight book, of course), texted lots of Matt’s friends and family, and tried not to worry! After 2 1/2 hours, I got a little antsy…and, the receptionist went back to find out that they were still working. Finally, after 3 hours of waiting, they came out to tell me that he was out and doing great! At that point, Steve, Randy and Nancy were there keeping me company as well! …Soon after, the doc came out and told me that the surgery went PERFECTLY! (even all of the NEW stuff they were doing!) They said he successfully housed Mr.. (or Mrs.?) Smith’s hamstring and that he should recover nicely! … Then, it was more waiting! …. After about 30 more minutes, I got to go back and see my groggy guy! …
The first thing he said was…”did you go tan again!?…you look really tan!” (Silly boy…I happily started Versa-spa-ing again yesterday and I LOVE IT…welcome back tan me!!!)…and then rambled a little about the things he remembered and didn't’ remember from the time before his surgery. … Then, I explained how the surgery went perfectly and how he WAS the first to get this type of surgery from Dr. Morgan. He quickly responded with, “So I am the first pancake in the batch!” (Apparently the first pancake in the batch is never as good as the rest? So, he was jokingly a little nervous about being the guinea pig!) …Oh how funny pain meds make you!!! …
After helping get him dressed and an eventful trip to the bathroom, I drove him home so that he could get some much needed rest! :) …And, now we’re here….relaxing, recovering, welcoming visitors and enjoying some fun video games and movies! We’ll keep you posted on the patient!
Bye for now!