Oct 23 – Post surgery Day 1

IMG-20141025-WA0002First day out of my Achilles post surgery. Everything went smooth. I was wheeled out to my car and my wife drove me home while I was still a bit nauseous from the anesthetics. The drive home was not bad at all. It took all about 40 min from the 405 to my house which is amazing. I’m reminded again how great it was to have the surgery done so early in the day.

Considering just a few hours after the surgery, I was feeling pretty good. I don’t remember what I ate for lunch but I think I had some noodles. There were minimal pain but it was due to the medicine and the nerve block that was still in effect. I took some prescription pain meds and just watched TV while keeping my leg elevated.

What was most challenging throughout the day was getting use to this cast. This thing is big and heavy! At times, it felt like the cast was going to do more damage than protect my injury. The cast had plenty of cushion and I was warned to strictly not to get it wet. I was also instructed to move my toes to make sure the blood flows. Honestly, I didn’t feel anything and couldn’t really tell if I was actually moving my toes or not. I had no sensation due to the drugs.

There wasn’t much fanfare throughout the day until I went to bed. The day before, I picked up Morphine and Oxycodone. Morphine was the long lasting pain med and Oxycodone was for short term as I remembered. I didn’t feel much pain so I figured I would only take the Morphine and it would be sufficient. Boy was I wrong! I went to sleep a little past 9:30pm but woke up at 11:30pm in immense pain. I had to wake up my wife to have her get me the other pain medication. I took the Oxycodone and after maybe an hour the pain rescinded. Hindsight, I should’ve taken both the Morphine and the Oxycodone before going to bed as that was going to be when the nerve block wore off.