(posted by Mindy)
As a nurse, I admit that I am not a good patient. Of course there is the “too much knowledge” issue, but more importantly there is a sin issue here. The fact that I hate being a bother or burden to others or that I hate the loss of control that comes with putting myself in the care of others, shows I struggle with pride. I am learning that I need to be humble, graciously accept help from others, and give up the need to control my life and circumstances. I am learning that my sufficiency is not in myself but in God Himself and those He sends into my life to assist and guide me.
With that said, I can now happily report that surgery is done! The doctor found a clean-cut, flap tear of the cartilage in my left knee. All indications are it was successfully treated. The scope also revealed the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is intact. I am able to bear weight on my left leg but will use crutches for a few days for walking stability and comfort.
It was a pretty rough evening yesterday with post-anesthesia related nausea and vomiting, but by 3:00 am this morning, I was able to keep down some water and saltines. I woke up this morning with deep, aching pain in my knee, but no nausea. The nausea did return, however, when I was up and about too much and after taking a couple of Tylenol with codeine pills. I have decided that shorter trips out of bed and non-narcotic medication is in the plan for me the rest of the day.
Tim and I are so glad my sister Missy was with us yesterday during the whole Doctor’s Hospital routine. As a nurse, she was a huge help. After yesterday’s experience, I have reached the conclusion that I will never allow myself or someone I know be at the hospital for surgery without someone at their bedside during the recovery time. All I am going to say is, the doctors (surgeon and anesthesia doctor) were phenomenal, but the nursing care was not that great. I am sure a lot of my critique is based on my own nursing training (and that of my sister’s), but there were a lot of things that we consider “no, no’s” in nursing care.
I see the doctor next Thursday for a follow-up appointment and will know more information after that. I will be cooperating with doctor’s orders to lie low for a few days, so could you please pray for Tim as he works with the groups here at camp without me?
Have a great weekend, and THANK YOU so much for your prayers and concern!