Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Out of surgery

This is Cassie's Mom, after trying to connect to the internet unsuccessfully several times in her room, we have decided that Cassie will dictate to me and I'll try to keep you updated by taking the computer elsewhere in the building where there is a strong enough signal. Cassie's surgery took 5 1/2 hours this time, and Dr. Mayo said it went very well. He did find a cyst in the joint, in the same place as the left one...a matching set! He said that was kind of strange. She woke up in a lot of pain and Dr. Mayo said it took some time to get it under control, fortunately she did not remember much of that! She was out of recovery just 1 1/2 hours later and after a breathing treatment; into a room by 9:30, a little nauseas, and with a very dry throat. She kicked me out a little after midnight, and I took a cab to the hotel, since my carriage had turned back into a pumpkin. During the night they did a Doppler test because they were not detecting a pulse in her right leg, but they ruled out a blood clot and the pulse was detectable this morning, but weak. The epidural worked very well for her ...again both legs were blocked, so they may remove it tomorrow. Overall she is doing well, her blood count was low, so they will be giving her two units of blood this morning, and that should help her feel a little better as well. I will let you know how the day goes, I am relaying all your messages, she is so appreciative of all of you! Sharon

7 comments:

abnacy said...

Hi Cass, Sorry yesterday wasn't very comfortable! Hope you feel a little better today and keep the pain under control. Thinking of you!!

-Acy

Sam said...

Cass - I'm glad to see you on the other side! Your legs will be back kicking before you know it - just concentrate on getting that pulse back for now! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Cass -- I've been looking for your mom's posts and hoping that all went well for you. Glad to hear they've got your pain under control. It will get better each day. Know that the Hipwomen are thinking of you.

Sheila

Anonymous said...

Cassie 2 Down and 0 to go! Happy healing...

RK
11/05 LPAO
6/06 RPAO

Lauren said...

So happy to hear that you made it through. Now it's just about being patient with yourself. I look forward to hearing more updates. Take care.
Lauren

Rachel said...

Way to go Cass!...keep those ankle pumps going :)

-Rachel

MNav said...

Glad to hear the surgery went well! Sorry, but your 5 1/2 hour surgery didn't beat my 7 1/2 hour surgery! Not that it's a contest anyone wants to win! I had that extra two hours for my FO. Good news that you don't need one -- ugly long scar down the outside of the leg and a plate they'll probably have to remove in six months.

Bummer about your matching cyst, but you're so young, you might be able to get rid of it. I've read some studies where a restructured joint that no longer puts abnormal pressure on the cartilage will repair itself.

Keep up a positive spirit and take it one day at a time. Pretty soon, you'll be back in Bodyjam with two good hips and no pain!