Member Rara Avis
Hi everyone... This chipmunk is finally back, but there is a temporary hitch in my scamper...
Can you picture a chipmunk hobbling around on crutches? If you can, then you get the picture.
I now have a metal rod going from the top of my left hind paw to my left knee. It wasn't broken, but if I had walked around on it for one more day, it probably would've been.
I was awake for most of the surgery because I had an epidural, which is a longer acting form of a spinal (it was supposed to take 3 hours, but only took 2) and I had morphine via i.v. drip into my arm. I wanted to be awake for the whole thing because chipmunks are naturally curious...but somehow, I fell asleep for the best part... I wanted to see how they put that metal rod in, but they may have turned up the morphine a bit higher then, thinking that it was too gruesome for me to see and so I ended up taking a nap for a while.
After it was over and the epidural wore off, they gave me a pump with a button to press, and any time I felt pain coming on, I could press it and it would deliver pain relief immediately. It worked very well except that the morphine made me so ill that I couldn't eat anything for 3 days.
On the day after the surgery, they made me get out of bed and walk around with a walker. It was VERY painful at first, and it took 2 nurses and David to get me back into bed. Moving that paw back into that bed again was indeed so painful that I screamed out loud in agony. Eventually, David and I were able to do it ourselves, without a nurse... and now that I'm home, I can do it without any help from David... and I have graduated from a walker to crutches. I also can put weight on that paw once again, and I am actually only using the crutches for balance. In a couple of days, I'll probably graduate to using a cane... and finally, I won't need any help at all... but, I still have to have radiation. However, it looks like I will be able to go to the poet meet because my wounds have to heal before I can start the radiation. I have an appointment with my orthopod on the 25th, and if we can leave for Florida straight from Ann Arbor, we might make it there on the evening of the 27th or the morning of the 28th.
I don't know how long I can sit at this computer tonight but I did want to let you all know that I was okay and that David is taking excellent care of me, and I also want to thank you all for your unending prayers....
~ lots of loving chipmunk hugs
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