Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Surgery Pre-Op Appointment

Pre-Operative Doctor Appointment was today... The doctor was fabulous about answering my pre-op questions. I now feel forewarned, forearmed, and ready to plan.

The surgery itself will take about 45 minutes. Sounds like my greatest enemy will be swelling. Because he is cutting the lateral retinaculum (which is actually an extension of the quadriceps muscle) I will experience more swelling than "normal" for a scope. It will also be more painful, for a longer period. BUT... I start physical therapy two days post-surgery, get the stitches out on the 23rd, and as long as I can keep the swelling in check, my mobility and activity is only mildly limited. I will not need crutches, or a special icing sleeve (good old fashioned ice packs or gel packs will do the job), and I should only be on pain meds (prescription) for a couple days.

If all goes well, I will be preparing Christmas dinner, though I might not do the grocery shopping for it. I can live with that.   :-)  I'm feeling greatly relieved to have the info, to be able to plan.

On another note... I made it through full body conditioning last night :-) My lower body work involves mostly very careful squats, lunges and reverse lunges. Anything else hurts. Upper body was intense :-)  and today I am very sore! I love it! I miss being sore! Silly, right? My back (mid), abs, triceps, quads and glutes are all screamin' Tab's name :-) Lol!

Food today is exactly the same as yesterday. I'm on track and sticking right between 1200 and 1400 cal/day. I'm a bit concerned about my calories dipping too low during surgery recovery, so I'll be making sure that my foods are nutritionally dense throughout that time. Lots of greek yogurt, fresh fruit, steamed veggies, and lean protein. I may not take in a lot of calories, but I want the ones I do, to be excellent. The body burns extra calories during recovery (fueling repair), so I need to be on top of making sure I'm giving it what it needs.

Ok... I'm off to make lists :-)

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