Saturday, February 6, 2010

Weak in the Knees

I headed to Utah on Wednesday morning for Clark's second ACL repair - I told him I think he has defective knees or at least he is weak in the knees.

He must get it from his Grandpa Best who had his second knee replacement surgery last week!

Sweet, kind, lovely Emily picked me up at the airport and we headed south to Provo.  We made a quick 10 minute stop at Tai Pan - yes it was quick!  I am on the search for a red cake stand with a scalloped edge but they didn't have one.  I did pick up a bag of chocolate covered potato chips though that we enjoyed munching on during the ride to Provo. 

We then went through the drive through at Kneaders and got ourselves a yummy salad and then Emily deposited me at the surgery center just in time to visit a bit with Clark and eat my salad before he went under the knife!

They were pretty much on time this time - last time they were about 3 hours late!

Here is Clark in his pretty blue bonnet and lovely hospital gown.
I checked under the covers to make sure they had the correct knee selected.

Surgery took about 1 1/2 hours and he did great.  They repaired his ACL and his meniscus.

Clark is quite entertaining when he comes out of anesthesia.  When the nurse came back to get me she said he was quite talkative and he kept repeating himself over and over again but she wouldn't tell me what he was saying.

Danger - I remember some of the things he said after his last knee surgery and they are better off not repeated. 

He kept me pretty much laughing for the next hour with his constant banter and his hitting on the nice married nurse in her thirties!  He was sure he was fine to go to the Blazer/Jazz game that night with his buddy Jordan who had box seats.  I assured him he wasn't!

Logan and Cali came over and helped me get him out to Dave and Tricia's house.  Cali and I stopped at Cafe Rio on the way out to pick up Clark's requested Post Surgery Meal - a grilled steak burrito, enchilada style with extra meat and a Dr. Pepper!

Last surgery the first night was horrible,  up all night in incredible pain.  This time I was prepared.  I gave him his pain meds before I went to bed and set my alarm to get up in the middle of the night to give him his next dose so the pain didn't get out of control.  When I got up to give him the meds he was still sound asleep and didn't want them.  In fact he didn't even take them the next morning.

He is doing incredibly well.  I took him to Physical Therapy on Friday before I flew home and they said he was way ahead of where they expect someone to be two days post op!

Waiting 2 1/2 months and all the great work he did to strengthen his knee really paid off!

Thanks to David and Tricia for letting us both camp out at their house - they are always so gracious and welcoming to us!! Thanks to Tricia for getting me back up to the airport on Friday afternoon!!

1 comment:

Patti said...

Strengthen the feeble knees!