Carol approached her surgery without much hesitation. She spent two nights in the hospital and remembers waking up groggy. Still, she was up and out of bed walking just four hours after surgery. Her leg was a numb and felt very bulky due to all of the surgical dressing around her knee.
CAROL: So, rolling into the operating room, I'm a pretty relaxed person, so I was not nervous about it and I knew it was going to make me feel better. I hoped it was going to help make me feel better, so I knew I was going to be asleep and not know what was going on. Waking up was interesting. I was still a little groggy, but they got me up. I think my surgery was, like, at 7:30 or 8:30 in the morning, and I do remember, and only because I've written this down in a journal, that they got me up at one o'clock. So, I was in the recovery room for a little while, and then I got right up, or they got me up, and I probably didn't feel any pain because I still had the anesthesia or whatever they gave me in me, and I walked from the hospital bed to the window. With help, but I did do it on a walker. It was still numb, but it felt big because there lots of bandages around you and all of that. So, it was fine it just was cumbersome. That night, actually, there are a lot of people that come in and punch and poke you and take your vitals and whatnot. And, so, you don't really get a good night's sleep. They take your temperature; they do all sorts of stuff. Then the next day, a physical therapist comes again. The same person that came the day before.
CAROL: First I started on a walker, and he said "You can go on crutches." And so I did, I went on crutches. I didn't think I could, but it worked out. I don't remember it hurting a lot, but I was probably still on a lot of pain medicine. I spent two nights there and three days, so the first night was the night after the surgery, the next day, and then the following day I went home.