Cynthia’s main concern for her surgery was that the anesthesiologist properly sedate her after she dealt with significant nausea and vomiting in the hospital after her fist knee replacement surgery. After surgery, she got out of bed though she couldn’t imagine standing up so soon. First using a walker, she worked with a physical therapist that helped her walk for longer periods and did everything she needed to do to get home as soon as possible
CYNTHIA: When I arrived at the hospital, I was very, very nervous. And I was trying to remain as calm as I could. And the anesthesiologist came in to see me. And I said, "I don't care what you give me but when I go in there I don't wanna remember anything." I still remembered going in there and seeing all this equipment. But by that time I had enough medication that I really didn't care a lot.
CYNTHIA: And then all of a sudden I was in my room. I don't remember being in recovery at all. And I know I was. And so I just remember waking up in my room about one o'clock in the afternoon. And I wanted to eat something. Well that was not a very good idea because what went down, I had cottage cheese and fruit, came right back up again.
CYNTHIA: So shortly thereafter they had somebody come in and get me out of bed. And I knew this was gonna happen. But I was very, very nervous because I thought how can I possibly stand up? They got me up out of bed and I thought my surgeon is going to be really, really happy that I was able to accomplish this.
CYNTHIA: And then the second day was, you know, getting myself up. So the physical therapist would come by. And then take me for walks. And I was scared to death. 'Cause I did not think I could walk down the hall, even with a walker. Considering what I had done to my leg. So I was rather intimidated by that. And I remember one day when the physical therapist came by and he and I had developed a really good rapport, and I said, "We're gonna go all the way around the nurse's station to the other side. 'Cause I wanna make sure I can go home."