My previous suspicions were right; I wasn’t all the way out in the OR. Color me embarrassed to find out yesterday from the PA that I’d started “moaning, moving [my] arms, and kicking a bit once the tourniquet was inflated.” Um, moaning? Great.
Perhaps even more embarrassing is the fact that I was apparently still arguing about having any anesthetic, even after I’d had the first dose of Versed. The PA told me she was trying to reason with me (once I started moving) and tell me it would be ok to have the sedation, but I was refusing to give in and kept telling them no. Until they just shot me full of Propofol anyway.
If they’d just let me keep my faculties about myself, instead of giving me the Versed, I would have been able to handle the whole situation a bit better. Maybe. I probably would have cussed a bit. But I guarantee I wouldn’t have flailed and moaned.
Should I be embarrassed by this? I am, but I don’t know if I should be. I mean… I was under the influence. The PA said, “It was kind of funny” when I was shocked to hear that I was arguing with them while strapped to the OR table. I was all, “Maybe for you!” I hate that I can’t remember any of it.
DeNovo NT Cartilage Graft Update
The good news from the PA is that the DeNovo NT cartilage graft that was implanted behind my kneecap (patella) has grown into some kind of cartilage cover (don’t know that it’s actually hyaline cartilage, but it’s something). That’s good because it’s what’s now covering over half of my patella. You can see on the picture that it’s not the same, but it’s grown into a decent cover, and she said that it should continue to smooth out over time (they did shave it a bit because it was frayed).
This was the first time they’d gone back to scope one of their DeNovo patients, so she said they were kind of excited to see what was there. I said, “You’re welcome.” What I should have said was, “Does that mean this surgery is free?” The video below shows the surgeon poking at the graft a bit and then smoothing things out. It’s kind of cool that I at least have a video since I didn’t get to watch the surgery.
So far, everyone has been impressed with how well I am recovering from this surgery. PA said today that my surgeon, after seeing me following PT last week, had told her I looked amazing. Both she and the PT were also impressed that I’m not crutchin’ it. PT helped me strengthen the leg and get in better shape in the six months prior to this surgery (I also owe a shout out to LG, my friend who helped me figure out how to strengthen the rest of my body without angering the knee), and I think that’s all helped. Hard work pays off. Hard work and compulsive use of a cryo cuff.