I was hospitalized in pediatrics. All the nurses were very cheerful and seemed excited to host an adult visitor. I learned to use the bedpan, but even that was extremely painful as I could feel my bones move when I tried to lift my hip off from the bed. My spirit was good as I was envisioning going back to work a few days later, being able to walk and jump and make fun of my broken leg by the next week ... and now I know how unrealistic that picture was! The night before surgery was not too bad compared to the ones after the surgery. I woke up every 1-2 hours, basically whenever I kicked my leg unconsciously, and the pain would wake me up in full.
9AM in the morning on March 10th, anesthetist came and took me (and my bed) into another room that seemed like operation preparing room. I was very relieved that I did not have to be moved to a different bed. I received nerve block from top of the thigh down to the toes, and general anesthesia. I was very worried that I would never wake up! Everything was too new for me - I had never been hospitalized, never had a surgery, never been put to sleep and cut open... When I woke up from the surgery, it felt like waking up from a deep nap in the afternoon. I felt a shiver and was trembling all over. They put something like an inflated air blanket over me and gave me some juice. Another X-rays were taken and they told me the surgery went well. I was told that the surgery was a little over 2 hours. They put a 30cm long titanium rod into my tibia and 5 screws - 2 below the knee and above the ankle.
First and second day after surgery went okay. My leg was covered in ace wrap from above the knee all the way down. My pulse was good on the foot, and my toes were very warm and swelling was under control. For some reason the nerve block didn't wear off until the third night, which was total nightmare after I regained feeling on my leg. I was given lots of pain meds and PCA pump, which didn't work for me for hours. I remember falling asleep and waking up three times in 10 minutes, each time checking if I was able to press the PCA button again. Finally it worked, and then I was sedated too much that the nurse had to put something into my nose that releases oxygen. I was given opium and nerve pain medication the following day, and was finally able to control the pain.
I was released on Wednesday, after spending 4 nights at the hospital. I felt I was coming back to life, with the help of opium all around the clock. I showered for the first time since I was hospitalized on Saturday, and it felt like the best shower ever. Two days later I flew back to California with my boyfriend, who took very good care of my for another week before returning to his city.