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I had the revision done this morning. I was worried about throwing up again and ruining it. So I asked the doc for percocet a week or two ago so I could try it out and see if I could tolerate it. I tried it 3 times without any trouble. I tried it two nights in a row, then I got gutsy and took it before going to work in the morning. I admit, it wasn't the best choice, but the previous two times I had taken it I fell asleep after an hour or two. So I wanted to get a good feel for how it affected me. I regretted it because I felt pretty tipsy, but I was glad I did it because I knew I could handle the stuff.

So I had the revision today. The doc said it shouldn't be too painful, since there was no bone work to do this time. He also said that I shouldn't have problems with nausea since the nerves were probably not fully regenerated from before.

They did local anesthesia again. They gave me the same dosage as before. I was a little alarmed because I didn't feel the effects like a ton of bricks like I had before. All I remembered from before was they injected the first part, and within 10 seconds I felt like someone was laying on top of me. Then I remembered being wheeled to the OR and it was completely hazy after that. This time I didn't feel anything when they injected it. I was a little worried, and I was fully aware of everything going on. They had me scoot onto the OR table (something I don't remember donig last time) and I still remember most of everything in the entire procedure. Their goal was to keep me groggy enough to where I wouldn't remember anything. Well, I kept my eyes closed and I remember hearing the doc asking for the laser several times and telling them to leave it on standby. I could hear and feel the zaps. I also heard him ask for a probe and I felt it each time. It was pretty the point where I probably should've asked for more meds, but I didn't want to risk getting sick again. So I just toughed it out. It's kind of disturbing to think that I felt all the poking and zapping. I remember wincing a few times...which is not a good thing since they want you to hold still. I was aware enough afterward that when I was being wheeled out of the OR, I listened to the doc dictating his operative note. Now that the operation is over with, I'm glad I didn't ask for more meds. I feel a lot better than after the first operation. I don't feel dizzy, and the pain is minimal. It just feels like the soreness you get when you cut your finger. I ate and I took two tylenol. Since it was only 2pm, I didn't want to be hopped up on percocet all day. It's amazing how good I feel right now. I hope it's not just anesthesia hangover or something.

So afterward, the doc came to the recovery room and told me that the prosthesis had slipped. He said that it was likely because it was too short. So he put in a longer one. This time around, I'm going to be more cautious. I'm on call for work this next weekend. I work in prosthetics and orthotics. So sometimes I have to log roll a patient in their hospital bed in order to put on a back brace. I can get around strenuous lifting by asking for the nursing staff for help. Also, last time I played baseball on the 3rd week post op and I remembered a decrease in hearing for a couple of days afterward.

I've adjusted the balance on my computer's volume so when I use headphones it sounds equal in each ear. I am looking forward to seeing how it changes as I recover. The best part is I have no taste disturbance!

Anyway, just thought I'd give an update.

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