At about 1.30pm they came and wheeled me away to the pre-op waiting room. It was packed with patients waiting patiently for their surgery. They couldn't find a spot for me so I was tucked away in another room. The result of this was when it came my turn to go in the orderlys had trouble finding me !!
I got wheeled into a massive surgery, had a cursory hello from my surgeon (who i didn't actually see !!) and then they put me to sleep.
An hour or so later I woke up in post op and was then wheeled back to my room.
Within an hour I was back to my normal self, having a cup of tea and starving hungry !!
The nurses were great and looked after me very well. I had pain at a 4/10 level and that was easily nipped in the bud with a pain killer and 2 panadol.
Wifey and the boys came in to visit me that night and it was a relief that everything went well and I was back with my family again.
That night I slept ok up until I had to go for a pee. For some reason I couldn't pee into the bottle laying down on the bed so I had to stand up ( I must have some genetic trait that my water works don't work if I am laying down. Note to self: remember to ask my brother can he pee laying down). Lowering my leg onto the floor caused a huge amount of pain to shoot through my leg - but at least I was able to pee. Laid awake in pain for a while until I relented and called for more pain killers from the nurse.
Lesson Learnt : If you can only pee standing up, don't play squash
Below are some videos of an Achilles surgery. Don't click them if you are squeamish.