My 60 site injections took place at 3:30 this afternoon, and I was back in my room by 4:30. I was rolled down to the operating room, turned on my right side then stripped of my operating gown. They shaved my thighs, back and upper arms yesterday so I was prepared for today. After they ensured I was comfortable, anesthesia was injected into my IV and I quickly fell asleep. Next thing I recall was waking up back in my room, saying "tong" the Chinese word for pain.
My arms were fine, but it felt like a thousand bees had stung me across my shoulder blades and both thighs, and the fire of those stings could not be subdued. They nurse immediately injected Valium into my IV, and I quickly drifted off to sleep for three hours. When I awoke, the pain was completely gone! So although it sounded painful, in the end all is well. In fact, I'd do it again!
No immediate "Incredible Hulk" muscle reactions or side affects seemed to have occurred from this procedure. Physical therapy and acupuncture are cancelled for tomorrow, but I'm back to No Mercy James on Friday, along with beginning occupational therapy for my upper arms and shoulders. I continue to bicycle 20 minutes a day whenever possible, although it is not a required part of my therapy.
I cannot emphasize enough how caring and professional the Beike staff is here. They are extremely punctual for everything, and constantly concerned for your comfort and ensuring your questions are answered. Most everyone speaks some amount of English, so communication is never a problem. I am definitley in good hands!