It didn’t take long for the effect of sedation to wear off.
“I could talk normally after an hour,” Tim remembers, “and that afternoon I was up and out of bed and able to use a frame to get to the toilet.”
Tim had been told to prepare for a two-night stay in hospital although “they did mention I might be out sooner depending on how quickly I could mobilise afterwards.” So after one night’s rest, Tim made the most of his second day.
“Early the next morning a physio came to see me, got me up on two sticks and had me walking up and down the corridor. I didn’t find that too difficult and the physio said that if could manage stairs I may be able to go home that day.”
As soon as the physio had gone, Tim set about ensuring his discharge.
“I remembered from a previous knee op how to do stairs with sticks, so I nipped back down the corridor, practised a few times and then was fine for when the physio came back. All told, I was in for just over a day.”