when you need an operation...
Tips from Howard:
Use pillows to prop up the surgery area to keep it from swelling too bad, even in the car ride home.
Keep on top of the pain medication. Once it starts to hurt, it hurts.
When you have a cast it can itch a lot from sweating. Use a standing (or box) fan aimed at the cast to help keep the area cool. Really helps when sleeping.
My bones hurt more when I am cold. Staying warm helps.