When she returned to my bedside, her first words were, "Now you realize it will take 5 to 7 days before you begin to feel any effects." The look on my face must have reminded her. "Oh, that's right you've been through this." Then she proceeded to give me a list of everything I was prohibited from doing for the next 48 hours. (Nothing had changed on the list in four weeks.)
Her lack of attention aside, I did not want to think about the consequences of veering from the list. Come to think of it, I felt in much better in the hands (literally) with the team of doctors even under those circumstances. At least they remembered I had been there.
Finally, I was released, very thankful for modern medicine that affords me pain relief. I have great faith in these doctors. However, next time I go through this (and there will be a next time) I imagine I will be no less frightened.