since I didn't get any specifics about times, dates, astrological signs, etc after my surgery (I am Aquarius with Pisces rising, btw... which means I'm all wet and everything I do is a little fishy) I called the surgeon's charge nurse.
apparently the stuff was supposed to be in the plain-vanilla discharge instructions from the hospital (on the order of "discharge? EWWWWW!") but I learned today was the day I could take off the surgical dressings from my arthroscopy, and should have been doing leg lifts for exercise. so I did. the holes cut in my knee had been doing a bit of seeping, almost through the 8 layers of gauze, but not to the 2 layers of gamgee (you Hobbit fans can look that up.) one still was a little wet and red, so I put two new layers of no-stick pads on it, cleaned the area, and put the 8-inch wide elastic bandage back over it.
Son #3 got the FFNB loans paid off along with everything else today... and Friends and Family National Bank and him went out for supper. I didn't even limp and roll enough to be saying "arrrrrr, matey" with every sentence. today I went the whole day on "hospital Motrin", and not on T3s. so I'm doing better. stamina is still not great, however, so next big trip out is church Sunday. if I get through that, I think I'm doing well.