Let go and let God...I have heard this before. And that is what I need to do. So much planning and preparation. Lots of paperwork and coordination. I have planned a driver to take me to the hospital. I told my husband he should stay home cause he would have to sit around at the hospital for at least 8 hours if he came with. I told him when I come out of anesthesia I will call him and I will have the doctor call him (and my friend) after I come out of surgery. I am worrying about all the little details now and some of these things I need to worry about such as getting my gym membership put on hold so I won't have to pay while I am unable to use it, making sure there is enough cat food and kitty litter for our two cats while I am unable to drive and that someone can check on my husband while I am gone. I also need to be able to pay our bills from the computer and I am also trying to pay ahead on some of them so that won't be so much work. So guess a to-do list would be in order so I don't forget anything important.
I know after the knee replacement surgery (in 12 days) I will have difficulty moving and I think the stronger my muscles are beforehand the better it will be for my recovery. I am not looking forward to the pain but trust my caregivers to keep it within a reasonable range. I heard a horrible story about the nursing (rehab) facility I went to (but my experience was very good there) and I am considering another rehab facility that is a little closer to home. I just got a packet of info from the surgeon's office regarding preadmission paperwork. I can even do it on line. I am having my preop exam on Tuesday of this week and will also be getting an ultrasound of both legs to be sure nothing serious is wrong with my circulation. My legs have been feeling better the last couple of weeks (ever since I made the appt for the ultrasound), so I am not as worried as I had been about the legs. It will be nice to rule out any problem especially before having the knee replacement as blood clots are a common complication of that surgery. That is why they put people on Coumadin (Warfarin) which is a blood thinner. Also, they warn against trying to walk without a walker or cane for the first few weeks, so as to reduce chance of falling which could cause a blood clot.
I am glad I have been through this once before and know what to expect. It will be nice when I will be able to walk without pain on both knees.
Now my goal of losing weight is to help 2 knee replacements last as long as possible so I won't ever have to go through this again.
My knee replacement surgery (which would have to wait until January of next year if FMLA rules were in effect) was scheduled after I agreed to be layed off. It turns out the timeframe requested by the company exactly matches my full time disability leave for having my surgery (May 21st through July 5th). I can then return half days for 2-3 weeks and hopefully things will work out okay. Instead of a layoff without pay I will get disability payment of 60% of my regular pay (which ain't much hay), but it is much better than no pay for 6 weeks.
I might even be able to use FMLA time for any possible extra half time needed.
I am still in shock (a bit) that I am finally going to have my other knee replacement done. After my ER visit this week I definitely met the out-of-pocket for the year of $2000, so I won't have to cough up any money for this costly procedure.
I also had some good news about my recovery time. I will be in the hospital 3-4 days and can stay up to 2 weeks in the rehab facility and then when I go home they will send nursing care for blood draws (I have to have Coumadin draws) and I can have PT at home twice a week since I won't be able to drive for a month after surgery and my husband is not allowed to drive any more. This is a huge load off my mind as taking cabs or lining up rides would be very expensive and not practical since I have no relatives in town any more and my husband's son who lives in town has a lot to take care of himself (his wife has MS and his son is severely handicapped, plus he works full time).
So what I thought was a scary proposition for me (the impending volunteer layoffs, etc) turned out to be a good thing for me. For now until my leave I just need to focus on getting my production up and when I get back from my leave regain that focus again. One day at a time, though!!!
I work for the largest healthcare company in Minnesota and today we are having a "big meeting" where a program of voluntary layoffs and use of PTO for the month of June is being proposed. I have only 44 hours of PTO saved up and they are going to ask me to use it. I asked if I could have time off for the other knee surgery (replacement) that I need and they said yes, however, there is a Catch-22. The layoffs are because of a possible nursing strike and if that happens I probably won't be able to get the surgery done as the strike will reduce nursing coverage at the hospitals and only non-elective procedures will be done. Gee whizzikers....
Last night I spent over an hour trying to get on line, but this morning was about 15 minutes. I think my old clunker (about 8 years old?) is going to bite the dust one of this mornings and I will go into spark withdrawal!!! For now, it's all good.
Going back to work after my ambulance ride the day before was a bit embarassing but everyone was very nice and seemed genuinely concerned. Even the "big boss" came over to see how I was and showed me his "wounds" (IV punctures) from last Friday when he was seen in the ER, also. He said his was a false alarm, too. I thought that was a nice thing for him to tell me about that.
I am still quite a bit achey and tired out but able to go to work again and yesterday did go well.
I hope things settle down and get boring again as I have had way too much excitement lately. I am really looking forward to the weekend.
Today is Wednesday so I can go to the therapy pool today after work. On Monday I missed the therapy pool because of being in the ER. And you know where I would rather be!!!