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Getting excited and a bit nervous about the upcoming surgery....

Monday, May 10, 2010

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.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/11/2010 7:23AM

    Take a deep breath (or two) and then write the to-do list for your own peace of mind. I know it would help me.
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LIFEISAJOURNEY 5/10/2010 8:09PM

  I agree with the deep breath and big hug advice. Don't get frazzled over things that won't matter in the long run. The housekeeping will wait (darn it).. Someone will be there to help with grocery trips for food and cat litter...People will visit your DH... Your primary task is being rested and healthy so you can heal. (Go ahead, say it, "Yes, Mommy Dearest.")
May you have peace while in the hospital and a speedy recovery w/o complications. I'm sending positive thoughts your way with all my best wishes.

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KRITKRIT 5/10/2010 10:23AM

    emoticon I will pray for you.

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emoticon Dang bills...dont you just wish they would go away?

emoticon here's to a lot of sleep and a quick recovery!

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LOOZINITNOW 5/10/2010 9:29AM

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MARPET44 5/10/2010 7:24AM

    It sounds like your mind is caught up in a whirlwind. Take a few really deep breaths, close your eyes and give yourself a big hug. Everything will be alright-put it in God's hands - he will take care of it. emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/10/2010 7:07AM

    Take things one at a time so you keep the stress down. A to-do list will help to insure that everything is done. emoticon

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 5/10/2010 6:34AM

    Let go of your worries. God will provide. God hears your prayers.

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Exercising as much as possible before surgery....

Sunday, May 09, 2010

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. emoticon

  
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GARYJAN 5/12/2010 9:44AM

    I had a very successful knee surgery a few years ago
and the only thing I regret is that I did not continue with the exercise program that was shown to me. That prompted me to gain weight as I became more sedentary. Since I have been on the Spark and lost some weight and started to walk I can see the strength coming back into my legs. I hope your surgery goes well and that you have a speedy convalescence.

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CATLADY52 5/9/2010 3:19PM

    Best of luck to you and have a speedy recovery.
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POLYANASUNSHINE 5/9/2010 11:51AM

    Get those tendons, ligaments, and muscles as strong as you can prior to surgery. I have had 4 of them. Get your arms strong too. Hope your recovery is all it should be. Listen to the pros, do you PT, use the machine (I can't think what you call it) and don't be wonder woman and try to do too much too soon. emoticonday at a time. emoticon

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MSWEEZER 5/9/2010 7:33AM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery from surgery.

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MSLZZY 5/9/2010 7:28AM

    Good luck!

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GROEDER 5/9/2010 6:19AM

    Good luck with the surgery and thanks for writing this.
I'm scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on my knee in 2 weeks in an attempt to put of the replacement as long as possible, so I read your blog with a great deal of interest.
I hope all goes very well and you are soon walking without pain.

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MYCUTEGIZMO 5/9/2010 6:17AM

  Hmm well if that is so you shouldn't be exercising too much either?
I mean it might detiorate your knee?

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JABCLUB 5/9/2010 6:04AM

    Best wishes for a smooth operation and very speedy recovery!
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Great news!!!!

Friday, May 07, 2010

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!!!
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BIGT_56 5/9/2010 1:32PM

    I am so glad everything worked out. Good things are possible after all!

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MUSIC66 5/8/2010 7:41AM

    glad to hear things are working out for you . i am seeing the knee surgan on the 18th of may instead of the 3 august as my knees are super sore , still don,t know when the hand surgan is going to operate yet they will do fingers on one hand then do the other a bit later on . as for knee i will know more after i see the surgan this month.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/8/2010 6:10AM

    Glad to hear it is all working out!

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TEDDYTEDDY 5/7/2010 7:02PM

    Thanks for all the good wishes....

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ELAINESHAFF 5/7/2010 6:27PM

    Good to hear that things are working out for you. Take care.

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MILDEXSPI 5/7/2010 1:36PM

    Good news Teddy, I know you've been pretty stressed lately. Hopefully this will relieve some of it.
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WNNAB30AGAIN 5/7/2010 12:44PM

    Oh Teddy!!! I was soooooo happy to see this post!!! Isn't it amazing how things seem to work out when we focus on what we can do and leave the rest to God (or whatever spirit one has faith in)?

I am just so very happy for you dear. You deserve it!

(It just occured to me how silly it seems to be congratulating someone because they "get to have" surgery! Hahaha. But those of us who need one to be able to be active again know what a blessing it is to finally get there.

Stay strong!

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MSWEEZER 5/7/2010 11:59AM

    Great news indeed. Keep us posted. emoticon

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MS5835 5/7/2010 9:51AM

    That's great news! emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 5/7/2010 9:17AM

    You have set up plans, emoticon Just keep checking up on your information

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SAPNA. 5/7/2010 8:43AM

    That seems to be all very good news for you. I am so pleased.

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FLASUN 5/7/2010 7:33AM

    Teddy, That is terrific!! Best of luck with the surgery, and sounds like everything will work out emoticon ! emoticon

I'm smiling today knowing you are all set for the knee surgery!

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MARPET44 5/7/2010 7:05AM

    Yeah--I am so glad that everything worked out for the best.

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MSLZZY 5/7/2010 6:39AM

    emoticonGood for you!

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JOMAMA 5/7/2010 6:13AM

    Glad to hear things are working out for you! Wishing you the best on your knee surgery!

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Impending trouble at work..possible layoffs///

Thursday, May 06, 2010

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.... emoticon
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TEDDYTEDDY 5/7/2010 5:14AM

    See my blog on Friday...things are okay for me!!!

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LADYIRISH317 5/6/2010 9:47AM

    Ouch! What a ghastly situation. I hope everything works out for you. Keep us posted.

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BIGT_56 5/6/2010 8:29AM

    I understand your situation all too well, Teddy. My company just offered voluntary severances too. Now we are waiting to see what is going to happen with the rest of us. We may be transferred or have to travel to other locations to work. I have been with this company for 30 years and never thought this would happen! Just hang in there and see what happens. If you company is like mine they seem to be making up things as they go along. Seems every day is a new twist.

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MAAM0202 5/6/2010 8:26AM

    I am also an RN with a Masters---I currently work in rehab. I just got a recorded call on my answering machine last night asking me to contact a recruitment agency to sign up to work at one of the big hospitals here in SW Michigan....anticipated strike by end of May---my fellow nurses and friends might be going out on strike and face similar situations as you (fear of job loss, loss of pay, etc)...what a difficult position to be in...especially here in Michigan...highest unemployment rate in the nation. My fear is that if one hospital is successful in lowering RN wage and increasing nurse/pt ratio, the other hospitals will follow suit.

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WIGIME 5/6/2010 7:18AM

    Hang in there, you WILL get through this!

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MSLZZY 5/6/2010 7:01AM

    This does not sound good but wait and see what develops. It would be nice if this was just a nasty rumor but you'll find out soon enough. I'll keep my fingers crossed. emoticon

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LYNNDAROB04 5/6/2010 6:52AM

  Hang in there. I will pray for you to keep your job. I am going through the same thing at a health care company in FL. They just laid off 200 people that are leaving on 6/11/10.

Good Luck

Lynnda

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LOUNOBLE 5/6/2010 6:46AM

    I have my fingers crossed that all goes well for you my friend! emoticon

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NKDUB211 5/6/2010 6:46AM

    Ooh that stinks. Sending positive thoughts your way!

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8-yr old computer has lost it's get up and go

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

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!!!

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/6/2010 4:53AM

    Boring does sound good sometimes, doesn't it?

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ANGELFMABV 5/5/2010 9:36PM

    I wish you the best of success for your computer or your adventure in getting a replacement. emoticon

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CATLADY52 5/5/2010 2:27PM

    Quite the adventure on Monday. You may have to slow down a bit for everything to catch up with your adventures.

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MSLZZY 5/5/2010 10:52AM

    I admit, boring might be nice after all you've been through! Have a Good Day! emoticon

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GAILRUU 5/5/2010 10:01AM

    I got a laptop recently for less than half the price that I paid for any of my previous PC's. The prices have really dropped and you get a lot more for less money.

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HOPE2BE 5/5/2010 7:54AM

    Computers are getting cheaper and better. Perhaps you'll find a good buy on e-bay.

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