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Knee replacement in 8 days. Whoo-hoo!!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Getting nervouser but trying to remember that to-do list. Got an Rx written by my internist for the gym membership hold but it was not written correctly. I will have the orthoopedist's office do that instead. Have to talk to them also about the Baker's cyst found on the operative knee. Also am having foot pain from my accessory navicular (of, course on the to-be-operated side. Gee whiz....

Talked to HR yesterday and they could not or would not tell me if I will be covered by FMLA rules afterwards but got a verbal assurance from the director of our department that I will still have a job when I get back.

  
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MSLZZY 5/13/2010 7:20AM

    I hope they cover everything for you. Good luck!

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GRAMPIAN 5/13/2010 6:30AM

  Hope all goes well with your operation. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/13/2010 6:26AM

    Keep working on the list...it will keep the nervousness down.

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CEPEARL 5/13/2010 6:24AM

  How many people work at your job.? You are covered ... Best of luck on your surgery...... emoticon

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9 days to knee replacement surgery....

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Gotta pack my bags and get that to-do list done. Still need to preregister at the hospital. Getting things taken care of. This weekend will be straighten up the house and last minute shopping for supplies. I have taken the day off the day before surgery and will be getting dental cleaning done since I won't be able to do that for awhile after the knee operation.

Onward and upward..... emoticon

  
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POLYANASUNSHINE 5/12/2010 8:00PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan and you are sticking with it. Good luck to you.

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MS5835 5/12/2010 11:58AM

    Good luck with the surgery. emoticon emoticon

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JOYCEMARIE9 5/12/2010 8:13AM

    Good luck with everything and it will be so worth it when it is all done. Keep us posted on your progress.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/12/2010 7:03AM

    The time will fly by...

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CHERRIERUNS 5/12/2010 7:01AM

    good luck on your surgery - how long will you be sidelined?

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MSLZZY 5/12/2010 6:39AM

    Good to plan ahead and get things done now! emoticon

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THEHOOSIERMAMA 5/12/2010 6:34AM

    I hope this surgery helps you out! Hang in there and heal well!!

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More good news from internist and vascular surgeon...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I had my preop today and it is all systems go for the knee surgery.

I had ultrasound of the veins in both legs and no surgery is required (I was worried about vein stripping, etc). I was told to LOSE WEIGHT and wear support hose. I told the doctor I have a lot of problem getting fitted as I have short, fat legs and he said that is a common problem. Six to eight weeks after my knee replacement he said he will refer me to a lymphedema clinic and I will get fitted with the proper hose and they will teach me massage which should help get the blood moved up and away from my ankles. (I have had sluggish circulation in my legs most of my life.) Getting the right hosiery will be great as I have wasted 100s of $$$ over the years trying to buy support hose, TEDS, etc. After my knee replacement the orthopedic doctor will order TEDS (probably the basic white ones) and last time I was measured for them and they were great. When they wore out I tried to get replacements and was unable to get them. (This is discouraging but hopefully with help from the lymphedema clinic I will finally get over this hurdle.)

So about LOSING WEIGHT. I know my legs didn't bother me at all when I was only 180 lb. I have to make this my prime goal because the discomfort in my feet and legs makes everything more difficult, including driving, sitting at my desk at work, shopping, etc.

My total cholesterol is on the high side and I hope this will come down with dietary changes. I noticed that some of my food choices lately have been higher fat than I should be eating. So I am turning over a new leaf with the goal of losing weight so my veins won't have to work so hard pumping the blood back to my heart. emoticon
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MARPET44 5/12/2010 6:51AM

    I am so happy that everything is going so much better.


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MSWEEZER 5/12/2010 5:45AM

    Oh I know leg pain. I had VNUS disease and have had both legs worked on. No vein stripping for me - do they still do that? Anyway, what a world of difference. I too wear compression socks and since they are 'prescribed' my insurance pays for 4 pair a year to the tune of $70 a pair. Ouch! I do notice the difference indeed. Hopefully once your knee is repaired and you're able to get moving again with these socks, your legs will feel better. I hated the constant aches I had in my legs prior to having the procedure done. I feel 100% better. Still like leg massages though. :o)

Keep us posted and hope you have a speedy recovery.

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MSLZZY 5/11/2010 11:35PM

    Good luck! Lots of things going on right now but when you've recovered, it should settle down.

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BIGT_56 5/11/2010 10:34PM

    I am so glad things are going your way...finally! You will stay in our thoughts and prayers!

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LOOZINITNOW 5/11/2010 9:40PM

    Glad to hear things are falling into place!

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ELAINESHAFF 5/11/2010 8:53PM

    Hope everything goes as planned with you surgery.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/11/2010 8:51PM

    Happy for the good news! I am hoping to get measured soon. When I went to the clinic a while ago, they did not want to order custom hose yet because I was still losing weight and it is expensive. I am hoping they will order now. I can't wrap them really well myself and now that I have joined a gym this is definitely interfering!

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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.

emoticon Hope the cats have enough to eat :-)

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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