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Yesterday was not a good day...

Monday, May 24, 2010

The pain block in my leg was discontinued today and I had a lot of pain...also had upset stomach and oxygen saturations were lower than usual. I spent a lot of time in bed and getting up is painful. I hope today is a better day. PT went well and I got my knee to move to 100 degrees, but later in the day I had lots of pain... I am still not allowed to get out of bed by myself and if I forget the bed alarm will go off...I accidentally leaned off the bed once yesterday and I heard a loud beeping and thought it was a fire alarm....however, the nurse came running and I found out it was the bed alarm.

I am scheduled to transfer to rehab today. I still don't know which one I will be going to.

Yesterday between PT and feeling awful..I actually forgot to spark. I had perfect attendance going in May but spent a lot of time resting and/or sleeping. I was probably catching up on the sleep I missed the night before.

I am looking forward to swimming and whirlpooling in about a month or so. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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LOOZINITNOW 5/24/2010 11:17AM

    Hope you have a better day today. emoticon

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MARPET44 5/24/2010 10:37AM

    Hi Teddy--hope today is better. You are doing great--my knee wouldn't get to over 100 for 9 weeks. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/24/2010 10:03AM

    I am sorry you are in a lot of pain.
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I, too, am surprised you are blogging as much as you are! I am sure you were getting well deserved rest yesterday. Too bad SparkPeople won't take an 'absence note' from your surgeon!

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BZYBOYSMOM 5/24/2010 9:55AM

    Feel better my friend!

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MS5835 5/24/2010 9:50AM

    Hi Teddy,
I'm glad the surgery went well. Sorry you had a bad day yesterday, and I hope today is better for you. You're in my thoughts.

Keep us posted
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GIZMO-G 5/24/2010 9:45AM

    Hi Teddy,

I'm new to this team and scheduled for my first knee replacement on June 30. What an inspiration you are emoticon
I spent the weekend reading most of your blogs and feel like I have a road map to prepare for my surgery. I was amazed when I saw your blog the day after surgery. I hope each day continues your improvement and you are up walking with your new knee in no time emoticon
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CHARLOTTEL1 5/24/2010 9:12AM

    Hope you have a better day today and you get caught up on your rest. emoticon

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JOHNTJ1 5/24/2010 8:27AM

    You are in my thoughts and prayers and you are a real hero

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MSLZZY 5/24/2010 7:10AM

    Hope today is better! emoticon

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ELSEEBEE 5/24/2010 6:50AM

    Hope today is a much better day! It's always hard to recover from surgery, but keep focusing on how great it will be when your knee is healed and you'll be able to go back to your favorite activities.
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SASKATIA 5/24/2010 6:25AM

  Every bad day is motivation to make the next day better.

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MUSIC66 5/24/2010 6:19AM

    sorrry you had a bad day yesterday.

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MSWEEZER 5/24/2010 6:16AM

    Sorry about the bad day yesterday. Hopefully today you will see a bit of improvement and feeling better. Likely you'll have pain for a bit longer but once you're thru this, you'll feel much better.

Do keep us posted!!

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I thought I remembered, but I didn't

Saturday, May 22, 2010

It hurts a lot more than I remembered. I think I progressed faster last time...I don't remember it hurting this much..stiff upper lip.....I know I will get better soon....gotta work hard at rehab...

Last night I didn't sleep more than an hour all night due to alarms going off.... Hope tonight goes better...

  
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MARPET44 5/23/2010 12:01PM

    Yeah, hospitals are no place to sleep. Nurses have to keep checking in on you plus the noises and alarms going off. I hope it gets better for you. Hope you are getting enough pain meds. My knee did not hurt for the first few days. Then the block wore off and oh-my-gosh.
I am glad you came through alright and hope you have a speedy recovery--I continue to pray for you-you have come such a long way.

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JEWELS571 5/22/2010 8:44PM

    Just keep pushing through, things will improove and before you know it you will look back on all of this and be thankful it is over!

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JANE1216 5/22/2010 8:31PM

    Sending you get well wishes and prayers for a speedy, successful recovery -- so sorry you had a rough night - hoping each day gets easier for you.

Blessings -

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MUSIC66 5/22/2010 8:25PM

    hope you have a speedy recovery.

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KNITTABLES 5/22/2010 6:47PM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery and that you get some sleep tonight.

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MSWEEZER 5/22/2010 6:14PM

    Yes, a hospital is no place to try and get peace and quiet it seems. The nights are the worst. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/22/2010 6:07PM

    Hope you get some rest tonight!
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MSLZZY 5/22/2010 4:35PM

    I hope tonight is better as well. Let the healing begin and progress timely! emoticon

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Today's the day...knee replacement....

Friday, May 21, 2010

I am thirsty already and it is only 6:00 a.m. and wishing I could have coffee, too.

I still have to pack my bag and make sure I have all the things ready that I need to take with me to the hospital. My friend who is driving me will bring my purse , suitcase, laptop and cell phone tomorrow.

I get one sip of water this morning with a few meds and then totally n.p.o. Surgery is scheduled in about 8.5 hours. I was thinking of getting on the recumbent bike but I think I would get super thirsty if I did that. Perhaps if I get packed quickly (after sparking) I will take a slow walk around the block (about half mile).

Probably will spark to kill time until 11:15 when my friend is coming to pick me up after I am sure I have done all my errands and have my bag packed. emoticon

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I think I have taken care of everything now...and am waiting for my friend to pick me up. She is supposed to come in about an hour. I am going to walk around the block unless it starts raining again. I think I lost my cell phone twice this morning and had to call the surgeon's office to verify my next appointment as I have lost the info packet they sent me.

My dental cleaning and exam yesterday went well. (Otherwise if there was an abscess or any infection the knee surgery would have to be postponed.)....

  
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CHARLOTTEL1 5/22/2010 11:55AM

    Thinking of you, hope everything goes well. emoticon

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NANCYDYER 5/21/2010 3:52PM

    Good luck. You will be glad you did this. At least I was, from constant pain to physical therapy pain to no pain. Awesome.

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MSWEEZER 5/21/2010 2:33PM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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VERIDONNA 5/21/2010 11:24AM

    Best of luck to you. Will be praying for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

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LOOZINITNOW 5/21/2010 10:18AM

    emoticon I'll be thinking about you!

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FITMARY 5/21/2010 8:09AM

    Good luck! I'm sure it will go well!
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MUSIC66 5/21/2010 7:56AM

    i will pray hat the surgery goes well for you.

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    I will keep you in my thoughts. emoticon and good luck emoticon

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    My thoughts and prayers are with you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/21/2010 7:12AM

    Good luck today! Take care! emoticon

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MARPET44 5/21/2010 7:11AM

    Good luck and my prayers are with you.

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slept in until 5:30 a.m., tomorrow hopefully until 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Changing my sleep schedule. Last time had the other knee done was always up at my usual 4 to 5:00 a.m. walking the halls and trying to find COFFEEEEE... If I change my sleep schedule it should help with that problem, I hope. I also might have a roommate who won't tolerate my getting up so early.

Tomorrow morning I won't get the cuppa joe so I want to sleep as late as possible. I will stay up until midnight tonight to see if that helps.

Today I have a rototilling man coming over. The garden will be planted into grass this year except for one corner where a dozen tomato plants will be planted. With two knee replacements I definitely will not be able to garden. Dr. said I should not kneel or might have to get a re-operation. I know if I got down on the ground it would be hard to get up without going on my knees. Doc said I need to strengthen my quads...easy for him to say after he cuts them. I plan to work extra hard on therapy so I can drive soon. The pain was the main drawback last time as I couldn't drive until I was off the pain meds (during the day).

I also have someone coming over to scrub my kitchen and bathroom since my daughter has moved to Montana (1000 miles away).

I have a last minute dental cleaning this afternoon and when I get home will still have a few last minute bills to take care of.

Packing should be fun....hope I find everything I need to put in my suitcase.....

  
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TEDDYTEDDY 5/21/2010 6:59AM

    Thanks for your nice comments on my blog....

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/20/2010 10:25PM

    I will be thinking about you tomorrow.
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MUSIC66 5/20/2010 10:31AM

    good luck for friday.

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MSLZZY 5/20/2010 7:29AM

    You'll get everything done and packed. You are organized and ready. Have a great day! emoticon

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MARPET44 5/20/2010 7:20AM

    You are surely getting all you ducks in a row. God Bless you and may you have a safe journey.

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Last day at work before LOA

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

NOW I am getting excited. I can go swimming one more time before my leave at the therapy pool. I really need to do this as yesterday I did not clock any exercise time and my legs are aching. I am up early enough to have a short spin on the recumbent bike before work and I do plan to do that so my legs will feel better. But I have to have my coffee first!!!! Will definitely miss my coffee on Friday morning before surgery. I always get caffeine withdrawal headaches when I don't get my coffee by 6:00 a.m. One time I was in the hospital and had the cafeeine withdrawal headache and it was too early for the nurses to hunt down some coffee so they put morphine in my IV....that worked.... (this was a 1 time only experiment and I did not instigate this....really)...

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MUSIC66 5/20/2010 5:59AM

    i find the same thing if i don,t have a cupof coffe i get a bad head ache.

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CATLADY52 5/19/2010 2:54PM

    I quit coffee two years ago and haven't missed it at all. Tea is a different story. I still enjoy a cup now and then. Water is where it's at for me. I guess I was never addicted to the caffeine. Good luck with your surgery.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/19/2010 2:05PM

    I am excited for you, too, but I am sure going to miss you while you are gone.

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BEETH52 5/19/2010 8:24AM

    I am just finishing my leave and go back to work on Friday!! Hope all goes well! I snuck a couple sips of caffeine before I went to hosp and no side effects! LOL

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MSLZZY 5/19/2010 7:12AM

    I drink tea first thing in the morning and I miss it when I don't have it. Have a great day!

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