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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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JUSTA123 5/21/2010 7:24AM

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

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/21/2010 7:22AM

    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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A great day...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I am getting the last minute things done. Found I need to be n.p.o. from midnight even though my surgery isn't until 2:45 in the afternoon. I suppose they will put in an iv so I don't dehydrate too much. That's a long time without food or water, but I'm sure I will survive. I usually get up at 4 or 5 in the morning and I will try to sleep in. Perhaps stay up until midnight to get that last snack and beverage in and then won't set alarm. I have to admit I am getting a bit nervous about the surgery, but that is only normal. I remember I was well taken care of last time and even though it is a different hospital, I do have the same surgeon and he did an excellent job and made sure all my items needed (support hose, prescriptions, etc) were supplied. I certainly don't look forward to the first couple of walks after surgery nor the PT. As I recall I usually worked up a sweat trying to bend my knee and was reminded to breathe, breathe, breathe..... I think we hold our breath when we are having difficulty.

My mantra for today and the next week: BREATHE IN THROUGH THE NOSE, OUT THROUGH THE MOUTH..... ETC. emoticon

  
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LOOZINITNOW 5/18/2010 10:20PM

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CATLADY52 5/18/2010 12:56PM

    Good luck with the surgery. And just breathe deeply.

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MSWEEZER 5/18/2010 11:24AM

    Yes breathing IS important. Glad you're getting those final details handled and hopefully you can relax a bit. Wishing you a smooth procedure and speedy recovery.

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MSLZZY 5/18/2010 7:40AM

    Got to remember that-just breathe! Good luck! emoticon

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MUSIC66 5/18/2010 7:28AM

    good luck with your surgery . as of today i am on two hospital waiting list at two differant hospitals they are going to do an arthroscopy on my left knee the last one very he sai i will ned both kne replaced sooner or later as he can not no how long it will be that i get relieve from the arthroscopy have not been given a date yet but on a witing list.

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2 days without Lasix; 2 days without allergic skin reaction....

Monday, May 17, 2010

I feel relieved to know why I had burning arms that sent me with a panic attack to the ER. I also had 4 more days of suddenly having my arms, face, neck and who knows what else turn red and itchy. Definitely am calling internist today to get a different diuretic as I most probably am allergic to Lasix. If I don't get a replacement diuretic before Friday (day of knee replacement surgery) I will let the nurses at the hospital know and I will refuse to take Lasix. I plan to register either today or tomorrow at the hospital and will mention this allergy when I do that.

I still have some important business to take care of before my surgery regarding my auto and home insurance and have to fax some items to the insurance company to save a bit on that. Otherwise, I think things are shaping up with my to-do list.

Have a friend coming over to help with some last minute house cleaning before I go away for 2 weeks.

This morning I stripped my bed and started a load of wash at 4:30. Like they say, "There's no rest for the wicked." (Just like to know what I did in a former life that was so wicked.)

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/17/2010 1:19PM

    I am up that early, but also can't run the washer due to DH. Our bedroom shares a wall with the laundry room - the same wall our bed is up against. So I usually Spark instead...

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BIGT_56 5/17/2010 9:02AM

    Whatever it was, I must have been right there with you...hope we had a good time doing it cause I sure am paying in this life!
Maybe you can rest up after the surgery when they give you the good pain meds!
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MARPET44 5/17/2010 7:23AM

    It is better to keep busy then to sit and fret over everything--I am the same way. My house is cleanest when I stress (b etter then grazing). emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/17/2010 7:08AM

    You are getting your house in order and trying to plan ahead. Starting early in the day doesn't mean you are wicked, just acutely aware of a shrinking time frame to get it all done. I'd be the same way, except DH would be unhappy having the washing machine going at that time of the morning. Have a great day and see about a new diuretic.

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MUSIC66 5/17/2010 6:01AM

    good luck with your last minute jobs.

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