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Keeping My Head Above Water....Preparing For Total (Left) Knee Replacement Tuesday 11/6/12

Friday, November 02, 2012

I just wanted to give an update to the mayhem which has been my life this last week. My roommate went to the hospital this past Monday for an outpatient test of his Gallbladder, and as luck would have it, was one of the 5% who develops pancreatitis as a result of the ECRP test. It's now day 5 and he's still in the hospital, dealing with excruciating pain in addition to not being able to eat or drink more than an ice chip, which does nothng but excacerbate the pain even more. Good news is that his Dr said today his "levels" are coming down (a good sign) and he may go home in the next couple of days.

So other than daily trips to the hospital he's at I prepare for my total knee replacement at Good Shepherd Hospital next Tuesday Nov 6th at 1pm (and yes, I plan on voting on my way to there). I have complete confidence in my medical team, and although the recovery may be challenging, I am ready to face it head on. The blessing of this surgery could not come at a more perfect time for me, as now I will be able to regain mobility and break into my goal of being under 200lb (aka "Onderland").

While I am helpless to do anything to speed my roommates recovery, I am in control of my destiny. When someone said to me today, "you're still going ahead with your surgery" - I said of course I am - I have alternate rides available, and I am more than capable of managing a couple of days in the unlikely even that he's not discharged till mid next week.

I've really run out of gas this afternoon - didn't sleep well last night and have been on the go since seeing him at the hospital at 8am, waited in line at the Food Pantry in the cold for a bountiful blessing of a stocked pantry for another month. Most of the foods at the Pantry are not really on my diet plan, but at least my roommate will be well fed. I am preparing for next week by stocking up on Yogurt and my second bag of CytoSport Chocolate Protein Powder from Costco - along with various veggies, a soups, and things I don't have to fuss with or worry about anyone else having to prepare for me.

The Nurse that called from the Orthopedic Surgery Unit was very nice and it appears that my Blue Cross Medigap is going to cover home rehab and nursing for the first week or two till I am fully mobile. That was a huge relief, and it's a pretty major surgery so why not let the profession take care of me instead of fending for myself. I've done as I preached, turned it over to God and his care and how the gift of each day plays out will be by his design with as much positive input as I can muster.

Because of the chaos so far this week, which I doubt will cease until I'm checked into the hospital on Tuesday, I may not blog again till post surgery but I want you to know that your "Sprink" is 100% A-Okay with a clear head, a pure heart, and a gratitude as large as the universe for all that you, my SparkFriends have done to help support me through every stage of my journey.

The unselfish and soulfilled kindness that each of you has blessed me with is what makes me smile every day. I feel a sense of purpose and direction and inner peace that is literally indescribable. God bless you all - and I will write again as soon as I can. Time to finish my rommmates laundry and keep the house organized for both of our recoveries.

God Speed -

Your friend, "Sprink"

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    Hope your surgery goes well and recovery is quick!
    1963 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your room mate. Hope you have a speedy recovery. I'l stop to check on you after work tomorrow. Hope you feel up to it.
    1963 days ago
    Best wishes for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!
    1964 days ago
    Here is to fast healing for both your roommate and you!! Had a partial knee replacement done two years ago, then lost 50 pounds. I did okay with a little help from friends and rides to Physical Therapy. Hope you have a very successful surgery! Working on being below 200 myself!! emoticon emoticon Angie
    1966 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/4/2012 2:25:56 AM
  • PATTYR81
    I love your positive attitude in the face of all the chaos! emoticon

    Praying for your roommate's speedy recovery and for your successful knee replacement. Kudos for planning ahead for your continued success (an area I still get stuck).

    Will be thinking of you both and sending happy, healing thoughts your way!
    1967 days ago
    Good healing! I have had 3 TKRs (the second one failed due to the doctor not putting sturdy enough hardware for my 340 lbs). I have heard people, especially men, say that the recovery was easy as pie - no pain, up and about immediately. I experienced excruciating pain and even cried more than once during physical therapy. So... you will probably fall somewhere in between :-) Remember to take your pain meds, drink lots of water, and get up and move!
    1967 days ago
  • KTREK32
    Good luck on your surgery and have a speedy recovery. Prayers are going out to you and your roommate that you both will be feeling better in no time.
    your friend
    Kim emoticon
    1967 days ago
    Good luck with your roommate getting better and your surgery. Recovery should be allot easier since you've lost weight. You can do this. Lucinda
    1967 days ago
  • CGWALKER2012
    Here is wishing for a speedy recovery for your friend. I will be thinking of you on Tuesday.
    Best of Luck,
    1967 days ago
    I will keep you and your room mate in my prayers :) I'm also glad to see your planning ahead for your nutrition while your recovering, that should help make things easier too :)
    1968 days ago
    I will pray for your roomate and you. Please get well soon. emoticon
    1968 days ago
  • LARISSA238
    *hugs* I know your surgery is going to go well. Just think of all the great things you can do once you recover! Geo has bad knees as well, so I'm sure he can relate. He can't get knee replacement until he gets his surgery, which is on hold for a long time (needs to lose weight and get his insurance to cover it). I will keep you in my thoughts!
    1968 days ago
    Prayers for your roomie. I hope all goes well with your surgery. If it gains you mobility then that is a good thing. Getting the house prepared too,man you are getting it done. emoticon
    1968 days ago
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