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What a Day! Really Caught Up in Pre-Surgery Rush!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I had two doctor appointments today, one for surgical labs, second one with 4 different people at the Surgeon's office. The labs were easy but I had to be fasting, so I was really ready for breakfast by the time I got home. I did a very large laundry to have everything possible clean that hubby and I would need for the foreseeable future.

First the case manager who told me the time of my surgery, went over meds, reviewed labs, signed papers & releases, etc.; second, the Physician's Assistant (had an accent I had difficulty understanding), who asked many of the same questions, discussed what meds I could take on day of surgery and when, examined knee(s), and provided me with "day of surgery" instructions; thirdly, a nurse who discussed getting my blood cross-typed against my own donated standby blood, gave me directions to hospital outpatient where it had to be done on Friday morning. Fourthly, and finally, a meeting with the surgeon, last time until at the hospital for surgery Monday. He went over the procedure, what he would do, how he would measure the knee and determine what devices to use.

The surgeon surprised me by telling me that I will stay in the hospital 4 days, then a rehab center for the next 10 until I get my second knee done, then return to the rehab center for another 14 days. So it will be a while before I am back home! They will provide me with a bolster to elevate the legs, rehab on the premises, and use a machine to work the leg and get it mobile.

Next I tried for the third time to reach the hospital to set up a time for a pre-admission appointment, we played phone tag all day and never did connect. I'll see if I can coordinate that with my Friday visit to the hospital for the blood-work.

Then it was home and fix supper, eat, and fill out my Spark nutrition diary. Maybe the fitness choices ought to include workouts like this among the choices! By then, I was really pooped!

Now to bed, perhaps to dream of how many things are on my schedule for tomorrow! Thankfully, these places are mostly closed on Thanksgiving, so I can perhaps catch up on my preparations at home. The time is really flying by!

My thanks to Senimo, who set the standard for going through this, and at least I don't have a teenager! My mischievous collie runs a close second, though!

I hope I'll be able to track and blog some a few days after surgery, but we'll see. I'll take my Kindle Fire so that I will have books to read, email and Internet access. And it shouldn't be difficult to keep control of my diet, since I'll be institutionalized! No temptations!

Thanks to all of those who offer support and suggestions!

(Do replacement knees weigh less than bone ones? Maybe I can lose a couple of more pounds! I think I am getting titanium and some sort of plastic material.)

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/22/2012 12:40PM

    How exciting! New knees!

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NELLIEC 11/21/2012 4:13PM

    I assume you have made arrangements for the care of your collie. It sounds like a busy schedule ahead of the surgeries and then sorta relaxed time afterward. (Though you may feel like the Physical Therapists are slave drivers.)

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SENIMMO 11/21/2012 9:01AM

    Yep. Our new ones weigh more than the worn out ones we replace. Rehab center-WOW. Compared to coming straight home after 4 days and trying to cook and clean, that sounds like a vacation to me emoticon And look how easy it will be to get to therapy, you won't have to fetch your own meds, and that adjustable bed is going to be nice! Not getting home til almost Christmas kind of stinks if you're not already done shopping, and your husband is going to have to run laundry back and forth for you. But emoticon emoticon Don't forget to eat lots of protein all this week and weekend! Email me if you are taking cell phone with you and I will email you back with my cell and house numbers. You can even call in the middle of the night if you just can't sleep with the new knees. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRACYKHOLM45 11/21/2012 12:16AM

    Good Luck with the surgery

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WILDFLOWERR_ 11/20/2012 11:28PM

    Have a Blessed Thanksgiving! I will say a prayer that all goes well for you during your surgery and a speedy recovery period.
Oh, and I think the artificial knee might out way the original, sorry.
Blessings,
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