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Title: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 15, 2006, 10:35:53 PM
OK here goes - the promised diary.

Sun 9th July

Left home about 2.45 pm to head out for hosp.

Returned home to collect hospital bag ;D that hubbie had left in kitchen in his rush to get me out of the house - duh - luckily I noticed not too far away!

Admitted to hospital at 4pm - in prep for TKR on Monday 10th.

Th ward consisted of 4 bays - with 6 beds in each, It was soooo dull and gloomy and depressing. The bay that I was in - well don't think there was anyone under 80 and would have made a great olympic snoring team!
Hubbie and daughter left me about 6pm - floods of tears - well I hadn't had my KFC - just couldn't stomach it so had to endure my first hosp meal - plastic turkey salad! - no knife!

Well no stars in that hotel! oops hosp.
Watched the footie cup final with the wrinklies on the smallest telly in the world - then decided that I might as well get to sleep before the snoring started.
11pm - woken up to see if I would like some pain relief - aaaargh like I would have been sleeping if I needed that!

Ear Plugs came out then and slept until 4 am when they woke me for a cup of tea! - pity they forgot the tea - just milk and water!

Day 1
Mon 10th july - new knee day!

got showered and had hte usual round of OS, anaestatist and doctors
Told surgery would be at 1pm - OMG such a long time to wait - no food/drink/fags - had premed so went back to sleep about 10 am.
Woken at 11.30 by porters! aaargh - my turn - OS decided to do me before lunch!
Mad rush to have a pee and get into my gown - sooo sexy! - no knickers as was going to have catheter! yuck

Taken to anaestetists room where nurse tried putting canular in left hand - oops no veins - so tried right hand - no way - so OS came and got a liitle one in and promised they would do the other one when I was sedated so no more pain - bless him.

Then came the nerve block - this was so scary - have never had this done before - quite painful where they put the needles in the top of my leg and got all the nerves shaking - uncontrollably - anaestetist then gave me a "gin and tonic" in my right hand to calm my legs down - both going by now.

Then I woke in the recovery room!!! Ha! got my new knee - oh sh*t I was in agaony - so very quick shot of morphine given - much better - from the recovery room I could see the cars queuing to get into the car park - saw hubbie in my car - waved like an idiot - begging for a bed pan before I wet myself - NO CATHETER - Yippeee.
3pm ish
Woke up again back on ward with hubbie and umpteen nurses around checking usual stuff - finally got bed pan - tipped most of it in bed - thank god for the nerve block and morphine so I could have a painless bed change! oops
Apparntly chatted with hubbie until about 7pm -! I was very happy and wide awake - don't actually remember too much - had loads of cards which I had to read again the next day - and helium balloons above my bed - and a huge bouquet from hubbie! ;D
4 drain bottles full. leg felt like concrete and had tose lovely ted socks and foot pumps!
9,30 - got on commode by myself negotiating foot pumps and drains - and put knickers on ;D  did some leg bends and straight leg raises - all I could think of was not getting scar tissue!
The woman in the bed next to me was on her bloody nebuliser - sooo noisy - and then asked if she could have one of my fags - no way - never!
Did NOT sleep well - they had given me co-codomol which made me so dizzy and kept thinking I was being thrown off the bed - ended up very distressed- every time I shut my eyes I just went weired.
very low BP
blood thinner jab and iv antibiotics
Day 2

very low BP
IV antibiotics and diclofenac given - no other pain relief due to bad effect night before - so was waiting for new prescription -- aaargh 8.30 am - nerve block came off in the space of about 10 minutes - kept ringing buzzer along with the rest of the patients - OMG I thought I was going to die - I was in sooo much pain - knocked out with morphine jab for about 10 minutes - came back round still in pain - the pain management team were there so quickly - about 30 mins - given tramadol and oramorph , diclofanac and paracetamol- it took till about 1pm and I was finally comfortable.

Thinking now that I don't know how I am gonna cope with this pain - but getting better.

1.30 - Xray - all fine
2pm - physio came - did a few exercises and sat in chair - painful

spent rest of day in and out of sleep - used zimmer frame to go to loo
had hubbie and daughter visit - don't really remember much
8.30- asked for extra pain relief - finally got it at 10.30 - really not impressed - so bad was back on morphine.

sorry - soo tired cna't do any more now - will continue tomorrow - night night


Title: Re: TKR - Mon 10th July 2006
Post by: sharon74 on July 15, 2006, 10:57:06 PM
Here's a toast to you Anja with a glass of wine.   ;D

You will get through the pain - at least the morphine worked for you.  It would really suck having to be in a room with so many people.  The one time I have stayed in the hospital I was on the floor with the geriatrics who stayed up all night calling for the nurses. 

I hope you start to feel better soon!!!
Title: Re: TKR - Mon 10th July 2006
Post by: shade on July 15, 2006, 11:14:18 PM
Anja,

Sorry to hear that you've had to go through such a hard time with the pain meds.  Wow, that's awful don't understand why they can regulate your meds.  Grrrrrrrr!! 

Glad you've gotten through the surgery, hope things get settled and you manage to get some good rest soon. 

Thinking of you.  ~Shade



Title: Re: TKR - Mon 10th July 2006
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 16, 2006, 10:34:06 AM
Thanks shade and sharon ;D


now for the next installment - perhaps shouldn't have written so many notes - especially as half are illegible! ;D

DAY 3  WED

woke up hungry at 6am! - had porridge made with water - OMG I am sure prison food would be better!

Had pain killers - much better today, did exercises - suprised at how easy they are at the moment.

8.30 Registrar came to see me - OS is going around grinning like a cheshire cat apparently as he is so pleased with my mobility and the way the op went.

the nurses had been commenting on the extra two small incisions at the top and bottom of my main scar - 22 stapes for main scar and then 4 extra smaller staples. - Well - now I am well pleased with this as OS said he could not do it when I saw him in January - but he did the TKR by computer - new toys - I was his first to be done on it - he had been to America quite a bit doing training - and the week my op should have been he was in London doing more! so very pleased about this ;D

The registrar also said that I had had nerve block and heavy sedation - but did not know why they had gone on to do full general anastesia.
Blood tests today
BP still too low - dunno why - feel fine - slight light headedness
Had SHOWER !!! so nice

physio - 90 deg flex   -5 ext.

LOTS of exercises today - on a high.

leg VERY swollen and bruised - not as much bruising as I expected which is good.

leg very hot and inflamed - put back on IV antibiotics.

Sh*t nights sleep - how can 5 old ladies make so much bloody noise - grunt,snore,cough - thank god for earplugs !

DAY 4 thurs 13 july

Pain under control - give or take a few just about bearable moments! - loads of exercise - the other ladies who had their knee replacements a WEEK before me are still not doing their exercises - what is the matter with them - they say how well I am doing and am fetching an carrying for them but they just lie there - idiots - perhaps they don't wanna go home! - they obviously don't appreciate what has been done for them - very sad - you can see the doctors and nurses getting cross with their poor attitude. - There is a diabetic on the ward who won't eat the hospital food - she chucks it in a bad so the nurses don't see and then buys chocolate from the trolley - they cant understand why her blood sugars are so high - So I told them! felt it was my duty - don't want her killing herself.

leg still very swollen - saw registrar again - 10 days oral antibiotics now - said the rate I was going that I would most likely be able to drive at 3 - 4 weeks - WOW !
and I can go home on Friday evening after 6pm meds!!

Day 5 Friday 14th
wahey! another cr*p night - oh so looking forward to my own bed! only have to stay till 6 pm when hubbie collects me
did my physio - walking round on ONE stick in the ward - 2 sticks to go further. showered, drugs and brekkie, went for long walk - about quarter of a mile!
shattered - went back to bed at 11 am - OMG woken up at 12 - why? - have to vacate the bed! :o  Someone in theatre needs a bed - so half asleep I say I dont have my holdall - hubbie had taken it home - so they produce carrier bags - OMG this is happening too fast - I am so tired, emotional and end up in tears - feel stupid - I want to go home - but I had my day planned and they now want me to sit in the day room with my bags until 6 - so upset.
So I got my stuff in the bags - got my sticks and went outside and sat in the sun and chatted to a couple of lovely patients - they couldn't believe what was happening - me neither - so rang hubbie and he left off work straight away and collected me at 5 - had drugs and went!
Loads of nurses came outside to see me - they were all gobsmacked at how I was treated - they were really nice - which didn't help stop me crying - they said that I was the only happy patient on that ward with some life in me.
So hubbie drove me home - about half way couldn't stand the bumps anymore and ended up sobbing again It was soo painful. But eventually home!

Day 6 Sat 15 july

had a bad night - my knee when I am in a deep sleep jerks - so violently it makes me scream in pain - I don't know how to stop it - it had done it when I fell asleep in the evening before - but just thought it was a one off.
Went shopping and walked for 2 hrs, did physio - really good day - pain under control - tramadol, paracetamol, diclofenac and my anti biotics.
Went to a party in the evening for about an hour - it was outside and got too cold so came home and started this thread.

Bed at 11
1 am woke with the biggest ever jolt through my knee - like someone had hit me with a sledge hammer - was inconsolable for about an hour - SCARED - don't know what is causing it - felt in so much pain had instant vomiting and  'the shiits' - my bodies way of dealing with pain - please help if you know what this is. - I am so afraid to go to sleep - I know it sounds pathetic as the rest of the time I am doing great - but fear of sleep and knowing how painful it is - got to be a 20 !! will post a thread in em.resus.

got up at 5 for meds - been setting the alarm. so know just chilling and on here! ;D

hope you all have a great day


Title: Re: TKR - Mon 10th July 2006
Post by: knee deep in Goo on July 16, 2006, 01:31:18 PM
Anja,

Welcome Back . So sorry to hear you are in so much pain. - Been thinking about you
Title: Re: TKR - Mon 10th July 2006
Post by: katmomx2 on July 16, 2006, 02:27:19 PM
Anya,

So glad you are home. I hope they get the pain controlled for you. Sounds like you are doing well otherwise.

Kat
Title: Re: TKR - Mon 10th July 2006
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 16, 2006, 02:40:12 PM
Hi, thank you - it's nice being home.

http://s55.photobucket.com/albums/g143/anjharris/



some lovely pics for you!
anj
Title: Re: TKR - Mon 10th July 2006
Post by: katmomx2 on July 16, 2006, 03:14:51 PM
Anya,

Thaks for the pics. You have a good day.

Kat
Title: Re: TKR - Mon 10th July 2006
Post by: Clarinet'09 on July 16, 2006, 07:12:35 PM
Great pics Anja!!! Enjoyed reading your post and hope you get better soon. Sorry about the pain and hope you figure out about the jolts and whats causeing them ;D!!!
               ~Chelsea~
Title: Re: TKR - Mon 10th July 2006
Post by: knee deep in Goo on July 16, 2006, 07:59:28 PM
Thank you for doing the photos.  It really looks like he stiched you up nicely.   I hope you heal fast and have no complications.  Your flowers are pretty.
Title: Re: TKR - Mon 10th July 2006
Post by: Hop skip n jump on July 16, 2006, 08:03:52 PM
Hey Anj

You went to a party! OMG you're doing sooo well. You go girl! Now these body jolts, I had them too, don't worry, have sent you an IM.

Congratulations on your new knee. So glad you're back have missed our daily chats.

Keep posting.

Big fat hugs
Hop ;D

Title: Re: TKR - Mon 10th July 2006
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 16, 2006, 08:33:22 PM
Hi Hop ;D missed ya - hubbie enjoyed your company though ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 17, 2006, 09:01:42 AM
Day 6 sunday 16th july

Had calmer day today.

went out for drive with hubbie in the morning (usual marine fish supplies) and slept nearly all afternoon - with hubbie watching the knee jerks - he woke me as they were getting stronger so I didn't get the big one!

Only did one set of exercises which I am not pleased about but my knee cap hurts too much to do leg raises and it is very swollen - ticht as a drum. lots of ice.

went to bed with ice and then hubbie got two more lots through the night and doubled pain meds so jerks didn't reduce me to tears this time - not too much sleep but a lot less pain. knee still swollen.

will ring physio to see if someone will come out this week to help me - got no transport this week as hubbie has to work - so can't get there - I work with most of my friends so they are all working as well and as we are short with me not at work can't really ask one of them to help - hubbie will be off next two weeks though.
Going to doctors tonight  (mon) to try to sort pain meds - sadly my GP is not there - very inconsiderate ;D
Title: Re: TKR - Mon 10th July 2006
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 17, 2006, 09:03:16 AM
Hi Anj - glad you're home! 

First of all, I apologise that I've not responded earlier, ended up with a bit of a migraine over the weekend so no computers for me! 

I am truly sorry that you are having so much pain.  If it's any consolation, further down the line, your brain will block the memory of this pain out.  I know my knee hurt, but I really can't remember that particular pain now. 

As for those leg twitches/jolts, remember I told you about those "physio sessions" I used to have in my sleep - leg spasms.  I don't know why this happens but it is normal (I had it after my very first knee op too).  In the end I actually found it helped in getting my extension back.  But boy does it hurt! 

At least you're home and away from the snoring and disruption.  I can't believe what the hospital did to you though. 

You take things steady.  Trust you to manage a party! 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on July 17, 2006, 09:48:35 AM
Hey Anj

Have just sent you an IM, about going to the doctors, I wouldn't bother going! I usually just call and speak to a doctor and they write me a perscription! Just a thought hun.

Bet you're really missing the snoring tortioses! Tee Hee! Oo one thing I found that really helped me with ROM and to stop scar tissue etc, if you can tolerate it get some vitamin E cream (not on the incision site yet) and massage around your knee and thigh, it feels good and keep everything moving. It may also help with the jolts!

 ;)

Ellie
Sorry to hear you've had a migraine, that rubbish! Sending you a hug too.  ;)

Hoppy Hop ;D

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 17, 2006, 10:10:14 AM
Hi Ellie

Hope that horrid migraine has completely gone - bloody awful things - you have my complete sympathy there!

Just rang physio and they are coming to get me for an hour session on friday and will bring me home again - so that is good - even better - it's my pre op physio that I have got! she is so lovely and knows what she is doing.

Having no trouble walking - except when I try to trip myself up on my sticks! Hubbie has had several sets of kittens!! ;D Stairs are okay as well - thank God - OT left a commode for me - so don't need that! ;D. Find that if I am just walking in the lounge I don't need my sticks!!
Tried the leg raises and bends but really having trouble with those but have decided it is early days so not gonna be too hard on myself - it will come - it is the knee cap that causes pain there - and swelling - so will just ice all day. Hubbie was going to order a cryo cuff but said would see how I go with the ice gel packs for a few days - they seem to work well and refreeze quite quickly.

going to doctors tonight - not my GP but hopefully will sort me - my surgery rang back and said my GP would be there tomorrow so if I don't get sorted tonight then to go and see him in the morning - so will get a Taxi if I have to.

Back on the ice now - so nice!

Got friends coming the next two mornings so that will be good - day time TV is AWFUL !

hope you have a good day at work - take it easy!
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 17, 2006, 10:16:13 AM
Hi happy Hop ;D

how ya doing? working hard?

I will go to docs tonight - they said they have to see me first time for new meds from them! so will see what happens - my GP would have just done prescription - ah well - get an outing today - and physio Friday - (see above)

Got some special scar oil stuff - can't remember what it is called - it's upstairs so will get that on next 'comfort break' ;D and try it round knee (not incision!)

Don't miss the snores at all - Mind you hubbie is quite good at it!! - when he gets to sleep in between ice collection for me!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 17, 2006, 10:43:30 AM
nearly forgot - just have to have a moan bout this - got a bed sore on my right heel (operated leg) ah soooo sore - blinkin' TED socks - have now got a dressing on it to try to make it better.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 17, 2006, 10:50:39 AM
Hi Anj

I checked in my my Doc on the Monday after my TKR (needed a note for work basically).  But I got the feeling that they were pleased that I did, think they wanted to hear how things went from the horses mouth. 

Best not to try and trip yourself up with those sticks - just be careful.  I found, during my first week I made loads of progress, then the second week the frustration started, couldn't get the same bend as I did in the hospital, the SLL's were loads tougher - everything just seemed harder.  So don't worry too much - it's all part of the healing.  Hey you're one of the minority who managed to do SLLs and bends within 24 hours of surgery.  And you're doing so well with the walking.  Go girl!  Just remember to use the ice as much as you can.  Funny that since I've had these sharp pains I've developed a bit of an aversion to ice, which is a pity as it helped so much before. 

Sorry you've gotta wear those lovely TEDs during this beautiful hot weather (too hot, too hot).  You'll have to get some of that self-tanning stuff to put on your legs when you finally get rid of the stockings. 

I found that vitamin E cream was fab for my knee.  Obviously, as Hop says, avoid the actual wound at this stage, just gently massaging that knee will help.  Beware as your physio may not be so gentle with the knee massage - but it's the best way to stop the build up of scar tissue. 

Anyway, I'd better get on. 

Ellie

PS Hop - thanks for the hug.  I hate migraines but at least it's all gone now

Anj - just saw your last post - bed sore, ouch.  Didn't they give you a gel pad for your ankles in hospital?  I couldn't have slept without it. 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on July 17, 2006, 10:53:10 AM
You can do stairs and you're walking without sticks in the loungs.

OH MY GOD !!!!!

Watch out for hub having kittens, they are a right pain for tripping over!  ;)

Glad you have physio sorted out for Friday, it's a really good opportunity to gadge where you are etc.. Really good of them to collect you too! Just goes to show some aspects of the NHS are ok! Just a shem some parts let the rest down eh!

It's great that you have friends over, you'll be able to sit in your lovely garden and get some sun and natter! Sounds good to me!

Hop x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 17, 2006, 11:18:43 AM
hee hee
just went up and down the stairs just using the hand rail!

sorry got to have a little power nap now - been up for 3 whole hours ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on July 17, 2006, 11:42:59 AM
Wow! Impressive girly!

Question for you...did oyu have your knee cap replaced too? I can't get my head around how they would do that and attach it to the patella tendons etc? Am I being a thicko? Tee Hee!


Enjoy your kip.

 ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 17, 2006, 12:30:28 PM
Anj, I second Hop's comments.  Going up and downstairs using just the handrail and walking around without sticks - Good for you girl!  Don't get overdoing things! 

You say you don't have too much bruising, what about at the back of your leg where you can't see - I still have bruising there and it's over 5 months!  But then your drain worked quite well by the sound of things (nothing came out of mine). 

Hop, when they replace the patella, they shave the back (something like 7mm) and glue on a new plastic bit, so the whole thing isn't replaced just part of it.  I found this was the hardest part of the TKR, as it made some knee bending difficult, like the slippy-board-thingy. 

Glad you're taking regular naps Anj - have a great afternoon with your friends. 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 17, 2006, 01:23:04 PM
Loved the pictures--- especially your big smile!  Glad to read that you're doing sooooooooooo well!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 17, 2006, 06:25:07 PM
thanks donna! Everyone says I smile a lot - but hey it costs nothing and you usually get one back! ;D

Ellie - no don't have too much bruising at all - I was quite suprised by this - just swelling is quite big.

well, didn't get to sleep afterall, my brother in law and ex husband both turned up within 10 minutes of each other - and stayed for 3HOURS - hard work as they don't like each other - bloody men!

then hubbie came home at 4.30 and took me to the doctors - DISASTER !!!!!!!! - I decided that would nip to the loo when we got there as didn't know how long we would have to wait in the chemist for the prescription. So just as I was about to get up from sitting on the toilet the seat slipped and OMG I hurt my knee so bad - I was in floods of tears and shaking - and hey presto went straight into doctors office!

Be interesting to see if they do health and safety report on it - the secretary went straight into the toilet and came out and said - omg she's right it is broken!

so anyway the doc said my pain meds were half of what they should be and gave me diazepam as well - muscle relaxant - so hopefully that will do the trick .

Got Ice on my knee now - it is still very painfull - so hope no damage done - will see how it is in the morning - if bad will call GP to come and see me!

gonna have dinner now! poached eggs on toast - yummy!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 18, 2006, 11:45:38 AM
help
think my email and knee geeks gone wrong - brother in law messed with my pooter yesterday - did you get my email today?




duh - dunno why this is here it was meant to be a pm to hop!??
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: sharon74 on July 18, 2006, 06:28:21 PM
It was all of us I think who were messed up here.

Can I ask why your ex-hubby was around????  I am curious as I don't like to speak to mine unless I have to.   ;)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 18, 2006, 06:30:35 PM
the pooters were all poopers
I've been missing all of you!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 18, 2006, 07:19:03 PM
Hi all - glad this is working now

ex hubby - he is still the father of my children! so it is better to get on than not - we did have quite a while when it was very  frosty as his girlfriend then wife for whom he left me (she was 19 yrs younger than him) was so jealous of me that he was not allowed to talk to me! and there she was sitting in my house! - they are now getting divorced - hee hee

any how - DAY 8

not too bad a night - still got the jolts but not as violent - had trouble getting up this morning - had meds and ice pack at 5 am when hubbie went to work then slept again till 9 am - had friends round for quite a long time then had 45 min sleep and walk to shops with hubbie.
It is very hot here and am very tired - knee was okay until I did some exercises - hurty hurty on the knee cap.
Just gonna chill this evening - getting fed up already with not being able to do much!

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 18, 2006, 07:20:31 PM
ops forgot - you would have thought the GP surgery would have checked to see I was ok after yesterdays episode!- but didn't
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 18, 2006, 08:35:25 PM
Seems like we all stay calm in recovery until week two.  Then there's some craziness that pushes all to try to do too much.  Maybe hubbie's lucky that he's far away so you can't beg him to let you go places with his help ;)  Good job to get along with kids' dad.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 18, 2006, 08:48:11 PM
ha! no chance of him letting me do anything! - he is far too sensible - he won't let me do ANYTHING
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on July 18, 2006, 09:25:53 PM
Hi Anja,

Been checking on your progress. Glad to see you have your adoring fan club waiting on you hand and foot.
It is like 100 F in Jersey.  I am impressed that you are getting out and doing a little shopping and excercises.  I wonder if having a knee replacement in winter is any worse?  cold all the time and all that.   So what does your leg feel like? Do you think it feels like it belongs to you or some cinder block?  I kinda know how you feel.with staying in bed.  You feel like I should be getting around more doing more stuff.  When will it end.  Can you put a kyro cuff on the knee?  Did they do anything special to your knee cap?

Its cool that your ex hubby came around at least you can say he showed up and gave you a reason to laugh.  Lots of downtime and I bet you are running low on entertainment.  I read you are creating your own by breaking toilets.

I have black thigh high TEDS.  I noticed you had ones that have the toes open. Wonder why the toes need to be exposed.

So would you do it again if you had too?  Reading your post op is great all sorts of things I never really read on other posts.

I think when I get my new knee I will stay in a skilled nursing facility for an extra week.  I think my parents and siblings would toss me into the hudson river if I got moanie at home.

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 18, 2006, 09:55:03 PM
Hi there
don't know if the weather would affect it - except that I prob wouldn't be so keen to walk as I hate the cold!
I think that I have age on my side and did lots of physio before the op and of course worked full time - 6 x 10 hr days a week so I was pretty strong - just had a totally crap knee - just lived on pain meds.

It is strange - had not really thought about it not being 'my knee' even though I have seen the x rays - it is a bit 'clicky' every now and then - but don't usually notice it  - the strangest thing is though that although it is very tight and swollen it is just a much larger version of my left knee. The old knee had a large lump of osteoarthritic bone growth sticking out on the outside - it had been there for about 10 years - so it looks different - like a real knee not deformed - which I like! Yes It is definately MY KNEE ! - I was concerned before the op that it would feel like a foreign body - I don't know - maybe that changes it is early days.

I enjoy going for walks - despite these stupid ted socks - just have to wear shorts in this weather. - thing is that before the op it was so painful to walk to the shops that I would take the car - there is no OA pain - just post op pain - which can get preety bad but walking does ease it.

I do have gel packs for the freezer which I use to ice the leg - I am actually bidding on a cryo cuff on ebay at the moment as it would be so good to have.My hubbie said he would get me one anyway if I want.

The toes on the ted socks can be worn either over the toes or open - I guess it is easy access to check temo/colour of toes - I wear them open as it is soooo hot!

I couldn't possibly answer wheter I would do it again yet - the main reason being that at the moment I am more incapacitated than before - and actually in more pain - all being well in about six weeks I will be able to thoroughly reccommend it ;D It is only day 8  - got physio on Fri so that might loosen it up a bit more.

The knee cap just had a bit cut from the back so it is still mine!

Not relly bored yet - still very tired, a bit frustrated maybe at not being allowed to do stuff (hubbies rules)

As for the toilet - I am actually pretty upset about that - my daughter is away at the moment and when I told her about it she told me that the saet was broken a couple of weeks ago when she went to the doctors - which makes it even worse - no wonder the receptionist didn't seem too suprised (but very sympathetic)

I try not to moan, but have ended up in tears due to pain on a few too many occasions.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Doc79316 on July 18, 2006, 10:18:48 PM
Hey Anja,

So pleased you're out out usrgery and on the "other side" so to speak. you're lucky you have people helping you. Make the most of it cos it can''t last forever.
Hope you get the cryo cuff. I can't use ice, even in this weather but I can imagine how cooling and refreshign it would feel on a swollen knee.
I know how you feel re hubby not letting you do anything. Mine drove me nuts with all his little rules and regulations during my rehab. The more surgeries I had the worse he got. But I know he did it for the best reasons.
Don't worry about the toilet seat - you'l llaugh about it soon enough.

Take care,

Laura x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 19, 2006, 09:03:58 AM
Hi laura

I really feel for you (and Nettan) not being able to ice - it is very cooling - sometimes I can't use it as it burns and ittitates - don't know why - The ice packs are the gel ones - so they dont even freeze solid - should find out about the cryo cuff on thursday.

Actually had good night sleep - my word it was hot - I am so sleepy still when I get up though - my doctor gave me Diazepam- it has def helped with the jolts only one big one last night and just a few little jerks!

Hubbie went to work at 5 am - gave me my meds and I went back to sleep until 8 when my neighbours started the usual tirade of obsenities,kids crying and screaming - gone quiet now - school run  time - won't be long before they are at it again. - Think I am going to have to ring the council about this - my friends were here yesterday - they couldn't believe it - trouble is that when I go back to work there will be no one here during the day - which makes me fear for my property.

anyway you have  a good day - think I have just one friend coming this afternoon which will be nice.
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 19, 2006, 09:12:16 AM
Hi Anj

Sorry I missed your posts - it's not been my week, first I get the RSD news, then migraine and in the early hours of yesterday morning I end up in A&E majors with asthma!  

I can't believe that they would leave a broken loo seat like that, particularly in a doctor's office!  OMG.  That must've hurt so bad.  It would also have been nice for them to check up on you.  I just hope that something is going to be done about it so it doesn't happen to anyone else.  

So glad that your knee, despite being swollen, is looking like a proper knee!  Despite the post-op soreness, my knee felt great to walk on, no OA pain and much more solid and stable - don't know whether you've noticed that too?  I found it was the kneecap that seemed the worst, I couldn't do some of the exercises as it felt like it was catching.  

Don't worry about the tears, for one thing, you've had a major op and that is one of the side-effects.  Things haven't exactly gone smoothly for you either, what with your op being postponed, then being kicked out of the hospital like that, then this business with the loo seat.  

I'd better get on with some work, I'll check in later.  

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 19, 2006, 10:08:22 AM
Hi ellie
OMG - you okay now? - I thought it was strange that I hadn't heard from you - but not only was this site messing about - my brother in law messed up my email - had to get him back to fix it - and thats what he does as his job!

Was it the heat that set off your asthma? I used to live with a bad asthmatic and lost count of the times she ended up in hospital.

You are right about the knee cap being the worst bit - going to physio friday so hopefully they can help with that, the knee def feels more stable - and night time is getting better. I have a burning sensation in my thigh and the lower part of my leg and seem to have permanent pins and needles in my toes - I assume this is all part of the usual healing.

think have sussed the tearfulness - came 'on' this morning - wasn't expecting that till next week! - so that prob contributes to it - but I can't take my blood clotters this month - hubbie said he would get me some Pampers!! ;D bless him!

Really hope you are feeling better now - for gods sake take it easy!
What have they said about your RSD - I am sure you said about this - I don't seem to have much memory retention this week - but I will put that down to the drugs - not my age!
take care
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on July 19, 2006, 11:04:50 AM
Anj, it'll be your age hun! Ha ha ha!

Ellie - you poor love, I'm not suprised about the asthma though in this weather. Its' a nightmare for anyone with respiratory problems. I feel for you.  :-*

I think all three of us are in the wars at the moment, we all deserve a night in on the wine together,ah but,
Anj can't - pain meds and anti biotics for poorly leg!
Ellie can't - pain meds for head and leg.
and I can't because of darn sinisitis and chest infection!

Do you think out of the three of us 'they' could make one good one!!!!  ;)

GROUP HUG xxxxx

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 19, 2006, 11:26:00 AM
LOL - can always rely on you to cheer me up - we can have a drugs party instead - in a big muddy field with a rock band! lol - or a night out whining! - reckon we could be Masters at that!

my OS's secretary just rang - post op appointment is on 31 Aug - they signed me off sick at docs till 21st so will have to get another cert as OS said I am not to return until after post op appt. - yippee - extra 10 days off - omg no money! yikes.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 19, 2006, 01:08:19 PM
Hi Anj and Hop

I think we need raffling off, but I don't think anyone would buy a ticket! 

I'm feeling much better today but for the next 5 days I have to take 8 tablets (which taste disgusting) all in one go - YUK!  I'm not enjoying this hot weather, but the temperature is supposed to drop a few degrees tomorrow - yippee.  I'm worried about my poor hubby having to travel on the Tube today.  His boss sent him a text yesterday to say it was 45 degrees down there - yikes!  That's what you get for working in London. 

Hop, I bet you're suffering having sinisitis and a chest infection in this awful heat - poor you, how do you breathe?  Hug! 

The drugs party sounds good, does paracetamol count, probably not?  I think we could whine for England - just think we could put together a team and for once England would be the best in the world at something! 

I'm kind of ignoring the RSD diagnosis for the time being until I've seen a pain specialist (I'm probably in denial but, hey that's me). 

Anj, I'm not sure about this burning sensation you have in your thigh and lower leg and also the pins and needles in your foot.  Did you mention this to your GP?  To be honest, my brain has totally blocked out the memory of my post-TKR pain, I know it did hurt, but I can't remember much more about it.  Just keep an eye on things and mention it to your physio on Friday. 

Take care guys, and Anj - don't let me hear that you've been overdoing your exercises! 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 19, 2006, 01:45:48 PM
Wow, I missed the drug party :o 8) ??? I didn't find a post from Hop, but sounds like she has had a rough time.  Hope things are better for everybody
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 19, 2006, 01:53:08 PM
Hey Ellie - I have got enough drugs for all of us! ;D and one of the girls at work could supply some recreational stuff! - she is always on a high!

Are your pills for the asthma? - that seems an awful lot.

Fell for your hubbie - mine has been to portsmouth this morning - he bought 3 litres of water for the trip and left at 5 am - hope he will be back by 4 pm - he's only got 2 more days then hols!!! yippee.

Just had my boss round for lunch! - he rang to say he would bring lunch and turned up with cucumber sandwiches - my favourite, smoothies and flapjack! - it was lovely. He has gone now - didn't want a riot at work - they can't cope!?! but they are really missing me! Boss is having a weeks holiday the week after next - told me to turn my mobile off!

Didn't actually mention anything to the doc about my toes and burning sensation - I was in too much of a state after my toilet trouble - hubbie did the talking.

OMG it hot - do you have A/C at work ? I know Hop has - just as well with her sinusitis and chest - mind you - you must be quite a wreck with your asthma.
Def. team Hug!

take care you two - I've got daytime tv - aaaargh ::)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 19, 2006, 01:55:18 PM
oops sorry Don

all welcome more the merrier - think hops med probs were on a pm - she and Ellie are poorly bunnies so we gotta look after them - I would prescribe Ice Cream and beer!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 19, 2006, 02:35:23 PM
Hi Anj

No air con in this office.  I am fortunate in that my office is the coolest in the building, ground floor and sheltered by trees, but it is still hot even in here today.  I tried to find a shady spot to part my car this morning, got it totally wrong as my car looks like it's cooking! 

Yep, these yukkie-tasting meds are steroids for the asthma.  They're working a treat as I had a really good night's sleep last night and am feeling pretty good today.  They only come in 1mg and 5mg tablets and I have to take 40mg!  Der! 

I hope your boss didn't talk too much shop.  But it was nice of him to drop in with lunch.  Yummy flapjack!  Have you tried those Sainsbury's mini flapjacks - are they are soooo nice! 

If you have freeview, on More 4 they show repeats of St Elsewhere and ER - that's about the best that's on daytime TV. 

I do feel for Hop with this chest infection, at least with the asthma I can take inhalers for relief.  I'm glad she has air con at work. 

It's toooo hot, need someone here to go out on an icecream run!  Think I'll go talk to one of the techie guys in the lab. 

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 19, 2006, 02:58:31 PM
oh oh

bad news - had phone call from OS - have to go and see someone 3.30pm tomorrow (with overnight bag - just in case) he is NOT happy about knee jerks being so violent - jerks are normal but not to the extent of violence that they are doing and pain that comes with it - also told him about knee cap pain especially following toilet thing so he wants it xrayed. Unfortunately he won't be there as he is off on hols tonight so he said he would leave me in the care of his 'next best man'!
Like he said - better to check now then carry on until 6 week check - back on 2 sticks till checkup done as well!
Bugger! district nurse was coming tomorrow to see if staples ready to come out!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: ladypenelope on July 19, 2006, 03:15:19 PM
Hi Anj,

Have been following your post since before you had your TKR and am pleased to read that you are slowly improving.  I had mine done in the winter and the TV during the day was just as dire, so it's nothing to do with the time of year!

I had to wear the Ted socks for about two weeks after my op, you don't say how long you are supposed to wear yours.  It is possible they might be causing the tingling sensation in your toes but I agree that you should really mention it to GP or physio when you go.

Will keep reading your postings.  Keep well.  Best wishes.   Sandra
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 19, 2006, 03:18:37 PM
Oh no!  

Is there nothing ever straighforward for you girl!  Just try to think positively, at least this is being checked out now instead of in 6 weeks time.  I have my fingers and toes crossed (ouch) that everything'll be OK.  

Just you try to stay calm and use those 2 sticks!  

Big hug!  
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 19, 2006, 03:20:12 PM
two weeks for teds - they told me six! - have cut the toes just to make sure it was not that that was too tight - but the socks are actually too big - they didn't have my size - too common - just like clothes shopping - all regular sizes out of stock.lol
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: rozzzie on July 19, 2006, 03:23:16 PM
Anja,

OMG,  Hope you don't need the overnight bag tomorrow.  Glad he's checking things out now not in a few weeks.  Wishing you the very best!

LOTS of HUGs

Rozzzie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 19, 2006, 03:24:05 PM
Hi ellie thanks for hug

I am sure it will be fine - it has been so good up to now aprart from jerks and tiolets.LOL - have to keep my PMA - I will be okay - hubbie is finishing work early tomorrow to take me - he was of course the first person I told - and he is on his way home now - yippeee

just keep saying - better safe than sorry - just wish my toes had a bit more normal sensation.- expect knee pain that has got to be pretty normal - it was a knee op afterall! lol
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 19, 2006, 03:26:43 PM
Thanks Rozzzie - if I pack it I wont need it ;D PMA - lets face it - I got kicked out early 'cos they had no beds - I would not want to have someone kicked out for me - might go and see how many reptiles left on ward that were there when I was in!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 19, 2006, 03:36:48 PM
P :)M :DA ;D
It's great that you're being seen.  We'll hope that you're back writing to us quickly!!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 19, 2006, 03:41:53 PM
I was actually amazed at being seen sooo quickly - the nhs are not known for their speed!

gonna go off line for a bit - hoping hubbie should be here soon -catch ya all later
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 20, 2006, 08:38:14 AM
Morning

not wanting to waste the district nurses time - the hospital booked them to remove my staples today - I rang to check what time the would be here as I have the OS this afternoon - NO record of appointment ::) well I am not suprised!  So they have booked it for friday before physio. - which hopefully will mean better movement.

crap night sleep - too hot, the sheep in the field must have been too hot - they wouldn't shut up - but hey - no big jerk ;D whole leg aches though - feel like I walked miles yesterday - but actually had very lazy day - think need to drink more water in this heat.

very naughty - took my TED socks off last night - ooh it felt good - they are very hot!

have a good day - not doing much today (well not till later)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 20, 2006, 01:06:30 PM
Hi Anj

Just a quick note to wish you all the best this pm. 

I too had a crap night's sleep, with knee hurting and these meds for my asthma, I got a whole hour!  Not in a very good mood today. 

You're very naughty not wearing your TEDs last night!  I had to wear mine for 6 weeks but then again it was winter and they did keep my feet warm so it wasn't so difficult. 

You must be imagining all these appointments, what with OT now the district nurse!  Perhaps these people haven't heard of writing things down in a diary.  You'd better check your physio appointment's still on for tomorrow! 

Hop - hope you're starting to feel better. 

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 20, 2006, 01:20:54 PM
thats funny Ellie - just sent you a welfare check email - sorry you had crap night as well - must have a lot to do with weather. Hope you are not too knackered at work - half the day done!

sorry but the Teds are soooo hot - got them on now with fan on my legs - gonna have a nap in a minute - just come over very sleepy.

I know I had the dates right as I actually put them in my diary when they told me - I knew that I would have trouble remembering in hosp - I wrote everything down there - even when they gave me my meds!

Hope your afternoon goes well - I am sure OS will be fine - got a hot knee today - strange 'cos I have done bugger all!
take care
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 20, 2006, 01:37:55 PM
I seriously need some more zzzz's.  Only managed about 9 hours over the last 3 nights.  It would've have been nice to share my insomnia with the local sheep but, unlike yours, they were obviously sleeping soundly as they didn't make a sound.  Decided I'm not going to take any more steroids.  My asthma is back under control and I don't particularly like the side-effects. 

By the way, my hubby reckons you should report your GP's office to H&S inspectors, make sure that they get it fixed so it doesn't happen to anyone else. 

Once again, all the best this afternoon - we'll all be thinking about you. 

Take care. 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on July 20, 2006, 02:10:42 PM
Hey you lot!

Good luck this afternoon Anja, I'm gumma keep my eyes open for you later cos I know you're coming home!  ;) ;)

Ellie - have a glass of wine or two tonight, always helps me to sleep!

I know they are noisy but I want sheep and fury hanimals!  ;)

So busy must go, hugs at ya  ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 20, 2006, 03:14:14 PM
Indeed, we expect you to be home and writing to us this evening!!! ;)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on July 20, 2006, 04:59:10 PM
Heloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo??????????????????

Where are you Anja?????????????????????????????????????

You'd better not be at that Kentucky again! They're gunna think you want shares in the place! ;)

Am off home now will log on again later when the pig family have gone home. (My parents, I'm piglet!  :o ;) ;D)

Hoppy  ;D

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 20, 2006, 07:35:24 PM
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

wahooooo I am home to stay!

excellent visit to hosp -

Got there dead on 3.30  - so hubbie threw me out to park the car - I went in reported to reception - hubbie walked in and we went straight into consulting rooms - the doc we saw was the same one I had the night I got the infection and the day I left hosp when had hamstring muscle trouble, lovely lady who listens and explains very well.

had to demonstate leg bending and straightening and raises - wot a star patient ;D OMG  she was so pleased with the progress and said it was absolutely brilliant - so I am really pleased

Now for the jolts - serious muscle spasms - basically being so violent due to working muscles that have not been used for so long and damaged ones from op - working them excessively!!!!!!!! - which she said was not a problem as I was doing so well but the spasms are - so she has doubled the diazepam dose for night time and said I must take it as soon as my physio sessions are over. pins and needles just nerves still coming back after nerve block.

so basically - working extra hard = extra horrid spassy jolty jerks! ( that bloody hurt)

wound very neat and clean - STAPLES REMOVED!! OMG that makes such a difference.

Had leg measured again for TED socks - They were too tight - two sizes - so got new ones - hee hee that'll save washing them tonight.

OMG - this'll make ya laugh - hubbie driving home - saw squirrel run across road both slammed on brakes (my imaginary ones!) bloody hell that hurt - but squirrel live to see another day.

Hop so nice to see you were gonna miss me - did NOT go to KFC - still have not been there :( but went to inlaws for tea and cake ;D, very english!

Hope you are okay.

Ellie - don't you stop those pills if you have to take them - do they work like a course of antibiotics? don'y want you poorly again - really hope you get a better nights sleep.

I am so ;D everything okay. - said it would be - but pleased that they checked!
anj x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: shade on July 20, 2006, 07:54:31 PM
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Wow!!  Everything sounds great except for the muscles, hopefully the meds will fix this right up.

Those imaginary brakes can be a bugger.....  glad you had such a good appointment.  ~Shade
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Nettan on July 20, 2006, 07:55:17 PM
Great news ANJA !! ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 20, 2006, 08:03:45 PM
Thanks Shade and Nettan ;D

oh and they said while I am active I can take the teds off but wear them evenings and night time - so that should be cooler ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 20, 2006, 08:39:03 PM
So good to read all of this!!!
Welcome home, and sleep well tonight.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on July 20, 2006, 08:49:38 PM
Hiyer babe

WoooHooo! I know you were doing great! I could feel it in my fingers and in my toes. hey that's a song isn't it! Tee Hee

So you're working it hard then! That's the stuborn bit in you coming out, good for you ;) Everything is going so well. Before long you'll be hopping and skipping like the other kids!

We've both got physio tomorrow, we can compare notes! What time's yours? I'm in at half nine and then onto work, no=one in tomorrow really so plenty of time for a natter!

Bad girls is on in a min! Love it! Sad I know! Am just about to take the duvet out of it's cover to sleep with just the cover, so so hot, need a good nights sleep too ready for the butcher physio tomorrow!

Speak to you tomorrow,

Nighty night
Hop x ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 20, 2006, 10:11:46 PM
Hi Hoppy
ah mine isn't until 12 - the driver is coming for me at 11.30 - so hope to be back by 1.30 - ummm think it's gonna hurt - loadsa drugs!

hope we all get a good night tonight - been trying to sleep on the settee but no go - I am really itchy - prob the drive past all the fields full of hay bales.

gonna go to bed in a mo. - hope yer physio goes ok - talk tomorrow
anjx
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 21, 2006, 01:41:32 AM
Loved my PT today!  Heat rubs, stretches, ice, ems.  Lots' of good stuff  :D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: rozzzie on July 21, 2006, 02:56:47 AM
Aja,  I'm so very happy for you!!  Keep up the good work and you'll be dancing a jig in no time!  ;D ;D

HUGs

Rozzzie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 21, 2006, 08:49:09 AM
Anja

Excellent news!  Glad everything is looking good!  Doesn't it feel great to be rid of those staples. 

Hop, did you enjoy Bad Girls last night?  Hope you got a better night's sleep, must be so hard to get comfortable with a chest infection in this heat.  I woke up this morning to find my poor hubby had not slept at all due to raging toothache - poor baby. 

At least the weekend is in sight - think I'll spend most of it resting my poor ole knee so I'll be nice and fit for work on Monday - nah! 

Anj, first outpatient physio today, loads of fun - hope they've got air con! 

Better get on with some work.  Will catch up later. 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 21, 2006, 10:24:33 AM
Hi Ellie

Had an great big lie in! ;D got thick head - think must have laid in tooo long oops

your poor hubbie - toothache can be worse thn knee and back ache - hope he gets to see a dentist quickly.

Did you take your steroids? How is your asthma - really hope it's getting better - must be very scary

yep physio today - somehow not looking forward to the pain! - no aircon there but they do open the doors for a bit of a breeze - think the drive there and back will be worst - very bumpy roads - still cause a lot of pain with bumps.

yippee nearly weekend for you - its funny - not long ago you were off telling me it was nearly the weekend - thurned tables.
 Do you use your stick all the time? is it because of pain or because it feels unstable? I find I can amble about without sticks but do have to use them to walk further distances as my knee feels like it is giving way backwards - it is prob not giving way it is just that it hasn't been able to be straight for so many years that it feels wobbly.

Hope you have a good day at work - hey nearly lunch time - then hometime! (and my hubbie on hols from tonight - can't wait - it's our wedding anniversary on mon and his birthday tues - so lots of eating out! ;D)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 21, 2006, 01:04:46 PM
Oh a lie in!  I'd forgotten what that was. 

I do feel for my hubby - I remember when I got toothache after my TKR the post-op pain had nothing on the sore tooth!  He should be in the dentist's chair now - fortunately, they fitted him in. 

I was wondering how your physio was going and what your physio is like.  I think mine was a bit too soft!  Kept telling me I was overdoing things. 

Do I remember those bumpy roads, every single pot-hole!  There just doesn't seem to be a place to put your leg to stop it jarring.  It won't be long until you won't give them a second thought. 

Lots of celebrating for you and hubby next week - almost like a holiday! 

I use my stick when I go out and at work, however, I don't use it much around the house, although I did get stranded outside in the garden the other week as my knee threw a wobbler and I couldn't move for 20 minutes - wished I'd had my stick then!  You seem to be doing really well, ambling around but I'm glad you're being sensible and using both sticks for those longer distances. 

Stopped the steroids, didn't like what they were doing to me and had problems at work with "you-know-who" so didn't want to risk taking any more time off!  I hate asthma, I'm still a newbie, developed it by accident 3 years ago after having a reaction to some pain meds!  It can be really scary sometimes. 

It's nearly the weekend!  Yippee!  - no bitchface for 2 whole days! 

Looking forward to hearing your post-physio diary later on. 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 21, 2006, 01:45:57 PM
Is lie in the reason Anj has a lion with a big phallic wagging tail? ;)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 21, 2006, 02:05:50 PM
LOL donna!

so I am back from physio - hmmmm do more at home by myself - she was suprised at what I could do. - so only was there for 30 mins and most of that was notes on history.  All okay - just a couple of bits to sort;

- she thought the bruising was quite bad!! I was quite pleased - but it is still coming out.

- the top of my scar is too thick so lats of massage to do there -  have to be gentle for now as scar still a bit weepy.

- my walking ;D still walking with leg swinging out - she said this was because of the way my leg was so bowed pre surgery  - but hey it is only 12 days so plenty of time to work on that.

- no arch on foot -- so big work to be done on muscles there - she reckons that will be more of prob than knee :o - knew my foot ached sometimes but thought it was just too much time on my feet. - she reccommended getting 'Birkenstock ' shoes - so will look at that sometime - sound expensive!

the drive was not too bad - the driver had a vauxhall estate which was so much easier to get in and out of than my 4WD - hmm feel a cer search coming!
I wish!

Thats about it!
Hope your hubbie comes out of the dentist okay - and not too poor!!
Hey even closer to the weekend now! - supposed to rain tomorrow - I hate to say it - but I hope it does!
Have a good afternoon
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 21, 2006, 03:44:17 PM
TGIF
We can all lie in tomorrow. :o ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: shade on July 22, 2006, 02:08:46 AM
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Have a good weekend, take your time and get lots of rest.  Takes time to heal.   

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on July 22, 2006, 04:29:49 AM
Anja,
Except for some bumps in the road, you are doing amazingly well!  You should feel very proud of all that you've acomplished.  Ive got to exercise more, maybe you can give me some pointers.  Happy Anniversary & Birthday to your Hubby, & enjoy the time off together.
Keep up the great recovery.
Bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 22, 2006, 08:59:25 AM
Hi thanks Bonnie!

I am not too religious at my exercises - just do a few each day when I think of it! - maybe should do more but .............

went to physio yestersay - she said extension is full and rom 95 deg so great for day 12.

I do a LOT of walking - find this easier than the actual leg raises etc so this still helps with strengthening my quad and hamstring. Hopefully can try an exercise bike next wed whan I go back - cant swim for another couple of weeks as scar oozez a little.

The main prob at the moment is like last night we went out to dinner and where I was sitting with my legs down it swelled up so much I could barely move it by the time we came out - and was very uncomfortable all night - so kept icing and meds and better this morning.

Going for a drive out with hubbie and then a walk today.

I think for all of us it is just a determined hard slog! but we will all get there at our own pace and should congratulate ourselves on every small bit of progress - it is hard not to feel down when it doesn't progress as quickly as we'd like though - I am a very determined inpatient person and want it all NOW! but have to take one day at  a time - I hate being a burden to others - my lot all seem to walk so quickly!! lol

Hey just go at your own pace and it will come good Bonnie.
you take care
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 22, 2006, 02:34:07 PM
You know more than I do about dealing with the knees, but I'm a comfort freak.  When I go to dinner I found at first I tried to sit in a booth and put my leg up on the seat.  I took cold packs with me.  Now I prefer to just put my leg up on a chair.  For a couple of weeks while I was in the immobilizer, I traveled in the back seat, again with my leg up with a cold pack.  I totally agree with you about the walking!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: rozzzie on July 22, 2006, 02:58:06 PM
Anja,

You're doing so well!  When I went out, like Donna, we got a booth or a table where I could put the leg up, it really helps.  It still gets stiff if I sit too long but after a step it's OK again.

I couldn't walk as far as you are at you're stage.  Go Girl!

HUGs

Rozzzie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 22, 2006, 08:24:00 PM
Hi donna and rozzie
you are both right about putting your leg up when eating out - we came home early from a meal out last night - because I was too proud to say I needed a chair to put my leg up on!

As for today - we had to do an errand so had a 50 mile round trip and then went shopping for about 3 hrs - too bloody much - suffering now! more drugs and Ice - I will learn! slept for 3 hrs when we got back.

Got some Birkenstocks today - not exactly a fashion statement but then neither are the teds! - but should get my foot back into shape.

Have a great weekend
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 23, 2006, 01:18:16 AM
Ah beauty is wasted on the young.  You're a good looking young woman.  Nobody's going to look at you shoes or your leg in a booth.  When you're my age you'll be able to look back at pictures and say, "Damn, I was gorgeous!"  So for now just be selfish instead of proud.   ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on July 23, 2006, 03:10:40 AM
Anja,
Out to dinner on day 12 is terrific!!!! I will remember that when its my turn.  Birkenstock's here in the states were "hippie" attire in the 1970's and seem to be back in fashion.  I see them everywhere.  I'm with Donna, just be selfish...and comfy
Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 23, 2006, 03:25:15 AM
Birkies are also popular on the tv shopping channels.  I wore them after my surgery just because they were easy to slide into, but I've gotta admit I've got a few pair.  Now I'm into my Dansko sandals.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 23, 2006, 07:12:08 AM
yeah I know they are for my own good! - I am actually finding them a bit uncomfortable so will just have to break them in gently - but sure it won't take too long - all these bumps sticking in the bottom of my foot - prob just proves how bad the foot is so shall persevere - got some nice long skirts that go well with them!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 23, 2006, 01:48:29 PM
Anj, if your feet are bad, try Dansko.  Instead of having a hard cork footbed, they have a deep padded rubber footbed.  They have a lot of styles besides clogs.  I buy them on eBay for about half price new.  When the bone spurs in my heels were bothering me, Birkies killed them.  How's your heat wave?  I was surrounded by a lightning storm last night, but I didn't get any rain.  It's hot, humid, and still now, and the sun hasn't come up yet.  This is bad weather for horses.  Seems like more of them colic in this weather than normal.  I also call it earthquake weather.  Hope you're enjoying your Sunday!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 23, 2006, 02:39:09 PM
Hi there Anj

3 hours shopping!  You're kiddin'!  I'm struggling with 1 hour's shopping 5 months down the line - couldn't even manage the first day of Next's sale yesterday!  Talking about Next, have you seen the new autumn/winter directory?  How are we ever gonna get into those skinny-leg jeans with our knees - they look like denim tubigrip! 

I'm enjoying this cooler weather but am disappointed that the heatwave will be returning on Tuesday!  Not done much this weekend.  Hubby decided to have a change around with the lounge/dining room furniture.  Well, we don't really have a dining room anymore as this is my studio/workroom, but hubby wanted the dining room table back!  All this furniture moving provided a reasonable distraction to the thunderstorms yesterday afternoon. 

You are doing incredibly well, despite all those set-backs.  I'm glad that the knee jolts have calmed down a little.  You've probably got these to thank for your full extension, they were the reason my extension came back so quickly.  Just don't over do things too much!  Hey, those socks sound fab! 

Donna - I hope the horses aren't suffering too much with the weather. 

Bonnie - when are you scheduled for your TKR? 

I guess I'd better get on with some painting, I'm about half-way through painting No. 3 of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever playing in the snow.  Just 2 more to do after this one and then I can start work on my "Autumn Collection". 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on July 24, 2006, 04:55:52 AM
Hi Ellie,
Haven't set the surgery date yet, was hoping for August, but too many doctors appts., so hopfully it will be in September.  Am in the middle of some dental work, waiting for an 8/7 appt with a cardiologist - my internist wants me to have a nuclear stress test, and most importantly I came to realize that I can't ignore lower back pain I've been having for the past year & a half, so that appt is set for 8/22, then probably an MRI & hopefully a pain block...I'm also trying to get my iron up, so that I can give blood. 
I want to be 5 months post op like you and I envy your ability to paint, maybe you can post your paintings and share your talent?
Any suggestions, ideas or words of encouragement will be welcomed, cause I'm more thatn a bit freaked out!  But I am thrilled to have found this site. Where do you live?  I live in Miami Beach, Florida.

Bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 24, 2006, 01:38:58 PM
Hi Bonnie

You are very sensible to get everything out of the way before you think about your TKR.  As Anj has already said you have to be so mentally prepared for something like this.  You will need to put all your energy into your TKR recovery and rehab. 

You have definitely come to the right place for help and advice - these people are so wonderful, I couldn't have got through my TKR without this site.  Read up what you can and feel free to ask any questions.  I don't want to put you off, this surgery is hard and frustrating, you will need to have a lot of patience.  One day things will be going great, the next it's not so good and you feel like you've taken a step backwards - that is totally normal for TKR.  Although I have to resolve some soft tissue and pain issues, I have no regrets, the OA has gone and my knee feels loads more stable.  I'm just frustrated that I can't make the most of my new knee at the moment. 

Miami beach sounds fabulous.  I live in a small village just outside Oxford in the UK. 


Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 24, 2006, 05:38:47 PM
Anj is great with good advice for others ;D
She over does herself during rehab!!!
Maybe our universal problems with heat will help grow our good knees during rehab.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 24, 2006, 06:34:33 PM
Hi All

Two weeks today!!

It is our wedding anniversary today - 2 yrs hey young love! ;D  We went out for brunch and hubbie is now cooking fillet steak,pepper sauce and chips!! yum.

hubbie had to re-arrange the lounge today as he has just ordered a 120 gallon fish tank! decided our 50gall one was just too small OMG - so had to change things just to get it in the front door. - It is his birthday tomorrow so sort of a pressie to himself!  The new tank should arrive wednesday - I just supervised him ;D and then went to bed for an hour this afternoon and oops suddenly it was 6pm - must have needed the rest.

Have some new knee pics which I will post later - looking very good - few hard lumps on the scar but shall use bio oil to break them down - can't use it yet as I still get the odd weepy bit.

Finding it quite frustrating right now - want to run before I can walk! literally ;D
Exercises going quite well - usually pain comes with tiredness - and unfortunately the tiredness hits me at about 2 pm.

Arranging to have a few days away next week just visiting family - different  walls to look at!
will post later when photos are on.
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 24, 2006, 07:56:56 PM
120 gal!  You can keep baby whales in that.
Happy 2 years!
Happy 2 weeks too!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 24, 2006, 08:51:45 PM
http://s55.photobucket.com/albums/g143/anjharris/


Thanks donna - this link should take you to my new pics
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on July 24, 2006, 09:10:58 PM
Anja,
Happpy Anniversaries ( knee & wedding).  Our schedules are quite different because of the time difference, I'm plugging away at work and you are probably full from your yummy dinner!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on July 24, 2006, 09:15:50 PM
Sorry, posted, before I was done.
Both you & Elllie are young, Im a bit older (well, not exactly a bit, but who's counting) so I hope I have the energy & stamina you both seem to have.
It's been in the 90's (degrees farhenheit) here (not unusual for this time of year), but lots of rain.  What's considered a heat wave for you?

Got to get back to work...
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 24, 2006, 09:21:53 PM
Hi Bonnie!

hey you really are not that much older so I am sure you will be as full of beans as us! - hmm or as sleepy as us - cannot believe that I am not crawling out of bed until 9am - it is going to be a shock when I go back to work!

Yep had dinner it is 9.20 pm so having a glass of wine now to celebrate - hubbies birthday tomorrow so have to do it again! ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on July 24, 2006, 09:28:42 PM
Anja, Celebrations are wonderful things.  Have a glass for me too, tonight & tomorrow.  Just got back from the dentist and had a root canal - lucky me, so there will be no wine for me tonight.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 24, 2006, 09:43:49 PM
big ouchy ouchy - hope you don't get too much pain when your mouth comes back to life.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 25, 2006, 02:02:50 AM
Your pictures look like you're almost healed.  I've known people that were still a mess after 2 weeks, of course they were older.  What did you do to earn a TKR at such a tender young age?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 25, 2006, 08:46:32 AM
Hi donna

Been waiting a very long time for this TKR - had arthritis since I was about 22! following gymnastics accident when I was 18 - Had no ACL or cartalidge since then - unfortunately the arthriris got worse and worse over the years - when I was 33 they considered doing an HTO but apparently it would not have been successfull due to the already missing bits - so in the end it was a case of waiting until it was no longer possible to wait any longer - I had grade 4 arthritis (bone on bone) and my shin bone was starting to crumble so it was now or never- was offered fusion but that has so many knock on effects that there was no way I was going have that without first trying a TKR.

You are right about the scar - it is fantastic - it actually looks better in real life! but the OS did promise me that he would leave it looking very 'pretty' ;D

I don't know yet if he did it himself or if the plasrics guy did it - he was planning it so that was the case but forgot to ask when I was there - either way very pleased. There are a few hard lumpy bits but hopfully massage will sort it out.

my knee is very hot today despite lots of ice - but I suppose there are different stages of healing which would make it hot. Will have another resting day today.
take care
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 25, 2006, 10:39:32 AM
Hi Anj

Did you enjoy your double anniversary yesterday? 

Wow - your scar looks incredible, you can hardly see it!  The hard lumpy bits will go as long as you keep gently massaging them.  I think the heat does have a lot to do with the healing, but keep an eye on it. 

I was like you in that an HTO was considered and then thrown away as I was lacking the necessary cartilage/meniscus.  My problems were the OCD lesions on the medial side of my knee and OA due to missing meniscus on the lateral side of my knee.  TKR was the only option but 5 years ago I was told that at 34 no surgeon in the UK would perform a knee replacement unless I was in a wheelchair.  My knee continued to deteriorate but thankfully I found a surgeon who was much more into "quality of life" than worrying about how long an artificial knee would last. 

Talk about observant - I've been back on my stick for over a month now - this morning at work I get asked why I'm using my stick again - like I'm committing a crime! (you can guess who).  Does she think I'm hobbling around like an old lady 'cause I like the attention!  A little understanding would've been nice - not sarcastic comments.  Try explaining RSD to a know-it-all - I got a look that said "so it's nothing much then".  Ouch I'm whinging again - I do apologise. 

You keep icing that knee Anj, a day's rest sounds good, at least you're listening to what your knee is telling you and not overdoing things. 

Take care everyone. 

Ellie

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 25, 2006, 01:20:53 PM
Anj from your pics I thought you were in your 20s! 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 25, 2006, 07:11:23 PM
Ha ha ha  I love you Donna

but.........I am 43  bless you!

Went to an american diner for brunch today - which was quite nice except the cook couldn't do over easy eggs - they came out like rocks yuck, but I did have a coke float - very childish!

Ended up buying some new garden furniture - having big family paarty on sunday - and just didn't have enough - so we spent the afternoon putting it together and then put up 2 gazebo's ,chris cut the grass, just got a bit of work to do on the patio tomorrow - bit of cement needed for some wobbly slabs - so still managed to overdo it! ;D

Resting with ice now waiting for the in laws to turn up with birthday cake - yummy!

Hope you had a good day
anj - the young 'un!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 25, 2006, 08:01:30 PM
Of course 43 is young to me.  It means you were born while I was at the end of high school. 
Sorry your eggs weren't done correctly.  I usually order them scrambled to avoid runny stuff or hard yolks.
Is your party a celebration for your anniversary?  You'll have to post pics  :D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 25, 2006, 10:43:34 PM
yuck don't like scrambled
party just 'cos  we always do in the summer!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 26, 2006, 03:33:49 AM
Sounds like a fun party!  We want pictures :D
I like scrambled eggs with cheese, sausage and/or bacon, potatoes, and tomato salsa.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on July 26, 2006, 04:31:43 AM
Anja,
Hope you are making it through all of those celebrations - party girl!  Your photos are unbelivable.  My incision will not be in the center, it will be more medial, directly over two previous incisions - so probably not so pretty, but I think it will be worth it in the end.  Just have to hope time flies...
Good night all.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 26, 2006, 05:16:30 AM
Hi Bonnie

presumably - if your incision is not central then your os will be doing a quad sparing pocedure? which means you get smaller incision as well? Hope so for you.

take care
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 26, 2006, 08:54:57 AM
From what Bonnie says, her incision will be more like mine, towards the medial side, but it still didn't spare the quad.  My consultant told me it was because he wanted to avoid touching the previous scar from open lateral menisectomy. 

Anj - how are the party preparations going?  I hope the weather holds out.  My sister-in-law is getting married on Saturday, so fingers crossed the weather will be fine (but not too hot).  I still haven't tried on my dress yet, hopefully I'll manage to get into it!  Haven't been able to wear it for ages due to piling on too many lbs but I've lost some of the weight so you never know. 

Brunch sounded good, shame about the eggs.  Donna, those scrambled eggs sound gorgeous - yummy - making me hungry! 

It's way too hot in the office this morning.  I think there's more thunderstorms forecast for later today?  I'm such a baby when it comes to thunder and lightening. 

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 26, 2006, 12:44:49 PM
Hi ellie

Hope you're not getting too many thunderstorms. We had a really pathetic one at 5.30 this morning but it was quite distant and it might as well not have bothered with the 2 minutes rain. Our lawn haas so many cracks on it I have to be a bit carefull with my stick as it actually goes right down the cracks to about half way up the stick!!! never ever known it this bad.

All set for the party - washed down the garden furniture this morning and hubbie did some cement work on the wobbly paving slabs - hust the food shopping now - yummy! - gonna buy lots of olives - my favourite - trying to educate hubbies side of family! lol

it certainly doesn't seem to be getting cooler - Incredibly our patio was 49.5 degrees yesterday afternoon - south facing!

hope you have got a decent fan in your office - we have actually opened the front door to get a bit of a through breeze.
apparently if you open the loft hatch about 7pm then the heat comes out of the attic making it more comfortable at night!? did it last night - can't say we noticed the difference.
sure hope the weather is good for the wedding and our party - really dont want people and food in my lounge - new cream carpets - total shoe ban! ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 26, 2006, 01:39:37 PM
Hi Anja

It's lunch time and I'm so hot - I have my fan on it's highest setting but it's not doing much.  So far no thunderstorms but it's getting cloudy out there. 

You'd better watch yourself walking on the grass - we've noticed the big cracks in the lawn too - it's like 1976 all over again!  Don't let your hubby overheat working on those wobbly paving slabs! 

I've just seen the weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday - rain!  Well it's raining where we're going anyway.  You may be OK but I'd watch out for those new cream carpets!  Cream wouldn't go with a black and tan cocker spaniel.  I took some of her fur off the other day then poured some tepid water over her to cool her down a bit.  She got playful and ran upstairs - oh dear, had to clean all the dog hair up before hubby got home! 

I've got a day's holiday on Friday as hubby's not working - he's having that tooth out, poor boy!  Looking forward to a long weekend.    ;D

Sorry, I was a bit down last week - don't think those meds helped much.  Sometimes the pain gets too much - you all know that feeling.  But my PMA is back this week - especially as she who shall not be named has booked a couple of weeks holiday in Sept.  Yippee!   ;D

Take care

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 26, 2006, 01:49:33 PM
Olives!  I get them stuffed with bleu cheese or garlic or jalapeno peppers.  Yum, especially when you're craving salt.  BTW  what causes the cracks in the lawn?  Is it because the heat has dried the soil?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 26, 2006, 05:00:41 PM
aaargh not it cant rain sunday :(

hope hubbies extraction goes okay

long weekend - good for you - shame it is not you that has holiday booked - somewhere exotic! - looked at my insurance doc from my OS he has pt date for return to work as 9th oct !!! will go mad if it takes that long

Donna - yep it's the heat and no rain that causes the cracks - we are on clay here.  love stuffed olives - never had blue cheese ones though.

question - my knee has become really sensitive to the ice packs - is this a stage it goes through?

waiting for new fish tank still - cancelled my physio for that - not impressed!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 26, 2006, 09:13:19 PM
Where my horse live the soil is clay, and it cracks.  I always imagined people in the UK riding through the rain, but that too must be on different soil.  I'd imagine that the OS gave you til Oct, because some people like to avoid work as long as possible.  You'll be fine before then ;)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: sharon74 on July 27, 2006, 12:20:50 AM
We are planning a party for this weekend as well, and it is supposed to rain here.  It doesn't worry me too much since we only have 12 people coming over and there is plenty of room inside my house, and all of the main floor is hardwood or tile (except my bedroom which is cream carpet).  You can't tell my carpet color too often as my dogs get it well covered!!!   ;)

We are heading back to the theater tonight - luckily it is a little cooler than it was over the last couple of weeks.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on July 27, 2006, 03:21:25 AM
Hi Anja & Ellie,
I will have to check with my OS about the quad sparing procedure - was unaware of it, so thanks.  The OS told me that if he cut down the middle there would be a loss of blood to the medial side (where i have the 2 incisions one on top of the other).  but he did say he would cut in the same place, at least - don't really care about how my knee looks, gave up wearing dresses long ago.

Ellie, Do you know why your OS didn't do that procedure on you, just curious.  Both OS's I've seen told me they don't do MIS procedures, but didn't explain...I have a tan cocker, 3 years old, a distant cousin of your English Cocker and my baby (spoiled).

OMG, I just found a site to convert celcius to farhenheit degrees and you guys sure are having a heat wave.  That's 112 degrees, here in south florida it never reaches that high (there is a theory that is does all the time, but that the weathermen can't tell the truth or they would frighten away the turists), we do have very high humidity, but nothing like you all are having.
Enjoy all the parties and I'm hoping that the weather cooperates.
Good night all.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 27, 2006, 02:07:44 PM
Anja

May be you're not leaving enough time in between ice packs.  Is it your knee or the skin that's sensitive to the ice?  I'd keep an eye on that as, at this stage the ice should be providing relief.  My knee became sensitive to cold when these "new" stabbing pains started, before that the ice worked wonders.  I was told to ice for 20 minutes then leave it 30-60 minutes then ice again.  How's everything else going with the new knee?  I just can't get over your scar - it looks incredible.  When's your next physio? 

If my hubby gets a new contract we will be going on holiday in December.  I've already booked the time off at work.  Looks like it could be Christmas in the Maldives as we know it is just the place for chilling out - which is what we both need.   ;D

The fish tank sounds amazing.  I presume this is for your marine fish? 

Bonnie - all my surgeon said was that he wanted to avoid the previous scar from the open lateral menisectomy.  I'm not sure why he didn't do MIS, possibly scar tissue?  He didn't really go into it and it's one of those questions I always forget to ask him. 

I love American cockers, you don't see so many of them here in the UK but they are so cute.  Are they like English cockers in that they don't grow up until they're about 5 years old!  Molly is my baby too, she gets spoiled rotten by me - I just can't help myself, she's too cute.  It's the eyes, she gives me that "Disney" look and I go straight to her biscuit jar! 

Just 2 hours until my weekend starts - yippee! 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on July 28, 2006, 03:34:42 AM
Ellie,Hope you enjoy your weekend.  A holiday in December sounds fantastic.  My Cocker, Sophia is only 3, so I guess she's still a kid, but you're right, those eyes...
How did your hubby do?

Anja, hope you are doing well and the fish tank arrived.

Hope it's cooled down a bit so you all can enjoy your weekend and life in general.

Got home from work at 10pm my time - way too long a day - knee is throbbing  :(

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 28, 2006, 09:40:49 AM
Hi all,

Hey Ellie - you are on a long weekend now!! enjoy it. Hope hubbies tooth pulling is okay..
The Ice I was only doing for about 20 mins every 2 - 3 hrs the irritation is on the inside - the scar is a little sensitive every now and then - more when I am tired, - Didn't do any Ice yesterday and actually feels a bit better.
Didn't come on here yesterday - felt just too tired and sick all day - think got a bit dehydrated and overtired - nice having hubbie home but def overdoing it! - had quiet day really yesterday - just watched hubbie doing fish tank - it's great! will have to take pics.
OMG Maldives in december - don't forget our tickets!

MIS TKR - my OS said he would not do it that way as you cannot be so accurate - as you cannot see so much through a smaller gap!

It felt cooler here this morning - wrong! it's already very warm.
Have a great day
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 28, 2006, 04:51:50 PM
I was surprised that I enjoy the heat packs at PT.  Of course the room has a/c so everything feels good.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 31, 2006, 10:35:56 AM
Hi there

Anj - the new fish tank sounds great, looking forward to seeing the pics. 

Sorry you weren't feeling so good, you probably were overdoing things and it gets to a point when your body says "no more", gotta rest!  Thinking about it, sometimes when I used the ice, my knee would ache - I suppose with all that metal inside it's going to do that? 

Hubby had a rough time with his tooth extraction.  The dentist didn't quite numb the area enough so he felt everything! 

I had a great weekend - my sister-in-law's wedding was lovely.  Except the part where we had to walk down a long gravel path, followed by walking across a field of uneven ground and uncut grass - scary.  The floor of the marquee was just carpet laid over this really rough ground so everyone looked like they had bad legs - that or they'd had too much to drink!  The guest of honour was Winnie, an Eagle Owl - wow! 

Bonnie - Sophia sounds adorable, definitely still a baby at just 3 though!  Molly is now 6, seems like yesterday when she was just a puppy!  She has very sore paws at the moment, she's got a nail bed infection.  Everything seemed to be going well, she's been on antibiotics for weeks now, but on Friday she caught one of her claws and just screamed in pain, so the vet wants her to continue with the antibiotics a little while longer.  Poor baby! 

I'd better get on with some work, although it's really quiet at the moment. 

Take care everyone. 

Ellie

PS I managed to get a last minute cancellation so I see the pain specialist this pm. 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 31, 2006, 11:02:26 AM
Hi Ellie

Great news about the pain specialist! - fingers crossed they can sort you out.

Wow - what a household you have there - your knee, hubbies teeth and mollies toes! - hope you all feel better soon ;D

must have been nice looking normal at the wedding - all limping! lol

We had good but soo tiring weekend - family BBQ went well they all arrived about midday and left about 11pm - must have been enjoying themselves to stay so long..

Just been to doctors for some more tramadol and then went to physio - def torture chamber today.
Physio okay - lots of work to get rid of limp - that I didn't realise I had so bad and that quad needs serious work - flexion and extension on track.
She said it's the neatest scar she has ever seen! - can go swimming - well very gentle pool exercise - if I can get in and out of the pool. No cycling yet - not quad building enough exercise. C
Come home to Ice pack - which still stings despite double tea towel between, drugs and egg on toast!! yum

Off to my brothers house tomorrow, parents wed and sisters thurs - lots of driving - yuck

ooh fishy wish tank fab - must get some pics sorted.

have a great day especially this afternoon - please let me know how you got on as won't be online for a few days after today.
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 31, 2006, 01:44:32 PM
Good on you busy girls!  I only remember napping and eating ice cream this weekend  :)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on July 31, 2006, 05:48:40 PM
Hi Anj

Ooh, sounds like physio was a bit rough!  What sort of exercises do you do?  The walking is what will take the time because you've had pain for so long and got into some bad habits.  Swimming sounds great but take care with the getting in and out of the pool - think you'll just have to fly off to some tropical paradise instead. 

Looking forward to your trip(s)?  A change of scenery sounds like a good idea – I remember those 4 walls!  Hopefully your hubby will be able to navigate around the bumps in the road so it won't be too uncomfortable for you. 

Glad your BBQ went well – no problems with the weather then?  Can’t wait to see the pics of the fish tank.  I’ve heard it’s really difficult to keep marine fish but they are so beautiful – you don’t need a TV! 

I’ve just got back from seeing the pain specialist.  A lot of what he was saying made sense.  Basically, I have some serious problems with soft tissue and muscle damage and wastage due to CRPS and all my “knee history”.  He said it is like a primitive thing with the body – my brain cannot cope with the chronic pain so is basically shutting down my right leg in order not to waste energy/food on it.  In caveman times my leg would have been the Sunday joint – no wonder Molly’s been sniffing around it – she’s after a nice bone!  He is recommending that I spend 2 weeks in a rehab hospital (loads of physio, hydrotherapy, OT etc) to start getting things back on track.  This is going to take a long time to fix but if nothing is done then my lovely new knee will start to fail.  There’s just so much to take in at the moment but it sounds like he’s the guy that’s going to fix this for me.  He looked at my history and said that a lot of pain specialists would just throw in the towel but he seriously thinks he can help me. 

Donna - your weekend sounds perfect - sleep and icecream - just missing a side order of chocolate!   :)

Anyway, think I deserve some icecream therapy - hubby bought me some Magnums at the weekend. 

Take care everyone and Anj, you have a great time over the next few days! 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on July 31, 2006, 06:13:10 PM
Ellie, try to imagine the rehab hospital as a spa  :)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 31, 2006, 06:18:54 PM
Hi Ellie

Crikey!! - that doesn't sound too great really - but there is obviously lots that can be done - like he said - VERY INTENSIVE PHYSIO - AND LOTS OF PMA !

Now I know you CAN and WILL do it ;D  You haven't gone through all this to let it not work now! - so first - get that gym membership set up ;D - and hey that means hubbie too - you're in this together ;D

Secondly - the Maldives!! now what better incentive can you have then that - you have 5 months to get yourself in tip top condition!! - If you do get the opportunity to take the 2 weeks rehab - DO IT !! - sod work!! - you only have one leg - you can get another job!! - and despite what they have said about not having anymore time off for your knee - think you will find that is not legal!!

We are all right behind you - so you have lots of support - but it is you that has to put in the hard work! ;D

Yep my physio was cr*p - but it is for my own good  ::) ;D  Just totally knackered now - pathetic - it was only a 45 min session.
Looking forward to seeing my family - but really  don't need change  of scenery - hubbie has worn me out - we have had quite long trips out every day - need some daytime TV - aaargh

keep your chin up and take care
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on August 01, 2006, 02:05:15 PM
Donna - when my doctor was describing the "rehab hospital" and the treatment, it did sound just like a spa - they'll even teach me how to say "no" to people to take the strain off my leg in the future!  I've looked on the internet and the hospital looks like a 5-star hotel. 

Anj - well, you're kind of on holiday for a few days and I hope you're having a great time. 

I have to say that there is no such thing as ONLY a 45 minute physio session!  No wonder you were wrecked!   :o  You'll need to take things easy after that.  You just take care of that new knee.  Learning to walk again is soooo hard - you think you've got it and then the physio tells you to stop walking like Neil Armstrong on the moon - well that's what they said to me! 

Hubby says we may have to put off the tropical island paradise holiday in December as the 13-hour flight, plus seaplane transfers etc might upset the work that I'm about to put into getting this fixed (estimated 18 months to 2 years by the way!).  But, he did say that we would still go away in December, something like a spa in the UK!  ;D Cool! 

Anyway, lunch time is over so I'd better get on! 

Take care everyone. 

Ellie

PS - Anj, I thought I had 2 legs! 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on August 01, 2006, 03:44:44 PM
I'd be satisfied with the 5 star rehab.  My "vacations" are trips to the desert to camp without water while the boyfriend plays Mad Max in his sand rail.  Actually the sand rail is fun, and Scott is a great driver.  Come to think of it, I survived a long time without a shower after surgery, so maybe the left over baby wipes will be just the thing for this year's "vacation."
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: sharon74 on August 01, 2006, 09:32:50 PM
Anja,

I am glad your party went well this past weekend.  Much better than mine did!!!

I really hope things start to cool off for you - we are supposed to get a little cooler on Thursday here.  We are still around 100+ degrees (I believe that is around 40 for you??).  All I know is it has been too hot to put down my convertible top on my car!!!

Happy knee days to you!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on August 02, 2006, 09:23:33 AM
Hi Sharon

We're actually enjoying a respite from the heatwave - yippee!  Can't stand that heat.  But it's going to get warmer again towards the weekend and, even though July was the hottest month on record in the UK, they're saying August is going to be even hotter - yuk.  Don't think we've had anything like 100+ degrees - you must be melting! 

Donna - your vacations sound like fun, don't think I could cope with no showers though.  Guess I like my luxuries too much.  Hubby was looking at UK winter holidays last night, not sure whether to go for the 5-star hotel and spa (without the rehab!) or a log cabin with a fireplace sort of thing.  The only problem with holidaying in the UK, especially in winter, is the awful weather - would much rather go to a desert island in the Indian Ocean! 

Take care everyone. 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: sharon74 on August 02, 2006, 02:13:50 PM
Ahhh, vacations... I have one coming in October and maybe a ski trip in December or January.  We are taking a cruise in the Caribbean/Bahamas for a week in October.  Looking forward to relaxing on the deck in a sun chair!!!!!  (with lots of sunscreen over my lovely new scar)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on August 02, 2006, 08:53:17 PM
Sharon, good on you for not being afraid of cruise ships.  So much bad press lately.  I never go far from home or for long because of all of my pets.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 05, 2006, 02:04:29 AM
Hi all,
Had to take a little break from reading and researching for a bit, and dealing with back pain, but all is calmer now.  I will be having an epidural for the pain in my lower back on Tuesday and hopefully it will relieve enough pain so that I can schedule my TKR. Wish me luck...

Ellie, the spa trip sounds like just the ticket to get personalized & intensive PT - it's great you found this doctor.  My OS wants me to go to a rehab hospital following the surgery, but my insurance will only pay for a skilled nursing facility - its a nursing home with a section for short term rehab, sounds nothing like your 5 star spa.  How is Molly doing? When my animals hurt I hurt too ( I have 2 cats besides Sophia).  :(

Sharon, skiing- how cool, I have never in my life been able to ski (My first surgery was when I was 16) - something i kind of regret., but who knows?  My tip for protecting your scar on the cruise is lots of sunscreen and then get some bandanas that match your bathing suits & tie them around your knee - thery're a bit funky & will really protect the scar from the Carribean sun.

Donna, maybe I'll try ice cream & napping this weekend - sounds divine.  ;)

Anja, Hope you got a bit of relaxing in some time over the last few days.  I'm really impressed with how much you've done in the past month - actually happy one month anniversary on the 6th!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 05, 2006, 10:05:09 AM
Hi All

Mad week visited all of relatives in four days - funny thing sleeping in 3 different beds - slept so well - got into my bed last night absolutely knackered and hardly slept at all - leg ached from hip to ankle all night - got up this morning and hubbie asked how I was and I just burst into tears!! - went to put washing in machine and suddenly realised I wasn't wearing my teds - duh - took them off for shower last night and don't know how I forgot to put some back on - but have them on now and leg feels soooo much better!! just goes to show that they are good for circulation.

Knee not too bad have def overdone it - I can feel it a lot more - my 15 month old niece just knocked my big toe - aaaah agony - just moving my knee slightly against my shin bone - presume this will gradually settle - lets face it - it's not 4 weeks yet - think I want to run before I can walk - keen to get back to work - might as well be there and get paid for all the cals I get!

So thats the update - have told hubbie gonna take it easy today - so he can cook tonight - YES I cooked for the first time yesterday evening - my word how can something so simple knacker you so much.

Hope you are all good take care and have a good weekend
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on August 05, 2006, 01:59:22 PM
Finally it's too cool here to contemplate ice cream :)  It's 6am, and I'm hoping to get to the barn by 7.  Then I can get home early and nap.  It's never too hot or cold to nap!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 05, 2006, 06:04:44 PM
duh what? - Ice cream is for any weather! ;D any mood ;D

omg 6am is an obscene time to get up - my darling niece got up at that time when we stayed over - no wonder I needed an afternoon nap!

well so much for lazy day - went shopping had lunch out - after saying we should cut down on expenses - eating out being the main one as we spend about £300 a month on eatin out - disgusting really.

Back home now it is 6pm an had 2 glasses of Rose wine - was very yummy but feel a bit squiffy! ;D Hubbie is cooking a curry from scratch for tomorrow yummmy yummy - it smells so good here . I am going to do melon and parma ham starter followed by garlic mushrooms and salad with cheese and onion potato skins - so hungry just thinking about it.

After dinner will do my last set of exercses for the day - mind you have been walking for about 3 hrs - and then slob out in front of the usual rubbish on sat night TV.(will prob fall asleep!)

hope you didn't do too much at the barn - and managed to get some sleep. It turned out very hot again today here - not our usual British weather!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on August 06, 2006, 09:03:28 PM
Hi Anja - glad to see you're back.  I totally agree, icecream is for anytime - yummy! 

Please don't overdo things.  My pain dr has said that, although this pain thing I have has been building up for years, overdoing things after my TKR aggravated the soft tissues.  Don't like the heat today, last week the weather was a perfect temperature. 

I also found that my legs would ache when I didn't wear my TEDs, I thought I'd become addicted to them as I found it difficult to sleep without them.  Just listen to your legs and when they're ready for you to stop wearing TEDs they'll stop aching. 

Yummy, home made curry!  Do you find that you can eat anything at the moment and still lose weight.  After my TKR I ate all the wrong things and couldn't believe how much weight I lost. 

Bonnie, sorry you're getting back pain, hopefully this epidural will get this under control so you can set a date for your TKR. 

Molly's claws are still a bit sore but it's not getting her down now so she must be feeling better. 

Sharon, I'm like Bonnie in that my knee problems started at an early age and I've never tried skiing.  My parents love cruising - they go on two a year.  It is so easy for them as my brother is mentally handicapped and they don't have to worry about catching any flights, they just get on a boat and the holiday starts there and then.  I've never been on a cruise, perhaps it's something I should try. 

I like Bonnie's idea of wearing a bandana around the knee to protect the scar from sunburn - how cool! 

Take care everyone. 

Ellie

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 07, 2006, 01:19:22 PM
4 WEEKS TOADY!!!!!

wow didn't tahat go quick!

Can't see any difference between last week and this week which is a bit depressing as I have physio again tomorrow - think she might not believe that I have been exercising - def done loads of walking.

Weight - OMG have put on 1 lb -aaargh - too much ben and jerrys,curry and cream teas oh yummy - gonna be good now - had all my cravings.

My Teds - I love 'em as well now - make my legs feel much fresher - do you still use yours Ellie? (good to see a new weather girl!)

Have just got back from signing up to join the gym - got quite a good deal - as my daughter works there I got a 10 % discount and the rest of this month free and only a  £10 induction fee instead of £30 - so quite pleased with that.
As soon as I got home had a phone call from the gym nurse wanting to know ins and outs of what I could do - jumped the gun there and have already arranged a letter from my physio.  So Physio tomorrow and Gym induction Wednesday morning.

I actually had to go and buy some shorts and a baggy T shirt suitable for the gym! - must remember my headphones!

Had torrential rain this morning - thought yes! brilliant it is gonna cool down - WRONG! - it is hotter and muggier than ever - oh yuck - makes me sleepy.

Pain meds - hardly taking any now - just a couple of paracetamol at lunchtime and then a good dose up at bedtime - will see if gym affects pain level.

Well you can prob tell I am still being positive - hard work sometimes - but hubbie has finally given in and is letting me cook the evening meal and I shall do the ironing this afternoon - wonder if he notices! ;D  He has taken my car keys to work with him!!!!!!!!! bloody cheek.

Hope you all have great day
anj
ps
      WHERE IS HOP?? - LOST HER - LAST SEEN HOUSE HUNTING!!     
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: sharon74 on August 07, 2006, 05:00:14 PM
I had my first knee surgery at 15 and have had a total of 5 now.  I really didn't start skiing until 2 years ago. 

I am glad to hear everyone is doing fairly well - or at least in good spirits.  I had a long weekend and am doing everything I can to avoid falling asleep at my desk right now   ::)

I will catch you guys again soon!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 07, 2006, 05:04:05 PM
Hi Sharon

Those heavy weekends tend to catch up with us!!

I had very bad night sleep - feel a bit sicky tired now so gonna have a little sleep before my hubbie gets in at six! - I will have an extra few minutes for you! ;D
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on August 07, 2006, 06:23:00 PM
Hey there everyone

Anj - Is it really 4 weeks today?  Can't believe it!  I'm coming up for 6 months now.  Think you're just heading into the "frustrating zone".  This is where you go for a while and don't see any improvement.  It's what we've all talked about "it takes time".  You just have to remain positive and be patient. 

Trust you to get a bargain of a gym membership - sounds great.  What sort of thing will you be doing?  Have you been on the static bike yet?  It takes time but the first time you get those pedals to go all the way round is an amazing feeling. 

I don't use my TEDs anymore, after about 6 weeks I gradually found my legs were comfortable without them.  It's really weird, you start by hating the things and then they become so comfortable you can't manage without them! 

Don't worry about the weight gain, it could be the swelling in your knee.  I put on weight in the hospital, almost half a stone but I was hardly eating anything.  The weight was just around my knee so it soon came off as the swelling went down.  Your body is still working very hard in fixing your knee so you need to eat properly - don't worry about dieting again until you're back on your feet properly. 

Sharon - I've been given a lifetime ban on skiing but it is amazing that you've only recently started after having so many problems with your knee.  Good for you!  I'll be happy if I can ride my bike again. 

Anj - hope you feel better after your nap. 

Take care everyone. 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 07, 2006, 07:43:50 PM
Hi Ellie and everyone

Crikey - 6 months - that has just flown by - seems incredible.

sleep - tried and fell asleep about 10 mins before hubbie got home! typical.

the bike - really hoping to have a go at physio tomorrow - will have to see.

Got quite a bit of pain at the moment so have taken some pills - first time since bed time last night! was quite pleased but very painfull if I just knock my foot or turn slightly 'funny' - did you get that?

I know what I meant to tell you - well I was excited - I actually managed to sleep for a few hours on my front on sat night!!! yeah okay prob not big deal to anyone but me ::) but I prefer to sleep on my front.

Must be great to go skiing - have never done it - and OS said I couln't now either, nor ice skating which I love, no Water skiing - haven't done that for years but used to be able to that without ACL or cartalidge - quite an achievement in itself. The other thing that he has banned is scuba diving! aaargh - will be talking to him about that as I don't know the reason - whether it is depth or movement in water or just carrying oxygen bottles - which are bloody heavy - if it is the oxygen bottles then will just get a slave!!

For some reason my lovely scar suddenly had two tiny holes in it on saturday which caused it to bleed quite a bit - enough that I had to put a dressing on it - strange because it appears to have healed again - was going for a spa and sauna with my daughter this afternoon but decided it might not be so wise - did the ironing instead! wow! hubbie impressed.

will let you know how physio goes tomorrow.

we are having a serious think about changing the 4WD as well - dont want to pay £1800 in road tax - two years of that and that is more than the car is worth! Had no trouble getting in my daughters Peugot 106 - so could downsize now.

anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: sharon74 on August 07, 2006, 10:05:09 PM
I think the diving may be due to the pressure and potential air bubbles.  That really sucks though - I would be lost if I were told I couldn't do that.  I asked my OS if I would be able to do everything after my surgery which is one of the reasons I decided to do it.  Right now I am glad I did it though.   8)

I really can't believe it is 4 weeks for you already.  I barely seems like it has been that long for me - but I am at 12 weeks tomorrow - WOW.

I will post more to you guys later - I am heading out the door to go home now.  Haven't seen my hubby in 4 days - I miss him and can't wait to get home!!!   :P
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 08, 2006, 01:52:11 AM
Anja, Hope your 4 week anniversary went by without too much discomfort - good luck at PT tomorrow (or today depending on when you read this).

Sharon, Happy 12 weeks tomorrow. Skiing - you go girl!  Hopefully you will be too busy to post later.

Ellie, happy almost 6 months.

Lots of milestones here.

I'm having my epidural tomorrow for the back pain, hope it works.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 08, 2006, 08:15:36 AM
Hii Bonnie

Goood luck with the epidural tomorrow

Can you help me out her though - I thought an epidural only lasted for as long as it is kept topped up? - I had one for the birth of my daughter - and although it only had an efffect down one side of my body they wouldn't let me get out of bed for hours - I don't get it - how does that work for you - sorry for being a dim wit!!

Well four weeks - am sleeping really bad - don't know if it is because I have more movement now - and keep hurting myself tossing and turnin or if not enough painkillers - will have to experiment - at one stage last night hubbie and I ended up facing each other and managed to knock knees - ouchy ouchy - bless him - he didn't even notice!

Physio this afternoon - don't think she will see much progress - hubbie getting 'annoyed' with me for getting frustrated at not being able to do more - he has taken the car keys again - first thing I checked ;D lol

hope you all have a good day
hugs anj.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on August 08, 2006, 01:48:25 PM
Hi everyone

Bonnie - hope all goes well with the epidural and it solves some of your back pain issues. 

Anj/Sharon - despite going to the Maldives, I've never got round to scuba diving, didn't think I could with asthma?  But looks like the knee replacement means I won't be able to anyway.  Think I'll do some research.  Perhaps I'll just stick to snorkelling.  Anj with your new fish being so big, you could go diving in that?  I'm looking forward to seeing the pics!  What kind of fish do you have?  I like those Picasso Trigger Fish (?) things, really pretty. 

Anj think you're definitely a the stage we've warned you about.  The actually surgery and immediately post-op is easy it's now that the difficult part starts.  You will get pains and your leg will be sensitive to knocks - think what's gone on in there.  It's weird that your scar opened up in a couple of places.   :-\

OMG you've managed to sleep on your tummy already!  Wow - good for you.  ;D  I'm still trying to master it.  I also sleep better on my tum but it is so sore and my leg feels like it's going to snap.  When you sleep on your side, do you use a pillow between your knees to support your legs? 

Don't worry about the slow progress and I'm sure your physio will see more than you do. 

Have good days everyone. 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 08, 2006, 05:18:52 PM
Hi All

Okay, very happy bunny back from physio!!!

I cycled 2.6km !!!!! haven't been able to cycle for about 3 yrs!!! so well chuffed

and, had a go on the stepper machine - omg that was harsh - but physio did say it was much harder than any stepper in the gym - so thats okay ish

she is quite happy with the scar - doesn't know why those tiny holes appeared but healed over - so I can go swimming - if getting in and out is not problem.

now for the downside - quads are still crap as I suspected - straight leg lifts not right as knee turned in too much so have to do a lot of practice and concentration on turning it outwards when doing these leg raises.

And Finally.................I can drive - yippeeeeee - as long as an emergency stop can be done safely and without pain.......hmmm gonna go and practise tonight - if hubbie will give me the car keys - I was so pleased that I rang him but he didn't seem keen :( like I would crash it!

hope you are all having a good day
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: ladypenelope on August 08, 2006, 05:47:34 PM
Hi Anj,

Have been reading your post and you seem to be getting on really well.  Can't believe that you have been told that you can drive at only 4 weeks, I was not allowed to drive until 8 weeks.  One thing may be check with your insurance company, if in the unlikely event and hope it won't happen, that you do have an accident make sure that you are covered as as they will have to know if you've had surgery etc.  Sorry to be a glummy person, but one must think about these things.  Must admit that after 4 weeks I was straining at the leash to drive, but did wait until the 8 weeks was up, but of course, it's up to you. 

Even now the knee that I had the PKR on 16 months on still aches a bit when I drive, I drive a manual.  So please take care!!!!

Keep well, Best wishes.  Sandra.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 08, 2006, 06:05:36 PM
Hi Sandra

Thanks for the advice - I rang my insurance company before my op and they said to follow the medical advice - so as my OS said to try from 4 weeks and the physio confirmed it today - off I go!!!!

Actually - going to the gym for the first time tomorrow so my daughter is going to drive as I don't know how I will be after and it is cheaper to put fuel in her little car ;D it does more MPG than mine! - me not silly - and I can pick her up on lazy bits of driving that have crept in since she passed her test ;D - she always says it is like going on a driving lesson with me - she has absolutely no confidence parking so we have been practising so she is actually suprised at what she can do!
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on August 08, 2006, 06:36:41 PM
Anja - you are making me soooo depressed!  Can't believe how well you're doing - NOT FAIR!  You can do more at 4 weeks than I can at 6 months!  Oh blob!   :(

No really, I'm very pleased for you.  ;)  Living in the country isn't the greatest place to be when you can't drive as that's the only way to get around.  And as for the cycling - you go girl, better get that bike (you don't want to buy a mountain bike do you, one careful lady owner!) 

... and there you were getting all miserable thinking you hadn't progressed much - NOT!  The quads will come with time, just keep doing those SLRs (properly).  I have no quads, I'm totally relying on my hamstrings but this is because of the CRPS.  Still waiting for the Dr to get approval from my med insurance and organise my treatment. 

Hubby has just walked through the door so I'd better go and see him. 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 08, 2006, 08:09:14 PM
Thanks Ellie - and you know that I am really sorry about your set back - hopefully they will start to sort it quickly - luckily you do have the insurance which means you won't have to sit in that dreaded NHS waiting list.

Have you mentioned anything at work about the set back yet?

My leg aches from my hip to my toes :( - asked the physio about it - she said it was all part of the healing - and promised me that it would still take a long time - she reckoned about 5 months ::) - hope not, hoping the gym will help but really intend taking it very slowly there - the last thing I want is pulled muscles!

Have a lovely evening with hubbie ;D
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 09, 2006, 12:53:33 AM
Hi Everyone,
Had the epidural a few hours ago. so far so good. It can take up to 10 days for me to feel the full benefit.  Ellie/Anja thanks for the good wishes.

Anja, you're actually the 4th person to ask that same question.  It's the type of meds they put into the injection site.  The epidural is the space they put the needle (a large one). After some novacaine to numb the area, the basic medicine that's injected is a steroid to calm the area and reduce inflamation.  When you have an epidural for childbirth or for a surgical procedure they inject numbing meds so that you can't feel your lower half at all.  I was able to walk out without much assistance - I was just a bit dizzy & wobbly, but my legs worked fine.

Congrats on your PT today!  Great going.  Have fun at the gym...people, conversation -  you will forget that you're excercising. Great that you can drive...yeah!  Is your car manual or automatic?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 09, 2006, 08:20:31 AM
Hi Bonnie

there you go you learn something new every day - I didn't realise that they could do that with an epidural - clever stuff.  Really hope it works well for you.

my daughter is going to drive to the gym today - don't want to find that it is too hard to drive after my first session - so will just play safe for a few days!

I have a manual 4WD - it is a big heavy car  - if I had a small car I would prob have got straight back in it - might have a practice with my daughters car first ;D

Have a good day
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 09, 2006, 01:02:24 PM
Hi All

UPDATE !! 4 weeks 2 days

BEEP BEEP I've been driving in MY car !!! yippeeee 8)

and it was okay - just had to move my seat back a bit to get the leg movement space. well chuffed.

The gym was good as well so hopefully will go everyday gradually building it up - and hopefully getting beautifully toned legs and bum! ;D

It is nice knowing I can go out now if I want without relying on someone else - hubbie just said "so you don't need me any more" bless him - he has been absolutely brilliant - he knows really that I will always need him! ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 09, 2006, 03:01:16 PM
Anja,
Driving - that's fantastic!  Good for you driving a manual tranny.  I'm sure it feels great to be independant again (even if your daughter will drive today, just knowing you can) & maybe a little scary too?
Men really like to be needed after all.  Mine woke me last night to give me ice for my back - a bit of overkill, but he thought he was following doctors orders  :)

Take it easy after the gym today.

Bonnie

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 09, 2006, 03:17:46 PM
Hey he is a good man - you keep him well trained 'cos he will be the one setting his alarm to sort your pain meds in the night for the first week when you are home ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 10, 2006, 02:06:24 AM
I'll let him know what some of his duties will be...
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on August 11, 2006, 08:51:10 AM
Hi Bonnie

I think Anj will agree when I tell you that TKR is almost harder on our better halves than us!  No they don't have the pain and the rehab, but they do have the worry and, I know my hubbie hates to see the pain we have to go through.  It's so hard on them, they feel frustrated that they are so helpless to stop the pain.  They don't realise just how much we appreciate them and all they do.  When we can't sleep, they can't sleep.  I feel so guilty that I can't do more as my hubbie has to commute to London during the week, he goes out at 6:00 and isn't home until after 7:00.  Anj's hubbie has a long day too.  And when they come home, they don't moan, they're just there. 

Here's to our better halves!   ;D

Have a good day everyone!  It's Friday! 

Ellie

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 11, 2006, 09:56:54 AM
Spot on Ellie ! - my hubbie is fab ;D and I know your is!

he moans like mad about his job though ;D but they pay him well which softens the blow of having to go out there every day.

So pleased it is Friday - he usually finishes a bit earlier on a Friday (about 5) even though he still goes out at 6am!

Off to the gym again today - suprise! - won't go at the weekend - think it is good to have a couple of days off from it.

have a great weekend everyone.
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: sharon74 on August 11, 2006, 09:42:57 PM
Don't push yourself too hard Anja!!!  It is great to be going to the gym though - I feel bad that I haven't made it at all this week, but I have been doing other things.   ;)

Hubbies are great, but I agree it is stressful on them.  Mine didn't know what to do when he saw me crying in pain.  He also could not THINK about what my srugery consisted of before I had it as it made him sick to his stomach.  Now that it is over he loves to describe it in detail making it as gory as he can   ::)

You are a brave soul for driving a manual already!  I am still leery of them myself and won't buy one anymore because of my knee problems.   :'(  THey are so much fun to drive. 

Better get back to work - almost time to go home for the weekend!  Yippee!~
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 11, 2006, 11:36:02 PM

non smokers unite --- I got tired of people running for smoke breaks. So  I took a five minute bike break today and went to the company gym and did a few minutes on the recumbent bike..  They have a plasma tv in the Gym that plays cnn only.

Anja.  Aqua noodles are great to use in the pool.  i bought this great book  called Water excercises - workouts with the aqual noodle by smimizu/tachikawa

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 12, 2006, 02:39:27 AM
Anja,
glad you decided to take the weekend off...give yourself some down time.  But how are you feeling????

Goo, Great idea, taking a bike break.

Ellie, my hubbie is terrific too and is still working now (9:30pm) and he never complains (like I do  ;)  But I know from experience how difficult it is to watch someone you love be in pain.  4 years ago, hubby went thru major back surgery - it was rough for both of us.

Happy weekend to everyone!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 12, 2006, 05:22:40 AM
Hi sharon .bonnie and goo

as you willsee it is just past 5 am - could not sleep - hubbie snoring too loudly ::) bless him - won't wake him to move him to stop it - he has had a very long week and needs sleep - from monday he is on call 24/7 for 14 days/nights - yuck

feeling okay now - have to be quite honest had a couple of tearful days which included a nasty moment with my boss - who apologised by text saying he was very stressed and lonely - lots of staff probs which he just can't deal with (my job) but I replied that I was very upset and not to ring me , and that I would not go near work so as not to cause him any more stress- feeling bad for saying it now just knew I would blubb on the phone and didn't want to talk in that state - so suppose will have to text him to say when it is safe to talk to me ;D - think partly that dreaded PMS - ah well - trouble is he has managed to make me feel guilty even though he was def out of order, bloody men!

Apart from that it is okay - got a bit behind on pain meds - thought I didn't need so may and think I just cut it back a little too much so just got to adjust it a bit.

I love the gym as it relly frees my knee up - then goes stiff later aaargh - but feels great for a few hrs.
will get a noodle - I saw my pool was selling them only yesterday.

I would quite like an automatic car - so easy to drive but hubbie really is not keen.

non smokers breaks - yep good one - I always make sure the non smokers get that 5 min break - saves a lot of hassle - well why should smokers get an extra break! (and I smoke - NO lectures thank you)

Hope you all have great weekend - seems like mine is child free - one out with work / mates the other gone to stay with his father - house sooo quiet.- and tidy ;D

anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on August 12, 2006, 02:26:29 PM
Compromise=== I've got an automatic transmission in my truck and a stick in my bug. 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 12, 2006, 07:48:34 PM
Anja,
Enjoy the childfree & tidy house for the moment.  You handled your boss quite well.  I wish I could too, but it would come with repercussions.

Hope you are still taking the weekend off from excercise, maybe easier to get caught up with the pain meds too.

Maybe you can think of the manual tranny as just another form of excercise.

My hubbie got home from his 2nd job at 3:30 am last night & of course I woke up - he fell asleep immediately - also snoring very loudly, plus had to call security on neighbor playing music way to loud - didn't get back to sleep until 5am.  Too bad we are on different timezones  ;D

24/7 for 2weeks is tough - hope there are few emergencies!

We are going to visit our godchildren later today, 3yrs & 1 yr old - it always lifts my spirits and brings me back to reality since my 3 yr old godson has autism.  He starts school on Monday, so we are going to buy him his first bookbag!  My goddaughter is such a girlie girl she makes me laugh.

Has it cooled down some?

Enjoy the weekend everyone!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 12, 2006, 08:24:05 PM
Hi Bonnie

very peacefull round here! - bit scarey tonight, daughter gone clubbing and for the first time I didn't say what time she had to be home - she is 18 and driving her mates so she won't be drinking - no doubt I will lay awake waiting for her!

Hey 3 yr olds - love 'em - so teaseable, I don't know if this is possible with your godson - I shamefully do not know much about autism at all. One year olds - even cuter - y niece is 15 months old - soooo gorgeous!  Does she walk yet?  Have a great time.

being dense now - we call large vans trannys - so what do you call those if a 4x4 is a tranny - confusing this language - see I would have said my car was more of a truck !?
Cor your hubbei must have been shattered - reckon he deserved those snores!
We have noisy neighbours - such a PAIN !!

The weather has cooled down and it was very wet and windy today - made a nice change.

Have a good weekend and enjoy the time with the godchildren
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 12, 2006, 08:51:14 PM
Anja,
No question about it - you will be awake until your daughter arrives home.  It's a mothers job. What is the drinking age there?  Here you must be 21, but many kids get fake ID cards.

Can't really have much interaction with my Godson, he much prefers to play alone, but is making a lot of progress by now making eye contact and he will now kiss me hello and goodbye when prompted.  The one yr old is almost walking, but not quite yet, but she will climb anywhere and is fearless, she follows her brother everywhere he goes...

You are not being dense, we are both just taking about 2 different things, how funny.  Here, tranny is short for tranmission - you either have an automatic (use one foot) or a manual transmission (use both feet).  We have cars, pick-up trucks (open backs), SUVs (sport utility vehicles -higher than cars ), mini-vans or vans (have sort of paneled doors, used for soccer moms or also commercially).  All can have either automatic or manual transmissions.  Many of the Suv's or trucks, also have 4 wheel drive, making it easier to climb, pull large loads and navigate better in snow.  Is that the same as a 4 x 4????

Lets start over, I drive a car with an automatic transmission - which is great for me because its my left leg that is the bad one.  What do you drive?  ;D

Glad for the change in weather for you.  Here its about 93, with 90 % humidity.  But every place you go has airconditioning.  so you just have to suffer from the walk from / to the car. I think we're kind of spoiled.  I remember reading that many homes & offices there don't have ac.

Try not to worry to much!

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 12, 2006, 09:04:08 PM
okay - right it must be a SUV, long wheel base 4X4 manual transmission - Vauxhall Frontera transglobe - hopefully got that sorted! LOL - mind you an automatic wouldn't be any good as it is my right leg. - we went out today and I drove 12 miles but then let my hubbie drive as we decided to go quite a way (marine fish shopping) so it was a 70 mile round trip - I could not do that yet and it was partly on the motorway (8 lanes - 4 in each direction) is that your freeway or highway? ::)

aww such a shame about your Godson, so sad foreveryone, bless him.

yep that is def warm for you. Luckily we have aircon at work, I don't mind at home.

I am sure my daughter will be fine - the alcohol age limit is 18 here - she promised she would not even have one as she will have friends in the car. - I suggested if they have too much and distract her driving then to kick them out and get them a taxi!! - trouble is they are sleeping over here - hmm hungover teenagers for breakfast!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 12, 2006, 09:46:11 PM
So glad to get the auto thing worked out  :D

Yes, usually on the east coast (Florida, New York) its called a highway and the west coast (california) its called a freeway.  Soon we will have all the lingo down pat.

Did you buy more fish???? Does the long drive effect your knee at all?

Are you cooking breakfast for the hungover girls????
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 13, 2006, 09:14:22 AM
OMG Woke at 3.30 ! where are the girls - they didn't wake me - hope they are back....crept downstrairs...phew daughters keys in door - she is home - don't know what time .......crept into her room at 9 am to see how many bodies in there - result  ;D only her! she must have dropped her mates off home.!! peacefull house!

wow I will soon be able to speak American. lol

have a good day bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on August 13, 2006, 01:17:11 PM
The task of being a mom will keep your mind off of your knee.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 13, 2006, 03:05:27 PM
Hey I am a super mum today - baked scones to have with clotted cream and jam oooh yummy and am doing slow roast lamb for dinner tonight - even yummier! - better watch out that Hop doesn't read this or she might abandon her house hunting!

Leg very sad again - it just aches so much from hip to ankle - couple of days like this now - hope it passes soon.

have a good day donna
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 13, 2006, 03:46:27 PM
Anja

I must say even with all the pain you have you inspire me that it wont be that bad.  I mean you are cooking  and doing things. Seems like a very different recovery from Chrondroplasty.
I went to the store last night  and started to feel muscle strain in my left groin area.  Got teary on the way home.  Thinking stupid knee
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 13, 2006, 05:18:06 PM
Scones with clotted cream & jam, yummy.....
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 13, 2006, 06:04:00 PM
what is clotted cream exactly
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 13, 2006, 06:43:51 PM
Both Devon and Cornwall - counties in the South West of England - are famous for their thick cream, which is mainly produced on farms, and in small dairies.
The most famous of all is 'Clotted Cream' which achieves its thick clotted texture by heating cream of high-fat breed cows, such as the Jersey type, in pans, traditionally made of copper but latterly stainless steel, to about 190°f and allowing it to cool slowly. In the farmhouses, the pans were heated crudely over a fire or stove and the cream was rich in acid and aroma-producing bacteria. Dairy or factory methods were much better controlled, using steam heated pans. The cream is usually packed in shallow trays a few inches deep and forms a yellow crusty surface. The consistency is thick and heavy, almost like treacle, and is traditionally served by scooping the cream out into cups or small cartons.

It is delicious!

Well while the lamb was cooking we have been to the leisure centre and had a sauna, spa and steam room - followed by a swim !! - loosened knee up a bit but it still aches - ah well dinner and glass of wine might help!!

What is chrondoplasty?
Goo hope you are feeling more 'up' today.
Popped in to see my boss after he was so grrrrr horrible last week - he said he wanted to give me a hug and say sorry for being an absolute stressy pig - I said that would not solve the problem but took it as an apology - think he is gonna pop round during the week.

 

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 13, 2006, 07:02:58 PM
Sometimes during arthroscopy of joints, arthritis or surface defects are discovered. If the patient is the correct age and the lesion or problem is just right for the procedure, a "chondroplasty" is done.

In addition to the other work of removing any uneven surfaces and tears of the menisci or loose fragments from the knee joint itself, the articular surface of the joint can have significant arthritis. The operation that might be performed is to drill holes in this area of arthritis and create tiny little "microfractures" to promote healing and a scar tissue response.

The white shiny cartilage on the end of the bone is called Hylan cartilage. Hylan cartilage is the healthy, fairly normal appearing white shiny surface that allows the surfaces to meld together smoothly while at the same time creating a very low friction surface. Another important component of Hylan cartilage is to be a shock absorber for the knee. The shock absorber pads the bony surfaces so that when you jump, run or twist you have some padding that prevents injury to the bone.

In cases of arthritis or chondral surface injury, the padded surface or white shiny surface that is know as Hylan cartilage, is injured or partially absent. In order to make up for this problem, the surface can be drilled and bleeding can be made to occur. It is important to know that the white shiny cartilage does not have a blood supply so it will not heal on its own. What we do know is that if you create a bleeding "micro fractured" bone just underneath the area of injury, that an excellent healing response can occur. Scar tissue then grows in and around this region and fills in the gap a lot like a "windshield patch job".

Once the scar tissue has grown into the area of surface injury, it is important to grow some cartilage cells within the scar tissue matrix. Imagine that this surface of the bone is filled in with an interwoven fabric-like material called collagen. Some cells can grow inside this interwoven fabric and provide an even better tissue. The synovial fluid is where the cartilage gets its nutrition. The more synovial fluid that presents itself to that surface of the new tissue that is growing, the more cartilage cells will grow inside the soft tissue matrix. The formation of this new scar cartilage or fibrous cartilage as it is more formally known is important in the process of healing of your knee.





http://s109.photobucket.com/albums/n69/AnneHelene/ -  My windshield patch job


http://draubreysmith.com/knee_chondroplasty.htm  - Link I like the best that describes chrondroplasty
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 13, 2006, 07:32:06 PM
Hi Goo

well now I understand - fair old process - I should imagine that the non weight bearing is the hardest part - I would hate that.

Now I also know why I was never offered that as well - absolutely no cartalidge in my knee!

Good to be able to put a face to a name as well ;D
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 13, 2006, 08:34:45 PM
update - 4 weeks 6 days !!

went swimming for first time post op today - harsh on the quads and weird not doing breast stroke legs - but sure it did me good - came out much looser in the knee and was like it for a couple of hours - seized up againg now!  Pleased that I did it though - was worried about slipping up poolside.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 13, 2006, 08:44:50 PM
Anja,

Gosh .. What would I do with out your support.   Every stupid question or fear I have you are there..  I was a bit worried about the quad.. but I think I am just pig headed enough to try to make it to the bathroom .. just as a test of wills...  I will let you know how I make out.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 13, 2006, 08:52:40 PM
Hee hee - that makes two pig headed people then!

first and 2nd pee - bedpan both within an hour of getting back on ward

after that I used the commode next to the bed - helped out the first time - then got wheeled to the bathroom the next morning and transferred to the loo. - after that used the zimmer frame to get myself there - then next day - sticks!

Nothing wrong with being positive and getting on with it - they prefer the go getters!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 13, 2006, 09:04:38 PM
Thats one thing ..  The first time I went to  PT the therapist said I was a go getter.   I think of all the times I pushed on ..   If there was an award for overcoming obstacles.   I want a nomination for it at least.  I mean back in dec and Jan i was limping badly into PT and my PT said I should use a cane.  I resisted the use of the cane until Jan. Even than I felt stupid. 

Coming back into work. I would cry if someone opened a door for me .. when I was on crutches.    I would resist someone picking up paper.. I would resist someone getting a cup of coffee for me.  I would decline somone fetching ice for myself.    Yet I would cry trying to go to the ladies room and try to hide my tears that the walk was long for me.. I mean its not really.  but for me it is.   
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 13, 2006, 09:17:08 PM
ooh so stubborn - tell ya what - I am still a go getter but now I am letting people do things for me and those sticks are invaluable at keeping people away from your knee - I too had never used a stick before - I was embarrassed for some reason - or just didn't want to give in!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 13, 2006, 11:55:34 PM
You two are both go getters & I am the woosey type,  I will need to rely on you two to push me along.  I will have to work on my pig headedness!

Goo, chondroplasty is tough...first the non-weight bearing and then the muscle loss and trying to rebuild muscle with all that pain.  It sounds like your TKR may be a "walk in the park' for you (pun intended  :)). 

Anja, good going with your boss!

I will be taking a weekend trip to NY in 2 weeks for a friends wedding.  My husband has insisted that I take my cane, which he pulled out of storage - haven't used it in years - and what a reaction I had, talk about teary.  But then I thought about what Anja posted, that it's good to keep people away, which started me laughing at the thought of poking people with my cane in the middle of Manhattan to "keep them away".

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 14, 2006, 12:16:58 AM
Omg -  I can't imagine taking a walk in the city. - Hell I cant even tuff out a grocery store trip.   The people coming at me .. Me walking slow as a snail for get about it.  I would be total road kill
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 14, 2006, 03:14:35 AM
Not exactly planning on taking a walk in the city, my walk would be from the taxi, thru the hotel lobby, to the elevator, down the hall to my room...enough. Just hate it when people kind of brush by me, very unsteady.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 14, 2006, 09:36:21 AM
Hey you two - get out there with those sticks - use two in busy places - honestly it really works!!

Every now and then I go to get in the car without them - then remember - I am not used to using them but it is so much safer.

One word of warning though which I found out to my near peril - my hubbie walks just to the right behind me - he feels that is a good place as he can see what is happening - on saturday it was raining and the rubber foot on the bottom of my stick just slid straight out from under me on the wet pavement - and my hubbie caught me before I went over - my hero - so mind out for the wet!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 14, 2006, 03:10:14 PM
FORGOT TO SAY - 5 WEEKS TODAY !!!!!

everything seems fine think just a couple of teething probs I think so if anyone knows the answers would appreciate hearing them ;D

When I am asleep my knee really seizes and goes very stiff and it is quite painfull to get it moving - to the pont of the odd squeal!

the other thing is that the knee gives way a bit - catches me out - it is only when I am not using my stick - but should not need that at all really especially for just about the house - I would have thought it would have got more stable - not less

any help appreciated.

Went to the gym again today - really enjoy it and do not get pain exercising - ha! perhaps I am not working hard enough! ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on August 15, 2006, 02:02:35 AM
Is hubby getting bruised?  Are you kicking him in the night?   ???
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 15, 2006, 05:37:01 AM
Hmmmm  12:30 here in the USA. Have you kicked your loved one today??   I guess  it really wont fly.. guy spousal abuse people will get us .
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 15, 2006, 08:25:45 AM
think it would hurt me more to kick than it would hurt him!

he was snoring again so just kept shoving him - don't like to give him a bad night sleep - poor soul does have a long day at work - he has to drive to wales today - about 4 hr drive :o each way.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 15, 2006, 05:19:07 PM
Update - 5 weeks 1 day

been to physio

the good - extension 0 deg
                flexion 100 deg
Quad - starting to show!!!!!
she said that  100 deg was very good and that they actually only expect 90 - I am not to work on that any more until I see the OS to see what he wants

The Bad :

she also said that I am only allowed to go to the gym every other day now - says I am doing far too much and must rest more - sat on my bum with my legs up - still getting some very very painfull moments when I turn just slightly - her reaction was - well duh - you have had both bones cut off and joined back together with a foreign object using hammers and drills and saws - so slow down - Not to go back to work for at least 5 weeks

I do not have to go back to her until 5 sept as long as no probs and do as she has said.

OMG more daytime tv
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on August 15, 2006, 05:43:35 PM
The good is GOOD!  The bad is just telling you what you already know = you have to rest to heal :P
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 15, 2006, 09:29:15 PM
Anja,
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!  Quad starting to show is just fabulous news.  I think you actually got a great report all around, because resting/healing is also needed to get you to your goal.  She said no gym everyday, what about swimming, is that a possibility?  Or did she say to just completely rest?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: sharon74 on August 15, 2006, 10:15:58 PM
Congrats Anja - the bad isn't so bad really.  As much as we hate it we do have to rest to get better.  Deep down we know that and we pay the price if we don't do it.   :-\

I am to the point I could use another 5 weeks off of work   :)  Guess I will never be happy, a few weeks ago I was so busy it was stressing me out, now since the reorganization I do not have enough to keep me busy!  Seriously considering asking if I can work 4 days instead of 5 if I stay here...

Do you do much work in the pool??  That was my main source of exercise for awhile and I still enjoy it - going to join a water aerobics class soon.  If you do more work in the pool it is less impact but you still get the benefits and your therapist may approve of that more.

Better get back to "work" and then off to school for the night!!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 16, 2006, 08:50:10 AM
Hi Sharon

four days work sounds like a good idea ;D

Physio says it doesn't matter whether it is in the gym or pool but only every other day! - I am also allowed to go for a walk on the in between days - oops do that every day anyway. - ah well. Actually have back ache today - had this idea that I did not need the raiser on the toilet and took it off yesterday - totally forgot and when I went to the loo it was a lot further than I was expecting and just jarred my back a bit - I can feel it this morning :(
So the raiser is back on - am going to have a chill out day today. - Big day tomorrow - my daughters 'A' level exam results - hopefully she will have the grades for hewr university place.
have a good day
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 16, 2006, 04:22:53 PM
Yes young modern women talking about raised toilet seats.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on August 18, 2006, 12:33:39 AM
Guess I'm lucky to be short because I'm already close to the seat :)  We'll all be anxious to hear about the test results.  Are they college entrance exams or are they tests to determine college level courses?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 18, 2006, 09:02:55 AM
Hi Donna
she did her A level exams and course work over the past 2 years and dependant on the results was whether she got a university place to study for a degree.  Her first choice university was Portsmouth, she is still waiting to hear from them - apparently computer problems duh - don't believe them - they are just waiting to see if people with higher marks apply - it's a tough world there! - So anyway she applied to Aberystwyth Uni in Wales - and got in there - very pleased as it is a much better uni - according to ratings and is joint top 3rd place for student satisfaction - presume this means having a good time ;D  So she is off on monday with her dad to have a look - I can't sit in a car that long yet (6 hrs one way) just to make sure she likes the place - which I know she will Wales is a beautiful country . She said she wanted to live abroad - so she has managed to cross into another country although still part of the UK LOL.  We thought she would need an interview but they rang back yesterday to say that she did not need one as they had her school references and had spoken to her head of year. So that was a relief! It is just such a long way - no weekend visits really.

hope you are all okay.
my knee is being a real pain at the moment - it keeps 'catching' which really hurts - so will ask OS about that on 31/8 - still crap at sleeping. Have not been to gym since tues  - did so much walking and stair climbing at the school.

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: sharon74 on August 18, 2006, 02:16:55 PM
It sounds like Russia - you have to do well enough just to get a place in the University, then you still have to maintain your grades or you will get kicked out.  Here in the States you have to apply to get accepted, we have a standardized test you take and you submit those scores with your application, then once you are accpted you take a few tests to determine what classes you will be in. 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 18, 2006, 03:25:48 PM
well it's tough but I think it is good  - no good paying out all that money and then not working for it - they do get kicked out if they don't get the grades but when you think that it is going to cost about £25 K just for accommodation and course fees they have to really do quite a bit of work for it - the best thing is that my daughter has to pay for it herself on loans so she WILL work - hee hee - and when they get a job when they graduate they have to start paying the loan back! (when they earn over £15k a year - so not difficult to do that - I wouldn't get out of bed for that - but I won't tell her that ;D )

Next Thursday we go through the same again when my son gets his results - and will hopefully go to sixth form to sit his A levels. - hmm otherwise it's out to work!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: sharon74 on August 18, 2006, 07:06:17 PM
Wow, that is quite a bit of money!  It didn't sound so bad until I did the conversion - over $32,000 USD for a year.  Maybe that isnt' so unrealistic, but lordy!  The school I go to is around $20,000 a year for tuition and room.  I pay $11,200 alone just for my tuition for night classes.  My husband only had to pay $10,000 for tuition and room at his school.

I hope she does well, and kudos to you for having her pay for it.  I know too many people who don't force their kids to accept the real world responsibilities and it hurts them later on.  A girl I work with is 24, lives with her mom, has a job that pays well enough and still expects her parents to pay off her credit card and help pay for a class on photography because it interests her.  You have to wonder at times.

How is your knee doing?  Any better with not going to the gym so much this week??  I went two days in a row, but I won't be back until Sunday.  My body is sore from the workout, but a good sore.  I tried to do pushups for the first time, I only did 15 (I have to get back up to 50) and I did some crunches (only 100).  I need to get back into shape!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 18, 2006, 07:20:29 PM
Hi Sharon

Yep it is a lot of money. I firmly believe that if they want something bad enough then they will work for it. Both my kids have had jobs since they were 14 - they both work for me at the shop and my daughter went and did the training course and became a lifeguard so she has a second job as well - she loves buying clothes and going out and runs a car - well someone has to pay for it - I don't make her pay keep as she is trying to save a bit for Uni but have told both my kids - when school is finished they are more than welcome to live at home but they have to work - I am not keeping them. The cost of housing is extortionate here.


My knee - have not been to the gym since Tues when I got told that I could only go every other day - I was going yesterday but by the time I was finished at the school I was shattered - so many stairs and walking - worse than the gym.
Today I just went for a short walk - I don't know why but my leg seems to hurt much more now than at 3 weeks - I am still taking pain meds - tramadol x2 at night and then two more during the day - wonder if I have cut it too far back again - just seems that I shouldn't need so much at 5 weeks - I don't know - will have a chat with my GP on monday - I need another certificate on Monday so I am hoping that he will sign me off for another 4 weeks - I don't see why he wouldn't - I think I just feel that I should be getting on with it and getting back out there earning again - but I know my knee isn't ready, and to be quite honest suffering sleep deprivation - my knee is so much worse at night.

Crikey sound like I am whining - not really just fed up with it all now - I am not a patient person and HATE not being able to do stuff.

I love going to the gym feels good and toned doesn't it.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 20, 2006, 10:11:44 PM
Anja,
Happy 6 weeks tomorrow.  How have you been feeling?  Has backing off the excercising helped? 

How long will it take for your kids to find out the results of the exams?

Did a bit of shopping today for my trip to New York next weekend, so am a bit sore, and was almost knocked over by a woman on a mission that was not paying attention - its scary out there
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 21, 2006, 02:01:33 AM
Hi Bonnie

thanks ;D - I an going back to the gym yoday - really looking forward to it - my knee is very stiff so hoping the gym will loosen it up again.

It is about 2 am here - I did go to bed but..............now eating peach yoghurt lol.

Nake sure you have a stick when you go to New York - would love to go there one day.

My daughter has her results and has gone to Wales today to see a uni and my son gets his on Thursday.

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 21, 2006, 03:18:26 AM
Hi Bon,  its pretty hot around the NYC area.  Remember to bring your water bottle. Everything in the City is so over priced. Paying 5.00 for a bottle of water is not uncommon.  Def bring your Cane to the city.  I think you will be ok.  I think trips push us and encourage us to do our very best.  Gives you fire in your soul. Plus I am sure the adrenaline keeps us pushing on and on .  I remember back in April my brother drove me down to the DE River. I was on two sticks back than.  I often think of my struggle at the start of the year and look at myself now. Tons of progress made  Yet so much I want to do.  While doing my bike thing this weekend I noticed my left quad was feeling the burn going up the hills .. While my right leg didnt really feel like it was working hard at all.  I do think that it is kinda strong in a way. Because I would be the first to admit I couldnt do something.   FEAR.   word I was pondering this weekend.  I mean a bike ride is great but I really wanted to slide my ass down a low incline to get to the river.  Fear stopped me in my tracks I mean I could have tried to get a rope and used it .  The thing that prevented me from doing it was all the small rocks on the river bed.  I am sure I would have gotten very frustrated by them. Unable to keep my balance.  Deep thoughts this weekend about the TKR and If I would ever be able to go down that small muddy hill again.  I mean I could go near a boat lauch and get in the river and than contend with the small rocks..with a fixed knee.  Right..   I ponder my crap knee  and think .. Well I am not totally burnt out nor am I at a level I wish to be at. 

I think of the freedom being able to ride a bike represents.  Where as I was unable to walk the park grounds .. I was able to peddle my way around it.  Yet, not being able to go into the river .. saddened me a little.  I mean I feel greedy.  I have come such a long way.. and want more and more.  Sounds stupid but.. doubts are crossing my mind. Am I doing the right thing now?  This is how I should have felt months ago when the doctor told me I could wait. .. Yet I was in worse pain than and would have sold my soul for pain relief.  I am greatful that the orthovisc shots have eliminated most of my pain and the cortizone shot into my heel has stopped the pain in my left foot and yes. I am happy that I went to the damn dentist to file down the tooth that has been stabbing my gum.   I worry about the pain coming back. 

So what is it like 17 days until I see my OS ? I can tell him I found a way to glide in walmart with a shopping cart and That I am ready for extreme sports for the disabled.     I keep thinking of what my OS said.  Fixing the leg before the leg sends me into a depression.   I think this is the fear that most people have before surgery. What If I screw myself into a bigger knee crap problem.?  I mean my judgement to have the posterior horn tear trimmed off seems to have exposed a bigger problem.

OK I am shutting up now.. Moral of my bantering is ...  If you have a few good weeks enjoy them.  Dont worry what you cant control.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 21, 2006, 05:06:35 AM
Anja, I promise I will take my cane.  I lived in NYC for many years, but it was so many years ago, that when I do visit, I feel like a tourist.  It will be a very quick trip, for a wedding.  It will be so quick, I probably won't even get to see my family in New Jersey.

Goo, Sounds like you had a very intense weekend...doubt & fear can tear you apart, try not to let that happen.  Waiting is also a problem - we need to keep busy. 

I almost wasn't going to the wedding because of fear & pain and no way to take extra days off of work, but in the end, I realized that I would so regret not going, so ...I made those plane reservations.

So, I guess in my goofy way, what I'm trying to say is, we can be afraid, but we can also move forward.   


Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 21, 2006, 08:10:45 AM
Morning Bonie and Goo

another day - another challenge ;D - That FEAR thing - pre TKR I did not worry too much about what I did - if I wanted to try it and thought I could I got on with it - hey not always the most sensible idea - on honeymoon 2 yrs ago I was absolutely insistent that I wanted to go in one of those tyres on the back of a speed boat - I htought the worst thing would be that I would be a bit scrunched up in there - and finally my hubbie said he would come with me as he had more fear than me about it!!! - It was a bloody NIGHTMARE NEVER AGAIN - ehat I hadn't thought about was that as you go along and bounce over the waves you hit the water soooo hard and it HURT. We ended up getting the boat guy to slow right down and take us back in to shore I was in agony - trouble was that it took ages to get the man to stop - he thought we were waving at him to go faster!! But I survived - hmm won't do it again - but had I not done it I would always have been wanting it.

Now though - I would NEVER do anything silly with my new knee - I knew when I had it done that I had to come to terms with not doing a lot of things but to live in constant pain or have a new knee (which I am sure will be good one day soon) then NEW KNEE wins every time I have to treat it with respect.!

Pre tkr I could not have contemplated going for a long walk with or without sticks yet I can now just 6 weeks after - yes it leaves me swollen and in pain - but before I could not do it - so moving forward already. We have just joined the Kent wildlife trust so we can go on their beautiful guided walks - would never have considered it before!

Have a good day - it is week 6 today - off to the GP for more meds and a new certificate for more time off ;D - bad night sleep again grrrr
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on August 21, 2006, 11:28:31 AM
Hi everyone!  Sorry I've not been around much in the last week or so. 

Anja - take care on those long walks, that knee is still very new and those soft tissues take months to recover and settle down.  I also joined our local wildlife trust, BBOWT a year or so ago, still haven't been on any walks yet.  Just you remember that you also have to be very careful walking on uneven ground. 

I think that your knee is going to hurt, as I've said the soft tissues take ages to heal and you're doing more at 6 weeks than you were at 3 weeks, so it will protest more.  Haven't you got used to the sleep depreviation yet? 

Goo - sorry that you're having doubts, it's totally natural especially if you are having less pain at the moment.  Just remember that the injections are a temporary measure and that pain will come back (sorry to sound so negative).  If your knee is wrecked then you have to face the facts that TKR is the only long term solution for you.  Like you I've had chondroplasty/microfracture (on many occasions) and it didn't work.  Even though I have some pain issues at the moment with CRPS, I have no regrets about the TKR at all.  That probably makes no sense as, on my worst days, I can get more pain now than I did immediately post-op but I know that I can overcome this and when I do, I have a new knee and a new life waiting for me. 

Take care everyone. 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 21, 2006, 01:42:53 PM
Hey Ellie
good to hear from you - just read your email and have sent you one back - keep yer chin up girl - thinking of you!

WEEK 6 TODAY
just been to GP he is happy with progress, changed meds slightly - as to when I take them and adding in paracetamol with tramadol - stopped them together when a pharmacist said they can't be taken together - he was wrong duh!

Hip, shin and ankle pain normal for stage - nice to be reassured though.

He said I can try for more flexion (physio said not)  just to follow my body - if it hurts - stop! makes sense to me!
He signed me off for 9 more weeks aaargh - gonna go mad at home - but he said I can try part time near the end of the 9 weeks - trouble is he knows my job and has seen me at work so knows it is not really the best for a tkr that needs respect!

Found Biofreeze in my local chemist this morning so bought some - rather expensive - have tried it and to be quite honest think that Deep freeze is just as good and a quarter of the price! (it looks and smells exactly the same as well)

have a good day
anja

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on August 21, 2006, 02:50:35 PM
Here's a silly walking concern--- it seems to be spider season YUCK!  Hope you all have a good week.  I started riding my ponies again, so I'm enjoying my week of vacation.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 21, 2006, 03:52:31 PM
wow donna - bet you are well happy - and  weeks holiday - nice one

we had the hugest biggest spider in the world here last night!




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Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 22, 2006, 09:25:33 AM
6 weeks 1 day

aha - good nights sleep! - took 75mg voltorol, 100mg tramadol and 2 paracetamol - very minimal pain, just slight stiffness. Took ages to get off to sleep though - think that was due to hubbies snoring! but when I did go off it was a better sleep - feel so much fresher this morning - what a difference.

prob off to the gym - have not been since physio last tues - have done home physio but not the same.

hope you all have a good day
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 23, 2006, 03:07:29 AM
Hi all,
Anja, you're a newlywed! Cool.  Eight years for me. That tube story was downright painful to read.  So glad you got a great report from your GP.  How much flexion do you have now & how much more is okay according to GP?

I can't fall asleep now without taking something to help me, what will I do post TKR?  ughhhhh

Donna, it's wonderful that you are riding.

Ellie, It helps to hear that even with your pain issues you have no regrets. 

Take care
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 23, 2006, 10:19:12 AM
Hi Bonnie

Really don't know the sleep answer - I was up for a couple of hours again last night - It wasn't pain, just couldn't sleep - and I did not have a sleep during the day so just don't know. I went back to bad at 4 am and woke at 10 - oops. Lucky I am not working.

Don't know on the flexion either he didn't actually say just to follow what my body tells me.

have a good day

anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on August 23, 2006, 02:05:22 PM
Yesterday was the end of PT.  Although my knee still won't extend fully, it feels good.  Amazing how the time flies.  Seems like only yesterday you got the TKR!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 23, 2006, 02:13:53 PM
LOL Thank goodness it doesn't still feel like it was only yesterday! ;D

so if your physio has finished I assume you will still be working on that extension?  Do you go back for anymore checkups with the OS?

My physio doesn't want to see me again until sept 5th  !!  she is qite happy with me carrying on as I am ( gym every other day) and wants me to see the os before I do any more flexion work with her.. I am quite pleased that I don't have to go so much - it is a half hour drive for about 20 mins of physio not worth it really - I only had one big session with her. I am quite happy with the progress really - for only 6 weeks - they do say it can be up to a year before it is 'normal'.

I seeem to remember your surgery was back in june wasn't it? now that seems like forever ago - yet its prob only about 10 weeks
have a good day - you out riding today?
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 24, 2006, 02:43:31 AM
I guess you must get your sleep when your body says enough. Sleeping until 10 sounds great to me!
Hope you're sleeping right now. 

Take care
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 24, 2006, 09:08:39 AM
Hi Bonnie

How are you - are you counting the weeks yet? - I think I was from about 15 weeks LOL I remember when I got married and was counting days ;D - one of my friends bought 7 advent calenders for the count down - bless him - he is a farmer and spent the whole six months before trying to get me to marry him - he even offered my fiance two flocks of sheep and a tractor in exchange for me!! so funny -  ;D

Had a better night last night - only woke up twice - weak bladder - and managed to get back to sleep - makes such a difference - still didn't get up till 8.45 - didn't hear my husband or daughter go off to work - feel a bit guilty - but I need my sleep ;D

knee seems to be doing okay, just a bit achey sometimes - better now I have upped the meds and voltorol again - what a difference a pill makes!

Have a good day
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on August 24, 2006, 01:35:58 PM
Sleep!  It's the best thing for healing.  I still like to fall asleep with a cold pack on my knee.  Happily my only current complaint is about blisters on my heels from my riding boots ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 24, 2006, 01:40:30 PM
another good one - off to the hairdressers for a bit of pampering! ;D

oops sorry about the blisters - had bedsores on my heels after my op - ouch
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 25, 2006, 04:48:34 AM
Donna, blisters are so normal - its great that you can ride so long so as to get blisters!

Anja, bedsores on your feet?!?!?!?! Any advice on how to avoid that? 

Glad you had a better nights sleep.  Your're right, it is really important for healing.  I get very cranky when I don't get enough sleep.
My friend has a weak bladder and takes a medication at night so she doesn't get up several times in the night, I think its called Sanctura.

Im not counting down yet, but someone here, Melanie is having her surgery a week after me and said that her surgery was 8 weeks away, well that meant that mine was 7 weeks away!!!!!!!!!!!  I had a big countdown before my wedding too - it was also my first.  But all of a sudden 7 weeks seems like such a short time.  Will I get everything done in time? Probably not, but I can keep myself busy trying.

Glad your hubbie thought that you were worth more than a tractor & two flocks of sheep!   ;D

I'm all packed, work tomorrow then a 7 pm flight to NY, with all the extra security, I want to get to the airport extra early.  and since my husband is dropping me at work tomorrow, he just informed me that we need to leave extra early, so I better go to sleep.

Hope you have another good nights sleep....

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 25, 2006, 05:09:26 AM
Hi Bonnie

http://www.edheads.org/activities/knee/swf/surgery.htm

have a look at this site - it is great!

just wanted to say - Have a great time in NY !!

oops yes it is early in the morning - had to get some meds and let them kick in a bit before going to try for sleep again! grrrrrr

7 Weeks - tyou will be amazed how quick it goes!

don't forget your stick!!

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on August 25, 2006, 01:59:51 PM
The countdown.  I remember having second thoughts before my surgery, but now I'm SO glad I did it!  My cure for all things in bed is memory foam.  I have a memory foam mattress pad that cuddles me in bed. 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 25, 2006, 08:50:52 PM
Donna, 2nd thoughts & 3rd thoughts...I have been thinking of getting a memory foam mattress pad, any suggestions as to thickness or brand?

Anja, 45 minutes until I leave for the airport, cane is in the car - hope I remember it (haha)

Have a good weekend everyone!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 25, 2006, 09:29:48 PM
Have a great Trip bon
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 25, 2006, 10:14:48 PM
Damn sorry Bonnie - missed ya- I was chilling inthe settee - knee hurts- just paying me back for a couple of good days ;D Gonna have some drugs - that'll make it all better!

Have a great time - tell all when you get back
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: sharon74 on August 28, 2006, 05:03:02 PM
I feel so out of the loop here.  I was on a business trip all last week and the darned hotel didn't have free wifi (sorry guys, couldn't pay $10 for a day of internet connection). 

Hope everyone is doing well.  I remember the countdown all too well.  Luckily I was so busy the weeks before that I didn't have time to really fret about hte surgery and rehab.  Now it is hard for me to believe it has been over 3 months since my TTT.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Quill on August 28, 2006, 06:15:47 PM
Anja.

I read all the posts about your TKR. I will be having two one of these days. Not together. It helps to follow someone else's experience.  Sounds like you are coming along.

Good luck!!!!

Nancy
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 28, 2006, 07:53:39 PM
Hi Nancy
yeah it is good actually - nice not having the oste arthritis pain any more - will still take a while to be totally right (7weeks today) Still aches a fair bit sometimes but bearable. Night time is the worst when it seizes up!

good luck with yours , any idea when?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 29, 2006, 12:46:26 PM
just been to the surgery to have my smear test (nice) and the nurse was amazed that it is only 7 weeks since my knee replacement!! yahooo, no limp for the first two hours until the leg gets tired so it was easy to walk in there as though i hadn't had anything done! ;D. Then I went for a walk in the local town where I work and bumped into loads of people who also couln't believe it - well have ditched the stick for things like that so nobody knows!

Rozzie - you will be impressed - have been to the DIY shope and bought paint! - gonna do my bedroom! - nice suprise for my hubbie ;D - wonder if he will notice if I do one wall a day and put everything back before he gets home from work hee hee - well lets face it they don't usually notice when we go to the hairdressers do they! ;D

Have a great day.
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 29, 2006, 05:21:19 PM
Hi all,
I'm back!  Had a great time, a bit overwelmed and painful at times, but used Celebrex & Lidoderm patches and even "danced" at the wedding. So glad I took my cane, thanks for that.  Barely any sleep, too many people to see.

It's Tuesday at 12 noon and my office is closed today, preparing for Tropical Storm/hurricane Ernesto - hurrican shutters are up, supplies bought, cooking just in case the power goes out.  Fun stuff!  I live very close to the beach and right on the bay, so we generally experience elevated wind speeds.  We are hoping for the best.

Anja - Happy 7 week anniversary!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 29, 2006, 05:37:58 PM
Hi Bonnie

pleased to see you back! seems like you had a great time - good for you!!

Wow - do you get a lot of hurricanes - might sound strange  but is ist exciting?, Obviously it is never good for anyone to get hurt or have their property damaged - but there seems to be something exciting about them as well - I suppose it is intrigue as well on my part - we have only had one big hurricane here in 1978 - large amount of damage, luckily it hit overnight which always greatly reduces casualties.We were in Jamaica a couple of years ago and it was really strange as it was sooo windy - we had no idea that a hurricane was on its way then and flew out 2 days before it hit - so we were very lucky yet would have liked to have seen something of it - safely ;D - must be this secret thing I have to go storm chasing!
When is this hurricane due?
Hope you keep safe!

Have been painting my bedroom - got half done - hopefully will finish it tomorrow - was harder work than I expected - on the knee that is - quite stiff and worn out now! ah well hubbie is gonna be late for dinner so I get to have a bit of a rest before then!

Hey take care Bonnie
anj

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 29, 2006, 05:55:36 PM
pap smear?  knee smear.. smear ya hear ?  whats a smear?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 29, 2006, 06:10:12 PM
LOL LOL

where they take cervical cells to check for any changes - (pre cancerous)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 29, 2006, 06:49:11 PM
ok non knee related smear identified.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 29, 2006, 08:01:28 PM
LOL


got poorly leg - stubbed my toe on linen basket and went through my knee  :'( :'(
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 29, 2006, 09:05:09 PM
stop hurting inanimate objects with your toes to prevent knee ouchies
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 29, 2006, 09:09:32 PM
 :'( hmm no real sympathy there then. :'(

I think you should all know that my knee is quite swollen and hurts and I will avoid that linen basket as much as possible - pathetic really I only banged my litttle toe ::)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 29, 2006, 09:29:54 PM
oh awwwwwwwwwwwwww.....  That stupid basket attacked you now. Now that you explain it. I see it.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 29, 2006, 09:32:34 PM
Yes! you got it!

my knee just aches sooo much - oh how much can I moan about it - actually I will moan no longer - I  am going to get an ice pack now! and drugs, and maybe a little alcoholic beverage!

how are you today?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 29, 2006, 09:42:45 PM
offically > i am at home and working now.  We are getting rain on the coast and some stupid hurriance is lingering down by florida.   Yesterday I was picked to go to the movies in the afternoon by one of my coworkers and believe me it is sad when a old 60 year old lady starts calling you granny when you walk.

I mean I could vent about work crap.. But whats the point.. This is knee pain and stuffering.   I must say you handled that one poster very well.  You are the queen of patience and thank god there are people like you who pick people up and set them straight.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 29, 2006, 10:12:44 PM
hey you can vent as much as you like! Granny! ;D

Granny Goo - hey that sits well! lol

How far away is the hurricaine from you?

I would love to go to floriday sometime - but have also got lots more places to see first - have a list!

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 29, 2006, 10:14:09 PM
I am right outside New York sh*tty.    Florida is a good  3 thousand miles away or so.    I am in New Jersey the armpit of america.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 29, 2006, 11:45:35 PM
Yes, we do get a lot of hurricanes. Last season - we had three major storms, so far for this year, this is the first one.  Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends in October.  There are the thrill seekers that are out at the beach until the police make them leave, but knowing the damage that a storm can do, (last year my wood floors were damaged beyond repair from water damage), I just want it to be over. Many people in South Florida had to evacuate today because their roofs still have not been repaired from last year.  It's looking like it may just be a tropical storm rather than a hurricane (it changes to a hurricane when the wind speed is at least 75 mile per hour).

Was your smear for your yearly check up or because of something else?  Can't believe you painted half of your bedroom, moved furniture too?  Tell us if your hubbie noticed...I'll bet he smelled itat least??? LOL  Hope the drugs made you feel better.  Sorry about the laundry basket.

Goo, we are closer than you think - only 1500 miles apart!  There's rain up the enire east coast. unbelievable.  My knee is horrible in this weather - you too?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 30, 2006, 04:55:32 AM
Hi Bonnie

Really hopethe hurricanes and storms leave you soon - you don't need to have to start fixing things now.

It is 4.50 am - come down for meds - sore knee.

1500 miles - so close ??? our whole country is only about 1000miles long !

We get a smear every 3 yrs until 50 then every 5 yrs, obviously if any abnormal cells show then you have to go back for more tests.

For the bits of my bedroom that I painted I didn't need to move any furniture - it was just bare walls - but I have to move my bed and a chest of drawers today - but both my children will do that for me - hopefully ;D

Yeah hubbie did notice and we went through the do you like it routine - pink is nice isn't it - he is in denial that it is pink and like to think of it more as lilac - lol - trust me it is marshmallow pink - but with the sapphire blue carpet - def his choice - I would have had cream! - and the mauve/puple ish curtains it really looks good (confess I was very worried) . Thing is I had this idea in my head and wanted to try it - I am banned from decorating anything but the bedrooms now ;D mind you - think the kitchen could do with a little touch up here and there..........think I better get back to work soon!

Hope the st ;Dorms go for you and you have a good day
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Quill on August 30, 2006, 05:41:44 PM
Anja,

How is it going with the physical therapy? I know how sore you are. I know I have two TKRs in my future.

Bonnie,

Looks like the florida hurricane was no big deal after all. Thanks goodness!

Nancy
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 30, 2006, 09:59:21 PM
The hurricane was ultimately a tropical depression, just lots of wind, but no big deal -  ;D What a relief!

Wow, this site truly is a learning experience.
Never realized the size of your country.  Still cannot get over the fact that you painted half of your bedroom, please have your kids move the furniture for you.  But at least your getting things done.

Similar here, I think you have your baseline pap smear at 40 or 45 (so long ago can't remember, lol) and then each year after 50.  Glad everything is fine.

Nancy, when are you having your tkr's?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 31, 2006, 03:23:14 AM
morning ::) grrr
knee hurts!

hey Nancy - just doing my own physio as I don't go back to see her till 5th sept as she said it was a waste of time as I was doing good - go to the gym every other day, and my ROM and extension are good. So quite pleased as it is a long drive and prefer the gym!

Bonnie - glad the hurricanes left you alone - I heard on the weather that strong winds are on their way - this always happens after you get hurricane trouble - luckily they are not cold winds.

I finished painting my bedroom as well so very pleased with that. When my daughter goes off to uni she is swapping rooms with her brother - no point in her having a big room when she is not here and her brother having a small room so will have to decorate those two as well - just paint again, the walls are nice and smooth so it looks good.

gonna try to sleep again now ::) (we need a 'can't sleep' smiley)
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 31, 2006, 04:43:49 AM
 8) :-X ??? internation combination of smile's for non sleepy heads. 

My knees feel like real crap with this rain.  Just hate it..     

Went to the grocery store tonight.   I did too much today and need to chop both my legs off and be free from this pain.  Sigh. ..   Maybe I can just forget I have pain and eat ice cream and watch project runway.    They flew them to Paris to kick one off.  I should have seen the first airing of it but fell hopelessly asleep for that hour.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Melissa1 on August 31, 2006, 05:09:58 PM
Anja,
I am new to this whole thing...3 weeks post-op yesterday and just found this site.
I have been reading about your TKR and you are absolutley an inspiration. Your attiture is phenomenal for such a major surgery and just reading your posts and how you are dealing with everything is great. People who are able to keep such a "chin up" make me feel better and make me feel like I can get through the pain and frustration of my own surgery.
Thanks so much and keep up the smiles...you can do it!!!!  ;)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 31, 2006, 05:57:16 PM
Fantasy knee Commerical

Hi I am Anja.. Knee replacement made easy.   

The key to the whole thing is to get to the potty before they tell you .. you cant.   Walker or Crutches. Paw your way over. NEVER LET THEM PUT THE CATHATER IN. 

Your next goal is to be the overachiever and beat all the old biddies to the bathroom.  Eat my dust

Sure they will have you out of the hospital in a blink of an eye.. But thats the goal isnt it.. Get crackalackin and walk

Next few weeks  sure you will have challenges at home..   You can fight wicker baskets.. with a breeze..  Break toilet seats.. But the goal I am sure few people know is to drink lots of wine and paint the walls.

 
Sure the doctor might lower your medication. But who needs it.  Back in the day.. They bit bark off the tree.

You can see my new movie.  Anja and her super new Knee.   ( She is like wonderwoman now or at least the bonic woman)



Now to get a sleepy head icon
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 31, 2006, 06:15:20 PM
Hi Goo

you taking the mick or what !? LOL

just had my post op appt - waited an hour as they were running late - saw the dishy registrar instead of my OS :( - he said ROM good, extension good - come back at 6 months!

Really a waste of time me thinks! he did say he would do me a letter for airport security, and said I do have to have antibiotics for dental work ( my dentist said not)

So Goo how are you - can't wait for you to have your op !! someone for me to take the mick out of!! hee hee - actually I would hope that everyone had as good a result as I have :) - that would knock a subject off this board though!

Melissa - is that 3 weeks post tkr - how is it going? - thank you for your nice comments - I think it is important to hear the good success  stories as well as problems.
got to cook dinner - back later
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 31, 2006, 07:01:07 PM
Goo, maybe you're in the wrong profession (even though I don't know what that is)...maybe you can write a TV sitcom, not just a commercial.
This weather sucks!  Is there floodng in your area of NJ?

Anja, bravo for painting the bedroom.  Is the note for secuity purposes?  will your knee trigger the alarm?  What exactly does "taking the mick" mean? I have an idea, but want to be sure. Please translate.

Melissa, tell us how you're doing after 3 weeks.

I have my nuclear stress test & echocardiogram tomorrow as part of my pre-ops.  Am also having epidral # 2 for my back, which is not doing very well.  I need my back to be ok so that I can concentrate on my knee - this is not good
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 31, 2006, 07:47:49 PM
Hi Bonnie
very best of luck with your pre op tomorrow - hope the epidural helps your back

taking the mick = having a laugh at my expense ;D in friendly way


yes the letter is for security scanners as it will set the alarms off.

hope you are okay

anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on August 31, 2006, 08:25:55 PM
Anja,
Thanks, hope so too.   Hopefully tomorrow at this time you (or Goo) will be able to take the mick with me.  :D

The "IV Persantine Dual Isotope" Stress test will take about 2 hours, they put electrodes on my chest and an IV in my arm and inject with the first of 2 injections, a few minutes of waiting and then my heart starts to race as if I were on a treadmill and they take the first set of films - sounds like loads of fun.

Then 3 hours later they put that big old needle in my back for the epidural.  Needles make me woozy, but the worst part is that I can't have my morning coffee!

It's only 3:25 pm and I'm doing anything else but work!!!!!!

Hope you get some sleep tonight!

Bonnie,
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 31, 2006, 08:31:13 PM
hi Bonnie - why do you have to have this stress test?

sounds like you are not gonna have the greatest of days tomorrow - omg no coffee - thats criminal! ;D


yeah I hope I get some sleep as well - reckon if I went now I could sleep - trouble is that I'd be up again by midnight lol
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on August 31, 2006, 09:16:44 PM
I guess they do that to lower the risk of heart problems.

What tests did they do for you Anja pre op? 

Wondering now what I can expect.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Melissa1 on August 31, 2006, 09:19:21 PM
Hello,
Nothing near a TKR, however, someday I may join the club.
I have had issues with my L knee for about 8 years now (I am 24) and after my 11th dislocation since 1998, my OS here in New York finally said it was time to do something.

He drained the fluid off my knee and arthroscopically removed some build up and floating cartilage.
He then followed with  a medial patella femoral ligament reconstruction, and was promised I would be up and around, driving and working within a week-- not so much. I guess it was much worse than they anticipated, 3 times and bad and I was "under" the knife for almost 4 hours (not that I knew it!!). My impression is that OS's tend to downplay this surgery, which is frustrating, but it's over with now.  I am 3 weeks post-op and finally have achieved 60º ROM. If I could have jumped up and down I would.  I need to reach 90º ROM by 9/12 or I have to go back under to have him clear up the arthrofibrosis, which is forming quicker than normal, keeping my ROM lower...I am keeping the best attitute I know how to and biting the bullet through the pain!! I finally shook the immobilizer on Monday and returned to work. I have stubbed my foot a few times, leading to slight movement in the kneecap already, but my OS said it is all okay-- it's so tightly "nailed down" that it isn't going anywhere-- lets hope so!

I noted so many people have commented on the "jumping" in their sleep. For the first 2 weeks, I had that same problem. I felt like someone was dropping a cannonball on my knee, and after so many times, I became afraid I was going to fall off the bed and injure myself worse. It is normal, it is the muscles trying to re-generate. I unfortunatley have bad atrophy, but should regain my thigh muscles quickly because they were very strong before the op. I can't wait to shake the crutches (though everyone said it is going to take about 2 months (wow)) and take my "first steps." My boyfriend and friends all say they are going to video-tape my first steps, like a new baby-- at least thats how I feel. Visualize a kid with arms stretched out stumbling forward-- hey, I will take it! Bring it on!

A week after my surgery I was rushed to the ER with excruciating pain in my back and shoulder and problems breathing....the MD's thought I had a pulmonary embolism and after taking most of my blood, a CT Scan, an EKG, and an ultrasound, the figured out that is a slipped disc in my back, so I am dealing with that pain-- lots of percocet and vicodin, except when I am at the office of course (though it might make my boss more pleasurable!!).  In the process of the tests, they gave me IV Morphine which I promptly had an allergic reaction to, causing immense pain and swelling of my veins. Ok enough complaining for me!

Bonnie, best of luck tomorrow. You will be in my thoughts...needles are no fun but just don't think about it....and once you are done--go get yourself a BIG cup of coffee! Look forward to that!

Anj, good luck continuing to recover. I can't belive what happened to you at the hospital-- pushy pushy, but you sound like you were everyones favorite!!

While recovery is the worst part, it is all worth it in the end, right??? Everyone here has made me feel better, more "normal"(whatever that may be).

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 01, 2006, 02:38:36 AM
The stress test and echocardiogram are because I have a mitral valve prolapse and because of my age and I'm overweight and the dr. wants to make sure my heart can withstand the anesthesia, just a precaution.  I will have blood work and a chest xray a week before the surgery.  I already had the EKG.  I will donate one unit of blood three weeks prior to the surgery. 

Yeah, the lack of coffee is going to be the worst part. The good part is that I get to check things off my pre-op "to do" list.

I'll let you know how it all goes. 

Melissa, sounds like you've been through quite a lot.  Keep up the positive attitude. It's good for us all!

Anja, I sure hope you are sleeping now.

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on September 01, 2006, 09:47:19 AM
Hey Anja

I'm back! Wanted to jump on and catch up as work is quiet today for the first time in ages! It's the quiet before the storm cos I'm starting a tv advertising campaign! Argh!!

How are you hun? One more physio left then, I know what you mean about the disspaointment of seeing a registra rather than your OS, the same happened to me the other day, rubbish! Ah well, no more check ups until 6 months so they must be pleased with you, new knee girl  ;)
Hope you come by and say hi.
Hop x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 01, 2006, 10:27:51 AM
HOPPY!!!! You're back!! ;D ;D ;D ;D missed ya! :'(

Wow - tv advertising - are you going to star in ti? ;D can I play? ;D ;D - that would be sooo funny.

Yep knee seems okay - sleep not back to normal but last night was a good one! yippee - just been to the gym- that is going well - don't get knee pain just foot arch pain! but sure that is getting better as well so will have to go back to work sometime :o prob end of sept when my daughter has gone to uni!!!

Hey my boy is back at sixth form - first day in a suit!! what a handsome young man!!! ;D -that one is gonna have girl trouble!

Hope you knee is holding up well - have you joined a gym yet? ;D
Good to see you back - don't go for so long next time! When is the house warming ;D ;D


Bonnie
Yes I was asleep - it was a good one at last!

Real bummer about all the tests you have to have - sure you'll be fine! Presumably if you couldn't have a GA then they could do it under epidural anyway?

When I had my pre op I just had bloods done, blood pressure, and ecg. The nurse explained what would happen on the day, saw the physio who said there would be lots of physio in hospital - yeah right - about 2 ten minute sessions! Then saw the occupational therapists who organised a toilet frame and seat raiser. Think that was about it. Hours at the hospital but not a lot happened really!


Hi Melissa

like bonnie say - good positiive attitude - well done - you have had amuch longer recovery and bigger procedure than you thought and are getting through it well - and have that family / friend support.
I have the toe stubbing experience! big ouchy ouchy ;D

Hope you recovery continues to go well
take care and keep us updated!
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on September 01, 2006, 10:36:37 AM
Hey Anj

You've been to the gym this morning! You NUTTTTER!

Sixth form has started already, I didn't think terms started this early?? I've seen a photo of your boy and he is hansome at that.
(Make sure he wears hats!  ;) :D ;D :o ::) NOt the knod that goes on your head! Tee Hee!)
So is it A university as apposed to P? Is it all definate and gone through? Exciting times.

Havn't joined a gym yet, not allowed to use most of the stuff in there so there doesn't seem any point, am using my exercise boke and walking and doing some of the exervices I can, will see what happens on Tuesday with witch woman (that's her new name as she got things wrong!!!)

Survey on the house happens today at 11am so in about 20 minutes, should hear back today so will let you know, toes crossed! Have just ordered a bacon, saussage, cheese and mushroom panini to be delivered to work, yum!

Good to be back.

Hop xx

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 01, 2006, 10:59:22 AM
he went back to school yesterday hmm it is early but it is because they now have 2 week half term at the end of october - so parents can take hols at cheaper time! - we can't - I'm broke ::) nothing new there!

So as the sports centre is on the same complex as the school - he goes to a sports college - it is so easy to pop in when I dump him in the mornings!

I have got a coffee and a banana - can I have some panini please....?

Got everything crossed for ya! - It'll be fine - when we had ours done we had to promise to have certain bits done to get the mortgage - we still haven't done it all - oops

Got to do the housework - make it all shiny - in laws coming tomorrow - polish the family silver! ha! - got a' B'  day in the house!

Hey we got another flippin fish tank - just a small one - one of the fish was REALLY annoying the clams so it had to come out - so my darling hubbie said that he had to save his clams as they were so expensive (£100) and spent another £250 on a tank - duh lucky he's not your financial advisor. LOL

Def A uni :( - long way away and OMG she is geting too emotional for me - it is gonna be a tough few weeks till she finally gets there!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on September 01, 2006, 02:30:45 PM
Hey Anj

That's handy with the gym then! Result! We're broke too! Thins house malarky it's a penny muncher! Ah well worth it in the end! Survey went through! Yipeee! Just gotta wait for searches now! That's the boring bit! Apparently our council are particularly slow!
Typical!

What's a b day in the house? Am I being a dumb ass! Tee Hee! ;)

Not another fishy wishy tank, is that 4 now? So are the clams in a tank on their own with other invertabrates? I still havn't managed to see the pictures of the new big one won't open! Booo! Can you post them on here perhaps?

Little Anj will be fine and so will you. Easy for me to say eh! Are you going to do some girly stuff together before she goes? Pampering, hair dressers, movie nights in with nachos etc (yum!)

Hop x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 01, 2006, 04:49:52 PM
It's my birthday tomorrow! hee hee

that is good news on the survey - aren't all councils slow with searches?

Me and my girl are always doing girlie things! ;D

will sort some piccies out of the fish wishies - it is the baddie that is in a tank all on his own - actually dory is with him as he needs white spot treatment.

Nearly the weekend for you!!

what are you doing tomorrow and sunday? - packing? lol
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Melissa1 on September 01, 2006, 04:55:21 PM
HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY!!!!   ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: sharon74 on September 01, 2006, 08:43:36 PM
I hope you have a great birthday Anja!  I will think about you while I am hanging out at the lake   ;) ;)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 01, 2006, 09:16:28 PM
Happy Birthday too you... Happy Birthday to you..  ;D  (no Icon for birthday wishes. )
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 01, 2006, 10:21:42 PM
Thank you all!!! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 02, 2006, 04:04:34 AM
Happy Birthday Anja!  Enjoy the day and don't over do it - let them cater to you!

i made it through my tests, my heart is fine - then had a huge coffee.

Then came the epidural...the doc tried & tried to get the needle into a specific spot and I cried & cried cause it hurt so badly. He had to remove the needle and go in from the side-  the novacaine is wearing off now and it very sore  - but if it works it will be worth it and I have a 3 day weekend (monday is a holiday) to rest.

Enjoy the weekend everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 02, 2006, 06:43:44 PM
Hi Bonnie

Glad the old ticker is doing okay ;D
Sorry you had a rough time with your epidural though - hope it works and the pain soon goes.

Had a lovely day - went out with hubbie for some retail therapy and lunch - then for dinner he cooked me a lovely piece of fillet steak,mushrooms onion rings and CHIPS (the forbidden food) ;D

Got family coming for drinks and cake tonight - a bigh gooey chocolate cake decorated with a whole box of Thorntons chocolates yummy - wish they would hurry up and get here. LOL

Have a great long weekend!
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: lilly_kc on September 02, 2006, 06:47:02 PM
Happy Birthday Anja  ;D Have a peice of cake for me too!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 02, 2006, 06:51:10 PM
Thanks lilly

I am gonna be as fat as a house!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: ladypenelope on September 02, 2006, 07:00:55 PM
Hi Anja,

Just looked in and saw that yesterday was your birthday, another Virgo - mine was on Tuesday 29th, but I bet I'm older than you, but as they say age is a state of mind!  Belated best wishes for your birthday yesterday, hope you enjoyed the cake! 

Am going on holiday tomorrow for a month so obviously won't be able to look in to see how you are getting along, but I am sure that you will improve as each day goes by.  Don't over do things and I look forward to catching up with you in a month's time. 

Best wishes.   Sandra
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 02, 2006, 07:08:24 PM
Wow sandra
a month on holiday - have a fab time - where are you going?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 02, 2006, 08:42:46 PM
I am totally craving chocolate, so have a bite for me? 
Happy Bday and remember that calories don't count on your birthday.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 02, 2006, 08:44:08 PM
just think about walking in switerland ..  oh to dare to dream
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: ladypenelope on September 02, 2006, 10:51:45 PM
Hi Anja

Thanks for the message, am off to Spain and Portugal in our caravan. 

At least there's no stairs only the step up and down!!!!!!  But having said that I live in a bungalow so don't have a stair problem at all! ;D

Hope you enjoyed your birthday and have a good time at the wedding. 

Sandra
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on September 03, 2006, 02:16:16 PM
Oops sorry Anja - BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  Hope you had a great day - that cake sounds yummy! 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 03, 2006, 02:56:52 PM
Hi Ellie
Thank you - had a great day - busy but good
Now this cake - it was from Morrisons, a chocolate one with choccies on top - It was the best ever choc cake I have ever hd - to die for - remember that one when you NEED choccie cake.!!! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 04, 2006, 08:16:09 AM
8 WEEKS TODAY !!

have decided to go back to work on 1st october.

things going well - still a pain at night - when moving around in bed and obviously if I spend too long standing but otherwise very pleased.

Went shopping on saturday and apart from trying to trip myself up a couple of times (clumsy) I was walking much faster to the point where I told my husband to speed up!! hee hee - got used to my pace!

Have a great day
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 04, 2006, 06:33:20 PM
Anja.
Happy 2 months! Excellent news about going back to work.  I'll bet your boss will be thrilled. I love that your hubbie had to up his pace, my hubbie will be soo glad when he can do that too  :)

Thank goodness no work today.  Still trying to heal from the epidurals on Friday, have had to spend much of the 3 day weekend in bed, but feeling a lot better now.
Hope you had a great day!

Bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: lilly_kc on September 04, 2006, 06:37:16 PM
YEA! Anja - go girl! It is awesome to hear good things (especially during the scared time prior to surgery). Thanks and keep going!!!
Rest up Bon, cant think of a better thing to do with a long weekend than take care of yourself.
Kathi
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 04, 2006, 08:56:59 PM
Thanks Bonnie and Lillie

Had a busy one today went mad on housework stuff until 11.30 then crashed and went to bed for an hour - then got up mowed the lawn and did a load of gardening oops overdid it again and went back to bed late afternoon for an hour again!  hmm wonder if I can get my boss to get a bed in the staff room!! ;D I always feel okay  after my lay down so can't be overdoing it too much and it is not pain that gives me the need to rest - just my own physical exhaustion - strange 'cos pre op I worked 6 days a week-ten hours at a time! and still did all the housewifely stuff - dunno how I will have time for it all when I go back.  It is lovely having the house spotless though - and my daughter goes to uni in 3 weeks so it will def stay tidier then!

Have a great day/ evening - think I might reward myself with a glass of wine! ;D

anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 04, 2006, 09:16:20 PM
SPOKE TOO SOON - NOT SUCH A GREAT DAY !!!!

Just eating a chewy kiddy sweet that my daughter gave me and pulled a filling out - aaaagh the tooth is sooo sharp - have to ring the dentist in the morning - not looking forward to it as my dentist says no antibiotic and my OS says yes to it so hope I don't have a problem getting the prescription from him!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 05, 2006, 01:04:21 AM
Anja,

 Hugs I feel for you..   Least I feel we all know about  Antibodics and Dental crap.. to be worried.  Just make sure you do not have any fever's
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 05, 2006, 02:18:50 AM
Anja,
Darn! Can you call your OS for the RX too? I always get a RX with extra so that in the event there's an emergency your covered - maybe for next time.

Hi Kathi - yup, we are just thinking way too much.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on September 05, 2006, 08:50:07 AM
Hi Anja

Sorry to hear about the tooth - you know me and dentists, so you have my sympathy.  I too had conflicting information ref taking antibiotics.  One dentist said "no" another said "just for a scale and polish" and my OS said "only take them for root canal work and extractions". 

Glad you're moving around so well your hubbie is struggling to keep up with you!  Are you planning of returning to work on a part time basis for the first couple of weeks or so?  You might find it hard going straight into full time work.  I was totally wrecked when I came back to work and I was only working 4 hours a day for 3 days for the first couple of weeks. 

I'm relieved to say that my entries for this exhibition are finished.  I'm just framing them now.  It's amazing the difference a frame makes.  I also seem to have enough stock for Miniatura, I just need a couple more paintings, which shouldn't be a problem.  I've organised a wheelchair at the NEC just in case my leg throws a major wobbler, so I feel more relaxed now - there's no way that CRPS is going to ruin my big weekend! 

Take care. 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 05, 2006, 09:06:49 AM
Morning
I knew it - bloody dentist OS in disagreement over antibiotics - so waiting for a call back from the dentist now - if he wont give them then I will go and see my doctor this evening.  Surely my OS is the expert on this matter this time!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 05, 2006, 03:21:34 PM
SO HAPPY SO HAPPY!!!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Went to physio today - and got her to measure my flexion properly with her little gadget thing!!  and it was 130 degrees - brilliant as the OS said it would go to 110 hee hee.  I did get a huge lecture though not to abuse it and that it has to last a long time blah blah blah - YES I definately know that!


The dentist rang me back - got an appointment on Friday when he will look at it - if no drilling needed then no antibiotics otherwise will have to reschedule and get the anti biotics - I said that if I have them anyway then he could do whatever - but apparently can't do that! - so hoping for no drilling as it is really annoying me.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 08, 2006, 03:53:15 AM
130 degrees is excellent!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations.  Good luck at the dentist.

My OS's office called me today with the appointment dates for me to donate my blood and for my pre-op tests (ekg, chest xray, blood work) - it's beginning to feel very real, a little over a month to surgery date.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 08, 2006, 08:15:06 AM
Hey Bonnie - IT IS REAL!! - and it is going to be so good!!
You will go through so many emotions the next few weeks - just keep that focus on the fact it is going to be better soon! Yeah a few months - but after the first couple of weeks it is nowhere near as painfull as OA pain - and you wil be able to WALK !!!! with confidence. Hard work but so so worth it- remember I am an experienced person now - hee hee ;D ;D ;D

Dentist today - hopefully will get that sorted!

Then going to sort 'the dump' at the bottom of the garden. Want to get my veggie patch up and going again - haven't been able to do that for years.

Have a good day

anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 08, 2006, 10:41:29 AM
Been to the dentist - he won't do the work till next Friday!!!! put a temp. filling in but won't touch it without antibiotics - grrrr I told him I needed them so will now have to wait a bit longer.

So to commiserate with myself I went to the garden centre and bought myself some bright red wellies!! ;D ;D well there have been snakes at the bottom of our garden (adders) so don't want to risk my toes being bitten!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on September 08, 2006, 10:49:03 AM
Bonnie - as Anja says, once that post-op pain has reduced you'll have an OA-free knee.  Not only that but your knee will feel so much more stable and solid.  I couldn't believe how good my knee felt the first time I went walking.  It is going to be great - you only have to look at how well Anja has done.  

Anja - don't you hate to say I told you so to that dentist of yours!  How frustrating is that! 

Have you been watching that Evacuation programme of CBBC?  Just wondered if that's what's started this urge to get your veggie patch up and running again.  Red wellies!  Have you really got adders at the bottom of your garden - yuk!  We've just got this big fat toad. 

Well - you know who is on holiday for a couple of weeks, so you can imagine how I'm feeling right now!  lol!  

Have a great weekend.  

Ellie

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 08, 2006, 10:56:04 AM
WOW YIPPEEEEEEE!!!!!! two weeks bitch free - like a holiday for you - hey you enjoy it!! ;D ;D calls for champagne!

yep we really do have adders - they live in the compost heap!

No have not seen that programme - I always have had a v ;Dggie patch until about 3 yrs ago - when I could not dig anymore - not that I intend digging yet - will get hubbie to do that but if I get the area cleaned up (that is the bit he hates) then we can have veggies again - so good to just go and get them sooo fresh.

Yes dentist very frustrating.

Hey couldn't believe the price of wellies - £30 - gone up since I last got some - got nice ones with small heel - can't do flat ones if you know what I mean.
Right best get on with it now or suddenly it will be dinner time!! - have to find a radio so I can listen to radio 2 while I work!! ;D

Have a good day and a great weekend!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 09, 2006, 02:08:40 AM
Thanks Ellie & Anja for the confidence booster, its going to be an interesting month.  All ready crying for no real reason  :'(

Ellie, Silly me, at first I thought you were on holiday, but I get it now...she's away, so now work feels like a holiday.  ;D  How are you feeling?

Anja, Silly dentist, should have known better!  I thought I knew what wellies were until you mentioned the heel  ??? and why can't you wear flat ones, I would have thought the opposite.

Couple of silly, general questions for you both. Did you  have catheters after surgery while in the hospital?  Is it easiest to wear hospital gowns or do you have any suggestions?  Can I use backless (slip in) sneakers?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 09, 2006, 02:17:05 AM
Hey Bonnie,

I think for sure they will stick a cath in.  There is no graceful way of wearing a hospital gown.  Be Rest assured you will be flashing many people with out knowing that day.  With determination my goal will be to get to the Potty that day.. ..It is nice to have a goal.  Its nice to have a group of people to share this stupid goal with.    I am sure they will not allow you to wear any of your jammies until at least the leg drain and cath is out.   Fashion must suffer for one day maybe.  Horror...    I have my hospital gown from my first operation in Jan.  Dont ask me how I got it.

I bought these slippers for the hospital.  WWW.qvc.com.

item Number A09273
Deer Stags Indoor/Outdoor Suede Slippers w/FauxFur Trim

Retail Value $40.00
QVC Price $23.50



Bonnie.. I think your holding up better than me..  :)     Will you go to acute rehab too ?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 09, 2006, 03:12:45 AM
Anne,
The only reason I am holding up better than you is because you are in limbo for a few more days.  Trust me, I am freakin out. 

Love the slippers, what color did you get?  A bit too warm for here - it's still 87 degrees with high humidity.

I forgot about the drain, ugh.  I was thinking of a robe thrown over my hospital gown so my big ole arse doesn't peek through.  But will that work for therapy?

My OS highly recommends going to an inpatient rehab facility for 7-10 days following release from hospital, but my insurance will only cover a skilled nursing facility.  The OS wants PT 3 times per day as tolerated, none of the facilities I called offer therapy 7 days a week, some only 5 days.  The choices in my county are worse and worser.  I've had 2 different people tell me that I need an acute care facility not a nursing home.  And I have been arguing with my insurance company.  So tomorrow I will go to 2 nursing facilities for a tour, one is about 25 minutes away, the other one is almost an hour away, guess I will forgo visitors if I think the place is better.  The farther one has 5 therapists, the other has onlly one for the same number of beds.  I hate insurance companies.
How about you, have you found an acute care facility?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 09, 2006, 04:26:25 AM
Yes, I called Aetna and found out kessler is considered acute care. the same place christoper Reeve (superman) went to after his spinal accident. ..  I am hoping to get into the one in saddle brook, West orange or east orange. All very close to me.

Actually, calling the insurance company and asking about the acute care place really was a biggie for me. I was sad to call and ask about it and a bit nervous.   


I bought the slippers in pink and blue. I had to wear the pink ones.   

Here is another suggestion for you . www.oldnavy.com.  This would be good for PT I think.  They are comfy and you can feel like you are not always in Jammies.  but really are so comfy.
Women's Plus French Terry Stretch Pants
Women's Plus Wide-Neck Pullovers

I bought in pink. and black.   I cant wait for the day I can go to the mall and browse each store..
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 09, 2006, 04:39:14 AM
You are soo lucky to be able to go to an acute care facility.  I am so nervous about my "tours" tomorrow, I need to breathe.  Didn't know old navy had plus sizes - cool!   Thank goodness for internet shopping.
thanks
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 09, 2006, 08:54:45 AM
Okay Bonnie and Anne!!! ;D

Acute care? - what is all this I went home on day 4 - very stable on stticks,(canes) in fact only used one indoors.

Did not have a catheter - was expecting it but they said young enough to get up and about asap - which IS essential.

Put my hospital gown on when the porters came to get me - and when my hubbie arrived at the ward at the same time as I got back from surgery so that was really nice - I was back on the ward about 3.30 (went down at 11.30) and was awake until he left at about 8.30pm.

The next morning I got myself changed into my PJ's - wore the sort with short trousers. Took my trainers with me and a pair of slippers - only used the slippers at night to go to the toilet and used my trainers during the day - went for lots of walks.

We do not use CPM machines here as a rule (if you have probs they will find one ) as it is MUCH better to get out of bed and walk - honestly - recovery is so much quicker.

They don't even really give you Ice here - I asked for some ice on day 3 when my knee was very swollen and inflamed and they got me a cryocuff machine but only used it the once. Used Ice packs at home after but not that regularly.

Honestly the sooner you get up and get moving the better.  When I got back from theatre all I could think was "scar tissue is building already" I was paranoid about it and started moving my knee straight away - just bending and stretching it - had a nerve block so NO pain - just gain ;D

You will be amazed that you buy loads of stuff that never gets used - I even got two bottles of dry shampoo - and didn't use any - had showers! - which I walked to and stood up and did it all by myself no nurses ;D

I am still amazed at thow mobile I was
Dressing gown - did not wear it once!
The drains were not a problem to move around to put your own stuff on.
Therapy - you just wear what you want - I just wore PJ's - you get quite hot for a little exercise!

I had my op Monday luchtime and went home friday afternoon - just about right for someone our age - you will go mad with the oldies snoring in there ;D



As for my boots - they just have like a 2cm heel - have a fallen arch and Flat footwear really hurts.

have a good day
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 09, 2006, 04:17:06 PM
 ;D  Remember that convo we all had on the dry shampoo.  .. I am grinning now.   I suppose I should get a new pair of sneakers since my pair here has mud on them from the river. ,,Oh yes any excuse to buy buy buy.   I want to go to the craft store today.

I have a cyrocuff at home..  MY take home gift after my first surgery in Jan.  If I get a new one .. I wouldnt mind.

I want to be able to shake my tail feather after the operation.. My first thing will be to wiggle my toes and see if I can start moving my leg..  Yes... bend and strectch reach for the stars..
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 09, 2006, 04:29:31 PM
Yeah you go for it anne - we will all be behind you !! - and hey yeah you go shopping - it is fun - I bought some cowboy boots today ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: lilly_kc on September 09, 2006, 04:53:33 PM
It is so nice to hear you talking about the day/day stuff after surgery. Sort of helps focus on the other side ya know?
Mine is scheduled for 10/26 (TH) and scheduled to go home Sunday. Got a prescription for a walker for 2 weeks. The PT will come to my house during that time, after that I will go to the center. Wondering if I need to buy an exerbike - seems like that is the best thing long term.

Dentist went ok, he said yes to antibiotics for cleanings for 2 yrs. Also gave me toothbrush to use in hospital and then throw away. Was sort of planning to wear hospital gown, they say you can put on two, one opening in back, then one in front to prevent too many flashes. Oh, also have to wear some kind of stocking on leg for couple weeks, and they send the cpm machine home with me. The pajama w pants thing sounds smart tho i might have hubby bring them next day or something.

ALSO wanting to shake the tail and leg feathers - TIRED of having wings clipped. Happy Saturday friends!
Kathi
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 09, 2006, 06:23:40 PM
Oh yes forgot about the TED socks - knee high in white - soooooo sexy - we had to wear them for 6 weeks post op - to help prevent DVT.

The walker - used it for one trip to the toilet the day after the op then used sticks - so much easier than a walker. Was using one stick on the ward on day 4.

The one big must have is a raised toilet seat and frame!

MAJOR PROGRESS TODAY - I went up in my attic for the first time in what seems like donkeys years;D! ;D

  Now that really is good - hate always having to ask hubbie to do stuff for me.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 10, 2006, 04:19:29 AM
Hi girls,
Just wrote quite a long post & my computer crashed! Don't have the strength to redo right now as I had quite the day touring skilled nursing facilities, but I did find one that far surpassed the rest, so I feel a bit better.

In the attic - amazing.  8 weeks post op, can't wait untilI'm there
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 10, 2006, 04:30:48 AM
Bon

Can't wait to hear about your nursing home tour.  Sounds kinda odd.   Even as I type it and think..  err I am only 36 and excited to hear about nursing home tours.   I need a life..  ..  See any cute doctors ?  I did some snooping on the OS I see on tuesday.  He went to harvard and does stuff with olympians. I think one of his partners does stuff with the New York Rangers Hockey team.  So I am finding comfort that perhaps I am getting a highly skilled OS.  What concerns me is .. I had a surgeon who would do my knee at my age..  What if this new surgeon wont do my knee because I am so young.  ok .. so much for positive thinking.  . I have my period early.. So who knows. I am most likely all emotional and crazy bcos of it and all the stress I seem to be finding for myself.

I just put a lidoderm patch on my knee and decided to put one on my other knee.  I over did the shopping today at the craft store.  More lameness.  I am lame lame lame lame lame.. alone on a saturday night lame.. lame lame lame lame lame lame lame lame lame lame
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 10, 2006, 06:35:46 AM
Annie,
After our TKR's, our lives will change for the better - I am positive of that.  Before you know it you will have your life back.  I am also a bit scared because I have been sedentary for so long, I don't know how to be any other way...so not exaclty sure what I will get back besides being pain free - don't get me wrong, thats huge.

The nursing home tours, the first one was so depressing. the 2nd was much better but still not where I want to be.  They told me its possible that I could get a private room for jus t$20 per day more, a bargain for peach & quiet.  They also alow pets to visit and we took our dog on the tour to test the waters - everyone was very receptive especially the patiens.  the Kessler rehabs are supposed to be great, much more aggressive therapy.  I was just reading some posts on another website and several women were saying how pleased they were.  This rehab facility is almost an hour away from my home so could be tricky for visits, but they even said that if I get a private room they would put a rollayway in for my husband - very acommodating.

Also received in the mail today my surgical schedule from my OS, it really happening.  I am going to see him 5 days pre-op so I will get to ask a bunch more questions, so if you have any suggestions, send them my way.

 I  learned at one of the rehabs today, that you get transferred from the hospital to rehab in an ambulance.  The Kessler ladies were saying that they strap you into a wheelchair and off you go.  Who knows one of the medics you get could be adorable. 
I wouldn't worry too much about the new OS doing a 180 on you.  I'm sure your OS will consult with him on all of his patients
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 10, 2006, 09:13:06 AM
How many days do you stay in hospital before you go to the rehab / nursing home?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 10, 2006, 03:11:02 PM
MY OS said  at least 2 weeks.   Your post frankly have me thinking I will be out of there faster.  Another factor is  you can have pain management drugs while in these skilled nursing homes.  They really do put you through the paces. of rehabbing you.. Its all work work work.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 10, 2006, 05:40:59 PM
My OS has told me 3 nights in hospital.  7 -10 days in skilled nursing facility.

Annie,
I don't think Kessler is a skilled nursing facility, I believe it is an acute care inpatient rehab facility - much better.  You don't get real pain management in SNF, therapy is not as aggressive.  Acute care has doctors that oversee your care & treatment (I think they are called physiatrists), SNF only have a doctor on call that comes in once a week or as necessary.  Count yourself lucky that your insurance covers acute care facilities.
SNF are depressing, they have all old people, most for the long term, most have very minimum PT, luckily I found one that has an actual PT room.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 10, 2006, 05:50:30 PM
aetna has them under skilled nursing facility.

There is acute.. and subacute care
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 10, 2006, 05:54:29 PM
Oh. But isn't Kessler considered acute?   In Florida acute care is not considered skilled nursing.  The point is you are going to a great place.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 10, 2006, 09:04:58 PM
hmm so basically you will both be away from home for 2 weeks - you will be amazed at how mobile you are by then and will be begging to go home to your own home comforts and beds! ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 10, 2006, 11:26:56 PM
yup, that's right, I will be begging for my own bed & everything else
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 10, 2006, 11:45:57 PM
Can't I think of it as the spa ?   :)  Actually,  right now I am thinking that my operation will not be until Nov.   Will know more on Tuesday.  Least I am prepared for change. 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 10, 2006, 11:48:21 PM
Anne,
Way to go girl...spa it is!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 11, 2006, 03:39:05 AM
Anja,
How have you been feeling?  How's your sleep been? Hope you are sound asleep right now!!!

Bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 11, 2006, 08:07:50 AM
WOW The start of week 9 today - how quick has that gone !!!

There are very good days where I wouldn't know I had it done and then there are days like yesterday when it was such a pain, acheing and just uncomfortable - the only place it felt better was when I went to bed - restless night but woken up okay today so going to the gym - it seems the days I don't do so much exercise that seem worse.

spa ! that sounds good!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on September 11, 2006, 10:20:26 AM
Morning everyone

Anja - is it really 9 weeks for you?  Time flies.  I'm approaching 7 months on Wednesday - just don't know where the year has gone.  Don't worry about the bad days too much - they happen and, in your case, you've probably been overdoing things! 

Bonnie - I too managed without a catheter post-op as I had a femoral block rather than an epidural.  The older ladies in recovery had catheters as they were given epidurals.  The following day the bandages and drain were removed and I was able to change into my own nightie - glad to be rid of the hospital gown.  And the day after that I was wearing shorts and t-shirts for walking around and going to the gym.  I didn't use slippers as I don't like them.  I stuck to using my trainers which also have orthoses.  I wasn't as mobile as Anja on day 2 and 3 as I was having a reaction to the pain meds, but was fine once I was just taking paracetamol and ibuprofen - no more passing out in the gym! 

As Anja said, we don't tend to use CPM machines very much in the UK, we're encouraged to walk around.  I was in hospital for 5 days and, like Anja, was surprisingly mobile at this stage. 

I'm seeing my pain doc this afternoon - hopefully he'll come up with something better than morphine patches - yuk!  Maybe I'll even get a date for rehab. 

Take care everyone. 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 11, 2006, 10:40:48 AM
Hi Ellie

just want to wish you the very best of luck this afternoon and really really hope they come up with something good!!

Let me know how it goes!!
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 12, 2006, 03:18:10 AM
Happy 9 weeks and almost 7 months Anja & Ellie.

Anja, do you think it gets stiff when you don't excercise?  Like when you sit for too long??

Ellie, not sure I understand the differences between femoral block & epidural  Are they both used during surgery and the femoral block continues post op? 
I'm kind of up in the air with regard to the catheter because there are some nights I get up 3-4 times to go to the bathroom! So it may be a blessing for me  ???

My OS says I will only have the CPM for the 3 days in the hospital, he says it doesn't take the place of excercise & walking.

Ellie hope you have some positive news from your appt.

Bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 12, 2006, 11:31:00 AM
Hi Bonnie

Yes I do get stiff but to be quite honest it is nothing like as bad as pre op - sitting in a car for a long time causes me to seize up - I find driving better as it keeps my leg on the move.   I think that  keeping on the move is much better for me - which makes it hard to just sit sometimes - and it is just in my nature to always be doing something.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on September 12, 2006, 11:31:55 AM
Hi everyone

Bonnie - as I understand it, the differences between the femoral block and the epidural are that the epidural goes into your back and numbs the lower part of the body (hence the need for a catheter) and the femoral block just numbs the leg.  I still had a GA and the block was mainly for pain relief during the first few hours post op.  Mine lasted about 18 hours, but it varies from person to person. 

You may want to consider a catheter as, when you come round, you will have a saline drip plus IV antibiotics and all that extra liquid certainly made me want to go more than usual. 

I was disappointed with my appointment yesterday.  I still don't have the approval for rehab.  >:(  I just hope it's not going to end up being a visit to the pain doc every 6 weeks to try different meds - which it feels like at the moment.  After the disaster of the morphine patches I'm now going to try anti-convulsants and anti-depressants.  If nothing else, the latter will help me sleep.  It just seemed like a very long walk for something that could've been discussed over the phone.  It didn't help that he hadn't even got the right notes in front of him!   ???  Whinge over! 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 12, 2006, 11:44:50 AM
Oh grrrrr Ellie

sorry it did not go as well as you expected :( 
What is the matter with this insurance company - do they think you are just going to somehow forget you need the rehab??duh!!
Can you ring them and get arsy with them?
I think that it is disgusting that they are taking so long and might be worth threatening with some sort of body that regulates them - there must be some sort of ombudsman you can go to if they don't respond to perhaps a letter of complaint - lets face it the sooner they get on and get you fixed hopefully the shorter time it will take.

oops sorry you are probably reading this thinking what is she on about 'I have done everything I can' - just really frustrated for you.

Lets hope the new meds help - can I have some of the sleeping ones please? I am really getting wound up that I wake virtually every hour some nights.

Keep yer chin up you!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: j_smi001 on September 13, 2006, 03:00:53 PM
Ellie,

I am so sorry you have still not got your authorisation for the rehab as I just know that this will be an excellent experience for you - hard work but the rewards are worth it.  6 weeks apart seems a long time when trying to establish the best med regime for you.  I hope the anti-convulsants and anti-depressants work for you.  My GP today has just said she can not prescribe Gabapentin as recommended by my physio as it is 'off licence' and I need to speak to my consultant or a nuerologist.  You keep working on the mobility of your knee and best of luck for the weekend.  jak
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on September 14, 2006, 03:22:27 PM
Hey Jak - how're you doing?   ;D

Think the anti-convulsants are Pregablin?  It's supposed to be a form of Gabapentin.  I've tried gaba before, when I was incorrectly diagnosed with CRPS years ago - obviously it didn't do much for the pain then and I didn't like the side-effects either.  Hopefully, this new stuff will help. 

Hubbie is in irrate mood today and is chasing my pain doc and insurance company for an answer.  This ain't getting any better on it's own. 

Take care. 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on September 14, 2006, 03:26:52 PM
Anja - haven't seen you for a couple of days - hope you're OK and not too sleep-deprived. 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 14, 2006, 06:07:43 PM
Another crappy rainy day here.  Trying to deeply breath and concentrate on diet.  Took the loracet today and still felt not muscle pain but bone pain on my tibia. I ordered that biofreeze stuff and waiting for medco to send me my lidocaine patches.  Wondering if biofreeze smells funny.   Oddly excited to get my order.  I used some type of rub last night that was smelly.  Perhaps they can scent the stuff with Vera Wang perfume for the young.  :o If not J Lo Glow will do.  See an untapped market.  How is that for positive thinking.  If I do not smell like a stinky old person. I wont feel bad about my knee.  Armotherapy positive thinking


Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: lgeorge106 on September 14, 2006, 07:16:40 PM
Biofreeze has a very slight scent that goes away very quickly.  Not like the stinky ones!!  I hate perfumes and other scents so I wouldn't use it if it smelled. I hate getting in an empty elevator and smelling (gagging sometimes) on the perfume cloud the previous rider left behind.
Others can't tell you are "wearing" biofreeze. :^)

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Quill on September 15, 2006, 04:57:12 PM
Hi Kneesies,

Can you tell me about the biofreeze? How does it work and where did you order it?  Thanks.

Ellie,

Was the anticonvulsant supposed to help with the pain? I hear that one called Topamax does that. I haven't taken it.

Hope all of you are having a good knee day. I have two TKRs in my future.


Nancy
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 16, 2006, 03:16:05 AM
Hi all,
Been gone a few days, family issues.

Ellie,
thanks for the explanation with regard to epidural vs. femoral block.  Must ask my OS.  a little confused because I have had epidurals for 3 of my knee surgeries w/out a catheter, but they were outpatient.  If it were up to me, I think I'd have both.

Anja, Everything ok with you? You have been missed.

Nancy,
Biofreeze is used by physical therapists and chiropractors.  It's a "pain relieving gel" that uses "the cold method" rather that heat.  It has a mild scent.  I t comes in tubes, pumps or sprays.  Got the first one from a chiropractor, just ordered a tube from ebay, still waiting for it though.  ??? They say its not necessary to massage it in, but I think that the massage part helps.  It's certainly not a miracle cure, but in my opinion the best over the counter rub in cream.  I've tried icy hot, tiger balm, some medicated oil I got in an Asian market and stuff  for athletes called Screamin Toast & Performance Toast.

I really like the Lidocaine patches, though use them sparingly because I was warned that they could cause a skin ensitivity
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 16, 2006, 06:44:30 AM
hi

I got my bottle of biofreeze from amazon.com.

Reminds me much like mineral ice. I think the message part helps too.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 17, 2006, 01:18:48 AM
Anne,
Glad you liked the biofreeze, still waiting for mine from ebay - seems like its been a long while, must remember to check. 

I've been ordering a bunch of things online, (to prepare for post surgery and also to help my aching back) so need to keep track.  I ordered from Overstock.com & received today a memory foam mattress pad, which feels heavenly!  Last week I recieved my over the bed, rolling laptop desk, which is awesome.  Got this cool U shaped neck pillow from Brookstone.  Got some really soft pants & tees on sale from the Gap.  I'm on a roll...

Also donated one unit of blood for myself today, glad that my iron was high enough to do it.

Ellie,
Great that your hubbie is helping in the insurance fight - I'm sure it must be so draining.

Bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 17, 2006, 07:35:21 AM
Bon

So proud of you.   (Giving blood can be stressful)   least you are on your way.  I never shopped at brookstone. I will have to check it out.

What is the date of your surgery again?   OCT 10 right?  So just about at that month mark.

I been doing alot of pondering for the past few days.  I been horrible sick with some flu like illness.   fever/ chills/dry mouth/ .. Great for diet.  Now my tongue is all funky.  (What doesnt kill us only makes us stronger right???) 

So the last few days had been horrible.  but am using this time to gain "fresh eyes"

Even though I felt like total crap.  I bounced on my yoga ball at 10 Pm for one hour during the nightly news.  I had gator  aid.

Even though one OS has seen me thru the worst of times and prob thought put a fork in her she is done..  I had the other set of eyes say.  No I am not giving up on you yet.  This is what I need you to do..      although i am curious  on why  this newer os said only partial replacement. When I have all the bench marks that say full replacement would server me best in the long haul.

So I been watching Vh1 as mindless tv.  Flavor of love 2  (what a wonderful distraction)  and saw celeberty fit club . 

They have that Carney wilson who  had that gastric bypass on.  She lost alot of weight  and now has gained a enough back to have her start to worry.   So they have this bit where they step these people on the scale and they have a doctor and nutritionist as the panel.  ( tuff love)

So Carney Wilson said to the judges..  Oh I know what I have to do.. Eat four or five small meals a day and stop at six pm.  ( oh boy this freaked out the nutritionist and said a diet should not be a punishment) ..  Than I read in this magazine this nutritionist talk about the four or five small meals a day and said if she is hungry at night.. since she is a night eater. she gets the 100 calorie packs of popcorn or cookie snacks.

Regardless of Pkr or TKR debate the diet is sound and can only help me.  Plus after all the crap that has happened to me this year I am able to fully focus on a diet plan.   Sure I am being held up by rooster comb but hey..

Right now I am up late at night making hot coco. In times of high stress. As learned from my grandpa.. HOt coco can never do you wrong.

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: lilly_kc on September 17, 2006, 03:15:26 PM
Annie - you are one tough and smart cookie! CANNOT believe how much you are having to go through to get your new knee. Like you said - it will be worth it - and you can only come out better and stronger (plus, I think if we lose the weight, the new knee lasts longer which saves us alot in the long run). Short run kinda sucky though huh?

Is your family being supportive / helpful ? What about work ?

I have one of those balls, but havent quite got it together to use it consistently. Open to any tips (sounds like you do it while watching tv?) I more often computer than tv, also love to read. Thinking of starting an afghan to work on while I am down. It is soothing for me - usually listen to music and zone out.

Take care, have a nice Sunday. Kathi
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 17, 2006, 10:35:28 PM
Annie,
thanks.  yes, October 10.  Actually, 3 weeks from this coming tuesday. I'm really getting anxious now.  Can't sleep either.

So sorry you're feeling bad.  Has the fever gone?  What do you mean by "funky tongue"?  Hot cocoa is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I also need to loose weight  A question I asked my OS - he told me that every pound I lost would make my recovery easier.  Loosing 50 was overwhelming to me, but loosing one pound seemed doable.  So far I've lost 7 pounds, not a big loss, but when i think in small increments, it seems easier.

My first OS told me I needed a PKR last October, then when my insurance changed in May, I went to 2 OS's on my plan.  The first one told me that he was not a "fan" of PKR's, and told me I'd do better with a TKR.  The 2nd new OS I went to (the one doing my surgery) told me that there was more than one compartment with OA.
But before I went  to these doctors, I called my previous physical therapist whose opinion I trust.  She told me who she liked (my now surgeon), but warned me not to be surprised if I needed a third opinion - she said it was very common because of differing theories.  It may be especially necessary in your case because of your age - can't hurt. 
In the meantime you are getting healthy and waiting for your original OS to get back to work.

Keep drinking gatoraide.

Kathi, I have one of those balls too that I haven't used.  Oh well.

Anja, where are you?????????????????
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 18, 2006, 10:13:42 AM
Hi There

I am back! ;D

Had a mad week last week - busy getting house ready for my sister and har hubbie to come and stay with their 17month old who is Gorgeous! so had a lovely time.
Had bad cough and chest / throat thing - feeling better today.
Have had trouble typing as I was getting a dish out of the oven last week and somehow the oven gloves had got wet  which I didn't realise and when I picked the dish up the heat went straight through to my hands - aaargh painful - dropped the dish on the floor and got hand under cold tap but damage done - blistered all the finger tips on my left hand a nd 2 on the right hand - duh not the best move I have ever done :o so have had very sore hands - thankfully had icepacks ready to use in the freezer!! - used them for 4 hrs after and it was still stinging like mad.

Just to top  it all did tooooo much at the weekend and my knee leg has been hurting like mad - was back on full pain meds for the weekend.

hey Bonnie - not long now ;D I know that nervous feeling it is only natural and afterwards you will wonder why you got in such a state!!

Annie - sooo sorry that it all seems to be going wrong right now - but you will get the right result in the end - I had to go through all this with my OS who first of all would only do a fusion on my leg saying it was tooo bad for TKR and took several months and 2 other OS's to persuade him to try the TKR before fusing my lag rendering me permanently disabled - and even if it only gives me 5 yrs instead of 15 it would be 5 years less of having my leg fused!! - BUT I reckon it is gonna last YEARS - no reason why it shouldn't if I treat it well.
Week 10 starts today!! Back to work in two weeks!!

Hope you are all well
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on September 18, 2006, 11:04:05 AM
Anja

Good to see you again!  We all missed you! 

Sorry you've not been feeling well and also that your knee is hurting - but you will go and overdo things!  It's only 10 weeks! 

Ouchy fingers then - bet that hurt!  Hopefully fingers and knee will settle down. 

Bonnie - Anja is right, after the op you'll wonder why you got so nervous, so try to stay calm and keep thinking that your new life will be starting soon and it's gonna be great. 

I have my date for rehab, 2 October, just 2 weeks away.  Can't understand why I'm getting nervous, probably because I don't really know what's ahead of me and I'm desperate to be able to get the most out of my new knee and want this to work soooo much. 

Take care everyone and, Annie, hope you're feeling better soon and you get a solution to your knee troubles. 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 18, 2006, 11:20:48 AM
OUCH !! wow felt that slap from you Ellie!! ;D - yeah I know we all overdo it at times ::)

so good that your rehab is finally gonna happen - I assume it is a live in facility - is it far from your home? will your lovely hubbie going to visit you there - or take advantage of the rest ;D lol
You are boud to get a bit nervvous/excited like you say you don't know what is going to come out of it - hopefully a 'New Ellie'
painfree with super dooper knees!! ;D  If ;D it is residential can you still get online? - ah I will be back at work - but still home in the evenings.

How did the weekend go? - didn't you have an exhibition? - hope it was good.

ah - you must be having a good couple of weeks at work as well now ;D make the most of it !

have a good day
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on September 18, 2006, 12:11:33 PM
Hi Anja

Sorry for nagging!    ::)

Yep it is a "live-in" facility down in London so Neil will be able to drop in as he works in London.  Its for 10 days (I get to go home at the weekend).  I'm aiming for super dooper knees, even if it takes a little time.  Not sure if I'll be able to get on-line whilst I'm there. 

So, are you looking forward to going back to work?  No more day time TV!  Are you going to go back part time for a few weeks?  That would be my advice, just a few hours to start with and build up gradually. 

The exhibition went really well - made loads of money!  Well a bit anyway.  Important thing was that people liked my work. 

I am having a great couple of weeks, people have commented that I'm looking happier, can't imagine why! 

You take care. 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 18, 2006, 12:19:58 PM
I forgive you!!! ;D

Hey good about the exhibition! - see you will soon be giving up the day job!

10 days! no cooking - yippeee! - no seriously hope it goes well.
perhaps you should tell them why you are happy in your work! - you will prob find they are the same!

the plan was to go back part time but don't know yet how it will work - boss doesn't sem to be able to grasp it - he thinks that I will just go and have like a 10 min sit down everynow and then ::) - just gonna have to see what happens.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 19, 2006, 03:33:32 AM
Anja,
Welcome back! Hope you enjoyed the visit with your sister, brother in law & baby.  Sorry to hear about your burns. Wow, 2 more weeks and you will be back to work.

Ellie,
Congratulations on finally getting the rehab you need!  Glad to hear your exhibition went well.

We all get nervous in anticipation of things that are unknown - surgery, rehab, a new job, going back to a job...it's something most of us go through.

So I guess I will just continue to be nervous  ;D ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 19, 2006, 07:44:35 AM
grrrrr another cr*p nights sleep, just kept sneezing and knee hurts - you would think it would have stopped by now - same old thing though - worse at night. Just to top it off have a very moody teenager here - great! will take him to school soon - unfortunately he only has 2 hrs of lessons today so he will be home by 11 - no peace today then!!

Hope you all have a good day
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 20, 2006, 02:30:48 AM
Do you have a cold too?  Are you taking anything to help you sleep or just pain meds?  I don't have kids, but I'm sure with a good nights sleep even moody teenagers would be easier to deal with.

Hope tomorrow is a better day.

Bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 20, 2006, 08:07:35 AM
Hi Bonnie

Hope you are okay!

Yes I have got a stinking cold now! wake myself up sneezing!! that is when I finally get off to sleep - it is getting very frustrating - only have my pain meds nothing to help sleep - if the sleep situation doesn't get better by next Monday I will go and see my GP - I can't keep this up much longer - and it is horrible for my hubbie - crikey after all that knee stuff over the years would be nice to be fit and well - I actually feel worse now than when I came out of hospital - pathetic.

my son is in a better mood today - refused his dinner last night because the chicken had bones!!!!!! said he could buy the mean if he wants more expensive cuts!!
He told me this morning that one of his mates is doing drugs - think he is quite upset about this - he is VERY ANTI !! so pleased about his attitutude to drugs!  Think also he is not looking forward to his sister going away.

ah well
have a good day - school run now!
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 20, 2006, 09:28:14 PM
Anja,
Does your knee hurt like heck every time you sneeze?  Can you buy sudafed there without a RX?
My advise is not to wait until next week to get help to sleep, nothing wrong with asking.  Sleep is the best thing for healing and also for dealing with pain, and teenagers not being able to verbalize their emotions.  Your going back to work soon and you will need lots of energy - even for you  :)
Congratulations to you that your son is so anti-drugs, a big thing not to have to worry about.

Not such a good day for me - my mom has Alzheimers Disease and even though I live 1500 miles away from my parents and sisters, I'm involved on a daily basis and today was a very bad day for mom...and my dad, and the sister that I had to call to go over their to calm mom down after she hung up on me 3 times and made all sorts of threats.  It's very hard some days.

It's 4:30 here and I am watching the clock, can't wait to leave.

Hope you have a better night.
Bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 20, 2006, 10:32:46 PM
okay - second attempt at typing this - the last one got lost in cyberspace!

Bonnie - so sorry about your mum - that is so very emotionally draining.

No it doesn't hurt my knee to sneeze, we can get sudafed but I don't use any meds other than paracetamol and my prescribed meds.

just had a lovely bath - my whole leg was aching so much - it feels much better now. - just one prob - the bath is brand new and so slippery that I couln't get out without hubbies help - luckily I lost all that weight pre op!

just waiting for my daughter to get in from her lifeguard job - it is her last shift there - so she will get thrown in the pool at the end of the shift ;D
She got a lovely leaving pressie from my boss (her other job) a Robbie Williams tour tee shirt and £50 !! she was so chuffed!

gonna go to bed when she gets in - no nap today so hope to sleep well ::)

Hope you have a good evening
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 21, 2006, 05:04:04 PM
Anja,
Cool about your daughter getting thrown in the water on her last day ;D.  Is your son feeling any better?

How nice to have a bath!  I just bought a plastic mat for the tub/shower in anticipation of surgery, it has suction cups to keep it from sliding, I used similar things in the past, maybe you could find something like it.

Sweet dreams.
Bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 21, 2006, 06:03:32 PM
Hi Bonnie

we actually bought a mat and it just will not stick to the bottm of the bath!! - but I still would not be able to get up as you have to bend your legs futher than they will go!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 22, 2006, 03:55:19 AM
Anja,
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 22, 2006, 03:58:09 AM
Anja, I guess I won't be taking any baths for a while even though I have several grab bars. Thanks for the info
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 22, 2006, 07:44:15 AM
If you have someone to pull you out it is not too bad but might be difficult the first few weeks.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 22, 2006, 01:28:04 PM
Don't think I want to chance it and besides I've only lost 7 pounds of the many pounds I really need to loose - it will just have to be a post op project - the weight loss I mean & by then I'll hopefully be able to get out on my own. 

Another bad day yesterday with my mom...almost 2 weeks before my surgery, we are trying to stabilize her and hoping that one of my sisters will be able to come and help me for the first few days.  It's hardest on my dad who is in denial, and may have to come stay here with me for awhile if mom doesn't stabilize - the doc keeps changing her meds around and yesterday for the first time she wandered out of the house down the street...

Sorry for the rambling, just a lot going on.

Hope your day is giong well.

bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 22, 2006, 08:15:16 PM
Oh Bonnie - sorry you have these extra worries

Are you going straight home from the hospital or going to rehab?

I found that even going home on day 5 I was quite capable of getting stuff done myself - the most difficult bit was getting in and out of the shower for the first couple of weeks - so worst case scenario if you are on your own you will cope.

There was a couple of ladies in their 70's in hospital with me and I met them at out post op appt - they had both gone 'home alone' andsaid they did fine.
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 22, 2006, 09:08:05 PM
After chrondroplasty I had a hard time of getting in and out of the shower..   I felt I had a fake leg and had to move very slowly to pull my leg over the rim of the bath tub.    I used my crutches and  one leg than..   Seems with a knee replacement your loading your balance better.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 22, 2006, 09:58:00 PM
Yeah it is easier as you are full weight bearing - you just have to be carefull you don't slip in the bath and make sure you  have a towel rail or basin to hang onto - I used my stick for extra balance at first.

The best thing was that they were okay about the incision getting wet - well it only actually had to be covered until it stopped weeping - I kept mine covered while I had the staples in as it just looked better and stopped materials brushing against it.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 22, 2006, 10:59:58 PM
Good points .. anja

So Bon its like 18 ish days .. right
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 22, 2006, 11:11:34 PM
Yes! 18ish days...can't believe it.  I am going to a rehab facility after 3 days in hospital, for 7 - 10 days.  I know my staples will be in for 13 days and can't get incision wet. I may ask my OS for a Rx for a shower seat if I think I will need one, that way if I feel a bit shaky I can still shower whenever I want - otherwise hubby will insist I wait for him - he tried that a few weeks back, lasted only 4 days!

My worries about getting around on my own have more to do with my back.  Have a great gadget for that called a "reacher" - a leftover from my husbands back surgery 4 years ago, quite a handy thing.

Extra worries don't make it easier that's for sure.

Well, am about to finally leave work.  It's the Jewish New Year, so off to celebrate. 
Wishing all of you a healthy, happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 25, 2006, 03:58:17 PM
Anja,
Hope you are feeling ok and just keeping busy.  Remind me again when you are going back to work?

Bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 25, 2006, 08:31:42 PM
Hi Bonnie - yeah thanks I am okay


Didn't realise I hadn't posted for a few days

Hope you had a good New Year!
Make sure that if you get nothing else for rehab thet it is a toilet frame and seat raiser - you will need it for prob about 6 weeks!
Week 11 today! going back to work next Monday.

Had a very hectic weekend - we took my daughter to Wales on Saturday - she has started University there. - it was over a six hour drive to get there - and of course back again so a bit hard on the knee - but okay after a days rest - then today I swapped  the childrens bedrooms over - so my son gets the bigger one. That took all day - so pretty shattered now!

Just gonna watch a bit of TV then go to bed!

Only a couple of weeks for you now! ;D
Have a good evening
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 25, 2006, 09:21:26 PM
Anja,
Thanks, had a good weekend with family.  Can't believe its 11 weeks??? You sure have been keeping busy.  I can't imagine 6 hours in the car, this weekend it was 2 1/2 hrs each way and I was complaining.
Saturday night at 11:30 pm (while at my relatives home in a dark area populated with many senior citizens) my dog decided to go off on her own (I didn't put the leash on) and she slowly ran from house to house - I woke up a few of the neighbors calling her and then she ran into an area so dark I couldn't see her - I panicked & realized if I didn't get to her soon...well in any case, I started to run!  I didn't know I could even do it, its been so many years.  I finally got her and then realized what I had done.  I'm still hurting, but truly amazed. 

Hope you get to rest a bit tomorrow.

Bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 25, 2006, 09:27:17 PM
Running? wow - I can't remember how! ;D - maybe one day soon.

That was only one way - it was 13 hrs - we came back the same day!! - ouchy ouchy.

Actually - my foot hurts more than my knee now - where does it end - prob just not used to being on them for so long.

Hope the pain goes soon - now remember - running is not good!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 26, 2006, 04:06:14 AM
I thought the running was cool actually.  I guess this is the best time to do it , 2 weeks before I get my knee.  Promise, I won't try any funny stuff after.
13 hours in one day -omg!  You are a great mom.  But I think its good that you are going back to work, but do try to take it easier at first, it sounds like you have a physcially demanding job.

How are you sleeping lately? hopefully better.  Any idea why your foot is hurting?

Night.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 26, 2006, 08:08:10 AM
Hi Bonnie

sleep!! last night had one of the crappiest sleeps ever!!! and I was soooo tired when I went to bed - I was convinced that I was going to have a good night - I am just hoping that when I am back at work it will be better. The two previous nights I slept really well - best since my op! - but I did take a diazepam both nights ;D - I only have 4 left so saving them for desperate times ;D  I am sure my GP would give me more but I want to get sleep back to normal without pills.

I love my job - but I also know that it is too much for me right now - so just gonna see how it goes!- My husband is quite determined that if I need to go home early that I just go - I won't lose my job - but I don't want to be unreliable either - so have spoken to my boss and he has agreed (he does have a short memory though) that if I need to go then so be it!

be back  - gotta go and find my sons school books
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 26, 2006, 10:03:15 PM
Anja,
I do understand about sleep problems. I never had problems sleeping until about 1 1/2 years ago, thought it was the stress from dealing with my mom, but after talking with my gyn, was told it was a definite sign of pre-menopause (inability to fall asleep & palpitations at bedtime), so got into the habit of taking something to sleep almost every night, so i understand why you are taking the pills only as an emergency.
Returning to work will definetly have its frustrations, even with an understanding boss.  Once you are there people just assume you're ok.  Being unreliable and physically not being up to the task are two very different things.  You are NOT unreliable!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 26, 2006, 10:39:08 PM
Yeah I know I am not unreliable - but I also have a problem with staff that do not perform well - subsequently I have to be even more on the ball!! - I cannot afford to leave myself open to criticism or be seen to not do my job properly otherwise there are some that will think they can do the same and it is then that things start to fall apart - which would be bad for the business that I am paid to manage.  I am probably too hard on myself but I do like things to be 100% in order. It is just the way that I have been brought up to work efficiently ::)

Apart from the gym today have had a very lazy day - spent a couple of hours on msn chatting to my daughter ;D which was really nice - we had been talking on our mobiles but I suddenly thought of the phone bill I was gonna get! :o :P

The house is all tidy - the main benefit of daughter moving out - she was terribly messy!! - so now I really have nothing to do - unfortunately all of my friends are back at work after the holidays. Ah well back to work in a few days - then the house will never get untidy as no one will be home ;D lol

Have a good evening.
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 27, 2006, 02:17:16 AM
Anja,
Sounds like you need to enjoy those lazy days because they are few and far between!  So cool that you have such a close relationship with your daughter.  Too bad you don't have mobile phone networks like we do here, some companies offer free calls to anyone using the same network, so my husband & I never pay for calls to one another!

Work sounds like it can be quite intense. Wave your cane around at the ones not performing well (don't you wish???)  :D

Hope you"re having a decent nights sleep.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 27, 2006, 11:04:53 AM
Hi Bonnie

my phone is on contract - but there is still a limit on the amount of talk time !! My daughetr gets free calls at the weekend and mondays - so that is good as well.  Now she has her computer set up it is nice emailing and using msn..

I had to send her coat today as she forgot it - so did a big parcel up with the essentials like toilet rolls, tampax, tissues , rice, tea bags - all light stuff - hmm the things they don't think about until they run out!! (and some money in the coat pocket) ;D

Another crap night - not so bad though as I have nothing to do really today so it is not like I need tons of energy ! But I was not in pain - just kept waking.

Have just done an hour in the gym so that was good.

Not long for you now!!! - such a shame that I will be back at work when you are done!! but will still be here in the evenings for you.

Take care
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 27, 2006, 10:20:52 PM
Anja
My phone is on a contract too. What a great idea - money in the coat pocket, would never have thought of doing that! 

As to the sleep thing, maybe you can talk to your GP now, before you start work & are too busy, for  a RX to help you sleep - sometimes just knowing yuo have them helps , its not like you will abuse them.

Thank you so much for offering to be there in the evenings for me, I just hope you don't regret that offer  ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 27, 2006, 10:30:05 PM
Hey Bonnie - that is my evenings - not yours - dunno what time it is with you but here it is nearly 10.30pm so nearly bed time!

I will wait until I get back to work and get settled. To be honest I have never been a good sleeper - I never ave trouble getting up in the morning as I am always awake - just as well as I get up at 6.15 when I have to work! At weekends I don't sleep beyond 7am! which is quite annoying as my hubbie will lay in until I wake him!! - usualy by 10.30 am!!

Might see if the chemist has a herbal thing I could take - I think it is a bad habit now!! - on the nights my knee doesn't hurt!

had another chat with my daughter on msn this evening - it was nice as my hubbie was on line as well so had a good banter going! - she had to go though - another party ;D

So is it 13 sleeps now to your op?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 28, 2006, 02:51:24 AM
Anja,
You are sooo right - totally forgot about the time diff.  It's 5 hours behind here, so right now its 9:40 pm and hopefully you're asleep, cuz its 2:40 am.
I don't have trouble staying asleep, just falling asleep.  I'm with your hubbie, I'm the one that can sleep - my hubbie is the one up at 7am.
The internet is a wonderful thing, helps your family stay connected.  How's your son doing?
Yeah, 13 days to go..... wow
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: xxLorrainexx on September 29, 2006, 12:34:18 PM
Hi. just been reading your diary about TKR as i have been told to consider one in next 6 months. Have just started recovering from oats procedure and they have decided in their wisdom that TKR would get rid of all the pain in my right knee!"!! scarey.
I too had the knee jerks after the oats op and boy do you get near to the ceiling with pain. Could have cried for England. How long did you have to wait for surgery and please tell me the truth. What is the recovery like. O.S. said I will lose some function in the knee : not be able to kneel, get in and out of a bath or sit with leg bent ( can't do any of that now without serious pain) but did say daily pain would go.
Been told the final decision is mine as being 45 they feel i'm still a bit young ( wow at last i'm too young for something) I was also surrounded by geriatrics and to think they say the youth of today have no manners.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on September 29, 2006, 02:36:27 PM
Lorraine - your knee sounds a bit like mine used to be prior to my TKR.  I had OA and OCD lesions and tried numerous attempts at microfracture and OATs.  In the end TKR was my only option.  Yes, 45 is young for this kind of procedure, but you have to think of your quality of life.  Does your knee pain prevent you from even taking the shortest of walks, or going shopping?  Does that pain take over your life completely?  You need a life now whilst you're young enough to enjoy it properly.  For me, personally, I just thought I'd rather have some level of fitness now.  You also need to consider the damage that's likely to occur in your other joints if you don't address the problem. 

Yes, you will find that your ROM won't be so good.  On the other hand look at Anja - she's doing so well.  My OS told me I wouldn't be able to kneel either, but I couldn't do that before the TKR.  My ROM is just 100 degrees, which is down to a complication of aggravated nerves, but I'm hoping to get more bend with intensive physio.  Not sure what your OS means about not being able to sit with leg bent - that's certainly not been a problem for me. 

Not only will you be rid of the OA and OCD pain, your new knee will feel strong and solid. 

The downside of having TKR at your age is that you're likely to require at least one revision. 

Anja - I apologise for not being around much this week - I've been trying to clear my desk before next week.  Sorry, you're still having problems sleeping.  I'm sure it will sort itself out when you get back into your old routines again.  I was just like you before I went back to work.  I read somewhere that if you don't fall asleep for 45 mins, then get up and make yourself a cup of tea (decaf), or read a book.  Have you tried audio novels? 

How are you feeling about going back to work on Monday?  Remember, if you and your new knee don't feel right, you need to take more time off.  Nag nag! 

How's your daughter enjoying uni?  Fresher's week is usually loads of fun with parties virtually every night. 

Bonnie - not long now.  You'll be fine. 

Just a couple of hours left of work - so I'd better get on. 

Take care and enjoy the weekend. 

Ellie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on September 30, 2006, 05:09:34 AM
Anja,
One more day before back to work.  What have you planned for your last day home?
Just saw a news piece about Middlesbrook, GB - they have the most CCTVS -video cameras and now speakers to direct offenders to do the right thing - amazing.

Hi Ellie, yeah 10 days to go, keeping very busy and trying to think happy thoughts.  What's happening next week, have I missed something again??

Take care
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 30, 2006, 10:44:50 AM
Ellie is going to a rehab centre where they are trying to sort the RSD - really hope so!

I won't be doing much this weekend - my hubbie is on call and so won't be home he has enough work to last a lifetime!!

My son has rugby Sunday morning - apart from that just gonna chill.

I tried VALERIAN ROOT EXTRACT last night to help with sleep - got it from the health food shop. - I woke a couiple of times during the night but had no trouble getting back to sleep - I didn't get up until 10am - very thick head but it says that you don't get any after/side affects - so prob just feel like that as have had sooo much sleep - and still yawning like mad! I got really hot in the night as well. I suppose it could just be giving your body time to get used to it. - Will try again tonight but think will set my alarm clock so I don't stay in bed do long!

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 30, 2006, 10:57:08 AM
Lorraine

I saw my OS in OCt 05, then the london os's in DEC 05, saw my OS again Jan 06 - then had my op 10 july 06.

I could have had it done sooner but I chose 26 june for my op - to fit in with kids finishing school for summer- and then the OS had to delay it - but it is about a 6 month wait for the op.

The recovery for me was a lot easier than I expected - had a bit of pain med trouble to start with - prob 'cos I had been on them for about 10 yrs before - but they got it right and then okay - yeah still get some painfull days and nights but prob just don't take enough meds! ::)

My flexion is now 135deg - my os said I could expect to get 110 !! I can crouch down with op leg a bit further forward and I can kneel as long as there is a nice soft carpet under knee.
Siitng on a chair with out leg elevated for the first couple of months made my leg ache like mad - easier to stand! and walk

of  course you will be able to sit with your leg bent - what did he mean here - yeah I can't sit with my legs crossed.

I am back at work monday - so will see how it goes!! ;D

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: mmaxell on September 30, 2006, 05:43:56 PM
Hi Anja - so it's back to work on Monday for you!!!  Whereas a few of us are counting down the days/weels the other way!!!

My first TKR is 10/17 and I'm hoping the 2nd one will be about 10 weeks later in the beginning of January!  My knees are Virgin ;-)  Which I'm hoping is in my favor!  I just watched the Virtual TKR - I don't think I could watch the real one, however!!  The virtual one gave me plenty enough to think on!!!  As a matter of fact, I had related dreams last night, but nothing I can recall, today...

Just wanted to wish you well!!  What kind of work do you do?  Will you be on your feet or on your Butt?!?!?

Tootles ~ Melanie

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 30, 2006, 06:48:55 PM

I am the manager of a huge Farm shop - not a shed like thing but a big shop with over 80 suppliers and a bakery - it is very physical and on yer feet all day!! - think that is why I am not looking forward to it - it will be good to spend time with my friends at work though! the weather is getting colder here now though - and I really don't do cold - it is about 16 deg and my feet and legs are frozen.

I reckon that a 10 week gap would be fine - BUT - if you are not ready for it when you get to that stage then wait and get knee 1 good first!! - I have only got one bad knee - but my good knee is very painfull at times - just stress from overtime for tkr knee - hopefully they will soon be equally good. - You do have an advantage having virginal knees - less scar tissue risk - just please get right in there with the exercise - it broke my heart and made me angry at the same time when I was in hospital and saw people just not getting on with it - it will not come to you - you have gotta do it - really wish you the best of luck - and down days will come - but you have us to drag you back up ;D

anja[/color]
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 30, 2006, 07:06:14 PM
Anja,  I tell you .. I was out of work this year from  Jan to April.  One side of me was like I want to get back to work. The second side of me was like how the hell I am going to do this. .. But as you know . I dropped the sticks in late June and hopping along..  I have this feeling the first few weeks may be a bit overwhelming.. but you are a tuffie and  Just bring an ice bag with you..  rest and be good to your self.

I see you bought new sneakers.. Very nice one's too. Sketchers have that cutie pie look and feel.   I had the platform one's  before.  At work I have to have a dressy look and used to wear kitten heels with pointy toes .. or the mule with a low heel. .. now thats all changed..

I wear these ryka shoes and somedays I wear these ugly birkenstocks.  ( i had put so many lidocaine patches on the bottom of my left foot while wearing these)  I need to power wash them.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 30, 2006, 07:53:44 PM
last year I bought a pair of  these type of boots to stick under a skirt.    Needless to say I havent worn them much at all.   Back in April I bought three pairs of flats.. and found they had no arch support ..So only can wear them at the office If i leave under my desk.. and really I am wearing them at meetings.. But  the last meeting I had to go to south Jersey I took my Ryka sneakers. Nobody minded nobody cared.  I am loved for my work ethic and ability to problem solve and network...   Actually,  My boss said to me.. That she does not see a differnece btw me working from home or at the office.. Things are fined tuned..to the point that well .I could be working anywhere in the world for her. ..   .. It also helps that she has a highten since of what it means to work with a disability..... Her dad has polio and her sister has rheumy.. I feel I am missing out on Biz trips due to this OA crap.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on September 30, 2006, 07:55:40 PM
oh cute.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on October 01, 2006, 02:57:44 AM
Good luck in rehab Ellie, I'm hoping it will be great for you.

Shoes...all I can wear are flats - boring. Some days, when my knee is really bad I wear sneakers to the office, feels so much better.  I got a new pair of sneakers, wore them for the first time today, Nike Free, made to be worn without socks, they were very comfy. 

Don't know where I heard this so don't know if its true, but after a TKR you will walk differently, so you should start out in new shoes/sneakers that have not already molded to your old way of walking.  What do you think - truth of fiction????????

Anja, you can at least wear comfy shoes, right?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on October 01, 2006, 03:06:21 AM
 ;D  I say ..  its got to be truth..  .. .. new knee new shoes...  Burn the old .. bring in the new..

But seriously, I have a slanty leg..  So I suppose the weight bearing will be different with new knee.  :-X
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on October 01, 2006, 03:09:59 AM
That makes perfect sense now!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on October 02, 2006, 04:15:21 AM
Anja,
You're probably going to get up for work soon, so hope your first day goes smoothly.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 02, 2006, 07:35:12 AM
Thanks Bonnie
Just about to leave - sadly can't go on line at work!!

will let u know how it goes!
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on October 02, 2006, 11:59:56 AM
 ;D 

Good Luck Anja!!

Don't try to do too much!!!

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on October 02, 2006, 01:55:31 PM
Anja,
will be waiting for your post  ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 02, 2006, 06:36:31 PM
OMG I am sooo knackered - 10 hrs at work has done me in LOL - feel sick so tired - just got in so gonna have a cup tof tea (so English!!) and hopefully a quick kip before hubbie gets home wanting his dinner.

Have a good evening!
Only have to work 3 hrs tomorrow!!!
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on October 03, 2006, 12:08:56 AM
Anja, sorry I missed you.  What's a kip? a nap?

Bet you had a good night's sleep.

Great that you only work 3 hrs tomorrow, is it a special day?

Take care,
Bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 03, 2006, 07:43:01 AM
Hi Bonnie

yeah a kip is a nap - I never got it - the phone kept ringing - then hubbie got home. ah well

only 3 hrs today as there are enough staff but I have to go in to sort them out first - honestly you would think that 4 women in their 40's could organise them selves - unfortunately they sprnd too much time bitching!! grrr

have a good day
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: ladypenelope on October 03, 2006, 09:59:59 PM
Hi Anja

Have just returned from holiday and looked in to see how you are doing - well get you - back at work already!  Seriously though hope you are keeping well and are looking after that all important knee.  Had a bit of a problem with my TKR whilst away on holiday but managed to do quite a bit of walking though.  My husband has a thing about medieval city centres, so as you can imagine, Spain and Portugal have quite a lot!  But managed to keep up with him most of the time, the only thing I don't do are towers.  My husband loves going to the top of towers to look at the view so spent quite a lot of time waiting for him at the base of different towers! 

Hope your daughter has settled in at university, it's a big step when they go off to uni

Will check in again soon to see how you are doing. 

Best wishes.  Sandra
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on October 04, 2006, 12:52:17 AM
Anja,
Hope you were able to have a kip today!  Hope you're doing well.
Take Care,
Bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on October 04, 2006, 12:41:21 PM
Bonnie,  I was just thinking how ..excited  you must be.   Just around 10 sleeps.    With a little sweat and hard work.. you will have your knees.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 04, 2006, 08:00:44 PM
Hi Sandra

Hope you had a good holiday despite the knee!! - Is it okay now?

Work is pretty hard - 10 hours on a concrete floor - Nice to put my legs up when I get in!!

Yeah my daughter has settled in well - she is a bit upset as some of her friends are able to go home over the next few weekends - and she can't - by the time she gets here it is time to go back again - so not really worth it. - mind you I think they only have about 10  weeks befor they come home for christmas!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: ladypenelope on October 05, 2006, 06:45:06 PM
Hi Anja

Thanks for your reply.  The TKR knee seems to have settled down quite a bit since coming back from holiday.  As usual I have slotted back into the housewife role - shopping/washing/ironing/cooking etc. etc., the knee seems to be holding out quite well.  Will probably try and go to the gym on Monday so we will just have to see how it copes. 

The only problem with uni is that the terms are only 10 weeks long and I remember when my son was away at uni in Bradford (we live in Essex) that it used to take us about four and half hours journey there and the same coming back and we used to have to do it every 10 weeks.  He did have his own car but elected to leave it at home!  My husband and I used to do the journey in one day, must have been mad, but then of course we were a bit younger then - son is now 34 years old!  My son also didn't come home for weekends as it was too far, but he settled down eventually, a bit homesick to begin with but eventually didn't really want to come home at the end of each term! 

Hope your new knee is holding out ok what with all the standing that you are having to do, I find that I am much better walking than standing still, my PKR gets very sore when I just stand i.e. in a queue or something like that, may be it's just me!  ???

Keep well.   Sandra.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 05, 2006, 08:31:18 PM
Hi sandra

oh dear - those house wifely chores - soo boring.

Quite good being back at work (apart from the money - keeps me out of trouble)

Have just spent the last hour chatting to my daughter on msn so that was good - she is fine - just fed up allways being the one to clean the kitchen - her own fault - she can't bear the mess - so they take advantage.

My daughter will come back by train for holidays - it is cheaper  than the diesel - and the meals you end up buying!

Good luck with the gym on monday - I will go on Tuesday.

Have a good evening
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on October 07, 2006, 02:51:06 AM
Anja,
Hope you're hanging in there - 43 hours the first week is pretty intense.  Hope you can relax a bit over the weekend.  I'll bet you're sleeping much better than you have in a while
take care,
bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 07, 2006, 08:20:50 PM
Hi Bonnie - only 3 more sleeps!!! ;D

Well that was a pretty tough week - so much for part time - every time I suggested going home my boss came up with something else that just had to be done - mainly making all the phone calls - which he hates doing - that should have been done while I was off - just stuff like new equipment ordering for the bakery and shop - he thinks it is all so time consuming - the thought of doing it is worse then getting on and sorting it though!

I woke at 7 this morning - got up for an hour then thought would just snuggle back into bed as it was cold downstairs and fell asleep until about 11.15 - oops.

My legs ache this weekend like I have done a marathon - I am going to the gym tomorrow to stretch the muscles out - sure this will make my legs feel better.

This weel I am working all day Mon, wed, ,thurs and sat and just 3 hrs on tues - that should makes for an easier week - and working the sat gives me overtime rate which is handy ;D.

Have been shopping today and spent the afternoon helping hubbie sort his van stock out - got a bit cold so gonna get a blanket and curl up in front of X Factor!!!

How are you feeling? - suddenly - prob Monday you will just decide enough is enough - what is not sorted by then can jolly well wait!! and then you can relax a bit - you will - suddenly the stress will go and you will be more calm.

Have a great wekend - did you get the toilet raiser and frame? - It really is prob the most essential thing you will need.

anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on October 08, 2006, 12:28:04 AM
Anja,
The reason you feel as if you ran a marathon is because you did!!!!!  Glad to hear that you went back to bed - you certainly earned it.  I thnk you're right, I pick my sis up from the airport at 2pm Monday ( she's coming from Newark N.J. airport - close to Annie) so whatever isn't done by time I leave for the airport just won't get done.  The funny part of it is, it probably won't even matter.  I remember reading one of your posts right before your surgery where you said that you were very calm the day before - home the same for me.

Didn't get the toilet raiser yet, my OS's office said I will get the prescriptions when I leave the hospital, insurance company doesn't like to supply before the surgery.  Then I go to the rehab facility and hopefully they will have one there.  I'm hoping that by the time I come home I'll only need a cane and the toilelt raiser and maybe a shower seat.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend - I'm sending some Florida sunshine with 85 degree F weather!!!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on October 08, 2006, 02:07:00 AM
Forgot to ask earlier, any news from Ellie?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 08, 2006, 06:42:36 AM
Hi Bonnie

ooooh would love that sunshine!! - I am at my best in the heat.

Have not heard from Ellie - I am sure she said she would be home for the weekend - will email her today - she is prob just busy catching up with hubbie and molly and home life.

The Hospital will def have everything you need.

Wow two more sleeps - are you going to be online in hospital?-mind you the first couple of days you won't be bothered anyway - make sure you take something to write down your thoughts , how you feel, visits and stuff from docs - you think you are wide awake when it is all going on then read back over the notes and find that you would never have remembered certain things.

Will your hubbie post for you - or if I give you my email would he let me know how you are? - and then maybe I could update the thread for everyone - don't know if you have made arangements for this.

Have a good day
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on October 08, 2006, 05:12:00 PM
Anja,
Great idea to take a notepad, don't think hospital has internet access, don't know if rehab does either so I may be on my own for a few weeks...hope not.
If you give me your email address I will have hubbby or sister send you an email, because I sure didn't even think of it  - thanks.
I will try to post again later, off to work to finish up, tehn supermarket, pharmacy and to see my godchildren.   That ought to exhaust me and maybe I will fall asleep before 3am (with sleep meds) like last few nights!
Regards to Ellie for me, maybe she has some pointers for rehab????
thanks so much for your support
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 08, 2006, 08:48:18 PM
Hi Bonnie

Will PM you with my email.

Have just had an email from Ellie and she wants me to make sure that I pass on her best wishes - so there done it!!

It is really good that you are nearly there now - it is awful having to wait.

Hope you get some good sleep the next coule of nights - you certainly should the first few nights post op - remember those earplugs just in case.

I am sure I will hear from you again before Tuesday - but good luck anyway - can't wait to see you the other side with you lovely shiny new knee!!

big hugs
anja

ps - you'll do great!! - and if you're slacking you'll have me come to visit - well only if it is warm where you are!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: redneb on October 11, 2006, 04:22:04 PM
I've been reading all your posts re TKR and wanted to join in....I got my new knee on Sept 8, 2006 and so far so good...I'm 52, have had knee problems for a long time and finally the doctor dragged me to the hospital to have the TKR...I am SO glad I did it...no more of the crunchy/grinding pain...no more knee locking or giving out...so far my flexion is 110, still working on that, extension is very good, can touch the table with the back of my knee..still can't drive tho, but am doing exercises for that motion...am going stir crazy....stairs are still "good go up, bad go down"...doc says that should come about 6 weeks post-op...have not used a walker/cane since week one...walking straight, I don't waddle like a duck anymore...all in all, the doctor and therapist very happy with my progress...and so am I.....but,

Last week, I noticed a rash on my back...the next day I saw it on my tummy...husband said "call the doctor"...the doctor took one look at it and pronounced "shingles"....OWWWWW do they hurt...taking my knee pain meds for the shingles...anyone out there with advise for shingles?....would appreciate it....

Thanks,
Red
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 11, 2006, 06:52:52 PM
Hi Red

Congratulations on your new knee - sounds like you are doing well!! Keep it up.
 
ouchy ouchy - don't know much about shingles other than it can be pretty nasty. Hope you are not suffering too much.

I drove at 4 weeks but got a few scary nasty twinges so it wouldn't hurt to wait a bit.

Good luck wth it - You wil prob find out loads about shingles if you google it.
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 15, 2006, 06:03:22 PM
wow 14 weeks tomorrow - I think - starting to lose track

still going well have been back to work for two weeks - very hard on the legs - tiring.

still trying to get off the tramadol - trouble is need pain meds on most days but withdrawals from tramadol giving me very tingling skin on my face , lips, hands feet and tongue!! okay when I have the meds - is obviously gonna take time.

knee pain not too bad - tends to be on the back of my knee cap - but then I suppose you wouldn't feel pain in the metal bits anyway! hee hee - someone suggested glucosamine this week - think some oil might be better!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Mrs beesknees on October 17, 2006, 06:08:11 PM
Hi Sandra -you must be back from your holiday by now ,hope you had a great time We've just had a week in Scotland with our daughter Louise & 14month old grand-daughter ,Georgina We all had a good time in spite of some rainy weather Georgie was fascinated by the sea & was pointing & saying "SSS"  She coped with the long drive very well so did the Beesknee .How were your knees in Spain? Hope to hear from you & the other KR's soon
                           Best wishes Diane
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: ladypenelope on October 17, 2006, 08:45:44 PM
Dear Anja,

Pleased to read that you are coping quite well with your new knee.  But sorry to hear that you still have to take some painkillers to get you through the day, must admit though I was never on tramadol, so not sure about the side effects that you are having, but I find good old paracetamol work just as well and don't have any side effects at all.  Might be worth trying to wean yourself off of them and trying something else. 

Was out with husband for most of today walking around shops etc., getting in and out of the car, by the time we got home sometime after 4 o'clock both legs were telling me enough is enough, but after a cuppa and a sit down they don't feel too bad now.  By the way I also take glucosamine, have done for ages, not sure if it makes any difference though.  I also take Extract of Green Lipped Mussel too!

Hi Diane,

Lovely to hear from you again, yes am back to reality of a month away.  Thankfully both knees behaved themselves whilst in Spain and Portugal, but I did find sitting in the car for hours was a little hard on them, but we did have quite a few stops, won't be going away in the caravan again now until the New Year holiday, am spending it away in the caravan with other caravan friends, hopefully the weather will be kind to us, last year we had to cancel, we were due to go to Folkestone and it was snowed in just prior to the New Year holiday.

Hope to hear from you soon. 

Best wishes to both of you.  Sandra. 

PS Anja  - have you heard how Bonnie is yet?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 17, 2006, 09:10:47 PM
Hi Sandra

Glad you had a good holiday ;D I know how you feel sitting in the car too long!
Where are you in England - I absailed down the cliffs at Folkestone when I was 18 ;D

The tr ;Dmadol needs weaning off unfortunately - didn't know this when I was prescribed them - I am sure that paracetamol will be fine but it takes a while to get rid of the tramadol - down to one every 12 hrs - by then the tingling and tongue swelling just gets toooo irritating and scary - I don't take them until it has set in so it is getting less and less that I take them - in 3 weeks have gone from 8 a day to the 2 so hopefully not too much longer ::)

Getting horrible shooting pains in my shin in the evenings - prob just very tired leg.
Got home at lunchtime today and had a sleep - felt much better - very tired at the moment, but work is so busy.- have more headaches than knee pain!

Bonnie had her op which all went well ;D she is now in a rehab place for about 5 days - yesterday she emailed to say she had overdone it - hmm seem to remember those moments - we don't learn! Hopefully she will be home soon and back online!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: ladypenelope on October 18, 2006, 01:58:12 PM
Hi Anja,

Thanks for your reply, lovely as always to hear from you.   Was reading an article in the You magazine which comes with the Mail on Sunday regarding Pain, not sure if you get that paper.  Basically it's about people who suffer from pain so badly that it affects their whole lives and it does state that the common causes of chronic pain are backache and oesteoarthritis, which I'm not sure you suffer from, but I do.  Had it of course, in the knees but have still got it in the base of my big toes, and thumbs and possibly at the base of the spine.  Not sure if the article will scan in but will give it a try if you are interested in reading it.

The only other way to take paracetamol which works a bit quicker is to try the dissolvable ones, so hopefully when you have weaned yourself off the tramadol you can try them, they are definitely not habit forming!  But you will find that gradually you don't need to take any painkillers, I only take as and when I think I need them now.  When I do get any pain in the legs I find that a cuppa and a sit down on my recliner chair for about an hour works wonders! :)

By the way I'm in Romford, Essex, but having the caravan husband and I do get around a lot!

Pleased to hear that Bonnie is the other side of a TKR!  Looking forward to her posting soon. 

Best wishes.  Sandra
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 18, 2006, 07:31:46 PM
Hi Sandra
Hey I am in kent! ;D - just over the river lol - well a bit further.

Would be good to see that article - now my knee is done the main arthritis is gone! - I have it in my neck though and sure it is in my thumbs - very creaky. - Two bad lots of whiplash from car crashes and a fracture in my neck caused that! Spent 8 hrs on a backboard when I fractured the bone in my neck - they wouldn't let me off the thing until they kne my spinal cord was safe - my word - couldn't believe how stiff and seized your whole body could get not moving in that time It was actually really painfull to get moving again.

Do you work? - unfortunately the time when I could really do with a sit down is at work! ooh that would be so nice - keep telling my boss we need a setee there! lol

Good to hear from you
ange
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: ladypenelope on October 18, 2006, 08:20:55 PM
Hi Anja

Wow you really aren't too far away from me at all.  I have managed to scan the article into my computer and will send it to you on a PM, if for some reason you can't read it or anything like that let me know and I will get my husband to photocopy and may be mail it to you.  My goodness you have really been through the mill what with all your problems. 

I only work very very part time from home, I work for a very good friend who is a psychotherapist, but retiring soon but is doing a college course and I do all her typing.  Thank goodness my working days in an office are finished now, well I am 62 years old now! :o  I have been reading your other posts and it sounds as if you do a very demanding job, may be your boss could let you have a stool or something like that especially when your leg gets so tired, I know the feeling!

Hope to hear from you soon.  Best wishes, Sandra
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Ellie2006 on October 18, 2006, 08:50:29 PM
Hi Sandra

I would be interested to read that article too.  Would you mind sending me a copy, if it's not too much trouble.  I've just spent 2 weeks in a rehab hospital trying to tackle CRPS and muscle pain.  I've been walking so badly for the last few years that it's caused problems in my hips and even my back.  I'm now learning how to walk all over again.  Wish the pain would go away.  During my 2 week stay I was taught how to cope with the pain in a more positive way.  Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't.  I, like you prefer to take paracetamol more than anything else - I tend to have a nasty reaction to anything stronger. 

Hi Anja

How's work going?  I'm back at home with my feet up!  Well not quite, I have to keep up my exercises so I don't slip into the old habits.  It's amazing how tired it makes me feel.  Are you managing to sleep better now you're back in the work routine?  I actually think that anyone post-TKR would benefit from the intensive physio/hydro that I went through.  We all have to admit to getting into bad habits because of OA, it's the only way to get around with that kind of pain. 

I got my HS qualification!  I had three paintings accepted for exhibition this year.  I am so thrilled, I signed my first email with HS after my name.  I'm a proper artist now! 

Take care. 

Ellie

PS Glad to hear Bonnie's surgery is over and done with - now comes the hard work. 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: ladypenelope on October 19, 2006, 12:18:23 PM
Hi Ellie,

Of course you can have a copy of the article, if you would care to send me your e-mail address I will send it to you.  It's only of the Mail on Sunday colour supplement but it does have some interesting bits in it that might help. 

Sandra
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 19, 2006, 07:38:07 PM
Hey Ellie  HS!!!- really good to hear from you!!

So how is it - any better? you are def right about keeping up the exercises - I have serious muscle ache and only had 3 months off work - actually went to bed at 9pm yesterday! unheard of for me - still sleeping crap but at least going to bed then gave me a good 3 hrs before I woke up!

Congratulations on your qualification - absolutely no idea what HS stands for - but obviously means you are painting at a very high standard!

Are you back at work yet? full time / part time? - It's hard going back!

Take care - send me an email and tell me all about the rehab (please ;D)
anja

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on October 26, 2006, 12:01:42 AM
I just found this site, it is truly amazing.  I wish i found it before tkr but its okay.  I am 46 years old and the mother of 4 boys.  I had RTKR in June .  was wondering if anyone has what i have.  unbelievable hamstring pain in the back of knee.  I have tried every over the counter pain med out there. the only thing that works is oxycodone just 10 mg. in the morning and muscle rub and an ace bandage.  i am a legal secretary so i sit alot.  The medication is a prescribed one...i told the OS that hamstring killing me and didnt seem to excited.  At a medical end at pt, dont no what else to do, any advise would be helpful

Ellenmarie

Hey Ellie  HS!!!- really good to hear from you!!

So how is it - any better? you are def right about keeping up the exercises - I have serious muscle ache and only had 3 months off work - actually went to bed at 9pm yesterday! unheard of for me - still sleeping crap but at least going to bed then gave me a good 3 hrs before I woke up!

Congratulations on your qualification - absolutely no idea what HS stands for - but obviously means you are painting at a very high standard!

Are you back at work yet? full time / part time? - It's hard going back!

Take care - send me an email and tell me all about the rehab (please ;D)
anja


Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on October 26, 2006, 12:15:44 AM
Have you tried Aqua or Pool therapy?  There are many excercises that can help you strenghten your calf in the water.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 26, 2006, 08:26:47 PM
sounds like this hamstring needs some stretching and strengthening
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on October 27, 2006, 12:48:44 AM
Thank you so much for replying.  I have never heard of the aqua therapy but will look into it.  I have had the hamstring stretched.  Did the whole pt thing.  When i first get up in the morning it is not too bad, but as soon as i do the stairs, omg, i literally can feel it ripping, swear to god.  If i did rip/tear or strain it i wonder if not bending would help but then what would happen to the knee replacement.  I am soo frustrated.  thanks again for replying it's nice to know that there are people out there willing to listen and answer.  My friends just dont know what to say as they havent had a replacement.
Please write again
Ellenmarie
sounds like this hamstring needs some stretching and strengthening
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 27, 2006, 08:03:15 PM
Hi There

Unfortunately unless you have suffered chronic pain it is very difficult to sumpathise with othere - and also once you no longer are suffering from that pain it is very quickly forgotten! - Prob 95 % of the time I have no pain now but about once a day my knee gives me a sharp reminder - and for some reason it is always at night grrrr.

I have only been swimming once since I had my knee done - which I know is really bad - I used to swim every week - but when I went post tkr my Knee HURT so much where being supported by the water I found that I was able to bent it too far and I don't want to risk pushing it too far and causing damage - once the muscles are in total control I expect I will go again - lost my nerve a bit there!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on October 28, 2006, 04:19:36 PM
You are so correct and to the point that no one knows what you are going through unless they have gone through it themselves
i did try swimming when i was one month out, then my incision became infected and i was in the hospital on iv antibiotics.  How is your knee knee, did you have anything done to the other one.  Its so nice to "talk" to someone..Will you tell me a little about yourself, where you live, you age and such.  Would like to compare notes. 

Ellenmarie





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Hi There

Unfortunately unless you have suffered chronic pain it is very difficult to sumpathise with othere - and also once you no longer are suffering from that pain it is very quickly forgotten! - Prob 95 % of the time I have no pain now but about once a day my knee gives me a sharp reminder - and for some reason it is always at night grrrr.

I have only been swimming once since I had my knee done - which I know is really bad - I used to swim every week - but when I went post tkr my Knee HURT so much where being supported by the water I found that I was able to bent it too far and I don't want to risk pushing it too far and causing damage - once the muscles are in total control I expect I will go again - lost my nerve a bit there!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 29, 2006, 06:01:43 PM
Hi Ellenmarie
I am female , 44 and like in kent in the UK. I have an 18 yr old daughter who is at university and a 16 yr old son who is taking his A levels and is mad about rugby - he has just gone back to rugby after having his ruptured acl repaired last year.

I am married and work full time.

I initially injured my knee when I was 18 (gymnastics accident) had ruptured acl and all cartalidge removed - acl not repaired.
Over the years the  OA gradually got worse which lead to tkr in july this year - best thing I ever did. My other knee is quite good - aches and pains for compensating for so long - but hopefully will recover soon.

how about you?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on October 29, 2006, 09:09:42 PM
Hello Anja:
Well, we have a lot incommon.  I am 46 with 4 boys ages 21, 19, 17 and 14, including husband 5 men  I work in a law firm 5 men attorneys so i get no sympathy whatsoever.  I was born with bad knees.  One morning woke up and knee was the size of a cantalope.  that is how it all started.  two years ago april i had partial knee, 2 cartiledge tubes put in (because i am bone on bone).  Went in the OR in June of this year for same thing, but had 4 holes in kneecap so they ended up doing tkr.  Everything is fine except the damn hamstring.  Tried to go shopping for underwear and ended up limping at the end.  Every step i take i feel it ripping.  I need to call the OS tomorrow.  But, my receptionist quit, so i have cannot take any time off.  I pick up my kids from school, so i cant go after work.  I know i will have to work out something.






Hi Ellenmarie
I am female , 44 and like in kent in the UK. I have an 18 yr old daughter who is at university and a 16 yr old son who is taking his A levels and is mad about rugby - he has just gone back to rugby after having his ruptured acl repaired last year.

I am married and work full time.

I initially injured my knee when I was 18 (gymnastics accident) had ruptured acl and all cartalidge removed - acl not repaired.
Over the years the  OA gradually got worse which lead to tkr in july this year - best thing I ever did. My other knee is quite good - aches and pains for compensating for so long - but hopefully will recover soon.

how about you?

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on November 04, 2006, 12:23:03 AM
I haven't heard from you in ahile.  I hope everything is okay.  I called my OS and told them i was having terrible time with hamstring and they just sent me pain killer prescription in the mail.  My husband wants me to call GP on Monday, to see what can be done.  Here is i sit on a friday nite in bed with a hearing pad

Ellenmarie

Hi Ellenmarie
I am female , 44 and like in kent in the UK. I have an 18 yr old daughter who is at university and a 16 yr old son who is taking his A levels and is mad about rugby - he has just gone back to rugby after having his ruptured acl repaired last year.

I am married and work full time.

I initially injured my knee when I was 18 (gymnastics accident) had ruptured acl and all cartalidge removed - acl not repaired.
Over the years the  OA gradually got worse which lead to tkr in july this year - best thing I ever did. My other knee is quite good - aches and pains for compensating for so long - but hopefully will recover soon.

how about you?

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 04, 2006, 03:36:16 AM
HI E

So sorry you hurt again?   Do you have crutches ? I pulled my left leg hamstring last week and the crutches really did help.  The GP wont be able to do much except maybe give you pain pills or sleeping meds.  Ice may help. 



Today,  I felt like I was dragging my ass into work. I did so much walking today.. 
 
Take care,
Annie

33 more sleeps till my TKR
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on November 04, 2006, 01:44:52 PM
Hey Annie:

I do have crutches but havent used them.  there has to be something that someone can do for the pain.  I am really starting to feel sorry for myself, i.e. went to bed at 6 pm last nite.  I have alot to do today laundry and stuff which is going up and down the stair,i cant not do it i should b able to do it.  I never realized that after tkr all this could happen.  I see your having yours done soon.  Are you going home after the hospital, do you have help. do you have everything on one floor or will you need to go to the second floor.  I came home,and did the stairs twice a day down and up in the morning and then at night (so that i could eat with the family).  Please write soom
Ellenmarie


HI E

So sorry you hurt again?   Do you have crutches ? I pulled my left leg hamstring last week and the crutches really did help.  The GP wont be able to do much except maybe give you pain pills or sleeping meds.  Ice may help. 



Today,  I felt like I was dragging my ass into work. I did so much walking today.. 
 
Take care,
Annie

33 more sleeps till my TKR
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 04, 2006, 01:59:01 PM
HI Ellen

Currently I am back with the family.  Good Old mom and dad.  I would be struggling too much to be on my own and frankly not having to worry about rent right now is a blessing.  Just the car payment and well bills. I will be working up until the day of my TKR.  I expect to be in the  St Joseph's trauma center -paterson nj  for three days and than transported to Kessler rehab in NJ  or maybe St Joseph's wayne general in nj (10-14)days.  This way I have inpatient rehab and have pain management and well really to be in the best setting to be agresssive with getting my range of motion back.

As far as pain,  I never had any problems with my OS giving me Percocet.  Or in a pinch he had called in Vicodin or loracet.  ..  Also in the past he has prescribed ambiem.  I feel he is a gift from God at times. When I see how other OS's are.

The house here is two story.   I am very experienced with Crutches. I had drilling into my femur early this year. .  I remember those days when getting to the first floor was a treat.   Actually I had all my TV shows in my room and came down at night to be with family.   or  Out the door to Aqua therapy.   


I was wondering if you are putting ice on that knee ?  or have a kyro cuff with compression ?   Ice takes away pain better than drugs most of the time for me .. Well currently with out  a TKR.  How many weeks post TKR are you ?



Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on November 04, 2006, 03:31:31 PM
I had tkr in june of this year.  I came home as my 14 yr. old son was home from school (to young to work to old for camp).  From what i read on most of the sites, heat is good so i keep a heating pad on it as much as possible.  the only thing i didnt like about tkr is coming off the morphine drip and onto pain medicine by mouth.  I didnt do very well with that.  I live in Massachusetts, i have 4 boys ages 21, 19. 17 and 14.  (yes the only girl) i work full time in  a law firm with all male attorneys so looking for some female people to talk about this is quite good.  I think my husband is done listening to me complain.  I just cant believe that after tkr this hamstring is so much trouble.
Ellenmarie
HI Ellen

Currently I am back with the family.  Good Old mom and dad.  I would be struggling too much to be on my own and frankly not having to worry about rent right now is a blessing.  Just the car payment and well bills. I will be working up until the day of my TKR.  I expect to be in the  St Joseph's trauma center -paterson nj  for three days and than transported to Kessler rehab in NJ  or maybe St Joseph's wayne general in nj (10-14)days.  This way I have inpatient rehab and have pain management and well really to be in the best setting to be agresssive with getting my range of motion back.

As far as pain,  I never had any problems with my OS giving me Percocet.  Or in a pinch he had called in Vicodin or loracet.  ..  Also in the past he has prescribed ambiem.  I feel he is a gift from God at times. When I see how other OS's are.

The house here is two story.   I am very experienced with Crutches. I had drilling into my femur early this year. .  I remember those days when getting to the first floor was a treat.   Actually I had all my TV shows in my room and came down at night to be with family.   or  Out the door to Aqua therapy.   


I was wondering if you are putting ice on that knee ?  or have a kyro cuff with compression ?   Ice takes away pain better than drugs most of the time for me .. Well currently with out  a TKR.  How many weeks post TKR are you ?




Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 04, 2006, 09:54:43 PM
Hi
Sorry not about too much just what with working full time and family/house stuff - time just gets eaten up so quickly.

Pain is such a PITA - it does get you down but you will come back up again.

I have not had a tramadol since last sunday but still having some withdrawals - didn't think it would affect me this long - having to have paracetamol and voltorol since coming off the stronger stuff - it was obviously still doing good pain relief - but I will only take the tramadol when it is unbearable.

Went christmas shopping today - that was really hard work - got to the shops at 9.30 and got back home at 6!!!! - half way through the day I went and bought some trainers as my feet and knee were killing me in my boots! - otherwise I would have had to go home - we had about 4 coffee stops as well, but got so much done and it is all wrapped as well - just five more presents to buy for relatives then can start on my two children and husband!

Got leg elevated now and large glass of wine - and a huge Toblerone ;D - ate 3 pieces and have had enough of that.
Going to get more presents and collect dry cleaning tomorrow then off to my nieces first birthday ;D

Hope you have a good weekend.
gonna have an early night! - talking of which - Ellenmarie - nothing wrong with going to bed at six - I would love that - I find that when I am in pain the best thing I can do is sleep (that is when I can get to sleep with pain - sometimes hard to do)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on November 05, 2006, 01:52:05 AM
thanks for the words of encouragement.  will post when i hear from doctor
Ellenmarie
Hi
Sorry not about too much just what with working full time and family/house stuff - time just gets eaten up so quickly.

Pain is such a PITA - it does get you down but you will come back up again.

I have not had a tramadol since last sunday but still having some withdrawals - didn't think it would affect me this long - having to have paracetamol and voltorol since coming off the stronger stuff - it was obviously still doing good pain relief - but I will only take the tramadol when it is unbearable.

Went christmas shopping today - that was really hard work - got to the shops at 9.30 and got back home at 6!!!! - half way through the day I went and bought some trainers as my feet and knee were killing me in my boots! - otherwise I would have had to go home - we had about 4 coffee stops as well, but got so much done and it is all wrapped as well - just five more presents to buy for relatives then can start on my two children and husband!

Got leg elevated now and large glass of wine - and a huge Toblerone ;D - ate 3 pieces and have had enough of that.
Going to get more presents and collect dry cleaning tomorrow then off to my nieces first birthday ;D

Hope you have a good weekend.
gonna have an early night! - talking of which - Ellenmarie - nothing wrong with going to bed at six - I would love that - I find that when I am in pain the best thing I can do is sleep (that is when I can get to sleep with pain - sometimes hard to do)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 06, 2006, 04:11:19 PM
Hi Anja

Was missing you so thought I'd hop on and say hello. I have lost my superkneegeek status!  :'( Serves me right for not being about eh! Have had a bit of a look about trying to find the usual suspects but can't find anyone.

I too am organised like you and made a good start to Christmas shopping although have mostly been buying stuff for the house, very exciting! Rather skint now. All we seem to do at the moment is decorate! Have just had a new loo and sink put in the downstairs wc as the one that was there was a rather nasty browny/green colour, eugh!

The best news is that I have now officially lost a stone! Yipeee! It's definately easier on my knee, having stairs in the house has helped too. Like yours mine still grumbles, especially if I'm tired or it's cold. Can't believe you managed a whole day shopping, that's an absolute result. Well done you.

Look forward to a good old natter.

Big fat hugs
Hop x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on November 07, 2006, 12:28:22 AM
i cant believe that i called the OS office today at noontime, left a message describing pain in hamstring, and havent receive a phone call back.  Sorry, just wanted to vent.

Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 07, 2006, 05:59:43 PM
Hey Hoppy!!!!! good to see ya!!! ;D ;D ;D

Have sent you emails dunno whats happening there - sort yerself out girl - think those paint fumes are getting to ya - have sent you a nice long PM. ;D ;D

It was a very long weekend - all that shopping - was meant to be at work for 3 hrs today and finally left after 7! - cut the grass - front and back then ripped the kitchen apart - all tidy again! ;D - just having a sit down till my lovely hubbie gets home - about 7.30 and gonna have liver and bacon - yummy yummy. Totally knackered now - got backache ::) must be the lawnmower!

looking forward to you getting broadband set up!
look after yerself and tigger! ;D - Oh yeah forgot to say WELL DONE - one stone - thats is great - I have put on 4 lbs oops

Ellenmarie,
hey it could be that your os is busy - theatre or something - hopefully it won't be too long before he gets back to you - might be better to email him. - Have you asked your GP?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on November 07, 2006, 06:10:51 PM
Hey Hoppy!!!!! good to see ya!!! ;D ;D ;D

Have sent you emails dunno whats happening there - sort yerself out girl - think those paint fumes are getting to ya - have sent you a nice long PM. ;D ;D
Hey Anja:  Thank you so much for "listening" and writing back.  You are the only one i have talked to about any of this.  I also do not know how to post with hiting the quote button first.  Any pointers?  Where do you get all the energy and i wish i had some.  I barely get laundry done when i get home, never mind yardwork.  I dont want to be a PITA to the OS.  I just cant believe its been 24 hours and no response.  It's really starting to get to me, pain and all.  You are so lucky to be able to do what you do after TKR, i am soo jealous.
Ellenmarie'
It was a very long weekend - all that shopping - was meant to be at work for 3 hrs today and finally left after 7! - cut the grass - front and back then ripped the kitchen apart - all tidy again! ;D - just having a sit down till my lovely hubbie gets home - about 7.30 and gonna have liver and bacon - yummy yummy. Totally knackered now - got backache ::) must be the lawnmower!

looking forward to you getting broadband set up!
look after yerself and tigger! ;D - Oh yeah forgot to say WELL DONE - one stone - thats is great - I have put on 4 lbs oops

Ellenmarie,
hey it could be that your os is busy - theatre or something - hopefully it won't be too long before he gets back to you - might be better to email him. - Have you asked your GP?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on November 12, 2006, 02:25:19 AM
hi anja,
just checking in to say hi!   probably finished your christmas shopping by now?

enjoy the weekend
bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 12, 2006, 02:55:01 PM
Hi Bonnie
Hope you are doing okay!

Yep Christmas shopping nearly done! - did a bit online like my daughters wet suit! and my hubbies pressie - can't say what it is here in cas he reads it ;D
So - just my son to sort out really and a few stocking fillers.

Just been to my sons rugby match - they got slaughtered which was a shame as they won the first three games in the league - ah well better luck next time - they were 2 'men' short though through injury.

Now gonna do some housework - great for a cold sunday afternoon.

Saw on another thread that you tried tramadol and it was no good  - is it weaker than percoset then? - apart from the initial morphine in hospital the first couple of days that was the strongest we got - and although at times need something 'bigger' quite glad that I didn't especially with the bad withdrawals from it.

Hope the weather is lovely and warm there - could do with some heat here - winter clothes all out now!
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 12, 2006, 04:05:23 PM
I told everyone that I am not doing christmas pressies this year.  But I did order a special goodie from harry and david to be sent to my parents. Other than that.. I am debating on a nice bottle of wine for my boss .. for being so good to me this year.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 12, 2006, 06:21:44 PM
who are Harry and David?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 12, 2006, 07:29:18 PM
www.harryanddavid.com they make fruit baskets.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 12, 2006, 09:02:58 PM
Hey Annie - now just to impress you - I was making up hampers like that at work yesterday! I also do hand tied flower bouquets!! - love doing all this stuff but very time consuming!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on November 12, 2006, 09:13:39 PM
HI Anja,
Great to hear from you.  Yes, tried tramadol yesterday, but probably wasn't the right time to be experimenting, since I stopped the oxycontin and think had a bit of a hard time.  So are you feeling better from the tramadol?  what are you taking for the pain?  Sorry about your son's rugby game, kinda dificult with 2 men out.
Yes the weather is lovely now, last week was very cloudy and rainy, but it is beautiful now.  I feel so lucky that I don't have to deal with the cold, can't be good for the knees. 
Sending you sunshine...You sure are multitalented making those food hampers, I'm jealous.

Annie, I especially love Harry & David's pears, my fav.  Yes, wine for your boss sounds like a great idea.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 12, 2006, 09:22:52 PM
Hi Bonnie

so what is the problem with using tramadol? - I found it very good and was shocked when I came off it to see how much pain it takes away!! - I am only using paracetamol now but to be quite honest it is not enough - pain worse at night.
I was reading up about the percoset and saw that it carried  a warning about kidney problems - which I thought was appropriate for you and annie as you both have probs and are both on percoset. Bit worrying. Having said that - the tramadol for me was a nightmare to get off - but sometimes now wish I was still on it ::)

I want your weather!!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on November 12, 2006, 09:41:09 PM
Anja,
No problem with the tramadol, just not as strong as the percocet for now.  Maybe there is something in between the tramado & the paracetamol that is not addictive that you can take when necessesary???  It sucks to be in pain.

Interesting about the kidney problems & percocet. but don't think you need to worry, I have had this swelling of my left kidney and a small cyst that has been slowly growing for the past 2 years, but haven't taken percocet until after my surgery.  The recent development is my liver with 2 blood tests coming back with abnormal findings, but can't remember exactly what.  So my GP wanted me to have an ultrasound of my liver and thought it would make sense to follow up on the kidney at the same time.  The ultrasound is 11/21 and appt with urologist is the next day.  Keep your fingers crossed!

I wish that I could send you some of our weather!!! I grew up in New York, so lived with the cold and snow for years and then moved to south florida in 1984 - I could NEVER again live in a cold climate.  Once I got accustomed to the heat & humidity I could never go back.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: ladypenelope on November 12, 2006, 10:05:59 PM
Anja,

Been reading your posting about not sleeping, have you tried disolvable paracetamol, I found that they were better to take at night as they worked a lot quicker than the tablet sort, give them a try and see how they work. 

I know you said that you were in Kent, and work at a farm shop, are you far from me (in Romford), yes I know it's across the QE2 Bridge.  If you don't want to give the exact address here it's Ok to send me a PM. 

Otherwise hope all is OK with you.  Best wishes.  Sandra.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 13, 2006, 06:33:50 PM
Hi Sandra

Thanks for the paracetamol tip - will get some and try it! ;D

I am near Ashford in kent so quite a way from the tunnel / bridge - I went to lakeside once! ;D

Everthing is good here (excepting the night pain!) How are you doing?
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: ladypenelope on November 13, 2006, 09:45:00 PM
Hi Anja

Isn't Ashford the place where the Eurostar stops?  Went from there once to Paris with my husband, left our car parked there if I can remember.  Lakeside is one of my favourite places to go shopping.  You are nearer to Bluewater, I was there a few weeks ago with my son buying birthday gifts for his girlfriend, he walked my legs off nearly!  Even now after all this time (nearly 3 years for the TKR, and 18 months for PKR), when I do a lot of walking I tend to reach a point when I know I have walked enough and just have to have a sit down for a while to recharge the batteries so to speak. 

I'm not doing too bad thanks, managing to do most things.  Please do go the dissolvable Paracetamol a try you might just find they work better. 

Keep well.  Sandra.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 13, 2006, 10:03:12 PM
yep - that's the one! - we in a small village about 12 miles from there - I lived in Ashford in my teens - DUMP!!

We went to I think it was John Lewis at either Lakeside or Bluewater and had a LOVELY breakfast!

I can walk for miles as long as I have the odd break - it is sitting down or just standing that gets me!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 14, 2006, 01:05:05 PM
Hey Anja

It's raining and I knackered the carpet!!!! :o
Apart from that life's great! Tee Hee! Tigger and I were in stitches last night trying to fit a carpet to the downstairs loo. Hmm, clearly we are not carpet fitters or ever will be for that matter! We cut the loo hole a lottle too big, oops! Was worth the 20 quid for the ruined carpet for the giggles! I wasn't that much help cos I can't bend down so I have to sit on the floor and do stuff which meant I couldn't actually get into the room properly so I'm blaming Tigger!
Anj can you believe it will be 6 months tomorrow since my TTT and LR, unbelievable, where has the time gone! The only things I have difficulty with now are stairs, hills and the dreaded bending down, think I need to be hypnotised to get the fear out of my head! Ah well, at least I can walk without pain!

I read that you are having night pain :'(  :-* (kiss better) , I can't take paracetomol, well I can but they're like bloomin smarties so I don't bother, co-codomol in the 'plink plink' disovable form are fab! The codeine mixed with the para really takes the edge off. You can buy them over the counter or get a stronger version with a higher doseage of codeine from your doc. Any idea why you hurt at night? Do you think it's from all the running about it the day? Do you think I can ask 24 consecutive questions without taking a breath? (Goes blue!!!!!)

Hop x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 14, 2006, 02:18:20 PM
Hey Hoppy ;D Good to hear from ya!

Carpet fitters hmmm maybe not! Hey guess what we have all done that - little tip get lino - blokes tend to prinkle when they tinkle!! much easier to clean and fit!!

Think you still owe me some pics!!!!!!!!! PLEASE

can you crouch down with you dodgy leg further forward? - go on try it - I can! ;D and I can get up again! - my knee 'clicks' when I get back up but doesn't hurt.

Def ;Dinately having night pain - seems to be getting worse - prob do too much - my lovely hubbie says I am not to do anything today ;D ha! so went shopping and got 3 tops - 2 from Monsoon and a Crew sweatshirt and a pair of jeans - so resting now. LOL - oh and then I got some pressies and ran out of money - got £20 for the rest of the week!

Watch out for Clintons - got one of their boxed cards for 'him' and it cost me a tenner - the lady said to me - 'I have to warn you these cards are expensive' and I thought hmm you think I don't have money! so just said - thats fine he's worth it ;D ha!
(bloody lot of money though!)

6 months is amazing - me 4 months - you remember we were meant to be off at the same time!! you let me down!lol

I got some Paramol from the chemist - bit loathe to take the co-codamol that I have as they gave it to me in the hospital and I was so dizzy and felt sick on it - which was strange as have had it for years. - so will dose up on it tonight and see what happens!

Funny thing yesterday - my uni girl rang me to tell med she had made a right tit of herself - she saw a car just like mine- same reg letter - driver looked like me and she started waving like mad at the car - she thought I was making a suprise visit!! all the way to Wales ::) well she is a bit blonde at times! - then when I was online at 3 am today she popped up on msn! - so told her to go to bed!- she had been out on a date!

Anyhow better give you time to breathe now!
hope you are having a good day
big hugs
me!



Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 14, 2006, 03:39:15 PM
Hey shopping girl!

Talk about until you drop! I've ordered a couple of things on line today, my mu's on those new diet pills angoing to the gym 4 times a week, (she's lost 24 pounds in 6 8 weeks!) so I've ordered her some new smaller knickers! Tee Hee, bought my mum pants for Christmas, tee hee  :) ;) :D ;D Got her some oil of olay night cream too, getting her stocking fillers and gunna put them in a santa sack! I luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurve Christmas. It's my favourite time of year! It's adouble wammy for me cos it's my birthday a month today too...34 can't wait to be an even umber again!

A tenner for a card, bleedin henri, did it come with some shares in the company too!!!!  ;D
Right gunna try and crounch down and will let you know how I get on...hold on.....


Right Im six feet tall so have very long legs!!! I can get about half way down holding on then I absolutely kack myself with fear! I know I'm a wimp! Gunna practice, I really want to be able to do it. That is my main fitness thingy goal!

It's weird that co-codomol spaces you out after having taken tramadol! You weirdo! :o :) ;) :D ;D Tee Hee!
I swear by them, I still take the tramadol 150mg slow release if I'm having a bad day, but not often!

Oh got to go for a bit, work bleugh!

Back soon

Hop xx
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 14, 2006, 03:57:31 PM
hey you lanky freak! you can get down there it's not that far! hee hee I am only 5'9 hee hee- hmm thats only 3 inches different come on you can do scaredy cat!

24 lbs in 68 weeks :o I'd have given up!!!! lol

hope you mum got those pills from the quack and not some internet site!! want her supervised properly! - knickers? why not a thong ;D

I didn't go to the gym again today - I nearly did but went and got my son a CD for his stocking instead - he was only in school for an hour today.

Hey I always used to have codeine - it might be that it went funny with something else the hospital were giving me? dunno not gonna risk it when I have to drive though - will wait till I get a few days of! one day.......

I love christmas as well - I bought hmm shall we call him pooh! - a snow storm today - he likes the disney ones! yet he won't go to disney ::)

14th December then!!!!! old girl - OMG Iam 10 yrs older than you!! :(

Hey my tramadol is the 50mg stuff - not slow release - maybe I should get the doc to swop it - he says I can have up to 400mg a day + paracetamol + diclofanac - but I don't use any of it now unless horror night like last night.

So what is santa gonna bring you?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 14, 2006, 04:00:51 PM
oh and I bought 2 new baubles for the tree - we get a couple each year - not the cheap woolies effort but pretty glass ones - got one red and one gold today with pretty patterns ;D such a girl! Yhink might be in trouble with Pooh later! LOL
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 14, 2006, 04:45:32 PM
Mum's lost 24 pounds in 8 weeks! Oops I was going to write 6 weeks but remembered it's now 8 so whe's doing really well! The pills are from the doctor yes, she has to be careful cos of her diabetes, I'm so proud of her. Hence new clothes in smaller sizes!

I'll give you lanky freak!!!  ;D Tee Hee! You're pretty tall yourself then! I think that's where some of my knee problems come from, ballet, gymnastics and having legs all the way up to my bum! Simmilar to you, wasn't yours gymnastics too?

The reason I went onto the slow release ones was because my stomach was objecting to rattling! Years ago I took diclofenic then my stomach played up so I had the ones you poke in the other end, not at all plesent but very effective, then they caused stomach problems too so onto 8 co-codomol a day with a full dose of brufen, that caused stomach problems too so have been on the slow release trams ever since.

I would like santa to bring me a new lounge carpet because the last owners had the worst taste in Britain and it's still a rather putrid shade of blue! Eugh!

(Copied this last but into a mail just incase it got lost, lost the other half as this darn page keeps logging out, grrrrrr!)

Snow storm sounds lovely, I went to disney Paris a fair few years ago and really struggled seeing a French Mickey Mouse, it just want't the same, I understood quite a lot but the people I went with were baffled and really disappointed. Would love to go to Florida just to swim with a manatese my favourite animal and going to disney would be cool too!


Lost loads of the post as I was on a real ramble! But time to go home soon and have to do some work so need to sign off for now.

Scratch ya later

Hop xx
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: ladypenelope on November 14, 2006, 04:53:22 PM
Hi Anja,

John Lewis is at Bluewater, yes it is a lovely shop, unfortunately when I was there with my son a week or so ago, he didn't let me have a walk around the store! :'(  So might be off there by myself and have a look round. 

You know you said about the sleeping, do your legs get quite hot under the duvet?  Mine do and I have to hang them out of the bed to let them chill down, may be that's what's keeping you awake at night, not so much the pain, but the fact that your knee is too warm. 

Must be honest don't rally know Ashford that well, so can't say whether it's a dump or not!!!!

Sounds as if you have nearly got Christmas sorted, I haven't really even started yet! 

Hope to hear from you soon.  Best Wishes, Sandra.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on November 14, 2006, 05:13:46 PM
Sandra, Anja,
Remember to keep me in mind if ever you do Disney in florida!!

I am so enjoying your posts back and forth, sounds lovely...can you translate "lanky freak"??????

bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 14, 2006, 05:59:12 PM
Hi Hoppy

hey that is so good for your mum then! bet she is well chuffed - I managed to put 4 lbs back on since going back to work - I REALLY am trying to be good now!

Poor Santa! How can you expect him to lug a carpet round to your gaff! and those poor reindeer - and you claim to be an animal lover!! Think you should ask for something for yerself! and get the carpet in the sales! hee hee best of both worlds - mind you - you have done sooo much already - it took us 6 yrs to get a new carpet (cream). Hey do you need a new fishtank (well second hand!) got a nce Vision 260 bow front! if ya fancy it - Delivery free! ;D

Yep it was gymnastics - think you're meant to be short and skinny to do that which is prob why we had accidents! ::)

I would like to go to Disney florida! and I am gonna visit Bonnie at the same time - fancy it? perhaps we could talk Tigger and Pooh into it in a couple of years - when the house is done and kids moved out!! hee hee

Hey Sandra - next time you go to Bluewater you can get your son into John Lewis by offering brekkie!! - Have to say though apart from those huge department stores all the rest of it is the same as all the other shopping centres - we usually go to Maidstone or Tunbridge Wells. They Have Fenwicks and House of Fraser - my favourite shops!


Hey Bonnie - hmm Lanky freak - well Lanky is for a very tall slim person and freak - well think that is self explanitory! LOL Hop and I were post op buddies only she messed it up by getting her surgery 8 weeks before me LOL - she is such a scream!
Glad we are keeping you entertained ;D

Oh Sandra - nearly forgot - no Not too warm in bed - just right - my leg just aches from knee to ankle when I am not walking about on it - I have them up on a footstool now - level with my chair and still aches like that but at night the pain gets worse or seems worse as no tv or computer etc to distract me and of course it hurts too much to sleep - very frustrating - Have got Paramol to try tonight - what the pharmacist reccommended.

Sounds like you are gonna have to get out there and get your christmas shopping started - just my son left to do - and he doesn't know what he wants - he is trying to get money out of me - no chance!
hope you all have a good day/evening
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on November 14, 2006, 06:30:40 PM
Ok then, it's a date...in a couple of years, when the house is done and the kids move out - we will all meet in Disney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well I guess I will never be called a lanky freak, i'm 5"3 and need to loose weight - a chubby freak???? ;D

Sandra, I have to agree with Anja - get something for yourself for Christmas.

Have you two actually met or just cyber buds??

Take care,
Bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 14, 2006, 07:12:48 PM
just cyber buds so far - but we will meet up - Hop lives near my parents so quite easy! - We have exchanged loads of emails ,and the odd card and piccies of family - will be great to meet - always a bit nervous of it but I am pretty sure we will get on! - ya hear that Hop?! ;D - and the men can talk about fish!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on November 14, 2006, 07:32:27 PM
Sounds like a plan!  Hear that Hop???
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 14, 2006, 09:15:11 PM
You got to love the language barriers.    Hampers are gift baskets..  and dustbins are garbage pails.. ..     Well  at least we can all pinpoint the word freaks.


Comparing Anja scar to Bonnies scar..  21 more sleeps tomorrow...  for me..    today walking out of the house an elderly spanish woman asked me how I hurt myself..  She told me god would heal me and I fought back tears.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 14, 2006, 09:19:34 PM
Bless her - lets face it some of these surgeons think they are God!!  I reckon mine came from somewhere high - I certainly put him on a pedestal!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on November 14, 2006, 09:41:43 PM
Annie,
You will be healed...it will take some time, but you will be.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 14, 2006, 09:55:34 PM
Bonnie,

Oh I know.. its just hit me some people   say the nicest things....   maybe I am getting pre op emotional moody..   I am ready to saw off peoples legs for free.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 14, 2006, 10:05:53 PM
ROFL

OMG nearly PMP
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on November 14, 2006, 10:13:09 PM
Annie, sometimes the words of strangers hit you the hardest.  
The next 3 weeks will be interesting for you, you will encounter every emotion..it's normal.


sorry, rofl, pmp???
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 14, 2006, 10:14:16 PM
will send a personal message
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 15, 2006, 10:00:14 AM
Hello ladies,

Anj and I are definately gunna meet, probably over white wine and ice cream in the garden next summer, will have to loose more weight between now and then and work on my squating so I don't get told off for being lazy!  ;)
Anj sent me a moving in card and Tigger a 30th brthday card (yup, bagged myself a toy boy...get in!!!) I got really teary when I opened it, big softie really! Anj helped me through my rehab, didn't you darlin' ;D

Goo..Annie? 21 sleeps hey darlin' very exciting times, you gunna be mended soon with a lovely shiny new knee, hooray xxx
I know what you mean about sawing peoples legs off! I'm in my flowers today, had massive mps yesterday and could have eaten someones face off in aggression! Grrrr! It's crap being a girl sometimes! I went through so many emotions before my surgery, about a week before I got the 'I don't need this surgery, what the heck am I doing...' followed by a really bad knee day and a kick back to reality, back to excitement and then back to apprehension, la de la de la, you're gunna be great, plus you're got us 'freaks' to keep you compnay during your post op when you can tell us all your gory details  :o :-X :) ;) :D ;D

My favourite language barrier word thingy is PANTS!!!!! Always make me laugh like a small child! Pants are underwear for boys or girls underwear if they are big! Girls smalls are called knickers! Also the fanny word! Tee Hee, *starts giggling like a pre-pubescent girl* It's not a bottom, it's a font bottom! You guys, tee hee, got it the wrond way round, tee hee!

Bonnie - I'm cuddling too, it's not chubby it's cuddle chub! So we're all gunna meet Mickey Mouse together then? **She does the making ears thing with hands and hops around singing Mickey Mouse** :P Don't forget I have to swim with a manatese, that's one of my dreams. They have cuddle chub too!

Oops, am rambling, la de la de la! Better do some work! Bleugh! Gunna have a fag forst! (That's a cigarette not a gay man! Tee Hee, think a gay man would not want to be 'had' by me! Being that I'm a girl and all that!, rambling again.......

Hopx



Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on November 15, 2006, 04:07:42 PM
Hop,
cuddle chub it is!! Great then, we will all meet Mickey together - can you just imagine that!  i would like to swim with dolphin and this summer I will make it happen!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 15, 2006, 04:32:27 PM
Hi Bonnie

Where abouts do you live hun?

 ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on November 15, 2006, 04:48:47 PM
Hop,
i live in Miami Beach, Florida. and you?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 15, 2006, 04:53:47 PM
Wow, nice!

I live in a city / town called Southampton in the south of England, it's a port so not the most attractive place in the world but will ding dang do for me! It's dark and cloudy and wet and only 16:54pm, winter is upon us! Can't wait until Christmas, snuggling up in front of the telly with some mulled wine!

 ;D

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Post by: bonstarr on November 15, 2006, 05:32:03 PM
Miami has a good sized port too.  I have heard of Southhampton.  Hey home is home.  Why wait for Christmas?  mulled wine, snuggling up in fron of the telly will ward off those dark cloudy afternoons... I used to live in New York, I will never forget.
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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 15, 2006, 08:13:52 PM
Hey Hoppy - thanks mate - for your kind words :P

Hey Bonnie - Southampton is a nice place - some nice shops and big ships in the harbour!

I am gonna have a practice run on the mulled wine soon - 24th nov actually - have a wine tasting session at work! - might have to book a taxi!

Hope you are both having a good day - hop your witterings are soooo funny - pooh keeps asking what I am grinning at - so I told him it was you!!! ;D he says hi! ;D
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Post by: bonstarr on November 15, 2006, 09:10:13 PM
So you've named your spouse's Pooh & Tigger, cute, care to explain?

I've heard Southhampton is lovely!!!

Wine tasting at work? awesome - book that taxi!

My day has gotten much better, much pain earlier, so took some pain med and then rode the stationary bike for 15 in the gym in my building because I thought keeping it moving might be good...NOT, so iced and elevated and a friend came to visit and made me laugh and the pain has finally subsided.

take care and let's keep laughing!
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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 15, 2006, 09:20:46 PM
Hi Bonnie
So glad for you that your pain has subsided - friends are a good distraction.

When Hop and I first met on here she said she calls her fella tigger - and the other night when I needed to refer to my hubbie - I just named him pooh.

My pooh actually has 3 tattooes, pooh , eyore and a big bouncing tigger! How mad/cool is that!
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Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 15, 2006, 09:34:32 PM
Bonnie seems like you are getting stronger and stronger each day.  You will need the ice for a while but it is better to keep that leg moving ..   like a mad woman..  8)
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Post by: bonstarr on November 15, 2006, 09:48:20 PM
Annie, some days i feel like a mad woman... ;D

Anja,
that is way cool about your hubbie and his tatoos, perfect - tigger!

Yes friends are a great distraction and this week hubbie is working nights, so long days.  But looking forward to a 4 day weekend next week because of Thanksgiving - so hubbie will have some time to relax.  We are going to take my first road trip and visit with my aunt and uncle about 3 1/2 hours north of here for 2 or 3 nights - it's always very relaxing.
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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 15, 2006, 09:55:40 PM
Bonnie - that is a long trip - take a cushion for under your leg if you sit in the front - better still sit in the back with your leg up and sleep then you will be fresh when you get there!

Take an ice box with ice packs or some biofreeze spray/gel.

and have a fantastic time!
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Post by: bonstarr on November 15, 2006, 10:01:13 PM
Great ideas, guess you've been there, done that.

As always, thanks for the good sensible advice!
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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 15, 2006, 10:04:06 PM
Oh yes - fourth week post op we did a 3 hr trip - it wasn't as bad as I was expecting - and it is worth it to see friends/family
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Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 16, 2006, 08:57:30 AM
Hello lovely ladies

WEll it's decidedly wet today and the bottom of my trousers are rather soggy, eugh! So I think we should all do this....

Peel the zest (not the pith) off an orange and a lemon, and put it with 6cloves and a couple of cinnamon sticks in about a pint of water.  Boil itup for about 10 mins, till the water has absorbed the flavours. Take 1/4 of the spiced water and mix with a bottle of red wine, a smallglass of brandy and some sugar syrup to taste.  You can adjust the brandyand sugar as you see fit, and a bit more water tends to soften it.  If youoverdo the water, go back to the brandy and sugar, and so on.  Do not boilthe wine, as it ruins the taste. Yummy yummy in my tummy!

Bonnie - sorry youve been hurting petal, I am sending you a cyber hug, they're magic you know  ;) ;D
I decided to call my fiance Tigger cos he's got more energy than anyone I know...EVER! He's always bouncing around, making me laugh and is rather cute too! Tee Hee!  ;D Good advice from Anj about your trip but you can't forget the important bit! Music and munchies!!! Oooooo and the car game, animal vegetable, mineral! Ooo and the name game! I love road trips, although being couped up in a car plays havoc on me old bones! Cinema setas are a pain too, not in the arse thought the knee, tee hee!
Has anyone seen the new James Bond film yet?
Hope you girls have a lovely Thanks Giving. I am thankful for being alive and having the love of my partner, family and great friends.

***Newsflash******Newsflash****

Have now lost, wait for it, drum roll, 16 pounds, yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! My butt is no longer attempting to create an eclipse just mearly casting a shaddow over Southampton, that I can almost live with, especially in winter!

Annie - How are you today? Another sleep down, how many sleeps now? 20?
Anj - The photos of my house are jpegs, need to compress them cos your mail box threw me away like spotty the mis-shapen toy from super ted!  :'( Will have another go today with a little help from an IT bod!

Have a great day my knobbly knee pals, (mine arent; knobbly, have a nice lumpy covering of flesh! Hmmm, nice!)
Hi to Poo and fishy wishies!
xxx




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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 16, 2006, 07:10:46 PM
Hey Hop - so good having you around again!! - will ask Pooh how to compress files - he does clever things like that!! - if you use Picassa they are already compressed and easy to email!

wow 16lbs you smart a*** hee hee - seriously really well done! - I will really have to make an effort - hmm tried today really did then someone gave me a bannoffee pie to try - it would have been rud not to!! - Can't be a big and FAT when we meet! ;D

if you wear shorter trousers they won't get wet on the bottom! that was todays top tip! oh or higher heels!

We are gonna see the new James Bond film - Pooh is on call again this weekend though and out the next two weekends so might have to wait a bit - he loves JB and has every video and dvd, soundtrack - hmm quite sad eh! lol - trouble is that people see you like the films then feel you have to have a copy of everything! ::)

I love mulled wine!!! nearly time to start on it - we have a spiced cider in the shop which you warm up - makes you very tipsy - tested it!

Hey I don't have knobbly knees either! - I wouldn't mind betting that there aren't that many around here!

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Post by: bonstarr on November 16, 2006, 08:58:58 PM
Hop,
Thanks for that cyber hug - I believe it did the trick...I did great at PT today, 2 miles on the bike and 125 degrees!   ;D

Congrats on the weight loss, how are you doing it?

We are good to go for the trip, pillows, ipod loaded, will bring snacks and stop often so I can walk a bit.  I am the worst passenger, after the first 45 minutes I usually fall asleep  :D

Anja, I use Picassa for my photos and love it!

no nobby knees here either
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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 16, 2006, 09:04:04 PM
hey Bonnie - that is the best way
(http://www.bestanimations.com/Transport/Bikes/Bike-06-june.gif) to travel - asleep - goes much quicker! Not on that bike though!
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Post by: bonstarr on November 16, 2006, 09:07:57 PM
I agree, sleeping really makes the trip seem shorter, ha, poor hubby, he gets to talk to the dog.
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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 16, 2006, 09:15:04 PM
Not as mad as talking to yourself!!

(http://bestanimations.com/Animals/Mammals/Dogs/Dog-10-june.gif)
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Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 16, 2006, 09:23:13 PM
Could be worse..   He could start to sing to the radio.
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Post by: bonstarr on November 16, 2006, 09:33:33 PM
I think he is capable of all of the above!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 17, 2006, 11:12:14 AM
Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooray!

Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt'sssssssssssssssssssssssssss Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday!

Morning girlie wirlies,

Damn it Janet (Of rocky horror fame, come on girls a little jump to the left, ok that's a bit difficult what about al ittle foot slide to the the left, we can all step tot the ri i i i i ght, hands on hip and bring those kness in tight - watch you do't cause yourself an injury, now comes the fun part, do do the pelvic thrust and I think we're already insane, WOW we've done the time warp again!)
Ok back tothe Damn it Janet part, I went to photobucket to upload my house piccies on there and the bloomin site is down for maintanence, grrr! Will try again later Anj.

OK now we've all had a little dance, how is everyone today? Looks like you're all ready for your road trip Bonnie, when I go on car journey's I take my big scooby doo cuddly toy, his back legs wrap around my tummy, his front legs cuddle me under my arms, his head snuggles into my neck either side and I play with his tail like a security thing! Then fall into the land of snoozeville! Lovely!
Don't forget sweeties!
I can just picture you sat in the car and you're husband is having a full blown conversation with your dog about the state of the economy, your dog is articulating him/herslef very eloquently! Can you imagine! Tee Hee

It's only 37 days to Christmas, I'm sooo excited, hope you all have alovely day and weekend

Hop xx ;D ;D
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Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 17, 2006, 11:27:00 AM
Hey Hoppy,

I tried to jump to the left and than to the right. Some call it creeping to the bathroom.  Hehe..    Where is the bit where you sink into a tub of hot water?      It is nearly 6:20  AM EST here and I think it is time to do the time warp  my ass back up stairs to get ready for work.. Maybe by the time I can read the message boards at work..   you will have photobucketed ..


Bonnie -  Your dog must run for congress.  !!!!    Or at least we can make him into one of those Cheeky Chatty actor  dogs that work with Hugh Grant and  he could tell everyone .. It all started when he went on a road trip.   **** Loosing my mind this morning*****

Anja  I am going to need the mulled wine this weekend .. Tons of stress going to take place Saturday with my uncle... Plug is going to be pulled.


I need to shave my legs today .. they are very stubby 

Later

Annie

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Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 17, 2006, 12:40:31 PM
Hi Annie

Tee Hee, your post had me in absolutel stictches, thank you for making a crappy day better for me.  You're up really early! I've now managed to compress the files so they are tiny! Hoorah! It's nothing specail by the way, just my little ol house!
I hope Saturday goes ok hun, I'm a great believer in weeing in people's tea if they upset you!  :o ;) Or hey just for giggles!!! lol

Bonnie - You must be so proud, So what is the name of your dog that's running for congress? and mores to the point what is congress! ???  I've heard the word and I know it's something to do with politics and I know people run for congress but that's about it! Doh! Perhaps you could get a paw impression out of clay and send one to all of us so we have his/her autograph, we could sell it on ebay if we ever get strapped for cash! Ooo I could get lipo suction on my ass that's creating a shadow over Southampton! The people would ahve light again!  :) ;) :D ;D

PS - Could someone please send Annie a rasor she's starting to look like an orang otang! xx
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Post by: bonstarr on November 17, 2006, 03:19:23 PM
Good Morning All -
OMG, Hop & Annie, you 2 have almost made me wet my pants with laughter! I thank you!

My dog's name is Sophia.  I tried and tried to insert her photo here, but failed miserbly and then lost my entire post.  grrrrrr.

My husband actually does have entire converstions with her...it's a riot.  I wish she could be famous & thenI could retire and ieveryday would be Friiiiiiday!

Janet, hoping you are in recovery right now - we are thinking of you!
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Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 17, 2006, 03:21:29 PM
Hi Bonnie

Seriously I know I'm a dumb ass but what is congress!

I'm laughing again! ;D  But really I don't know what it is!

A Happy Hop x
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Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 17, 2006, 03:31:07 PM
(http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=tbn:k1yPgj4bnpi_XM:http://www.janetscreativepillows.com/Dog%2520Pillows/Dog%2520Bone%2520Pillow.jpg[img])

Hi Bonnie, this is for Sophia, I hope the picture comes out cos I'm not so good at it! I thought if I sweeten her up now she may remember me when she's famous!

x
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Post by: bonstarr on November 17, 2006, 03:35:29 PM
You are defineitly Not a dumb ass.  ;D

The US Congress, makes the country's laws, it's divided into the Senate and the House of Representatives.

I had to look up this part:
There are currently 100 Senators (2 from each state) and 435 members of the House of Representatives (Representatives are divided by population among the states, with each state having at least 1 representative).

Sopia thanks you for the bone and apologises for her dumb mother who cannot upload her picture.
bonnie
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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 17, 2006, 07:25:51 PM
Hey Hop.Bonnie and Annie

It is so cool all of you using my thread - so much fun to come home to!

Hey Hop - Congress = parliament - but you knew that really deep down!

I didn't think you had to shave your legs in the winter - hee hee - saves legwarmers!

Bonnie - when do you set of on you road trip?

I have to work tomorow (my weekend off!) one of the girls broke a rib sneezing - can you believe that! - so have just left her with a medicinal bottle of wine!

Annie - so sorry about your uncle, it is going to be a very emotional weekend for your family - will be thinking of you hun - you take care!

Hey Hop - so you mastered the photo compressing - in fact you did it so well they disappeared! - what have you done with them?

Hope you all have a good evening!
have had dinner bbq ribs and chips - yummy - now have a glass of wine!!! and waiting for Pooh - he confessed to having a box of chocs in his van for me!!!

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Post by: bonstarr on November 17, 2006, 08:24:31 PM
Anja,
My road trip is onThursday morning, (Thanksgiving day), hubbie works on wednesday. Not sure if we will stay till Saturday or Sunday, we'll play it by ear.

Chocolates! What a wonderful hubbie!!!!!!!!!!

So sorry that you have to work tomorrow - will it be a full day?

Enjoy the wine...
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Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 17, 2006, 08:58:57 PM
In parliment do they wear those curly wigs?   I have to say anybody who wants to go into politics is certainly a certain sort of person.  People will blast you for being a dumb ass, control freak or sex pervert.

I did a quick shave on my oranga tanga legs this morning and feel I could have stayed in the bathtub all morning.  Somehow I rolled out of it by 7:15  and did the shake my tail feather . towel dry off .   


I yet to see any photos .. tiny or operator error loaded.  I demand Hop - hop to it!! tee heee.


Interesting fact.  My employer gives out a 15.00 dollar tax certificate for thanksgiving and we had to go to this online site to pick out  a store to spend it too.   odd thing is that very few stores had 15.00 denominations.   Plus I am taxed on this and it is put on my w2 as a compensation.   For something I dont want ..  What happened to the days when you got a turkey certificate coupon and used it on .. makeup.


So next week  office is opened three days only and  well there is the funeral thing that is pending.   So I have to revamp my knee count down ..  9 more work days.  19 more sleeps. If I do decide to sleep this weekend.
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Post by: bonstarr on November 17, 2006, 09:06:33 PM
Thats so weird that the online gift certificate is taxable and you will have to spend more $$ jus to use it. Maybe we should be in the holiday spirit and say its the thought that counts?  NOT!

Sorry about your uncle Annie, I didn't realize. 

Sleep when you can...zzzzzzzzz
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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 17, 2006, 09:17:32 PM
Hey Annie - think the Lord Chancellor wears a wig and I think in the House of Lords they are sometimes worn.

Crown court judges and barristers wear them as well.

Prob others as well - think I have this correct - no doubt someone will put me right if I am wrong!

Hey at least you get a gift!!

Bonnie - it is going to be VERY busy tomorrow - last week I took the most money that the shop had taken since befor I had my knee done ;D so boss very very pleased - he said he was sorry that I was not getting a full weekend off again today - but was also pleased! ;D - I left work with a bottle of wine, flowers and dinner! - nice to be appreciated.
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Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 17, 2006, 09:22:03 PM
What kinda wine.  I have to get some.. for Turkey day. and Well my family loves sangra.. . We are polish.. but love the portuguese /spanish tastie stuff.

my boss allows me to take time off to go to the doctor.. and well .. things like taking a laptop home for six months. (But not my little plant)
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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 17, 2006, 09:34:11 PM
Pinot Grigio - an italian wine - very easy to drink!

Nice to have bosses that appreciate us! - He was feeling sorry for me as well as I had a phone call from my daughter who was very homesick and wanted to come home which quite upset me - spoke to her this evening and she was okay again! and there was me all upset! kids eh
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Post by: bonstarr on November 17, 2006, 09:37:43 PM
It's great to be appreciated, glad that you were - I wouldn't know, my boss sends me a christmas card, no gift.  I do get a bonus from the firm, but maybe not this year because of not billing enough hours for the year, but nothing from my boss, oh well.

So guess you will have a long day tomorrow, but would imagine people are in the holiday spirit and happy  ;D

I work in a law firm, it would be a riot if they all wore wigs hehehe
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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 17, 2006, 09:40:14 PM
No Holiday here! - just a normal wekend in the UK - no thanks giving coming here.

It is a 10 hr day :( again! so quite tiring - but nice as it is just working with students - no hassles
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Post by: bonstarr on November 17, 2006, 09:43:19 PM
I meant gearing up for Christmas?????

At least no hassles...the trouble maker won't be there???
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Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 17, 2006, 09:49:17 PM
I use to work in a retail pharmacy with a gift area years back.  and it was fun. during the holiday..   
 
I also had few movie stars come in .. like nathan lane.. and  some soap opera actor ..
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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 17, 2006, 09:50:26 PM
oh yes christmas - bit too early to get excited yet - will be great when we get the trees in - about 300 !!

No trouble maker has day off - thank goodness!
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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 17, 2006, 09:51:43 PM
We get Gwen Steffani shopping in our shop! and Ian Hislop
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Post by: bonstarr on November 17, 2006, 11:13:54 PM
cool!!!!
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Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 18, 2006, 01:31:12 AM
Pretty cool.  least we know she eats
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Post by: bonstarr on November 19, 2006, 08:08:09 PM
Anja,
sorry, but who is Ian Hislop?
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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 19, 2006, 08:55:49 PM
He is one of the owners/editor of Private Eye magazine and appears on a lot of tv shows
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Post by: bonstarr on November 19, 2006, 09:18:41 PM
thanks!
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Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 20, 2006, 01:17:52 PM
Hello my lovlies,

Anja, how you doing babe? Ian Hislop eh! He's so funny in Have I got news for you, love him! Sorry little Anj was feeling a bit low and missing you, but then it's to be expected, you guys are like best friends as well as mother and daughter. Glas she's perked up a bit. Not long till Christmas  ;D

Hi Bonnie and Sophia  ;) How goes it today? How's the healing? So Thursday's road trip day, not long now  ;)

Hey Annie, I don't know what the situ is with your uncle but I'd like to send you my best wishes :) So the days are counting down now until new shiny knee time, hoorah! What is it now 17days? Loved your comment about Gwen eating! Skinny moo!
Oh yeah, wine, Anj is right I like pinot too also for red wine my favourite is Spanish rijoca, namely Faustino, yum!

My only real claim to fame is being given can of beer by Billy Zane in an Indian restaurant in New York. It was the type that you take in your own booze, he was coming out, tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I wanted his beer, I said yes and thanks and didn't know who he was. My friends (New Yorkers) knew him and it only clicked when I saw him in titanic!

Oh yea, probably only for Brits, I know Duncan from Blue too, he's from the same town as me, didnt' like him then or now!

Hope you all have a lovely day, will try and post photos again, too many failed log on attempts in photobucket as I forgot my password! Oops!
Hop x



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Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 20, 2006, 02:07:24 PM
http://s79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/Hop1/

This should work, uploaded a few pics. Still lots of work to do be we are getting there!

Hop ;D
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Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 20, 2006, 03:01:54 PM

Hi All,

Hoppy thanks for asking about my uncle.  He is breathing on his own very limited brain function.   Doctors didnt expect him to be breathing on his own.   So it is now in Gods hands so they say. 

16 more sleeps till my shiney new knee.   Going to my brothers  for Turkey day.   or otherwise know as fat fest. :)

Going to try to go to costco to get some wine.  If it's the last thing I do.  Doc up my pain medication to one every three hours but I dont listen..  and maybe taking one every  12 hours.  He gave me 60 again. 

two more work days this week.   :)    6 more hours of sitting on my butt today


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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 20, 2006, 05:42:11 PM
Hi Hop

cool pics! - I am gonna sort out and update my photobucket! - just gotta find and charge up the camera!
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Post by: bonstarr on November 20, 2006, 09:44:32 PM
Hop,
Congratualations on figuring out photbucket, now we will expect regular photo updates.  The loo looks terrific, Zimmy is so sweet!  What does your knee look like now?

Annie, costco????? Why the torture?
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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 20, 2006, 10:09:25 PM
What is wrong with Costco? - is it a really awful shop?

Hey Hop - forgot about my darling daughter - she was happy again come sunday night - two of her bet mates from school (boys) went to see her and stayed over in the spare room in her flat - before they go travelling round the world on friday! How sweet is that - they must really love her to do that 7 hr drive to say tara! - I only know one of them well and apparently he is coming to see me to say goodbye as well - ah well will prob give him a bit of an emergency fund ;D - don't want them starving!

found my camera!
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Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 20, 2006, 11:41:31 PM
Well costco is out.. for the moment.. I think..  My uncle passed away this morning.   bless him. he went through a whole bunch these last few weeks.
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Post by: bonstarr on November 21, 2006, 12:12:56 AM
Annie,
So sorry for your loss, he is out of pain now.
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Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 21, 2006, 07:47:46 PM
Hi girls

Well I've come on line for a change in the eveing and none of you are here! Boooooo!

Hi Anj, whre are you! Boooo! Good day? Glad little Anj is doing well, it sounds like she has a really good bunch of friends. It won;t be long until you see her too as it's only 34  days to Christmas, yipeeee! Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, jack frost nipping at your toes!

Annie not long now darlin' 16 sleeps, woohoo! We can sing you te shiny new knee song! (Hmm, taps head and thinks, mmm must write that song!) So sorry to hear about your uncle, I'm sorry for any heart ache that you and yours have gone through x
So turkey day tomorrow, Happy Thanks Giving to all my American friends. Hope you have a lovely time and stuff yourself stupid, yum!

Hiyer Bonnie, glad you like my loo! Tee Hee! Zimmy lives with my mum and dad but I brought him up! Tee Hee, if you throw something he fetches it and brings it back, he's like a dog in many ways! My knee looks pretty good now, have been using bio-oil for the scaring. I'm proud of my scar though! Im rather attached to it! How's yours?

Oh must go, have to sort out a map and stuff for a trip tomorrow for work!

Take care everyone

Hop x

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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 21, 2006, 08:11:57 PM
Hoppy - I'm here!!!!

ah poo missed ya!
have a good road trip tomorrow - where are you going - Pooh is coming to pompey! poor bugger! He not impressed.

Catch ya later ;D
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Post by: bonstarr on November 23, 2006, 12:22:36 AM
HI Hop & Anja,
I know I missed you, you're asleep right now.  I'm about to pack for my roadtrip.  Thanks for the Thanksgiving good wishes.  I plan on totallly stuffing my face.  A neighbor that is an awesome cook, baked a rum cake for me to bring for dinner tomorrow- yummy.

Wish we had bio-oil, can't seem to find anything like it, been using vit E for now - scar is a bit nasty, but really don't much care.

Take care
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 24, 2006, 11:21:35 AM
Morning Girlies

Well I hope you were all sufficiently stuffed over thanks giving and had a wonderful time. I made a home made chicken korma so was a little naughty, thought I would have put on weight but am upto 17 3/4 pounds now! Tee Hee! Need to buy some new work trousers as they are becoming indecent!

Bonnie,  I have searched the net and called a few places for you today to try to find a company in the UK that sell bio oil and ship to America! Found one! Hoorah!
http://www.multipharmacy.com/shop/customer/search.php?substring=bio%20oil

The 60ml bottle is £5.99. Go get some girl!

Well it's Friday, hoorah! Am looking forward to a big lion in the morning! Tiggers wants to go to the local car boot sale on Sunday which means getting up a 7am on a Sunday, grrr! Apparently is absolutely hugs and has not only people selling out of their car boots (car trunks) but also lots of traders stands too! I've been promised a hot coco and bacon roll if we go! I'll probably throw on some comfy clothes, go and then come back have a nice hot bath and catch up on some sleep!

Have a couple of friends coming round for dinner and a few glasses of wine tonight which will be nice. One of my favourite programmes is really hotting up, Coronation Street! (Yes Anj I know I'm sad, like Eastenders too! BTW Have you watched that new show, Strictly confidential? It's really good!)

Going to do some work now! Booo! 'Speak soon'
Hop x  ;D


Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 24, 2006, 03:01:44 PM
Morning all.   
Today I decided to sort out my old clothes and give them to charity.  Plus the added bonus is I will have more room to buy new clothes. .. Sounds like a win win situation to me.

Car Boots(cartrunks)--  == Flea market??  Traders people with tables?     I hope I am understanding  carboots correctly.   Anways, Coco and bacon is a just reward for going to a place that early in the morning.  Heheheheheeh. I just had some turkey with gravy and some cherry pie.. ( fat fest never ends) The key is moderation.   Cutting cold turkey off the bone is choir.. So you get only these micro slices  and well gravy is such a highly coveted commodity the day after with . cold turkey..    The cherry pie still around shocked me..   All those on diets I suppose.   Must eat four = five small meals a day. .. One huge meal yesterday.. and  small mini meals today..l promise I will stay away from the corn and peas .. but I have my eye out for a sweat potato this afternoon.   

5.99  a bottle converted to  pounds.. add shipping and handling from Scotland .. and declartations.  = 150.00 dollars..   ( hehe just kidding)

Last few days very bad.   drinking and boozing eatting ..  must stop this before surgery.  or doctor will not give me a leg to stand on
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 24, 2006, 03:18:26 PM
Hi Annie

You little pie eater you! Sounds yummy! I'm starving now! Only had a banana and an apple today and it's 15:15pm, rummble rumble in my tummy!

Good foor and booze! You enjoy it while you can girl! Kinda brings on a whole new vision of being legless eh!
How many sleeps do we have left now?  ;) You got it right about the car boot sale! Who says there's a language barrier! Apart from the fact that you call bum bags fanny packs, I'll never get my head around that one!

Right, I'm going to start swimming now, I'm on the coast so i should make it in about 24 days for left over cherry pie! Make sure you save me some!
(http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=tbn:zWfeWNF3gGJBKM:http://static.flickr.com/30/35459054_8432824293_m.jpg[img])

Hop x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 24, 2006, 03:19:07 PM
I GOT THE PICTURE RIGHT!

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOORAH!

*Does little one legged jig!*
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: ermintham on November 24, 2006, 03:34:07 PM
woah.this is one of the few....if nt the ONLY thread tt has so many pages...lol
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 24, 2006, 03:44:51 PM
Us girlies do like to talk!

 ;D ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: ermintham on November 24, 2006, 03:50:28 PM
haha....okok understandable
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 24, 2006, 06:39:53 PM
I really screwed up my good leg..    I think something went snap and pop . I am putting ice on it.. and well   I am chicken to page my OS.    ..  I cant really weight bear..  even with crutches. .. well  i kinda walk very slow.. and can feel pain..  even with two percocets in me.  I was sitting on the sofa.. and had my legs on the yoga ball to keep it elavated..   

HOw does one weight bear when the better leg is due for a knee replacement in 11 days or something like that. .

I had my fit of despair..  and am crying off and on..  .    I should really try to call my OS and page him maybe????  I mean .. He would just send me to the hospital.. to get xrays and what an mri ? ..  please all if you pray. pray for me.. so I can have enough strength to get my knee replaced and have  my OS look into my new left stumpy leg..  . to match my right stumpy knee getting a new knee...


Kinda trying to talk myself into call my OS.. What do I do..
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 24, 2006, 06:56:25 PM
Hi Annie

ouchy ouchy- where did your leg go snap and pop? and what were you doing?

Just before my op I was bending over putting a washing basket on my bed and bent a bit too far and had a very - loud pop and tear - I tore a bit of calf muscle - the pop was really loud and I couldn't walk on it at all for several hours then the pain eased to be able to walk - I went to my GP the next day who confirmed it was a torn muscle and had to go for a test
 for dvt as the calf was so swollen - but it turned out okay - and prob 3 days later all felt fine - yeah it was really tight and had to be carefull but could weight bear again.

Why not see your GP or pop down to the EDept.

Hope you feel better soon

All WILL be fine for your op!
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 24, 2006, 08:49:20 PM
I was walking up the stairs with crutches..  Sigh.. i been icing and stuff..  and had the leg raised.    It just scares the crap out of you..  that  how the hell can you have two bad legs at once..  and you know you are pathetic when you know you have your own supple of pain medication on hand.. .   Rozzie post did help .. with the use of crutches when both knees are messed up.. .  No black and blues here.. ..  begging and begging for ice and someone to get  an ace bandage..  .. just so frustrated i cant seem to do anything myself.. lately  Not even go up the stairs to go to the bathroom.. .. all i seem to be good for is sitting on the sofa..  and get crap that I am not helping with anything.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 24, 2006, 09:17:39 PM
Annie

First of all - take the crap about not helping with a pinch of salt - your parents are just as frustrated as you! - at least you can say that in a months time you wil be able to start helping out again!! ;D and you will - you will want to be using that shiny new knee.

How is it feeling now - if it doesn't get better  overnight then go and see someone - when I tore my muscle it really was quite a loud 'bang' the mscle tightened right up when I did it - from my ankle into my calf and I knew I was in big trouble when it started to tighten - it was over in seconds - but I thought it was my accilles tendon that was going to snap - I was so pleased when it went in the calf!  My Gp said then it was from overuse of my good leg (didn't make it feel better though LOL)

You are bound to be feeling vulnerble right now - you and your family have had so much grief lately and you AND YOUR FAMILY will be understandably worried about your upcoming surgery so things will be a  sensitive at home. You are worried for yourself and they worry for you (even if they don't want to admit it!!)

It really will all be so much better post op! - you will even be able to go for a wal if you need space - which you cant do now!

Keep your chin up - I know you are in pain and understand it. Take care hun - hopefully after a good nights sleep it will feel much better. You will prob find that the muscle won't relax down until you do sleep.
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 24, 2006, 10:47:36 PM
Have the ace bandage on the knee now over my pj bottoms.  It feels supported.    Was laying down for a bit and it is just so damn frustrating..   Being the worry wort that I am .. I said to my dad.. Would he drive me to work on monday.    He said..   the same as you .. just rest and see how you are doing on monday.  Feeling the lamest of the lame right now..   and feel like the limited mobility I had was shuffled away..   I just guess its frustration coming out..   and maybe  just did so much over the last few days.   .. I wonder if the pain post op is as strong as this .. or worse. .. hopefully it wont be that bad to stand.. .. maybe the only blessing I can figure right now is that I will be able to do things when my leg is fixed ..  This path is not easy..  .. Perhaps my coping skills are shattered.. I hate to think that.. . But  everyone is allowed  moments like this ..  .. All I want for christmas is a wheelchair?????     The only thing I think my OS can do for me at the moment would be to just write me out sick now.  ..  Yet ..  I dont want that.. last thing I want is to go out sick ..now.. .. maybe.. my dad can carry my laptop home and I can work from home the next 6 days. .. ..  its very close..  to the end of this..  I know.. ..  ..  I was thinking at least if  go up stairs. I can start sorting out the clothes . ..  .. Just feel sh*tty and emotional.    maybe too much coffee.. as well. ..   Would love a bath.. but fear I would not get my ass out of the tub


Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 25, 2006, 04:40:59 PM
Hi Annie

Can see that you are really on a downer right now, tea and sympathy or a kick up the bum? - Kick up the bum as in - hey girl it IS all gonna be okay, you ae vulnerable and worried -it is coming up fast now - we all got worried and tearful before the op - and some a bit after (post op more frustration at it being a slow process)  Now Tea and sympathy and a huge piece of chocolate cake ;D now that always goes down well.  As for work - why not have a week off before - time to sort yourself out get those last minute things done, time with family, just YOU time!! I had the week off before and was so pleased I did - especially as it avoided all those idiots saying "are you scared, are you nervous" duh stupid questions! Listen to your dad - they are not always the most sympathetic - they don't know how to handle girlie emotions - but at the same time they won't see you come to any harm .

Really hope you are feeling better by the time you read this!

We went out early today to finish the christmas shopping - it was so busy we got fed up and gave up early and went to Frankie and Bennys for a late lunch yum yum - oh and I did buy 3 new pairs of jeans (a size smaller - even though I have put on 6lbs since going back to work!)
Off to a Quiz night tonight at the rugby club  and tomorrow watching son in rugby match then going to see the new James Bond film and dinner after - back to work for a rest monday!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 26, 2006, 01:48:21 AM
Anja

I been sleeping most of the day and well yesterday I would not move a step with out the crutches. I can make it a few feet. ..  My nerves are  shot..    At work the visualzation .. I have everyone telling me  is .. "think of how much better you will be"  and I will ..

I visualize the moments when I start to walk after surgery.. and they are happy pain free moments.    Not .. omg what did you do to mess up your other leg..  .  and having to respond..  I was walking up stairs with my two crutches.. and snap.  and they suddenly take away my surgery date. and I have to suffer..   ( fears)

Today,  the panic is a bit set aside.    At least the frustrated crying..  mourning the loss of moment..that seems to be taken away so easily.   I have this book called the knee crisis handbook.  And was checking out acl injury.    I have no black and blues.. so maybe I toasted my meniscus. .. and we all know that an mri may show it. but ..  in my case.. the first mri lied big time.

Rice is very important ..Rest .. ice, compression, elevation.


I was watching discovery health channel and saw a lady having an epidural.     I suppose that would take care of aches and pains in both legs.  :)   I wonder if the anthesia guy has  a menu...

I am trying to picture myself going into work this week.  Maybe I will ask my boss if I can work from home..    If my doctor has me on restriction from carrying things.. ( good call huh)  My dad will drag it.. .

Blessings..  I had a few good months..  and well I feel my OS and I are timing this exactly on schedule.    I mean in August..  I did  ride my bike.. and fast enough to skid out and land on the unloader brace..    I am proud of that.



Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on November 26, 2006, 03:21:33 PM
Hi, sounds good to hear that the TKR makes a world of difference!  How unfair for you girls to need it at such young ages.  Love, luck, and prayers to you!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 26, 2006, 08:35:46 PM
Hi Donna
Good to hear from you - how are you - all back to normal now? hmmm are any of us normal! ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on November 26, 2006, 11:41:39 PM
annie,
got it now!  your poor thing!  you are having pre-surgery jitters combined with what have i done to my good knee.  it will be ok.  call your wonderful OS first thing monday am and let him decide what should be done, xrays, mri, etc.  thats his job.  your job is to take lots of deep breaths and either drink or take pain meds, not both!  ;D
if you need to work from home, your dad will get your laptop i'm sure, but talk to your OS's office first.

try to get some rest tonight and keep telling yourself
"everything will be ok"
it will be.

bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on November 27, 2006, 03:24:49 AM
Normal  ;D
The jitters thing is normal!  Seem that the failure of open release is also normal. 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 27, 2006, 04:58:51 PM
Leavng work now, will pop back on at home, got hugs for Annie. ;)


Hi Anj, Donna, Bonnie  ;D

Hop x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on November 27, 2006, 06:43:57 PM
Hi girls, how lovely to read all of your posts while I'm home with the handy man.  My front window has been leaking and we're in the midst of replacing the wood and drywall around it.....  Actually I'm just lazily watching as I type and he is working hard.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 27, 2006, 07:57:21 PM
Hello girls

How are we? Anj I got a letter in the post today, it was form youuuuuuuuu! Laugh I almost wet my knickers! Thanks babe xx

Right Annie, wait for it.... it's coming your way.......(http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=tbn:G26zrk1ehXtj5M:http://www.camelotbears.com/images/bear_hug_poster.jpg[img]) a great big bear hug.

I hope you are feeling better today darlin' and that your 'good' leg is feeling a ittle better. Did you manage to speak to anyone about it? I'm looking forwad to you being post op, then we can all focus on recovery, getting better and new found mobility.

Hey Donna
Looks like it's just you and me tonight kid.

Hop x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on November 27, 2006, 07:59:45 PM
Yep, it's just the two of us  ;)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 27, 2006, 08:08:14 PM
Made It!

hi there!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 27, 2006, 08:21:18 PM
Hi babe

keep crashin out of internet! grrrr!

I got a card!  :) ;) :D ;D

How are you ?
x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 27, 2006, 08:27:29 PM
Hi Hop

Cool - glad it got to you - I was looking at it and thought of you! ;D

Yeah I am good thanks - very busy home and work - nothing new there - got tomorrow off - using a days holiday - no reason other than I fancied a day off and convinced my boss that I had asked for the day off last week!! hee hee

Knee good most of the time so very pleased with that. Looking forward to christmas - had our first trees delivered at work today - and sold one!!! how mad are some people - it was the National Trust that bought it - duh they have forests full of trees!?! strange......

so how is your knee apart from the cold screws!- you must be looking forward to your first christmas in your new house - are you having christmas at home?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 27, 2006, 08:28:43 PM
Yeah, but I got a card!  ;)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 27, 2006, 08:33:20 PM
Tee Hee

Fanx ever so much for thinking of me, was reeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaal cool. I can't send anything back to you ?  :'(

Leg has been naughty aching today! Not bad though so can't complain, well I can I'm a girl and that's my job but I won't!
I am soooooo excited for Christmas, spent yesterday and part of tonight wrapping up presents and writing the cards that need to be posted. I love wrapping up and writing cards, really loking forward to putting the decs up too! Chritmas eve we have, Tiggers daughter, and bother sets of our paretns round for nibbles and then we have xmas day on our own, I like it that way. Then boxing day we have friends here. What about you? So day off tomorrow....shopping? Or are you almost done too?

I know what I want for Christmas, I reckon you will want the same, some new neighbours, neighbours without 4 kids and mute ones at that!

x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 27, 2006, 08:55:02 PM
ooh yes please would love new neighbours - ours have six kids - yucky horrid family!!
Sorry you nave a naughty knee - bang out of order.

Yep I love christmas too - can't go shopping for another 10 days now :'( spent out - but I have really finished - just pick up extra bits when I see them! - Gonna resist writing our cards until next weekend. Is your birthday on the 14th? having a memory lapse.
We are off out for our first xmas dinner on Friday - a friend has decided to do it for his birthday and has even booked us a taxi - and he is paying for everything - mad old boy that won't hear of us giving anything towards it - don't like that really but he would be more upset if we did - no win situation - so got him a nice pressie. I will send you my address by email - one day ;D I thought you had it....

We are home christmas day - inlaws boxing day and then hopefully my sisters in wiltshire or brothers in Hiltinbury (!) on the 28th ish - so will be nice - prob stay over.

Tomorrow got to collect dry cleaning and R.O water for fishy wishy's (yawns). Got to be done though - Pooh working close to home tomorrow so should be home on time so I will cook a roast lamb dinner yummy yummy!

Are you watching celebrity in the jungle? sad I know - but we do!

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 27, 2006, 09:06:25 PM
gotta go now! gonna watch the jungle ;D

catch ya later - take care ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 27, 2006, 09:19:47 PM
Am watching Jungle yeah! Tee Hee

Never had your addy babe, crack it over! NOW!  :o ::) :P ;D

I don't know if you realised but the company I work for is a water treatment specailist company who specailise in RO water, softeners etc! How are the new tank fishies? Clams? Sounds like you have a good friend in that bloke, I know only too well what a pain and an expense it is having a birthday so close to Xmas, yup it's my 34th on the 14th, you got it righ!
Roast lamb, lucky pooh, mmmmm. Yummy in your tummy, dont know what I'm making yet, made home made fresh veg soup tonight. Gunna smell bad tomorrow!
 :o

Hope you have a good day off babe, pop on and say hello if you can. will log in and out to see if you are about.

Hx
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 28, 2006, 12:45:53 AM
Dear Santa,
Been thinking about Christmas this year and  I would like to put in a few suggestions.    OH  I been Naughty .  Cheated on diets  and over spent on clothes.

Anyways.   Just hoping to get sprung out of the nursing home before christmas.

Love Baby Annie Age 37
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on November 28, 2006, 02:41:23 AM
Hop, thanks so much for the link to the bio oil, much appreciated!  Hope you & Anja enjoyed your tv show.

Annie, you have been nice not naughty, don't worry!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 28, 2006, 08:19:38 AM
Hey stinky hop - will send it later today - would love to get your RO water - think it might be a bit pricey to come all that way for it!
Yeah Phina is out - arrogant bitch!! hee hee

thanks Bonnie - it's wuite a funny prog.

Annie - think we have all been bad this year but I reckon santa still loves us all!

gotta go - school run - back in a couple of hours.

Have a good day
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 28, 2006, 08:35:15 AM
Hooorah!

Morning Anj, you're up early holiday girl!
How are you today? I have a sneeking suspision I am coming down with a cold! Bah! All of the girls at work have had it and I've managed to avoid it for a good month now, think it's down to all the fresh veg and fruit! Mind you it helps having my own office, I can keep out of the way! Don't wanna be ill.

Annie how long will you be in for, when can we expect to 'see you back?' I think I've been quite good this year, got a lump of coal from Santa last year so thought I'd better make the effort! Tee Hee!

Yo Bonnie, how goes it? How's that shiny knee of yours?

We don't actually sell the ro water but the drinking systems that you install under your kitchen sink so you have it on tap! It's great for a hangover as it's the closest thing to pure H2O!  ;) Not that I really drink anymore! Am sat here with a nice cup of tea and a very watery left eye! Hmmmm! Suspicious!  :-[
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 28, 2006, 11:37:08 AM
hoopy hun sorry you're coming down with the lurgi -but look on the brightside - it'll be gone by Christmas!!

Hey we had one of thos water purifier things under the sink in our old house and guess what - it exploded and sent black crap all over the kitchen - it really went off like a bomb - luckily it was at night so no one got covered in it! Sure it wasn't one of yours - but bit loathe to get another one!

We have had a bereavement - got home and started to straighten the cushions on the settee and there he was - a jumper - from the fish tank - lost a blue chromis :'( very luckily one of the cheaper fish - but he jumped about 4 foot - amazing!! oops might have to get another fish ;D - after christmas though.

just did a 30 mile round trip for the water and it took 2 hrs - darn roadworks and just had time to nip in a local shop and get some new earrings hee hee - well had to make the trip worthwhile!

Lots of tea and vitamin c for you today!

ooh I have got some coal - had 14 PALLETS of the stuff delivered to work yesterday! thats a lot of fires!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 28, 2006, 02:38:49 PM
Hi Anj

Missed eachother, unless you are hiding you little rascal!  ;D
Well it was a false alarm no coldy germs here! Hoorah! Just been to Tesco and bought some more wrapping paper and some really cute mini crchistmas crackers! I really do have a thing for mini things! Bought some fresh pasta and a french stick so gunna make tuna and veg pasta for tea, with garlic bread yum! More pressie wrapping later too, exciting, wish it was December so we could put up the decorations!

Only 2 hours and  20 mins until home time......

x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 28, 2006, 02:39:56 PM
i'm here not hiding - just logged on as you posted
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 28, 2006, 02:43:18 PM
I should imagine it would be a false alarm what with your cold screws ;Dhee hee- seriously glad it is okay.

Have sat on my bum all day - just can't get the enthusiasm to do the housework - will have to do something soon or will be kicking myself all week for wasting a day off.

what I need to know - is - on neighbours - is cam the good twin or the bad one?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on November 28, 2006, 02:58:21 PM
Hi girls!
I'm sitting here drinking my morning coffee and you two have had quite a day. 

Anja, had no idea fish could or would jump out of their tanks, can you put a lid on it???  am clueless when it comes to fish....

Hop, hope your cold is a false alarm,  take lots of vitamin C just in case as Anja suggested. 
My knee is doing okay, getting really good ROM - OS yesterday was very happy, now must work on building up muscles so I can ditch the cane.  Had no muscles to speak of for years, so a lot of work ahead.
Now have pain in my back and hip - it's always something! 

Annie, what's going on with you?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 28, 2006, 03:06:29 PM
That's a good idea - a cup of coffee - just drinking water ate the moment - eaten too much (just rubbish food - lunch consisted of a bowl of rice pudding and a bag of peanut M&Ms - hardly nutricious! - but hey it's nearly the weekend :P

Hey Bonnie - I didn't know that our fish could leap so far until today either - they don't usually jump!

yeah where is annie!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 28, 2006, 04:21:53 PM
Nearly the weekend! Anj it's Tuesday!  ;)

Did you eat jumping fish! Eugh!  :o

Jungle again tonight! How do you rekon willl be out?

Annie is with daddy walbucks!  ;)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 28, 2006, 04:54:50 PM
eugh yuck - NO!! fishy in the bin!!

Annie is on holiday!!

hmm dunno about jungle  - prob ...erm dunno - will decide when I see how they behave today ;D

got to watch Gordon Ramsay as well!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 28, 2006, 04:58:04 PM
Yes I am prepping for the nursing home and looking to find my rich dying old husband there.    I will be there for 14 days.. maybe.. 10..

I had a jumping fish when I was four. His name was "Freshie"     Anja please accept my sincerest sympathy.. and  do you think the fish would be tasty buttered or battered ?  hehe..

Coal ??  wow..  .. I am trying to think of an area in the USA that would still use coal.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 28, 2006, 05:43:52 PM
hi Annie

fish not battered - binned ;D

don't you use coal for open fires? we have coal and logs.

Are you kidding about the nursing home - 14 days - omg you will go potty! - I was out shopping on day 6 (for about 3 hrs)
How long have you got in the hospital? Honestly you will go mad in there that long.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 28, 2006, 05:58:08 PM
Well  I make my first pre visit to the hospital on Thursday for my pre admission testing.  I get to meet all the people.. 

Right now I am trying to think..  epidural or  femoral block. still so undecided.

I will go crazy in the hospital and nursing home..    But I am an over achiever..    I can always try to break out...  escape escape..

I left my wallet at work.. Duh..  I have to give my co worker the charger cord for the phone.. So today I have to find the charger for the cell phone..

 and friday we are going to lunch.. my bosses treat..
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 28, 2006, 07:20:40 PM
nice boss!!

yep reckon you'll be 'out' and home in 10 days max! Hope you have internet connection - or can you get someone to post for you - do you have email on your phone? I would be more than happy to post your progress if you wish ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 28, 2006, 07:52:41 PM
Hey ladies

How are you doing? Have you had a nice day off Anj, apart from fish stuff! No sign of your address btw! I was hoping to start stalking you! lol  :o ;D

Hi Annie - 2 weeks, get away with ya! NO way you'll be home way before then! I went for a femoral block as epi's can give you terrible migranes, apparently. Unfortunately I had a cough when I went under and they missed when trying to put it in and didn't try again so it didnt work! Silly me! From what I've read on here they are very effective.
I hope you do have internet at the home? If not please can you get someone to post on your behalf to let us know how you got on? I don't even know when it is? Isn't next week? Fingers and toes crossed babe. The worst is almost over.....the waiting game!

Bloody sore leg tonight Anj, grrr, have had to take a tramadol, mist be the cold, have to buy some leg warmers os got a gas bill for 54 days £71 OMG! Need to be a little more careful in turning up the thermostat!

Jungle fever tonight, I would like Jan to go, cant stand her!

xx
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 28, 2006, 08:30:16 PM
I have internet at home and I will ask my younger brother to  send Anja an email to let everyone know I survived another day . and will be back to whine again. :) 

Hoppy-- Dec 6  8:30 AM EST== Which is like close as close can get but not close enough to say its over and done with.

It is darn cold out..  Just watching a documentary.. Growing up polar bear..     Oh yes lovely day off.
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Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 28, 2006, 08:49:14 PM
Hi Annie

Only 8 sleeps to go. Glad your brother is able to email Anj. What will the weather be like during your rehab? Anj spent some time on a new lounger she bought for her lvoely garden as it was summer time. Have you stocked up on magazines and puxxles and things? Dry shampoo? I quite enjoyed the shopping before my last surgery, bought new nighties and baggy trousers, matching shorts and t shirts. I bought 3 'zebra' bed outfits. All white and black, shorts, t shirts, hair bands (the big ones that wrap around your head, kept my hair cleaner for longer) and also balck and white stripy socks! The district nurse that came round to do my dressings etc thought I was mad!
I think my best purchase was sheepskin (fake) covers for the forearm bit of my crutches and neoprane grips for the hand bits, they were really comfy! Tigger and I played a lot of chess during recovery, we must have looked rather strange both in or on bed, both on laptops playing eachother over the internet sat next to eachother! Aslo watched the 1st series of 24 as had never watched it before. Was great! We did it in 3 days!

Ok, I'm waffling! Took a tramadol so a little 'high'!!!

xx
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Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 28, 2006, 09:16:45 PM
Just about to take my oxycondone .. The weather here has been very cold and rainy :(    .  I am a big card player.  So rummy,  some scrabble.. some monopoly.  .. got my sewing stuff..  and my bead stuff.

For the hospital I decided to bring my bathrobe and slippers.  Doctor said not to take anything else really since it will all be provided.    I do have 11 years of frazier on DVD to watch and  Sex and the city..  and other DVD's 

No dry shampoo.   I got a tip that I wont need it.. but I do have the vitrual dry shampoo  of good luck.

I was just standing up from the sofa.. and thought to myself..  Wonder what the first stand is going to be like.      I found the cell phone recharge cord.. I was looking for.  Just noticed  that I still have my old treo..  Sucker never kept a charge properly.  and it is way better to have web access with that than .. the stupid phone that I dont use.. .. who knows maybe I will treat myself to an upgraded treo in 2007 and just have my own personal phone.  ( because I will be dating so many wonderful men)   

Everyone keeps telling me I am loosing weight.. I am not sure if its the truth.. the scale doesnt seem to prove it.. maybe its just toning from the marathon of crutching around..

Ever think how strange it will be to walk normal again.. I was just thinking .  as I gimp around.  ..  from my extravagant lifestyle of sitting and watching baby polar bears in zoos.  I just downloaded an old movie with Brad Pitt..   The Favor.    Baby Brad  -- and polar bears.. ..  oh how dreadful it is .. ..  pitty me..   I am getting paid for this.. 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 28, 2006, 09:42:04 PM
You're funny, your posts make me laugh. Do you not want to take your own sleep clothes just incase theirs are scratchy or something? The nhs gowns are theones that tie up at the back by your neck and nowhere else down the back so your arse pokes out! Now in some cases that wouldn't be such a bad thing, but given the fact that my arse has tried to take over the wolrd, pinky and hte brain eat your heart out, its not a prett sight! Tee Hee

I can't imagine anymore what it would be like to have a normal leg and not consider almost everyhhing I do before I do it! Mainly stairs, turning corners, hills and stuff like that! It's getting better though! You're gunna get a new one! It's very exciting!

What's a treo? Is it like a phone come hand help pc type thing?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 28, 2006, 09:52:00 PM
Hoppy here is a link to see what a treo is  : http://www.unlock-treo.com/

I do have jammies and stuff.. All in my weekender.   i will find out from the hospital if I can wear my normal jammies..   I am sure the first day . I wont care about fashion..  second day.. .. I guess if I am going to be up and walking..   I will bring a pair or two of jammies to the hospital. .. Lord knows I have everything packed for the after care place..
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 28, 2006, 09:56:53 PM
Cool, I know what they are now!

Treat yourself to a post op pressie! After all yu'll have lovely men that you'll need to keep in contact with once you start to strut your stuff  ;) ;D
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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 28, 2006, 10:20:57 PM
hey those treo's look cool
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 28, 2006, 10:26:25 PM
When I used it  I called it my baby..  ..  It couldnt be put in a pocketbook .. or it would over heat.. and loose all the phone listings.. and  it was a bitch to reset..  like changing a nasty diaper.
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Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 28, 2006, 10:29:25 PM
Eugh! What an analagy! Diaper is such a strange word, never really got my head around that word, we call them nappies, don't spose that makes much sense either!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 28, 2006, 10:36:18 PM
Actually for me to say nappies..   .. is just too weird..  I mean  I know you guys call an elevator a lift..  and a garbage pail a dustbin.



nappy time = sleep.. nappie time = change diaper.. 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 28, 2006, 10:38:34 PM
sidewalk- pavement

trunk - boot

my favourite and I've said it on here a million squillion times but it makes me laugh every time

fanny - bum ! Tee Hee!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 28, 2006, 10:46:00 PM
Off now girls, cup of tea, fag then beddy bo's.

Enjoy the rest of your day Annie and nighty night Anj

Big hugs and stuff
Hop xx
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on November 28, 2006, 11:32:40 PM
you girls are having way too much fun without me!!!

Annie,
I didn't have internet acess in the nursing home and the only thing that saved me was my Treo 650, I was able to send Anja emails (when I remembered - the morphine must have got in the way) and then she posted for me.  Although if I remember correctly, it didn't work for a couple of days.   I was able to acess kneegeeks, but could never actually read posts.
I have all the info on my treo backed up on my computer, phone #'s, calendar, etc.  I even played solitare on it.

From my experience in the nursing home, you can "sign out" if you want to leave for a few hours.  I never did, but since for me the weather was so nice, I was able to sit outside.  I t also depends on how many times a day you will have PT.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on November 29, 2006, 11:54:01 AM
Morning Ladies

How goes it today? I have blue skies outside of my little office window today which is so lovely to see. I'm all excited about Christmas, my birthday and the prospect of having Monday off and a long weekend! Going shopping with my mum, I love days out with her, we always have a blast. In the centre of the city at the moment that are loads of Chritmas stalls, one of them sells all different kinds of cured meats, bought some lovel chirizo, yum! There's candy floss, ni nac stalls, a merry go round, the kind with horses. Love it all! Am going to cook my chestnuts tonight, yum!

Hop  ;D
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Post by: UK Girl ! on November 29, 2006, 07:09:25 PM
Hi All
Hop - you get all the fun  ;D I love southhampton - just don't get there much now!

been to work today :( good day but knackered - loads of people kept saying that I look tired  (fell off me bike) but my hair looks nice :o LOL all I did was dye it dark brown at the weekend!

Hubbie not back till 9pm - he went at 6am - poor thing is knackered - roll on christmas so we can have a week off together.

Got to do my boring housewifely chores now - dinner, put the bins out and feed the fish! - if tey are still in the tank LOL - haven't got to do hubbies sarnies - he forgot to take todays with him - so he can have them tomorrow!

Have a good evening

Hop - reckon Dean is out tonight
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on November 29, 2006, 10:31:18 PM
Hi Hop & Anja,
sorry I missed you today. was at therapy and then some errands.  Am exhausted right now and of course there's the pain...hope to catch up with you tomorrow.

bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 30, 2006, 12:20:12 AM
Wow took a power nap. 

They said on the news that it will snow MONDAY..   I hope not!!   Six more sleeps.     
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on November 30, 2006, 12:22:30 AM
how far is the hospital and rehab from your home?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 30, 2006, 12:30:31 AM
The hospital is in Paterson. It is about a good  10 to 15 min drive and Saddle brook is pretty close as well. 
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Post by: bonstarr on November 30, 2006, 02:29:12 AM
good that it's close to home.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on December 03, 2006, 05:15:05 PM
Hey guys

Just a quickie cos I had to ahsre this with you, hope you are all well. Cna't stay on line cos I had a migrane last night and still not right, have maxed out on pain killers so a little wobbly! (Anj - sis oyu really fall off your bike? Are you ok babe?)

Anyway we have found a kitten with a lovely breeder in London and will be picking him up on Saturday, his pedegree name is Bricade his fathers name so we have named him Oshe (pronounced the litter O and the she) can't wait! Have bought him loads of stuff, bed, carrier, toys etc ect
http://s79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/Hop1/

Have a look! Tee Hee

Not long now Annie, hooray, saw your knee on another post of my old knee, looks fab!

Big Hugs

Hop xxx
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on December 03, 2006, 05:19:32 PM
Hop,
Oshe is adorable! Enjoy! and feel better and lay low today.
bonnie

Anja,
what's this about falling off a bike?????????????/
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 03, 2006, 07:34:34 PM
Hey Hop - you sound erm spell spaced out - you okay hun?

I got my first Christmas card Friday - it was form HOP !!! thanks hun!

Yeah fell of me bike LOL  - = end of cycle - menstrual!! There you go girls you got a new line!


Oshe is soooo cute - beautiful markings - hey I could have met you in London! hee hee - trouble is would have got in trouble as I'd have come home with one as well!  Hubbie said - tell her to leave tigger alone! - the one on the bed!


Hope you are feeling better Hop!

I have got some sort of lurgi - glands in throat up - mouth all ulcerated including tongue - yucky.

just done the christmas cards and the tree is up ;D - bought loads of lovely new baubles today!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 03, 2006, 08:20:57 PM
Just did a strange thing -
Annie for you..........

I re read my fist couple of pages of my thread and thought - OMG Think I might be worried if I was reading that from a pre op persons view - BUT remember - it is the worst bits you remember at the time to write down - when I think back over the last nearly five months - it was OKAY !!

Not long now hun!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on December 04, 2006, 02:36:45 AM
Anja & Hop - can't believe you got me, again! the falling off the bike thing.
Hope you both feel better!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on December 04, 2006, 05:38:46 AM
Nervous energy has taken over me.   I had a lovely bubble bath around 8:30  and now started to organize  and toss out  things.   ( I tried to do this last week but stupid leg thing stopped me - The good leg feels better thank god .. )

I slept most of the day.  Downloaded a few Jane Austin books and got to find my MP3 player.   There is something comforting about Pride and Predjuice , Emma and sense and sensibility.  I dragged out my DVD collection and it will go good with my portable DVD christmas pressie.


I am gathering my cosmetic bag for the hospital.    Face cleanser. soap. Ponds face clothes, toothbrush, tooth paste.. mouth wash. Dental floss. Lipgloss, Ponytail holders, glasses.  contact lenses.
Slippers, housecoat,  Undies, Jammies.

Hoping my bike ride ends tomorrow.  Close timing to have a bike ride so close to surgery.

Anja,  I started to read your post op journal from the start.   I must admit..  I know its all true.. the pain.. dont try to sugar coat it..   I know it will be tuff the first three days..
Bonnie,    I have to catch you..    Please call me before my surgery.
Hoppy saw your pics  only 10 staples.  I should be so lucky.    I see you had your own staple remover.  Handy item around this place.

Anja how many staples did you have?
Bonnie how many staples did you have?

The staple club.

I got my stash from Lush and have been taking so many bubble baths this week.  I have the softest skin for the doctor to hack my leg bits and mend them back
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 04, 2006, 07:40:55 AM
Hi Annie
22 staples for the main scar and 4 more for the computer probes - so not too many compared to some!

Leave the contact lenses at home - you will be in and out of sleep so won't be able to use them - take your glasses.

I took mine and wasn't allowed to use them - they said they didn't want to be removing stuck or lost in eyes lenses! Yuck!

So it is tomorrow Tues isn't it?
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Post by: knee deep in Goo on December 04, 2006, 11:45:14 AM
Yes Tuesday is tomorrow..  My last sleep. ..  I am not sure if I can call last night sleep.

Dec 6 is knee day
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on December 04, 2006, 04:15:52 PM
Annie.
44 staples for me, but my scar is the exception, not the rule.

hoping you fall off your bike by tommorow, too  ;)

yes, we must connect, I will be home until 2pm today.

bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on December 04, 2006, 04:42:47 PM
Well  I can say bike ride is over. One less worry.   Didnt sleep well last night..  Been sleeping this morning.  Still fiddling with the bag I want to take to the hospital.     I suppose it is keeping me busy.. Cant find where I put my mp3 player..  But I am using my old brief case for my dvd player. Family will have to bring that too me.. 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 04, 2006, 07:21:04 PM
hee hee - nearly there - just three more sleeps then!! - monday night , tuesday night and one for the op!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on December 04, 2006, 07:24:59 PM
I give up .. cant find my stinking mp3 player..   ..Declaring war on my room.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 04, 2006, 07:27:01 PM
it is hiding out with our snow globe!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on December 04, 2006, 07:46:24 PM
hmmmmm.   Well  than I am screwed.. until you find the snow globe
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 04, 2006, 07:51:20 PM
what is worse is that 3 chocolate santas are still missing from 2 yrs ago - how can a chocoholic convince everyone that she didn't eat them!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on December 04, 2006, 08:00:22 PM
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Post by: UK Girl ! on December 04, 2006, 08:14:13 PM
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Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on December 04, 2006, 08:28:45 PM
So the tiny ones have gone missing? Maybe they melted.   ( melted in your mouf)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on December 05, 2006, 06:06:20 PM
Hey girls

Anj, hi babe, have I missed wishing Annie luck?

How are you, I've never heard thebike thing b4 new one for me to use yea! I say I'm in my flowers! Due on on my birthday! Grrr!

Only 4 sleeps until we pick up Oshe, soooo excited!
How are you feeling now, throat etc? I hope you haven't got a virus thingy, poor Anj.
Went Xmas shopping for 6 hours with mum and Tigger yesterday OMG they have stamina! Almost killed me but leg held out really well! Chuffed to ribbbons! Am all done now, all wrapped up and everything!

xx
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Post by: UK Girl ! on December 05, 2006, 08:04:25 PM
wahey - fun birthday then grrr........

glad you got christmas all wrapped up - oh yeah - very tiny parcel coming your way for your tree - little housewarming thingy so look out for the postie!! hee hee - hope there is somewhere for him to leave it if you are not in - or I might have given you a trip to the post office ::) sorry hun.

Annie goes in tomorrow - we are a few hours ahead of her - so you should catch her before she goes.

So is Oshe coming on saturday - OMG she is gonna wreck your tree!! hee hee
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hope you've recovered now from the marathon shop - personally i was
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Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on December 05, 2006, 09:32:40 PM
Perhaps I am confused.. Someone is having a birthday?????   Happy birthday..   --   I am in a zone..forgive me.. 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 05, 2006, 09:58:00 PM
Hi Annie

Yep its Hops birthday on 14th December!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on December 05, 2006, 10:22:14 PM
Hoppy

Happy Happy Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!  To you !!!!!!
Enjoy your day and I wish you the best.


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Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on December 07, 2006, 03:31:32 PM
Hi Anj

Fanx for my card, I opened it and allthe glitter and stars went everywhere! Tee Hee. I've never thought of doing that, really good idea. Was my first Christmas card too! So I need to look out of the post them do I you naughty little monkey! My next door neighbour is always in and always signs for thing so that's good. I exctied! Thanks babe.

Oshe is a boy (dad said it was a feminie name too, but it's actually the name of an thunder god!!!) and is coming Saturday and I'm about as excited as anyone possible could be, have so much to look forward to at the moment. By the time you meet him he will be a proper little boy cat! can't wait for us to meet, I just know we'll natter until the cows come home!

So Annie is all done now then, the waiting is over and hopefully as it's Thursday the pain is subsiding. I'm so glad she's out the other side now the waiting is the worst bit, oh and coming round form the anastetic and realising that it hursts like hell!

How's Bonnie today? How's your healing going hun?

Will log on tonight and try to catch up with you lovely lot.

Hop x


Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on December 07, 2006, 03:53:28 PM
Hi Hop,
You must be so very excited for Saturday, how can you work?  will you get him in the morning do you think? is Oshe your bday present?

I'm doing ok, knee is doing well, if only I could get rid of this hip and back pain.

Yes, Annie has finally made it to the other side.  I will call her house this evening and hopefully will find someone at home to get an update.

Take care
bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 07, 2006, 07:29:03 PM
Hi Hop and Bonnie

Hope you are both having a good day.

Oshe is good for a boy or girl I reckon!

Had the funniest day today - here is a little story for you..................

we do a newspaper delivery round from the shop and the usual guy couldn't do it so my boss asked his brother to do it - so off he went in the pitch black, torrential rain and gale force wind.........he pulled into a wrong driveway and so had to turn round - he thought he was on this driveway still but not so - it was the lawn oops which was so wet he sunk the car in it - thried to get off but just kept spinning the tyres and ended up very stuck in the mud - so boss went out to try to push him out and soon realised he was too deep in it and needed help - so they came back and got me and a shovel and some boards to try to get the car out - me to be in the car while they pushed - from the back and of course first wheel spin they were covered from head to toe in mud - is was soooo funny (for me hee hee) to cover your own boss in mud - don't get that opportunity often! They then suggested mud wrestling me LOL :o

After about 2 hrs in the pouring rain we decided to see if we could find a couple of tow ropes as my boss decided he would try to use his car to pull it out...........duh that didn't work

So off we went again - decided to go for lunch and call a garage out to recover the car but came across a farm so I said to my boss to stop and off I went into the farm and came back with a lovely farmer with a TRACTOR and chain - he had the car off the mud in 5 minutes! - this mans lawn was wrecked - so had to go back this afternoon with a Hamper as a peace offering. Doesn't sound so funny when you write it down but honestly the site of my boss with all this mud over him , he brother's glasses were covered. - His brothers name is Rodney - what a plonker! (hop will understand that one)

so good day all in all!


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Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on December 07, 2006, 08:51:07 PM
plonker = nerd or geek?

that is a hoot.  would love to see my boss covered in mud, relying on lil ole me for help.  ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 07, 2006, 08:57:59 PM
yeah sort of - idiot

It comes from a television prog here , a comedy called "Only fools and horses" with an actor called David Jason and he called his brother Rodney a Plonker
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on December 07, 2006, 09:03:41 PM
i like the sound of it ...p l o n k er   ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on December 08, 2006, 03:02:42 PM
Anj

I just wet my pants laughing! Great story, that would have made a great tv comedy sketch, I can just imagine oyu in the car giggling your arse off at them covered in mud and all wet! Hee Hee! Wish I'd sen it! Bed you were feeling smug when you managed to get the farmer to sort it out! Go girl!

Talking of Rodney and Del boy I had a little hunt around and found the vido clip of the famous Only fool and horses sketch! Love it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERbus84vR8g

Please Bonnie have a look, British homour is very different but I hope you like it!

We pick up Oshe tomorrow between 12-1pm! Have been to makro today and bought him so kitten milk amongst other christmassy bits!

Anj - I had a note fro the post office last night that they have a parcel that wouldn't fit throught my door! Excited! Am going to call them to get it re-directed to wok for Monday! Tee Hee, unexpected suprises and the best!  ;D

Poo Boss about!
xx
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on December 08, 2006, 03:36:27 PM
Only a few days left of dirty knees then I'll be 34 hoorah! Thanks for the birthday wishes I forgot to say Fanx.  ;D

Only 1 hour 40 mins until home time then one sleep and yipeee! Gunna go on a road trip, Bonnie do you think my kitten will have conversations too!!! Tee Hee! I think he will mostly be weeing on me! Think I'll take a towel and plastic bag just in case! Gunna take a bottle of water and a water bowl too, he might get thirsty!  :) ;) :D ;D

1 hour 24mins now, got a ittle distracted, work really gets in the way sometimes! lol

I hope you all have alovely evening, wil come online tomorrow with photos of Oshe at home!

Bonnie - if you speak to Annie send her a big snuggle cuddle from the hopster!

Hop xx
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 08, 2006, 07:19:58 PM
Hi Hop

OMG don't get too excited about your parcel! It is not that good- just something ........you might hate it!

Hee hee - your kitty is gonna be soooo cute - hope you have got a lid on the fishy wishy tank!

Thats a great bit of Only Fools - I love their stuff - sooo corny.

you have got a great boss - letting you play online hee hee - mine won't even let us get the internet on the compo at work - prob 'cos one of the girls would just be in dating chat rooms and another one would be on knee geeks hee hee ::) dunno who that would be!

Have a fab weekend - I have to work tomorrow - got about 400 christmas trees to flog - think Pooh might be coming to work tomorrow to help me - bless him! - My boss has arranged for Rodney the Plonker to come in...................disasterous me thinks.

My daghter is "driving home for Christmas" next wednesday ;D - she sent us a christmas card - got well and truly confettied by her grrrr - should have known she would be as big a minx as me!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on December 11, 2006, 02:49:28 PM
Hello gorgeous girls,

Just gotta clear something up, Anj, you could have sent me a cotton bud or a piece of used blue tack, the fact that you ahve taken the time to think about me and post something means the world so I am very excited, in all the excitement of little Oshe I forgot to get it re-directed so am diling the number now! Tee Hee.

Oshe is gorgeous! He cried all night Saturday night which was his first, Tigger who catagorically stated he couldn't come near the bed actaully put him in it! He's as sold on him as I am! Tigger even got up at 5.3am Sunday morning to take him downstairs so I could get some sleep!
 He's really cuddly and playful and if you make kiss sounds he nussles into your face! Ahhhh! We love him already! I went home at lunch time to check on him cos it's the first time that we have left him alone, he has the runs bless him! Think it's probably all the excitement!

How is everyone? Have we heard from Annie?

Only 3 sleeps until I am older and only 14 sleeps until Christmas, how are the tree sales going Anj? Bless pooh, what a sweetie helping you out at work.

Sending you festive hugs

Hop x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on December 11, 2006, 03:54:17 PM
Hop, Congrats on being a new mom! Oshe is one lucky little boy.  has he climbed up your christmas tree yet?

Just touched base with Annie's mom, she left the hospital on saturday & went to the sub-acute rehab facility.  She was doing well in the hospital, but was not happy at the rehab facility, (no food, no walker) so she spoke to her doctor and they are moving her today to another one.  Annie's mom was trying to get out the door to collect Annie's things, so we didn't talk for long, but I told her to give her a hugs and kisses from all of us.

I will also post on the WG's.

Anja, bless your hubbie for helping you out at work, and shame on your boss for leaving you alone!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on December 11, 2006, 08:24:56 PM
Hi Bonnie

I do hope Annie's new place is better and she likes it. She needs that in order to recover after all. Fingers and toes crossed.

How are you today? Getting excited for Christmas?

Anj - How did the Christmas tree selling go today?

Oshe is being really loud again tonight! He shouts at everything! Bless! I hope he has a quiet night!
Tigger has just told me that he is picking a fight with a bag of red onions at the moment! Tee Hee

Happy Days

Hop x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 11, 2006, 09:12:34 PM
Hey I am here - you still there Hop

Been chatting to my daughter - dunno where she learnt to talk soooo much!

She tought her MOT had run out in Aug - duh what a blondie - she was looking at the old cars MOT - duh - I nearly had a whole Oshe litter!!

Hey trees are going down - slowly but surely. Had major panic at work today about £200 went missing so sarcy comments from boss all day for  all the staff - trouble is I was the only one that knew about it - so it was quite hurtfull some of the stuff he was coming out with - he never accused me but I gave him my locker, house and car keys and told him to go search for it - It want missing between closing yesterday and opening this morning - very sus. - sent him home to make sure it wasn't there - nope - then he had a thought - he had the days credit card receipts in a paper bag - so he rang wife and hey presto she found the money - so feeling really pissed off with him - mad him do a grovelling apology to me for his sarcasm - although not aimed at me  - it mad for a horrible day - well I knew I didnt have his money so there was only 2 others that could and made me think horrible things about them! ah well all over now!

So where are the pics of Oshe - I wanna see him - up the tree!

Shame on you forgetting the postie! ah well you will get the cotton bud soon enough LOL
Yep my Pooh is an angel - I bought him a curry sat night for helping and he broke a tooth on it :o oops ah well he got in the dentists today and had it rebuilt - so pleased we got denplan!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on December 11, 2006, 09:40:49 PM
Bloody bar steward boss, grrr, I haver wee'd in his tea and given him a slap for you!  ;) I hate days like that, ah well it's over now babe and you ahve the day off tomorrow which is great.

Can't believe Pooh broke his toothe on his present! Gutted! I hate the dentist, really feel for him.
Oh yea I forgot to tell you, I got the all clear from the pre-cancerous cells they found and removed in January, yipeeee! This month just gets better and better! No more surgeries for me!

Talking of little Anj and MOT's (Result is hadn't tun out by the way, plonker tee hee!) Tiggers car has died wie think! The engine is making the ost bizzare noise ever, sounds like the engine is going to blow up! Great timing in December huh! At least we have a fre days off though! Cars do my head in, all they do is zap your money!

I'm so pleased she's cominghome for Christams, you'll all be together again, I het you're really looking forward to it.  ;D

Going for a fag!
Fat hug coming your way

Hop x



Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 11, 2006, 09:52:11 PM
aha!  Now I could flog ya a nice little motor! ;D bit of a gas guzzler but reliable and loads of space for lots of kittens!! but erm might get in trouble with Pooh for doing that!

Now I know of a good garage to get a new car................. my bruvs!! will IM you!!

hmm peeing in the tea sounds like a good idea but knowing my luck I would have to mop the floor!

FANTASTIC NEWS for you pre canc. cells! - such a worry - had that before and takes such a long time for them to give you the final okay.

My girl does have some blonde moments!- She is still chatting to Pooh - thank goodness for msn - actually we should set that up - if you wanna - will send you my other email addy.

fag - good idea! - hope you are not doing that indoors! think of your kitty!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on December 11, 2006, 10:08:57 PM
We only smoke in the conservatory darling! Tee Hee, we keep lots of windows open and have one of those squirter air freshners and keep him out so are good children! Have a glass of wine tonight, really fancied one! Naughty me! Made home made veg soup though so have had my share of 5 a day and then some!

Recommending your bruvs garage would be great babes. I think we;ll be looking sooner rather than later! How is he by the way?

So looking forward to a few days off! Gunna clear the garage and unpack the rest of the boxes, they are out of site out of mind so really need to get it sorted! Want to get them cleared before Christmas!

So many people I have spoken to now have had the same treatment as I have for cells, it's bizare how common it is, scary stuff! Great to be clear though! Glad you are too babe.

You get a lion in the morning, nice! Oh yea LOVED that nouse email, so funny almost wet my knickers!

xx
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 11, 2006, 10:27:54 PM
Glad to hear that!

Hey its not my car crash bruv that has the garage - it's my lil bruv - he's nice ;D ;D

The Holiday has got Kate Winslett and Cameron Diaz in it - english and american girl swap homes for the holiday to get away from MEN - and things develop - good chick flick but okay for the men as well - well we are all going including my boy!

Theory - more cells discovered as more people look after themselves!

Yep gonna have a lion!
nightnight
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on December 12, 2006, 09:09:05 AM
Morning Anj

Wake up sleepy face. I got woken up by meow face this morning, tickling my nose! Tee Hee!

Do you rekon I have a fallen arch then? Would that effect my toe? Sod it won't bother going to the doctors then will just get a arch support!

Have seen a clip of that film, it looks really funny! I'm not generally a chick flick kinda girl, watched Saw 3 the other night, much more my type of movie but I must say it was rather poor!

I get a lion tomorrow, yipeeee!
x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 12, 2006, 12:18:25 PM
Oi Cheeky Chops!! ;D

very busy here - done the kitchen, broke the dishwasher, now for the lounge!

Hey you know me - NOT A DOCTOR - check it out with him - those foot arch things are expensive so make sure that is what it is before you go parting with that hard earned cash for the wrong thing!

Hey chick flicks are good - make ya feel good! - especially if you get taken out to dinner after ;D ;D ;D

Hope you are working hard - not

I forgot to say  5 MONTHS YESTERDAY !!! (for my new knee) wish it wasn't so swollen - doesn't bend so well.

catch ya later.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on December 12, 2006, 01:44:09 PM
Anja,
Happy 5 months to you, it was 2 for me.  Maybe you can try to take it easy at least one evening for the good of the rest of the holiday season  ;D

Hop, What a lovely way to get woken up!

What's a lion?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 12, 2006, 02:04:44 PM
Hi Bonnie - good to hear from ya

a lion  = a lie in - just a play on words ;D

Nearly done all the house wifely chores - then can shower and go to shops - need food for dinner.

Most evenings after about 8.30 I get  to chill so not tooo bad ;D

What I want to know is.......how does the house get untidy when we are always at work?

Congrats on 2 months! Bet you feel so much better now!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on December 12, 2006, 02:53:34 PM
a lie in - cool!

Don't have any idea how house gets messy when we are at work, in my case , maybe my animals?????

Yes, I'm doing so much better now, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 12, 2006, 05:42:24 PM
I fixed my dishwasher!! phew what a relief - didn't fancy getting dish pan hands!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on December 12, 2006, 08:10:27 PM
you are the best!! glad no dish pan hands.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 12, 2006, 08:14:20 PM
hey my husband was even more impressed as he is an electrician that works for a catering equipment company - he was just relieved he didn't have to do it - just the shower left for him to fix ;D - no way am I touching that!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on December 12, 2006, 08:16:55 PM
Can he come fix my shower too??  Hubbie has "fixed" it twice already, guess I need a plumber...
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 21, 2006, 09:48:51 PM
Hey shower fixed - would love to come and help ;D

Four more days at work then I can give my knee a MUCH needed rest! - when I straighten it , it gives a crack - loud enough that peole standing mear me can hear it! :P ::) but that doesn't hurt me - just very swollen and stiff to bend.

Loking forward to getting back to the gym after christmas - it has taken them a month to refurbish it!
Have a good Christmas everyone!

anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on December 23, 2006, 07:29:33 PM
Merry Christmas and much love and hugs. 

Sitting at the computer is occupational therapy for me  :)   .  Actually it is working on my flexation.   But I feel so tired after climbing down 18 steps or so.

Pain is getting lesser and lesser.. but I am told once I walk more .. It will pick up.


Anja, Bonnie and Hoppy..    miss you all tons.. and trying to get to the computer and post when I feel I can.

Smoochies

Annie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 24, 2006, 08:30:19 PM
Merry Christmas Annie - so how is your new christmas pressie! - better than you expected? ;D

Have a fantasti christmas
hugs
anja


yippee - whole week off now - just done 7 days at work - record takings so really good!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on December 27, 2006, 02:37:27 AM
I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas had a wonderful holiday....better this year with our new knees. I feel like I got a Christmas miracle. I had a MUA on Thursday, December 21. Before that, I could bend to about 55 on my own with no pain, 70 with pain, and 85 with sobbing in PT. I woke up from anesthesia for the MUA and was in tears, but my pain management doctor was right there and put in a femoral nerve block (quite painful procedure...and you should see the bruising!). After that, my leg was numb and I had little or no pain. My OS said he was able to easily break up the scar tissue. My surgical scar was so tight, it actually broke open in several spots during the MUA. I stayed in the hospital for 24 hours in a CPM machine, then went straight to PT on my way home. Because the nerve block causes the quad muscles to become very weak (oh no, after all that work I had done to strengthen my quads!), I had to wear an immobilizer along with using my walker. But I had very little pain. PT went well and we got it to bend to 94 easily.

The peripheral nerve block worked great, but was kind of tricky. I had a "fanny pack" to wear with the pump itself and a bag of medication. There were tubes all over the place, and the catheter itself was inserted right below the crease where the leg meets the groin. At 12:30 on the first night I was home, the pump started beeping with an error message. We had been trained what to do, but it didn't work, so I called the 24-hour hotline. After some discussion, the VERY nice nurse said she would drive the 45 minutes to our house instead of making us go to the emergency room. By the time she corrected the problem, about 90 minutes had passed and I was in a lot of pain, so I know how much the nerve block helped! She got it working again and we didn't have any other trouble until it came time to take it out. A visiting nurse came on Christmas Eve day to remove the catheter, except it wouldn't budge. She called the pain management anesthesiologist on call and he gave us an idea to try. The nurse needed to leave, so the doctor said he would call me back in 20 minutes and walk me through pulling it out. He was so nice, trying to avoid us having to drive to the ER. With his help, I was able to pull the catheter out. Yeah! Because of the pain level that one night, I was afraid of how much pain I would have when the catheter was pulled, but it was manageable (not quite tolerable, but manageable).

I was supposed to have PT five days a week, but unfortunately, because of the holiday, I had to miss three days in a row and didn't have PT again until today (Tuesday). I did my exercises and spent as much time in the CPM as I possibly could (sleeping in it, too), but felt like the knee was tightening up and I was afraid the scar tissue was already returning. But I had a great PT session today. They got it loosened up and I actually got as far as 111 today. And I have full extension, too. So that's my miracle!! My quad is still weak (I can't do a SLR yet) but I am happy tonight.

Hugs to all,
Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on December 27, 2006, 10:59:55 PM

Happy belated Merry Christmas! 

Anja, Hope you are enjoying your time off and trying to rest a bit.

Janet, so sorry that you had to go through all of that, but you definetly had the help of many wonderful people.  Feel good.

bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on December 29, 2006, 04:32:11 PM
Hi All

Janet -   I can "certainly" understand the pain pump beeping situation.   I had a situation in the hospital where my pain pump kept beeping and the stupid nurse took the battery out.  Which meant that I was getting no pain medicine.  During that time I had been injected with morphine which didnt help and than my anthesia guy had come up to inject lidocaine into my epidural I still had in my back.  My roommate kept telling me not to cry because it would make things worse . but it was either crying or screaming..      After my operation in the recovery room  I had my first pain issue where morphine and some other codine injection didnt do the trick.   The nurse told me not to be so stowic.  Which is kind of an achievement when you feel as though eight buses have run over your leg and they say nothing will completely take away your pain.   But we are made of tuff stuff and knew we would have bad pain before entering into this operation.


Anja

I did have a restful christmas day.   Santa brought  two pairs of gold earrings and  a gold necklace with the footprint poem on the back.   I got some bath goodies  and perfume. Some t shirts and a nice tote bag (pink) and a nice pocket bag (brown).

It was the best pressie being home before the holiday and decorating the christmas tree. 

Today taking a few steps around with out the cane or crutches or walker.   Getting off the sofa is a sport.   Brought on many ouchies.

I had my lovenox injection this morning and the box is down to only a few needles.  Yippy.  The trail of black and blues will end soon hopefully.   ( They are not that bad - considering the pain of the knee operation )  But still one hates needles regardless.

2007 to lead a  needle less life..   (fat chance) I know in three months I have to see my GP for my glucose review ) = more blood work.  It was 103 this morning.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on January 03, 2007, 04:37:32 PM
Happy New Year my lovlies

How are we all, did you all have a fab festive season?

Anj - Have emailed you babes.

Annie, Bonnie, how's the rahab going?

Sending you all a hug
Hop x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 03, 2007, 07:58:52 PM
Hop,
Glad to hear from you! and Happy New Year!  how's it going?

Rehab is coming along, slowly....

Anja, do you still have holiday guests?  How has back to work been?


Sending you all sunshine & humidity.
bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 03, 2007, 08:19:16 PM
Hey Hop - sent you one back!! ;D

Bonnie - no all gone home now - house back to normal! and went back to work today :( be nice to have that lottery win tonight - can't check though - left my ticket in the car - which is not outside the house and am in my PJ's so can't go and get it.......well not without scaring the neighbours!

Thanks for the sunshine - very windy and cold here.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 03, 2007, 10:46:20 PM
Our state lottery was $20 million on saturday, obviously we didn't win  :(, but I wish you the best of luck.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 04, 2007, 08:44:02 PM
yep I am a loser as well! :(
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 04, 2007, 09:29:27 PM
and here I was hoping you would come visit me and bask in the sunshine of your win...
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 05, 2007, 07:51:39 PM
Bonnie - that would be fantastic - sadly I am still trying to clear the overdraft from all that time off from my op! and funding my daughter at university - I have told her now that she MUST get work to fund herself - we have promised my son that we will go to Egypt for his 18th Birthday in April 2008 so I need to sort my cashflow out fast! So no foreign holiday this year - can't complain though we have had 4 years of good holidays so................must be good!

6 month checkup on 11th Jan !! - hoping the swelling goes down before then or might be in trouble for overdoing it!

Hope you are well and that back and hip are giving you some peace.

Take care
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 05, 2007, 10:52:46 PM
Anja,
well maybe when you win the lottery...

Egypt - how cool!!!!  What a lucky kid.  What did you do for your daughters 18th?

my OS appt is jan 11 too, my 3 month check up.

take care
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on January 06, 2007, 12:43:58 AM
Hey Anja:  It's Ellenmarie.  i haven't posted in a while with the holidays and all.  You stated that your knee was swollen.  How many months post op are you.  I have  a nuclear bone scan and blood work done and they came to the conclusion that i have soft tissue inflammation around the new knee parts.  I have to wear a brace which does not let me bend my knee at all, cane or crutches, ice, anti-inflammatory and take it easy.  easier said than done.  With working and 4 boys i have no idea how i am going to slow down.  Your knee is swollen but is it sore?  Are you on it alot?  Do you take any pain meds?  Please write soon, i am very curious.



Anja,
well maybe when you win the lottery...

Egypt - how cool!!!!  What a lucky kid.  What did you do for your daughters 18th?

my OS appt is jan 11 too, my 3 month check up.

take care
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 06, 2007, 06:08:28 PM
Hi Ellenmarie
good to hear from you - sorry that you are having problems!

Think my probs are only because of overuse - my job is 10 hrs a day on my feet - so not the best but pays the bills - prob nothing more serious than overwork! I go on Thurs to see the OS but will prob only get to see the registrar and to be perfectly honest they really just ask how its going and you say okay and say whats going on and they just say rest it and give it time!

take care and keep in touch

anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 06, 2007, 06:21:19 PM
Anja what is a registra?     Is that like a Physicans assistant ?

Please be easy on that knee.  I want you to keep that implant nice and strong for years and years.


Time is all we have..
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 06, 2007, 10:25:05 PM
not wuite sure where the regitrar comes in the doctor ranking but think it is a qualified doctor but learning to specialise?!? - def under the instruction of the OS though.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on January 07, 2007, 01:39:27 AM
Oh, that sounds like it might be what we call a "resident"....already a doctor but learning under a doctor for their speciality.

Anja, I hope your appointment goes well on the 11th. Actually, from what you tell us, I can't imagine your OS would be anything but pleased!

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 07, 2007, 02:33:32 PM
yep sure it will be fine on Thurs.


Have just got back from A & E - my son was playing rugby this morning and sprained his MCL oh grrrrr he has only just gone back this season after missing twp seasons from when he ruptured his ACL. So he is out again - things going faster this time - he is seeing the hospital sports physio on Tuesday! - usually have to wait weeks.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on January 09, 2007, 12:10:19 AM
Hey Anja:  when I see the OS, the nurse is with him, but you do actually see the OS.  I guess I am lucky as I sit all day at my job.  the pain is incredible.  It has been raining and that makes it worse.  I hae a brace that goes from my thigh to ankle, and it makes it so i cannot bend the knee at all.  Don't know how long i am going to last as it is uncomfortable.  I can't believe how much we have to go through after tkr, i must have been living in a dream world, where i thought that the tkr would be painless afterwards.  I had my surgery a few weeks before you and it seems like we are both going through the same thing.  Can't wait to hear from you after your appt. on Thursday.
Ellenmarie

Hi Ellenmarie
good to hear from you - sorry that you are having problems!

Think my probs are only because of overuse - my job is 10 hrs a day on my feet - so not the best but pays the bills - prob nothing more serious than overwork! I go on Thurs to see the OS but will prob only get to see the registrar and to be perfectly honest they really just ask how its going and you say okay and say whats going on and they just say rest it and give it time!

take care and keep in touch

anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 09, 2007, 02:41:06 AM
One thing I can say is when going through the process of .. Shoud I do it?  I always said.  There is a strong chance that the pain levels and stiffness could be worse after the TKR.  Was I at a point where I knew I could handle constant pain if things went down the tubes.

The medial pain of bone rubbing on bone is not there and its just pain..  kinda like the same pain i had for years when it was raining.  So nothing I cant handle.. Just realizing that you exchange things  the first year or so when the knee settles in.

Does that make sense.. ?    pain meds kicking in
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 09, 2007, 02:56:28 AM
Annie,
You are doing so great, you should be so proud of yourself!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 10, 2007, 10:57:42 PM
had to post anything here as my thread was on post 666 - too creepy.

6 months post op today!

OS checkup tomorrow afternoon - so should be able to find out for sure what this shin pain is - saw my friend today who is a sports physio thinks it may be a shortening of my quadricep muscle - the pain is right where it joins the shin bone and she said that where it is short it is pulling on the bone - she had me walking up and down the shop today to inspect my walk and says I am limping - hmm maybe I just thought I wasn't - well not much compared to my old limp! - so have to work on stretching this muscle out more !

will post tomorrow when I get in from work.
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 11, 2007, 12:38:42 AM
anja,
yea that is creepy, glad you took care of it.

yes, forgot to wish you happy 6 month anniversary - 3 month anniversary for me on the 10th also.

Hope all goes well with your OS.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 11, 2007, 02:55:16 AM
Happy  6 months.


666 is a reminder of six months.   Hope your limp is sorted out quick and fast. 

Bonnie

3 months already?  You are doing great!!!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 11, 2007, 04:37:18 AM
Annie,
Time flies when your having fun.  ;D

After reading that you have 127 degrees of flexion, without much pain, I think your doing better than me  :o  Look at yourself at just under one month.
We are all doing great each in our own way...









Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on January 11, 2007, 09:39:07 AM
Hello girlies

Happy 1 month Annie, Happy 3 months Bonnie and Happy 6 months to Anj,  ;D ;D ;D

I'm keeping my fingers and all manner of unmentionables crossed for your OS apt Anj.  :o :) ;)

It's horrible here today! Raining and 46mph winds! Sounds like the roof is going to blow off! I'm sat in my office with the rain batting down on the window! It's 9.29am and dark! Can't wait for the spring to come, screws hurt!

Need to winge, sorry.......
I am trying to come to terms with the fact that I have a disability and I'm not coping that well. I thought by now I would be back to 'normal'. Tigger and I were painting the bedroom last night (have finished and it looks great) I was sat on the floor behind the bed cutting in and needed to get up. I got stuck! I didn't have enough room to get in in the strange manner that I have become accustomed to! So I sat and cried! Tigger had to grab me under my arms and lift me up and I'm not a small girl (6 feet tall and a size 16) We've bought a multi gym which is arriving tomorrow at the store and ahve cleared out the garage to put it in, so I'm hoping working on the muscles will help with strength. The problem now is my foot on my 'good' leg. It's so painful now that I don't now which leg to limp on! Have an appointent with my gp on Monday and will ask for a referral for x-rays etc, mind you with the good old NHS that will take a few months!  :'(

Now I've depressed everyone!

What's brown and sticky?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on January 11, 2007, 09:40:27 AM
A stick!  ;D

Thanks for letting me rant, like you had a choice!

x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 11, 2007, 01:08:14 PM
Hi all.

Anja  - Please let us know how the OS appointment goes

Hoppy - I have not the courage yet to sit on the ground.  But I imagine my trying would be like some kinda of site.  Think of someone trying to drown on dry land.

Bonnie send up some warm air.   Burrrr its colder than cold up here.

hmmmm Brown and sticky - a hot cross bun with extra sugary stuff and a nice cup of dunkin donuts hazelnut coffee.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 11, 2007, 07:54:25 PM
nah it's definately a stick!! - you ask the Vicar of Dibley!! nice one hoppy - you've been watching too much TV LOL

Hey Hop - really sorry you are having a crap time - big hugs for you hun! - reckon this cold windy wet weather is the cause of a lot of pains these days - whats up with that foot - what sort of pain is it, you say you want an xray - have you broken a bone or something - ya know if you go to casualty then you could get an xray then and there! - Our hospital is good - you go to the GP and get a form for an x ray then take it to the hospital between certain times and get the zray and the doc gets the report back in 10 days - so pretty quick for NHS.

Hop you have cheered up by now - don't like you being sad! :'( Think also you are overdoing things - you have done so much since you moved - you take it easy young lady!! Have a break.

The bitch from hell at work got  her fortune read today ;D ;D ;D she was nice as pie after - watch this space - and I'll watch my back!!

Okay heres what ;D you've been waiting for..............

went to the hospital for my appointment was 30 minutes early and went straight in to see the registrar grr where is my OS, anyhow the man did his tests, said it was all spot on then told me to wait there in this sexy dressing gown and then my OS came in!- he then did the tests again - VERY Happy with his work and said how good it had turned out - hmm knew that anyway.

The bit that hurts on my shin IS a Screw that he put in to make it all stronger - it is a dissolvable one and he said it could take a long time to be gone and the pain is inflamation from it but not to worry - all part of the healing. The quad is a bit short - happy for me to carry on with exercises that my physio friend has for me (he knows her - her hubbie is the head finance man at the hospital!)

Then came the lecture
no rugby, football or running.
Gym okay
NO heavy lifting (have to modify my work a bit there)
no getting fat LOL - he did say I was fine as I am ;D

The registrar wanted me to go back for an annual bone scan and xrays to keep a check on things - the pair of them are obsessed about me being too young to have had it done. - The OS said to the OS that he was not going to do these annual checks and to let me go and enjoy my new knee life as I had had the last 25 years of ops and hospitals - I am quite happy with that - he said it was on the understanding that the slightest worry/pain/doubt that I went back to him - fair play.

So I said see ya in 20 years then and he said it would more likely be 10 :o - due to being so active so................utmost respect for my knee!
Came out of there grinning like a cheshire cat ;D

DISCHARGED ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on January 11, 2007, 08:10:38 PM
Anja:

Let me be the first to congratulate you! Cheers! I just knew you'd get a really good report. And now you know what has been hurting in your shin, hopefully the pain will start to go away soon. But at least you know it's nothing to worry about. Remember to be kind to your knee....you really don't want to go through this again in 10 years, do you?

Janet

P.S. Let me add that my 8 week anniversary is tomorrow, two months on the 20th. My PT reminded me how well I am doing. It was good to hear from him and to hear how great you are doing, Anja, because I feel like it has already been "forever" with no end in sight!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 11, 2007, 08:32:13 PM
That makes Anja the ring leader in the TKR's. 

 May we all have the same implant for 40 years.
Annie just past one month
Janet at 2 months
Bonnie at three months
Anja at six  months.

Anja - Do you always have to dress in the lovely gowns with each OS office visit?
My OS only had me in the "pretty gowns" at the hospital with a new pair of socks each day.  I must say a new design each day and the socks had been tan or blue. 


My scar is itchy today in one spot.




Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 11, 2007, 09:39:00 PM
Hi Janet

Happy 8 weeks!! - and hey you are doing really well - crikey it is really early days still - I was discharged from physio at 8 weeks - but obviously still have lots of work to do - right now you will feel that there is a long way to go then next week you will suddenly realise how good you really are doing. Think back to coming round from surgery , then going home, then driving erm get my drift? Brilliat progress.

Hi Annie

on my 6 week checkup there was no undressing and I was suprised when he told me to put the sexy gown on -reckon he just wanted to look at my lovely legs(yuck not) I was wearing my new socks - bright green and white stripes with teddy bear heads on the sides! - my socks were very important in hospital - quite a talking point!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 11, 2007, 10:20:31 PM
Anja,
Great news! a dissolvable screw?  who knew?  Enjoy, just listen to your OS and try not to lift too much at work, direct Ms. Bitch to do it  ;D

Congrats Annie on one month, Janet on two.

Hop, so sorry for the blues, you are doing a lot in your new house and the weather sucks.  I'm still afraid to get down on the floor because of the way I would have to get up, much like you did.  Really wish I could send you sunshine or at least if i knew how to attach a pretty photo to cheer you up - but, I don't know how, so consider sunshine and a big hug coming your way.

Yeah for all of us - really gotta go now.....on to the airport.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 13, 2007, 09:22:40 PM




Need to winge, sorry.......
I am trying to come to terms with the fact that I have a disability and I'm not coping that well. I thought by now I would be back to 'normal'. Tigger and I were painting the bedroom last night (have finished and it looks great) I was sat on the floor behind the bed cutting in and needed to get up. I got stuck! I didn't have enough room to get in in the strange manner that I have become accustomed to! So I sat and cried! Tigger had to grab me under my arms and lift me up and I'm not a small girl


Hey Hop !!

okay gotta tell you this - Pooh was reading this and he said to me that you were being negetive! and I said 'No, you are having a bad day!' and so he told me that you are just like me ;D not disabled just LESS able! and you know what - I reckon he is right - he said that he is always helping me up but ce ;Drtainly doesn't consider me disabled - even though that blue badge is handy LOL.

Hope you are feeling a bit more on top of it now - I reckon you must also be weary of all that new house stuff - think you need a break - come and stay with me! ;D and you can come and help me beat up the bitch from hell - my boss did say if I wanted to thump her that he would have to watch but wouldn't sack me hee hee ;D

and I would just like to say that this is the first time I have managed to post a quote ;D ;D and it's your hun!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 16, 2007, 03:54:28 PM
Hop,
Hoping to find you posting here.  Anja & Pooh are right - there's a huge difference between disabled and not able.  You have been working so hard on your home, you are probably ready for a rest!  Hugs!

Anja,
make sure you stop lifting the heavy stuff!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 17, 2007, 03:45:51 PM
Hop, where are you?

Thinking of you  :)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 17, 2007, 06:30:15 PM
Anja - How is your son doing?    Did you OS put a limit on what is too heavy of a weight for you to carry at work ?

Bonnie send up the warm air please. Its colder than cold here.   

Hoppie..    Are you in stealth Ninja posting mode. ?  (dont ask me what that means.  other than it sounded ok when I typed it ) drugs
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 17, 2007, 06:40:31 PM
Annie, I'm sending you warmth and sunshine, just hope it gets there.  How are you feeling?  How is therapy going?

Anja, have you heard from Hop?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 17, 2007, 07:17:29 PM
Hi Annie and Bonnie

nope not heard anything from Hop :'( - I know she is busy at work and home though, sure she'll be back soon ;D

my OS didn't put a weight limit other than to say not to carry heavy stuff - so I draw the line at things like sacks of spuds which are 25kg - too damn heavy!

Very wet and windy here - 70mph winds coming tomorrow - spoke to my daughter today and she has moved her car off the seafront - otherwise it might end up full of shingle - she said the beach was already coming onto the road! - Hope it doesn't flood as she is in the basement!

Have a good day
anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on January 19, 2007, 11:34:01 AM
Hello my lovlies

Congratulations on all of these goal posts and a Hi to Janet as I don't think I've spoken to you before.  ;D Anj has been discharged, Whoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooopie  :) ;) :D ;D I'm made up for you darlin' you clever little sausage you. The girls are right you have to do as you are told now and no heavy lifting etc. I mean it my third eye is watching you! Tee Hee!

Thank you so much for your support in my whingey whiney feeling sorry for myself stage! I have been licking my wounds the last week and very busy at work, plus Oshe (my kitten) is poorly and we're waiting for his poo lab reports to come back on Monday, he's fine in himself but has had the squits forever! His potty training is going well though, he jumps up onto the toilet in the litter kwitter every time now so as soon as I get the all clear hopefully for the vet we'll move onto the disk with the hole in the middle! Then he'll be like Mr Jinks from meet the fockers!

Well I went to the doctors and had a good old chat with my lovely Dr Morris, he examined my foot and has put it down to sciatica or repetitive strain and also neuralgia! So I've been referred back to physio to correct the way in which I walk and have been told to go up stairs with feet and hands on floor and down on my bottom! He also gave me a double prescription for tramadol so it's cheaper and has written down some notes about what to report on my dla claim (disability living allowance, a government payment for being disabled that is given dependent on level of disability etc, not means tested either!) So it's a waiting game with the physio department now! Looking up though, hoorah!

Just tucked into my Friday ritual of a hot panini, yummy yummy in my tummy! Oh yea, doctor weighed me have now officially lost 22 pounds (10kg) since 3rd October!  My arse is no longer ecpilsing Southampton, merely casting a little shadow!

Soo glad it's the weekend, am gunna have a really big roar tomorrow morning. (Lie in (sleep in) Lion - Roar) Then get decorating! I'll have a proper rest when I have gotten rid of all of the rancid blue that the previous owners (who painted with their feet I hasten to add) chose.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, sending big hugs

Hop x ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on January 19, 2007, 11:35:41 AM
Jeepers, Wozers, Blimey that was a long one eh!

 ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 19, 2007, 03:15:59 PM
Hoppie,
So glad to hear from you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How much more blue paint must you get rid of?  When will you get Oshes test results?  How cool that you have potty trained your kitty, was it difficult?   Do you think I can teach and old cat?

How often will you go to physio? It doesn't seem to be as common to go to physio as it is here in the US.

Yummy, a hot pannini and a big roar! Life's small pleasures...enjoy and take care.

Anja,
what's the update on the weather and your daughter?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on January 19, 2007, 04:33:26 PM
Hi Bonnie

Really good to hear for you hun.
The whole house and I mean everywhere apart from teh newly done conservatory was painted either blue or yellow. EVERYWHERE! Not nice shades of the colours either! I'm sure they were stuck in the 1980's! We've done the lounge, downstairs loo, kitchen (need replacing but at least it's not bright yellow anymore!) and our bedroom. We've made a start on the spare bedroom and are decorating my step daughters room (she's nine so pink!) on Sunday! So all that will be left is the hallway and stairs. Phew!

I'm not sure on the frequency of physio yet, I'll probably have to wait for a couple of weeks for the referral to be procesed, probalby once a week initially then see howit goes.

Oshe's results come back from the lab on Monday so I'm looking forward to a Monday! I ahve a new sales guy starting Mopnday too so should be an interesting / busy week.

What have you been upto? How's that shiny new knee of yours? You're in sunshine aren't you you lucky swine! Tee Hee

It's almost time to go home here now and I'm really looking forward to a few glasses of wine! We have our closest friends coming for dinner so that will be good. Poppet face (that's what I call my best friend) is 6 months pregnant so we're really excited! I've gotten carried away buying stuff, it's great fun! She can keep the sleepless nights and I get the good bits!  ;D

Happy Weekend to everyone, Anj get bitch face to work your Saturday!

Big hugs and fluffy stuff!

Hop xx
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 19, 2007, 08:44:26 PM
hey Hoppy funny bunny! ;D - yes you! the skinny one! - my Dad said it was getting brighter down there ;D

Oh yes - it's my daddys 74th birthday today!

Good to see you back you miserable old bag - see you need us here to keep you on the straight and narrow - and it is somewhere you can whinge and whine and get away with it.  Good Luck with your DLA - if you get it - you MUST save it for your new kitchen!

And if you don't beahve and keep posting I will arrange to have your house painted - ON THE OUTSIDE IN BLUE !!!!

Oshe is a clever boy! Hope they sort his squitty bott out!

Bitchface is out on the prowl this weekend - honestly she is like a bitch on heat! oops sorry not appropriate really for this board and an insult to dogs!

Hope you get a big roar!   Eyore won't (he doesn't like Pooh!) as he is coming to work with me to try to fix my bread oven ;D Gonna send you a reply to your email when I get back from the Indian tomorrow ;D

Have a great weekend everyone !

Anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 20, 2007, 01:57:19 AM
Hop,
You sure have done a ton of painting!  I'll bet that's just one small part of the big picture...  I'm not much of a blue person either. So then you are nearing the end of all the work and soon get to enjoy your new home?

My knee, actually my quad is definitely getting stronger (finally).  PT has been hard work, but paying off.  I've been trying to enjoy my last days of no work.  I'm a paralegal in a lawfirm, sit at a desk staring at a computer most of the day.  What kind of work do you do?

My older cat, Gracie (14 yrs old) goes to the vet tomorrow to have blood drawn to check if the medication for her thyroid is working - she was diagnosed a month ago with a very hyperactive thyroid, so she eats and eats, but looses weight.

hope Oshe's tests results are good.

Anj, as long as bitchface stays out of your face...

whats a DLA?

great weekend to both of you too!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on January 24, 2007, 10:52:31 AM
Hi Bonnie and you lovely lot

Great news about your quad hun, yipeee! Well done you. What's a paralegal? I'm thinking Ali McBeal!

Good luck for Gracie, bless her I do hope they can give her thyroxin or something like they do humans. I'm sure it's treatable. Is she ok in herself? Give her a smooth from me.

Oshe's tests all cam back clear so heavens know's what was making him 'go' so much. he's really settled down now after a week on chicken and rice so we're really pleased.

DLA is disibility living allowance a government benefit paid to the disabled that is given based on level of disibility and not means tested. My doctor believes I will get the medium rate of care which equates to about £46 per week. Who knows though, I'll probably have to be seen by a doctor and most cases get turned down and 50% get approved at the appeal stage!

Anj - Where are you babe?
xx
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 24, 2007, 03:04:37 PM
Hi Hop,
So glad Oshe's tests came back negative - maybe he was just a bit stressed settling into his new environment  and it was just a matter of time.

Gracie is taking the same type of medicine as humans. Got her blood results and now her thyroid is under, so we have to cut back the medication and recheck her blood in a month.  She is always hungry, but very skinny, she used to run around as if someone or something was chasing her, but that has subsided and she was throwing up daily, which has also subsided, so she is better from the meds.

A paralegal is someone that works under the supervision of a lawyer/barrister (Ali McBeal).  In my case, we work on large corporate matters, so I sort, organize and summarize all the many boxes (around 100) of documents, among other things.  Not very glamorous, very detail oriented, a lot of reading.  And we are always working to beat deadlines with the court, so some days can turn into very long ones.

So is DLA something permanent? like when you can't work or can't work the job you used to before the injury/accident?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on January 24, 2007, 04:28:08 PM
Hi Bonnie

Cool job! I can imagine you sat there with glasses perched on the end of your nose looking all studious!

I'm glad Gracie has stopped throwing up, bless her heart. Lets hope the meds become regulated soon and she reaches and even keal.

DLA is a govenment payment to anyone disabled or anyone that has a disability that meets a certain criteria, whether you work or not, live alone or not doesn't come into it. It's there to help with costs of drugs and the normal day to days cost attributed to being disabled. It is permanent if the disibility is permanent.  I work full time running a direct sales department for a water treatment manufacturer. I boss sales people around and organise campaigns, show, events, advertising, it's very varried and I love it!  I'm sat down all day most of the time so that's handy!

Are you at work now?
x


Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 24, 2007, 04:47:06 PM
Hop,
No, I'm at home today. Went to GP, coming down with the flu or something and have PT this afternoon.

Your job sounds very glamorous! I'm jealous!  DLA sounds like a very good thing, we have something like it here except that you must be permanently disabled and can't work - not the same really.

I do wear glasses, but they aren't perched on the tip of my nose cause they're invisible multi-focals! So I get to hide the fact that I can't see near or far!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on January 24, 2007, 04:52:45 PM
Hey Bonnie

I'm blind as a bat! Tee Hee. If it wern't for ultra thin lenses I'd have jam jars perched on my nose!  ;D

I have dark brown glasses, red or dead ones , quite new so love them!

Fancy coming down with the flu! That was silly!  :-[ Lots of fluids, vitamin c and rest for you young lady! A perfect excuse to cuddle up with your hanimals! I hope it doesn't develop into a horrid virus and that you are feeling better soon. You probably picked it up from someone on your first day at work! Typical!

Hop x

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 24, 2007, 04:58:18 PM
Hop,
I have those ulta thin lenses too! My glasses are kinda ruby red metal, a little bit funky.

The person I caught this from is my hubby!!!!!! I want to kill him...he's been sick 3 times since December and has refused to go or even call the doctor.  My GP insisted that I have a flu shot this year because of the TKR, so hopefully it will be a mild case of whatever it is.  But how ironic that it started just when I went back to work...

I have one hanimal on my lap, the other on the arm of the recliner - I love it!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 24, 2007, 07:05:22 PM
Hi Girls!

Glad the kittys are perking up!

Have been at work! and yes Hop I know I owe you an email - will get off my bum and sort it!

U have glasses as well, one pair with blue frames (my favourite) one pair with silver and multi colour sort of frames and a pair of rimless ones for my classy intelligent days! and loads of contact lenses - can't read a thing without them so they are all varifocals. Damn expensive this glasses lark - I have had a new prescription every year - but the optician says that arthritis affects your eyes and he said the deterioration should slow down now - hope so!

gotta go - in the middle of doing dinner!  back later
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on January 24, 2007, 09:02:22 PM
Hi everyone!

Bonnie, sorry you got sick! What a bummer....just getting well enough to go to work and then getting sick. Must be a sign! I know, it means you need to stay home longer eating bon bons and watching the soaps!

I also wear the dreaded reading glasses, ususally perched down my nose because otherwise everything is a blur when I look up. I hate them! It's just a sign that I'm getting old. My best friend turns 50 today, and I'm not far behind. But at least I'm starting my second half century with a new knee!

I've decided my first day back at work will be February 13. I'll try going in for an afternoon and see how it goes. I worry that I'll get engrossed and stay seated too long, then someone will have to call the paramedics to pry me out of the chair! I work at a large church and have a lot of varied responsibilities. We have about 40 people on staff, so that shows the size of the congregation. I'm the "executive administrative assistant" (I hate that title!) I spend most of my time on the computer doing a lot of publication work. I do a lot of typing and proofreading. But I'm also the office manager for the main office. And I handle all the details for the weddings, baptisms, funerals. Plus anything else that comes up! One of my receptionists is out, too, just having had rotator cuff surgery. So they have had to find replacements for her, too. They are looking forward to me coming back. Right now, there are three people who are filling in for me, adding the things I'm directly responsible for to their jobs. I owe a lot of people! But they have all been great, insisting I have the surgery and caring about how I'm recovering. I guess it pays to work for a church!

We don't have any pets at the moment. Our lovely dog, Jasmine, died last spring. She was an English Springer Spaniel and was about 12 years old. Had some kind of disease, but after many, many tests and lots of money, it was still unclear what was making her sick. So we just watched and treated things as they came up. But she finally got so sick we had to put her to sleep. No fun. And while I miss having a dog, it's not practical now. Maybe when I'm old and retired I'll get one of those little dogs that I can carry around in my purse!

Hope everyone's having a good day. It's been snowing here all day. Quite lovely, since I don't have to go out in it!

Janet

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on January 25, 2007, 03:06:15 PM
Hello girls

I tried to put a picture of Oshe on as my amin pic and it didn't work!
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/Hop1/Oshe1.jpg?t=1169736419[img])
Hope thsi works!

Janet - You can't go back to work on the 13th!!! lol Can't you make it the 14th, it might be unlucky! I'm so sorry to hear about your puppy dog, (I call all cute dogs pups!) Springers are gorgeous. We lost my auntie and her springer last summer, Katie missed my aunt so much she went down hill. Mum was their carer, aunt and the pup. They are such intellegent and loyal creatures. If you get a purse dog I'm going to start calling you Paris! Tee Hee! I know what you mean about the practicalities though,when he's hungry Oshe gets under my feet and I'm almost come a cropper a few time! Oops!

How's young Bonnie today? How's that bunged up trink of yours? I do hope you are feleing a little better today.
Hi Annie - Not spoken to you in a while, how's you doing?

Hey Anj, you alright me darlin'?

Happy Days and hugs
Hop x




Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 25, 2007, 08:05:18 PM
Hi hop

yeah fine - you? sorry I still haven't done email - every time I get online my lovely daughter comes on for a chat so difficult to concentrate - she is bored as all her flatmates have gone home for weekend already!

Cool kitty pic - very cute!

Janet I agree with hop - don't go on the 13th!

we got SNOW !!!
ANJ
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 26, 2007, 12:55:45 AM
Hi girls!

Yeah glasses, been wearing them since I'm 14. 

Hop,
Oshe is a dor a ble!!!!!!!  What's a trink and I'll tell you how its doing?

Janet, my birthday is the 13th and some years it even happens on a Friday and its always great - don't sweat it.  Some people are verrrry superstitious.   ;)

Today, Sophia, my American Cocker Spaniel had her teeth cleaned.  she's just fine, but it was a huge day for me. Work, then PT, then picked up Sophia - I'm beat.

Take care all.

Anja, how much snow?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on January 26, 2007, 09:10:57 AM
Morning Schmorning

Tee Hee, a trink is a spelling error! I meant to say trunk? Oops!

How is everyone today?? It's minus a half here today! BUT NO SNOW!

I WANT SNOW

Hop  ;D






Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 26, 2007, 06:24:51 PM
Hi Hop and everyone else,
Doing ok.  I'm actually at work for a bit today, I know I said I would take it slow, but I figured I would have the weekend to rest.

Wishing you snow if that's what you desire.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.
bonnie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 26, 2007, 07:45:00 PM
Hi

oh Hop - you could've had our snow! actually it was only about 2 inches - not worth having - it was worse today as it defrosed a bit last night then froze to sheet ice - like a skating rink outside my house. All defrosted now - just a snowman left on a neighbours front lawn!

Hey Bonnie - you take it easy - don't go overdoing it. Now rest for the weekend.

We are hopefully going to replace our fence panel tomorrow - if it turns up!

I have the weekend off! yippeee.

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on January 26, 2007, 09:03:35 PM
You can have our snow, too. We've had a warm and mild winter. Then, just when I'm ready to drive and go out on my own, winter arrived! I knew this would happen. We have about three or four inches on the ground and it's cold, about 17 degrees. So I'm keeping my chauffeur until the weather clears. I'm not afraid of driving, but of the icy parking lots. This way, I get dropped at the door. Actually, I may never give this up!!

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 26, 2007, 09:07:52 PM
hey Janet - I hate being driven by anyone else - just don't feel in control - and yet when I couldn't drive I was quite chilled about it!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 26, 2007, 11:46:46 PM
Anja,
Enjoy your weekend off!  I'm trying to take it easy, but you know how it goes...

Good weekend everyone!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 27, 2007, 01:03:34 PM
Thanks Bonnie - it is a lovely day here - have fixed the fence panel - not as difficult as I thought it was gonna be

Bored now!

You take it easy!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 27, 2007, 04:17:56 PM
I am not bored...reclining while computing.  You were right, the first (partial) week is a bitch! 

Pamper yourself a little!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 28, 2007, 07:41:33 PM
glad to hear you are resting !!

oops pamper?!  We went shopping and my hubbie bought a lovely 42" Plasma tv - OMG it is so nice!

Been watching films all day!


are you working tomorrow?
(http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=tbn:Ts2vldn__obFIM:http://www.bwayphoto.com/images/big/sahps4253x.jpg) our new tv!(http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=tbn:v4Sn4PeybP2AKM:http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/images/lg/lg-lht550tb.jpg) and home cinema surround sound!(http://thumbs.ebaystatic.com/pict/3000743719956464_1.jpg)and the stand!

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 28, 2007, 09:34:42 PM
Anja

That TV set looks grand.   I hope it gives you many moments of enjoyments. 

Hey what is a popular tv show over in england that we might not know over here in the USA yet? 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 28, 2007, 09:38:13 PM
Yikes - I have no idea what you get in America!  I don't actually watch too much tv!! - I do like things like Hells Kitchen - with Gordon Ramsey! ;D
Hate Big Brother!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 28, 2007, 09:40:03 PM
I heard something about Uk big brother.  Some star .. and socks.. ..  Sounds over the top

Never heard of Hells kitchen..  Cooking show ?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 28, 2007, 09:43:29 PM
yep Hels kitchen is a competition reality show - in fact one of them was in the US - about 10 people go to work in this top chefs kitchen , learn to cook and the person that wins - gets their own restaurant!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 28, 2007, 09:50:44 PM
On Bravo tv they have a tv show called TOP Chef.     Catch phrase to the weeks looser ..  Please pack up your knifes and leave.   I think the winner gets 100 grand.

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 28, 2007, 10:00:50 PM
nope don't know that - like my hubbie said - we have gone from 20  to  60 chanels of crap!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 28, 2007, 10:03:37 PM
lol  so true..   wait till you find yourself with a coin selling channel.

I was watching visions of Greece until  I figured it was making me sleepy .. very sleepy.   If only they showed that at night.. 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 28, 2007, 10:06:32 PM
coin selling? crikey

haven't even looked through the other channels yet! - not likely to either!  Bought some new dvd's today though!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on January 29, 2007, 02:41:45 PM
Hey girls

Thanks for all the snow.  ;D
Well Anj you were right, I got turned down for dla! No suprose there then! Mums going to help me appeal when she comes over next week as Tigger has a confrence in Portugal. :'( :'( It will be the first time we have been apart in the 3 years we ahve been together other than the nights I've spent in hospital. Thank goodness I have Oshe to cuddle up with!

Oshe is now pooing and weeing using the amber tray with the hole in the middle. One step closer to toilet taining! Yipeeee.

Did everyone have a good weekend. You got to have 2 lions Anj for a change.

Bg hugs
Hopx
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 29, 2007, 07:29:42 PM
Hi Girls

Sorry Hop - hope I didn't jinx you  - just know it is a pig to get some of these benefits - we rang up about them long before my op - and got told to get lost!

Oh Mate - Tigger in prtugal - that is bang out of order - he should take you with him! and me ;D never been there!

Clever kitty! can't wait to see this little performer!

Bitch from hell is a PITA again - but think she has reason today - she got dumped by two of her boyfriends this weekend - she only has one left!! hee hee
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 30, 2007, 01:15:06 AM
Anja,
So the bitch from hell is also a slut???? hmmmmmm.

A 42 inch plasma, awesome...What brand plasma did you get?  I was actually researching the different brands and types this weekend when I had 2 lions (did I get it right????), plasma vs. LCD vs DLP - got so confused that I gave up. 

Hi Hop, what a bright little boy Oshe is.  Hope you get a nice surprise from Portugal.  How long will he be gone?

Annie, I guess you're watching lots of TV?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 30, 2007, 07:37:44 PM
Hey Bonnie - you got it in one!! - she has cancelled her time off next week as she has no one to go away with LOL - always the man pays for her! Her ex boyfriend is so besotted with her that he is still paying the bills - how stupid is he?

Yeah we had trouble deciding , ours is made by samsung - apparently Sony buy the screens from samsung. Have to say - it brings a whole new dimension to the lounge - looks well posh!!

Hi Hop - you okay?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 30, 2007, 10:08:07 PM
Anja,
some men will do just about anything, and women like her take advantage...

Top on my list was a Samsung, we'll see.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on January 30, 2007, 10:09:27 PM
We've been looking at plasma, too. It is very confusing, though. And expensive. And since our TV is still working and gets a good pictue, we've been putting it off. But we did join the 21st century and buy TiVo on Sunday! It's really cool. I'll never miss Grey's Anatomy again!

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 30, 2007, 10:21:35 PM
We don't have Tivo, but something similar (DVR) that is an option with the cable company..I just love it.  I tape Grays Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, What About Brian, Boston Legal & Ugly Betty & never worry about missing a show.

Welcome to the 21st century.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 30, 2007, 11:42:42 PM
www.abc.com

This site streams just about all the tv shows you mentioned.    My Dad bought 11 seasons of frazier on DVD.   At night when I cant sleep I put on a dvd and click play all.    It is one of my top secret indulgences and I must admit my OS said what is keeping you up at night and I fessed up to him and he laughed at me.  Last year it was the history channel and the olympics.

Just going through some of my bills.  I cant believe that Son of a bitc  nursing home billed me twice for TV and phone.  I have a receipt too that I paid cash and someone signed it and made me a copy.   That place makes me so angry..  I could just scream.   I am talking rage.   I just do not wish to deal with them anymore so I might as well write a check.  I feel so violated again.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on January 31, 2007, 12:04:50 AM
Annie, please don't pay them twice, make them work.  Call them and say you need a detailed bill because you believe there were duplicates billed to the insurance company as well as to you personally - be they catch it.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 31, 2007, 07:26:27 PM
Hi All

Annie - DO NOT pay them twice - that is what these companies hope for - I have no doubt they already charged over the odds rates for phone already!

We have a DVR - LOVE IT - has hard drive and dvd drive .(http://www.hometheatermag.com/images/archivesart/105panasonic.1.jpg)



Hope everyone is having a good day (apart from hosp bills!)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on January 31, 2007, 08:25:53 PM
Annie:

Absolutely do not pay them twice! I think it is a big scam with some of these places. They think if they just bill you, you'll pay it (and most people will). I always check everything and you'd be surprised how many times I find a mistake. They are usually easily taken care of with a phone call. But last year I finally had to submit copies of everything to an appeal board. I thought I was going to scream at how dense these people were! But I was right, and got a refund of over $800. So even with small things, if you know you're right, go for it! Just keep the screaming for the shower and the rage for your pillow!

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on February 05, 2007, 12:12:19 AM
Anja,
How's your knee holding up through all of this?

Take care of you and your family.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 05, 2007, 04:05:26 AM
Hi Anja
So sorry to hear about your son's loss of a good friend.  Such a hard thing to be going through at any stage in life but a bit sadder when it is a child.  It seems so unfair. 
I will keep this young soul in my prayers.

Deepest Sympathy
Anne
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 05, 2007, 11:43:48 AM
Hi Anj

Checking the boards to see if you are about, have emailed you darling.

Am thinking of you and your son and everyone who's lives are effected by this horrible, unfair, tragic event.

Love and hugs
Tori x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 05, 2007, 06:43:05 PM
Hi Thanks everyone for your good wishes - really appreciate them.

Got the day off so my son and I are going shopping - he wants new tracksuit bottoms.

The most amazing thing to come out of all this is that he has cancellled his online internet game subscription (a game which he would play for 12 hrs a day given the chance) and he is suddenly so much more chatty and sociable which is sooooo nice - not such a grumpy teenager. Hope it lasts!

Hope you are all doing okay.

Thanks for your email Hop will reply tomorrow.

anja
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 07, 2007, 07:57:45 PM
Hi ALL

well my son being off his computer game will last longer as the fan has gone on the computer and it turns itself off after 15 minutes ;D nah not funny really he is on half term break for 10 days from friday and will get very bored. Live in the middle of nowhere wothout a bus service for him to visit mates and I am at work.



No then - how about this - went to dentist this evening and after OS said it would be okay for hygienist to do scale and polish - got there and he refused to touch me without antibiotics - said he wouldn't do it as his insurance wouldn't cover him - shame he didn't ring as I could have got some from my GP as I spoke to him on the phone this morning grrrrrr - can't get another appt until 6th june he is that busy (only works 2 days a week at our surgery) That is to get an evening appt.  Have to admit I feel better having them - don't want to risk problems.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on February 08, 2007, 04:55:44 AM
anj,
better safe than sorry, but what a waste of your precous time. i have the meds just in case of an emergency (dental or otherwise) & when in doubt carry them with me, and worst case take them and wait an hour.

take care
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 08, 2007, 05:12:42 AM
My OS gave me an RX to have on hand for dental work. 
Anja you are joking with the dentist right ?   five months for a cleaning and scaling?   Not that you want to have it done but the scaling is a bitch.  Your gums are chewed up and bleeding the entire time.  I suppose its best to wait a bit anyway
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 08, 2007, 08:54:26 AM
Bloody nhs, bloody dentists, think I am mostly gunna swear a lot today!

June, you have to be kidding me! I know tkr patients have to have Ab for dentistry but I don't get it?

Ooo ooo have set up the wwc thread,,,come over!!! ;D

xx
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on February 08, 2007, 06:59:23 PM
Anja:

I agree with "better safe than sorry." Any dental work that involves bleeding means that the bacteria from your mouth can get into the bloodstream, and the bacteria can attach to the metal prosthesis and cause and infection in the knee. You definitely don't want that! It's too bad you have to wait until June, though. When I told my dentist I was going to have a TKR, he gave me a prescription  to have on hand for the next time I came in. But I have to remember to ask my OS how long I have to take the antibiotics before dental work....I have heard two years and forever.

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 08, 2007, 07:27:06 PM
I think it depends on the OS.   Mine mentioned there is nothing written in stone.. but again "because of my age"  he wants me to be extra careful.

Anne "because of her age" has to go get her photo id at the DmV  :)   Wish me luck all.   Dem lines ..are huge
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 08, 2007, 07:52:37 PM
I really don't mind waiting 5 months ;D - Mt dental insurance covers me for 2 scale and polishes a year so my dentist is keen that we use them! - he did them about 2 months after my op when I had a tooth fixed and had antibiotics so not too fussed - I could get it done sooner but wanted it done in the evening after work - easier than sorting an appointment around work and school runs.

Thanks Janet - I wondered exactly why we needed them - didn't realise bacteria could attach to the metal work - makes more sense now.

Going to GP with son tomorrow so hopefully wil get two doses for the price of one - he is a nice doc - and a new stash of tramadol.

Annie - what is the DMV?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 08, 2007, 11:21:35 PM
Division of Motor Vehichles  ..  Drivers lisence stuff.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 10, 2007, 08:23:55 PM
oh right - thanks Annie.

Went to docs yesterday,sons BP fine, heart fine , no idea why nosebleeds other than unusual in teenagers and we got an appt for ENT clinic at hosp on 3rd April but doc said if he has any more bad ones like Tuesdays to ring him and he will get him straight in.

Doc also gave me 100 more Tramadol :o, cool - won't have to go back for a LONG time - if ever as still have about 40 left from previous prescription - but they come in very handy for my dodgy back (due to lifting heavy things!)  and he gave me two lots of antibiotics for dentist - but said to ring dentist pre appt and make him give me the antibiotics - so I have spares!

Went to the memorial service for my sons friend today - very very sad and emotional.

have a good weekend
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on February 10, 2007, 10:31:43 PM
Anja,
Glad your son's vitals were good and so great that it was a two for one apppointment (the tramadols)!

How did your son handle the memorial service?  Hope it gave him some sort of closure...
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on February 10, 2007, 11:13:18 PM
Anj:

Glad your son is okay. I hope he doesn't get another gusher like that last one. At least the ENT should be able to give you a definitive answer.

Yea for Tramadol. Anything that helps us get through the day, right?

I'm sure the memorial service was sad. It's so hard when it's a child. We've had to go through that a couple of times with families we knew. Never easy. But the family really does appreciate the show of support.

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 11, 2007, 05:10:00 AM
Anja -  It is such an emotional time when someone passes.  It puts extra stresses on everything.   I hope your son starts feeling better soon.  Nosebleeds ugggh..  How is his leg?  any better?

The ultram is brandname tramodol.  I understand it takes a few days for the drug to build up in your system to start working at it's best levels.   I have a six month supply  and I can always call my OS up for samples that the drug manufactuer's leaves off at his office.

Bonnie I saw on the weather map florida is a balmy 70 out.   I heard Jersey is going to get some snow this week.   It is about 27

Janet I can't remember what part of the states your in.  My mind has gone blank.  I am sure its cold .. because I only saw the lower half  of the states with any type of warm.


My nephew came over tonight. His fave word is no no no no.   He has this train that plays music and it was not to his satisfication that there was no way to turn the music off while going around the track.  He started nursey school last week at age 2 .  He cracks me up.. He looks like a cambell soup kid with his rosey cheeks and longer winter hair with ringlets.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 11, 2007, 03:45:34 PM
Hi All

My son was really good at the memorial service - better than me actually - outwardly. He has been rugby training this morning, but didn't play the match as he isn't fit enough really - they have a match every week for the next 10 weeks so he is saving himself!

My hubbie bought me a juicer today so have been experimenting :P wow full up with juice now! hmm and toblerone!

Have a good weekend
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on February 11, 2007, 04:10:58 PM
Annie,
Just spoke to my sister (in NJ) and she told me about the expected snow Tuesdayish and that today is a warm 30 degrees ...

Anja, enjoy your juicer.  So glad your son handled the service well.

Take care
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 11, 2007, 05:43:05 PM
Hi Bonnie

you up to anything nice today - apart from chatting to us of course ;D

all juiced out - def had our vitamins today - carrot juice is yummy!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on February 12, 2007, 01:44:05 AM
I live in Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It's been sunny here but cold. Today we got to about 24 I think. Last week we didn't get out of single digits. I'm ready for spring!

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 12, 2007, 04:10:28 AM
Bonnie

Oh boy.. my knee feels something coming... Its cold still ..   only saving grace is now I do not have to go to PT.   I can shovel ???????   and walk in snow mounds????    heel toe heel toe.. biff.. whats that .. oh a snow ball beemed at my head...  dazed and confused ..  I make a snow angel and cant get up from the ground ..  stuck like a beached whale... Hmmmm good times?

Please send up the warm air..  I beg of you...


Anja on the commercials for juice they always mix beats and green peppers and grapes ..     I was thinking some nice mango and pineapple .. with some blueberries.  and some coconut rum... maybe.


Janet -- I would have thought michigan colder.. than NJ. seems we are on the same temp. 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 12, 2007, 01:10:59 PM
Hey Annie - that cocnut rum sounds good - medicinalmaybe.

Crappy knee day today - think its the damp weather.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 12, 2007, 02:07:23 PM
along with cherry and blackberry brandy.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 12, 2007, 02:19:21 PM
never seen blackberry brandy - sounds lovely!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 12, 2007, 02:24:47 PM
Ya know the way we go on about booze .. ya think we were all lushes..  but .. did anyone buy the baileys with mint chocolate flavor yet?   
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 12, 2007, 02:27:23 PM
nope - doesn't appealenough to risk buying a bottle just to try it!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 12, 2007, 02:42:37 PM
I had godiva chocolate licquier once or twice... or thrice...
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on February 13, 2007, 02:50:20 AM
Hot cocoa and amarillo (sp?) is great, too. Good for those cold Michigan days.

Detroit is in lower Michigan. More northern parts of the state are very cold and much more snowy! We are supposed to get 5 inches of snow tonight and tomorrow. May be the excuse I was looking for not to have to start work tomorrow. Maybe I love snow after all!

On a serious note, at PT today he finally decided to massage my sore hamstring tendon. He found a "knot" that he thinks is scar tissue around the tendon, maybe around an inch around. Great. Just what I need. But once again it goes to show that after all I've been through, I know my knee pretty well. I knew something wasn't right and nobody's been listening to me. I don't think they'll do anything about it, but it does explain the pain I've been having there.

Wish me luck at work tomorrow. Or pray for snow. I'll let you know which side won out...

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 13, 2007, 11:09:06 AM
Hello

Sorry to hear your knee is acting up Anj, I agree about the cold. You still have your knee cap right? I'm really confused about the tkr thing, what will I need cos my knee is lovely it's my knee caps that's buggered? Can they replace that? Hmmmm, pontification!

Ouchy ouch Janet - Muscle knots kill but scar tissue, is that now supposed to stay there?

 ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 13, 2007, 04:37:03 PM
My OS cut off the OA bits on my knee cap and cemented this plug on the back.. So its like fake boobies.. the top part is real the innards are fake.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 13, 2007, 08:14:19 PM
aha - sorry misleading you all - I don't have knee pain at all - it is shin pain - right at the top where I my OS put a 'dissolving' screw in - but it can take a long time for it to go! - I think it must be the cold damp weather - well I hope that is what it is!

Janet - I had lumpy scar tissue and my physio showed me how to massage it in a circular motion to break the lumps down - it had to be pressed on quite hard - I just put bio oil on it first to make the action more smooth.

Hop ya know what I think you can get a new knee cap - I have even heard of people who have the knee cap removed! :o

Annie - I had the same as you - back of knee cap sliced off and fixed back on.

Got a letter from my surgery today asying that the OS had written to them asking me to book an xray for the 5th anniversary of my knee and every 2 yrs after that - but that any probs in the meantime - to get  in touch with them.

hope you are all having a good day!
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 13, 2007, 08:37:16 PM
Well is it going to snow or isnt it..  The pain in my tibia says it is coming.. but what kind of  weather I will get depends on two fronts fighting out a turf war.   One gang is ice and the other gang is snow..


Anja,  I would take that letter as great news..   Your OS  doesnt really want you on his door step anymore..  :)   Well I think its good news. 


Did Bonnie have her surgery?  I havent heard a wonderful peep out of her recently.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 13, 2007, 08:59:07 PM
hey annie - yeah he discharged me a few weeks ago - saying to call with any problems - suits me - hope not to have to contact him for a long time - if you know what I mean!

Nope haven't heard from Bonnie at all.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on February 14, 2007, 12:14:14 AM
Hop: My damage was behind the kneecap. My other compartments looked good. It's a big surgery just to get at the kneecap, but it was the best choice for me. My OS cut off all the bad parts on the back of the kneecap and put a plastic "button" piece on the back to ride in the trochlear groove. During all the post-op pain, at least I can say that the back of my kneecap never hurt like it did before!

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on February 14, 2007, 01:32:04 AM
Annie, my sister told me that earlier tonight there were snow flurries  and 27 degrees, hope its not sleet.

I too have a "plastic button" in place of my knee cap like Janet.

I didn't have my procedure yet, the doctor cancelled my original date of 2/16 & I still need to reschedule...procrastinating.

Anja, be careful of too much carrot juice, you will turn orange if you drink to much.
Personally, I'll have vodka with my juice (cranberry or pineapple)

Hop, how's Oshe?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on February 15, 2007, 01:35:09 AM
We ended up with a lot of snow, blowing around and drifting, and very cold. Luckily I didn't need to go out today because there was a big drift outside the garage right behind my car. With hubby out of town and my son busy at work, I thought I was out of luck. But this afternoon the doorbell rang and there was this angel of a man asking if I wanted to have my driveway dug out. But get this....he only asked for $10! How wonderful! I truly believe it was a gift from God.

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 15, 2007, 07:53:22 PM
always someone out trying to make a fast buck!!! trouble is it will probably take him quite a while!  Good man though. Wonder if he wants to rake the leaves up from my lawn!?

Bonnie - not tuned orange yet - we are making a lovely big jusg of orange juice each day - so lots of vit C !
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on February 17, 2007, 05:46:50 PM
Janet, $10? what a deal, bet hubby was excited too.

Anj, freshly squeezed OJ is great for you and since you have easy access to fruits & veggies - its a win/win situation.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 17, 2007, 06:11:18 PM
Can you believe this!

A friend of mine went into hospital for a PKR last week Friday and got as far as the anaetetists room - all gowned and marked up and then the OS sent someone out to say that he had changed his mind and they were not doing it!!!!

She went back to see him the next day and he examined her and said it did need doing but to wait as he thought she was too young (same age as me!)

Bloody incredible!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on February 17, 2007, 06:18:48 PM
anj,
can you sue doctors in the UK???
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 17, 2007, 09:04:05 PM
yeah of course - but what for ? thinking he has your best interests  at heart?  Trouble is the more people take this line of action the less others will try to help.
It's like car insurance - everyone now sues for the tiniest bit of whiplash and premiums go up - no one wins.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on February 18, 2007, 03:47:48 AM
your right, of course. was just wondering  ???

it was just so wrong, he needs to be reprimanded.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 18, 2007, 10:32:49 AM
Sorry Bonnie

Yes she has put a complaint in writing to the hospital so have no doubt something will come of it - think she is now going to arrange to see my os. He works at the same hospital where her brother in law is financial director - so hopefully she will do some name dropping! It's strange actually - someone else at work yesterday said that his TKR had been cancelled - another local hosp but they are all funded by the same area so maybe they spent all the money one me! ::)

Really not good enough though!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on February 18, 2007, 10:45:30 PM
I think I would scream if that happened to me. I'd be so angry I would just burst open. That would be ugly....a lot to clean up! Anyway, it doesn't seem right that he waited until that time to tell her. And then he wouldn't even do it face to face, but sent someone else to break the news.

I had this thought that I would wake up from the surgery and the OS would tell me he didn't do anything after all....that once he was "inside" my knee nothing was wrong and I was just being a wimp. Of course that didn't happen. But your friend's experience was close!

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on February 19, 2007, 01:24:34 AM
Anja, no need to apologize  :).

So glad she can name drop.  that man should not be practising medicine - he's an insult to the medical profession.  But that is strange that it happened to someone else you know - maybe both OS's had more important things to do those days...like playing golf!!!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 19, 2007, 12:53:55 PM
OMG Anja, your poor friend, that must be awful. Getting all worked up to be let down.

I soo hope that with your OS she gets her surgery.

xx
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 20, 2007, 07:05:05 PM
hey ho! Having been discharged by my OS will be back to see him sooner than he was hoping - My GP has referred my son back to him tor his torn meniscus/cartalidge (whichever - don't know the difference) Hopefully we won't have to wait too long ::) MY son is doing 'A' Level PE and doing the sport bit is quite a big part of it - don't think they can take his rugby into account this time as they used that for his GCSE (A grade - clever boy!)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on February 21, 2007, 03:29:38 PM
Anj, that's too bad for your son. Do you think he'll need surgery? I hope it turns out to be a "minor" tear. It's not a good sign when the OS knows all the members of your family by first name!

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 21, 2007, 08:44:43 PM
Hi Janet

Don't know about surgery - trouble is that this sort of thing doesn't tend to repait itself - and he has already had it trimmed 2 years ago when he had his acl reconstructed, so will just have to wait and see. - Prob usual thing - 3 month wait to see OS then £ months for MRI then if surgery req'd - another 6 month wait - so frustrating. The Gp and the hosp physio didn't see the point in him going to physio as it wouldn't fix the fault - so really can only see that surgery would be the answer.

anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on February 22, 2007, 01:28:22 AM
Anja,
That stinks!  Meniscus is a type of cartiledge in the knee, the cushion between the bones, I believe.  The other type of cartledge is called articular, it backs the kneecap  and maybe somewhere else.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on February 22, 2007, 07:15:54 PM
Bonnie, you're right. The articular cartilege covers the ends of the bones so they glide smoothly. The meniscus is the thick cushion pad between the femur and tibia. When most people say "cartilege" they mean meniscus.

Anj: Do you have a date for your son's OS appointment?

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 22, 2007, 07:41:40 PM
Ha Ha you gotta be joking - actually I could have made a date straight away on the pick and choose scheme - where you get offered various dates usually within 2 months but you don't get to choose who you see - just the hospital and date - so to get a specific OS the GP has to write direct to him - so that is what I have gone for - my son and I have the same OS and he his very sought after, he is quite young but brilliant, all the doctors and physios I know say to use him. Would rather wait for the best!

Thanks for the info on the difference between the two :)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 07, 2007, 07:45:41 PM
Hey does anyone elses knee sound/feel 'clunky' some days?




still no news from hosp :o might have to start sending emails!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 07, 2007, 11:39:06 PM
Hey Anj-its Ellenmarie. Haven't been on in a while but in answer to your question, yes my knee crunches when i walk.  Also, for the past couple of days it has been very cold here (single number temperatures) and my quad muscle feels like it is on fire, the hamstring feels like it is stretching so much it is going to rip, and i have a pain down the incision from the knee down my shin.  I haven't done anything unusual, so it must be the cold.  Anyone else suffering??? Really starting to think I never should have done this
Please write soon.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on March 08, 2007, 03:04:16 PM
Yes, my knee clunks/creaks or whatever you call it. I don't think it's anything to worry about unless it hurts when it happens. Mine doesn't; it's just noisy sometimes.

And yes, the cold definitely affects my knee/leg. In fact, my PT told me I'll have an easier time when the weather warms up. In the meantime, I take long hot showers (I wish I could get into the bathtub!) and stretch and massage. I'm sick of the cold and snow.

Some days my knee feels pretty good, and other days it is sore and grouchy. I think that's par for the course, but I'm getting very discouraged because I thought I'd be feeling a lot better by now, almost four months post-op. And are you still tired, not up to your normal energy level?

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 08, 2007, 03:11:40 PM
Hey Janet:  I do take the hot showers and having a heating pad on it while at work, (I am a secretary and sit all day).  I too am discouraged with the cold, and find that I am exhausted.  What is going on.  I am 9 months post op and am not happy with the outcome at all.  How is it going for you?  Do you work, have kids, etc.
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 08, 2007, 09:10:47 PM
Hi Janet and Ellenmarie

Thanks for your replies

wow I am so sorry that you are both not pleased yet. Really hope it will come.

I AM pleased - yeah it is not perfect - but..........it is sooo much better than before, and the pain is so much less, just this niggly pain to the side of my shin bone - which is new - just hope it is from doing too much/the cold!

Rang the hospital to see about sons appt - they have had no letter - OMG how frustrating - GP surgery was shut by the time I tracked down the right person so will ring in the morning to get letter faxed over.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: L. Thomas.net on March 08, 2007, 09:50:23 PM
I had an "unusal" but not rare condition after surgery.  I had the clunk but I also had a lot of lateral movement.  It didn't hurt it just made a lot of noise. 

He wanted me to come in to have a look-see.  It seems I was doing thing sooner than most people so I had a lot more movement than I was suppose to have.  He did show me the clunk that is "normal". 

I had the "normal clunk" but I also had another clunk. He put me in an immobilizer brace at night for 1 month.  I go back in a couple of weeks for my 3 month check up.  It stopped the "unusal" clunk for a while but it is back now. 

I just guess I'm hard to keep down.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 08, 2007, 09:54:59 PM
Hi Clunky! ;D

I idn't get this clunk until a few weeks ago - and then it stopped but came back yesterday. I too made very fast progress and was even doing the stairs at 4 days. - wil jsut see how it goes afterall I am nearly 8 months post op!!

Good Luck with your 3 mnth check up!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: L. Thomas.net on March 09, 2007, 02:26:08 AM
Hi Clunky! ;D

I idn't get this clunk until a few weeks ago - and then it stopped but came back yesterday. I too made very fast progress and was even doing the stairs at 4 days. - wil jsut see how it goes afterall I am nearly 8 months post op!!

Good Luck with your 3 mnth check up!

Thanks "Clunk" ;D ;D

I let you know what he says.

I played "50 questions"  ::) when I went in for my pre-surgical appointment.  I really did have 53 questions actually.  He said no one had asked that many questions  :o.  Do they really mean it  ??? when they say "write it down and ask"..I do and they are always surprised.
On the top of the list were:

How do I get in touch with you after hours?  just call any day any time...
What happens if the pain meds don't work or I have a reaction?  We'll find one that will..... :'( I had a reaction to percocet
What happens if I fall? well it's metal it ought to be tougher    :'( I fell in the hosptial and then I fell again last week.  You should have seen me rolling all over the floor ;D ;D ;D when I missed my rolling desk chair.
What reactions or unusal but not rare conditions can happen 5% of the time?...nothing..everthing is like 1% or 2%... :o my unusal knee "clunk" happens to about 2-3 in a thousand  (he does 500 TKA a year so I was the lucky one for this year) :o
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 09, 2007, 09:31:06 PM
that makes two clunks here - but sure mine is not unusual as it doesn't do it all the time!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 10, 2007, 07:48:26 PM
8 Months Today ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 10, 2007, 08:17:44 PM
Happy Anniversary!!     Time flies ..
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 10, 2007, 08:32:33 PM
Yay!! Annie - where have you been? Missed ya!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on March 10, 2007, 09:02:01 PM
Anja: Here's a toast to your 8 months! I'm so glad you're doing so well. But I'm sorry to hear you're having so much trouble getting a surgery date for your son. I hope you can get it straightened out on Monday.

Ellenmarie: I have a full time job, but right now am only working two or three afternoons a week. I will work five afternoons by the end of March. Don't know when I'll be able to add mornings back to the schedule. I have two kids, both grown. My son is living on his own. My daughter is in her last semester of college (yea--she graduates in May!) and is living at home right now.

While I was discouraged earlier this week, the end of the week has been much better. I've been able to go four days without taking a breakthrough pain med. Now that's progress! I walked quite a bit today without a problem. And it's sunny and close to 50 this afternoon, so that's enough to raise my spirits, too. All in all, I hope I've turned a corner on the pain. I still have a couple of nagging areas that we are watching. Pretty sure they are little bits of scar tissue causing the pain, so I keep diligently stretching and exercising so they don't have the chance to attach to anything else and cause real problems. On the not-so-good days, I have to keep reminding myself that the final outcome is what matters, and my OS still thinks I'll have a good outcome. He says that the only person who will be happier than him will be me! In other words, he wants me to be happy with my knee as much as I do. And I believe him. It's so nice to have an OS who really cares.


Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on March 10, 2007, 09:22:25 PM
Anja,
Happy 8 month anniversary!  Today is my 5 month anniversary.

 I have my good days & my bad days, but the good are outnumbering the bad.  I can finally say that I am so  glad that I did the surgery.  Today I did a bunch of errands and didn't even need to stop or eliminate any - priceless!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 10, 2007, 10:08:29 PM
Hey Congratulations Bonnie!! - Isn't it amazing how when you first have it done you think you have mad the biggest mistake of your life!! - They say Time heals!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: L. Thomas.net on March 11, 2007, 04:35:24 AM
Hey Congratulations Bonnie!! - Isn't it amazing how when you first have it done you think you have mad the biggest mistake of your life!! - They say Time heals!!

Gee I though I was the only one that thought I had made the worst mistake in my life and wonder what in the world made me decide to have TKA.  I always say time has a short memory.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 11, 2007, 10:00:38 AM
Thing is - when you go for a revision or another knee - does the memory come flooding back :P
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 11, 2007, 10:19:15 AM
Well I would say memory of being so disabled by OA is not easily forgotten.   So If your talking  the "R" word or the "OKJ" with your surgeon  your quality of life must be at a point where your memory's start coming back fast and furious.

Hell!! We all work very very hard to get this mobile. Once you taste the Victory of recouperation.  Your not going to allow yourself to sink ..  Right. ??? So first time around your like what the hell is happening is it worth it??? ..  Second time around I can't help but think " Oh hell no." Comes from your mouth. At least I say that to my OS when he tells me "lefty" is not going to last long and to save my walker.  What for a plant stand?    Because surely he will be seeing me on my crutches sooner than he would see me use that damn walker again.

 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: L. Thomas.net on March 11, 2007, 12:51:03 PM
When you had your revision did the new joint have the"long stems" going deeper into the leg bone or was it the same size as the original?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 11, 2007, 06:15:44 PM
 ???
neither Bonnie,Annie or myself have had a revision - we were just speculating :) about the pain and would you go through it again knowing how bad it was first time - but you see Annie - your memory fades - I had already dismissed the OA pain! ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on March 12, 2007, 12:23:07 AM
I just keep telling myself that in another 20 yrs when I need a revision, technology will be so advanced that it won't be anything like our first TKR's.
Thats my story and I'm sticking to it....
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 12, 2007, 01:38:20 PM
Good Morning Ladies:  Its nice to know that i am not the only one out there that is not 100% back to normal.  I have another call into the doctor (god, i hate being a pain in the ass) I am on pain meds twice a day, 2 in the am when i first wake up and 2 when i get home from work, they do help and without them i would not be able to do what i have to do.  This cold snap really killed me as i have a burning pain down the quad (from my hip to my knee) with pain to the touch on the outside of the knee.  THe damn hamstring feels like there is an elastic being pulled to the max, and it is as if it need to be cut so that i don't have the pain when i walk. I had partial on the left; total on the right.  The left knee never gave me any problems.  Here i am 9 months out and i have a heating pad on my knee at work.  Any advise?
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 12, 2007, 01:48:38 PM
The taffy pull thing.. Omg you got it too?  I use my yoga belt to stretch out.  Other times I am slapping my lidoderm patches on my leg.  I woke up with OA pain this morning  and I hate that pinching feeling. Nothing seems to take away that pain..
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 12, 2007, 04:15:36 PM
What is a lidoderm patch, where do i get one and does it help
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 12, 2007, 04:27:43 PM
Your OS or GP can write you an RX for it.   It is pretty expensive.  It is lidocaine on a white patch which numbs nerve endings.     You may have used a lower dose in that sunburn stuff that you spray on ( that is pretty smelly). I am not sure if you even want to grab one of those cans to see if it will help the pain before you go to the expensive patch.

The patches do not have a smell.


I used these patches alot prior to my TKR and post surgery.   My OS had his hip replaced and he uses it during the day.


Here is some cash price quotes from drugstore.com  I have an RX plan that I can get 3 months for $109.00

Lidoderm - Minimum Quantity Dispensed: 1 Box = 30 Patches Patches
Quantity    Our Price
30 ea    $178.49 - save 15% ($30.90)
90 ea    $513.72 - save 18% ($114.46)
120 ea    $684.96 - save 18% ($152.61)

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 12, 2007, 05:44:06 PM
Wow, that is expensive.  Did it work, is it worth it.  If you put it on the hamstring behind the knee, does it stick
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 12, 2007, 07:09:12 PM
okay girls - think you all know me well enough for me to ask a really stupid question..............

here goes - now does the hamstring run down the back of your knee on the inner side of the leg?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 12, 2007, 07:20:04 PM
Depends on how much you sweat.  :)   I also used them on the heel/arch area of my foot.  Knee / lower leg  lower back..  any place that makes you moan and groan really.  My GP said it was ok to use when my hip was hurting me from the overcompensation problem of a sever limp.

  Preventing the overuse of cortizone shots in my body.  I think I had four last year on various body parts.  For me I like them and if I can get away from having to take pain pills all the better.

The question of is it worth it .. depends on the value you yourself gets from it and how much you are willing to dole out.


Hammy is in the back of the leg.   I pulled it many a time last year on my left leg


Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 12, 2007, 07:26:03 PM
hey annie - I know it is the back of the leg but where does it end - or what is the muscle or tendon called that runs at the back on the inner side of the knee?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 12, 2007, 07:29:36 PM
(http://www.ithaca.edu/faculty/lahr/LE2000/knee%20pics/knee%20pics/3LCL.jpg)

You mean like something like this ?  The LCL   oh wait that is lateral.. you mean medial if it is in the inside.   MCL   I found this on the homepage of the kg site.  Good lord.. It reads like greek..


once you have identified the pes ancerine, you will be able to detach the sartorius, gracilis, and semitendinosus at this location. After reflecting these tendons, you will need to carefully remove the deep fascia. Once this is completed, you will be able to see the tibial or medial collateral ligament (MCL). This "fan shaped" thick band is one of four major ligaments of the knee which provide stabilization. The MCL provides medial stabilization to prevent the knee from buckling inward. Using your probe, you will be able to locate the medial meniscus where the deeper portion of the MCL makes its attachment. (We will discuss the menisci more in depth later). Also on this figure, you can see the anterior attachment of the soleus muscle, an ankle plantarflexor, which lies deep to the gastrocnemius muscle.


http://www.ithaca.edu/faculty/lahr/LE2000/LE_knee.html


or maybe this is more what you are asking-- all found on the main page of this web site.


 The hamstrings are in fact three individual muscles:

    *
      semi-tendinosus (also called a ‘pes anserine’ tendon)
    *
      semi-membranosus
    *
      biceps femoris


http://www.fitstep.com/Advanced/Anatomy/Hamstrings.htm


lol so point to the pain ...
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: L. Thomas.net on March 12, 2007, 07:32:12 PM
hey annie - I know it is the back of the leg but where does it end - or what is the muscle or tendon called that runs at the back on the inner side of the knee?

I have a pain it that spot too, but I always have pain in that spot after everything I have had..even debridements.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 12, 2007, 08:36:35 PM
So with all the pain in the hamstring, what do we do.  I have hamstring pain, and pain to the touch on the front of the quad and am at wits end.
Ellenmarie

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 12, 2007, 08:46:55 PM
Call your OS  If you are at witts end pain.. why suffer???? When Your Os will be able to help you best.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 12, 2007, 09:00:03 PM
aha - it the semi tendinosus bit!! ;D Thank you.

This bit 'catches' and I suppose the only way to describe it is that it like pings like an elastic band ??? - not what I would say is painful - more discomfort for the moment it does it and makes me cautious to make the next movement.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 12, 2007, 11:01:15 PM
When I had my MRI back in Dec 05- it showed I had problems with that on my right leg.   God knows I was limping pretty good back than..   I was so stubborn to even go see a doctor and my knee crap started in Oct 05  and I didnt see my GP till the end of November 2005  and look what that got me..

Just keep a good eye out and take that cane if you need it and  DO not over do it at work!!!!!


Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 12, 2007, 11:42:58 PM
thanks again for the words of wisdom.
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 13, 2007, 07:05:57 PM
hey annie - thats on my tkr knee :o

I was at work today and at one point there were three of us all talking together and all had knee replacements withing 6 weeks of each other!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: L. Thomas.net on March 14, 2007, 04:45:16 AM
aha - it the semi tendinosus bit!! ;D Thank you.

This bit 'catches' and I suppose the only way to describe it is that it like pings like an elastic band ??? - not what I would say is painful - more discomfort for the moment it does it and makes me cautious to make the next movement.

Yup
rubber band snapping on both sides of my knee, not painful just Aggravating.  Makes me thing I don't have the support I need.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 14, 2007, 01:10:49 PM
Exactly. Aggravating as you feel that when you walk it is going to snap.  I developed something new as well.  THe muscle/nerve quad thing in the front of my leg burns like hell.  Tried, heat and bengay, nothing works, cannot lay on it.  Brother, i never knew it would be like this.  Partial knee is great, TKR sucks
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 14, 2007, 02:33:44 PM
I used tiger balm last night and it kinda worked.   Make the pinching stop!!!!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 14, 2007, 02:36:54 PM
Where can you get tiger balm
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on March 14, 2007, 04:27:01 PM
I have the tight/snapping/popping on the lateral side in the back. It hurts when I walk and snaps when I go upstairs. My OS said there are two muscles from the calf that attach in that area. So, what does that mean? I don't know. We're "watching it" to see if it improves. Don't you hate that..."watching it"? I want to know what is causing it and do something to make it stop, not "watch it." But that's not the medical way, is it?

I've also used Blue Stuff which you can buy at a sporting goods store or drugstore. It helps some with localized pain.

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 14, 2007, 05:10:12 PM
 OS talk for : Watch it     means stop bellying aching right now prob something temp.. .   Lets see how long you can tolerate it with out complaining again.. Keep excercising.. blah blah.. blah blah..  Than finally after three months..  they shoot you up with some cortizone.. maybe..  :) 

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: L. Thomas.net on March 15, 2007, 01:37:28 AM
OS talk for : Watch it     means stop bellying aching right now prob something temp.. .   Lets see how long you can tolerate it with out complaining again.. Keep excercising.. blah blah.. blah blah..  Than finally after three months..  they shoot you up with some cortizone.. maybe..  :) 



OOOOOh  I don't know..."Watching it" has always meant, let's not look into the future, you won't like what the solution is. BUT in the meantime let's just check and do an MRI and just do what we can...PT and how about SYNVIC and if that doesn't work.  etc  When we finally get around to Art/Deb, it is always worse than they expected.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 24, 2007, 08:28:35 PM
hmm uk idea of watching it is to just let you get on with it until you moan enough at your GP and about 10 months later get an appt.

Talking of which - my son still has not heard from the hospital, so we went back to the GP yesterday as he also got a dead leg last sunday and has tingling in his foot from it - so she did all the usual checks and said it is either bruising or nerve damage and to mention it when we go and see the os :o - so told her we hadn't heard from them and she said to email his secretary direct - so will see what reply I get on Monday!

and so what is my son doing tomorrow? Rugby training! I think he is up for another trip to casualty just to do a bit of queue jumping! seems to be the easiest route to the OS office!

Have a good weelend !

Hey these knees dont like the cold and damp do they  :o ::)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: bonstarr on March 25, 2007, 06:23:21 PM
That suks that your son still hasnt gotten an appt with the OS, maybe you will have luck on monday.

It rained here yesterday and my knee was all achy, but it was almost 80 degrees!  Just can't imagine how you must be feeling with it cold and damp...

Sunshine and warmth to you...
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 25, 2007, 08:25:57 PM
Good afternoon ladies:  I was curious from everyone having the tkr, do you ever have problems with the feeling that you have alot of fluid in your legs.  I swear if it is not one thing its another with me.  I woke up this morning with both legs aching and the feeling like there was fluid in both.  I have them elevated, a took a water pill and a pain killer.  Will call the OS in the a.m.  Any suggestions while i wait

Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 25, 2007, 10:25:53 PM
 Hi Ellenmarie

I would say there is extra fluid - but dont know why - my socks are leaving a mark around my legs - and they are not even tight! and my left calf is so much bigger than the right(tkr leg) but when I crouch down and get back up the calf muscle BURNS.

I actually caught myself running up the stairs yesterday - just like a 'normal' person ;D

LOL Bonnie - I forgot about where you live! - the best part of the day is when I sit down in the evening - legs elevated and warm laptop across the tops of my legs! Lovely!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 26, 2007, 02:07:24 PM
Thanks for answering me Anja.  What do you do to help with the extra fluid, i tried water pills (over the counter) and kept it up on pillows most of yesterday, but need to work today.

Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 26, 2007, 08:46:38 PM
Hi Ellenmarie

what sort of work do you do? - I find that walking about helps to relieve the fluid - I have to stand for a lot of time at work and when my legs ache I walk - at lunchtime at work I always put my legs up - even at 8 months, and when I sit at home (part from at the dining table) I always have my legs elevated, and tend to sit there doing SLR's and quad strengthening exercises.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 26, 2007, 09:08:50 PM
Hey Anja: I am a legal secretary so i sit on my rump all day long.  I do keep that leg elevated under my desk.  I am the only secretary to 5 attorneys so i do not get up and walk around at all (havent taken a lunch break in awhile as it has been busy).  I keep it up on two pillows at night.
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 26, 2007, 09:14:10 PM
so if you leg is up on two pillows is this with you leg bent over them or are they under your calf leaving your leg straight?

I reckon, and its only my opinion but I think you need to insist that at work you can have a ten minute walk in the morning and afternoon and also do take a lunch break and have another leg stretch then.

That must be uncomfortable to keep your leg elevated uder the desk.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 26, 2007, 10:49:36 PM
Two pillows long ways so its under my hamstring and calf.  I would love to take a break, but the receptionist quit so i am all alone.  I am fortunate at i work mothers hours 9-3 so that i can pick up my boys from school (they go to school 1/2 from where i work.  I called the OS and cannot get in to see him until July, a left a message for the nurse (who is really great) to see if i can get a stronger anti-inflammatroy.  How is your son?
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 27, 2007, 08:26:17 PM
Ellenmarie

where do you live - that is a crazy wait!  wow wish I did your hours.

My GP surgery rang today with an OS appointment for my son on 4/4 - so not long now!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 27, 2007, 08:44:30 PM
i live in Boston, Massachusetts...still waiting for the nurse to call me back to see about the anti-inflammatory.  Unfortunately this surgeon is top notch so there is a long wait.  My hours are indeed good but i bust butt 9-3 then go home to  4 boys (well, 3 as one is in college) and start the 'mom' job, what about you
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 27, 2007, 09:14:26 PM
Went to OS yesterday.  Going to start viscosupplements for five weeks on my left knee.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 28, 2007, 09:19:41 PM
Hi Annie - so what will these suplements do for your knee?

Ellenmarie - I work about 48 hrs a week , I leave at 7.45 am and drop my son at school, then start work at 8, and finish at 6pm so quite a long day and all of it standing apart from lunch!  Then back home and do the housewifely chores, cook dinner and finally sit down at about 8.30. I have two teenagers - one at university and the other ar college.

That is still a crazy time to have to wait to see an OS - we dont even wait that long on the NHS!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 29, 2007, 02:09:50 PM
Wow i thought my day way hectic, but you win.  I still have not heard back from the OS office.  The pain today is incredible.  I really wish i never had the tkr, and just had pkr like i did to my left left 2 years ago.  I never had any problems with it.  This total however is horrible.  I just dont know what to do.
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 29, 2007, 02:14:57 PM
viscosupplementation is a procedure that involves injecting a thick fluid (hyaluronate) into a knee afflicted with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease affecting 21 million Americans and typically involves the weight-bearing joint of the knees as well as other joints. According to the American College of Rheumatology, nearly 70 percent of people over age 70 have x-ray evidence of the disease although only half ever develop symptoms.

Why might I need viscosupplementation?
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that mostly affects the cartilage. Cartilage is the tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. When healthy, cartilage allows bones to glide over one another and provides a shock absorber function. The normal knee joint also contains a small amount of fluid called synovial fluid, which is a thick, gel-like substance that cushions the joint and provides lubrication to reduce friction. In osteoarthritis, the surface layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away. Adding to the problem, the synovial fluid in your knees loses its viscosity (ability to lubricate or "oil" the joint). This combination of the deterioration of the cartilage along with the loss of lubrication from changes in the synovial fluid contribute to the pain and stiffness, limitation of joint motion, and some inflammation (for example, redness and swelling) in your knees.

Pharmaceutical companies in the United States have developed three hyaluronic acid-based products (one of the two natural lubricants in synovial fluid) for injection into the knee. These are known by the brand names Hyalgan, Synvisc, and Supartz.

Will viscosupplementation cure my osteoarthritis of the knee?
No, the procedure is not a cure. Currently, there are no cures for osteoarthritis. The theory behind the use of viscosupplementation is based on the belief that this type of product will:

    * Improve the lubricating properties of the synovial fluid
    * Reduce or stop the pain from osteoarthritis of the knee, and
    * Improve mobility and provide a higher and more comfortable level of activity


When are the viscosupplements given?
The benefits are probably greatest in early osteoarthritis, but viscosupplements can be used at any stage of disease. However, they are usually reserved until other treatment options have been tried and fail to relieve your pain. The supplement is injected directly into your knee joint. Injections can be given in one knee or both knees at the same time or at different times as determined necessary by your doctor. The injection is given in your doctor’s office and the procedure just takes a few minutes to complete. To help make your injection as comfortable as possible, your doctor may apply a local, topical anesthetic first.

How many injections are needed?
To receive a complete course of treatment with Synvisc, your knee must be injected three separate times, 1 week apart. Five injections, each given a week apart, are required for Hyalgan and Supartz.

What results can I expect?
Whether or not these products "work" is somewhat controversial. While some studies have found these products to improve the pain and function in some people with mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee, some clinicians have argued that the design of the clinical trials have been flawed or included too few patients, making interpretation of the results difficult. Other clinicians state that the real questions – do the viscosupplementation products work better than corticosteroid injections or NSAIDs and do they have a role in severe osteoarthritis – have yet to be convincingly answered. Further, there’s no proof that viscosupplementation delays or reverses the underlying course of osteoarthritis.

Of patients who seem to be helped by the injections, many report feeling some pain relief during the course of the injections; pain relief is delayed in others. Most patients report the greatest pain relief 8 to 12 weeks after beginning treatment. According to studies reported in the products’ package inserts (studies upon which FDA approval is based), Synvisc and Hyalgan have been proven to provide pain relief from osteoarthritis of the knee for up to 6 months. Some patients have reported benefit beyond 6 months. Supartz was shown to provide pain relief up to 4½ months following the final injection (of the 5 injection series). A small study in patients receiving Hyalgan showed the viscosupplement to be well tolerated by patients when treated every 6 months (with a complete treatment course of five injections) for up to 30 months.

What are the risks or side effects?
The most commonly reported side effects associated with the injections are temporary injection-site pain, swelling, heat and/or redness, rash and itching, bruising around the joint and/or fluid accumulation in the injected knee. These reactions are usually mild (but occasionally are severe) and do not last long. You should avoid any strenuous activities or prolonged (more than 1 hour) weight-bearing activities (such as jogging or tennis) for 48 hours following the injection.

What health history does my doctor need to know about before beginning the treatment?
Before beginning treatment, tell your doctor if you are allergic to products from birds (such as feathers, eggs, or poultry). Also, you should not receive the injections if you have:

    * A known allergy to sodium hyaluronate preparations
    * An infection or skin disease in the area of the injection site

Because viscosupplements are not drugs, they should not interfere with medications you may be taking, including pain relievers and/or anti-inflammatory drugs; however, remember to talk with your health care provider about any medications you are taking. The safety and effectiveness of Synvisc, Supartz, and Hyalgan have not been determined in pregnant women.

Can viscosupplements be used in joints other than the knee?
The injections are currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration only for the knee but are being studied for use in joints of the shoulder, hip and ankle. Viscosupplementation is not an appropriate treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

Will my insurance pay for this procedure?
The United States Food and Drug Administration classifies viscosupplements as a device, not a drug. Medicare and private insurance typically reimburse the cost of devices and procedures that are medically necessary to treat your condition and are used according to the labeled uses approved by the Food and Drug Administration. At the present time, Medicare will provide coverage of hyaluronic acid-based products that are used to treat osteoarthritis of the knee only. In addition, Medicare requires radiographic evidence of the diagnosis of osteoarthritis and the treatment course is covered only if given no more frequently than every 6 months. Private insurance vary widely in the services they cover. Benefits also vary according to the specific plan under which you may be covered. Be sure to talk with your health care provider and insurer to determine the extent to which your insurer may reimburse the costs for this procedure.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 29, 2007, 03:32:23 PM
Where you had a total knee replacement, and everything in there is hardware, can they still do the injections?
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 29, 2007, 06:01:04 PM
No  This is for a natural knee. 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: L. Thomas.net on March 29, 2007, 07:07:53 PM
My OS will give cortisone injections after TKA.  I was having some pain that started the day after surgery.  He said it was where the knee was rotated over to put the replacement in.  He said bursitis sometimes develops at that point and that if it continues to bother me he could do a cortisone injection.  I don’t know about synvic though.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 29, 2007, 08:54:04 PM
I would rather live with the pain then to have a cortisone injection.. I HAVE NEEDLES.
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 29, 2007, 09:19:09 PM
so does it work annie?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 29, 2007, 10:49:35 PM
progress report.   This morning felt medial pain on left knee.    It's been five hours since shot .. been told not to walk this afternoon and ice it.  So far I feel my knee has a bit less biting pain when I go up stairs.  So instead of my left knee  the old good  knee hurting more.. I am back to the bad old knee the right knee just giving me minor discomfort.

I have four more shots to go...   

This shot was more painful than I recalled.  I think it is because I have more cartlidge in my left knee than I ever did in my right knee.   Which while it sounds weird that it is painful .. I am hoping it will be able to act like the shock absorbers that it played up to be.   PLus the fact when I had injections in my right knee I started to feel the most pain relief the next night and after each additional shot..   So I feel I am in a pretty good spot.

Also my os is so funny .. he asked about my mom and the one and only time she met him was in the hospital.  Her leg is pretty bad and he reminds me that it is only going to get worse and worse .   So I was telling him how frustrating it was to be always asking her to go see the OS.   Than he said why dont you just ask her to go with the next visit so she can be your support.   I said to him..   If she was at all interested in being there for my support she would have been there during those tuff moments prior to my TKA when I was most needed her support.   all and all i found closure to the fact that I do not need people about when I see a doctor. I just find the right doctors and learn all i can..  and I will be fine.

actually this sounds harsh.. but to a certain extent maybe a life lesson on being strong for yourself.   
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: L. Thomas.net on March 30, 2007, 01:20:47 AM
progress report.   This morning felt medial pain on left knee.    It's been five hours since shot .. been told not to walk this afternoon and ice it.  So far I feel my knee has a bit less biting pain when I go up stairs.  So instead of my left knee  the old good  knee hurting more.. I am back to the bad old knee the right knee just giving me minor discomfort.

I have four more shots to go...   

This shot was more painful than I recalled.  I think it is because I have more cartlidge in my left knee than I ever did in my right knee.   Which while it sounds weird that it is painful .. I am hoping it will be able to act like the shock absorbers that it played up to be.   PLus the fact when I had injections in my right knee I started to feel the most pain relief the next night and after each additional shot..   So I feel I am in a pretty good spot.

Also my os is so funny .. he asked about my mom and the one and only time she met him was in the hospital.  Her leg is pretty bad and he reminds me that it is only going to get worse and worse .   So I was telling him how frustrating it was to be always asking her to go see the OS.   Than he said why dont you just ask her to go with the next visit so she can be your support.   I said to him..   If she was at all interested in being there for my support she would have been there during those tuff moments prior to my TKA when I was most needed her support.   all and all i found closure to the fact that I do not need people about when I see a doctor. I just find the right doctors and learn all i can..  and I will be fine.

actually this sounds harsh.. but to a certain extent maybe a life lesson on being strong for yourself.   

AMEN
You know what really gets me?  They say they will "be there for you" and in a couple of days they don't want to be there anymore.  I know now the only person I can depend on being there is me.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 30, 2007, 10:32:47 PM
That is really sad, guess I am just lucky - my husband and kids are GREAT!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on March 31, 2007, 01:41:56 AM
Anja, I'm lucky, too. My husband and daughter are great. My son, not as much, but he's 28 and very busy with career and girlfriend. For several months when I couldn't drive, my husband and daughter changed their schedules around so they could take me to PT, to my many doctor appointments, etc. My sweet daughter (she's 22) would even take me to Target or somewhere in the evening and push me in the wheelchair just to get me out of the house. Now that I'm back to work every afternoon, I have a really hard time coming and making dinner, so we either go out or my husband cooks. I really appreciate their support and can't imagine going through this without my family!

I'm glad your son finally got his appointment. Just next week, too!

Annie: I hope the injections work for you. I have the Synvisc injections and they didn't do anything for me. My husband had them and had great results. It really does depend on the person. My OS told me there was a 50/50 chance it would help, and that it was usually more successful when the deterioration was not as bad. I was glad I tried it because we were looking for anything that would help and delay my need for the TKR.

Ellenmarie: I would keep after your doctor/nurse until you get an answer for your leg fluid. They don't seem worried about it, but I would keep pushing and pushing. You know, the squeaky wheel gets the grease thing.

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on March 31, 2007, 01:29:29 PM
I finally heard from the OS office late Friday afternoon.  From what i described to him regarding the pain and fluid, he said it is tendenitis.  It is very painful could last anywhere from 6-8 months and there is no cure.  try not to use it, ice, elevate, anti-inflammatory.  he said that he had it and knows what i am going through.  I told him that i take the pain killers (2 twice a day) and he said that was fine.  I thold him i wish that i had never had the surgery and he was like i know but we cant predict what happens after surgery.  So, here i lay in bed, pillow under knee waiting for the pain killers to kick in so that i can start my Saturday chores
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: L. Thomas.net on March 31, 2007, 02:18:45 PM
I didn’t think I would see the day I could say I was glad I had TKA.  I will have to admit I can tell an improvement in  quality of life.  There are still days that I wonder if I will be “normal”. I don’t know how you feel but I know how frustrating it I was to me to think it was a bad deal.

The only time I have pain is weather prediction and when I over do it.  I wonder, will I ever figure out how to stop before I have overdone it?  On Tuesday for 3 month check my OS said I should continue to see improvement for a year.  I think I will get the ful 155 ROM since I already have 130.  I can also sit on my knees.  I still have to take it slow and getting up is a struggle but I never thought I would be able to do that.

He told me my problems were because I have been able to do things that most people don’t do until 8-10 months.  Now get this, he wants to keep a closer watch than usual because of the great ROM. 

I think if I keep this progress rate I will feel everything was worth the effort.  I know that when they told me that I had overcompensated and messed up my other knee I was thinking no way will I agree to this surgery again.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 31, 2007, 04:07:10 PM
You are funny..  How to figure when to stop before overdoing it!!!!!   I have the same exact problem.  That fine line between doing too much and just enough.  I suppose we have to remember we are still in the early side of recovery.    Well thats what I keep trying to tell myself.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: L. Thomas.net on March 31, 2007, 08:59:09 PM
Now that's a HOOT. I guess real time and "knee time" are not in the same zone.  When I think of 3 months in real time it really doesn't seem long. BUT this post-TKA time has reallllly taken a lot of time.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on April 01, 2007, 04:47:11 PM
You're right about the time. I learned early on with my original injury that MY idea of a long time and my doctor's idea of a long time were two totally different things. I'm thinking weeks and he's thinnking months! I am now four and a half months post-TKA and just starting to feel more "normal." Last week I had two days in a row where I felt really good. I even walked half a mile on our track at work. But then I have a day (like yesterday) where I'm really sore. I'm also starting to think it's somewhat weather related. The two days I felt great it was nice and sunny. Yesterday it was cooler and there was rain coming. Now more than ever I'm really looking forward to summer when the weather is warm. I'm not quite at the point yet where I can say I'm glad I had the surgery done. I feel better than before when I'm sitting, but walking is still painful and I still use my cane outside of the house. I guess I'm surprised I don't feel better than I do. I'm waiting for the magical six-month mark where my doctor says I should feel good!!

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: L. Thomas.net on April 01, 2007, 09:58:08 PM
 I am so glad to here someone else say  they are having weather problems.  Before I had ACLr I had a weather predicting knee that was about 85-90% accurate.  After that surgery it went away.  After mt TKA it is back again.

I am in the same boat as far as not there just yet “Best thing I have ever done”  I am tickled  with the positive outcomes of the surgery.  I really can’t complain about what I can already do.  It has been 3 ½ months since the surgery and there are more days that I feel normal now. 

I am surprise at this recovery.  Last week I was complaining about still having pain and not being able to some things and then almost over night there seems to be incredible improvement.  Is there any one else that feels this way?  It seems like my brain is trying to “hold back” and the body is saying “not way”.

Since my OS says I am 3-4 months ahead of the game maybe that is why I feel this way.  I remember when I learned that I was going to need TKA on my other knee I said there is no way I will do this surgery again. I’m not ready to go under the knife yet but I can say that I will have the other TKA some day.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: sharon74 on April 02, 2007, 01:30:38 AM
Hello there Knee and Anja!!  I have been thinking about you guys a lot lately and I wanted to pop in and say hello and see how you are doing.  Reading up on you it sounds like you are still having some problems Knee - I really was hoping that you would be in the clear now   :-\
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: knee deep in Goo on April 02, 2007, 04:15:07 AM
Sharon - Thanks for the thoughts.  I am no where ready to do another surgery. Yet I am well aware I have to protect my natural knee or else.   I been around the block so to speak.  I think the most important thing now is having confidence in my OS.  Actually since last Sept I knew I had little joint space on the left. Which is why standing xrays are so important for me anyway. 

So I am getting the injections ( fix a flat)  diet & excercise and ice.

Also, It is very important to find out your limits and keep from doing stupid things that you know will hurt your knees. I was telling someone in my family about the pains in my knees I had for years and years. If anything I wish I knew alot more than than I did now about arthritis.  But on the positive side  I will never regret I went for the implant.  I take alot of things more seriously now.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on April 04, 2007, 09:06:18 PM
Hi Sharon ;D How are you? Long time no see!

I am doing well thanks - few twinges still to iron out - but so good!

Update on my son

Saw the OS this morning and a sports physio, physio happy that is is just meniscus tear - OS agrees but a bit guarded - wants MRI to check extent of tear to see how to follow up , and also not happy about ACLR so hoping to get a good view on scan - really dont want more surgery if we can avoid it - He is following my course of injuries and don't want him to be looking at major surgery like I had to - so anyhow he asked for the the scan to be listed as urgent - bearing in mind a non urgent is 32 weeks :o we could be waiting a while!


Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on April 12, 2007, 08:21:34 PM
Miracle! MRI scan on 2nd MAY ! less than 4 week wait from seeing the OS.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on April 21, 2007, 08:49:42 PM
Hey the NHS excelled themselves today and sent out an appt for my son to see the OS again on 26th April - hmm would be great except he won't have had the MRI or results back!! 10/10 for enthuisiasm!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on June 17, 2007, 01:10:07 PM
Amazing - son had MRI results a couple of weeks ago - cartalidge torn  but leaving it to see how it gors - he doesn't want surgery. He got sent anothr appt for next week? ??? One minute you cant get to see the OS ten all the appts get doubled up!! MAD !

I am waiting to see a neurologist - still have this burning sensation in both my legs below the knees - to me they are hot but hubby says they are freezing to touch - it is not so much pain but really getting uncomfortable and strange. 

Lump above knee - anyone else got this - just around the area where the top 'computer navigation hole' was has gone very thick and lumpy - not hurting just odd?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: costumer on June 17, 2007, 04:40:44 PM
Lump above knee - anyone else got this - just around the area where the top 'computer navigation hole' was has gone very thick and lumpy - not hurting just odd?

  Yep, I have one right near the lateral puncture. I thought it was an arthritis lump, since it's right near the top of the tibia. I asked the OS about it and he said it wasn't uncommon- it was a small bit of scar tissue and fluid buildup from the puncture, and that I should 'worry' at it and massage it as much as possible to wear it down. I've been doing that - can't say I've seen any change though. At least, as you say, it doesn't hurt!

           -Judy
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Post by: UK Girl ! on June 17, 2007, 04:49:33 PM
it isn't one of those little scar tissue 'knots' more of a raised mound - about 4 cm x 1.5cm across the lower part of the tibia - about 3 cm above the knee cap.
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Post by: Patty0513 on June 17, 2007, 04:54:16 PM
OK Anja........I am confused.  Do you Brits have different knee anatomy than the rest of the world??  The "mound" is across the lower part of the tibia and above the knee cap??   ??? 

Is the lump hard??  Does it move when you press on it?  When did it show up?  Was it gradual or did it appear quickly?  Do you enjoy playing 20 questions with me??  :)
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Post by: UK Girl ! on June 17, 2007, 05:06:25 PM
omg I meant to say femur!

I just noticed it yesterday when I was rubbing my legs as they were so cold! so it must have gradually appeared - it is very firm but not hard like bone. think I am going to have to see my GP as my hubby keeps nagging me saying he doesn't want to end up spoon feeding me - erm worst case scenario LOL- Bless him - he is having a wisdom tooth removed soom and I have promised him that treatment!! - wonder if I can ask the gynae about it when I get my IUD tomorrow LOL!
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Post by: UK Girl ! on June 17, 2007, 08:21:07 PM
and my knee is quite swollen still  !!!!

Patty you can ask whatever you like !! doesn't mean I will answer!!
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Post by: Patty0513 on June 17, 2007, 08:25:35 PM
Quote
Patty you can ask whatever you like !! doesn't mean I will answer!!
Gosh, what kind of attitude is that??  I happily answer any and all questions.

And gynae are very familiar with lumps, so I think that having your gynae look at it tomorrow is a strong plan.  ::)  :P[/color]
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Post by: Nettan on June 17, 2007, 08:28:43 PM
But Anja..hey you can't really know for sure that Patty answers you with a true answer..as she always pretend and lives in her own world..you never know what she can come up with. :P ;D
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Post by: UK Girl ! on June 17, 2007, 08:47:46 PM
actually I think you are as bad as each other!

Sorry Patty - wrong attitude - you are right - forgive me - have emailed you ;D

Oh patty - did you divorce your twin?

Nettan - I am sure you live elsewhere as well!!
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Post by: Nettan on June 17, 2007, 08:53:27 PM
Yup in Sweden Anja.. ;D
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Post by: UK Girl ! on June 17, 2007, 09:02:08 PM
ah miles from me!! ;D
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Post by: Nettan on June 17, 2007, 09:05:10 PM
You mean MIL ::) ;D
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Post by: UK Girl ! on June 17, 2007, 09:17:18 PM
 ???
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Post by: Nettan on June 17, 2007, 09:20:49 PM
Yeah I don't do miles..I do mil..and km and m. ;D
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Post by: UK Girl ! on June 17, 2007, 09:24:03 PM
aha! now I understand!

had to go for a bit - had a power failure - wonder if there was a twin behind it!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Nettan on June 17, 2007, 09:27:10 PM
There always a twin behind incidents like that..but not me. ;D

I am glad that you did wake up..well you are a hour behind me LOL ALWAYS ;)
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Post by: UK Girl ! on June 17, 2007, 09:30:17 PM
someone keeps turning the electric off in our street :o and yes we did pay the bill!
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Post by: Nettan on June 17, 2007, 09:32:11 PM
That is not fun..maybe someone is stealing the electricity or you have 2 streets with same name..confusing anyway :-\
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Post by: UK Girl ! on June 17, 2007, 10:03:11 PM
just kidding - think it is the weather! stormy and wet!
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Post by: shortyclairebear on June 17, 2007, 10:19:49 PM
have you been flooded out where you are anja???
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on June 18, 2007, 10:16:04 PM
no we didn't get much rain at all. - could do with some! Hate having to water all the pots of plants in the garden - me and my Bright idea of keeping expensive trees in pots in case we move!


Gynae thought lump might be very big scar tissue, but thinks it also could be where a piece of muscle has collapsed leaving the 'mound'


what was even more amazing was that I had this mark come up on my arm 3 weeks ago and the chemist thought it might have been fungal and gave me what would have been the appropriate cream, well that did nothing although it is starting to fade, but the nurse I saw today asked if I had any questions and so I just said 'hmm what is this mark?' and she said straight away that I must have been in contact with someone with TB !!! and that I was immune to it - hence the test mark from my teen years activating with the antibodies in my system - how weird is that!! She actually works with a TB doctor and was positive about it - she actually tried ringing this doc to tell her about it while I was there!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 05, 2007, 08:17:07 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmAsb5Kof7U

wow look at that on youtube - yeuch ;D

my lump - I have decided is just my leg! - it is between the top of my scar and the port hole for the compueter probe - so the actual incision sites are the 'dipped' bits giving the effect of a lump!

still no appt with neuro, still tingling/burning.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Hop skip n jump on July 05, 2007, 04:15:13 PM
'still no appt with neuro, still tingling/burning.'

Eh?

Is this still your shins hun? Are you ok?

 ;)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 05, 2007, 05:38:13 PM
yes my damn shin still hurts - but that is just the screw! - hopefully will go away eventually :P

Neuro for this shin burning sensation - had it for ages and still not going grrr - so just gotta get it checked out. ;)

gonna email ya! ;D  could have shown ya had you not been so drunk on sat night hee hee - how's the head!
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Post by: Hop skip n jump on July 06, 2007, 12:32:29 PM
Screws suck don't they!  ::) :P Mine always hurt espacially when it's cold!

They might want to take it our hun. As fort he burning hmmm, glad oyu [re getting it checked out.

Did I tell you I had to walk home Saturday night, 2 miles in the rain over the Big Bridge! That's why I want pants all day Sunday, my leg and foot were killing me, I wasn'ty THAT drunk! lol

Going out tongiht too but driving cos I ahve to work a show tomorrow! Boooo! Whay are you not at work skyver!

 ;D

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 06, 2007, 01:53:51 PM
I have got the WEEK off ! - back to work Monday!

Staying home today - have spent spent spent all week - OD maxed out so just doing housework - well I will when I have replied to this!
Went to the shops and spent £50 just on veggies ::) :o :P  what the........... omg don't think I will be let out on my own again!

So gonna hang the washing and dust and vacuum the house - hubby busy reproducing my mums childhood photos!

will catch ya later - ooh gonna see Die Hard 4.0 tomorrow night then go to Frankie and Bennys (oops - diet?) Got the bloomin' Tour de France here on Sunday so can't go far! all the roads shut - why can't they stay in France?? ??? :o ::)

okay - going now! - ps did you get my mob no - send me a txt ;D
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Post by: UK Girl ! on July 10, 2007, 07:33:46 AM
It is my Knees First Anniversary today!!
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Post by: shortyclairebear on July 10, 2007, 12:35:37 PM
happy anniversary mrs knee!! (or is it a mr!!)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on July 18, 2007, 04:46:36 PM
Hi Anj


Sorry - forgot to send you a card ........


John
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Post by: UK Girl ! on July 18, 2007, 08:25:16 PM
not as bad as what I did  - or didn't - I didn't give it a party so now it is being a PITA!! see the os on 26/7
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 26, 2007, 08:35:48 PM
Went to the hospital today for my appointment about my knee locking up a couple of weeks ago and a very gorgeous registrar (seen him before and quite happy with his assesments)

okay - pain in kneecap - basically patella femoral joint pain! - apparently can affect up to 45% of knee replacements where the patella is not replaced! Mine was just resurfaced and a 'button' attached - so..........2 courses of trreatment available - revision of tkr - in that they are happy to replace the knee cap, or physio in an attempt to make it more stable and strenghten the patellar tendon - not much hope on this one as he says my knee and surrounding muscles are impressively strong - so wants 8 weeks of physio and go from there. Bending and straightening my knee produces a sound like someone rustling a carrier bag. The amount of swelling in my knee is too much he said.........................and..............? I do put my feet up at lunch time!

Have already made a decision that I do NOT want any more surgery for now - pain will have to be bearable!! ::) :P and the next bit is part of the reason why...

have been having trouble with hip 'catching' which has slowly got worse over the last year - so got him to look at that as well

Had xrays on both knee and hip.

Wants an MRI done with dye injection to confirm diagnosis of Hip Labral tear - which is basically a tear in the lining of the hip socket joint and depending on the size of tear he wants to do arthroscopic surgery to remove particles or repair - whichever is best.  I am also very anti this surgery - omg have I gone soft!! I just really think that I will put up with these aches and pains as long as possible. He believes it was caused by joint having been out of allignment for too many years and under stress after tkr.

Someone said they thought that they had swapped one set of problems for another - I have to agree, except that the pain is nowhere near as bad as pre TKR !!

so will now contact physio , and wait for scan, then return to hospital and see OS with registrar.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on July 26, 2007, 08:47:21 PM
Blimey Anj, your falling to bits girl....... Your right about not wanting more more surgery, physio may sort you out. Do you know if swimming will help?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 26, 2007, 08:53:16 PM
have only been swimming once since my op - probably should try again - I find my joints move too freely in water! which HURTS when the knee bends further than it ought! unfortunately I am double jointed and have very lax joints - even worse is that my kids have got this from me!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on July 26, 2007, 08:55:50 PM
Try it again but just take your time and don't try too hard.
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Post by: UK Girl ! on July 26, 2007, 08:59:22 PM
had a brainwave - will go to the local baths - they have a spa there!! will have a play in that warm water - or maybe I can use steves!! actually thinking about it - one of our friends has one!! hee hee
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on July 26, 2007, 09:00:57 PM
Why not, anything is worth a try, got to be better than surgery if it helps.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 26, 2007, 09:02:59 PM
I am not having surgery on my knee!!!!!! will only have the hip done if it makes it better (sitting upright like on a dining room cahir makes it 'burn'
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on July 26, 2007, 09:04:33 PM
Whats a dining room cahir??????????? ::)
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Post by: UK Girl ! on July 26, 2007, 09:20:09 PM
so wassup with a bit of dyslexia?

CHAIR !!

and the aussie radiologist said 'do you know who you look like?' duh yes of course - Nadine from Girls Aloud 'cos someone tells me that just about everyday since they did their frist single grrrrr
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on July 26, 2007, 09:23:49 PM
Yeah..........Whatever ;D

George Clooney has got nuffin on me, in the 70's my mates said i looked like David Essex............his feet ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 26, 2007, 09:31:21 PM
so has steve disappeared under a cloud of depression after the theft of his beer!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on July 26, 2007, 09:33:33 PM
He's been tangoed
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 27, 2007, 08:18:24 PM
yikes 24 hrs later - still no sign!

how come my knee hurts more today - ooh I remember - that bloody doctor yesterday thet thought the whole leg was mechanical and wouldn't hurt if he twisted it about!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on July 27, 2007, 08:19:36 PM
Yeah, but it did'nt hurt him ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: T- Bucket mad on July 27, 2007, 08:28:41 PM
hi peeps . lotsa tango in fridge now  ;D special at tesco's
been out in garage bike building , had big fat low calorie mixed kebab tonight & a diet coke  ;D
just started hissing down here ,-steve
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on July 27, 2007, 08:30:20 PM
Hi Steve, you working on the fizzy?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 27, 2007, 08:34:56 PM
my boss gave me 24 cans of fosters for a fiver the other day ;D nutter!! and yes they were in date

you okay steve?
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Post by: T- Bucket mad on July 27, 2007, 08:37:39 PM
did someone  mention tango 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: T- Bucket mad on July 27, 2007, 08:39:14 PM
just opened one , first for the night
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on July 27, 2007, 08:39:48 PM
I take it your not working on the fizz ???
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Post by: UK Girl ! on July 27, 2007, 08:40:57 PM
isn't tango fizzy ;D
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Post by: Gary064 on July 27, 2007, 08:42:18 PM
Made by Yamaha???????????? ;D
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Post by: UK Girl ! on July 27, 2007, 08:44:04 PM
oops must be those blonde bits I had put in!!
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Post by: Gary064 on July 27, 2007, 08:48:51 PM
Fosters........ wheres me guinness ;D
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Post by: UK Girl ! on July 27, 2007, 08:51:45 PM
aw sorry mate - drank it - heard it was good for ya!
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Post by: T- Bucket mad on July 27, 2007, 08:53:32 PM
(http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b211/mattaducky/fizzy001.jpg)


YAMAHA TANGO  ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 06, 2007, 08:32:07 PM
Hi

Went to see the neurologist today, after an hour she is quite certain of her diagnosis but wants it confirmed with an MRI scan - She says she is 99% certain that the burning sensation and coldness is caused by some sort of spinal cord inflamation - I was also having probs with the tops of both arms and shoulders and was taking my diclofenac- also for my knee - but the burning sensation has eased since taking it which makes her even more positive of the diagnosis.

MRI - I am waiting to have my hip scanned and suggested they do the spine at the same time - she seemed to think it was better to do them separately! really don't know why - makes sense to have it all done together - less of theirs and my time!! will speak to the MRI unit when I get my appointment.

I have to back and see her on Dec 10th unless she calls me before that and jsut wants me to continue with anti inflammatories until the burnings stop!

The cause - she doesn't know for sure.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 06, 2007, 09:05:22 PM
Anj,
     How long do they expect you to keep taking the anti inflammatories for? i know that if you take them long term they can cause problems.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on August 06, 2007, 09:13:28 PM
Oh, good grief!!  I didn't realise you were in so much discomfort!  I feel really silly now for acting the goat all the time.

Please understand that - beneath all this silliness - I'm really concerned for you! 

Hope things settle down very soon.

Maggie
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Post by: UK Girl ! on August 06, 2007, 09:24:40 PM
Aw bless ya Maggie - I am fine!! - the burning sensation doesn't hurt - it is just weird and not normal - I actually put the backache down to my IUD ! LOL - oops sorry boys!  My hip does hurt but nothing like my knee used to.

Gary - I have been on diclofenac for YEARS so a few more months to clear this up won't matter - All the blood tests I had done have come back okay  - so unless there is an actual infection (which can be diagnosed with a lumbar puncture - which she is sure isn't gonna happen at all) So just keep taking the pills and all should be fine.

Full of PMA today 'cos I been riding my bike!! ;D

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 06, 2007, 09:27:08 PM
Glad it has made you feel good......get a motorbike....a lot easier ;D
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Post by: UK Girl ! on August 06, 2007, 09:33:50 PM
NO !

they scare me!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 06, 2007, 10:45:47 PM



Wimp ;D
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Post by: UK Girl ! on August 07, 2007, 08:00:21 AM
sensible wimp? ;D
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Post by: Tillson on August 07, 2007, 09:19:21 AM
Very VERY sensible wimp!   :) :D :)
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Post by: Gary064 on August 07, 2007, 01:44:16 PM


Thers nothing like a 1000cc of engine throbbing between your legs ;D
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Post by: UK Girl ! on August 07, 2007, 04:23:28 PM
ah well Gary - If that's what makes you feel like a man!!!

Just come back from a 12 mile bike ride - the biggest problem - bl00dy sunburn!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 07, 2007, 04:26:04 PM
!2 miles..............where do you get your energy from?
No problems with your knee and hips?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 07, 2007, 04:32:20 PM
all the while I am cycling - no - whaen I get off I go straight back to the seized up state! LOL got 'saddle bum ache' !!

Met a friend at the bottom of my road - who is a keen cyclist - his Dad did Tour de France - he said what a lovely bike I had, and sunburn and then pointed out that my saddle needs to be raised about 3 inches - which is quite a bit really! - Halfords set the height wrong - I will now be able to turn the pedl properly I hope! (hubby will do it tonight for me.

BIG Thunder claps right NOW!!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 07, 2007, 04:35:44 PM
If you want a more comfortable ride, Halfords do a gel seat, my son had one on his, no more sore bum ;D

Nice and sunny here ;D though don't tell Nettan ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 07, 2007, 04:39:36 PM
hmm - well my bike has got what is supposed to be a 'comfort' seat!  Just had to get my daughter one - poor lass couldnt sit on her seat!!

Knee is quite huge now I have sat down for a bit - right off to do the house work - its a bu99er but someones gotta do it!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on August 07, 2007, 07:43:09 PM
Tell you what, Anj, if it would help, I'll have a lie down and a G&T for you whilst you crack on!!

TTFN

Maggie

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Post by: UK Girl ! on August 07, 2007, 07:45:04 PM
 ;D

Hey Maggie - you have all the answers!! - Back to work for me tomorrow - ah well only 4 days to work then I get a day off! (to do the washing and ironing etc)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on August 07, 2007, 08:45:26 PM
Aaaaah - where's my violin?!!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: JMCDERMO on August 09, 2007, 01:19:56 AM
Hi Anja,

How's your back.  Dec. 10th seems like such a long time to wait.  Hope you feel better soon.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on August 09, 2007, 06:29:26 PM
Hi Anj

I have caught up all your tales of woe the past few day`s - feel sorry for the bike tho.....

Whats the latest on your scans????


John
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Post by: UK Girl ! on August 09, 2007, 10:06:06 PM
wow finally here - long day AT WORK oh and went for a bike ride for an hour - after dinner - it was lovely!!

Hip is crap at the moment - yet I can quite easily pedal ??? walking is a chore!!

sadly December is only round the corner - and I need to save for our holiday FAST!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 09, 2007, 10:14:42 PM
HI Anj, where you going on hol?

Go and help Maggie..... she is drowning in a vat of Pimms ;D

Both knee's collapsed again today, once again a soft landing on sofa, dunno whats causing it, will ask OS next tues.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 09, 2007, 10:19:31 PM
hmm dunno whats up with you - got physio next week tho' - will ask if I remember!!
Maybe - you need to go cycling!! real cycling to strenghthen those muscles more - ya know you have to keep up with it!!

I am sure I told you that we are going to Cayo Coco - a small island off Cuba - Carribbean - yummy - have just booked for my daughter to come as well so gotta find another £1200!! oops

I love Pimms - but it must have cucumber in it - actually when we go sailing in a couple of weeks that is the drink we have the most of!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 09, 2007, 10:23:42 PM
My knee's and muscles are very strong, so can't understand why this happens, even my physio was could not understand why either. Maybe it's the thoughts of going back to work again ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 09, 2007, 10:30:12 PM
Yeah Know what you mean - which is why I can't see the point in going back to physio next week - my  muscles really are good - I am on my feet walking about for at least 10 hrs a day and that is just work!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 09, 2007, 10:33:33 PM
I know, that is why asked to be discharged from NHS physio, they agreed saying they could do no more for me.

On Tues next week should find out the damage i have to my left knee, should be fun. Then i might need some of your PMA if you have any spare.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 09, 2007, 10:38:54 PM
good luck tuesday - lots of PMA

Going to bed totally bushed.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on August 10, 2007, 08:19:08 PM
Anja - you make me feel like such a slob!!  I wish I could get on my bike, but I haven't got enough bend in my knee to turn the pedals around yet.  The bike I use in physio is one with the seat positioned back with the pedals out in front.  The furthest setting for the least knee bend is no.10, but today I progressed to setting no. 9!  It's a slow process and I'm beginning to get a bit impatient! 

 >:( >:( >:(

Nettan's back on Gary's thread.  I've told her that Gary's been ganging up on us.  He tried to drown me last night in a vat of Pimms.  Fortunately, I clung onto a floating piece of cucumber and managed to survive.

 :D :D :D

TTFN

Maggie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on August 11, 2007, 05:20:30 PM
Anja - just read your message on Gary's thread.  Why are you at work today?  You should be out in the sun on your bike, surely? 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 11, 2007, 05:57:02 PM
Just got in!!

I would love to have been out on my bike - I have to work every other weekend but my boss is on holiday so I had to do an extra one!!

Home now! - off to the indian later to get a takeaway - and have a drink while we are out ;D

By the way - you will eventually be able to pedal that bike again - can't remember how long since your op - I was pedalling I think about week five ish
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on August 13, 2007, 08:59:47 PM
Good luck for tomorrow, Anj.

TTFN

Maggie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 13, 2007, 09:08:38 PM
thanks maggie - will let you know how it goes.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on August 14, 2007, 08:30:23 AM
Anj - Do personal messages get posted anywhere else on this site, or are they private for just the recipient to read (ie - Personal!!)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 14, 2007, 08:40:20 AM
hey hey hey - who do you want to send a cheeky message then! LOL

No they are private - even the moderators cannot see them.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 14, 2007, 03:40:23 PM
Okay been to physio

saw the letter from the registrar to physio dept - said my knee had obviously dislocated and 'popped' back in. That explains why I didn't know what had happened as it had never done it before!

He said there was maltracking and that it was occasionally subluxing - the physio said this is where the knee cap is not running correctly on its tracks and sometimes coming out of the groove.   She said my knee cap is very slack! but being double jointed that doesn't suprise me. My hamstring is too tight. Will have to go and read up about this - new one on me.

So the good bit is that my cycling is VERY good to build the muscles up especially quads.  So physio for the next 6 weeks to see how it goes - which will really upset my boss as it is on a monday afternoon - when we have the least staff on duty!! oops Knee comes first! ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 14, 2007, 03:45:35 PM
And you feel very sorry for your boss, don't you ;D

I have problems with my hamstring it's mainly stretching excercise holding for 30 seconds each time, do 5 stretches. It will feel like your calf is burning the first few times you do it.

Will the extra excercise help the knee cap to become more stable?

Gary
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 14, 2007, 03:54:12 PM
Yes of course I feel sorry for him!! afterall he has left me holding the fort for two weeks!!!!grrr

Hopefully the exercises will help although she was a bit doubtful when I told her I am on my feet 10 hrs a day just at work with all the crouching down and getting up she said they should be so strong anyway! (actually showed her crouching down - she was well impressed!)

She also said the pins and kneedles and cramp in my toes was a lacking in the muscles.

and finally - had my flexion measured at 110 and that was at a good hurty push! I was actually a bit disappointed with this as it was measured at 135 at about 9 weeks!!  maybe they got it wrong then, but it is very swollen so...................


must go iron!!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 14, 2007, 03:57:56 PM
Blimey....... superwoman, don't you ever slow down ;D sit down chill out with some wine
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 14, 2007, 04:00:35 PM
Chucked the last of my wine in the bin!! Healthy eating now ya know!!!! wanna play?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 14, 2007, 04:06:34 PM
No problem ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on August 14, 2007, 05:36:40 PM
How can you play healthy? 

"OOOOOH!!  ORANGE JUICE FOR ME PLEASE!!  YUMMY !  WHAT A TREAT!!"

Is that it?   ;D ;D ;D

Going OUT tonight for a healthy, low fat curry!  YUM!  Shall I bring you a doggy bag?

TTFN

Maggie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Nettan on August 14, 2007, 06:11:52 PM
Anja, if you have to use your bike..means that the shed is free for Aliens. ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 14, 2007, 06:50:26 PM
tee hee - I have been using my bike all the time - the alien and ben will just have to try and sneak in when we out!!

Maggie - you know all too well that we now know that you are a skinny bint!! -


watch out Gary!! she is a sneaky slippery one!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Nettan on August 14, 2007, 07:13:50 PM
Be sure they will...I have already kicked them out..and when I send them there will be NO return adress. ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on August 14, 2007, 09:09:06 PM
Anja - would it shock you to know that I've put on 2 stone since injuring my knee in 1999?   I USED to be a skinny bint, but I have carefully strapped up wobbly bits now that I don't like one little bit!   :o :o :o

Yeah - I'm back already - I know I know - should still be out there painting the town red, but wanted to get home to watch recorded Holby City!!  How SAD is that?

Curry was yum though.  Almost as hot as my knee!   :o :o :o

Are you all under the table by now?

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 14, 2007, 09:13:48 PM
ROFL 2 stone in 8 years - I have done that in one!!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Nettan on August 14, 2007, 09:30:33 PM
I am loosing instead..have ordered a smaller wheeler. :)

Ice inside and out and flush down with some champagne. ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 14, 2007, 09:33:41 PM
I WILL lose it again!! - ready for the Carribbean!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Nettan on August 14, 2007, 09:37:35 PM
I am sure you will..you just need to make up your mind and work out from there. :)
I don't have to do anything..pretty scary huh ? I got that explained from my doc, when living with severe pain you use lots of more energy, even if you don't exercise.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 14, 2007, 09:45:05 PM
well I would rather be fat than in pain!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 14, 2007, 09:47:21 PM
trouble is really that everytime I crave a cigarette I eat!! need to think more about not putting that food in my mouth! But at least I have not had a cigarette for 7 months
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Nettan on August 14, 2007, 09:47:58 PM
So true..but I have no choice so far unfortunately. But research can maybe make me more fat. You never know. ;D

CHEWING GUM !!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on August 18, 2007, 02:28:18 AM
hey anja its ellenmarie i know i have not been on in a long time...i have developed alot of arthritis in my body, i had neck pain so bad i was in the emergency room for several hours i have a herniated disc and 3 bulging discs in my neck and pain in both knees...just trying to live with it for the moment.  I was wondering if you (or if you have heard of anyone) who has pain in the bottom of your feet.  My heels burn when i walk, i have tried all different shoes, and no help.  Any advise
Ellenmarie


trouble is really that everytime I crave a cigarette I eat!! need to think more about not putting that food in my mouth! But at least I have not had a cigarette for 7 months
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: costumer on August 18, 2007, 03:40:59 AM
well I would rather be fat than in pain!!


   yeah, but just try to get the dr's to understand that!

           -Judy
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 18, 2007, 08:17:19 AM
Hi Ellenmarie  - sounds like you are really going through it at the moment.  The old feet seem to cause a lot of people problems after surgery - I know mine did for a bit but after a few months they went back to normal - I think mine were just getting used to a different way of walking. I still get pins and needles and cramps in my toes but the physio said that was due to some lacking in the leg muscles still.


Judy - yeah I know - but to be honest hun I am sick of being fat as well and need a magic cure! Like developing a a hatred of food! LOL  I often think I woulld be better having a few ciggies - they def suppress my appetite!


anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on August 18, 2007, 08:46:10 AM
Hi Anj

Seven months - no cigs - smashing - keep it up - better to be a little rotund and healthier....


John
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 18, 2007, 08:57:19 AM
oh why is everyone so bloody sensible!!!




erm don't answer that !!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 18, 2007, 11:08:40 AM
Anj, your better off on mine and Maggie's thread........ we don't do sensible ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: JMCDERMO on August 18, 2007, 01:58:44 PM
Hi ellenmarie,  I too have arthritis all over and have suffered with a variety of foot pain over many years.  Have you tried custom made orthotics?  You have to see a podiatrist and they can be quite pricey..about $700, but they've been helpful for me.  I'm off today to get yet another pair of special shoes.  The other thing I notice, which is hardly profound, is that the more I weigh, the more my feet hurt.  Hope you find some relief.  I can imagine how you feel.   Jo-Ann
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on August 19, 2007, 06:42:45 PM
Thanks for all the advise.  I also was told that it could be bone spurs.  This is awful.  I am 47, have a partilal knee replacement, total knee replacement, herniated and bulging disks in neck (along with arthritis everywhere) and now painful heels.  What next!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 19, 2007, 09:58:29 PM
This new knee thing is like a game - a swapping game - you just exchange one problem for another! - thing is the problem was prob there all along - just well disguised by the overwhelming knee pain!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on August 20, 2007, 01:24:57 AM
i totally agree.  By the way how are you feeling
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 20, 2007, 09:11:43 AM
I am on holiday this week - so feeling fine! ;)  Have got physio today - first group class - bit strange - never been in a group before - the physio said it would include things like cycling! LOL hmm do a few miles every day! - anyhow will see how it goes - hopefully will stabilise this knee cap problem. Can't believe How Crunchy this new knee is - sounds like a crisp packet inside! Anyone else have this?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on August 20, 2007, 09:14:35 AM
Hi Anj 

If the knee is like a crisp packet - have you salted it????


John
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 20, 2007, 09:22:23 AM
should have known I could rely on you for a sensible answer!!!!!!! Thanks John!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on August 20, 2007, 10:38:44 AM
Hi Anj


Just a little  ;) to cheer you up on this very warm and sunny morning.

Best wishes and enjoy your week off

John
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 20, 2007, 11:11:29 AM
Well it is raining here!!! Looks like a re run of the last holiday! anyhow...................

Have done a 4 mile bike ride in what started as a mild drizzle and ended up monsoon like - which is why it was only 4 miles!  Then when we got home it stopped! so we did the 3/4 mile round trip to the recycling place - walked there!

so after a very energetic morning LOL had a bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich for brunch mmmmm  (home grown lettuce and Toms!!)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on August 20, 2007, 12:21:18 PM
Re: crisp packet - I hope it's WALKERS!!  Get it?!!

I've just treated myself to a custard doughnut from Tesco!  Had a really busy morning at physio, followed by shopping, followed by dragging the shopping up the front steps.  PHEW!  I'll be glad when I've had enough, and that won't be long!

Must get on with the housework now.   :P :P :P

Mag 'n Nel
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: e.lynch on August 20, 2007, 12:30:37 PM
Hey Anja: The crunching noise sounds painful, is it? Does the bike riding help? I have just tried walking so if you say the bike helps i may try it.
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on August 20, 2007, 01:27:11 PM
Hi Mag`n Nel


Walker`s - well thought out - oh! we are cruel today..............


John
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 20, 2007, 02:16:58 PM
Hi Anj,
        Group physio classes can be a laugh, i know mine where. My joint clunks when i shake it. The noise you get may be the joint scraping the back of the knee cap.
     Hey John, don't suppose you could share some of your sun...........please ;D

Gary
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on August 20, 2007, 03:57:13 PM
My physio is done with a group.  We all rotate to a different gym exercise when the 3 minute whistle goes!  It's only for an hour and time soon flies by.

When I had my ACL work done, the physio was REALLY intensive (1 hour warm up of gym exercises followed by 1 hour of torture chamber (old sewing machines and potters wheels to pedal, running and rowing machines, etc) followed by a full fitness work-out with sit ups, press ups THE LOT!.  We'd cool off with a game of on your bum volley ball!  We did this every morning Monday - Friday.  After 5 months of this, I was like the bionic woman.  The ACL was stable and my leg was straighter and stronger, but all the pounding intensified the wear and tear to my cartilage, so it was a bit of a vicious circle in the end.

The TKR physio is much easier by comparison.  You'll probably find a bit of company will spur you on.

Good grief - have I sent a sensible message for once?  Must go for a lie down to recover!

 ;D ;D ;D

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 20, 2007, 05:26:57 PM
Maggie, what is wrong with us posting sensible messages.... need a lunatic transplant ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 20, 2007, 09:28:28 PM
Hi - I am back at last!

been to the cinema and dinner.  Saw Rush Hour 3 - very funny!

Ellenmarie - no it doen't hurt when it is crunchy - just sounds horrid!

Well - wow ! what a physio session - NEVER had anything so hard! - It was like being back at 'Police Academy' where we did the army circuit training!  My hamstrings and quads and knee cap seriously hurt tonight - my post op physio was pathetic compared to this - the physio could believe what exercises I had done with the previous physio - but must have been okay as I had full extension and flexion - mind you most of the stuff I did was in the gym by myself.

so.............anti inflammatories and pain killers for def tonight and hopefully out on my bike in the morning!

anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 20, 2007, 09:31:58 PM
And of course the odd tipple or 2 ;D will help you sleep better
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 20, 2007, 09:34:17 PM
goes without saying!! already have a glass of Pinot Grigio - and a bag of Maltesers!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 20, 2007, 09:35:37 PM
Well share em out then


Rush Hour 3, good film
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 20, 2007, 09:38:07 PM
I did - a family bag it was! - you prob ate them already!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: T- Bucket mad on August 20, 2007, 09:39:11 PM
mines two fried egg sarnies and a dr p ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 20, 2007, 09:40:38 PM
Hi steve - been missing you!!

Any knee news yet?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 20, 2007, 09:41:11 PM
I was a bit slow there, damn it ;D

Looks i might be getting my Range Rover in 2 weeks, Mr Livingstone will love me ;D

Fried egg sarnies coming up......... sauce sir?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: T- Bucket mad on August 20, 2007, 09:42:56 PM
tom sauce please , no news yet but must be soon i reckon and were over the holiday period a work so not worried when now  ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 20, 2007, 09:44:28 PM
OMG Gary - a gas guzzler - you will be broke forever!!

Hope they get you sorted soon Steve - are you suffering - you have been soooo quiet!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 20, 2007, 09:45:27 PM
Best thing to do is to start phoning them Steve.

Anj, i luv spending money on petrol ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: T- Bucket mad on August 20, 2007, 09:48:15 PM
ive been lurking here keeping an eye on you all  ;D  , been back on the happy tabs at bit unfotunatley but i am ok thanks , youl need a tanker for the gas and a big wallet for red ken
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 20, 2007, 09:49:47 PM
Won't cost much more than the Jag to run
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: T- Bucket mad on August 20, 2007, 09:52:05 PM
can't be any worse than my bm ,can get that down to 6 mpg if i try really hard ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 20, 2007, 09:53:19 PM
Hey steve - give us your mob no then we can txt you when you go in!!

whats a bm?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on August 20, 2007, 10:03:41 PM
I think it's a typo for BUM!!   ;D ;D ;D ;

No egg sarnies for me thanks.  Just had my second custard doughnut of the day and feel really sick now.

Nighty night!

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 20, 2007, 10:05:11 PM
ha ha  ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: T- Bucket mad on August 20, 2007, 10:27:32 PM
bm - bmw  ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 20, 2007, 10:34:06 PM
omg and you only get 6mpg - Mate I need to have a seroius word with you about your carbon footprint.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 21, 2007, 03:20:28 PM
Okay Gary - so you don't want to come and see me LOL - due to being so tight!! but you expect me to cycle 16 miles to see you!!!! evil man!!

Just thought I would reply from the safety of my thread! lol
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 21, 2007, 03:23:14 PM
I will never get my coach back to London and will have to go to Dover instead. If i go south of the river for too long i get nose bleeds ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 21, 2007, 04:24:05 PM
hmmm - Dover is a dump as well!!

Have to say - don't envy you your job!! Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Boringggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 21, 2007, 04:55:19 PM
Your just jealous... aint ya.....aint ya ;D  you would like a job where you sit on your backside and sleep most of the day ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 21, 2007, 04:58:42 PM
erm duh no! would make my @rse spread more!!

shouldn't you be nice to me on my thread !!!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 21, 2007, 05:01:00 PM
I am always nice ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 21, 2007, 05:02:29 PM
 :'(
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on August 22, 2007, 02:08:48 AM
Hey everyone!!  It's 2 am and guess what!  I'M WIDE AWAKE!! 

Just having a nosy through the messages and have noted that Anj is nearly on the MAGIC PAGE!!  Who's going to be the first to arrive on it I wonder?   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 22, 2007, 11:35:35 AM
pardon me for appearing thick - But what is     THE MAGIC PAGE  ?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on August 22, 2007, 11:56:43 AM
Let me spell it out to you.  You are on page 68 at the moment.  Get my drift now? 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on August 22, 2007, 12:30:50 PM
Hi Anj

Keep posting - it is welome by some - your advice is invaluable


John
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 22, 2007, 02:26:50 PM
Maggie you are a naughty girl, Anj has led such a sheltered life ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on August 22, 2007, 02:45:18 PM
WA-HAY!!  GARY'S THE FIRST ONE TO TRIGGER THE 'SPECIAL PAGE'!!! 

ANJ - ENJOY!!!

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on August 22, 2007, 02:59:10 PM
As i told you before 69 is my favourite number ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 22, 2007, 04:29:52 PM
oh duh - well you know what they say about those that have to talk about it................................
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on August 22, 2007, 04:32:23 PM
Monkey business? MOI?   :o :o :o
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 01, 2007, 09:26:43 PM
Hi Folks

Take note

Anje is "" 21 "" on Sunday


What do we wish her????

Best wishes

John
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on September 01, 2007, 10:13:41 PM
Many happy Knee-turns, Anja!!

Welcome back!  We've missed you!!

Mag 'n Nel xxx

 :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 02, 2007, 12:17:07 AM
Thanks John amd Mags! ;D
Hey Mags thought you were away in your balloon!!
 ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: TIBBAR on September 02, 2007, 12:50:53 AM
HAPPY KNEE DAY TO YOU
HAPPY KNEE DAY TO YOU
HAPPY KNEE DAY TO ANJ
HAPPY KNEE DAY TO YOU
JUST KEEPIN WITH THE SONG THEME MAGGIE
                       CAROL ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 02, 2007, 02:50:09 PM
Happy Birthday Anj...............21 again ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 02, 2007, 04:50:31 PM
I am still 19 !!!! grrrr  and am wearing a badge that my boss gave me that says 'Looking Good' so there!

Thanks Gary  ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Kaputt_Knee on September 02, 2007, 04:55:45 PM
19 again and a Virgo to boot wow what a combination



Sue  :D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 02, 2007, 04:59:27 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 02, 2007, 05:17:19 PM
Hi Anj


Tell us - how are you going to celebrate this special day????

John :-*
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 02, 2007, 06:15:30 PM
aha!!
let me tell you how it has gone so far - bearing in mind that I have a cold and a throat full of razer blades, and can barely talk!

so I got up today - checked my mail - which included lots of birthday wishes ( and a special one from Manchester!)

took daughter to work, then took son to rugby then went to supermarket - hubby offered dinner out but - feel crap so no point - then while in supermarket got call to pick son up grrr - we were about 20 miles away, then took son home and went back to work to pick daughter up - now cooking dinner

had a fantastic choccie cake from my boss - hmm doing weight watchers - the bugger!
Hubby is on call so in and out all day
in laws coming round tonight


BUT in OCT going to London for dinner and show !! (Joseph)

been okay really - what else would a 19 yr old do !!

ooh nearly forgot - got my MRI for my hip on 27th sept!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 02, 2007, 06:18:40 PM
So it's been a pretty average day then ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 02, 2007, 06:22:57 PM
So, you can hardly talk - well thats good for starters..... pity about the Gillete razor blades in your throat...

Drink plenty tonight - red wine is good for for a cold...... Share the chocolate cake with all your KneeGeek friends.

19??? Who is kidding who?????


John
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 02, 2007, 07:12:26 PM
John - you are sooooo jealous of my age!! old timer

and Gary MATE !! you you grrrrrr got it in one!!  Glad you got back safe though! ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 02, 2007, 07:15:47 PM
gotta go ! family here!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 03, 2007, 04:46:11 PM
oops - didn't even say what I was going to in last post - now forgotten what it was!


Had the shortest physio ever today - walked in tried to croak a happy hello (voice has all but gone) the physio touched my forehead and sent me home! ;D do not return to work either or else ;D ;D ;D

so here I am - drinking tea
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 03, 2007, 05:10:09 PM



Hope you completed a sick note


John
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 03, 2007, 05:14:36 PM
 ???
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on September 03, 2007, 05:35:35 PM
Oh dear!  Poorly Bo Bos!  Hope you're feeling a bit better now. 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 03, 2007, 06:05:58 PM
oh I see John! now you have changed it!

I am sick and going to watch daytime tv and eat tomato/mozzarella and basil salad
                                                                                      anj x ;D

Have to go to London tomorrow for a food exhibition - my boss said he wouldn't sit with me!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 03, 2007, 06:34:02 PM
Going to London to visit a food exhibition - I think this is a way of saying - I am going to stuff myself with a new choice of foods................


John
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 03, 2007, 06:40:37 PM
Hi Anj, If you are coming to London tomorrow don't forget there is a tube strike.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 03, 2007, 06:59:27 PM
Hi Anj


Tube strike - well then - you will just have to walk !!!   What a pain :'(


John 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 03, 2007, 07:02:49 PM
John, i will get the same bus she is on and have her kicked off for having a dodgy ticket ;D evil git aint I
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 03, 2007, 07:04:10 PM
I will catch a bus, route 9 , costs £2  eh Gary ! ;)


Can't stuff my face - got fat club Thurs - so will have to bring the treats back to the shop (and hide them from the B***h from Hell)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 03, 2007, 07:05:38 PM
Hey that would be cool to meet - BUT I have my boss with me so wouldn't go down well!!


Please don't kick me off the bus..............................anyhow - time we get there at 9.30 - you will have finished work! lol
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 03, 2007, 07:07:52 PM
I will be down the road at Holborn waiting for a tea leaf
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 03, 2007, 07:35:45 PM
and I will prob be standing around drinking tea!! (waiting for a bus!)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 03, 2007, 07:39:38 PM
Thought thats what you always do ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 03, 2007, 07:42:00 PM
you really are such a sweetie aren't you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just count yourself lucky I can't shout!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 03, 2007, 07:47:33 PM
I think me and my colleague are going to have to check the route 9 instead just so i pick on you ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 03, 2007, 08:05:48 PM
I challenge you to!! - is your mate fit :P?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 03, 2007, 08:53:12 PM
He's a hunk ;D half the size of me.......... he's a mini me ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 03, 2007, 08:55:10 PM
LOL - remember what you said ..........................be adventurous!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 03, 2007, 08:57:18 PM
OH behave ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 03, 2007, 08:59:59 PM
ha !!! boring!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 03, 2007, 09:04:12 PM
Okay then, we got a challenge on then. Now starting work at 7, will check out my man at Holborn then after that will stake out Charing Cross Stn, there will be me and my mate and 20 transport police officers waiting to pounce....... so you think your ard!!!!  ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 04, 2007, 08:38:11 PM
Darn it! - I tried postin on here tonight - typed it all up boasting that I had managed to get in and out of LOndon without being caught by you - and lost my connection in a tunnel!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 04, 2007, 09:44:48 PM
I like my job............... got a call this morning to stay away from central London for the duration of the strike ;D so worked locally and an early day aswell.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 04, 2007, 09:57:08 PM
we walked from the Earls court to Olympia
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 04, 2007, 09:59:25 PM
How was your knee and hips after today?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 04, 2007, 10:04:37 PM
Hi Anj

One of my sons drove to London today - has just returned - said that the driving was horrendous -


John
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 04, 2007, 10:14:43 PM
John - we thought about it for a moment and heard the road reports - big no no!

Gary - my knee is good right now - quite a lot of stairs done today. Hip bit jippy when I go in any direction other than straight ahead - not constant paiin tho'

I thought that was quite a long walk gary!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 04, 2007, 10:16:31 PM
Thats good Anj, now get a good nights rest
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 04, 2007, 10:17:41 PM
feel like I just got sent to bed LOL

Night night mate x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 04, 2007, 10:19:51 PM
Your only a young girl, so do as you are told ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 05, 2007, 09:04:23 PM
k pops!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 05, 2007, 10:04:50 PM




               WHATEVER!!!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 05, 2007, 10:08:09 PM
bl00dy kids eh!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 05, 2007, 10:12:53 PM
You were only a teenager last week yourself ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 11, 2007, 07:49:16 AM
I went to Physio yesterday - and got discharged!!

They said there is absolutely nothing wrong with the supporting muscles and the knee cap will just continue to sublux whether I go there or not because that is just how it is - the only way to stop it is with surgery - so I thanked them and went back to work! will just make sure I keep everything well toned to help.

got a day off - so stripped the beds,cleaned the fridges and kitchen,hung the washing, now got 10kg of broad beans to shell and blanche now! mmmm
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 11, 2007, 08:07:15 AM
Hi Anj


Am sure that your broad beans are fresher than the ones I bought at Tesco`s yesterday....


John
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on September 11, 2007, 01:16:05 PM
Anj - you know what beans means?!!   :o :o :o  Hope this northerly wind keeps a blowin'!


 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 11, 2007, 01:18:36 PM
Perhaps tin beans is the answer????


JohnK
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 11, 2007, 01:35:32 PM
well here is me having a sensible conversation again and ol' tilly knickers has to lower the tone again!! Off to do me beans!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 11, 2007, 03:45:09 PM
Agree - take us up a step or two in the world -
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Kaputt_Knee on September 11, 2007, 03:55:18 PM
Why? - I agree with Maggie beans are a source of gas as are Brussel sprouts  Got any of those Anja?

Sue  :D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 11, 2007, 04:27:25 PM
wow hard work with the company I keep! ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 11, 2007, 05:03:56 PM
Then you should consult Centrica !!!! ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on September 11, 2007, 05:11:48 PM
Tilly Knickers?  TILLY KNICKERS?  Who says I WEAR any?!!   :o :o :o

It WAS a sensible comment, actually.  Just showing concern for the old ozone layer.


 :P :P :P
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 11, 2007, 05:15:21 PM
Paper ones perhaps or M & S ?????
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Kaputt_Knee on September 11, 2007, 06:12:17 PM
Not with the gas around here John!

OK Tilly No Knickers?

Anja, you should try and keep your crowd under more control really



Sue  :D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 11, 2007, 06:14:19 PM
I am losing the will to live let alone give off wind!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Kaputt_Knee on September 11, 2007, 06:28:34 PM
What's getting you down then Anja - the hip pain? Or the wayward knee geeks here? Or the 10kgs of potential gas sitting in your kitchen.

hope things pick up - I've got bad weather pain which is dull, insidious and unrelenting. when (or if) the sun comes out at least it might go away

Sue   :-\

 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 11, 2007, 06:34:46 PM
Just making Sue a parcel of sun shine - it`s still plus 16c in Manchester and the barometer is reading high - perhaps a quick trip to blighty would be a quick cure .....In spired by the last night of the proms last Saturday night - brilliant.


John
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 11, 2007, 06:36:42 PM
the gas problem has been laid to rest - in the freezer ;D

Know what you mean about the weather/pain - I had this great idea that I would not have this anymore - but I did last winter and it wasn't even cold here! actually - it is more the damp that gets me. hey ho more drugs!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on September 11, 2007, 07:58:13 PM
Do you really, truly want me to be sensible?  Can we put it to the vote?

All those in favour of me continuing to stir things up say 'AYE'.  All those against say 'NAY'.


 :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on September 11, 2007, 08:03:04 PM
AYE ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: TIBBAR on September 11, 2007, 08:36:59 PM

AYE
;D ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Kaputt_Knee on September 11, 2007, 08:42:46 PM
AYE
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Sue
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 11, 2007, 08:58:49 PM
A Y E 
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: costumer on September 11, 2007, 09:02:25 PM
Aiyiyi!   ;D


so you got a problem with Tilly No-Knickers? You prefer people remember the previous animal related nickname that Gary (or was it Nettan?) came up with??  hmmmmm???

               -Judy
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on September 11, 2007, 09:03:58 PM
Bless!!  As we're on Anja's thread though, I think she ought to have the over-ruling vote!

Well, Anja - what's it to be?   


 ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on September 11, 2007, 09:05:32 PM
Animal related nick name?  Can't remember that!  Secret Squirrel maybe?   ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: costumer on September 11, 2007, 09:07:43 PM
now far be it from me to bring up monkey references, but........ <ducking>

maybe Anja's gone early to bed?

      -Judy
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on September 11, 2007, 09:12:47 PM
OH YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It's all flooding back now in glorious technicolour!  Strangely enough, I've just eaten a banana!!

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Kaputt_Knee on September 11, 2007, 09:15:35 PM
IT's UNANIMOUS

CONTINUE

please

Sue
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 11, 2007, 09:19:08 PM
yes Monkey chops!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on September 11, 2007, 09:30:53 PM
"Aa Aa Aa Aa Aa Aa"  That's my impression of a crazed chimp!  Just think of Tarzan's monkey - I'm sure you get the idea.  (what was Tarzan's monkey called??)

MUST go to bed now.  Absolutely POOPED!

Nighty night!

Mag 'n Nel


 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 11, 2007, 09:33:49 PM
Cheetah!!!!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: TIBBAR on September 11, 2007, 09:37:13 PM
TILLY
ANJ SAID YEA SO THE NUT HOUSE IS OFFICIALLY OPEN :D :D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: costumer on September 11, 2007, 09:47:13 PM
Anja's right: Tarzan's monkey was called 'cheetah'. There was a show in the 60s? 70s? called Daktari that also had a chimp.. we won't go into what that one was called.

                     -Judy
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 12, 2007, 07:53:41 PM
I know I know!!! - how much will you pay me to kepp my mouth shut!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Kaputt_Knee on September 12, 2007, 08:22:54 PM
The lunatics have finally taken over ALL of the asylum! Way to go Nutcases United Rule

Sue  :D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 12, 2007, 08:53:21 PM
But I do know don't I Judy!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: costumer on September 12, 2007, 11:35:36 PM
Oh, Anja, I'm sure you know! <sigh> ::) . The sad thing is that you even remember the show!

         -Judy
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 13, 2007, 08:54:27 PM
oh no I don't!!!!  I had to google it! lol


just been to FAT club - lost 4lbs this week - thats 7lb so far - watch out Gary!


My mum had a car crash today - she fractured her fibia! ouch. she is back home now - feeling crap as she  got a BIG scare and wrote her car off but doesn't want another one BUT live in the middle of nowhere! So she will have to get another one! Well she is 73.

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: costumer on September 14, 2007, 12:16:16 AM
lol! you sneak, you. ok, sad thing is that I remember Daktari (and Clarence the Cross-eyed Lion)!

<gasp> is your mom ok? broke her... fibula? the thin bone on the outside of the lower leg? hopefully not her femur, that's pretty drastic. Geez, best to her for the healing.

     congrats on the weight loss. You guys are going to give me a complex, once I"m out. Gonna make me have to go to Weight Watchers or something. sheesh.

         -Judy
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 14, 2007, 07:34:22 PM
ah Judy - seem to have got my bones in a muddle there - yes it was the little bone!  I called her today - she says it is painfull but is coping okay, my siter and brothers have all been to sort her out! Pops can't even boil an egg! so sis went to waitrose and stocked up on ready meals - much to mums disgust! she should have taught him to cook!! LOL
When is your op - can't be long now. You could always start WW - then you would be on it when you come home and have that encouragement to get up and back to meetings - I am on the core plan which is good for people that like their food!
Have the weekend off!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: costumer on September 15, 2007, 03:49:02 AM
Hi Anj,

   Glad to hear your mum is coping. yeah, the fibula is the one that usually breaks when you fall and break your 'ankle'. It's not really an ankle bone, but it's close enough for the average person to understand. Your poor family - trying to help your dad! oh my <G>. At least, when my husband moved here from college (he graduated a couple years before me), I taught him basic cooking and shopping because he'd be living on his own until I graduated (well, aside from vacations). So he's quite capable. And that's a good thing because he has to handle nearly everything most of this year since going over the stairs hurts so much. Maybe you can teach your dad how to boil an egg or at least pour cereal?  ;D

    I don't think I want to start WW just yet <shudder>. I think I'd rather be well nourished when I go in  ;D Afterwards, when I can get back to my office, I'm looking at getting a used excerise bike or treadmill or something. If that makes no difference, I'll consider WW. Problem is that I really hate to cook; food just isn't something I'm all that thrilled about, go figure.  But I'm glad it's been working well for you.

                     -Judy  (3.5 days and counting)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 15, 2007, 03:58:28 PM
woo hoo - nearly there then Judy!!

Hey WW really is easy - specially core - I don't do any elaborate cooking on it! which makes life easy.

As for the exercise bike - get a real bike if you can - much better exercise and not boring!

Good Luck - soon you will be in the club!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 15, 2007, 04:04:26 PM
Hi Anj


Now that you have frozen 10lbs broad beans, what`s next?????



John
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 15, 2007, 05:49:51 PM
eat them!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 23, 2007, 06:44:49 PM
Hi Anj


What are you picking next for your freezer?


John

 :D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 23, 2007, 07:34:14 PM
aha! - well now you come to mention it - we have to grow some stuff first - have dug two veggie patches - on the style of the veggie patches at Osborne House IOW - queen victorias place! loved the childrens veggie patches so did it the same - looks good - just need planting now! Got to get the Sweet peas going as well!

Have used all the lettuce, toms, radis, carrots and beetroot - love it!
Do you grow veggies?

Got MRI with dye injection on Thurs  for my hip.

Hope you are well.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 25, 2007, 09:10:59 AM
Hi Anj

Moved to a flat two years ago, and I do miss my garden - what veg do you suggest I can grow on the balcony????


John

 :D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Kaputt_Knee on September 25, 2007, 12:08:25 PM
Hi John

in the UK I had a garden and an allotment so I really do miss my fresh veggies! Now I have a first floor flat with an 11 metre by 1.5 metre south facing balcony which does not always cut the mustard! I have grow bags and a variety pots on my balcony and grow a range of salads, herbs and tomatoes. I'm restricted because of the frosts to only being able to grow things between April (ish) and end of October.

I have had runner beans in big pots, toms in grow bags along with peppers, cucumbers and such. In trays on the window sills I have all my fresh herbs - parsley, chives, mint, thyme oregano etc. My rosemary and bay leaves are in big pots and I bring them into the flat in the winter. I have to use a lot of fertilisers though and remembering to water everything is a pain in the bu** at times, especially when it is really hot. I think you can grow just about any thing you want to with a little bit of inventiveness. I've even seen potaotes grown in a barrel on a balcony!

Sue  :D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 25, 2007, 07:19:50 PM
Hi Sue

Thanks for your advice, however there are two positive snags......

I dont the other flat dwellers would be pleased if I started to grow vegs on my balcony and furthermore, I have a Julliet balcony which is only two foot wide - just manage to fit three large flower pots.

In other words, must continue my weekly trek to Bury market to purchase the fresh vegs.

Wishing Anj the best of luck for Thursday.....

John

 :D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 25, 2007, 07:47:48 PM
wow excuses excuses - you could even grow carrots and Radishes! - why not have balcony boxes!!

thanks for the good luck wishes!  :)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 27, 2007, 09:16:37 PM
okay - latest on my mum following her car crash - she has a DVT and is on coudaman (sp) injections and warfarin - hopefully will sort it!


Had my hip MRI today - had the dye injected and then a numbing anesthetic with slow release cortisone - apparently lasts 4 months - if it works but pain is meant to get worse for first few days - can confirm that! had trouble driving - might have been nice to have been told I was getting this treatment pre appt - there was a letter with the consultant radiographer from my OS asking if he would 'kindly perform the procedure in an effort to provide this lady with some pain relief'  Bless him!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: costumer on September 27, 2007, 11:55:00 PM
well, Coumadin and warfarin are pretty good blood thinners. Hope everything goes ok. what a scare!

Ouch! They really should have given you a warning, so you could have arranged a driver for the way home. geez. Hope it works and you get some relief.

             -Judy
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 28, 2007, 08:41:23 AM
Hi Anj

Our next door neighbour is having a hip replacement next week - they have told her for years, that you must reduce weight!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best wishes

John

 :D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 28, 2007, 08:44:04 PM
thanks Judy :)

oi john! what you saying - yeah okay I am a bit overweight but not that much! - and I have a labral tear which is not weight related!

AND  just to top it all - what I thought was a torn roataor cuff getting worse turns out is a frozen shoulder. bummer
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Kaputt_Knee on September 28, 2007, 09:39:36 PM
Be pleased Anja.

 A torn rotator cuff is a nightmare and is often not successfully repaired - a friend of mine here has fought with that problem for 3 years now and several operations. Now they have given up and said it will never be repaired. So he's sitting out waiting for a shoulder replacement if such a thing exists.

I have had a frozen shoulder sorted out with PT and massage. A badly treated dislocation froze and was "opened" again about 8 years later with a lot of manipulation, massage and physio but it worked. And the last X-Ray was clean no sign of any arthritis or anything else nasty!

Sue  :D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 28, 2007, 09:46:05 PM
I had a torn rotator cuff about 6 months before my tkr - trst me - this is MUCH more painfull - poss because I was on meds pre op and so maybe didn't feel it so much! but this really is so painfull and I keep forgetting and go to do something and it darn well hurts - It is actually most painfull at night. - Wen I did my rotator cuff I had a brilliant physio - and hope I get the same one again !
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on September 29, 2007, 11:25:24 AM
Hi Anj

So you are having a tough time -    keep your chin up - look on the bright side

Best wishes

John

p.s. must send you a photo of my balcony -
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: costumer on September 29, 2007, 02:51:50 PM
Good luck with the frozen shoulder. yeah, it's better than a torn roto-cuff, but it's still not a walk in the park - depends on how badly it's frozen. Gotta do that PT though!

       -judy
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Kaputt_Knee on September 29, 2007, 03:41:29 PM
Didn't mean to imply it is less than a tear Anja, but it has more chances of recovery. My treatment took 6 months or more of intensive manipulation which hurt like hell even with pain killers,  As you say sleeping was the biggest problem - I always woke up when I turned on to it. I think that was when I started sleeping on my stomach with no pillows as it was the only position I was halfway comfortable. I still have problems now and then when I try to reach up to get something from a cupboard.

Sue  :D



Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on September 29, 2007, 04:01:28 PM
A torn rotator cuff, eh?  Sounds like a part in a lawn-mower!!  Still - the grass is always greener and all that! 

What the heck am I going on about?  Think I've lost the plot BIG time!  No change there then!!

Mag 'n Nel


 :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 29, 2007, 08:29:05 PM
ah well - whatever - just hope it cleasrs up VERY soon - becoming very tiresome - just to top it all I spent the day at work and puked 5 times! don't think the painillers like me! Thankfully out of my system now.

Have a good weekend
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on October 23, 2007, 07:20:33 PM
Hi Anj

We have not had an update from you for a long long time -   

Best wishes

John
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 23, 2007, 08:48:22 PM
Hi John
Thanks for asking!

so the update is - knee doing great!

Shoulder is incredibly horrible! STILL waiting for physio appt!!! went back to GP and had meds changed - much better now. Hopefully she is chasing physio !

Hope you are doing well!

anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 30, 2007, 04:12:21 PM
New pain meds working a treat during the day - seem to be 'happy pills' ;D maybe just because I have the day off !

here is my latest addition to my christmas party collection ( first use - sis in laws 40th)


(http://www.monsoon.co.uk/content/ebiz/monsoon/invt/15225847/15225847_s1.jpg)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on October 30, 2007, 04:16:20 PM
Hi Anj

What a swish dress - now we require a photo of you in it?????


John

 ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: costumer on October 30, 2007, 05:17:15 PM
oooo, that's lovely!!! glad the pain pills are helping.

          -Judy
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 30, 2007, 05:47:13 PM
okay - will do the photoshoot at the party !! not until 6/12
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on October 30, 2007, 08:00:21 PM
Where did you get that dress from???   I'm hopeless at buying frocks - or anything else apart from jeans.

 :-[ :-[ :-[

Mag 'n Nel

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on October 30, 2007, 08:18:41 PM
I get my dresses and tu-tu's from Tents R US ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on October 30, 2007, 09:17:14 PM
Bless!!  Does that mean you look a bit CAMP?!!

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 30, 2007, 09:18:29 PM
yeah and where do you think I get mine Gary !!




tilly - Try Monsoon ! - generally I don't like their clothes but they usually do a good dress range at christmas.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on October 30, 2007, 09:19:55 PM
Anj, you aint big... need your eyes testing
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on October 30, 2007, 09:20:09 PM
Is that where you got the pink number from?

 ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on October 30, 2007, 09:24:58 PM
And the purple one with matching shoes only worn at biker weekends
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 30, 2007, 09:25:36 PM
duh what ?-my dress is from monsoon !
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 30, 2007, 09:27:02 PM
I live in tracksuit bottoms at home and jeans at work - not a girly girl at all !- well except christmas party - always have a new ball gown for that !
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on October 30, 2007, 09:27:24 PM
I always thought that a monsoon is what India gets ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 30, 2007, 09:31:31 PM
that is good Gary - means you are all man and not dressing in girly bits at all !

Have to type slowly - just polished my nails - bright red - called 'celebrity bash'
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on October 30, 2007, 09:34:21 PM
Damn it......ruined my reputation that has ;D  celebrity bash eh, bet they look nice.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 30, 2007, 09:35:15 PM
they look 'HOT'  ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on October 30, 2007, 09:36:22 PM
You little devil ;D ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 30, 2007, 09:37:18 PM
lol
did you have a nice day at work today
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on October 30, 2007, 09:37:26 PM
My nails are too chewed to paint!  More Celebrity Nash!

 :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 30, 2007, 09:38:58 PM
lol
not often mine are all nice - cardboard boxes tend to dry your hands and nails.
Got interview tomorrow so wanted to look a bit sophisticated ! LOL
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on October 30, 2007, 09:41:51 PM
I did and i had no aches or pains, had a very good day, weird or wot
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on October 31, 2007, 11:37:12 AM
Hi Anj


Did they thrown in the tent pole and groundsheet???? - perhaps wellies as well!!!!!!!!!!!

John

 :D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 31, 2007, 07:19:36 PM
would never be that lucky John!

Hey guesss what - gone braindead - all ready for interview - then found out I was a week early ! oops!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on October 31, 2007, 09:11:19 PM
Your too keen Anj ;D

Went to fat club.... and i have lost 4.5lbs this week, total loss now 21lbs ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 31, 2007, 09:59:42 PM
Gary I am so chuffed to bits for ya and very ashamed that I am back to square one !! HAVE to sort myself - tragedy is that had I stuck to it - I would have nearly been there by now !! need my head read !
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on October 31, 2007, 11:45:17 PM
Thanks Anj. You do have the will to do it, so keep the faith and lets see some weight loss, you never know... you might beat me ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: costumer on November 01, 2007, 02:02:15 AM
Wow, Gary, that's great!! Anja, too bad - that tends to be what happens to me (course I haven't seen a scale since I left rehab)

             -Judy
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 01, 2007, 08:10:29 PM
okay done it - been to fat club ! and I put on 2lb so not as bad as I thought it would be ! - onward and downward ! ( on the scales that is ) I am chasing you again Gary !!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on November 01, 2007, 10:00:03 PM
Hi Anj

You may have to lose a lot more to get into that new red dress......


John

 :D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on November 01, 2007, 10:11:13 PM
John, Anj will do it, she just needs plenty of support from all of us :)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on November 02, 2007, 05:27:31 PM
Anja - I think you need to eat LOTS of pies and give me your dress!!  ;D ;D ;D

YAY - IT'S FRIDAY!!  Is anyone doing anything dangerous with fireworks this weekend?   :o :o :o

Mag 'n Nel

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 02, 2007, 09:51:00 PM
even if I eat lots of pies it will still fit !!! - I actually had to make sure it had straps cos it will fall off in a months time !! PMA !!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on November 02, 2007, 09:53:15 PM
Aw, SHUCKS! 

 >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on November 02, 2007, 10:14:30 PM
OHH this sounds exciting  !!!!!!!!!!!


John

 :D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 07, 2007, 07:27:59 PM
Good Day !!

Finally rang physios office today to check they had referral - and yes they did and said they would send an appt in about 4 weeks time :o :o :o I said 'no way' and that  I had an OS appointment at the end of NOv and should have been to physio befor that appt and that it hurts so damn much that I was not going to wait any longer and would seek a private physio - and hey Presto - got an appt thursday next week !!! - Hopefully from there on in they will fix the shoulder PLEASE ! Okay so the consultant appt wasn't for my shoulder but they didn't know that !! They did know however that when I went to their knee class (july /aug)  my shoulder was bad back then as it was on my notes that they advised to see GP for referral for them !!! doesn't it drive you mad sometimes !!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: kiddthekatt on November 08, 2007, 01:27:47 AM
Hi anja;
   Good for you!! Sometimes you just have to get ugly with them, but they will finally see the light. I hope that you are able to get the shoulder and knee taken care of. I have finally been able to have some relief today. Thank God for pain management doctors that know what you are saying when you tell them that your leg is falling off!! I told him that my hip right at my tail bone is killing me also, he said that was because I finally had a good knee and my butt and my ankle didn't know how to except the fact that they were now going to have to straighten out and work with the knee. Damn bones anyway!! Take care of yourself and I'll check in on you l;ater.

Angel
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: costumer on November 08, 2007, 03:52:31 AM
Anj - don't you hate that? glad you got past them. You know, someone once told me that you can tell the 'good' doctors, because they have the worst staff!

             -Judy
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on November 08, 2007, 01:44:38 PM
Working as I do as a volunteer in the Orthopaedic/Fracture clinic every Thursday morning at The North Manchester General \hospital, I would agree that there are some very good Consultants and some medium ones.

It`s the whole NHS system that gets up my wick - more to the point, the number of patients who DO NOT TURN UP, about 15 this morning.


John
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 08, 2007, 07:45:26 PM
hey Angel - know exactly what you mean about the hip pain - I still have trouble with that - not major now but just a reminder every now and then !

Tell ya all what though! didn't need the weather man to predict the cold damp weather today !!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on November 08, 2007, 08:21:27 PM
I dunno, moaning about the cold weather...... move to good ol polluted London for some luvly warm radioactive weather ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 15, 2007, 08:36:36 PM
okay - been to physio today about this shoulder....................

not muscle or tendon or similar injury!


she is 99.999 % certain it is damaged or trapped nerves in my neck !( had car crash in 2007 and they found I had previously fractured my neck 2 yes before in another car crash! - no wonder what I thought was whiplash hurt so much !!) There is no movement of my shoulder blades either - so......... she was not really sure where to go from there until I have had my mri results - to make sure no other damage, and after seeing the rheumatologist in two weeks to see what medication he gives me - unless he decides that It is not RA in my hands but because of my neck!  She said the part of by back between my shoulder blades is totally solid/tensed up and not even the skin moves when I move.

Her biggest concern was that my neck seizes and I have to 'crack it' to make it move again - she just kept saying - ooh thats scary, - I pointed out that I didn't think this was the right thing to say to me - but she said it every time my neck cracked!!
She has said NO lifting and NO gym  :) hee hee - until she has more info

so that is all I know for now.................. will have to wait and see what the others decide -

and there was me just thinking I could go and get a few exercises to loosen the shoulder up !



Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: costumer on November 15, 2007, 10:05:39 PM
ow. have you tried moist heat?

            -Judy
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 15, 2007, 10:12:43 PM
Hi judy,

No I wasa bit gobsmacked! - have to go back thurs nest week so will get it together and ask what I should do - she wasn't much keen for me to do anything !! she did say patience would be useful !
anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on November 16, 2007, 08:13:27 AM
Hiya Anj,
           I would not like anyone saying to me... ooh thats scary!!! wrong thing to say. I got a whiplash injury in 1992, since then i have had problems with my right shoulder with numbness in my right hand.
       If it is nerve damage would it mean you will have any surgery? Have a look into alternative medicine they maybe able to help.
    Or here's another alternative, take up bungee jumping have a few bevvies be brave and jump,  ;D ;D that will loosen up anything ;D make sure you wear a nappy ;D

Hugs
Gary
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on November 16, 2007, 12:40:05 PM
Hi Gary

According to yesterday`s newspapers, the donkeys on Blackpool beach are going to wear nappies - I could do with their residue for my roses -   


John
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on November 16, 2007, 01:37:00 PM
Now theres a thought John ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 16, 2007, 06:30:33 PM
you two are a nightmarte!

Okay have made a decision Gary - Not good to lift heavy pans so its Curry and chips tonight ! no nappy, but a sauvignon sedative ! Out to dinner with my best girlie mate that I sent your mail to last night and she now thinks I have not just one husband but 3 boyfriendse ( got a couple at work lol) and then Sunday we have a Rugby Match to watch and so it will have to be something easy again !! see - no heavy lifting involved, will take car

Today my other shoulder was worse - think it had something to do with the poking about with my neck yesterday - had one of the worst nights ever - but much better this evening.e with the retail therapy tomorrow !
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Nettan on November 17, 2007, 10:10:32 AM
Anja, sorry to hear about shoulders and neck. How about work..I know you had so much heavy lifting there.
Hope you have a fun weekend...and please stay out of the Rugby game..if you can. ;D ;)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on November 17, 2007, 11:09:16 AM
Hi Anj! 

Looks like you're having plenty of distractions from the knee!  Oh dear!  I worry about Gary and John at times.  It's a weird situation to suddenly jump from talking about necks/shoulders to donkeys wearing nappies!   :o :o :o

Have fun this weekend.

Mag 'n Nel


 :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 16, 2008, 07:31:53 PM
hi all ,hadnt realised it was sooo long since i had been here!
have had cortisone injections in hand and left shoulder - brilliant stuff !!
have been swimming 4 times a week for the last month which must be doing me good I think - knee does actually hurt like mad - have been doing a lot of turning on it ............
anyway going back to gym tomorrow to see if i cant sort out this pain - gotta be some sort of muscle weakness i hope - painfull enough to need meds tho !

have been swimming loads and asked to do a swimathon in april - which i hope to do - except the dates it is on we are in cuba - but should be able to do it there !!

booked nest years holiday today as well ;D caribbean cruise!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on March 22, 2008, 05:25:19 PM
By any chance have you taken any prescription for cholesterol or acid reflux?  I found a webpage   www.askapatient.com  where people comment about their experiences with prescription drugs.  I have had pain in my shoulder, fingers, and big toe.  Turns out that these are common pains for various drugs. 
I haven't really communicated with you since the summer of your TKR, but I'm back on here because I'm gonna have another knee surgery Tuesday.
Last month I was walking both weimaraners, and I pushed the button to cross a large intersection.  Suddenly I noticed a couple with a dog preparing to cross the same street, so I beat a hasty retreat up on the lawn of the apt building on that corner.  This is the lawn most favored by all dogs for peeing and pooping.  I made the dogs sit and I held the year old male closest to me foolishly thinking that the older, diabetic female would behave.  Oops, the couple jogged at us with their dog.  Although I was feverishly yanking on the pinch collars and commanding "SIT" the female lunged forward followed almost simulataneously by the male dog.  I got launched like a water skier as the slack of the leashes disappeared.  Bam, I landed on my repaired knee and then my forehead, and I rolled on my filled poop bag.  The only thing that would've made it a funnier scenario would've been if the poop bag burst when I hit it.  The worst thing is my depression about not being able to walk the dogs together because they're so bad!
Good news is that I'll get hyaluronic acid injections about 6 weeks post op.
Hope you're feeling better soon!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 22, 2008, 07:07:17 PM
Hi Donna - sort of good to see you! - wow shame you have to have surgery again - what are they going to do?

I have not used any of those meds - in fact never take anything apart from the odd pain pill!

We are off on hols in a fortnight and that cant come too soon then back to work for 3 weeks then some minor surgery and 2 weeks off work again ! cant wait! not being able to drive for a week again will make sure i slow down for a bit ! Have managed to clock up more than 60 hrs at work this week - so much for only doing a 4 day week!

What will the hyaluronic injections do? do they have good success rate - have you been on the tabs?

soz so many questions - after saying about cortisone injection being so good looks like i will have to sort another one out as shoulder is very painfull again - too much lifting in my work !

take care and good luck tues - keep in touch !

anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Tillson on March 23, 2008, 10:07:23 PM
Hi Anj

Remember me??  Can't believe it was last November that I last contacted you!  Must be a good sign - knee-wise that is.

Hope you are OK.  Nelly is doing really well.  I've got her x-rays now, so I'm flashing them around to anyone who's remotely interested!  Quite sad really.

Do you still keep in touch with Gary?  I receive emails from him once in a while.  I must make more effort to keep in touch.  I suppose he's a 10 stone weakling by now?

TTFN

Mag 'n Nel xxx
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Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 24, 2008, 05:48:26 PM
hey Maggie!

Lovely to hear from you !!
yep knees behaving ! yes Gary is still around and doing better than me with his dedication to the diets !! I never know who he forwards the mail to so not sure whether to send them to u as well !!
 Have you got a new balloon yet??

so come on get those xrays posted on here!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on March 25, 2008, 12:01:45 PM
Hi Anj,  I'm just getting the knee cleaned out today, but if he finds a meniscus tear, he'll fix it.  Yea, I've been taking Hyaluronic acid pills, and even a gooey horse supplement.  The injections will add a cushiony layer inside the knee without breaking down through metabolism.  Good luck with your shots!  I had 3 in my shoulder, and after a while I went to a chiropractor who relieve the pain in one day.  d
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 25, 2008, 07:28:16 PM
Hi Donna

Hope it all went well today and you are all fixed up ! Let me know!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Janet on March 25, 2008, 07:40:05 PM
Anj:

Just checking around today and saw your post. I'm glad your knee is doing well. Sorry about the shoulder, though. I had my TKR in November 2006, if you remember, and we talked quite a bit for a while. My TKR has changed my life, although I continue to have some pain in the posteriolateral area. I have had a couple of cortisone injections, but the pain keeps coming back. I am coming to the disappointing conclusion that I'll just have to live with it unless I want another surgery to put in a different spacer (which I don't!). I have another OS visit tomorrow, so I'll see what he has to say this time. I must say, I never though that 16 months post-op I'd still be seeing the OS so regularly!

Janet
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 25, 2008, 08:22:17 PM
Hi Janet - good to hear from you although not that u are still having probs!!
My knee is fab compared to what i had pre op - but then hey i wouldnt have had it done otherwise ! my biggest prob with it is pain in my shin bone - xrays are fine - os says it is because of the screw he put in it !

let me know how you go tomorrow - hopefully he will come up with something!

I am going to have to get another shot if my shoulder doesnt settle down while i am on holiday - think i might have overdone it? oopsno holding us back is there!!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: donnawanna on April 03, 2008, 09:53:40 AM
yipoee
I go for my post op appt tomorrow and then I can wash my hair.  I can't wait to find out what the dr did while I was iunder.  I vauguelliy remember him saying he cleaned up a lot of stuff.  Monday I start therapy, and next month I'll get Supartz injections. 
We're all getting shots
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on April 03, 2008, 07:57:32 PM
have you seriously not washed your hair since the op? no showers? omg i couldnt do that - i was in the shower on day 2 after my tkr - they just changed the dressing after.
Good Luck with your appt  - hope it is all good news!!

I went back to my GP today and asked for another cortisone injection in my shoulder as it has got really bad again - he was going to do it then realised the consultant had done it 4 months ago and said that if that had not cured it then it would need further investigating - so have to wait for appt again - so wish he had just done the shot because i could have had a pain free holiday !

anj
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 09, 2008, 08:36:59 PM
WOW

My knees second birthday tomorrow - unbelievable - where has my life gone!

It is a good knee - it hates the cold and damp - but so did the old one!.

Update on the shoulder - have arthritis and nerve damage in neck - which goes through shoulders to  fingers being seized and stiff - BUT had 2 shots in neck yesterday under local anaestetic - neck more sore today than yesterday - but thats more bruising - hopefully will settle soon.  Have to start physio next week again for it. Hopefully this will keep it under control !

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Clarinet'09 on July 10, 2008, 03:22:24 AM
Happy 2nd birthday to your knee mom. I still remember two years ago when you had your operation. Hard to believe its been that long. Hope the knee behaves nicely for you. And i hope the shoulder and neck arent to unbearable.
Love ya
-Chels
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Gary064 on July 10, 2008, 08:25:32 PM
Its that time of the year again...oh yeah! a birthday ;D ;D Happy Birthday to your lil ol knee ;D

Still think you should have had a grease nipple fitted and have some WD40 for those cold mornings ;D ;D ;D

All the best to ya Ange Lol x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 10, 2008, 09:02:19 PM
yay Gazza ! thanks mate! x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 10, 2008, 09:03:12 PM
Hey Chels - Thanks hun !

Neck and shoulder much  much better today thanks !
xx
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Mike1968 on December 07, 2008, 07:40:53 PM
UK Girl !,

Not sure if it is my computer but I could not respond to your PM  :(!

Thank you for the words of encouragement and the straight shooting talk!  I read  your PM and your thread here....from the sounds of what you went through in 06 sounds similar to what I went through in Aug of 06 with the HTO/ACI.  Pain management is not fun....especially when the docs cannot figure out what is wrong.

Best wishes and if I could figure out how to reply to your PM I would certainly do it!

Regards,

Mike :)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 07, 2008, 08:26:27 PM
sorry Mike - forgot about that - you have to do 20 or 25 posts before you can do a personal message. - play a few games threads and you will soon be there! would be good to keep up with your progress !

anje x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Mike1968 on December 08, 2008, 12:54:58 AM
Anje,

AHHH I had no idea!  Thanks for the advice on the post count thing!

Regards,

Mike :)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 23, 2009, 02:47:35 PM
oops nearly forgot

Knee had its 3rd birthday on 10th july  ;D   all good !
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Clarkey on July 23, 2009, 03:34:57 PM
Hi Anje.

Dont remember seeing your thread on this section before but have found the right section for moral support and suggestions. So your new knee had its 3rd Birthday already, have you had many problems since your TKR or feeling the benefits of it already.

You been very kind posting on my thread and will try and post on yours regular as well as I do for Lenore, Kirsty, Allie and Farrah. My appointment went well yesterday with my AS psychologist and told him my concerns about a scope but has put my mind at ease and not so worried about my scope anymore. He told me he had a scope on his left knee to remove some torn meniscus and told me its nothing to worry about and will do me a laminated card on key points on how to overcome anxiety with my knee worries.

Nick :) {2009} :)



Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 24, 2009, 11:35:35 PM
hey Nick - you prob didnt see it cos its been here for 3 years lol just update every now and then !

Yes it is a very good knee - best thing I ever did!

Good news about your meeting - are you going again?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Clarkey on July 25, 2009, 11:40:18 AM
Hi Anje,

Good that your new knee is benefiting you and was a success, enjoy the weekend ment to be a dry day today but will rain sunday so will watch some cricket at my local cricket club this afternoon.

Nick :) {2009} :)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Julie42 on March 24, 2010, 09:16:25 AM
Just finished your diary it took me a few days ( Many thanks great reading ). Wow what a journey you have been on.

Hope your knee is still behaving it's self.

How is your shoulder now?

I am on week 3 of a LTKR things are going ok just getting a little cabin fever and fed up of not being able to sleep through the night.Things will get better I know.

All the best

Julie  :)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on April 09, 2010, 10:17:42 PM
Hi Julie good to hear you have your new knee ! 3 weeks is early days so just do one day at a time and keep taking the meds and keep at that physio !

Thanks for reading the diary :)  I have a look at it every now and then - good reminder of how far I have come!
The shoulder is still giving me jip - mainly the inability to move it in certain directions without it causeing bad pain.

The knee is good - still have the odd bad day with it - don't know whats going on there but not enough to let me let someone interfere with it !

Take care and keep up the good work !

Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 10, 2010, 08:35:22 PM
Woo Hooo my kne is 4 today :D  All good !
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: John42 on July 10, 2010, 08:52:45 PM
Will send your knee a birthday card


JohnKl
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 10, 2010, 09:07:36 PM
aw thanks John x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Clarkey on July 13, 2010, 05:40:21 PM
Happy TKR Anniversary Ange, hope it gives you many more happy years!

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 13, 2010, 09:50:33 PM
me too Nick - I would like to think that my surgeaon did such an amazing job that it will never need replacing  ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: T- Bucket mad on October 16, 2010, 06:26:03 PM
hi Ange . hope you are all well . my smiles tkr is 3 in december . perhaps we should have a" Knees up Party "  .........Best i go now  ;D.............  LOL  steve  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 16, 2010, 09:54:21 PM
hey Steve ! good to hear from you .........even if the jokes don't get any better !

so is the knee good now - I know it was troublesome.

Haven't seen the pensioner about  on here lately hehe
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: T- Bucket mad on October 16, 2010, 11:29:03 PM
Its as your signiture says still painfull but so much better , i think stanmore did such a great job after the other lot had mucked it up for me , still a few clicks from the knee cap but it works great  ;D, i hear from gazzer ,i am going to make a effort to get to a few more bike evevts with him next year ,had a few problems this year with my latest addition to my cataloque of probems got type 2 diabete's , all under control now with my diet habits on the straight and narrow  ;D
how about u ?
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 24, 2010, 08:37:23 PM
oops sorry went awol there !

thats a bummer with the diabetes ! gonna have to go easy on all the greasy burgers at the bike events !!!

I am good thanks - granny status now :) but you have prob seen that on fb ! x
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on June 16, 2011, 10:45:26 PM
Woo hoo had my 5 yr check up today -where the heck did that time go! All good with my tkr - perfect condition!

However! Left knee has arthritis, bakers cyst and torn cartalidge so going for MRI to check how much damage I done and then plan treatment!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Clarkey on June 18, 2011, 10:50:27 AM
Hi Ange,

Glad you are doing ok with your new knee that's nearly 5 years old. Need to get your left knee checked over by your OS do you think you will end up with a TKR on your left knee as well or just need a scope to clean out the knee!

Have a good weekend.

Nick  :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on June 18, 2011, 07:09:57 PM
Hi Nick - Have to wait for MRI to see extent of damage first, at very least he thinks it will be a trim and debridement, just have to wait for the scan but he said it should be within 4 weeks.

My tkr knee is fab, I am having physio as have som scar tissue over knee cap which is causing pain when climbing stairs and bending my leg but not a mechanical prob thank goodness - next physio session not till after Wimbledon though as my physio is working there!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on June 28, 2011, 07:00:56 PM
Wow quick date for MRI - 22/7/11 then back to OS on 6/7/11 his last ever appt at this hops before moving to the brand new Tunbridge Wells Hospital . Will be nice having op there.
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 25, 2011, 03:41:59 PM
ah..............mri results - not torn cartalidge, arthritis and wafer thin cartalidge - OS said to call his secretary when I am ready to go ahead with the treatment - a PKR - total pants that but good thing is more good days than bad so not going there yet :)

So hopefully no posts here about it for a long time !
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Clarkey on September 29, 2011, 05:12:03 PM
Hi Ange,

At least your MRI showed up some problems and suppose a PKR is better then a TKR, have you got a date yet for the surgery!

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on September 29, 2011, 10:14:47 PM
haha Nick would have preferred a torn cartalidge !

No surgery for me yet - will wait , as I said until the bad days outweigh the good days or more importantly if the TKR on my right knee starts to suffer!
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: UK Girl ! on July 19, 2012, 10:01:31 PM
back on the waiting list to get the left knee cleaned up - bad days outweigh good !
Title: Re: I got a new knee - TKR 10th july 06
Post by: Clarkey on July 10, 2013, 03:10:33 PM
Hi Ange,

How’s your new knee bearing up now it’s reached its 7th Birthday today, is it holding up well or still causing you problems!

May not reply straight away as you not updated your thread for a while that can only be good news as your new knee must be doing ok.

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