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Title: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on October 23, 2006, 12:40:22 AM
Hi & so glad I've finally crossed over to the other side!

My surgery was scheduled for 7:30 am on 10/10/06, had to be at the hospital at 5:30am!  Elected not to have general anesthesia simply because it has always been easier for me to "snap out of it" after surgery with an epidural.  This time I had a spinal (very similar to epidural, just injected in a different spot.
OS was "very pleased with the outcome" of the surgery, which gave me confidence, because prior to surgery he had talked about the difficulties due to lots of scar tissue from previous open surgeies.  When I asked him about the scar tissue, he replied by saying, where wasn't there scar tissue?
The day of surgery I walked several steps and used the CPM machine. I was amazed because I was expecting to walk the day after surgery.  For me, the first 48 hours afer surgery were unbearable, but on the 3rd day everything changed, as my surgeon told me it would.  He was going to take me off the morphine pump, but decided to let me keep it, which helped immensely with the CPM machine.

By thursday afternoon, I had reached 90 degrees using the CPM, Friday afternoon my OS released me and I was transported by ambulence to a skilled nursing facility for rehab about 45 miles away in the middle of Friday evening rush hour traffic, so the trip took about 1 1/2 hours - no sirens, thank goodness.  Unfortunately I arrived at the worst possible time - the weekend - nothing was ready for me, there was even someone in my room!  No CPM machine, no reclining chair, no raised commode, no electric bed and worst of all, not enough pain meds.  The nurse assigned to me over the weekend would not give me ice (there was no order for ice !?!?) as a result my entire leg down to my toes swelled up.  The facility doctor finally saw me Monday evening and immediately changed my pain meds, wrote an order for ice (ridiculous) and ordered a dopler study to make sure that there was no clot, which there wasn't. Finally Mon evening the CPM machine arrived and Tuesday  morning I got an electric bed.  It felt like I lost a few days but things were finally looking up. The pain is tolerable unless I"m excercising, which is expected.

The best part of the rehab facility was that it was pet friendly, so hubby brought my dog each time he visited. It was great sitting and talking to hubby while my dog curled up at my feet!

I learned that 90 degrees on a CPM machine is not bending 90 degrees on your own...I think I'm at about 92 degrees on my own, was measured on Thursday.  I came home from rehab today (Sunday)  and what a joy it is to be home. 

I am still using a walker - a bit dissapointing since I thought I would be using a cane by now, but ok. I see the OS tomorrow for staple removal and to find out about continued therapy. etc. and then I can take a shower!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

More tomorrow,

Bonnie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: ladypenelope on October 23, 2006, 12:26:36 PM
Hi Bonnie,

Lovely to see you are back on the right side of a TKR!  Have been reading your postings with Ange.  Just take things easy and they will all come together and DON'T OVER DO IT!

Best wishes.  Sandra
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on October 23, 2006, 12:59:44 PM
Glad to see you are home and doing quiet well. 
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: lilly_kc on October 23, 2006, 07:27:42 PM
Bonnie - welcome home! You have been much on my mind - so good to hear that things are moving along for you. Keep on ..... keeping on ...... this will be soooooo worth it.

Hugs, Kathi
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 23, 2006, 08:27:38 PM
Hi Bonnie!!

so pleased to see you back!!

Now you take it easy and at your pace - don't overdo it - obviously keep up with the exercise - I found the more often I did them the less sweling I got and it kept the joint mobile - gets a bit stiff otherwise!

Don't be suprised if you get really bad muscle spasms when you go to sleep - nobody told me about these - they can be incredibly painfull - think it is just the nerve endings and muscles coming back to life - scared the heck out of me when I got them.
You will soon be on your sticks - have you tried them yet - I really did find them so much easier than the frame - whice Iactually only used a couple of times - they seem to get us up and off the frame very quickly here compared to America - we don't got to rehab -  places either - they just kick you out after 5 - 8 days and you  have to get on with it - I actually had to ask for a physio referal - apparently our hospital only sends you to physio if you have problems - I only went to 3 sessions - actually did more by myself - the only really usefull bit was having the rom measured!

How does it feel? probably still quite painfull when the meds start to wear off - but no arthritis pain eh! so nice!
When you have your staples out it will feel much better as well as you will be more comfortable bending - they do make the movement a bit restrictive - that is another different thing - I was allowed to shower on day 3 - just changed the dressing after the shower.

now you take it easy and keep us posted - great hearing from you - any questions just ask okay?!! ;D will help as best we can.
have a good nights sleep - so much better being in your own bed!! (set the alarm clock for your pain meds)

big hugs
anja
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on October 24, 2006, 06:33:45 PM
What a day I had yesterday...went to OS for staple removal, nurse removed all 44 staples - yes I know I have a very large scar (due to 2 previous open surgeries and lots of scar tissue).  Nurse told me that the OS was not very happy, due to the fact that a hip replacement patient that had checked himself out of the hospital after only one day was back with an infection.  The OS was so angry, we could hear him yelling through the closed doors!  My OS has quite a reputation and isn't used to having his orders ignored.  When he came in to see me, he didn't even say hello, just told me to bend and then wanted to know why I was so stiff?  He said that I had been at 110 degrees (I thought is was 90) when he last saw me in the hospital and that now I was barely bending 70 degrees.  He insisted that I begin PT immediately and luckily my therapist (she worked with me for my last surgery in 2001 & rehabbed hubbies back in 2003) was able to see me at 4pm.

She took one look at my swollen leg (knee down to my toes)  and said no wonder you can't bend it!  She was great and I finally felt that I was in good hands.  She did some massage which got the swelling down a bit and then I saw stars when she bent it to 100 degrees. I was so beat when I got home yesterday that all I could do was ice.  Didn't even have the energy for that much needed shower.

woke up this morning with less swelling, having sleep with leg elevated on pillows per PT.  finally took a shower!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hubbie had to drag me out.

Had another PT appointment this morning, this time with someone who does lymphatic drainage massage.  Wow what a difference, she got so much selling gone that I actually had an ankle!  Without much help from her, I had a 95 degree bend on my own.

Now I'm on the recliner with ice doing some ankle pumps and glad that I can finally relax.

Anja, you are so right, things are done so differently.  I've had mucsle spasms in my calf, usually after a good walk.  So far no spasms at night, just stiffness, it gets so stiff, so quickly.

Sandra, I will try not to overdo it if only I knew where that fine line is between doing to much and not doing enough.  Any ideas?

Hugs to all,
bonnie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 24, 2006, 08:14:21 PM
Hi Bonnie
Have just sent you a long email! ;D
so good to see physio helping.

now just a question - you say you have your leg elevated on pillows at night - it is not bent over the pillow is it? 'cos that not good. - my os said it was best just to keep it straight or lie on side with pillow between legs - basically anyhow that is comfy - as long as not lying on back with leg bent.

The not overdoing it is a fine line - but you will soon get used to it - and keep overdoing it - think we all do that - luckily though as time goes on the recovery is quicker - just be sure you are not upping the pain meds so you can do more - don't wanat to mask 'damage pain' - but keep on them regularly -I got brave/stupid and tried to cut back too quickly!!

Have a good day - hope the sun is shining for you.

hugs
anja
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: ladypenelope on October 24, 2006, 08:52:36 PM
Hi Bonnie,

Good to see that you are slowly getting back into your stride! (sorry about that! ???)  As far as overdoing things just let you leg tell you how much you can do, you will know when enough is enough.  My husband and I went away in our trailer three weeks after having my TKR and I managed Ok, couldn't help him set things up but managed most things, fortunately it's more confined that our house so some things in fact were easier. 

As Ange said, keep on doing the exercises, they seem to be the key to getting back to normal. 

Keep well.  Sandra.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on October 24, 2006, 09:28:26 PM
Bonnie,

Are you wearing your TED stockings?    Since the staples are removed, Are you able to start aqua ?   I find that helps the most
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on October 25, 2006, 02:18:49 AM
Annie, never got to wear Ted Hose  :(.  Didn't ask about aqua therapy yet.  How are you feeling?  better I hope.

Sandra, hope I can go away 3 weeks after surgery...that would be next week!

Anja, not to worry, the pillow is only to elevate to help reduce the swelling, my knee is not bent.  Wish I could sleep on my side, but can't seem to get comfy even though thats the way I always used to sleep. 

My ankle is so swollen again, and sore on one side  ???

PT again tomorrow morning and then in the afternoon I see my internist to draw blood to test for coumadin levels and to get pain meds renewed.

Thanks girls!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 25, 2006, 06:35:23 PM
Bonnie

I CAN'T believe you don't have ted stockings - you really nust wear them - not only do they help prevent DVT but they also really help with that swelling - when you see your physio tomorrow - get some off her - otherwise if you can't get them - wear flight socks. They really are important please do it.

Try putting a pillow between your legs to lie on your side - not one that is too fat - just to stop your new knee feeling the pressure of the other knee.

Are you pleased with your new knee?

take care
anja
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on October 25, 2006, 07:48:49 PM
I guess the reason they didn't prescribe the ted hose is because i''m on coumadin, but I will ask tomorrow. 

A good amount of the swelling has gone down, so am able to feel my new knee more, some clicks and a bit of instability (very poor quad).  My PT says I'm doing well, got to 105 degrees today screaming all the way and went from -12 to -5 straigtening it.

Anja, how did you bend it on your own?  Which excercises did you find helped most?

We actually had two "cool" days, 65 degrees F in the am and about 75 degrees now, with only 43% humidity, which is really very dry for us.  Beautiful blue skies and puffy white clouds.

Going to start getting ready for my doctors appointment - will try to post later.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on October 25, 2006, 07:54:09 PM
Believe it or not My doctor wanted me to wear TEDS after my Jan operation at night.  So I got these little black sexy numbers.    TED stockings  ofcourse but with lace.   I think coumadin is only for blood thinning. But the TEDS help circulation.  I had a few black and blues on my right leg after my operation..  Cant hurt to ask.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 25, 2006, 08:10:08 PM
Hi Bonnie

I had the blood thinners and teds - teds for 6 weeks 24 hrs a day!! - no swelling below knee.

urm how did I bend my knee - think I sat on a chair and just kept moving my lower leg so it bnt more. - I would also sit in my armchair with my foot on the big leather footstool and with the teds on (slippery) would just push my leg to and fro bending and straightening it. Good luck at the docs!
anja
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on October 27, 2006, 10:36:03 PM
Blood results were fine as far as the cumadin levels, but I was a wee bit anemic and something was a bit off with regard to my liver - so the dr will have lab do another test and I should find out on monday.

forgot to ask about the ted hose, but there is very little swelling left - those lymphatic drainage massages worked wonders.  I went from beyond huge to close to normal in 4 days.  Bend was 110 degrees on my own and 115 with just a little help from PT.

Looking forward to sleeping in over the weekend without having to rush for PT.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: rozzzie on October 29, 2006, 08:35:18 PM
Bonnie,  Glad to seeyou'r doing so well now.  110 on your oun  at 2+weels is great! ;D ;D  Soon you will be foretting about the knee. ;D

HUGs
Rozzzie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on October 30, 2006, 03:23:04 AM
Rozzie,
Really? Is 110 degrees really ok?  Cause maybe I've been beating myself up for nothing???????
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 30, 2006, 08:23:08 PM
Hi Bonnie

You sound like you are doing really well!!

Yes 110 deg is very good - my OS said that is all I should expect to get! and then I got 135 - think that was at 8 weeks.

how is the pain - are you managing to keep it under control. - I is still very early days for you!

I saw my friend who is a private physio today and she asked me a million questions! and was very impressed with my walk - no limp - it was early in the day so wasn't tired yet!! and even more impressed that I could crouch down.

the only thing she thought strange was the 'click' noise that my knee makes when I get back up from crouching - it started a week ago - doesn't hurt at all though so I am not gonna worry about it!

Keep up the good work you!

Hi Rozzie - how are you? I am going to the gym tomorrow as I am having the whole day off!!

anja
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on October 30, 2006, 09:44:41 PM
congratulations anja - a whole day off - thats fantastic! Have fun at the gym

I'm still taking quite a lot of pain meds, so the pain level is not too bad, but my PT today told me to try to get off one of the meds as soon as posible (as did my regular doctor) - I didn't take it the other night and boy was I sorry.  Also didn't take it this morning, but will take the next dose - due in about 2 hours.

you are doing great at 135 degrees and being able to squat.  I asked my Pt to measure my good leg today and it was 135!

Today, I got to 115 on my own, 120 with help, she says my knee is still pretty swollen.  also I got to  practice using a can for a bit, although she wants my quad muscle a bit stronger first.
take care
bonnie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on October 31, 2006, 05:35:16 PM
Today is three weeks post-op!  Today is the first day since I'm home that I have don't have PT.  It will be a long day.  Since I live in a condo, I use the hallway for walking - very convenient.  I'm going to try to take my dog with me for a walk by myself and hope that she behaves i.e. doesn't pull.

Anja, how was your day off??

Will report back later.


Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 31, 2006, 05:41:35 PM
Hi Bonnie

Hope you get to walk your dog - good to get fresh air - not easy with a walker though - can you use sticks yet?

Had a so so day - just housewifely chores really - defrosted the freezer as well - finally couldn't pull the drawers open any more - someone left the door open very slightly so it had started to thaw and refreeze when it got shut ::)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on October 31, 2006, 06:56:03 PM
Hi Anja,
No sticks, according to my therapist I will go straigt to a cane hopefully in about 10 days.  I did get to use a cane at PT yesterday while the therapist (very pregnant) held me by the back of my pants.  I can feel my knee giving way now and again while walking with the walker, so I know that I need to get stronger, the last thing I would want is to fall.

Trying to cut back on one of the two pain meds I'm on, everyone has been kind of scaring me by telling me how addictive it is, so I didn't take the daytime dose yesterday or today.  I can surely feel the difference, but it's not overwhelming. 

How is your pain and swelling? Are you still icing?  Are you sleeping better since you went back to work?

take care,

bonnie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 31, 2006, 08:01:38 PM
HI Bonnie

hmm confusion has set in - when I say sticks - i am meaning walking sticks - which I think are your canes - but - what do you mean by sticks?

I never Ice any more - prob haven't done it since I was about 5 - 6 weeks post op - the ice staerted to irritate more than anything so I  stopped.

I don't really swell up either - it was swollen post op for a couple of weeks and then again when I first started back at work but don't really get any probs - from about day three I walked quite a way - prob 1/4 mile on day 4 - it was a long way fromt the ward to the public carpark and I would walk down to meet my hubbie then walk back and again when he left I would go to the car again- this was on top of my umpteen walks around the hospital - I was on a ward of old people like 65+ who just wouldn't get up and walk about so went off by myself - then mad friends with another man in the next bay and we would go walking - just to stop the stiffness (and boredom) - every day when I came home I walked, walked ,walked.

I would def say that the teds kept the swelling at bay. - are you still swollen?

Def sleeping better now - the trouble is my knee seizes up where I do now sleep and to be quite honest it brings tears to my eyes when I first wake and have to get moving again - the price of sleep! ::)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on October 31, 2006, 08:15:38 PM
anja,
sorry for the confusion.  I meant crutches when I said sticks, which I won;t be using - hopefully soon I will be strong enough for a cane (walking stick).

The only place that I still have a little bit of swelling is in the knee, the ankle & foot swelling has all gone.

When does the pulling sensation I get when I bend stop?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 31, 2006, 09:17:26 PM
aha - confusion gone! ;D Yep can understand not using crutches.

What do you mean about the pulling sensation - is it on the scar or are we talking muscular - I assume your quad.

The scar will gradually ease -have you started massaging the scar - I massaged it quite harshly several times a day - this can be done as soon as there is no more scab or oozing - should be okay by now to start - massage with finger tips in a circular action using either vitamin E cream or an oil - I use Bio oil which is specifically for scar reduction - it is prob sold under a different name in the US.

Pulling by muscles will also go gradually as it  takes a while to stretch out and strengthen them again - within 24 hrs of not using muscles they start to deteriorate - so might take a little while to build back up - the best thing is just physio physio physio followd by icing - I believe that if the swelling has gone you can use heat - check with your PT on that though.

The other thing is when massaging your scar do the whole knee,shin,calf  - actually the whole leg benefits.

If you have any hard bits on your scar they need breaking down as it is scar tissue - you have to be quite hard on these bits - I had 2 bits the size of big peas but they went with rougher massage over a couple of weeks.

I lied when I said I only get pain at night - my shin hurts quite a bit as does my knee cap - but not so bad when I am not at work!!

Pain meds - I have not had a tramadol for 48 hrs now but gonna give in soon - not because of the pain bit the withdrawals I am suffering - tingling in hands feet,toes and face - grrrr hate it - it gets me panicking.

anja
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on October 31, 2006, 10:07:07 PM
I guess i mean the scar tissue, but could me the muscle as well.  When I bend it, it feels so unnatural, a lot of pullimg & straining.  I haven't started massaging yet, therapist said I could start as soon as the steri strips (adhesive strips like bandaids) fall off, should be soon. She said I could use vitamin E capsules.  Do you know the company name of the Bio Oil, maybe I can find it.  I'll let you know when I can start massaging.  Thanks for the good tips.

Shin & kneecap pain - I guess you only have the pain when you work or also if you walk a lot? Do you have your own kneecap or a plastic one?  I have a plastic one. 

Just looked up tramadol, its called Ultram here.  Here is what it said about stopping:

"Do not stop taking tramadol suddenly without talking to your doctor. If you suddenly stop taking tramadol, you may experience side effects. Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually.If you suddenly stop taking tramadol you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as nervousness; panic; sweating; difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; runny nose, sneezing, or cough; numbness, pain, burning, or tingling in your hands or feet; hair standing on end; or rarely, hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist). "

Maybe you can talk to your doctor about the withdrawal symptoms you're feeling, maybe there is something that can make it easier for you, because it shouldn't have to be so hard.  Or maybe he can tell you how to wean off so you wont get the bad feelings.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on October 31, 2006, 11:17:44 PM
Bonnie,

When I last talked with my OS he said he would cut off the top part of the knee cap and glue it to a plastic back.  The back of my knee cap is very messed up.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 01, 2006, 12:17:11 AM
Hi Annie,
How are you feeling? You have a big appt on the 3rd, are you anxious?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 01, 2006, 11:34:15 AM
Hi

Friday at 10:40.   I see my OS and than next door to his office .  I have to pick up my CT scan films and reports.  One stop shopping.    I am very tired this week.   Drinking lots of water and trying to make my way to the bathroom every hour on the hour it seems.  To top it off I think I have a sinus thing. MY nose is all runny or clogged depending upon the time I take the sinius meds.  My uncle had emergency surgery on his heart and than was transferred to another hospital to have non emergency surgery..  Can you believe it?

Last night I put myself on the scale and thought I gained so much weight 7 pounds  and when I woke up around 3 am this morning it seems to have been all gone.  (down 7 pounds) So I weighed myself once again and seemed to have lost another pound from  3 Am this morning (down 8 pounds) .  Could it be all the water ?   My left calf had a spasm too.  I think banana's are in order for today.


I see the Urolgist on Nov 9 so perhaps I will be on this water thing for a long long time.. who knows.  Better than passing another kidney stone.

Am I anxious?  well  last night I did have a bit of a cry baby thing.. but not as much as I had experienced in  Aug/Sept.    And it could be that I have a cold/sinius thing that is just putting me to sleep and I dont have time to be awake and worry.


So check this out. My GP told me not to carry my laptop to work .. so I am going into the office. Not working from home..  So it keeps me active and not feeling shut in .. So friday. In the office at  8:30  - off to clifton at  9:45  doctor's appointment  10:40 -  to I say about  1 i would be out of his office..  Going back to work to have a meeting at  I cant miss at two.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 01, 2006, 08:14:53 PM
Hi Bonnie

How are you doing with the cutback in meds - are you still coping or have you upped it again - it really is early days - don't let your physio or doc tell you too much about cutting it back - don't be in pain just because they think it should be less now - it would not be them suffering and this would impeed your recovery.

I have a fab GP who has never doubted the pain I am in and always prescribed when I have asked him. - I do see him quite regularly - in fact he came in the shop on sunday with his girlfriend whom I had not seen since before my op and he had not told her that I had had it done (patient confidentiality and all that - even though she is a friend and it wasn't really personal!!) - anyhow she came back the next afternoon and I asked when I was going to have my op (I was sitting down on both occasions when she came in) and she was amazed when I got up and walked around - no limp hee hee!! This friend had been at my wedding 2 years before when I had to be helped up from kneeling during the ceremony - it looked so romantic my man helping me up! little did most know I couldn't get up alone!!

Thanks for that info.

It is now 72 hrs since my last tramadol - still have the tingling but it is lasting for shorter times now and not as intense - funny about the cough,sneezing and runny nose - been sneezing all day - like between 8 and 10 sneezes at a time - quite amazing and have a stupid cough and runny nose - thought I was coming down with something!! Obviously not - not that I have gone so long I am not going to take another one untill I am totally free of these symptoms - it shouldn't be too long now before it has all gone. - Then I can use it on the occasion when the pain is really bad - in the meantime will just use paracetamol.
Now that I haven't had meds for 3 days I can REALLY feel pain in my knee again - but like I said before - probably overdoing it - it is only the fourth month so still early days and am on my feet for 10 hrs at work and then still have to come home and do the dinner and housework.


Hey annie! sorry about your uncle - always makes for a really bad time - and you have enough probs at the moment - hey hide the scales - you're making me jealous.
Not long till Friday now!! Good luck - hope you get good news

sorry seem to have rambled a bit tonight - had the crappiest ever sleep last night - I was soooo hot - should be fast asleep by now! ;D - and my lovely hubbie was snooring grrrrrr
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 01, 2006, 09:16:54 PM
Anni,
One stop shopping is very convenient.  Hopefully you will get a date from your OS and the urologist will figure out a solution to your kidney issues, then all you need is to go to an ENT (ear, nose & throat) or your general doctor to fix up your sinus or allergy problems.  Keep your chin up.  Are you able to take vitamins? Bananas sound like a great idea.

Anja, I cut out the daytime oxycontin, this is the 3rd day.  I only take it at night and then I take 2 percocets every 4 - 7 hours.  The pain is there, but tolerable.  But my brain feels so much better and more clear, before I had no ability to concentrate for more than a minute or so.  So I will take it day by day. I see my GP again on monday and think I will ask her for something less strong than the percocet and see how that works out, she is also very good, she gave me the presription, but just warned me to be careful.
I think you made it - 72 hours is a long time.  Does ibuprofin or some other antiinflamatory help at all?

OMG, I sure can relate to a snorring hubby  ::)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on November 02, 2006, 02:13:56 AM
Bonnie:

I'm so glad I found this posting! I can't believe I never thought to look in the post-op section, so I've been very worried about you. Sounds like things are going the way they should for your knee....that's great news!

Two weeks from Friday for me!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 02, 2006, 07:22:18 PM
Janet,
you should put your surgery date on the calendar. Refresh my memory, where do you live and where will your surgery be?

Had to have more blood drawn this morning while fasting, because of last weeks abnormal liver results.  Hopefully I will have the results tomorrow.  My dad flew down from NJ for 2 weeks and has been driving me around, what a role reversal.  After the lab, we went to the supermarket and I actually walked around (with my walker) but was very proud.  It's raining and very humid here today, so not sure if its the walking or the weather or a combo, but I am sore!

Surprisingly, I have been sleeping pretty well, sometimes with a little help from pain meds or sleep aids, but overall it really helps to be well rested during the day.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 03, 2006, 06:30:37 PM
At therapy today, 115 degrees on my own and 120 degrees after some excersices without too much pain.  My good leg is 135 degrees, will ask my OS on Monday what I can expect.

Very sleepy, so nap time.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 03, 2006, 09:37:49 PM
Bonnie - that is brilliant!!!!!!!!! - bet the os says not to expect too much more! - mine said 110 and I got 135 - quite amazed.

FINALLY - no tingles since this morning so looks like drugs finally out of system - trouble is leg hurts so much at night - sleep deprivation come back!! - will work on that now.

How are your pain levels - bet you can't believe how long it is since your op!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 03, 2006, 09:48:29 PM
Hi

I just wanted to let you all know I have my Surgery date   DEC  6
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 03, 2006, 10:07:58 PM
Annie, have been thinking of you!!!!!  CONGRATULATIONS   ;D :D ;D :D.

how do you feel? what did your OS have to say?  Are you in shock?

Tell all if you feel like it...I'm so glad that you are finally going to get what you need.

Huge Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on November 04, 2006, 02:15:22 AM
Bonnie: I'm so proud of you....115 already!! My OS told me to expect about 110-120 tops, which is okay with me since I only have about 125 now on that leg. I'll bet it felt good to get out with your dad. Now take it easy and rest for a while.

Anja:  I'm glad your tingles are gone. I hope your body adjusts and you can get some sleep. Sleep deprivation actually leads to pain, which makes it harder to sleep....a vicious cycle. Just sleep when you can!

Annie: December 6 isn't very far away. I had to wait four months for my date. Now I'm glad I did because it's taking me that long to get ready to be off work for three months!

My surgery is November 17 in Ann Arbor, Michigan (at the University of Michigan hospital). Two weeks from today!! I'll put it on the calendar like you suggested.

Talk to you all soon....

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 04, 2006, 03:31:36 AM
I was pretty surprised I had two dates given.. Day before thanksgiving or  Dec 6.  I tell you my OS is amazing.. Who can set an expectation to have a three week turn around on a TKR  if I wanted to do it that fast.

I am in the surgical booking book.  He said first one in the morning..   8:30    ..  I feel truelly blessed to have this OS.     

What I did for my 37 birthday.  Well I booked a surgical date for a new knee.   hmmm.   Better yet..   DEC 9 2005 was the first time I had to go to an OS.   I will have my TKR  DEC 6 2006 almost a year later to the day.   


Happy New Knee 2007   

So far I think Janet and Tiffany are having a TKR around the same time as me.     

I really feel blessed that I feel very prepared for this surgery and have a great support system here.   It really has been an emotional year.    Plus I will be able to say.. I taught myself to walk twice this year.   I have been blessed to experience pain and suffering and will overcome
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 06, 2006, 09:06:52 PM
Annie, You are So Well Prepared! You have a terrific OS and everything has finally come together. I'm very happy for you.

Had a big day today.  Therapy at 9:30 am, then appt with OS, who was "very pleased" with my progress and told me I could drive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then appointment with my general doctor, can stop the cumadin finally.  I drove home, it felt fantastic.

I got to about 122 degrees with a little help today and of course there is still swelling in the knee, my PT said that as the swelling comes down, I should gain another 5 degrees.  I'm about -4 degrees extension, so need to work on that.  I also need to cut down again on one of my pain meds - Anja, not looking forward to that - how are you coming along with your meds?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 10, 2006, 03:51:09 PM
Don't know where the time goes...it will be 5 weeks post up on Tuesday.  I'm still using a walker, my quads are not yet strong enough - my PT says hopefully next week.  Still don't have full extension and PT says it important because without it my walk will suffer, so new excercise with a paint can under my heel at home.

I rode the recumbent bike yesterday and reached one mile- it only took 12 minutes  :-\  My ROM is good although we didn't measure it yesterday, I want to be really surprised next week.

My knee/leg is feeling more real and less like a tree stump attached to my body, which is great.  Still lots of pain and very sleepy.  I have been steadily loosing weight, which is awesome and right now I'm the lowest I've been in years!!!!!!!!!

Have had 2 blood tests with abnormal liver functions, so have an ultrasound scheduled of my liver and kidney ( have had swelling & cyst in left kidney for 2 years now & it needs following up) on 11/21.  It's always something.

Annie, I haven't been online in several days, but want to know how you are - I know you  had an appt on the 9th.

Take care
bonnie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: lilly_kc on November 10, 2006, 06:12:41 PM
Bonnie it sounds like you are moving right along! It seems like we either have flexion or extension (I have full extension but sucky flexion - 84 today). They talked about the bike, might buy one, but only 2 weeks since surgery, so ..... maybe later.

My dad is getting treated for some kidney stuff and he feels 300% better, you will be glad when this thing finally is fixed. You'll be all brand-new!!!!

Annie has been on my mind too --- I know how the nerves get as you try to get all your ducks in a row.
Have a good weekend! Kathi
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 10, 2006, 07:24:30 PM
Kathi,
I just started using the bike this week (4 weeks post-op), I think once you get a bit more Flexion you will be able to use the bike.  I try to bend all the time, in bed, on the recliner, or sofa.  Another thing I found helpful, was to sit in a chair  or table thats not too low and try to bend back that way, seems to be less stress on the knee for me.  It really got better between week 3 & 4, so you have plenty of time.

Glad to hear your dad is doing so much better.  as a matter of fact, I am on hold right now trying to make an appointment with a new urolpgist...i have been on hold for 10 minutes!  So frustrating.

hope you have a great weekend!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 10, 2006, 11:24:18 PM
HI Bonnie,

I went to the urologist yesterday.   Handed  him  my ultra sounds and CT scans and films.    and my blood work.  He mentioned my white blood cell count had been super high and said he hoped my GP put me on antibodics.  Which he did.. Than the guy started to walk in the other room and mentioned same day surgery .. i was like..what...... than he guided me to an ultra sound machine again.. and wanted to check my kidney function .. and guess what. It returned to normal.. I passed a stone..  2 mm ,, So he cleared me and gave me a special  blood work test he wants my GP to run .. during my medical clearance.

Other than that.. my birthday was Tuesday..   

There is another thing happening in the family and well, right now if I think too much about it I will fret.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: lilly_kc on November 11, 2006, 12:04:20 AM
Happy Birthday Annie (mine is Sunday - SCORPIO 's) !!!!  ;D
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 11, 2006, 03:07:02 PM
Annie,
Great news about the stone! What a relief!  I have an ultrasound scheduled for 11/21 of kidneys & liver 7 a urologist appt on the 22nd, hope my news is as good as yours.

Happy Belated Birthday Annie & Kathi - my husband is a Scorpio too (11/12)

I sure do know about family stuff, try not to worry too much.

Hugs
bonnie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 11, 2006, 08:49:28 PM
Bonnie,  I also had a ct scan done .,.  and another  ultra sound..   Very best of luck with your liver and kidney..   It sucks doesnt it .. but my OS keeps telling me I am too healthy.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 12, 2006, 12:03:28 AM
thanks Annie! I really do hope I do as well as you.

Spent the day with hubbiebdoing errands and checking out bicycles (for hubbie), it's 7pm and I am exhausted.  Knee is hot, so I will ice.  Pain level is up there since I cut out one of my pain meds last night for the first time  :(

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 12, 2006, 03:04:52 PM
Hi Bonnie

Hope you got a good nights sleep.

What pain meds are you on?

anja
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 12, 2006, 09:26:42 PM
Anja,
I was taking the lowest dose of time released oxycontin twice daily, as well as percocet.  I cut out one dose of the oxy last week and cut out the remaining dose on friday.  So trying to get my body accustomed to the change and then will try to cut down on the percocet.
Didn't get the best night's sleep, but at least I'm sleeping - I remember how much trouble you had.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 12, 2006, 09:34:56 PM
Hi Bonnie
Good Luck with cutting down - but don't leave yourself in pain - still early days and suddenly you will start to do more and may well have toup them a bit again (or have something else)

sleep - I have never been a great sleeper - but never been this bad either! - just gets apainfull not moving about like walking - much more comfortable then - just sitting her with my legs elevated is hurting grr. will all be okay soon!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 12, 2006, 09:50:48 PM
Anja,
Am too sitting here with leg elevated but with some ice, which feels pretty good right now.  Getting up in the morning is the worst, very stiff.  Need to keep walking around to loosen it up.
BTW, keep those jokes coming - they sure do give me a laugh!

take care,
bonnie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 13, 2006, 06:43:11 PM
Hi Bonnie
Hope you had a good day!

Yeah the jokes are great - it is my hubbies uncle that sends nearly all of them to me - he is retired and has lots of time on his hands!! - will keep passing them on. ;D
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 13, 2006, 08:52:44 PM
Anja,

Just got back from PT.  Therapist told me I lost ROM from last Thursday and I lost it and cried, then she felt awful and worked hard with me and told me that I really didn't loose ROM , it was just stiff...don't know if she just felt sorry for me or what, but I did get 120 degrees.

The good news is that I can use a cane at home, but she still wants me using the walker outside, especially if I'm alone.

Your husband's uncle must be a hoot.

Hope your day was good.
bonnie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 13, 2006, 09:03:17 PM
Hi Bonnie

Have sent you a couple more - this time from my sister in law! yep have good sense of humour over here.

Hey don't worry about loss of ROM - I have lost some and that is because my knee is swollen and sore - from work - off tomorrow so will prob go to gym - always seems to loosen it up a bit - then might try some ice on it - want that swelling gone by christmas so my dress looks good! Invested in a really nice pair of 7 denier hold-ups in nude - so will hopefully fade scar out!

Had not bad day today except the woman from hell stirring people up again - she has only been back from holiday for a couple of days - grrr why is it there is always one that wants to upset everyone else! - This time it was over pay rates and saying underpaid - but checked up and they are all well above minimum wage - and they get time and a half at weekends and free lunch and drinks and snacks - you know you just can't give some people enough!! whine over ;D now for some wine!!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: lilly_kc on November 13, 2006, 09:56:00 PM
Bonnie 120 degrees - WOW!!! That is my goal, and it looks FAR away. You have been working so hard! Thank you for the inspiration, it is nice to have you to follow. Take care, Kathi
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 13, 2006, 10:44:41 PM
Anja,
are the "7 denier hold-ups in nude" pantyhose or stockings, cool?  You can alway put a bit a face makeup or undereye concealer on the scar.  The also make something like "leg makeup" that comes in an aeresol can ???  You will look awesome in your new dress!  Are you wearing flats or are you going to be daring?

Don't know why there always has to be a pain in the you know what...you're right... some people are never happy no matter what.  You can only hope that she finds another job that pays better  ;D

Kathi,
You are a few weeks behind me which makes a huge difference I have learned, I'm sure you will be surprised at where you will be in 2 weeks.  My PT said my goal is an easy 125.
We must keep telling ourselves, every day a little better than the one before.  Your surgery was the 17th?  What is your ROM now?  How are you feeling?

Don't exactly know why, but my hormones must be toying with me because I have just been so weepy today.  Haven't had my period in 2 months... maybe it's on its way  ???
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: lilly_kc on November 14, 2006, 01:47:41 AM
Bonnie - YUP, sounds like your hormones are acting up! I am now 55, very weird, for last 3 yrs have had 1 period/yr at Easter time. Whats that about?

My surgery was 10.26, so not quite 3 weeks ago. I feel GREAT, still taking percocet couple times a day, gradually switching to tramadol. Not much stamina - two or three hours going and I need a big nap.

PT came to house until Friday, when I went there and had an intake. My non-operated leg goes to 118, so she said that is goal. Only did some gentle pushes on operated leg. It was 80 at home, now 86. PT tomorrow - feels like it is greater, we'll see. 120 WOW!

Glad we are staying in touch. Have a wonderful Tuesday! Kathi
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 14, 2006, 02:22:35 AM
Kathi,
I don't know what's up with your annual Easter period - it's interesting...wonder what your gyn would say?  I'm 53 and skipped 4 periods this year.  The last time my hormones were checked (3 months ago) they were fine - who knows????

You are doing great at 86 degrees and not quite 3 weeks.  (I will be 5 weeks post-op tomorrow) You will see it really start changing now that you are at PT, plus you will get to do fun stuff too.  I've been riding a recumbent bike, which is something I haven't been aable to do in a while.  I started with 5 minutes. Today I did 15 minutes and went 1 1/2 miles!!!  And there was no grinding and catching - it was awesome.

Did you injure your non-operated leg? My non-operated leg measured 140.

Glad we are staying in touch too. 
My husband thinks this website is the coolest thing...I am so grateful to have found it and all of you.

bonnie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 14, 2006, 04:52:57 AM
while I am a mere 37..    I am steady at 28 days and bingo..  But I am kinda hoping..  I am late this month by a week.. ..   
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 14, 2006, 02:27:17 PM
Annie, I think your probably late cause of stress.  I'm 53 and had my period every 28 - 31 days until a yr and a half ago. 
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 14, 2006, 02:31:05 PM
Hi Bonnie

HEELS !! yeah okay I know I am mad - but they only have to get me from the house to the taxi! - I will dance without them!

I have a friend that has that skin condition where there is no pigmentation - so she said if I want she could 'make my knee up' - doubt if I will bother - I don't mind the scars - 2x3" and the long TKR one - just thought the nylons would make my legs look sexier! ::)

Did I see you wrote somewhere that your physio sessions are nearly finished? -think only you will know if it is worth getting a block of sessions - I only went 3 times - just did it myself at home and the gym.

I am amazed thaat you can cycle so wel and still need the zimmer frame.  You are progressing well!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 14, 2006, 05:04:48 PM
Anja, ok so the heels will be for overall surprise value and then you will dance the night away without them, I'm sure you will be one sexy woman!
My scar is huge.  If I can figure out how to upload a phots, I will let you see my weird question mark of a scar.

Since yesterday am now able to use a cane at home or when I'm with hubbie, when outside alone, she wants me to use the walker for a bit longer and I have to agree, even though I can cycle, my quad is very wimpy.

There is much scar tissue to break up from my 7 previous surgeries, plus she wants to work on my walk, cause I'm still walking funny, so for now I will continue.  I don't have the drive that you have, I need someone to crack the whip, so to speak.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 14, 2006, 06:15:28 PM
Hi Bonnie

A little tip my physio gave me was when walking to keep the hips level - obviously you can't do that with the frame but should be able to with the cane - and make sure you put your feet on the ground properly - heel first and then roll off ball of foot.
Every now and then I have to remind myself to do this - it does get rid of the limp. My customers and staff are very good and pont out if I am limping - it is usually just when I am tired but I do like to correct it.

I do have drive! - my husband just calls me stubborn! - but I am just determined to get right as quickly as possible - which is not always the right thing - I do rush at things a bit.

As for the Christmas party - I would never describe myself as sexy! I hope to appear classy though - lets face it - it is not often we get to put these gorgeous dresses on - just a sham that I am working until 5.30 on the that day and time I get home it will be 6 - just an hour to transform!

When I put my pics on here I used 'photobucket' - will see if I can find a link for you

http://s55.photobucket.com/albums/g143/anjharris/ - this is where my pics are - you should be able to create an account with then - it is free
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 14, 2006, 06:37:26 PM
Yes, I must constantly remind myself to do the heel toe thing and also to tuck in my butt, of all things - terrible posture.

I'll bet your hubbie would disagree with you, you will be a classy, sexy woman then  ;)

My firms christmas party is on December 8 and it will be the first time I will see my coworkers in 2 months.  I need to find a fabulous outfit. I just want to be able to have a least one slow dance with my hubbie.

Thanks for the link - let's see...
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 14, 2006, 07:09:41 PM
Hey Bonnie
why haven't you work mates been to see you? - I had trouble keeping my lot away the first week - which was lovely but tiring!

Yes you are right about what my hubbie thinks - and he chose my dress!

I am sure you will have no problem doing a slow dance or Two! - our party is on Dec 23rd so should be very Christmassy! - We are having it at the Golf club where we had our wedding reception 2 yrs ago! should be quite lovely ;D

Did you see my pics?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 14, 2006, 07:22:32 PM
I kind of told everyone before the surgery and hubbie reinforced that I didn't want visitors at the hospital and also didn't want coworkers to come to  the rehab facility - it was sooo depressing.  My outside friends did come everyday while hubbie was working and brought me lunches & dinners for the entire time I was there - the food was not edible.

See, of course you are sexy - to the person that counts the most!!!!!!!!!!!!  how cool that he picked out your dress.

yes, your party will be very christmassy being on the 23rd, & how romantic that its where you had your recption~  Ours is also at a country club, very close to where I live.

yes saw your pics, can you update so I can see what it looks like now???  i am working on getting mine  on to photobucket (just signed up), but this may take a while  ;D
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 14, 2006, 08:41:19 PM
Anja, I think I got it!
Check out my lovely new knee...

http://s135.photobucket.com/albums/q132/bonstarr/
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 14, 2006, 08:41:53 PM
yep will update the pics - when I find my camera and charge it up - will prob do it at the weekend! Back to work tomorrow!

look forward to seeing yours ;D
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 14, 2006, 08:49:31 PM
Hi Bonnie
seen them - wow that is some scar! - was it done like that to follow old incisions? - quite glad my os didn't use an old incision - at least I have 3 straight lines! lol
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 14, 2006, 09:02:42 PM
Frets over scar
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 14, 2006, 09:11:03 PM
Hey Annie - why fret over  the scar - you will be pain free with a new knee!!!! the scar really fades fast! - and hey everyone will wanna see it!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 14, 2006, 09:14:10 PM
Yes, there were 2 incisions one on top of the other that he had to incorporate or many complications.  The OS was very concerned prior to the surgery, but quite pleased with himself after.

don't frett Annie, I'm bragging  ;D

Quite unique, don't you think?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 14, 2006, 09:16:35 PM
I guess  things are hitting me that I am 21 days away froma big stuff. Waited so long.. you forget
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 14, 2006, 09:24:00 PM
No Annie we don't forget - but have that hindsight which is such a bonus - we know that you will get to the day before surgery and all that fear and panic will dissolve - yeah you'll have those last minute panic tears and after there will be tears of pain, frustration, tiredness, feeling a bit low - the anestaetic itself takes a while to get over - just remember it is major surgery and will take time and we are here for you!!!! every day
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 14, 2006, 09:45:28 PM
Annie, and yes you have waited so long and had a bit of a roller coaster ride when your OS had to have surgery, but you are so lucky that he is back and ready to provide you with a shiny new knee.
I second what Anja said, we will be there for you - we haven't forgotten, I promise.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: lilly_kc on November 14, 2006, 11:52:56 PM
Yes, Bonnie is right - I keep trying to show my scar to everybody (it really is nice-looking - 8", 35 staples.) Nurse told me doc always did his own closing, quite proud - it looks like someone had a ruler and measured 1/4" apart for staples. PT told me massage with vitamin E oil and it has helped itching alot too. BTW, not everyone wants to see it, oh well - Tom told me I was flashing everyone at church Sunday!

Went to first real PT today - same exercises but doubled sets to 20 - added  some - WOW do I feel it. quad muscles twitching all afternoon - took a robaxin (muscle relaxant) they sent home from hospital which I never used. It helped. Will skip tonight, just can't and hit it hard tomorrow! Here we go!!!!!! I am set for 2 x week, 8 weeks - not using cane or anything, but still favoring one side and that is not good since I have other surgery coming up. Lotta work to do. (Like all of us - nice to have such good company for the "trip").
Hugs, Kathi
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 15, 2006, 12:17:44 AM
Kathi,
I had 44 staples, but not a very straight scar.  If you check my profile I posted some pictures of my knee.  You're right, not everyone wants to see the scar.
Good job at PT!!!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 15, 2006, 02:03:50 AM
kathi sounds like you are doing excellent..     Like bonnie mentioned the scar.. is a badge of courage.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 15, 2006, 03:02:11 AM
Annie,
soon you too will have your badge of honor (courage)..
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 15, 2006, 03:07:58 AM
21 more sleeps ..  and than ..  on my way .. zoom zoom zoom.   .. Just think NO more limp..  Maybe I will walk fast again..  best of all maybe less pain
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 15, 2006, 03:50:34 AM
definitely less pain, best part of all.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 15, 2006, 08:17:58 PM
Hey Annie - you will walk faster - my hubbie can't believe that I walk faster than him at times now - we get so much more done - when shopping - perhaps that is why we run out of money faster these days!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 15, 2006, 09:11:28 PM
it's all that Christmas shopping you've been doing!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 15, 2006, 09:27:49 PM
I did some online shopping now . more slippers and a bed jacket.. and another robe..    mullled whine....     How do you make it? 

I had some christmas beer recently .. yummy stuff.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 15, 2006, 09:33:42 PM
Simmer the following ingredients for 20 min. It’s better if you steep in the refrigerator overnight, but if you prefer, strain & drink right away. Serve warm.


1 bottle of fruity red wine (Spanish wine is a good choice)
1 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves
1 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp toasted whole black peppercorns
1/2 tsp whole allspice
1/2 vanilla bean
1 star anise
1 sliced orange
1 sliced lemon
1 cup cognac or brandy


Hey Annie - glad you have come online! :)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 15, 2006, 09:39:31 PM
yummy
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 16, 2006, 08:51:44 PM
Hi,
Just got back from PT...rode 2 miles on the bike and got 125 degrees all on my own!!!!!!!!!!!  Yippee!!

It's been windy, rainy & gray all day - mulled wine sounds great (if I were'nt taking pain meds)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 16, 2006, 09:00:31 PM
Hey that is really good news!

Have to confess I didn't totally refrain from alcohol - found a small glass didn't do me any harm ;D

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Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 16, 2006, 09:01:41 PM
I suppose you can take the pain meds and mulled wine if you are not driving.  

I think after my chrondroplasty operation  I was at  120   by Jan 21.

I keep trying to do quad squeezes here at the desk.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 16, 2006, 09:05:25 PM
anja,
love that biker, thanks!  Not much of a drinker anymore, so not a big deal for me.  But I think I will save it for Thanksgiving, I'm more of a vodka girl.     How are you feeling?

Annie, what's a quad sqeeze?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 16, 2006, 09:11:21 PM
(http://www.bestanimations.com/Transport/Cars/Classics/57Chevy-01-june.gif)

Hi bonnie - not long now for your road trip to start. I am fine thanks - end of day aches but okay hmm al this talk of booze - gonna get a glass of wine - still waiting for hubbie to come home from work - he is on call 24/7 for 10 days - 2 more days to go - he is shattered but should be home by 10.30pm hopefully - he left at 6am!!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 16, 2006, 09:17:36 PM
Oh maybe I am not calling it right.. but a PT said if i contracted my quads  while I sit it is excercise them.. and they say muscles have memory.   Once I squeezed them so much .. I felt I ran a marathon..
 
At work now and its going to pour soon ..  Everyone used up the handicapped spots in the front and the vistor parking .. so i have a 1/4 mile walk down a hill with crutches..   In the rain..   ::)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 16, 2006, 09:32:13 PM
Anja,
love that pink convertible!  my hubby has the same kind of schedule this week.  yesterday he left at 8:15am, got home at 1:30 am and left again at 6:30 am.  Don't know how he does it.  Hope they both get home on time tonight!

Annie, that sucks, maybe someone could bring your car closer for you?? you can ask for help in extreme circumstances and rain and crutches sound extreme to me
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 16, 2006, 11:58:10 PM
Lets put it this way i work in an office with maybe 1000 people..   I made it home sore..  but days like today.. It gives me something to work towards.  The day I do not have to have the sticks .. and I can walk up that stinkin hill with out any help.

Oddly enough.. my boss said I can take my laptop home for the Six months she is gauging I have off.  yet the office plant . that is 2 feet was a no no..   
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 17, 2006, 12:01:17 AM
Glad you made it home safely.  Maybe a good night for a hot bath!!!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 17, 2006, 08:09:15 PM
Off work for 6 months! - wow - bet you go back at 3 months!!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 17, 2006, 08:25:52 PM
I agree with Anja, 3 months and you will be so bored!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 17, 2006, 08:46:05 PM
I know I was bored the last time at 3 months.   But who am I to tell my boss. No.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 17, 2006, 08:50:30 PM
ok then, i'm jealous ! 

Annie, how are you feeling today? using the crutches again?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 17, 2006, 09:00:58 PM
yep have the crutches and my OS  increased my pain meds to one every three hours.   I think he is trying to slow me down.

Ofcourse at work.. one of the mainframes went down and I had use my charms and beg for three hours.. to see if I could find a work around to get the staff working.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 17, 2006, 09:08:06 PM
Slow you down huh, you have a very wise OS.

TGIF
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 17, 2006, 10:04:32 PM
Had PT again today.   This time I laid on my stomache and she bent my knee from behind, different, but still a bit painful.  Rode the bike again, but only got a 1 1/2 miles, still sore from yesterday, need a day of rest in beteen the hard stuff.  Will ride the bike in the gym over the weekend and hopefully will get in the pool.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: lilly_kc on November 17, 2006, 11:17:31 PM
Wow Bonnie you are working so hard!
I got to ride bike first time today, only 5 mins and not full rotations, but felt pretty good. Practiced getting up from different height seats too. Looked at walking some, not bending leg enough. Good info.
I only go to PT twice a week, back to my home exercises - 2x day, about 15, in sets of 20. Takes about 45 mins if I do a whole set, but usually split it up. What do you do at gym? Bike?

Any news from Janets family or anything? She has been on my mind!
I looked at your leg pics - your scar has personality! I like the mark of courage desscription - so true. I dont think I would have enough "courage" to keep going on the painful path I was on though - have a sister in law who wouldnt do what we have done. Guess we all have our own brand of courage!
Hugs, my friend - enjoy the weekend , keep on . keeping on .....Kathi
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 18, 2006, 12:05:32 AM
Kathi,
So good to hear from you!  You are still a few weeks behind me, I couldn't do the bike then either.  For me, it seems that there was the most noticible amount of improvement between weeks 4 & 5.  All I can do at the gym is the bike, for now.  At PT, most of their equipment is Pilates, so I also do something called the Reformer, which is much like leg presses.  Everything else I do at PT is hands on, she's breaking scar tissue, stretching, bending or straightening me.
At home, I spend most of my time bending, I need to do more strenghtening.
It took me 5 weeks to get from the walker to the cane because my quad was so weak.  We are all at different stages and steps and will all end up at the same place!

As difficult as this has been, I can't imagine not doing it.  The pain before was awful without a light at the end of the tunnel.  I see the light and it is awesome.

Thanks for saying my scar has personality, I like the mark of courage too, that scar represents 19 years of misery and I am very proud of it.

How does your "other' knee do on the bike? You too are working very hard. How is your Dad?

I haven't heard anything about Janet, but she has been on my mind as well.  This morning while thinking of her, it brought back those first few days...and made me realize how far we've come.

Great weekend to you too,
bonnie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 19, 2006, 08:06:59 PM
It's Sunday at 3pm and I have had a very difficult weekend painwise.  Starting Friday night, the pain kept waking me up every hour or so until I got up and walked around, I took every pain med I had including Celebrex, nothing seemed to work.  It seems to come from nowhere.  Yesterday evening (after doing very little all day) driving to a friends house (as a passenger) the pain just brought tears to my eyes.  I iced, elevated and took pain meds.  And it's more of the same today.
This is not making sense to me - I haven't even had the opportunity to overdo anything.  The only thing I did was have PT two days  in a row, Thursday & Friday, but can't imagine that could do it.

Any ideas? suggestions?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 19, 2006, 09:03:28 PM
Hi Bonnie

Sorry you are having a painfull day - join the club! - both my knees are total crap today - I don't know why you just get days like this - I have taken Tramadol today - which is very unusual and am sure that will have another one befor bed!

I can't answer why this happens - I have a really bad pain at the top of my shin like someone is trying to make a hole with a scredriver!

Hope we both feel better soon!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 19, 2006, 09:20:15 PM
You had a busy work week..how did yesterday go?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: lilly_kc on November 19, 2006, 10:15:46 PM
Hi friends! It sure is hard to figure out this pain thing. I like believing that "what you think is pain is really repair". Probably doesnt change a thing, but makes me feel better. I am still on pretty potent painkillers (alternating percocet and tramadol) so most of mine is still covered up. Not in a hurry to change that either. Call me a wimp!

Thanksgiving is coming for those of us in US - nice to have holiday weekend, some time with our close ones. Typically,  nice time to slow down, but I have been going pretty s-l-o-w anyway. Daughter is fixing dinner, sort of potluck. Hubby is cooking a turkey on rotisserie.

I worked two very short days last week, doing the same next week. Then long weekend. So pretty much exercises and sleeping are in my future. What about you ? Any plans, travelling ?

Janet must be recuperating, wonder if she went right home.
Have a nice evening, Kathi

Oh, bonnie - my dad is doing great. Sis was able to take hiim to last laser appt, and I hope to be well enough to take him to next one, hopefully getting stent out. He tends to overdo (imagine that!) then sleeps for a long time. Dont think he'll change at this late date tho! Thanks for asking.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 19, 2006, 10:22:33 PM
Hi Kathi,
So glad to hear your Dad is doing so well.  As for Thanksgiving, we will be driving about 3 1/2 hours north to my aunt & uncle's.  We will play it by ear to see how many nights we stay.  Looking forward to a change of surroundings.

Can't believe you're working!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 19, 2006, 10:29:03 PM
yep very  busy at work yesterday - a 50 hr week again and then went shopping for about 5 hrs today but chrsitmas is nearly sorted!! so prob overdone it again pain!

Have sent you some emails to cheer you up!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 19, 2006, 11:15:39 PM
One two three..  --  Wine  all around. or  I can make some lovely apple brandy and ginger ale  with ice.  or..  If it gets really bad..  Some apple pucker and vanilla vodka and well apple martini party.

OUch..  - Pain...  Please do not get discouraged.  After all shiney new knees take a year to settle in.   Hugs to  all of you.   

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 19, 2006, 11:25:23 PM
Anja, thanks for the funny emails  ;D  50 hours!!!!!!! plus shopping...I have done nothing today.....

Annie, have a drink for me since i can't mix alcohol & pain meds
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 20, 2006, 07:36:01 AM
Hey Bonnie - wish I wasn't at work that long!
10 hrs today - off tomorrow ;D
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 20, 2006, 03:45:40 PM
here's to tomorrow then  ;D

off to physical therapy
doctors for a flu shot and
to rewnew my temporary disabled parking sticker

later.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 23, 2006, 12:16:11 AM
Great news, reached 130 degrees today at the end of my PT session, all by myself, no pushing from therapist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can't believe it I far I've come in 6 weeks...yipppppeeeee.
Now, just have to keep it moving cause it definitely stiffens up.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 27, 2006, 09:54:41 PM
Saw my OS this morning, he was VERY pleased with my ROM and i was pleased that he was pleased!  He gets very testy when he's not happy.  Now I need to work on strenghtening.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 27, 2006, 11:52:26 PM
Good job.. good job..  Yippy
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: redneb on November 28, 2006, 12:10:19 AM
Hi everyone,
Just counted the weeks since my TKR-11 weeks and I am in such a bad state right now. I went back to work 2 weeks ago and worked for 4 days and then due to my hip acting up for the last few weeks have been off of work. My manager thinks I came back too soon

My doctor suspected bursitis and gave me a cortisone shot which did nothing. So, he sent me for a MRI of the hip, which was not a pleasant experience. They tape your feet together with your toes pointing toward each other. That made my hip hurt even more. And you can't move, so I tried to count every darn bang I heard. Hadn't take any pain meds prior, because I was trying to be BRAVE!. Huh1 I was just plain stupid. So now I wait for the doctor's appt to see what the MRI shows. I just hope it doesn't affect my new knee due to it being on the same side.

Re pain meds-I have been trying to wean myself off of the Percocets and Tylenol #4 and have to say that I am not taking them like I used to. The Percocet only at night, but still need the Tylenols during the day. I'm just so tired of taking meds or not taking them and feeling like crap.

My TKR was sucessful and I don't regret that I had it done. My flexion is 131 and I'm happy. But now it's just this darn hip that prevents me from standing, walking, driving, etc.

It has been cloudy and rainy here for the last few days, so that may have something to do with my mood too.

I read your posts and am so happy that you are all doing well. It's just that sometimes I just need to vent. I just feel like I should be 100%, but am not. I would also like to be younger and thinner, but I'm not.  Just being a big baby here.

Thanks for listening.
red
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 28, 2006, 12:40:18 AM
Redneb,

Your flexion is great. it is hard when mulitiple body parts seem to go down the crapper.   But someday soon your OS will get you all sorted out.  Somedays crappy things happen.  It is not llike you are out dancing for three hours at a time and inflicting pain upon your being.

I like to be younger and thinner too.  .. But I am not.. ..  Queen of the babies<<<<   Me

 I think its easier said than believing sometimes that ..  all will be sorted out soon.

Any case I like to be on the all will be better soon side and ..   have someone drag me back over to the ..  cheer up side .. if I am getting blue.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 28, 2006, 02:33:04 AM
I am also having other body part issues.  Prior to my LTKR, I had lower back pain and had 2 pain blocks prior to surgery.  The pain has slowly been returning over the last 2 weeks, especially my left hip!
My spine doctor's physicians assistant will call me tomorrow to determine what my next step should be, another pain block, physical therapy, celebrex or all of the above.  I have an appt 12/22 to see the dr.

Red, so sorry you are experiencing similar issues.  I do understand the need to vent, we all need to do that at times.
We all want to be younger and thinner... ;D

Hey Annie, how many more sleeps?  How is your other knee?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 28, 2006, 12:00:07 PM
Hi Bonnie and Red

Don't know if your hip pain is the same side as your tkr Red - I know Bonnies is - and mine is - My phsio says that it is prob where the hip joint has been out of allignment for so long where my lag bowed outwards and it needs to 'bed' back into the correct position - My first few weeks back at work got me quite concerned about it and I do still get the occasion where my hip 'catches' and I can't move it - not just through pain but it gets stuck - BUT it is getting less often as the weeks go by (just over 4.5 months now so think it just needs a bit of time)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 28, 2006, 03:05:04 PM
Anja,
This morning I have burning in the hip area, did you have that? 
My doctors office called this morning, they are prescribing Celebrex and some PT for a few weeks for back and hip. (I had the back pain prior to the surgery, but not the hip pain).  My PT & OS think the hip pain is coming from my back and the misalignment for the last 20 years of favoring one side.
If that doesn't give me any relief, then another pain block (epidural).

This hip thing is getting in the way of my recovery and it stinks!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 28, 2006, 03:11:51 PM
I would only get the burning sensation when I was moving and it hurt - it doesn't ever hurt when I am not using it.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 28, 2006, 03:24:36 PM
I'm just sitting here typing and it is burning!!!!!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 28, 2006, 04:02:32 PM
oh ouch! I dont know how to solve that - I only get burning in my shin ,calf and foot at times when I sit down - not hip.

some flowers to make you feel better

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Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 28, 2006, 04:46:27 PM
Hi Girls

Sorry to read you all are in so much pain this morning.  I like the celebrex when the OS office gives me the free samples other wise .. Mobic. .   
My OS warned me that If I didnt take care of my knee now all these hip and back issues would take place that you all are mentioning above.   (  Sends you all to massage for relaxations) 

Me.   Next Wednesday is around the corner and my boss insisited I take the rest of the week off.  She saw how I was walking and how I looked pale. ( she can always tell when I am not feeling good by my paleness)   So this morning I slept till 11:00.   Queen of sleep!!

Yesterday I brought my briefcase home.  I asked one of my coworkers to bring it upstairs  so I wouldnt have to do it with crutches.    I was waiting for my dad to pick me up at work and  I was chatting with the receptionist.. Who was so glad for me. She saw me trott in and out every day I went to work.. and she knows what a struggle I had getting my self in from the parking lot hell.


So I didnt expect to take a vacation  But it has to do with the vacation I did not take this year.  I had something like  90 hours..   .  So my boss expects me out a good six months ( full pay) .. I keep telling her ..  I dont think it will be that long..  but she keeps bring up that last time.. in Jan the doctors told me 3 weeks. and I was out three months.   ( she jokes  about this since it was so unexpected - like it was the doctor concealing how bad my knee was )   MRI's lie people.. Mri's lie!!!!

So about 2 pm in the afternoon it was all decided..  Just go on vacation..  just like that. ..  My boss wants to know what SNF I will be in since.. she doesnt want to send things to the hospital.  My co worker made some comment that I will be missing the christmas brunch and christmas parties.  ( she is very young) I said.. really I dont care...   My mom is bringing a small christmas tree to me and my family will be with me and that is christmas to me...  Although I think I will be sprung from SNF before christmas,

So This is weird. I am hoping my period starts like today.. When I think it will start Friday.  ( god help me if it starts later) ..    I really dont care if i have it during a knee replacement either. When you reach the point .. you reach the point..  .. I dont care if I am in a hospital during a holiday season..  I am greedy that I want my mobility back. and believe me it is a very humbeling experience to loose your ability to walk on your own two feet.   My gift this year was walking three months with out crutches.   My gift this year was seeing that sometimes people have it tuff .. My gift this year is that people no matter how bad it gets they keep up with life. 


oh what else since I am in a gabby mood right now..   Several years ago.. I used to go to curves.  I used to see one of my coworkers in curves.  She is about 60 and she is getting a double knee replacement in Feb.  . Gender knee as well(  note to self must buy stock )   She is way heavier than me.. and i thought omg.. what is this doctor doing to her.    She mentioned that she is not as bad as me.. but her doctor.. said her one knee is bad and the other knee is right around the corner.  so he is doing them both .. ... She said she can stand for at least 30  mins.  She is not on crutches..  or cane..  .. so I though to myself.    Anyone at the right age in some doctors minds .. they are more than happy to replace the knees. .. Yet at my age..   I have to become a hermit..  Not that I am bitter about waiting  11 months. ..  It could have been 3 years. ..   

   
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 28, 2006, 11:18:13 PM
Anja,
Thanks for the lovely flowers!
 i went to the gym (in my building) and rode the recumbent bike for 40 minutes - decided if I was going to be in pain, it should be for a good reason - think I over did it a bit, oh well. Tomorrow I start PT for back and hip, hope it helps because I really don't want anything interferring with the healing of my new knee!

Annie,
Things do work out, you see!!!!!! :D  You are soooo very lucky to have such an understanding boss.  Whether you are in rehab or not on christmas is a small price to pay.  Your family seems to be rallying around you - thats perfect!  It's only one holiday of many more you will celebrate in the future.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: redneb on November 29, 2006, 12:03:45 PM
Good morning ladies,
Whoa, am I glad to hear that others are experiencing hip pain after a TKR...I thought I was the only one....

Anja, my hip pain is on the same side as the total knee...I mentioned to my OS about now that I am walking "normal" (or was until the hip flared up), that could be why my hip hurt....he said it could be, but based on how I was walking now, he thinks it's more of a hip problem...so I see him next Tuesday to discuss the MRI results....

Bonnie, I get the burning sensation too...it's in my groin and the top of my thigh...nothing like a bag of frozen peas in the groin...LOL....but icing does help...and when I sit for too long, it hurts, but when I get up, I feel like I am going to fall because the leg does not feel stable...

Knee Deep, don't let all this hip and back talk discourage you...I keep reminding myself that this is all part of the healing process and you are younger than I am, so you will do great....plus, you have a good attitude and a good support system and that helps alot....

So girls, thanks for all the info and laughs....I really enjoy coming here....

red
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 29, 2006, 07:21:51 PM
Oh Red - I get that groin pain and I think it is just where I permanently overdo things! - have a very physical job - was carrying 8ft christmas trees around the yard for a bloke today - he had a bad arm and couldn't help!! >:( such a pathetic person!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 29, 2006, 07:37:31 PM
Just came back from a lovely morning shopping.   It was a very quick trip..   I bought some new yoga pants and hoddies... One says angel on it and the other says cute.
More underware.   It seems to be an obsession to buy underware these days.. dont know why.  Little froggies on  one ..  snow flakes on the other.  another one candy cane looking.  ( I am a sucker for novelty undies  so when the doctors see my fat ass they dont think look at that fat ass.. but .  is that a frog or hello kitty. 

Than went to the super market with crutches ..  ( dont know how I managed to do it.. but I shopped !!!!!)   and it feels great.. and well painful at the same time.. it must be endorphine rushes.


I had a  hip problem as a child.  and  Last year before this knee crap all started.  I had a little hip pain..  than I thought my one leg was getting shorter.. ( it was because Of the slanting) but how do you really say to a doctor.. I think my leg is getting shorter and I have no real pain..   They would just think me mad.. and a looney..   Besides when I wore my summer heels I really didnt know if it was just the transition from wearing  platform sandals to flats.    you know you always go..   they wont believe this if I say.. one leg is shrinking. 

so eatting my bubba burger and .. I must be on an endorphine rush or something..  or a big sense of accomplishment.. You all should have seen me trying to walk backwards trying to get dental floss.   Even I know how pathetic it must have looked. 



So Anja .. you are a strong Woman..    ( what the hell are you thinking carrying a christmas tree)   Omg ..    I know you did it because you can..  OmG.. What are you thinking.. girl...

 

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on November 29, 2006, 07:43:25 PM
oops sorry annie! - you would be amazed what I carry at work - but I won't carry a sack of spuds - 25KG is just too heavy! I don't carry the really heavy stuff if I have a man about the place!

Good for you having a shopping trip - I can't believe you get to be off work on FULL pay!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 29, 2006, 07:53:04 PM
Next March will be with the company  8 years.  Yeah like a Royal Princess..   See The state of NJ deducts .925 % from your paycheck as disabilty insurance which they pay out  85% of your wage.  It takes a full month for the paperwork and crap to be put through..  and my employer will bump up the salary to the 15% the state does not pay out and deduct my medical insurance and federal and fica taxes.   I also bought long term disability insurance via my employer..   That would cover me for a whole year out if needed. .. Federal law gives me job protection for a full year..

I told my boss. I am the employee who goes out on disablity all the time. I am a lamer.    Three times this year..  First in Jan with my first knee surgery..  Second with my Kidney stone thing in October..  And now .. third for my  knee replacement.

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on November 29, 2006, 10:39:41 PM
Annie,
Glad to hear you were able to shop - it doesn't matter how long.  And you are truly lucky that you don't have to worry about money or your boss, 2 huge stresses removed so that you can just concentrate on feeling better.
i am actually putting off calling my boss, cause I need to tell him that I'm probably going to be out longer than I first thought and hope that (after 7 years) they continue to pay me - they may not...

Anja, please tell me it was a small tree????
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on December 02, 2006, 01:22:08 AM
It seems that I am so accustomed to favoring my good side that when I straighten out I feel crooked!!!!  and when I do straightem out, my hip screams...
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on December 02, 2006, 01:27:01 AM
Bonnie,

You have have to teach your hips to whisper. Not scream.      :) 
Hows your kidney ?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on December 02, 2006, 01:47:41 AM
I'm really trying, but my hips not listening.

I think my kidney is ok, if it does hurt, I can't tell over the hip pain. But this kidney thing goes back a few years and recently when I had to change all of my doctors because of an insurance change, my GP wanted me to follow up with a urologist. which I did and that's when they found blood in the urine. Also the last urologist told me kidney cancer was not hereditary (my dad has kidney cancer) but the new urologist said certain kidney cancers are.  Also, he was concerned because I used to smoke a lot.  I didn't know that smoking also caused kidney & bladder cancer.  So I guess I need to think positively  :D

How are you doing?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on December 04, 2006, 02:44:19 PM
Annie.
Are you there?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on December 04, 2006, 04:35:15 PM
am now !!!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on December 06, 2006, 06:16:12 PM
Hi, just a quick post to let you know I made it through my surgery on Nov. 17. The back of my patella was really chewed up, so he had to do quite a bit of work there. Interesting, they found a meniscal tear that hadn't shown on the MRI.

I'm coming along okay, I guess. Very hard. My pain is mostly under control now. Getting stronger, but knee not bending well. I'm at about 75 passive and my Pt can push it to 90 with horrible, sobbing pain. That isn't improving, and my PT says I'm obviously not tolerating it. I won't be surprised if I have to have a MUA, which we knew was a possibility due to my history of arthrofibrosis and the many surgeries I already had on this knee. I see my OS on Tuesday, so we'll see what he says.

I'll try to catch up with people later. It's not easy to be at the computer now.

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on December 07, 2006, 02:17:18 AM
Janet,
Sorry to hear that you're having a bit of a tough time.  My only advice is to really try to get the pain in check and to take a good dose before PT.  The only way I could do my bending, whether at home or PT was with a lot of pain meds and many tears and screams.
Also, you are only about 3 weeks post-op, maybe you just need a little more time.
Good luck at the OS and please let us know.
Take care of yourself.
Bonnie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on December 12, 2006, 01:33:35 PM
Had a bad rash last week, probably a reaction to progesterone, to bring on my period.
My rash/itching is pretty much gone, but interesting side effect, we (PT & I) think.  The doctor gave me an RX for an antihistamine and prednisone (steroid) when I saw him last Thursday, he told me to  stop the meds we thought were causing the reaction and to take over the counter antihistamine.  He said to wait until the next afternoon and if it wasn't significantly better to start the RX's, which I did. Now my last PT appt was last Tuesday and then yesterday (monday) , almost a week later.  I can't say that I did any excercises because I was sleeping most of the time. My PT was amazed at how great my knee looked - she said there was basically no swelling!  Now I'm not advocating prednisone, but I'm even walking better without the cane.  Had a great PT session, i came close to bending the TKR leg as much as the good leg while lying on my stomach and rode 3 miles on the bike, so a bit sore today, but was very pleased with myself.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: lilly_kc on December 12, 2006, 06:47:53 PM
Bonnie - that sounds GREAT! I think you are there my friend! You have been working awful hard and alot, and that must be a challenge for your baby knee!

Not nearly as strong I think, but the hospital sent me home with some antihistamines (assumably to help the swelling, also increase effectiveness of painkillers, they said). Think it was vistrol. Never really took it - that sleepig thing ya know!

Anyway, great news from your corner of the world. Isnt it awesome to be on the downhill slide???? I feel pretty human and dont think about my knee every moment or even every hour. Back to work full time (tiring, but ok). Off all meds, whew! Three more PT sessions. Then rest until RTKR on March 1st.

JANET - welcome back friend. All I can say is that it DOES get better every day (with a poopy day thrown in now and again just to keep you from going too fast I think). From 6 weeks post op I will say this was the best pain I ever asked for!!!!!! Drop me note or drop on here if there is anything I can tell you / help with / lend an ear. Its ok just to say: WAAAAAAAAAAA  :'(

Hugs my friends - have a nice Tuesday! Kathi
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on December 12, 2006, 08:09:18 PM
Hi Kathi,
Glad to hear from you!  Yes, we have been working hard. I got the bend, now I need the muscle.  So my PT will continue to strenghten my muscles and to work on re-aligning my body, which haven't been right since 1987!   I'm still using a cane when I go out or at the end of the day when I'm just plain tired.

Awesome that you're back to work fulltime, I'm hoping for January.

Take care & keep in touch.

Janet, where are you ?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on December 13, 2006, 03:29:43 PM
Just spoke to Annie!!!!
I told her hello from all of you and she sends her regards back.  She sounds good, seems to have the pain under control and has sorted out her inpatient rehab care and she is focusing on getting stronger.  She was able to shower yesterday! she has glue, no staples - lucky girl!

take care
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 13, 2006, 08:14:45 PM
Thanks Bonnie for the update.

Wow no staples - that is good - I reckon she will be home soon! Hope so. That was a long wait fro a shower :o - we were allowed to shower on the second day!

That cane is handy isn't it - haven't used mine since about week 8 but still sometimes think it would be handy on the marathon shopping trips.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on December 13, 2006, 08:33:24 PM
I'm glad Annie is doing so well. And it sounds like everyone is moving right along....along with the "bumps" along the way. Keep up the good work! I am finally cleared to shower, but haven't done it yet. My OS uses dissolvable stitches, and won't let you get your incision wet for quite a while.

Unfortunately, I am not doing quite so well. I knew mine was a difficult case due to my past four surgeries and my history of arthrofibrosis. I am now 3-1/2 weeks post-TKR, and unfortunately, my intuition was right. I have a problem with scar tissue and pain. I saw my OS yesterday. He explained that a person doesn't feel pain until the brain interprets the messages from your body as pain. Right now, all the messages from my leg are being interpreted by my brain as pain. The pain is getting worse each day, and the knee is getting tighter and tighter every day. My flexion is actually decreasing with each PT visit. So we are going to try to interrupt the pain cycle and "calm down" the brain's interpretation of these pain messages. After consulting by phone with a pain specialist, my OS put me on three new drugs. (I have never taken so many meds in my life--ten doses each day not counting my pain meds!). I was getting quite depressed, so one of the meds is an anti-depressant. I also see the pain specialist on Friday so he can take over this aspect of my care. We will see if this helps me get through PT and we can get any more flexion back. If I'm not at 90 by next Wednesday, I will have a manipulation on Thursday, staying in the hospital on a CPM and stronger pain meds.

It's like my worst fear has come true. This is the thing I was most worried about before the surgery. The good news is also there, though. I have full extension, I'm getting stronger. And my OS assures me that he still believes I can get a good outcome out of this knee. It will just take longer and be harder for me. This is not fun, but I'm still going to believe that it will all be worth it in the end. And I'm thankful that I have a good OS who is being very proactive about my condition. I'll keep you posted.

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: lilly_kc on December 13, 2006, 08:45:16 PM
Janet - HUGSSSSS!!!! You DID sort of talk about this, I think we know our bodies pretty well.
It sounds like you are getting excellent care, and really 3-4 weeks is still early days. There is lots of hope and you sure do have some good experts in your corner. Send message if you want to howl a bit, and we sure will listen. Keep taking care! Kathi
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on December 14, 2006, 03:06:22 AM
Anja, my OS said no shower until the staples were out - that was 13 days!

Janet, I'm so sorry that you are having such terrible pain. I too had lots of scar tissue and my OS had concerns before the surgery and warned me that it would be more difficult and more painful for me.  He also told me that I would probably loose 15 - 20 degrees of flexion, but as of today, I'm very close to full range of motion at 8 weeks.   It took a little while to get me on the pain meds that would allow me to get through the pain of those first weeks of PT, but it worked for me. So please be positive, it may just take a bit longer.
Take care and please keep us posted.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on December 14, 2006, 03:21:42 PM
Had an awesome time at PT yesterday! yeah, awesome.  Not only did therapist tell me I had gained full range of motion, but I was able to walk up a stair - 10 times! I was so happy I cried - I haven't been able to do that in years.

I was very sore & a bit swollen last night and still am now, also it's rainy here, so I'm sure that doesn't help, but I'll take the pain and soreness, I am on my way....I can finally say, I am so glad I had this surgery!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YEAH!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Patty0513 on December 14, 2006, 05:30:09 PM
Bonnie,

That is great news.  Congrats!  Keep up the hard work!  (http://s89908203.onlinehome.us/smiles/party-smiley-050.gif)

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on December 14, 2006, 10:18:28 PM
Bonnie:

That is great news! I'm so happy for you.

I'm also happy to say that the new meds seem to be working already. My PT was able to push me to 85 today. On Monday, I could only "tolerate" (if you can call it that!) to about 65. And today was the first day I have ever been able to get through PT without sobbing. The downside is that I feel quite "druggy," but if that's what it takes, I'm all for it! It will be interesting to see what the pain specialist says tomorrow. For now, I'm feeling much more optimistic that I may be able to do this without a manipulation. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, Bonnie, keep up the excellent progress!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on December 14, 2006, 11:28:29 PM
Thanks Patty & Janet!

Janet, PT is aggressive = hurts a lot, not only would I cry, but I would scream - very loudly.  At first everyone told me to take the pain meds 30 minutes prior, but what worked better for me was to take them 45 - 60 minutes prior.  See your already at 85, druggy is ok because it will get you going for now, just be careful & congrats!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: redneb on December 16, 2006, 05:12:39 PM
Janet,
Sorry to hear about your pain...and I know about the depression....but I'm on an antidepressant and it helps....and it does get better, just takes time....what about getting a CPM machine at home?...I had one for 3 weeks following my TKR and used it about 18 hours a day....I used it when I slept and it was very quite....might be something to think about....I know it helped me with my flexion, which is now 135.....

take care,
red
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on December 17, 2006, 04:09:51 AM
It's been grey & raining for the last 4 days and my knee is aching...for some reason I thought that would stop after the TKR, guess I was wrong.

Janet, if your reading, hang in there - it will get better.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 17, 2006, 02:02:59 PM
Hey Bonnie - sorry your knee aches :(

I find my knee totally seizes at night - it seems to be getting worse as the weeks go on at the moment and is painfull to get moving again - but still not as bad as pre op.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on December 17, 2006, 02:51:18 PM
Anja, I'm going to give you the same advice i know that you would give to anyone that posted the same as you...time to get a checkup with your doctor.  Maybe you are just working it too hard too soon.  Check it out before it gets worse  :)

Enjoy the rest of the weekend
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 17, 2006, 03:22:36 PM
Hey Bonnie - thanks :) but I am SURE it is overworked - just so busy at work the last two weeks before christmas! - only 7 more days to work ::) then a week off! - see the OS on 11th Jan - so only a couple of weeks anyway.

Going to the cinema to see the Holiday - so got me sitting still for a few hours! and then sit in a restaurant for a couple of hours - then bed so lots of rest today.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on December 17, 2006, 03:29:37 PM
Sounds good, enjoy the movie...
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: rozzzie on December 17, 2006, 08:55:11 PM
Congratulations ! ! !

(http://www.aglobalworld.com/pd/images/Congratulations2.gif)

Rozzzie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 17, 2006, 10:06:59 PM
you gotta see that film - a real chick flick - and yes we did cry :'(
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on December 18, 2006, 01:52:34 AM
will have to put that film on my list!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on December 27, 2006, 11:05:38 PM
Had PT for the first time in 6 days yesterday and had all sorts of tight muscles & soreness.  My hip continues to pain me and get in the way of many of the strenghtening excercises I need to do, so things are going very slowly and I am getting a bit frustrated, aside from being just plain tired of the pain.
So feeling just a tad sorry for myself even though I got the "lecture" from my PT yesterday reminding me how far I've come.  And I have come so far - it just enough already  :D

wishing everyone well,
bonnie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on December 28, 2006, 07:37:32 PM
Bonnie:

I'm feeling the same way today. I've come an incredible way since my MUA last Thursday, and all week I've been excited and thankful. And while I'm still excited and thankful, today I'm tired of it all....tired of the CPM, tired of PT five days a week, tired of the pain. It will be six weeks tomorrow since my TKR, and I guess I thought I'd be farther along by now. I'm not even driving yet because of all the meds I'm on.

I was supposed to see my pain management MD today, but they called and changed my appointment to next Friday. While things are going okay, they're not going great on the pain side of things and I was anxious to see him today. I'm especially having pain problems at night. It's very hard to fall asleep. And sometimes I get a sharp pain (or is it a muscle spasm?) that wakes me from sleep, makes me sit up in bed and cry. It only lasts a couple of seconds, but it's not a good way to wake up and it really hurts. Then I'm afraid to go back to sleep because I'm afraid it will happen again. Have you ever had anything like that?

Well, I guess today we can feel sorry for ourselves, then tomorrow we'll be back on the positive side. I know this is a long process. That's why it's so great to be able to post with others who are going through the same thing. I hope you feel better tomorrow.

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on December 28, 2006, 10:07:42 PM
Hi Janet,
I'm doing much better today, hope you are too.  Yes, I know exactly what you mean with those shooting pains that last for only seconds, but that bring tears to your eyes.  I never really figured out what it was, but I didn't only get them at night. Sometimes while sitting in bed or in the recliner it would happen.  I used to get them several times a day, but as time went on they were less & less frequent.  I still do get one every once in a while.
Do you take pain meds in the middle of the night?  Maybe you could set your alarm so that you could take them and not miss a dose - maybe that would help.
Mybe you can call the pain doc on tuesday and tell them you can't wait until friday, maybe they will have a cancellation??
We all heal at a different rate, some faster than others.  My surgery was 10/10 and I'm just working on walking outside without the cane.  So try to just take things at your speed - it does get better.

bonnie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Jaci on December 28, 2006, 10:38:14 PM
Hi Janet,

Just a thought after reading about the sudden sharp pains you're getting: I wonder if a little extra potassium might help? I had muscle spasms for several weeks after a couple of my early surgeries. At some point I figured out that taking a daily potassium supplement helped; a couple bananas each day also did the trick. The muscle spasms seemed to be associated with swelling, especially in my calf area, which made me think that it could be an electrolyte issue. Gatorade or some type of sport drink might help as well. I don't like to drink those becuase of the sugar they contain. After that discovery, I made sure I took a supplement for at least the first several weeks post-op. Anyway, it might be worth a try. Or, you could ask the pain doc or OS about it.

Take care,

Jaci
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 03, 2007, 10:53:17 PM
Jaci, thanks for the tip.  I started eating bananas and I think its helping  :)

Still can't seem to build up my quads because of this awful hip pain.  It is just getting in the way.  Have been having PT and massage for hip & back and have been thinking of acupuncture - I'm desperate.

Just made reservations to go to San Juan, Puerto Rico next weekend.  My husband's family lives there and we miss our 1 1/2 year old niece.  So it should be interesting especially with this hip pain of mine, but a baby's smile will make it all worth it  :)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 05, 2007, 08:25:22 PM
Bonnie - I had really bad muscle spasms after my op - they started I think on about day 8 and went on for several weeks - I saw my GP as they were that bad and was given diazepam - a muscle relaxant - apparently quinine is really good for it - tonic water contains it! - don't know if you get that in the US?
anja
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 05, 2007, 10:28:03 PM
Anja,
we do have tonic water.  now that you mention it, I remember many years ago my mom used to take quinine for leg cramps, but I think it is no longer available - i'll eat bananas and drink tonic water (maybe add a bit of vodka)  ;)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 05, 2007, 10:57:48 PM


Bonnie
quinine sulfate is an RX .    I think the yellow bottle of segrams tonic water has it in it.    But before you overly do it on Vitamin K.   I think I read something about too much and kidney's hate it.    Best to speak with your OS and Urologist about your  Vitimin K intake.   

I had a lovely bath this afternoon.  When I say lovely I helped my flexation and heard cracks that could only mean scar tissue breaking up.  I could have pushed further but decided to stop and save the fun for another day as well.


Anja I bet your in training now to do all that great walking in Cario. 

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 05, 2007, 11:52:42 PM
Annie,
thanks for the advice about the vitamin K and kidney - wouldn't want to chance that. 

If you continue to break up scar tissue at that rate, what will your PT do ?  lol  Have you started PT yet?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 06, 2007, 05:58:42 PM
I am not exactly sure :)   My methods are a bit unconventional.  Manipulation under bubblebath.  Gravity from feather beds. .  Streching by yoga belts.   Death of yoga balls.

I suppose my OS would feel really guilty if he didnt have to write RX's for me and PT.  So I humor the man.   Seriously though.    I keep thinking of his keep it moving mantra and frankly was working on my first belly roll in the SNF.

While I was thinking going up and down stairs I thought of a slinky:  Anyway.  I thought I share my song of the day.  Below is a link that plays the old fashion slinky song. ..      Now If I can walk the stairs as graceful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbpPVvVils0

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 06, 2007, 10:38:09 PM
hey annie - walking - I can walk fo miles!! have been able to since about day 6 when we went for a marathon shop the day after I got out of hospital! - I reckon all that walking everyday was the best thing I did along with going to the gym everyday from 4 weeks, only had 3 or 4 physio sessions.

get walking! it's great!- mind you it was summer so nice to be out - now the weather is so wet and windy I might not have been so keen!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 06, 2007, 11:04:19 PM
Anja you recovery is amazing and a true inspiration to us all.   It is wonderful you had your sea legs so fast.   I think my 6 day was spent puking in a hallway in the skilled nursing home with no nurse around no nurses aid around and a frantic occupational therapist trying to get someone to give me a needle to stop me from throwing up.    ( good times)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 06, 2007, 11:11:01 PM
hey Pukey! yuck!! Hate being sick.

was that from the anastaetic (sp) or you pain meds? - dunno about sea legs - being out on the open water makes me puke! LOL
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 06, 2007, 11:45:15 PM
Well the one nurse said it was  the result of the spinal.  (spinal headache)  I did have a morning headache.
I also puked on day 3 while being transported to the ultra sound area to get checked for DVT.

The indian doctor who I saw once in the hospital thought it was due to the percocet.   I had to strongly disagree with her on that one since I had it for over a  year with out puking like that.

I think it was the results  injectable shots of morphine/ and what ever was in that codine shot i had/ The spinal and not eatting that much.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0mIp0Me7OU&NR
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on January 07, 2007, 01:35:33 AM
I wish the weather here was nice. I'd love to get out and walk. I don't know if I would make it around the block, but I know warm weather with the warm sun on my face would be the best thing in the world right now. While our weather has been much warmer than our usual winter, temps in the 40s and damp, dreary days just don't do it for me.  I just graduated from my walker to using a cane in the house. I know my recovery was delayed because of my scar tissue problems, but it seems to be moving right along since the MUA. (At least that's what I keep reminding myself....it seems like it's taking forever!)

How long did everyone keep taking narcotic pain meds? Again, I know my situation is a little different, but I still take oxycontin twice a day and oxycodone for breakthrough pain (6-10 pills a day). I'd love to get off the ocycodone, but it is not yet the right time for me. How about you?

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 07, 2007, 08:31:24 AM
 I had three pills yesterday.  Its odd I can go 7 to  8 hours at times with out meds and than bam..  When the knee starts barking it starts barking.

  I am finding myself very sore after sitting.  I am sure that it doesnt help that  I keep my right leg way back and its in a constant state of stretch.   I am paying for it now .. cant sleep.  Cant find a spot.   Back hurts/ hip hurts   knee hurts.   .. diet hurts.  drinking milk.

This may sound stupid..   Can anyone kneel yet?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 07, 2007, 03:03:26 PM
Hey Janet - you take those pills as long as you need them! I was about the 4 month stage - but every now and then still need one - think it is a totally personal thing- we all have different pain thresholds.


Annie- do you mean proper kneeling like right on the knee  or just crouching down?

I can crouch down okay - sometimes need help to get back up towards the end of the day.

I don't know if you are supposed to go down onto the actual knee  - I can get there - onto my knee but cannot have it at more than a 90 degree bend and cannot put weight on it all the weight bearing is done by my 'good' knee and I can't get back up unless someone helps or I have something to pull me back up onto. See told my thing is walking - crap at the other stuff. :)


and......young lad - you should have your leg elevated when you are sitting down - keep it up as much as possible - but with nothing under the back of the knee so the leg is straight.

The sickness  could also have been SHOCK - it is major surgery that knocks you sideways - my body showed the shock by massive hair loss for about 4 months after the op - luckily I have lots of thick hair and it has stopped falling out now.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 07, 2007, 08:36:01 PM
Annie, that slinky commercial - I actually remember it! and black & white, makes me feel ancient.  I'll bet it was the codeine that caused the vomiting, so glad its in the past.

Janet, i was on oxycontin (lowest dose time released)  & oxycodone for breakthru pain also.  I think it was somewhere around 7 - 8 weeks when I cut out the morning oxycontin and just took the percocets maybe 6 - 8 per day.  Then about a week to 10 days later I stoped the nightime oxycontin.  It was not easy, had a few bad days of shakes & nausea, not necessarily more pain, I actually took a few xanax those few days to stop the shakes.  My GP advised me to stop the daytime one first, since nite pain is always worse, she told me to take more percocet if necessary.  But I suggest you speak to your doctor if you have any concerns.  It's scary, but it will be okay.

I can go through a whole day with meds and then about 7 pm, I've had enough - oh well.

I can kneel on my bed...for a minute or less, haven't tried it on the floor yet - afraid I won't be able to get up  :D

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on January 08, 2007, 08:55:44 PM
I was just curious about the pain meds. I am on three other medications also, prescribed by my pain management doctor. It sounds like I'll be on them until I am done with my rehab, my OS releases me and I don't have any pain. Then we'll slowly start taking the meds away one by one. I am trying to cut down on my "breakthrough" oxycodone, and that hasn't been as hard as I thought it might be. But it looks like I'll stay on everything else for a while. I guess that's good....I certainly don't want that horrible pain to return!

I guess Anja's right. We just have to do what is right for each of us.

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 08, 2007, 08:59:29 PM
darn right Janet!

I actually had to take 2 lots of tramadol today - that's 6 months post op - my knee was just horrible today - might be all the steps I had to climb yesterday - about 50 of them and very steep - had no trouble at the time just must have been too much ???
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 09, 2007, 02:10:56 AM
Janet,
As long as your are under the care of a specialist - your good. Pain is not a good thing, and makes us cranky too.  So take care of yourself.

Anja, wow 50 stairs!  Can't do stairs yet.   How is your son?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 09, 2007, 11:22:06 AM
Hey Bonnie - 50 steps - easy NOT I have been sufering ever since - have pulled the quadricep on my good leg and the knee hurts so much I would not have gone into work today :o - now my new knee - that held out much better - think I must have favoured the good one, def not going to the gym either today.

My son - well his MCL is intact but strained and will heal with time, the bad news is he has torn the meniscus / cartalidge again - which is a shame as he has already had it trimmed. Waiting game now - if the pain has not gone in 4 weeks then we have to go to the GP for a fast track referral back to the OS. No rugby for now either ( up side -  I get a lay in on sunday - down side - I swopped all my short sunday shifts for rugb and am now working long saturdays grrr)

Hope you are doing okay today.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 09, 2007, 03:33:43 PM
Anja,
Its always something.  Soounds like you and your son may have a few more lay ins....trying to keep a teenager down must be a task.

I still  can't believe you walked up 50 stairs, maybe a hot bath and a deep muscle massage?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 09, 2007, 03:42:44 PM
LOL Bonnie
I have to kick him out of bed every morning!

Bath sounds good - got to do the ironing now - have to confess that I have been catnapping nearly all day - I put the heating on and sat watching daytime tv and that was it............... :) must have needed it!

Have a good day!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: e.lynch on January 09, 2007, 03:57:20 PM
Hi:  I am kinda new to the board and have been "talking" to Anja quite a bit.  I had tkr in june as well.  I am on pain meds still 2 tabs in the morning and again mid to late afternoon.  It is oxycodone. 5 mg. each.  Seems that i have soft tissue inflammation around the new knee.  The pain is incredible.  I have a knee brace that goes from my thigh to my ankle and locked so that my knee does not bend.  Is this the kind of pain you are going through.  I read Anja going up 50 stairs, i dont think i could do it.  My job i sit on my butt all day typing.  Dont quite know if this is good or bad.  Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
Ellenmarie


darn right Janet!

I actually had to take 2 lots of tramadol today - that's 6 months post op - my knee was just horrible today - might be all the steps I had to climb yesterday - about 50 of them and very steep - had no trouble at the time just must have been too much ???
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 09, 2007, 04:12:00 PM
Anja,  if anybody does, you sure deserve to catnap on your days off. Enjoy what you can in between your chores.

Ellenmarie,
I'm 3 months post-op, but have no knowledge of what you are going through.  Considering your pain level, maybe another trrip to your OS for an x-ray and update.
Sorry, I don't have any anwers
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 09, 2007, 07:06:55 PM
Hi Ellenmarie - good to see you agan - hey they climb up the steps was amazing at the time but paying for it now! :( Done virtually nothing today so will be fit for work tomorrow.

I don't think I could sit on my bum all day, but then I have never had a sitting down job - quite fancy an office job sometimes! I do think walking around a lot helps keep my leg on the move. Can you drive with this knee brace on?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: e.lynch on January 09, 2007, 11:28:52 PM
Yes i can drive wth the knee brace, alot it is a little difficult.  I have been faithfully wearing the brace but cannot find my cane.  I think one of the kids was playing with it and now it is no where in site.  I am curious on what days and hours you work.  Do you work one day on and one day off?  the sitting down job is okay but it seems like lately all the attorneys are going through pms at the same time and they are making me very stressed.
Ellenmarie
Hi Ellenmarie - good to see you agan - hey they climb up the steps was amazing at the time but paying for it now! :( Done virtually nothing today so will be fit for work tomorrow.

I don't think I could sit on my bum all day, but then I have never had a sitting down job - quite fancy an office job sometimes! I do think walking around a lot helps keep my leg on the move. Can you drive with this knee brace on?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on January 09, 2007, 11:43:18 PM
Ellenmarie:

My pain is different than yours. I also have a desk job, and hope to return to work at about the three month mark. Time will tell. My previous OS told me that going from sitting to standing and back is very hard on the knee because it is loading and unloading during those activities. I don't know how that relates to people with TKRs, but it makes sense that it would still hold true for the muscles. But you're in a brace, so I don't know...

Do you have a pain management doctor? If you are still in "incredible" pain, perhaps you need different meds to handle your pain. I just read an article on pain, and it was interesting to hear that it is better to treat pain than "tough it out" because the body makes a "path" from the nerve to the brain. Even after the pain is treated, if the pain was there too long, the brain still uses the "path" and you still can feel the pain....thus, chronic pain. I know in my case we needed to interrup the paths from the nerves to the brain to get my pain under control. My OS had no idea how to treat this (as he said, he knows a lot about knees but not about pain), so he referred me right away. It's something you might consider.

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: e.lynch on January 10, 2007, 01:15:09 AM
Thanks for the advice.  What exactly is a pain management doctor and how do they go about treating you.
Ellenmarie
Ellenmarie:

My pain is different than yours. I also have a desk job, and hope to return to work at about the three month mark. Time will tell. My previous OS told me that going from sitting to standing and back is very hard on the knee because it is loading and unloading during those activities. I don't know how that relates to people with TKRs, but it makes sense that it would still hold true for the muscles. But you're in a brace, so I don't know...

Do you have a pain management doctor? If you are still in "incredible" pain, perhaps you need different meds to handle your pain. I just read an article on pain, and it was interesting to hear that it is better to treat pain than "tough it out" because the body makes a "path" from the nerve to the brain. Even after the pain is treated, if the pain was there too long, the brain still uses the "path" and you still can feel the pain....thus, chronic pain. I know in my case we needed to interrup the paths from the nerves to the brain to get my pain under control. My OS had no idea how to treat this (as he said, he knows a lot about knees but not about pain), so he referred me right away. It's something you might consider.

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 10, 2007, 10:35:26 PM
Anja, good luck to us on our OS appointments tomorrow!

How is your son doing?

take care everyone,
bonnie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 10, 2007, 10:48:01 PM
HI Bonnie - hope you are having a good day!

Yep OS tomorrow.

My son was feeling much better today he actually walked from college to my workplace today for lunch - about 2 miles - I was suprised to see him there but he said that walking on a flat even path was ok - just uphill/downhill/stairs were uncomfortable
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 10, 2007, 10:51:14 PM
Anja,
like mother, like son  :)  glad he's doing better.  what about you?

I had a good day, a little pampering - a mani and a pedi before my trip.  Almost finished packing.

take care
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 10, 2007, 11:00:45 PM
yeah much better today thanks - hey where are you going on your trip - you must have told us - but I am not great at remembering these things. When are you going to be back - should I house sit for you - could do with  ;D ;D ;Dsome warm weather!!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 11, 2007, 12:35:24 AM
Anja,
It's possible I never said that I was going anywhere as we just decided 10 days ago.  My husband's family (mother, father, sister, brother-in-law (Scotish) and 1 1/2 year old niece live in San Juan, Puerto Rico, so we will be surprising my in-laws, sister in law is in on it.  Also, an aunt & uncle will be visiting Puerto Rico from Columbia, South America, so it will be quite the reunion.  The last time we were there was for our niece/goddaughters baptism last March.
We fly out tomorrow at 8 pm and return Monday evening.  I would love for you to house sit, would you mind taking care of the animals while your here??  I am sending you warmth and sunshine...
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on January 11, 2007, 08:03:09 PM
Bonnie:

Have a wondeful vacation. Soak up the sun!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 11, 2007, 08:13:56 PM
wow you lucky thing Bonnie - hope you have a great time - make sure you've got those meds and do your exercises! ;D

I am on my way - don't mind animals at all - like sunshine even more - can I bring Hop with me - she needs cheering up.

Will you be online while you are away?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 11, 2007, 10:03:39 PM
Just finished all my odds &ends and finally sat down for a breather while I wait for hubby to pick me up to go to the airport.

Of course Hop can come, I can imaging the trouble the two of you would get into! Hi there Hop, what's gooing on?

 I have all my meds, I think I will need them, even though I've explained to my sister-in-law that I'm still a bit limited, she has planned several trips already  :)

I probably won't be on-line (kneegeeks) , but I will have e-mail thru my phone, if you feel like dropping me a line.

Janet, funny thing is I live in a year round in a hot, humid & sunny climate, but you would never know it by looking at me, I'm white as a ghost - thanks!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 11, 2007, 10:07:30 PM
Hop and me trouble? you must be thinking of some other people ;D

You do have a pool don't you?

Have a fantastic time!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 11, 2007, 10:10:01 PM
Oh yeah, had my 3 month check up with my OS today.  He was very pleased, even though I need lots more strenghtening and said that he "was very proud of me" considering the 2 previous incisions and all of the scar tissue.  So that part was very good.  He said that the pain I'm feeling in my hip is not my hiip, but he believes it is a nerve being presssed coming from my L5 vertabrae, where I have a herniated disc.  He thinks I need another pain block and I've already got a call into the spine OS - it's always something.

Anja, what about you?  Any answers?

yes to the pool, you can watch the sun set from my little balcony, yup must be thinking of other people
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 11, 2007, 10:16:41 PM
here it is - copied from my post op thread - glad you are doing good Bonnie - he might be right about another block - worth a try!

The bitch from hell at work got  her fortune read today    she was nice as pie after - watch this space - and I'll watch my back!!

Okay heres what  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

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  - due to being so active so................utmost respect for my knee!
Came out of there grinning like a cheshire cat

DISCHARGED   
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 16, 2007, 03:46:51 PM
Hi Ms. Discharged!
thanks for re-posting for me.  That is awesome news!

Is the bitch from hell still on her best behavior?

Got back from Puerto Rico last night, had a wonderful time.  The hotel was perfect.  Our niece is adorable and we learned that she will have a baby sister or brother in about 7 months! We ate and ate...
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 16, 2007, 07:40:44 PM
hey Bonnie - glad you had a great time - and came back with such lovely news!

Bitch from Hell was unnervingly nice today ::)

How did you get on with the airport security and the flight - was there enough leg room?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 17, 2007, 03:44:35 PM
Anja,
What does the bitch from hell have up her sleeve?????? Watch your back.

Even with my short legs, not really a lot of leg room.  I do many ankle pumps and even though its a short flight (2 hrs 20 minutes) I got up twice to go to the bathroom whether I needed to or not.

Airport security - before walking thu the metal detector I tell them and they have me walk next to the dectector to the area for searching and guess what?  even walking next to the dectector, it goes off - hubbie had a good laugh watching everyones face.  Then the pat down - oh well, something we all have to get used to.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 17, 2007, 06:23:40 PM
bonnie you are a terrorist. come on admit it  ;D  just joking.   We are just special now.   

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 17, 2007, 06:38:07 PM
yes, we are very special...spread your legs, arms out, palms up...lol
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 17, 2007, 07:26:37 PM
my os gave me a letter for the airport security people - not intending flying till next year so will prob have lost it by then!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 19, 2007, 03:06:26 PM
Anja,
i have a card from Zimmer that my OS signed and dated, but airport security don't even care to see it.  I'm told that since 9/11 they still do the search.  Have fun the first time you fly  :)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on January 19, 2007, 04:43:51 PM
Hey girls

We are all special

Special Needs! Tee Hee

I CAN'T BELIEVE I missed the house sitting with Anj, gutted! And yes we would have been trouble! Tee Hee!
Lots of white wine, ice cream, giggles and playing with the hanimals! (I call them hanimals!)

Have you had any news on your herniated disc, now that sounds painful! You did bloody well sitting on a plane! Well done you!
I'm 6 feet tall so always have a problem on planes I never know where to put my legs! Tee Hee! Glad you had such a lovely break away from home.

It's good to be back talking to you guys, I promise not to be a grumpy pants, sulky face again

xx
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 19, 2007, 04:53:09 PM
Hop,
You can be a grumpy pants anytime you need to be - that's what we're here for, that and a few laughs!

You, Anj & the hanimals would have had a blast!

I have an appt with the spine/back OS on Jan. 30.  My knee OS thinks it could be coming from a nerve in my lower back ......???????

Wow, I'm 5"4' and don't know where to put my stumpy little legs on the plane, can't imagine you sitting there like a pretzel?!?!?!

How is Oshe?

Good to hear from you. 
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 19, 2007, 09:05:14 PM
ha ha I like that - pretzel!! hee hee

When we came back from The Gambia we swore that we would NEVER fly again unless we had extra leg room - hubbie is 6ft and son taller, I am only 5'9 but still need the extra leg room! - but they are good to me - I always get the isle seat! - When we came back from Jamaica we had so much leg space that I was able to sleep on the floor in front of our seats! amazing.

Any how Pretzel face - it is bang out of order you disappearing off the site like this and I think you should pay us more attention even if you are having a whinge ;D 'cos we can whinge just as well as you - so you tell your boss you need knee geek site time in your workload!

Have a great weekend everyone - and think of me working my big butt of tomorrow! - that was an official whinge!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 20, 2007, 01:29:48 AM
Hop,
I agree with Anja - you MUST pay more attention to us no matter how you're feeling or how hard you're working!!!!!!  :)

Anja, where is the Gambia? Just not very good at geography. 
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 20, 2007, 06:08:21 PM
Hi Bonnie

Gambia is a tiny country in West Africa. Lovely and HOT!!!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 20, 2007, 06:21:09 PM
Hi Grumpy Pants, Princess Anja and Queen Bonnie,

(http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/africa/site/images/country/gambia.jpg)

I had no clue where Gambia is. So I googled it.

So what kinda of stuff did you do in Gambia.  

Who would have thought we are working on our geography  on a knee site.     Personally,  I have grown this week.  I can find Kent on a map  and can point out the spot Grump Pants lives.  I have forgotten the name of the place already.  

I saw this thing last night on PBS.  They actually show news around the world.   Ice ice ice.   in poland .. and england and all other chilly places.  

I had a bit of snow yesterday morning first of the year.   Going to PT down six steps out of my house..  I was looking for a quad cane.  (fear fear fear)  by the time I came home it melted.    Ofcourse its a super power to have a hot knee and one of the reasons I feel that NJ has missed most of the ice age that is going on through out most of the United States.

I was playing with my Kyro cuff tons all through the night and am noticing my calf area has quite atrophyed since I can place quiet a bit of that velcro band around the calf area.     Plus my quad is getting ever the bit smaller.*** Can I ask all of our UK posters to say *** "Ever the bit smaller****   I am thinking of the phrase being said in a manchester accent and it really sounds elegant in my mind.    ( I have no idea what I just wrote and oddly you all have to suffer the insanity of it all)


Oh .  The link below is  a deer going over an ice pond with the help of a helicopter wind.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60r9O6wKej8
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 20, 2007, 07:55:27 PM
Hi Annie - I think you may be losing your grip!

I don't even know how to do a Manchester accent! - I  don't think I have an accent - seen Bridgette Jones diary? - I sould like her - just English! even though some people I know ask if I have some Australian in me? erm NO, just English.

In Gambia we went on a Cruise up the River Gambia, a truck safari and a very early morning bird watching tour in a tiny rowing boat - Gambia is well known for birds. The rest of the time we spent lazing on the beach ( having been stung by a Portuguese Man of war Jelly Fish on the third day) and in the pools. It was VERY hot and lovely ;D

princess!

hmm so what is your new Title?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 21, 2007, 06:14:45 PM
Annie, either you have waaaay too much time on your hand or waaaay too many pain meds...or a little of both  :)

Yeah, who are you in all this?????

Loved Bridget Jones' diary.

Gambia sounds awesome, except for the jellyfish.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: surprise on January 21, 2007, 08:59:10 PM
hi girls/guys

been reading these postings with laughter and wanted to join in the fun, sitting here in cast.

All your recoveries and all your chat has cheered me up when I was just pondering the 1 more week to dooms day when I see my OC and he tells me whether or not the surgery (HTO OW) has worked....  but you know what.....?

After reading your TKR/A postings I'm thinking .... what the heck.... so what If I have to join the club.... it sounds fun!  Your all doing great. 

Anja... which consultant are you under?  I'm under T Briggs..... ????  would be great to link with you .... as we are both in the UK.  me being in Hampshire though.

best wishes to you all
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 21, 2007, 09:10:22 PM
Hi Surprise!

Glad you are enjoying your time here!

How did the HTO go ?

I am under Mr Gibb in Tunbridge wells - where are you in Hampshire?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 21, 2007, 10:34:26 PM
Hey Surprise.

Welcome to Club Recovery.   All metal bits welcomed. 

 I bought some  new granny compression stockings Thigh high and black.   I am staying away from all salt.   I see my kidney bean doctor next month.   My normal GP next month.  And my OS on Friday. Although I am thinking that if i am Missy puffy legs and arms and boobies..  I will call tomorrow and see If I can come in after PT torture.

I picked up my glucose strips and diabetic pills today..  My Glucose was 100 this morning.  My Blood pressure was 128/78 .  My Temp was 98.7
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 22, 2007, 05:57:20 PM
annie, are you due for your period?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 22, 2007, 06:41:36 PM
Not for another 9 days if things are still on track. 

I called my OS office and spoke with his intern Ron.   I have an appointment for tomorrow.  He mentioned something about not being as active at night but wants to check my arm.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 22, 2007, 06:46:08 PM
Good to be proactive.  Keep us posted.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 22, 2007, 06:49:22 PM
Thought I just lost my post, but didin't...always happens when its a long one, oh well.

Tomorrow for the first time, I am going into my office for a few hours and hopefully again on thursday, I'm a little nervous because it's so easy to get sucked in, but I need to start billing again, so wish me good luck.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 22, 2007, 06:54:33 PM
Bonnie

I was wondering when you were going to start back in..    Please only do a few hours.   Do not haul any heavy boxes. :)

Wishing you well ...  The party is over huh...  The real world is awaiting.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 22, 2007, 07:09:34 PM
thanks annie.  as you well know, it's no party, but yes reality is setting in...omg!

I promise, no heavy lifting & only a few hours.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on January 22, 2007, 07:21:37 PM
Bonnie:

Good luck at work! I'll be interested in hearing how it goes. What do you do in your job?

I am also thinking about going back to work. I drove for the first time yesterday, so I don't have that excuse any more! I think I'll try a "trial run" next week to say hello to everyone and see how I do. I absolutely hate the idea of seeing people for the first time..."Oh, it's so good to see you!" and "How are you doing?" and such, so this would get a lot of that out of the way. Then I'll try to work a few hours a couple of afternoons to start, then slowly add hours until I'm back full time.

I've always planned to try to return to work at the beginning of February. But now that it's here, I'd rather stay home!  I'm really surprised I don't have cabin fever. Maybe it's the cold and gloomy days. But I really don't look forward to going back to work, even though I love my job and really enjoy the company of the people I work with. Oh well, a return to a normal schedule will probably be good.

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 22, 2007, 07:26:49 PM
First few days back will be tuff no doubt..    But knowing you had the TKR we know you are made of strong stuff. 

   I thought I would term yours a party since you got felt up by airport people a few times.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 22, 2007, 07:32:23 PM
Annie, you have a stange idea of a party  ;D

Janet, I am feeling exactly the same.  I don't have cabin fever at all and am wondering how I will manage the few things i'm doing in additon to work.  I'm a paralegal in a law firm, lots of deadlines, lots of stress.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 22, 2007, 07:55:14 PM
Hi Bonnie
Good Luck back at work! - Believe me - you will be absolutely shattered the first couple of weeks!
anja
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 23, 2007, 12:14:12 AM
thanks... ;)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 23, 2007, 08:19:31 AM
oops sorry, just a warning to take it easy - I went back and was supposed to be part time - didn't happen!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on January 23, 2007, 09:51:23 PM
Yeah, thanks Anja!

I just had an e-mail from my boss and, of course, he is ecstatic I am coming back to work. He vows that  he'll try to keep the workload light, and says I should always let them know when enough is enough. Right now I am planning to start with a couple of afternoons the week of February 12. I have to work around a person who has taken over some of my tasks and needs to be at my desk on Wednesday and Thursday until I'm ready to work full days (we have a publishing deadline each week).

My gosh, I guess this really is going to happen! I better "enjoy" my last days of being home. I know once I get back I will "get back into it" and get back to full-time pretty quickly. No....I don't want to grow up and be an adult with responsibilities (lol)!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 23, 2007, 10:22:08 PM
by the time you have been back a day they will forget that you have just had major surgery and so will you to some extent and next thing you know you are back to doing exactly the same as before the knee op!

I still have to reming my boss to pick heavy things up for me - actually I have to remind myself - I work with a really good friend and she is always remindin me and the others though!

Good luck when you go back!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 24, 2007, 12:39:22 AM
OMG, I worked 5 hours today and it felt like 12! I'm taking tomorrow off and going back on Thursday...I need to rest.  :)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 24, 2007, 04:46:32 AM
Bonnie,

I am so happy you are listening to your body and taking a day of rest.  It is a big step getting back to work and I bet it feels good.    Congrats on your achievement to be on the other other  ]side of your TKR experience.  ;D 
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on January 24, 2007, 12:05:07 PM
Hey Bonnie

Hey you, congratulations on getting back to work. You go girl - but you go girl gently!!!

Hopx
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 24, 2007, 02:51:31 PM
Thanks guys!  It's now the morning after and I feel as if I had two intense PT sessions back to back, wow, who knew? 

But even though I sit at a desk, running into my coworkers and standing in the hall catching up, plus my computer died, so I had to use a computer in an empty office and kept walking back and forth between the 2 offices, hopefully my computer will be fixed by thursday.

I will keep you updated, I will go gently and glowingly.....
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on January 24, 2007, 09:12:08 PM
Bonnie:

Well, at least you've gotten through your first day back and all the catching up with everyone. I think you're smart not to try two days in a row. No matter how much we tell ourselves we'll take it easy when we go back, we don't want to be rude to anyone and it's hard to say "enough." Take care of yourself!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 24, 2007, 09:32:10 PM
Hi Bonnie - congratulations on your return to work - bet they were glad to see you! - Take it easy.
anj
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 26, 2007, 12:59:08 AM
Hi Janet,
Today was work day # 2...4 1/2 hours, then PT.  I have a doctors appt tomorrow morning at 9:30 and maybe I will go into the office for a bit, depending on how I feel tomorrow.  I will play it by ear.

Have a good night and stay warm.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 27, 2007, 11:07:30 PM
Well, a small bump in the road...found out yesterday that I have a polyp in my uterus that needs to come out.  So I'm scheduled for 2/16 which is a friday, and that Monday is a U. S. holiday (Presidents Day) so I will have an extra day to recuperate.
Not exactly in my plans, but could have been worse...

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 28, 2007, 07:51:48 PM
Wow Bonnie - you are having a right old fixing up session now!  Hope all goes well!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 28, 2007, 09:32:33 PM
Bonnie,

Oh wow, You know you are in my thoughts and prayers.   I hope this gets sorted out quickly and you find yourself back to wellness soon.

Hugs
Anne
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on January 29, 2007, 04:58:16 PM
Hi Bonnie

Fancy growing that inside you! I reckon you fancy your doctor! Just kidding. Will you be in as a day patient?

Sorry to hear your news dalrin'. Perhaps if we all got together we could make one good body out of us!

Big hugs
Hop x
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on January 29, 2007, 05:23:34 PM
Bonnie: I'm sorry it justs seems to be one thing after another. I hope this isn't a big deal for you. I think I would scream if I found out anything else that needed to be dealt with right now. I'm getting tired of my knee now. I'm ready to return to "normal"! I know it's too early for me to expect that yet, but I can dream! Anyway, good luck to you...with your knee, your polyp, your work, everything!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 30, 2007, 01:19:21 AM
Thanks girls. 

It will be outpatient, the whole thing is 30 minutes, I'll be home before I know it. 

Hop, how funny - one good body out of all of us...this body needs lots of help.

Janet, it will happen, I promise.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 30, 2007, 07:43:02 PM
Hey Hop is mad! - one good body out of all of us! - think we might have an excess of left legs!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 30, 2007, 08:39:48 PM
Sounds creepy now..  all these abandoned left legs creeping about behind a closed door.
oh sure there are excess left legs. 

Janet- Sorry you are not feeling back to normal yet. 

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on January 30, 2007, 10:07:14 PM
I can help with a left leg. About now, you can have it! I guess I'm feeling cranky today.

Today was my "trial run" to work. I drove myself(!) and took my lunch to say hello and eat with my work friends. It's about a 25 minute drive and I stayed a little more than an hour. That was enough. It's clear I'm not ready to return to work this week. I'm glad I put it off a couple of weeks. But it was good to see my friends and see what my office looks like!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 30, 2007, 10:17:40 PM
Janet,
Smart to make a trial run of it and now you won't need to feel guilty.

My left is now my "good" knee, so I have a right knee to add to the pile...

And there's more...Just came from the spinal surgeon (my OS referred me back to the spinal OS because of my hip and back pain).  Seems like I have bursitis in my hip which got inflamed doing PT.  I aslo have a herniated disc with disc space worsening that is also causing pain an could be pressing on a nerve, so I will continue with PT and sees the spinal OS in 6 weeks.  We will then discuss whether or not it is something I can live with.  He explained that 95 % of all surgery he does is minimially invasive. 
Time will tell.  Maybe when I'm all done, I will have a truly bionic body.  :)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on January 31, 2007, 02:23:03 PM
OMG Bonnie, will you stop already! You're just showing off now with all of these ailments!  ;)

Psst, girls, come here don't let Bonnie hear....Do you think she really is having an affair with someone from the orthopeadic office?

Seriously though I really hope PT can improve any symptoms that you are feeling. I thought we'd all have to be old ladies before all this popped up! Ah well, we must be special.....(needs!)

Annie - Anj  - Bonnie - Spare left leg pile! Laugh I almost peed my knickers!!!  :) ;) :D ;D

Janet - Glad you are testing out your capabilities rather than jumping straight back into it (like Anj did - tell tom tit I know! Tee Hee)

Bonnie - Last Jan I had some abnormal cells lazered off from my cervix, was awake, only took about 10 mins and then done! It hurt a bit but nothing compares to a full knee and tibia dislocation!! I reckon I could squeeze out a sprog now ...easy......
*Crosses legs and pulls face like sucking a lemon!*

Happy Days

Hop  ;D
Oh yea - Annie - DOn't let them screw you out of money, go get em girl!  ;)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on January 31, 2007, 05:49:54 PM
Psst, girls, come here don't let Bonnie hear....Do you think she really is having an affair with someone from the orthopeadic office?
*Crosses legs and pulls face like sucking a lemon!*

Hop to Bonnie..  My OS is so hot. He taught me this lemon trick.
Bonnie to HOP.   Lemon trick hmmmm.   (Dangles her Right leg)
Hop dials Bonnies OS .. No No no.. She really wants more.. book her for some of that back work Her legs are tired.  Can she get a discount ?  Wink wink wink . She knows people at the airport.   


Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on January 31, 2007, 06:55:26 PM
Annie, Hop,
think I just PIMP! You 2 are a hoot!  If you must know, both OS's are in totally different offices, but are friends, both are married and neither is hot...so there.
The shot seems to have worked a bit, just a bit sore from the injection - PT later today, we'll see.

Better get back to work ???
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on January 31, 2007, 08:34:50 PM
You all make me laugh! (Well, not you, Bonnie....your continuing soap opera of problems makes me sad...but more about that in a minute.) I can always use a good chuckle, and you provided one today. Just the thought of the "lemon pucker!" I can just picture it.

Bonnie, sorry about your hip bursitis and all. I developed bursitis in my heal last spring. I have a feeling it's not that unusual for PT to lead to another problem. After all, we've all been compensating for our bad leg for so long, who knows what we've done to our bodies? At least that answers your sore hip question. Last spring, I developed heal bursitis on my good side and a problem at the joint of the big toe on the other foot. It really, really hurt! I had all kinds of treatments, and we eventually got it to a fairly manageable place. But it was all because of the way I was walking, and it wasn't going to go away until I got my knee fixed. Right now, everything feels fine (well, I get a little twinge of the bursitis sometimes). Being off my feet for so long and all the pain meds have helped. Now it will be interesting to see what happens as I return to "normal." Hope they get it all sorted out for you.

So everybody, tune in tomorrow for the next episode of of the soap opera, "As Bonnie's Day Turns".

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on January 31, 2007, 09:06:07 PM
Yay! Hop Can I be Godmother PLEASE !! hee hee!!

wow lots of knicker wetting going on here - you must have all caught my water infection - ha ha! but I didn't PMP!

Bonnie - seriously sorry you have more probs. Hopefully you will get sorted this year - and if you have an OS like mine - you would have an affair with him! ;D

Oh and all the rest of you - watch out - I reckon that Bonnie is gonna have the lions share!!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on February 01, 2007, 04:04:33 AM
Sucking on lemons, knicker wetting, affairs with OS's, spare pile of legs, foot bursitis, hip bursitis - what a group - at least we're laughing.

I had my pity party yesterday, over it now, one day at a time.  Planning a mini vacation for end of May, keeping me busy researching.

thanks girls!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 01, 2007, 09:59:01 AM
Hello you lovely lot

I had a thought last night, it hurt a bit cos I think the tramadol are killing off my brain cells! Tee hee!

Can we make a pact........if any of us win the lottery, for us all to agree to pay for us all to meet somewhere really lovely for a long weekend? I reckon we would have a real hoot us girls together, the walking wounded's weekend away! We'd have to make sure the men in white coats were bribed not to ttake us away, lock us up and throw away the key! That's if we all manage to get through airport security! The scanner thingies would be buzzing all over the place with all of our hardware!  ;) ;D

Bonnie - ooo mini break, sounds like a great plan, where are you thinking of hun? You deserve a bit of time out.
(What Bonnie is failing to tell us is that he OS is really a Brad Pitt look a like and he's organinsing it!) Ok, enough already of the OS jokes! I've missed something here, what shot did you have? I didn't want to be serious asking you stuff yesterday cos you were a bit down (you're allowed btw ;) hence being a dafty pants! Oshe is sending you a paddy paw stroke better and Im sending you a huggle snuggle!

Annie - You are absolutely crackers! ;D Love it! Tee Hee! I'm dangling my good right leg in your honour! *Dangle Dangle*

Janet - You are Bonnie are gunna have to explain to me what a bursitis is? Is it like a pussy sack thing? I'm probably way off!
You had the painful toe thing that I have! I'm not alone and a freak! (Who am I trying to kid!) Im so pleased that having time out has helped with the related issues. Just make sure you ease yourself in gently and you don't start running before you can walk. It's so important that you walk carefully until you can walk properly so you don't awaken these related issues again. Blimey - I'm sooo bossy!  ;)

Hey Anj - How are you chicken chops? (Hee Hee! Don't know why I like saying that!) You couldn't possibly be a godmother, aren't they supposed to have warts and smell of wee! (Beside I'm not having kids, too old now and have a knackered leg!)

Talking of smelling, I made an error of dramatic proportion this morning! I forgot it was Thursday and washing hair morning! So now I have grandad head! (Old man smelling hair!) Anyone fancy frying chips on my head! (Eugh!) Going to have to go home at lunch time and wash it!  - Really didn't need to share that did I!  - BTW it's 2 days old not washed on my last birthday! lol

Happy Days and hugs to the nice clean people who have washed their hair and themselves today!

Hop x

Blimey that was an essay!  ;)



Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 01, 2007, 09:32:14 PM
The bursa is what cushions the tendon and thereby helps prevent friction between the tendon and the bone.  Unfortunately, constant rubbing of the tendon over the bone with high amounts of repetitive arm, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle motion can lead to enough friction of the bursa itself to cause the inflammation and irritation of the bursa called bursitis.  For example, a person who throws a ball too many times at one interval may begin to cause this friction process in the shoulder or elbow.  Another way that bursitis occurs is when compression of the bursa happens on a regular basis, such as a side sleeper who places a lot of shoulder or hip pressure when they lay down for long periods.  In this case it would not take too much movement of this already compressed area to cause friction of the bursa.

Crap pains go away.

(http://www.interbridge.com/weblog/images/spector.jpg)   Poor Hop


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Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on February 02, 2007, 04:10:46 AM
Hop,
you just crack me up!!!!!  i absolutely promise that if I win the lottery, I promise to pay for us to all meet somewhere...what a hoot that would be....
Janet, Anja, Annie, Hop where should we meet if we win the lottery?

I had a shot of cortisone in my hip bursa. As Annie explained,  A bursa is a closed fluid-filled sac that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between tissues of the body. The major bursae are located adjacent to the tendons near the large joints, such as the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees. When the bursa becomes inflamed, the condition is known to as "bursitis."

Don't really think that it worked though...I worked longer than I should have today (7.5 hours) and my hip is killing me.

Hop, you are not a freak, maybe you have bed head, but definetly not a freak..hope you washed your hair by now  :)

Hope all of you are doing well and getting ready for the weekend.

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on February 02, 2007, 05:43:14 PM
If we win the lottery, we should definitely meet somewhere warm where we can sit by the pool and have a cute pool boy bring us lots of drinks with little umbrellas in them. Then we can get massages....manicures...pedicures....and more drinks with little umbrellas. And of course dinner with big desserts!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 02, 2007, 06:01:37 PM
vegas
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 02, 2007, 06:04:45 PM
Hello my lovlies

Annie I loved the picture of the dodgy Barnet! (Hair!) Tee Hee! Needless to say I washed it! Those birsitis sond horrid! My mum says those cortisone injections are a bitch too! I do so hope that it helped Bonnie.

Now young Bonnie - seven and a half hour day, you are VERY naughty! BE CAREFUL!!!!! Bossy bit over!!  ;)

I was fortunate enough to go to Mauritius a few years ago and it was amazing, perhaps there would be a good place for WW club! That's what I've named us...The Walking Wounded club! Tee Hee! I've also always wanted to go to Rome???? What an exciting thought eh! You never know, however we have to play to win, I do so fingers crossed. I like the sound of the pool service Janet! Massage pool side with a cocktail...dream dream dream....

WHERE'S ANJA???
 :'(

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, I'm sat on my sofa with a bottle of beer (ran out of wine!) spag bol is on the stove ready for Tigger and friends coming round later and Oshe is doing his SAS tactics with the metal bottle top in the kitchen stopping occasionally to shout at it!

Happy Days and hugs for the WWC!

Hop  ;D


Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 02, 2007, 06:06:46 PM
Hey Annie

I spent 2 whole weeks in Vegas in 2001! (Honeymoon with horrid x husband!) Great place but have seen every inch of it, it's flat which is good and we must consider that but very expensive...
Did you know all the carpets on the floors in the casions are purposely horrid so it makes you look up at the tables anf gambling machines...also their are no clocks in any of them!!

How are you today anyway Annie?

x
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 02, 2007, 06:25:28 PM
Me again...sorry!

Annie you're NJ! I spent a couple of months there in a place called Moorestown, lovely state.
Just wondering if you've ever ventured upto Coney Island, I love that place! That roller coaster was positively the scariest I've ever been on, rickerty and old but FAB!

Hop x
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 02, 2007, 06:41:16 PM
I think Moorestown is the one in South Jersey.   I am near Newark and (Giant's stadium)  about five miles and one hour from New York sh*tty .

I am feeling crap today.  I just got back from PT and my extenstion was not at zero so I got manipulated by the PT. She basicly put her full weight down slowly on my leg to make it straight today.   All this week my extension was fine..and really for weeks I had no beef with extenstion.  So now I am a crab ass.  I also had to listen to this old lady bitch about how her friend went to this doctor in NYC at the hospital for special surgery and how she had a OS walk out on her.  Mid visit.  Than she  in a catty way said that she didnt keep up with her fitness and brought a replacement upon herself.  The sort of crap you dont want to hear when someone is doing wresting moves on your leg to pin it down to the matt.

I been to Coney Island many a time and yes that rollercoaster is rickety and I think that is what gives it edge.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on February 03, 2007, 03:34:29 AM
Hi Girls,

A Greek island for me...

Annie, so sorry you're feeling crappy today, hope tomorrow is a better one.  PT is tough.

Janet, I love your idea if we win the lottery, sounds great to me!

Hop, Even though I live in Florida now, I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Coney Island is a community in Brooklyn.  The roller coaster is called the Cyclone which was in Astoland Amusement Park.

"Jack and Irving Rosenthal paid $100,000 to build the Cyclone in 1927. It has been National Landmark since 1991. The Cyclone is one of the last wooden roller coasters in the United States and a symbol of classic Coney Island as America's Playground."

I'm such a chicken, I rode it once - never again for me. 

Hop, what did you do in NJ, if you don't mind me asking?  BTW, where is Mauritius?

It's Superbowl weekend here and the traffic is out of hand! 

My gyno's office called today to say they needed to reschedule the procedure to remove my polyp to another day - a week after we scheduled it, the nerve...it's screwed everything up and I need to figure out when to reschedule, grrrrrh

Enjoy the weekend WWC's.


Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 03, 2007, 04:46:12 AM
HI all

Bonnie I hope you are doing well in FL.    I saw there had been a few tornado's.  I am pretty sure not near you but I hope you are ok.  Let us know what day you are having your procedure.  :)  It is very crappy that your plans are all changed now.   We can pelt that Gyn with lemons.

Funny I was thinking about the side shows they had on the boardwalk.  Anyone else ever see them?

I joined the Superbowl pool at PT. ( My new work enviroment ) one of those pick the boxes and they deal cards and well I loose $10.00. :)   So my small contribution on trying for a group trip.
Makia Sou -    Greece would be a hoot to see.   I keep seeking this show called globe trekker on TV and they went to Venice.  The gondaleers had this race on who could go the fastest.  These men are hot hot hot..   They also had a thing about St Mark Square on how the Ventians stole a saints body and wrapped it in bacon to get it out some part of infidel territory and how st Mark's symbol is a lion.   My small insignificant contribution for the night


Hey where is Anja ?  Is she ok ?

Hoppy did you work in NJ?    Hoppy - I do not remember what you do...  I am thinking it is somthing with water..  I could be vastly wrong.


Annie






Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on February 03, 2007, 04:57:46 AM
Hey Annie,
Thank goodness I'm about 4 hours from where the Tornados were (not far from Orlando).  actually my friends parents live in the town (Lady Lake) that was hit the worst, but thankfully that live on the other side of town and still even have power.

As soon as I figure out the new date for my procedure, I'll let you know, I had it planned for the friday of presidents weekend so that I wouldn't have to take more time off of work.  I was so pissed off I couldn't even talk to the person that called me, she said she found out a couple of days ago...then why did she wait so long to call????

Coney Island had sideshows and carnival games, one summer I worked at one of those games - my friends dad owned a few game concessions, it was fun!

A friend of Anja's son was killed in a car crash and needless to say her son was very upset,  Anja attended a church service with him, today or yesterday.  Horrible.

Hope your feeling better
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 05, 2007, 04:21:51 AM
This is what I found when I googled your topic bonnie :)   Your a google star!!!

Did you mean: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 101006 LTKR   


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Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 05, 2007, 12:03:33 PM
Morning everybody

Sorry to hear PT didn't go great Annie, I hate PT too....I gues when I have surgery I expect a magic wand to be waved and for everything to get beter on it's own! Sounded painful the sitting on you bit, I hope she / he wasn't a bit fat mamma! (Your momma's so fat her waist size is the equator!!!) Keep your chin up girl, there will be up and down days.  ;)

Bonnie - sucks about them messing your appointment around. Wanted to ask you something, a friend of mine has to have polyps removed too but first has to have a hormone implant put under her skin that brings on the menopause to thin the lining of the womb for it's scrape as well as polyp removal, just wondering if you've heard of that? Men get it sooo easy!

My US experiences stem from a 6 month backpacking adventure back when I was 24, (over 10 years ago now!) I traveled to and through 27 different states. Spent time in Moorestown NJ, loved NY NY, I cycled from at Avenue to Coney Island through Brooklyn. Long long way and my arse was killing me so took the train back! Just visited Coney for the day, what a great place.
I never made it to Florida, among my favourite places were, San Diego, San Yaun Capistrano and the amazing San Francisco...California, Flagstaff Arizona, Denver Colorado, I could go on and on and on.....

Venice is a lovely place but the men to tourists are rather forward!!!!! It also stinks to high heaven! Very beautiful and amazingly interesting.
When in Mauritius I stayed at the Le Saint Gerain, best hotel I've ever stayed in, needless to say I didn't have to pick up the bill, my x husbands dad paid for his whole family to go for his 60th. More money than sense!

What about a private beach hut in the Maldieves?

Happy Days
Hop
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on February 05, 2007, 05:01:10 PM
Hop: A private beach hut sounds wonderful. Then we wouldn't have to worry about the sun. The way our bodies are, we would all probably get skin cancer someday....and blame it on the wonderful vacation we had with the WWC! Anyway, it sounds like you had a fabulous tour of the US. I've never been to San Francisco, but San Diego is incredible.

Bonnie: I just hate it when appointments are moved. This fall I had a call that they needed to change the date of my TKR. It was planned for Nov. 17 and they wanted it to do it in the middle of October...which was about two weeks away. There was no way! Luckily, it just ended up being moved from a Monday to that Friday. But the whole thing was nervewracking and made me really mad.

Anja: I'm sorry about your son's friend. We've had a similar experience.  It's really hard when a young person dies suddenly. No one expects it. It just doesn't follow the rules of nature, does it? It's hard to know what to say. We're all thinking about you and your son.

As for me, this was the first morning since my TKR on Nov. 17 that I woke up feeling almost "normal." I didn't have to drag myself out of bed! My knee has been really sore all weekend, though, and still is this morning. I have been working hard at walking with a correct gait without my cane (in the house). I haven't walked normally in seven years, so it is a big deal to work on this and my whole leg is responding! Oh well, my mantra is that "it will all be worth it in the end." I sure hope so!

Janet



Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 05, 2007, 06:49:09 PM
Hi Girls

Bonnie - sorry your appt got changed - hate it when they do that!

Janet - hey it's good being normal isn't it!

Hop - my hubbie won't go to Italy - I would love to go there - he keeps saying it's smelly!

Oh I'm up for the Maldives ;D ;D ;D

Annie - is the leg still straight? - we could come and sit on it for you next time!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on February 06, 2007, 01:49:43 AM
A beach hut anywhere sounds fab.

Janet, it takes time, but we do get there.

I just gotta believe that things do happen for a reason...I called to reschedule my procedure only to find out that I will need to take 2 weeks off from therapy after the procedure, now why didn't anyone tell me that before?  So, I guess I will wait until I'm finished with therapy before having it done.

Hop, you've been to more states than I have...cool.

Anja, good to hear from you.

Annie, your thread used to be titled: TKR path again - Hoppy New Knee - Coming Soon DEC 61996 & 2001 , now it's called Gender Solutions...yes or am I totally screwy???

Can't believe this stuff comes up in Google, very bad...got figure out something...a bit freaky.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 06, 2007, 04:21:55 AM
Today the leg was a bit up extenstion wise.  The PT pounded it for a second or two and than decided my hamstring was a better way to torture me ..  I have a black and blue now.   Oh well.  We got to do what we got to do..    Suck it up and get the best we can be time..  .. I keep saying this like one moment I will start believing it ..
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 06, 2007, 11:05:38 AM
Hey WWC

I hope is all ok with my hoppy friends today.
Anj - Good to see you back hun. Posted you a hand made card yesterday...well printed picture form the internet!  ::)

Janet  - I just had an image of us all sat there covered from head to toe in white total block sun lotion, big floppy hats and dark sun glasses! What a picture! Tee Hee. Good to hear you woke up feeling almost normal...now you watch yourself now, you can't be part of the wwc if you're normal!  :) ;) ;D

Hey Bonnie - 2 weeks! I suppose that makes sense to not be doing acrobatics afterwards but you'd think someone would have said something sooner! Ho hum, when is your forecasted date for rehab completion?

Hey Annie - Black and blue, torture? Are you seeing some sort of sadist!!!  ;D I only wish that these PT's gave you a nice massage afterwards with essnetial oils etc! Good news about the extension improving, my mum always says, slowly slowly catch a monkey....goodness knows where that little gem comes from!

Soo, the Maldives is winning so far... (http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=tbn:Upy0hy7zYn2plM:http://www.threebestbeaches.com/maldives/uploaded_images/maldives01-721604.jpg[img])

A far cry from being sat in my office.....dream.....hmmmmmmm.  ;D

Hop x

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 06, 2007, 02:27:38 PM
Hi WWC ;D

Hop! Thank you we got our Hug this morning - lovely surprise - my son thinks we are all mad! Bless him. (we are watching the superbowl at the mo.)

ooh a beach - doesn't Bonnie get this all year round?

Janet - forget the sunblock - going out for a deep golden tan - just so everyone knows where we have been - if we ever go back!

Hey you all know of the bitch from hell - mastered a stroke of genius! - I put her in the Bakery at work 2 days a week and that along iwth her day off and my day off means I only have to work alongside her one day a week! ;D Yeah okay I still have to give her the work each day - but don't have to listen to the non stop bitching! - everyone else gets that!

Hope your office isn't too lonely Hop - or we'll have to have a party there - as long as you are offering more than water to drink!
anj

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 06, 2007, 03:08:03 PM
Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooray

Someone to talk to, hey Anj, only water to drink here Im afraid! There's just about enough room for the WWC to fit in my office though! No sea view though, booo! Tigger just text me a pitcure from the balcony of his hotel room in Portugal, bar steward!!!!!

What a result about bitch chops! That's good management planning! Tee Hee!

Yea let's ditch the sunblock and go for cooking fat! Tee Hee, that's what they put on piglets and that's me!  ;)

Only 1 hour and 50 mins until home time, to an empty house  :'( not really my friend Jane is coming over!  ;D

Hop x


Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 06, 2007, 03:13:46 PM
Hey Hopppyyyyy

your tigger is so inconsiderate - he should have taken both of us ;D ;D with him! - then we could have looked after the beach during the day and kept him company at night  :ooops that is you keep him company at night - I will bring my hubbie and he could get us drinks on the beach during the day ;D

I am meant to be doing my ironing and stuff - just didn't get around to it :o ::) ah well - another week in fleeces - lucky it's cold.

How is that dodgy foot of yours? is it behaving?

nearly home time!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 06, 2007, 03:35:09 PM
Yea we should have gone too! Pooh could have been the fetcher and carrier and we could have been 'miss lady muck'  on the beach, sigh* dream.....

I hate ironing, I never do it, apart from last night. couldn't send Tigger away without pressed clothes! Didn't let him take his best pants though! (Shorts really but I really like the work pants, said in a really over exagerated way!) Really glad you're on line, he just called and I cried again, you've cheered me up already x

Foot isn't being too naughty at the mo, hoorah! However the plot thickens with my new referral for physio, I called the outpatiens and used my SOS pass to see my OS as was worried about going back to PT and possibly getting damaged again, remebr when I left etc..ra ra ra ra ra ra ra, well I've been referred to the crappy physio place that know nothing baout the surgery I have had and would only look at my foot, well my foot is caused by my other leg so it's a good job I booked the sos apt cos I'm going to probably need another referral for the specailist PT office, ra ra ra ra ra ra! Hope you wanted the long story,

based on how much I type can you imagine how much I talk! A LOT!!!!!

xx
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 06, 2007, 03:44:40 PM
I Knew it!

I bored you to death, you've left me!  :'(

 ;) ;D
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 06, 2007, 06:01:53 PM
omg sorry hop! you didn't bore me - had a crisis!

My son got a nosebleed - so what I hear you say - but when he gets a nosebleed its a bucket job - he has had about 6 of these gushers in the last month so I thought right - time to seek advice - several hours later still waiting for the surgery to ring me back!!!!!!!!! It stopped after 30 minutes this time but just don't know why it happens - he gets big pressure in head like sudden headache when he stands up or bends over. - If they don't ring back in the next 30 mins I will ring them - think will have to make an appt.

hope you are feeling better now - don't cry hun - he will soon be back - with his dirty washing!! more pants!  and prob with lovely pressies!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 07, 2007, 01:00:43 PM
Hey anj

Oooo the little bleeder! My grandma god rest her soul used to say that! Did you hear back from the docs? Doesn't sound good does it. Perhaps there are so many brains in there that sometimes a ilttle bit of space needs to be made, or perhaps the carrots growing in his ears are taking up the space! Tee Hee! My grandma used to say that to me too!  ;)

Oh lunchtime

Back soon
Hop x

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 07, 2007, 04:38:59 PM
Hey girls

Having hijacked Bonnie and Anja post op threads for so long I thought we should set up our own thread in the know eachother section, called the WWC

What ya reckon?

Hop  :) ;) :D ;D
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 07, 2007, 06:27:33 PM
Walking wounded Chatters?  Walking wounded chatty's .. Walking Woulded Chicks?  Walking wounded chuckles ?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 07, 2007, 09:06:57 PM
Hop

hi ;D will keep an eye out for WWC thread - what does wwc stand for?

doc finally rang me at work today - my home phone has died - will get my engineer hubby to fix it at the weekend - that man has so many talents ;D
he wants to see my son on friday to take his blood pressure and if that okay will refer him to ENT for poss cauterisation (sp?)


where's Bonnie? prob sunbathing!

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on February 08, 2007, 04:40:55 AM
Hop, you welcome to post here, but that just might be a bloody, brillant idea!  Did I get that right? 

Why is everone so incompetent?  like why didn't they tell me from the start I would have to stop PT for 2 weeks, its not like I didn't tell them I was rehabbing my knee & back, why is Annie's PT making her black and blue?  Why did Hop get a referral to a PT that doesn't know there arse from there elbow and why doesn't the doctor call Anja back and figure out whats wrong with her son.  I believe that was a rant.  I needed that.

Anja, I can take the beach any day, love the sound,  that photo of Maldeve looked gorgeous.

Walking Wounded Club, but I think I like Chicks better.

No I am not subathing, I am white as a ghost - you would never know I live at the beach  :) That would be me sun block, hat , sunglasses...

I have been a bit overwhelmed goiong back to work and pt 3 times a week, plus condo meetings, I'm exhausted - but I'm doing it!!!!!!

Goodnght Janet, Annie, Anja, Hoppy and anyone else out there.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 08, 2007, 05:15:38 AM
Bonnie I am following your lead and watching you..    I have full pay for six months and I am not seeing any pro's to rushing back.   Oh well .. Send up some heat its cold here..

Walking Wounded Chicks-  We may fall apart but we got enough glue to cement us.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on February 08, 2007, 07:08:48 PM
I've missed so much chatter in the last couple of days! I had an OS appointment on Tuesday. Everything's going fine, just slowly. I learned that my body will continue producing scar tissue for up to two years (and he thinks in that case it will be that long). If I keep my knee moving and strong, it shouldn't glom together and cause more problems. Two years! I can't fathom that. I'm just trying to get to six months when he says I should be feeling better. Only three months to go!

Yesterday I had a headache and laid down for a nap. My hubby woke me up four hours later when he called from work! I can't imagine how I'm going to handle going to work next week. It's only a few hours a couple of afternoons a week. It will probably be good for me, but I'd rather stay home and chat with the WWC!

As for forgetting the sunblock, not me. I don't really tan. I just burn, turn white again, then burn again. So if we are going to meet and see a white whale walking toward you on the beach, it's just me! I'd love to be 30 pounds lighter and tan, but white and fat it is for me. Actually, one of my goals after my knee is better is to lose some weight. I'm hoping exercise will help. I haven't been able to really exercise in a year or so.

I'll check out the WWC thread, too. Good idea, Hop!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 08, 2007, 08:17:27 PM
hey Janet - I am fat and white right now - I was nice and slim before I went back after my op - they force fed me cakes and chocolate and biscuits - so I am addicted again. LOL - will think about it soon.

Bonnie - think you are right about everyone being incompetent - very frustrating.

Annie - you are Soooo lucky getting 6 months on full pay - I got 12 weeks ssp (statuatory sick pay) about £70 a week - it was very hard!

Hop did you start a new thread? - did you get snow - we did!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 08, 2007, 08:53:50 PM
Hey girls

I started the new thread called wwc! You didn't come  :'(

I'm a chubber too! Cudldy I like to call it!  ;) Janet don't worry about work hun, you'll adjust soon enough, just take it slowly. The two year thing shocked me too! That's a really long time! Do you swim? It's really good for you as the water protects joints etc. Hey I look like a whale in the water! Would rather look like a graceful mermaid but I guess it owuld be boring if we were all the same plus we've both been inactive, at least we have something to grab hold of!

How you doing Anj, how's mini pooh? SSP sucks! Criminal that we are expected to try and live on such a measley sum! You lost heaps of weight before your surgery you and little anj. It;'s still winter and we all nedd a little extra covering eh!
x

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 08, 2007, 09:19:45 PM
hey hoppy - I had to keep warm through the winter ;D lil anj has kept the weight off - in fact she lost more - poor student cant afford food hee hee

lil pooh is being a little bleeder as we speak! ;D
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on February 08, 2007, 09:59:22 PM
Right after my surgery, I didn't have any appetite for about a month. I had to force myself to eat because I knew I had to. I lost ten pounds! Then they put me on all these pain medications, and my appetite came back full blast, plus a craving for sweets. I read the warning labels on my meds, and one actually said it would cause an increase in desire for sweets. Great, just what I need. But now I'm eating sweets all the time and blaming it on the meds! And of course, I've gained the ten pounds back.

I'm going to the WWC thread now!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 08, 2007, 10:46:18 PM
Ha!! you won't lose weight there - we are having cocktails!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 08, 2007, 11:20:15 PM
Virtual boozers club unite !!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 10, 2007, 08:55:25 PM
yeah why not! having a glass of Pinot Grigio!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on February 10, 2007, 10:26:55 PM
Hi girls,
This working thing is whipping my as_...and I'm not even full time yet, but I did work 5 days this week, Anja I don't know how you did it.  Janet, take it slow.  Annie, I just know you won't make it out of work for 6 months!!!!!

Well today is 4 months post-op for me, 7 months for Anja - happy anniversary!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 10, 2007, 10:31:15 PM
hey Bonnie - wow hadn't realised it was 7 months - congrats on your 4!

hey work is still hard - but I do 6 x 10 hr shifts one week and 4 x 10 the next week - so not surprising really.
 
Annie will be bored out of her brain in the next month - either that or addicted to daytime tv!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on February 10, 2007, 10:43:41 PM
Addicted to daytime tv!!!!!!! that's it.

10 hour days?? still don't know how you do it.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on February 10, 2007, 11:18:43 PM
Congrats to us all as we move forward from our surgeries. Friday was 12 weeks for me. Hard to imagine I've been home from work for almost three months. Where has it gone? Probably in a drug-induced haze. Hey, maybe that's not all bad. I've watched way too much daytime TV too. And now I'm Tivo-ing shows I can't watch in person. As if I needed to watch more TV!

I'm still apprehensive about going back to work. I am definitely going to take it slowly. It's weird, though. Since I've been out, another woman in her early 50s has had a hip replacement and one of my receptionists in her early 50s had a rotater cuff surgery. Neither of them are back to work yet, either, so we've really been shorthanded. I guess they'll be glad to get any of us back for whatever we can work. The rest of them must be really overworked. Anja, I agree with Bonnie...how do you do ten hour days? I know you're at 7 months, but still!! Bonnie, take it easy. Don't let them "suck you in" too fast!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on February 10, 2007, 11:24:33 PM
Thanks Janet!!!!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 11, 2007, 05:51:57 PM
Hey Janet - 3 staff down and still coping - hmm you sure they didn't fill your job? ;D

10 hr days - well have to admit I am ppoped by the time I leave work and keep saying it is too much then for some strange reason get a second wind when I leave and get home to do the housework and cook dinner!- until I sit down!

Have a good day at work tomorrow Bonnie - and Janet enjoy that daytime tv
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on February 11, 2007, 07:50:20 PM

Right now I'm sitting in the recliner while hubby vacuums.  I'm resting up for later, friends are coming over for drinks & nibbles before going out to dinner later. I am a wuss!

You say pooped, you're superwoman!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 11, 2007, 07:52:26 PM
wuss? - no just sensible!

Have a lovely evening with your friends.
I can't believe it is nearly 8pm here - feel the weekend has been stolen away from me!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on February 11, 2007, 08:03:06 PM
yeah, feels like that to me every weekend!


thanks, take care.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on February 12, 2007, 01:49:29 AM
Not only did my coworkers take over my job, they gave me a gift certificate for two house cleanings. I told you work at a great place! I used one certificate, and think I'll save the other one for a few more weeks. I think my son is going to move out at the beginning of March, so I'll wait till he goes. He's not messy at all, but his bathroom could use some TLC. I'm not up to TLC for anyone but myself right now! Actually, I will really miss him and his girlfriend (soon to be fiance) when he goes. They work such long hours, I'm sure we won't see them much once they are out of the house.

Only one more day of freedom before I have to put in some hours at work. I keep reminding myself how much I love my job and how much I miss my coworkers. But I've found that I love being at home! All this time to myself during the day is a luxury. Of course it has to be wasted by PT and exercises and pain. Why can't we have paid leaves when we're feeling great? Too bad they have to be wasted on recovery!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 12, 2007, 03:06:02 PM
Hey Janet, that was a really cool gift idea !

Enjoy your last day of freedom!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 12, 2007, 04:09:01 PM
You know I was actually thinking of going to work ..  to visit..   
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 12, 2007, 04:46:11 PM
Do it Annie - sure they would love to see you!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on February 13, 2007, 02:52:18 AM
Annie:

I did that and it was great. I took my lunch and ate with my usual cohorts. It got some of the hugs out of the way. It also showed me I wasn't ready to work yet. Just the drive and the visit were enough then. You should plan it. It will probably do you good.... and let them see how you're doing and that you're not "work ready" yet.

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: lilly_kc on February 13, 2007, 08:56:51 PM
Janet - I SO remember the difficulty of getting back in the work thing. OUCH! Made me start a ten-year count down to retirement!

Go gently, pace yourself. The stamina builds back up slowly. I cant remember what you do - but your co-workers sound kind and wise!

My # 2 TKR is in 2 weeks, took off 5 weeks this time (4 last time, but returned few days early). Plan was part-time, it just snowballed once I got in there though. Surgery this time on right knee, so I think driving will be delayed longer. Started all the pre-op stuff, nurse has called several times. So grateful to have good team in my corner. Have to do the vena filter thing out-patient day before, sort of scary, but smaller surgery than knee i guess.

Well, everyone take care. Snowed in here, and think that is quite all right!!!!
Kathi
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Hop skip n jump on February 13, 2007, 09:37:02 PM
Where's Bonnie???????

 :'(

Hop  ;D
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on February 14, 2007, 12:18:41 AM
Kathi: Good luck with knee #2! You've been through it before, so at least you know how to get through it and that it's all worth it in the end.

I did go to work today....for two hours! I had planned to get there about 1:00, which I did. We're getting a snowstorm, and it was supposed to start about 3:00. I said I would stay until the snow started to stick. I didn't want to have to walk to the car or drive if the weather was bad. Well, for once the forecasters were right. The snow started just before 3:00 and I left shortly after. Since it takes me about 25 minutes one way, I was out for about 3 hours. I can't believe I came home and took a nap. What a wimp! I'll go back Friday afternoon and try to hit 3 hours of work.

Bonnie.....come out, come out, wherever you are!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on February 14, 2007, 01:18:03 AM
Hi girls,
Grrrrr...just lost my post!?!?!?!!?

I'm here...just overwhelmed with work/therapy/life....
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: L. Thomas.net on February 14, 2007, 02:10:40 AM
Janet - I SO remember the difficulty of getting back in the work thing. OUCH! Made me start a ten-year count down to retirement!

Kathi

10 YEARS...how about 10 months?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 14, 2007, 05:02:11 AM
I have to work 30 more years ... sigh..sigh..  but I got enough quarters in to collect full social security.. lol
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on February 15, 2007, 01:31:52 AM
I could work another 20 years (yikes!) but hope I don't have to. First I was the young one on staff, now I'm in the middle. I don't want to be the old lady who's still working! I would quit right now if I could. But since that's not possible, it's back to the grind, albeit slowly.

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 15, 2007, 09:22:40 PM
I have just over 15 years left to work - then the morgage is paid - and then I will work for holiday money!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on February 18, 2007, 03:50:36 AM
at least 14 more years in order to collect full social security...14 more years??? omg  :(
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 18, 2007, 09:17:21 PM
scary thing is that the months and years are going by so fast right now - looks like we will be old fast and be having revisions before then!! :o
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on February 18, 2007, 10:41:56 PM
Let's not think too far in the future. I have all I can handle now without thinking of going through it all again when I'm 65! But you're right, the time flies faster the older you get.

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on February 19, 2007, 01:19:59 AM
how true...that time flies faster the older you get.  I still think I"m 30 something.  :)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on February 19, 2007, 07:03:16 PM
I know what you mean, Bonnie. I know it sounds silly, but sometimes I'm surprised when I look in the mirror. But then again, if I was only going by how my legs feel, I'd think I'm 70....so I look pretty good for my age, huh? And since I have a son who's 28, I can't pretend I'm in my thirties anymore!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on February 20, 2007, 12:10:09 AM
Janet,
you could be his sister...
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on February 20, 2007, 01:52:23 PM
well you all know that I am only 19 ! ;D and have a sister of 18 (daughter ;D)
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on February 21, 2007, 03:30:58 PM
I like that....his sister. Hmmm. I do look young for my age, but that's pushing it, I think!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on February 21, 2007, 10:43:47 PM

At times it really bothers me that people tell me I look 25 and sound 13.   I suppose wearing my ponytails lately brings the age appearance down.  defiance.  .. but than doing the simple things again reminds me ..  I aint no spring chicken.  But comparing a visit to the mall  back in November to Now in Feburary.  I am reminded things were alot worse and dragging my ass to a mall a few months ago was like trying to climb a tall mountain range with snow.. and a long hike and  today I was like... omg  its almost like a normal persons walk.. maybe a bit slower.. but  I actually didnt have much pain..    Go figure  a life with out pain.   Yeah its 50 degrees here compared to last week..  when freezing my ass off . I felt the OA ...  but its almost like spring.. and well when you see nature regenerate itself.  and compare your healing to the seasons..    crap I even saw easter stuff..   As I thought to myself..  Wow where did christmas time really go..   time goes fast..  Last year is like a blurr  I suppose two surgery's do that to you.   

No more no more no more .. snow ice cold...  I got a taste of the warm air and spring is hope..
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on February 22, 2007, 01:33:33 AM
Annie,

great to hear that you almost feel like a normal person, only slower - way to go!!!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on February 22, 2007, 07:09:27 PM
That's what I want.... I want to go to the mall and not be sore! I know the day will come. I still have pain, but not the same pain I had before, so I figure it's "healing" pain. And I get tired really fast, but that will pass too. So I know the day will come when I can go to the mall. You're the proof that it's possible!

I agree, where did Christmas go? Oh, I know....I had just been released from the hospital after my MUA. I was lying on my back in the CPM machine! I saw Easter candy alongside the 1/2 off Valentine's candy the other day. Weird!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: L. Thomas.net on February 23, 2007, 04:34:24 AM
Age ...well it depends on if I am with my husband (totally gray and thinning) or my kids...young and old
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on March 10, 2007, 01:31:15 AM
Hi All,
Just checking in to say I'm alive!!!!!  Since getting back to work and sitting at my desk and on my computer all day, it's been hard to do the same at home.  My knee is doing well, just wish I was able to strenghten my quad some more, but am having hip issues (bursitis, muscle spasms, sciatica).

It will be 5 months post op tomorrow and I can honestly say that in the last few weeks I pretty much am finally walking "normally", even though it actually feels weird.

It's been a long road, but am so glad I made the trip....
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 10, 2007, 02:35:49 PM
Hi Bonnie
Good to hear from you!

and
Happy Anniversary for tomorrow............of course that makes it 8 months for me today!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on March 10, 2007, 09:07:11 PM
Bonnie:

It's good to hear from you! I also find that I don't have as much time to be online since going back to work. I still have two days at home for the next couple of weeks, then I'll go in every afternoon. For now, I'm still keeping the mornings for doing my exercises before I go to work.

I will be four months post-op on Friday (also my 50th birthday....a big day, I guess!). I feel like maybe I've turned a corner as this week went on, and my pain is much less. Let's hope that continues.

I've been working hard on walking with the correct gait, but my OS says I'm still not walking quite right  :-[. My quad isn't strong enough and I don't walk fast enough yet, but he says the brain will automatically make the correct movements when my quad gets stronger. So that's my mission for the next month....to strengthen my quad. I ran out of PT visits, so I'm working on my own now.

Anyway, it's good to know you're alive and still kicking.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on March 10, 2007, 09:27:39 PM
Yeah, I can even kick with my TKR leg! 

Janet, I'm a month ahead of you and just got my gait about right, but even at the end of a long day I sometimes limp a bit, but its probably more from my hip.  I'm still walking kinda slow (have definetly gotten better), but I walked slowly for so many years I keep having to remind myself that I can go faster.

It will come for you.

Anja, Its disturbing to me that you can't get an appointment with your OS for your son - keep hounding your GP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 10, 2007, 10:19:32 PM
erm Bonnie - whom or what exactly are you kicking? :o

My knee clunks like mad if I make a kicking movement - doesn't hurt though.


Will ring the outpatient people again on Monday - shame the letter went missing ???  I knew it would take longer as you don't get too much choice of OS here - but I was determined that our OS would be the only one to touch him!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 10, 2007, 10:28:40 PM
Bonnie,

 I was thinking of you the other day.   What is that commercial. >>> Life comes at you fast.   I cant believe the last few months and really the whole of last year is such a blur to me.   

My OS said to me I will always have OA pains.     Which is not a bad trade off for me in my case.    I was crawling and hopping and in pretty bad shape before my surgery.  The little things we take fore-granted.     Sure I guess we all expect we can be 100%  but 93% is not so bad either.


Janet  Exercise is something we have to do for the rest of our lifes.  It is all about changing habits.    Happy Birthday Week.   Remember you can always say you are as old as your replacement  :)      How Old are you... Well,  98% of me is.. but there is that 2 % that is only a few months.


Anja  -  Best not to ask Bonnie what she kicked it might incriminate her. 


I made it up from the bath tub a bit easier this week.   Something I took forgranted.. so many years.. hehe..    Anybody want to buy a used walker?
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 10, 2007, 10:43:16 PM
and a pair of sticks!! ;D
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: L. Thomas.net on March 11, 2007, 04:18:53 AM
erm Bonnie - whom or what exactly are you kicking? :o

My knee clunks like mad if I make a kicking movement - doesn't hurt though.


Will ring the outpatient people again on Monday - shame the letter went missing ???  I knew it would take longer as you don't get too much choice of OS here - but I was determined that our OS would be the only one to touch him!

I had the normal clunk but I also had a clunk with lateral movement that was not normal.  My clunks did not hurt either.  My OS put me in an immobilzier brace at nigth for a month.  It worked for the time I wore the brace and for about 2 weeks after I stopped sleeping in it.  I go back the 27 for my 3 month check and he will decide what I need to do then.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on March 12, 2007, 12:29:51 AM
Now Girls, that was alive and kicking - just an expression, but I can finally kick my comforter off of me with the TKR leg, hadn't been able to really do that for a while.

Annie, yeah , life does come at you fast, sometimes it blurrs - I know exactly what you mean.  Took my first bath about a month ago, waited that long cuz was afraid I wouldn't be able to get out normally and would be disappointed, but I did it - I also cheated cuz I have grab bars, but not even the bar helped me pre-TKR.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on March 12, 2007, 12:34:45 AM
At least I didn't loose my post - but it got posted before I finished.

My knee kind of clicks or clunks when I walk too, OS said it will always be there, that eventually I won't notice it.  My PT says that the stronger my quad get the less it will clunk.
Time will tell.

Anja, i agree with you about waiting for the OS that you have confidence in.

Annie, just heard that spriing is in the air in your area, it will make it easier to get out and about.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: e.lynch on March 12, 2007, 01:37:29 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: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 12, 2007, 09:59:03 PM
Tell ya what ellenmarie - my OS said it can take up to a year before it feels like getting 'normal' again!!
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 12, 2007, 11:13:46 PM
My OS said the year thing as well but may experience the OA pains from time to time .  Be patient he tells me.   I reckon one should be inspired by the turtle.

(http://www.billybear4kids.com/Learn2Draw/sheets/turtle.gif)  Sooner or later you might wind up in color.
 



Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: e.lynch on March 12, 2007, 11:42:18 PM
Thanks for all the words of wisdom, its nice to know that i am not alone.
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on March 14, 2007, 04:34:48 PM
My OS told me the knee continues to heal for 18-24 months, but most people feel "normal" by 12 months. I was just talking to someone the other day who said it took 12 months for her, but since then it has been wonderful. So that's encouraging.

I think we also need to remember that when we say we are back to work or going out shoppping or whatever, that doesn't mean we are doing it normally, without pain or pain meds. I thought by now I would be back at work full time and not really in that much pain...maybe just slower and a little sore. But when I look back, it was just a month ago that I went to work for the first time....stayed two hours then came home and slept for two hours. My boss told me the other day that when he saw me at work those first couple of times, he wasn't sure I should be back. Now I can work a full afternoon and not take a nap when I come home, and I'm not too sore as long as I don't walk all over the building. I'm glad I'm keeping a journal so I can look back and see where I was a month ago, otherwise I don't think I'd really realize the improvements I am making because it is so slow.

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 14, 2007, 04:53:29 PM
Janet,  I am so proud of you.  Your words are so wise and so true. 
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on March 20, 2007, 12:09:31 AM
Hi Girls,
I'm back.  Had my surgical procedure this past Friday (3/16) - polyp removed from my uterus, so I was a bit stressed and nervous, but all went well, just a bit crampy now.  Will get the biopsy report sometime this week, but the doctor is not concerned.

I too have heard both from my OS & PT that it takes "up to a year" to feel "normal" every time  I utter the smallest complaint.  It's been 5 months since the surgery, and I'm far from "normal", but I can really see the changes I've made especially in the last month - 5 weeks.

No one told me how much patience I needed.................

Hope you are all doing well,
bonnie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on March 20, 2007, 07:23:44 PM
Hi Bonnie
good to see you back safe and well - hope those results are as your doctor thinks ;D

You def need patience!

anj
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on March 21, 2007, 06:12:56 PM
Bonnie: You're right....patience is our buzz word! As long as things keep improving, I guess that's all we can ask at this point. It's just that as time goes on the improvements are smaller and not easily measured. But when you think back a month, then the improvement shows!

Glad your surgery went well and I hope the "crampy" feeling goes away soon.

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on March 25, 2007, 06:19:38 PM
You're right Janet, we keep needing to remind ourselves how far we've come.

Anja, feeling much better, although I had the week from hell at work, wouldn't you know it?  I see my doctor on Tuesday for post-op check, but sure that everything is fine.

Are you still a non-smoker????
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on March 28, 2007, 08:25:08 AM
starting injections on my left knee this week for five weeks.  one day I will be pain free.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: e.lynch on March 28, 2007, 06:03:38 PM
Youre starting injections on a left total knee replacement, may i ask why
Ellenmarie
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on April 22, 2007, 12:31:56 AM
Had my 6 month post-op last week and my OS was very pleased and finally admitted that he was "really concerned" about the outcome of my surgery before he did it due to the number of previous surgeries and the amount of scar tissue I had.

So he said, see you in 6 months - AWESOME!  Now if only my hip and back would co-operate, I would be a new woman.

Annie, how are the shots going?  I had good results with them in the past.

Ellenmarie, Annie had a TKR of her right knee, the injections are for her "other" knee.

Janet, you're a month behind me, so we are getting there.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: knee deep in Goo on April 22, 2007, 03:24:34 AM
Bonnie good to hear you are getting a good report card.  My hip and back settled down alot over the past month.  Next week I go for shot five and a cortizone to sweeten the deal.  I feel it may help to get me over the summer months. I feel like there is a tear or even worse.  May 10 I go for a standing xray on it.   My Doc is saying the s word..  he wants to scope it.  I rather not at this point and just giving him the evil eye when he mentions more surgery.  I have this fear of another joint collapse and in december he told me there would be no value in scoping it.. .. so I wonder what changed his mind on it..

I am walking the best I have since 2005 right now..  I feel greedy to give it up to another surgery..   Or perhaps I am just not ready  to do another surgery.. So I am doing the shot thing and being optmistic..  and well if it becomes time to have the other knee done.. I feel I know how low I can go in mobility before I know its the right time .. Does that make sense.. ???????

Went back to work a few months ago and go a promotion and more $$ and six weeks vacation.. one week personal and one week sick..   

As for my TKR  I can honestly say that at times I get a little weather related stuff that hurts and sometimes a bit of pinching.
There is that factor of not knowing when I am doing too much..  and my left knee is the one that hurts the most when over doing it..   So lefty is holding me back. ..  I have come a long way..  Wearing platform shoes , Wearing loafers with birkenstock arch supports in them.   and a few pairs of eurowellness sandals.. they have an arch support in them as well and do not look hippy dippy .. like birkenstocks tend to do.

I tossed my ryka sneaker shoes in a fire and got rid of the ghosts of the past..   bad memory's walking in sneakers all the time.

I am just a little over four months now with my knee.  The most important thing I keep with me is I heal at my own rate. I have maybe a left knee that is going to be bionic as well soon than I would like to go through a TKR operation .. but I been there and done it.. and done it with style. 

Bonnie I want to thank you again and again for the many times you called and brightened my spirits and shared one of my darkest moments .. But  we got threw it together somehow..  We are tuff cookies!!!


Did you hear about the Governer of NJ?  When I heard about his crash I only can pray for him since I personally feel it will be a miracle if he walks again and gets out of the hospital alive.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on April 24, 2007, 02:40:52 AM
Bonnie: It is so good to hear from you again! Life goes on, doesn't it? Congrats on your six month check-up. That's wonderful news. My OS usually seese patients at 6 months, but he has been seeing me every four weeks, has sent me back to PT to see if we can clear up some issues, and wants to see me at 7 months now. He will be as happy as I am (well, almost) if I come back happy. Originally  he said most people feel better about three months. Then I had the MUA and he said I'd be happy at six months. At five months, he told me it could be 12-18 months. So I hope I can surprise him at seven months!

You're right that you're about a month ahead of me and Anne is about a month behind. It's interesting how we all heal and progress differently. That just about says it all, doesn't it?

Annie: Throwing your old shoes in the fire sounds like a great idea. I realized by accident the other day that my old orthotics (because of my heel bursitis....a whole other story) were actually making my knee hurt. So I put them quickly in the drawer. The next step is new sneakers. And even though I still have some pain when I walk...after 15-20 minutes it really hurts....I am already walking with a much more normal gait than I have in the last eight years. So that's progress, too.

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: bonstarr on April 25, 2007, 12:58:24 AM
I'm still at the office and it almost 8pm, but thought I would just check in...

Annie, a promotion - how awesome is that???? CONGRATULATIONS!!! Don't sweat the other knee yet - you already know that a scope is miles away from a TKR, if it gets to that.  I wish I could throw away my sneakers. At work I wear what I call my "orthopedic shoes", flat black loafers w/rubber soles - ugly.  One day I wore little kitten heels to work, I had to take them off and walk barefooted the rest of the day, horrible.

Janet good for you, its great to be able to walk relatively "normally" after so long.  I too am walking without a limp - its been years.  It just feels funny to me and I think everyone can "see" what I'm feeling, they all say its all in my head, what else is new?

Take care, gotta get out of here. I will try to check back very soon.
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on April 25, 2007, 10:20:08 PM
Hey Bonnie - GO HOME! ;D you shouldn't be working that late!

Annie - well done with the promotion! I actually got a great pay rise this year - but no extrea holiday - still on 28 days.

All this talk of throwing out old shoes - my hubby said to do that - maybe we should all go shoe shopping!!

Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: Janet on April 26, 2007, 03:47:22 PM
There's an ad running on the radio right now where a woman is home sick. You hear the doorbell ring, and her friends say something like: "We heard you were sick. We brought SHOES!" It makes me laugh every time!

I've had an interesting time the last few days. I have been taking a low dose of Oxycontin for five months now. The written prescription has to be sent to me in the mail every month since the doctor is quite a ways away and they can't "call in" a narcotic. I called for a refill last week, but for some reason the prescription was lost in the mail and never came. I ran out on Sunday, and my knee has not been worse. That's the good news. The bad news is that I have not been feeling well and can't sleep because of an itching/creepy crawly/twitching feeling in my arms, legs and chest. Turns out I've been having withdrawal symptoms because you shouldn't stop the medication abruptly. So now I'm taking something else to help wean off the Oxycontin. I finally slept last night and feel somewhat better today. But it's been weird.

Hope everyone's feeling better. Now I need to get back to work!

Janet
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: lilly_kc on April 26, 2007, 07:18:02 PM
Janet I had something like that happen also when I quit taking percocet (oxycodone) after 1st TKR - used it for about 8 weeks. Also, my stomach was really upset, thought it was the flu. Weird. Glad you are feeling better and knee doesnt hurt!!!!! :-)

I am 2 weeks post TKR #2, here we go again! Seems to hurt worse, but maybe like having baby #2, you sort of forget. . . .
Got staples out yesterday and all looks good. No walker or anything, feels strong, just hurts. Onward......
Kathi
Title: Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
Post by: UK Girl ! on April 28, 2007, 09:46:08 PM
Hey Kathi!

Good to see you - congrats on your New Knee!!

Hope it is going well.

hugs
anj