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Title: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 09, 2007, 02:33:48 AM
hey everyone.

my second TTT is scheduled for Feb. 13, so next tuesday. I already had my left leg done at the end of august and it is doing wonderful ;D so now its my right knee's turn. Im not really nervous about it, i just cant wait to get it over with but im not really looking forward to doing it all again either. I think i have everything i need, i feel so much better prepared this time around. This weekend im gonna make sure i have everything ready to go around the house and i need to clean my room and make it "crutch accessible" haha ::) The only thing im really bummed about is im missing this next week at school then we have a week of vacation, but this week is our winter carnival, which is like competitions between the classes all week and then a big dance on friday. but oh well. annnyways i know we have like 18 topics going but i thought id throw my own out there.


Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: lilrosie06 on February 09, 2007, 04:07:04 AM
Good luck Kelsey. It will all be fine, Im sure. Annoying, but fine.  :-\  Keep us informed.

DONNA
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: brianne on February 09, 2007, 04:15:52 AM
Good luck Kelsey.  It is a hassle going through it all over again, but in a few months it will be all over and you won't have to worry about it.

Brianne
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: labkitty on February 09, 2007, 07:08:45 AM
I know how annoying it can be to miss out on all that! i had both of my knees done (one in 1/06 and the other 06/06) and during my second one i missed out on all the summer camping trips and a trip to the coast. it sucked so i pretended to be better than i really was in order to do all those exciting summer things and my leg broke due to me movng too fast, so then i really missed out on the whole summer. just let yourself heal no matter how many things you may miss out on! trust me if you dont it could get alot worse. good luck and keep us posted!

Lindsay
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: RMancini on February 09, 2007, 02:20:47 PM
We're all pulling for you, Kelsey.

Best of luck next week.. look forward to comparing notes with you after your new procedure.

Rob
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: tangerine on February 09, 2007, 09:46:11 PM
Kelsey,
I hope you find your second TTT to be easier, as I did. When you know what to expect, I think it feel easier, despite the pain.
Only a few days to go. Good luck!

Tangerine
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 10, 2007, 03:50:46 AM
Thanks everyone!!
Its so nice to have a group of people for support and to talk to about all this and compare recoveries , it makes a big difference :) I am a lot less nervous that i know what to expect this time. actually the worst part will probably be the femoral nerve black. i HATE needles ::) haha.  oh yeah i forget to mention im also having a lateral release and a medial reefing with the TTT.
Last time i had a problem with the pain meds. making me really sick. thats why when i read some of your diarys im amazed you can take them haha. did anyone else have this problem? and what you can you take to help it?

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Stacey on February 10, 2007, 06:09:50 AM
Kelsey
When I had my first knee surgery (just a LR) I had a bad reaction to my pain meds, my OS switched my meds to a different one and that seemed to help. I do get a little depressed on them so I try not to take them for too long! Good luck with yours and let us know how it does. My TTT #2 is in May so I will be reading your diary to help me with mine! good luck!! ;D ;D
Stacey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: RMancini on February 12, 2007, 08:04:27 PM
Kelsey:

Big day tomorrow.

Good luck. Hang tough. We're all out here wishing the best for you in the coming weeks.... especially tomorrow.

Have a smooth procedure.

Rob
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 12, 2007, 10:42:55 PM
hey everyone!

tomorrows the day! ive enjoyed my last few days. Sunday i went out for a long snowshoe with my mom, and then went to to the movies and out to eat with my boyfriend. and today after school i got to go to an ortho. appt. haha great fun there ;)
im just getting everything all set tonight, getting out the crutches and the lovley cyro cuff machine. My surgery is at 7 30 in the morning so i have to be there at 6. which means i will have to leave my house by 5 haha wayyy to early. Im starting to get a few butterflies but i know it will be fine. soon enough it will be over and then on the road to two good knees! ;D im spending one night in the hospital but as soon as im home and feel up to it ill post on my laptop!

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: brianne on February 12, 2007, 11:27:25 PM
Good luck tomorow Kelsey.  Soon you'll be done with it all and on your way to full recovery. 

Brianne
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 15, 2007, 10:03:33 PM
well i am offically on the other side and part of the double TTT club.

I had to be to the hospital at 6 on tuesday morning...so early. they started my IV and stuff as soon as i got in a holding room and started giving me phentonal (sp?) through my IV to help me relax. i dont even remember getting the femoral nerve block which i was pretty scared about. i woke up around 10 30 in the recovery room in quite a bit of pain and very naueous from the anesthia. They gave me stuff for the pain, i cant remember what it was and also a few different things for being sick. I didnt get into my room until 430 that night!! so long, i slept most of the time.
I talked to my OS and he said the surgery went really good, they did the same thing. He also had some pictures to show me and they are pretty um nice haha. The nurse kept giving me oxycotein (sp?) every 3 or 4 hours which did hte trick throughout the night.

I woke up the next morning to find we were being blasted by a snow storm an if i was going to be released that day it would have to be soon. I couldnt eat much of anything because of my stomach, but i had to get down a little to take my pills with. That oxycotein stuff is the same thing as percoet they said, which made me really sick last time. I got some more anti nausea drugs through my IV before the PT came to get me up and walking. That was hard but I did better this time because i am a lot more skilled on those good old crutches :) haha. and oh i remember what the lovley blood rushes feel like.

I finally got to ride home, the 30 minute drive took us about an hour due to the snow and i think it was probably the longest drive of my life. Very uncomfortable and painful. After that i got set up in my recliner with my cyro-cuff and 18 dozen pillows. I had a lot of pain all afternoon and last night, even though i was taking valium every 8 hours and 2 percaset every four hours. I felt like my knee was throbbing and spasming. I slept through the night..about 10 to 5, and took a few more precaset this morning but since then ive just been taking IB profen. My OS warned me about trying to wean off the medication ASAP because of how sick it made me last time.  I cant see my leg off course, because it is in an immbolizer and big ace bandages until two weeks, the 26th when i have my next appt. i cant take a shower until then either:( well my knee is starting to hurt so im gonna lay back down. ill type more later, hope everyone else is doing good!
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: brianne on February 15, 2007, 10:44:43 PM
Kelsey,

I am glad to hear things went okay for you.  Doesn't it feel good to be on the other side of both of your TTT finally.  You're done having TTT's and so it will only get better from here.

I would go crazy not being able to take an immobilizer and ace bandages off for two weeks.  My OS had me out of the ROM brace the next day so I could work on very gentle ROM. 

Take it easy and remember that the first week is the worst and then it will get better.

Brianne
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: tangerine on February 16, 2007, 01:14:20 AM
Kelsey,
I'm glad your surgery went well, with no complications, that's good! Hang in there.. you know how difficult the first
week can be. You will gradually feel better. Just ice,elevate, and rest.
We're all thinking of you!

Tangerine
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 16, 2007, 03:13:33 PM
DAY 3 i think haha
Last night i endured the climb up our very steep stairs to sleep in my oen bed, which was hard but nice. i HATE having to sleep on my back, I took two oxycotein right before i went to bed, and woke up this morning feeling very naueous. By the time i got back downstairs my leg was pounding and i thought i was going to completely lose my stomach. that was about 6 30 in the morning, but i took a bendryll and took a nap for a few hours and now i feel a bit better.

I wish i could tell you what my knee looks like but i really have no clue. My ankle is pretty swollen and a little bruised, but its hard to tell because its covered in that baodine (sp) stuff from surgery. I have to leave everything on for two weeks. which also means no shower for two weeks!! ahhh :o i get to take quite an interesting sponge bath everyday then my mom washes my hair for me.

how is everyone else?


Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: RMancini on February 16, 2007, 03:19:17 PM
Congrats Kelsey!  You made it. 

Weaning off of your pain meds can wait till next week. Your Dr should let you relax a few days with that.  That is what the pain meds are THERE for... to help you get a little more comfortable (insert "prevent misery" as appropriate) and to help you rest.  I took Percocet (Oxycodon) for my first week and then switched to Vicoden at about 5 mg... which is a very light dosage.  Hope you take your meds and let them do their thing to help you through this roughest part of the process. I also took one aspiriin per day to help blood flow.

Those blood rushes are pretty hard to take.  I don't miss those.  If your leg is starting to look pretty bruised up.. put some heat on the locations for about 30 mins at a time and the bruises will go away alot faster which will get the blood rushes down to a more manageable level and help them disappear sooner.

Keep doing those foot pumps to keep the blood flowing too... that helps a lot.

Glad to see that you are doing well and that now, with each passing day, you are that much closer to being done with the second one.

Rob
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: shade on February 16, 2007, 03:32:00 PM
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Kelsey,

Good the surgery is overwith.  Hope the nauseated feeling leaves you soon. Keep resting, icing and elevating and you'll feel better soon.  Certain things like 'blood rushes' are hard to forget about, they should be a distant memory for you soon though.

Take care.  ~shade
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 16, 2007, 09:22:35 PM
Rob,
My problem with these pain meds is they end up hurting the rest of my body worse then my knee hurt in the first place. if the pain in my knee does start to get more then simple ibprofen can handle i know i have the other stuff there if i need it. I just have a very weak stomache when it comes to dealing with these narcotics so i dont depend on them as much as others might. still though, i know if it starts hurting to bad to use them.

Shade,
One thing that i found helps the naeous feeling is a dose of bendryl and then a nap for a few hours. i did that this morning and that seemed to solve the problem for a while anyways.

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: brianne on February 16, 2007, 09:45:01 PM
Kelsey,

My body does the same thing with strong pain meds.  My OS ended up presrcribing darvocet which I have had luck with.  Its not as strong as most of the others, but it didn't give me the problems that the others did.  Like you, what happens to my body is worse than the pain itself. 

Brianne
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 17, 2007, 03:22:04 PM
Day 4
yesterday was pretty good besides being kinda sick. i slept a lot, and read, watched movies. soo bored ::)
Last night around 10ish my knee started to hurt pretty bad and my foot was getting really tingly and spasming so i took an oxycodon and a bendryl for my stomach and went to bed. I think i must thrash around like crazy at night because i woke up with my leg off my pillows and i was on my side and i was hurting haha. i want to take a shower!

Kelsey 
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 18, 2007, 02:22:11 PM
DAY 5

I woke up this morning sideways on my bed with my leg twisted sideways. OUCH :o haha i need to learn to lay still when i sleep! Every morning is one of hte worst times of the day because my leg is so sore from the night. I also felt like i was going to be sick, really naeous, i hate that feeling. I came downstairs and took a bendryl and a valium to help with the spasms so now im really sleepy.
I have actually been sleeping through the night. I mean ill wake up every few hours and have to re adjust my knee but other then that i pretty much am out like a light. I cant wait to get out of this house..next week i think ill be able to get out a bit in my wheelchair :) I wouldnt attempt it today because the blood rushes are pretty bad. If i stay standing for more then a few minutes my foot turns an ugly blue color.
Other then to go to the bathroom and get washed up and wash my hair every morning i havent gotten up at all. I theres an advantage to be 15 years old and having two parents as well as a brother who can do stuff for you, even though i hate feeling helpless haha. I know its worth all the rest, ice and elevation because last time when i went in at the two week mark to see my knee it wasnt as swollen as i expected and the bruising was mininal. Even though i am just like Brianne and i cant stand to sit still, i try because when i am still the pain is usually minimal.
oh yeah i had a question. Last time my OS forgot to put the cyro cuff on under all my dressings so it was on top nad i could take it on and off as i pleased. This time he put it under all the ace bandages and the only thing seperating it from my skin is the thin cotton dressing, it feels so good  :) but anyways, is it ok to leave it here these first two weeks or is it not a good idea to have that much moisture right up aganist my "scar"? My parents wernt sure if that was such a good idea.
I think ive watched every movie on the face of he planet and devoured a 400 page book in the past two days. I am so bored but i have a steady stream of vistors to keep me entertained. Sorry i write so much, i like to write! :)

Hope everyone else is doing good!

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: RMancini on February 18, 2007, 09:54:30 PM
Am glad you are doing ok Kelsey.  Amazing how you twist around when you sleep. 

As for your question.. about dressing, etc... I would change that dressing every couple of days  and always wrap the dressing with an ace bandage.. then put the cryo cuff on top of that layer.  Are you still oozing from where they cut you?  You should probably not be oozing blood at this point.

Why the ace?  Having moisture close to your stitches (e.g. without the ace bandage barrier between your cuff and the dressing) could create environment for moisture/condensation from the cuff to seep through the dressing... which can result in an infection which could seriously (and I mean seriously) set you back.  I think for the first two weeks, this is the recommended approach to protect the site where you have stitches--and is the reason we are not permitted to shower during this period.  After week one, I would not use any dressing ....but rather just wrap the knee in the ace at that point (unless there is still some oozing from the stitches--which I am sure your OS would have something to say about.).

You will still feel lots of cold through that ace bandage and you'd do yourself a solid not get that stitch site wet.

How would you rate your pain Kelsey? 4...6.. ???

Rob
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 18, 2007, 11:29:51 PM
Rob,
heres my problem though. The first time i had my TTT my OS put the cyro cuff on top of the ace bandages so i didnt have to worry about it,. This time he put it underneath but never said if i needed to take it out, but he gave me strict instructions to leave the dressings and immbolizer on. like not take my leg out at all until i came back to see him at the three week mark. hes really big on really leting my leg rest the first two weeks. and even though i know this could create a risk for infection i trust him 110% so i let it be last time and when he took the stuff off my knee looked GREAT. The swelling was minimal and there was little to no bruising, and the cut had healed up nicely. He definatly has a different way of doing things but it works so well i cant argue.

My mom mentioned to me that the moisture aganist the cut probably isnt good after hte first week or so, so i think what we are going to do is unwrap all the ace bandages and take it out and then put them back on, but leave the first and undermost layer of dressing on. Do you think that would work?

My pain is actually increasing as the days go by but i think it is because i am not taking any pain meds. besides alieve and ibprofen, dont get me wrong. this morning i woke up with spasms in my leg bad so i took a valium so i will take it if i need to. Its actually been pretty painful at times today even when i am sitting (which is all day long ::)) haha.
When im not moving i would say its about a 3, but it comes and goes and gets worse know what i mean?
When i am up the blood rushes go right off the chart :) haha probably around a 7
When i wake up in the morning in my bed on my side still laying down the pain is pretty good, around a 6

As all you guys know, its hard to rate your pain because it goes up and down and back again and comes and goes in the weirdest cycles. Right now it is throbbing but in 10 minutes i wont even notice. weird huh. the first week is almost over ;D ;D

How is your pain Rob? Brianne, Tangerine?

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: RMancini on February 19, 2007, 02:43:17 PM
K:

Sounds like your Mom is on top of that whole situation.  Hope the pain levels off and goes down soon.

I stopped taking my pain meds 3 days ago. Not getting anything more than level 1 pain. 

Tell you what.. I am looking forward to a good night's sleep though. Have not had one yet.   ; )
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 19, 2007, 03:21:18 PM
Rob,
thats great your pain is so low. :D Sounds like you are improving in leaps and bounds. I am yet to have a good night of sleep yet as well.

The pain was pretty bad yesterday and last night, worse then it had been since like the day of and after the operation. So i broke down and took two oxycodon before bed. It was a long night of tossing and turning and TRYING to sleep on my back. I've woke up every morning extremely naeous, and i have no idea why. It usually wears off, and i usually take a bedryl to help. Is anyone else having a problem with this? i thought it might be because the only time im taking pain killers is right before i go to sleep. hmmm, ill post tonight and let everyone know how the day went. have a good day!

Kelseh
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: brianne on February 19, 2007, 03:39:48 PM
Kelsey,

There are painkillers that are not as hard on your stomach.  I had the same problem as you and I was able to get a painkiller that was not as hard on my stomach.  I would recommend calling your OS's office and asking about alternatives to oxycodon.

My pain is at a 3 or 4 right now.  Sometimes it jumps a bit, but it is not bad at all.  I have not taken any painkillers in a few days and before that it was sporadic.

Brianne
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: RMancini on February 19, 2007, 08:12:36 PM
Kelsey:

I had only one evening where I had nausea... and here is what I did in the early going:

I ate before I went to bed.  On an empty stomach, I am more likely to get nausea.  Then, at around 3 or 4 a.m. when I woke up to take meds again (so that I could continue trying to sleep), I would eat a banana or a peice of bread with the meds. 

No nausea ever affected me again.  Give it a try?
Or... as Bri says... check into alternative meds with your physician.

Good luck with the nausea... sorry to hear you are having such a problem there.  The days are going by quickly for you... this mad pain will be gone before you know it.  Hang in there.  You're tough.. that much is obvious.

Rob
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 20, 2007, 02:15:01 AM
DAY 6
this was a pretty good day, minus getting really sick this morning. My mom said its like being pregnant, morning sickness haha. The pain is down quite a bit from yesterday, as long as i am still. The blood rushes keep getting worse and worse but i just remind myself they will be gone soon! :) I have been doing steady ankle pumps to keep the muscles in my leg working at least a little and keep the blood flowing.

The past few days some friends have been over to entertain me ;D I really appreciate the company, as i am getting pretty bored. I literally sit in my recliner all day except to go to the bathroom and get washed up and go to bed.  ::) its a pretty good time. I think tomorrow, since it is the one week mark and all im going to go out for a bit! I dont know about you guys, but here in maine we are crazy about high school basketball. The tournament is these next few weeks so im going to go out with one of my friends and my dad to watch the game. i think. im pretty excited to get out of the house, but ill have to see how i feel in the morning. I also know not to push it, if i felt horrible i would just not go or go home. we will see :) and of course, i have a wheelchair!

Brianne,
I would definatly call my OS and get a new prescription except for the fact the worst is almost over. I know the pain will start winding down shortly and it would probably be a waste. Im off all the meds except right before bed because hte night is painful, but i think im not going to take anything tonight either. BUT if the pain does persist and i am still sick i will definatly be giving him a call.

Rob,
that sounds like a good idea, im glad it worked for you. some people are more sensitive and effected by the meds then others, thats for sure. If i do take any tonight, ill make sure i eat something first. i usually try to, or i did in the earlier days.

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: brianne on February 20, 2007, 02:38:36 AM
Kelsey,

Be careful and enjoy your outing if you do in fact go out tomorrow. 

So do you have the wheelchair to protect your left leg as well?  I would imagine that there is a lot of snow and ice in Maine...and we all know that snow and ice are a big recipe for disaster.

I hope the worst of your pain is past you.  That would be nice for you to not have to rely on painkillers too much longer at all.

Brianne
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: tangerine on February 20, 2007, 11:34:17 PM
Kelsey,
I went to my son's basketball games pretty early on, post-op. It helped to sit in an area where there wasn't
someone sitting directly in front of me. That way, I could rest my leg on the bleacher in front.
It's good to get out, provided you feel up to it. Have fun!

Tangerine
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 21, 2007, 01:18:54 AM
ONE WEEK

Last night before i went to bed i decided to just take a bendry and 2 ibprofen. I guess it worked not taking any pain meds because i woke up not naeous!!!!!! :D I was so happy. And i only woke up twice last night, and slept slightly on my side. We unwrapped all the ace bandages this morning to take out the cyro cuff and put them back on, but i didnt get to see me knee because it was wrapped in another layer of guaze stuff.

So i decided to venture out today to a basketball game. It was at an auditorium so it was very handicapped equipped i guess you could say. Were really good friends with the family of the coach, so his wife got me a special spot right behind the court instead of in the handicapped section and i could sit back there with one of my good friends. It was an awesome view! (Oh yeah, i had a wheelchair haha) The pain wasnt too bad at first, but it increased quickly even though my leg was kinda up. still wasnt to bad. I did feel naeous and dizzy, i was pretty sure i was gonna fall over at one point and i felt all tingly. But i drank a mountain dew and ate some jelly beans and i felt a little better. That feeling lingered all afternoon  though, yuck. The team I was rooting for won! Looks like im headed back on friday, or maybe tomorrow. i havent decided yet.

I would of been ready to call it quits after that, as my leg was pretty tired but my family wanted to meet up with some friends and go out to dinner so i went. It wasnt to bad, i just put my leg up on a chair. I felt better after i ate. But during dinner my mom spilled her drink, she was across from me, and instinctivly i jumped and tried to move my legs out of the way, fast. But my knee wasnt going anywhere in that immoblizer so that little try-to-bend-fast move was a little painful and my leg was pretty tired after that. I was out about 2 to 7: 30ish which is along time to be out i know but now that i have my leg up it feels pretty good, so i dont think i over did it to bad. it felt nice to get out.

Tangerine,
It is nice to get out, thats for sure. I am lucky enough that my OS wanted me to have a wheelchair for things like this, so I got to sit in that in a special section. It would be hard for me to put my leg up on a bleacher because this is such a big game and there are sooo many people there haha. but it worked out fine, it was fun!  :) How is your knee doing?

hope everyone had a good day.

Kelsey 
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: goalie on February 21, 2007, 03:22:46 AM
Hi Kelsey,

I'm glad you got out of the house!  I am sure that helped to raise your spirits.  I hope you get over feeling nauseous soon.  I know that on top of everything you don't that too.  Take care, Goalie
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: brianne on February 21, 2007, 04:23:21 AM
Kelsey,

You got out of the house!  Isn't it a great feeling?  It sounds like things went pretty good for your first outing.  I found that everytime I went out after my first outing got a bit easier.  And the fact that the team you were cheering for won, thats just icing on the cake.

I am so glad that you found something that helped with your nausea.  Hopefully the worst of the pain is behind you and you won't have to turn back to pain meds from here. 

One more week and you get to take the immbolizer off and get a ROM brace.  Do you get to start bending the brace right away or do you have to keep it locked?

You've cleared the one week mark...the worst is over!

Brianne
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 21, 2007, 01:50:45 PM
When i get my ROM brace on monday, (that reminds me i need to call and make sure they have the right kind in stock, last time they didnt.) he opened it up to 40 degrees last time, which im assuming he will do again. At first i couldnt even bend the whole 40 after being straight so long but it came quick. hope everyone has a great day

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: RMancini on February 21, 2007, 05:42:41 PM
Kelsey... you are not letting your leg stop you.. way to go.

Good that you are out there doing things and living life... having fun.

Time will bring normalcy your way eventually... and soon we'll all be walking and enjoying some warmer weather in 2-3 months.

Glad you are doing so well.

r
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 22, 2007, 03:53:27 AM
DAY 8
today was pretty boring, but a good day. I decided to stay in after the long afternoon yesterday, but my boyfriend came over all day so it was fun. Not really much has changed, on and off pain. sometimes its spasms and sometimes its a pounding ache in my shin. the blood rushes are still there, hoping those will fade soon.
I will post more tomorrow because im tired and about to go up to bed.

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: RMancini on February 22, 2007, 02:01:58 PM
Kelsey:

Sounds like you are doing real well except for those "blood rushes" you get from the bruises.

Is the heat helping your bruises heal faster ?  Are you using heat on those?

Rob
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 22, 2007, 10:52:31 PM
Rob,
i havent tried putting heat on my leg because my leg is still in the immoblizer with the dressings until next monday when i go back to see my OS, so i couldnt even see them. I dont even know if it would go through the bandages as they are thick, but if the bloodrushes dont get better i could try. Although they dont hurt when im sitting down, well duh kelsey.  :) haha

You guys are all moving ahead so fast i cant even believe it. I wish my OS had a more agressive approach, as i know i will be seeing more of these crutches and a lovley ROM brace for months. its ok though, i think i have the slowest healing bones in New England, or at least last time i did. But its ok, ill get there right. Just takes a litle strength, positive attitude, and my least favorite. TIME! i think some could agree on that one ;) haha

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: shade on February 22, 2007, 11:14:27 PM
Kelsey,

Hi there.....

You're right, keep a positive attitude - it does help.  Everyone heals differently and your OS knows your situation best.   Remember the dreaded blood rushes (yuck), hopefully you'll be rid of them soon.  Think the only think that helped with them was slowly lowering leg to floor.

Hang in there, you're headed in the right direction.  ~shade


Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: RMancini on February 23, 2007, 12:16:01 AM
Kelsey:

You will get there... do not despair.  And we'll be right there to celebrate these same accomplishments along with you.

It just takes time. 

Your time will come when you can go after things more aggressively.  Going for it too soon would really be bad for you. 

Consider this... at least in my case.  I am a 46 year old guy and I worked my tail off all Fall doing rehab (I call it pre-hab) so that I could go into this surgery in the best possible shape with my bad leg.  I did all preparatory work so that I could have a chance to heal like I could when I was your age.

You will heal as fast and you will get gains just as fast.  You have youth on your side.  You might not fully be able to realize that to the extent that someone like Brianne and I might (I think Brianne is either in her late 20s or in her 30s... either way, after our mid 20s we just don't heal as quickly.).

Soooo... adding it all up.  You will be there.  You have more guts than I did at that age (otherwise I'd have dealt with those problems when I was your age as I had this problem at age 12).    You will soon be standing tall.... literally.

I hope you get that brace off soon so that you can apply some  heat to your legs.  It really and truly helps and I hope you get some relief there.  It is miserable to have that rush. 

Pulling for you... and will enjoy watching you outpace the rest of us older patients.   Hang in there.

Rob 
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 23, 2007, 01:53:29 AM
thanks rob and shade. i know in time we will ALL be running around with good knees huh ;D ;D

DAY 8
today was more of the same really. the pain is definatly bearable. it really goes up adnd down you know, when my leg is up. which is almost 24-7 haha. The only real pain is a pounding right below my knee on my shin sometimes, its past the worst for sure. and the blood rushes should be gone soon i hope! As you said Shade, it does goes better if you put your leg down slower whcih i did a lot at first, but not so much now just because im impatient :) Today was boring...going out tomorrow thank gosh. i have never wanted a school vacation to end so quickly!!

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: brianne on February 23, 2007, 03:26:31 AM
Kelsey,

Sounds like you are doing good.  Like you I got sick of moving my leg slowly and started to move it qucikly.  Good luck going out tomorrow. 

Brianne
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: goalie on February 23, 2007, 05:04:26 AM
Hi Kelsey,

I know what you're going through with the immobilizer and I too am anxious to get that leg moving.  Keep staying positive and know that it can only get better from here.  At least that is what I keep telling myself as I am trying not to get too stir crazy!

When does your OS say you can start PT?  I see my OS on Wednesday and then I will go to PT for the first time after that.  Wednesday will be 19 days post-op.  OS said I can start working on ROM and PWB tomorrow (23rd).  I am a bit scared to do this.  The little bit I tried to slightly bend my knee tonight I seem to be getting a strange clicking that I never had before.  Now I have all these crazy thoughts that the OS has made my knee worse.  I know I am just being crazy but I am looking forward to hearing what the OS has to say.

Take care,

Goalie
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 23, 2007, 07:40:46 PM
Goalie,
Have you seen your leg yet? im guessing so if you are working on ROM stuff. I have my appt. with my OS on monday and after that i will start PT right away. I cant work on ROM for these first two weeks but i have been PWB the whole time. I will be two weeks post op this next tuesday.

Just take a the ROM slowley. How are you going about doing it? One good method i used was letting gravity do the trick. Like sitting on the edge of a table or something like that, with someone to support your leg just a little. Something that worked even better was laying on my stomach and bending my knee that way, my PT told me you dont feel as much pain when you do it on your stomach. it worked really well.

Are you getting a ROM brace instead of a immoblizer or are you sticking with the immoblizer the whole time?

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: goalie on February 23, 2007, 08:32:14 PM
Kelsey,

My leg is looking really good.  The swelling is down and my incision is healing (I still have steri-strips).  The OS put my stitches underneath the skin so I am assuming those are healing okay.  I am supposed to be in the immobilizer for the next 6 weeks when walking.  As far as the ROM goes today I just started doing some heel slides on my bed.  It feels very tight - which I know is to be expected. I get this strange clicking sensation (different to what I was pre-op) and a little bit of pain as I do this.  Again, can't wait to talk to the OS and start PT. 

How is your PWB going?  I have started giving a few steps a try so far no pain although am still nervous about the whole thing.

Hope you have a good day.  Thanks for the help.

Goalie
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 24, 2007, 03:23:22 AM
DAY 9
Today was a pretty good day. A good thing is im definatly not sick anymore, the nausea is totally gone. The blood rushes are starting to get a little better i think. I didnt get to go out today, but tomorrow im going to. Pretty much, the same. Just waiting around now for monday!

Goalie,
Sounds like your incision and knee are looking great, just like they should. My PWB is going good, i was doing it the second i got out of hte hospital bed, even if it was just my toes. At first i didnt put much weight on, but now im starting to do a little more. I try to do the heel to toe motion to help things out a bit. My OS isnt to concerned about it the first two weeks, as he wants some inital bone healing. But Monday, well last time anyways, he will tell me to start putting more weight on it and of course my PT will guide me along with that.

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 25, 2007, 10:21:51 PM
DAY 12

Yesterday i went out with my boyfriend and parents, to the mall and out to eat after. It was nice to get out of the house for a change and do something fun :)

Today i noticed that the blood rushes around almost completely vanished!! ;D This makes getting around and up a lot easier.

Tomorrow i have my first appt. with my OS. He will take off all the dressings and the immoblizer and put my leg into a ROM brace, which im fairly sure he will open up to 40 degrees. Then i can take a shower!!!!! ;D I dont have to have any stitches removed, well at least last time i didnt because they are dissolvable. im really excited to see my knee and start making some progress, i will also start PT this week. My OS really wanted these first two weeks to be rest rest rest ice and elevation all the way, so thats what i've done. but i really want to start working on physical therapy and stuff like that. im anxious :)

Im going to go back to school tuesday as long as i get the OK from my OS. Last surgery, i was supposed to use the wheelchair for the first week and i did. but its hard to do in school. So im going to ask tomorrow if i can go straight to the crutches there instead of the wheelchair. I think my leg is ready for it, more so then last time.

My pain is really low these past two days, even when i went out it wasnt to to bad i was just tired. The blood rushes are totally gone and theres not much pain on my shin anymore either. I know this will change as i start to resume a normal life with day to day activities and are up more, but im just enjoying it well it lasts!

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: RMancini on February 26, 2007, 01:41:34 PM
Kelsey:

Wow... that's excellent. The rushes are almost gone???  You got there faster than I did !  Congrats.  See how much better it is to be young when you are trying to heal up?

You will do fine in therapy... you have been there before right?

Am glad to see that you are progressing and experiencing less pain.  I assume you are getting more sleep now?

I certainly am.

Rob
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 26, 2007, 08:00:08 PM
DAY 13

I had my first post op appointment today and got to see my knee. It looks pretty good, the scar is the exact same as my last one just as i expected. I have a lot more brusing this time though, most my leg is yellow and orange with some blue. But i know a lot of that is idoine stuff. When i take a SHOWER yes, a shower, i'll be able to see how much of the orange is brusing and how much is idoine stuff. I can see big bruises all down the inside of my calf. Last time i had hardly any bruising at all, but each time is different so i hear.

First they took off the immolbizer and cut off al lthe dressings, and then they put me in the new bledso ROM brace which ill have on for an enternity, it feels like :) I can take it off to shower but i have to sleep with it on for a while still. He opened it up to 45 degrees. Just like last time, at first it feels like your leg is going to fall apart and right out the back of the brace because im so used to having it straight and wrapped up but i get used to it pretty quick. After working on it for a little while i can bend 45 degrees ok, not easily though. All my muscles and my whole leg really is just so stiff after staying straight for so long.

I didnt have to have any stitches removed because they are the dissolvible type. He also told me i could go back to school right on the crutches, instead of hte wheelchair!!!  ;D Which is exactly what i had been hoping for. He said i should be putting anywhere from 25% to 50% of my weight on my leg, which i have been doing anyways.

I talked to my physical therapist , Jenn, once i got home and scheduled appoinment for next Monday. I figured she would want me to alreayd start working on stuff and she does, just simple stuff like ROM as much as the brace will allow, quad sets,  and ankle pumps.

Tomorrow will be my first day back at school, up all day ehhh ::) cant wait to see how this goes.
As long as school goes ok i would come home then go back up to youth group, as long as my knee feels up to it. A long first day back!

Rob,
I am so glad the bloodrushes stopped finally. And yes i did all the therapy before, with the same therapist as well. I like her a lot, so im definatly sticking with her this time. I am getting a little more sleep, still not as much as normal. I do find when i wake up on my side its not as painful as it was at first.

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 26, 2007, 08:50:56 PM
oh yeah im gonna put pictures up ASAP.

does anyone else have any pictures. i actually have some from during surgery  :o :)
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: shortyclairebear on February 26, 2007, 09:04:30 PM
hi kelsey (you replied to my post earlier!!) ive just read your diary of the op as i think i have had the same sort of thing done as you,some of the things you have written i can so relate to!! when do you start physio on yours?? i am in the brace for another week and a half (it will have been on for 6 weeks then) and start it (im assuming) after it is taken off...................do some people have it sooner then 6 weeks after??
i know what you mean about the boredom!! it drives you crazy doesn't it!!
im a active person too and find it so hard stuck in all day!!
im glad the "blood rushes" were normal!! i was really worried about those when i had them! no one warned me you get those!!
at least now i have an idea of what the procedure was called i have had i can read other peoples posts and be in good company!!!
you sound as though you are doing really well and thanks again for your reply earlier!!
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: brianne on February 26, 2007, 10:36:23 PM
Kelsey,

Sounds like things are coming along nicely for you.  Like you, I had more bruising the second time around.

As for the iodine, sometimes it can be hard to wash off.  My PT used rubbing alcohol and that gets it all off in no time.

Good luck when you go back to school tomorrow.  Be careful in the slippery hallways and make sure you take it slowly.

Claire,

I started PT four days after both of my TTT's.  My OS seems to be pretty agressive in his approach to recovery, but it has worked well for me.

Brianne
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: shortyclairebear on February 26, 2007, 11:38:15 PM
hi brianne,as you said you had physio 4 days after the op and mine will start 6 weeks after the op plus? (as im not sure yet when this will start yet til i go on the 6/3) do you think i will find it harder during physio as i have not had any yet????

sorry to post this in your diary kelsey i just wanted to answer briannes comment and ask this question!!
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 27, 2007, 01:18:45 AM
Brianne,
I just took my first shower. heaven ;D but tricky to do and i think i got some of the idoine washed off, the bruising is pretty apparent though. ill try tyo be careful tomorrow!!

Clarie,
dont worry about  posting questions in here, thats what its here for!! :) As for me will start next monday, which will be about 3 weeks post op.I have been doing some stuff on my own though. Have you been doing anything? If not, you might find it harder when you first start PT.

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: shortyclairebear on February 27, 2007, 11:05:02 AM
hi kelsey!! its great having your first shower after your op isn't it!! we have a bath and the shower is inside it,so its pretty hard getting into it when your leg doesn't bend!!  ;)

i havent been given any exercises to do at home by my os, he advised to rest! i have been walking about the house as much as i can and can get up and down the stairs and just rest my my knee tells me too!!

take care  :D

claire x
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: shortyclairebear on February 27, 2007, 09:02:28 PM
hello!! hope your'e ok today??!
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 27, 2007, 09:23:55 PM
TWO WEEKS

Well today was my first day back at school and it was pretty hard. I really havent been up much at all and i opted to use the crutches instead of hte wheelchair, which is defiantly harder at only the two week mark. I tried to put my leg up in most of my classes, because i stil cant keep it down for more then 10 minutes at a time without getting a tingly pounding sensation. About halfway through the day my knee was hurting pretty bad so i took some tylenol to finish out the rest of the day, but now i am very tired. The swelling went up a lot, my knee looks like a big softball! which is to be expected i knew. The bruising is absolutly disgusting though, ugh.  Im alive though! i made it through my first day back :)

My mom is a youth leader at our chuch, so i am going to go up there tonight but ill probably leave half way through, i dont want to over do it to bad.

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: shortyclairebear on February 27, 2007, 09:32:58 PM
hi kelsey glad your first day back went well!! your'e doing really well!! my knee looks "softball" looking today as well as i twisted it in the brace during the night as my leg came off the cushions!!
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: brianne on February 27, 2007, 10:32:55 PM
Kelsey,

The increase in swelling is to be expected as today was your first real big increase in activity.  Sounds like you did a good job.  Take it easy at Youth Group, but have fun too. 

School will get easier from here on out...the first day is always the hardest.  My first day back at work was hard, but each day after that got easier.  I think a lot of it is retraining yourslef to be up and active again.  Your body is used to resting and now it is not resting.

Brianne
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on February 28, 2007, 01:51:32 AM
Brianne,

I definatly know what you mean. My mom tonight was like "so do you want to take the wheelchair tomorrow?" And i just said no, it will really only get better from here. I thought the same thing about not being used to being up and around, and that will get better with time.

Well i just got back from youth group and i am quite exhusted. Now that i have my leg back up it feels better already, so i have some time to rest before i do it all again!!

Hope everyone had a good day.

Kelsey :)
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: RMancini on February 28, 2007, 05:59:27 PM
Kelsey:

Sounds to me like you're doing great.  All normal stuff.  You will be passing me and Bri soon.  ; )
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on March 01, 2007, 12:31:19 AM
DAY 15

My second day back at school was today. I decided to stick with the crutches, but did put a little more weight on my leg because my arms and other leg are sore. It went ok again, still increased pain and swelling but i know this is to be expected, theres no way around it and it will get better from here. Once i got home i put my leg right up and put my cyrocuff on to help control the swelling a little.

The back of my leg has really been bothering me, especially when i go to bend it when im sitting or something and i couldnt figure out why. But when i was in the shower i took a look and the whole back of my knee is bruised to, big purple bruises. I guess thate explains it! haha I am amazed by the bruising this time, my calf and shin are bad and now the back. it certainly makes for a sore leg. Not sure what to do about the bruises, I guess they will just go away in time.

Hope everyone else had a good day, thinking of shade as her TTT was today and of Claire and her accident.

kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: goalie on March 01, 2007, 01:19:06 AM
Kelsey,

Glad things are going okay for you being back at school.  I am sure you are happy to be back with your friends.  Hopefully you don't have too much work to catch up on.

I too had the biggest bruise on the back of my knee - I was shocked too!  It was worse behind my knee and at the edge of my foot by my ankle than anywhere else.  It must be where the OS grabs the knee to manipulate it during surgery.

Take Care, Goalie
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on March 01, 2007, 10:52:48 PM
Day 16

I cant wait for this first week of school to be over with, because i am exhusted! Today went a little better maybe, still waiting for getting around so much to get a bit easier. We probably wont have school tomorrow anyways, big storm headed this way. Im really anxious to start PT on monday and start making some real progress. My other knee is holding up very well, ive had to hop and bounce and twist and just move around on it in ways that would normall equal an instant dislocation. It is sore but i think thats to be expected with PWB.

Goalie,
It is nice to be back. Im a people person so i didnt like sitting home for two weeks with just vistors and my family so i missed my friends! I dont actually have toooo much work just because it was the week before vacation and then the week of vacation that i missed. Much better then the last surgery. Hope things are going well for you.

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Stacey on March 01, 2007, 11:48:02 PM
Kelsey
Congrats on doing so well only 16 daysafter! I was laid up for 15 days with pain at a 9 or 10 the slowly got better~ The bruse took so long to go away on the back of my leg, but PT will help tons! good luck with that on Monday! Glad you are feeling so well! get some rest!
Stacey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on March 03, 2007, 03:21:44 PM
DAY 18

Well yesterday we had a snow day! So i got to stay home from school and catch up on some much needed rest. I iced my leg and kept  it up for most of the day, and there is a big improvement in the swelling and pain. It was nice to have a day to relax after the first week back! Even a little of the bruising is starting to fade on one side of my leg, not on the other yet though.

Im starting to put more and more weight on my leg when im walking, and I think about 50 % now which is what my OS told me. Last time i didn tknow how to go about putting 50% of my weight on my leg while walking until i went to PT and she taught me the correct way to walk. This time i think i have a head start because im already walking with the heel to toe motion, so im hoping this will help me out a bit.

I cant wait to start PT on monday!!

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: brianne on March 03, 2007, 10:33:47 PM
Kelsey,

Hooray for snow days!  My office had a few snows days while I was out after my surgery...helped me not loose any pay.  :)

Good luck when you start PT on Monday.  Sounds like things are going well for you.

Hopefully the bruising will continue to decrease. 

Brianne
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on March 06, 2007, 01:39:53 AM
DAY 20
I had my first PT today. It went pretty good, pretty much what i expected. I bent my leg to 80 degrees, even though my brace is still set on 40. I worked on quad sets with the towel, and ROM on my stomache. I also did the bike, not going all the way around of course. She moved my knee cap around some and immediately says "WOW your knee is not going anywheres!" SHe said she thinks he got this one super tight, and it seemed to scar down more after the surgery so she thinks i will have a harder time getting my ROM back then last time.

So my exercises for home are...

1) Bike to stretch my leg out, not all the way around
2) ankle pumps
3) quad sets with a towel under my knee for support
4)ROM on stomach
5) leg lights on stomach (little leg lifts haha)

I was supposed to go back this week cause i go twice a week but she is out of town, and i wont be able to do much more then that until next week anyways. So ive already done all these things a bunch tonight, my leg is nice and tired. Its so nice to have something to work on

Today went better back at school, running off a whole weekend of rest. Besides the fact im wicked tired cause i have to get up at 5 in the morning to be to my PT appointment at 6:30!!!!

The pain was somewhat less and the bruising is starting to fade more as well. I could actually put a shoe on my foot today. progress ;D

hope everyone had a great day!

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: brianne on March 06, 2007, 01:46:27 AM
Kelsey,

It is interesting because your PT exercises differ from what I did early on...but its known that the same surgery has different post-op protocols. 

Isn't it nice to be able to wear a shoe again?

I got my ROM back so much quicker with this second one.  I guess each surgery can be a little different in what happens.

Brianne
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: RMancini on March 06, 2007, 03:56:21 PM
Kelsey:

You are doing great.  With your bruising and your pain going away...  and your progress coming along, it looks like everything is heading in the right direction.

Am very happy for you. 80 degrees ROM at the three week period is very good.  You are going to be able to make that bike pedal go all the way around in the next couple of days and then you'll be at 110 degrees before you know it.

I can remember not long ago you were not sleeping through the night, you were enduring blood rushes, bad pain in your leg, you were worried about ROM..    and now you're flying along. 

Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on March 07, 2007, 10:32:08 PM
THREE WEEKS

Well i just passed the three week mark yesterday. and the difference in huge from last week in school and stuff. the pain is minimual now, even when i am up. of course im tired and sore by the end of the day, but everyone who has this done knows what i mean. around the three week mark you usually hit a turning point and everything seems a lot easier. im so happy!

Brianne,
what did you do your first few weeks of PT?

Rob,
your right, the progress is much more noticeable now. How are you doing?

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: brianne on March 08, 2007, 01:54:01 AM
Kelsey,

My first few weeks of PT were mostly ROM, basic strengthening, and reducing swelling.  Typical exercises included:
* Wall Slides
* Heel Slides
* Short Arc Quads
* E-Stim
* SLR's
* Massage
* Ultrasound
* lots and lots of ice

What are you doing in PT?

You are right, it seems to get a lot easier after week three.

Keep up the good work.

Brianne
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: shade on March 08, 2007, 03:09:12 PM
Kelsey,

Congrats, things seem to be moving along with your rehab.  Glad to hear you've turned another corner and feeling less pain, that's GREAT.  Take care.....

Brianne,   OMG that sounds like a big workout - makes me tired - he!! he!!  I've been laying around elevating and icing since my rehab doesn't begin for awhile, then the recumbent bike becomes my best friend.  Oh well, we all reach the end game despite the different protocols. 

Have a great knee day everyone.  ~shade   
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on March 10, 2007, 02:43:30 PM
Hey everyone!

Im sorry its been so long, i dont even know what day it is. its almost 4 weeks though. ive been busy this past week between school and everything else. my knee feels so great, of course i stil have the brace and crutches but its just such a big improvement, the pain is minimal now. i love it! ;D Ive just been working on PT and stuff, waiting to go back on tuesday to find out if ive made much progress.

Brianne,
sounds like our PT protocals are much different as wel, we are just on complete opposite ends of the spectrum!! haha. I hope your knees are both doing well, i know your not having much luck with the shoulder yet.

Shade,
How is your pain so far? Your defiantly right about reaching the end besides the different protocals, couldnt be more true. From what ive read,  I think both our OS's seem to have a more consevative approach.

Have a good day everyone!!

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on March 14, 2007, 11:43:56 PM
ONE MONTH

give or take a day or two, its been a little over a month since my surgery. Things are really going good, still hobbling around with the brace nad crutches, about 50 percent of my weight on my leg.

 My knee feels great, the brusing is gone and the scar looks a little thinner and better then my other one. The pain is almost non existant most of the time, except for soreness ands tuff like that and when i do PT.

PT is going really good. I have a lot of exercises im doing. This might not sound like much to people like Brianne or others who move along faster, but i can do a good quad set and just started doing SLR!!! That is so exciting for me because last time it was almost two months before i had the muscle control to do that, so im hoping everything will move along fast this time.

The only real problem is i have a really bad rash on my leg that is super itcy. We dont think it is because of the brace because it is all over my leg.  Ive tried using different itch lotions like bendry and calamine lotion but it only works for a little bt. anyone have any ideas?? its driving me up the wall!!

Sorry i havent posted in so long, ive been super busy. We had our basketball banquet tonight to end our season offically, and my 16th birthday is next week!!!! Im going to be leaving for a youth retreat on march 23 (my birthday) so im pretty excited about that. Hope everyone else is doing great....rob, brianne, tangerine, claire, shade....


 :)

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: brianne on March 15, 2007, 01:43:50 AM
Kelsey,

Sounds like you are doing great.  I heal quick, but that is just me.  That is exciting about your birthday coming up soon.

As for me...I am not doing so good right now.  I have a really sharp pain and swelling in my tibia.  My shoulder is also really painful.  Oh well, I'll get better and be back on track.

Brianne
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on March 15, 2007, 11:06:26 AM
Brianne,
do you know what is causing the pain in your tibia? I know the shoulder thing is kind of up in the air right now. Maybe you should talk to you physical therapist?

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: goalie on March 16, 2007, 02:25:00 AM
Hi Kelsey,

Question - do you get a lot of swelling near your incision where they did the TTT?  If I am one my leg for any length of time it balloons up on me and then I can't really bend my knee.  Just wondering if this is normal - as we had our surgeries around the same time.  I am also freaking out over the different OS protocols.  I was allowed to FWB at 3 weeks with the immobilizer on and now am panicking that maybe my bone isn't healing.  I see the OS on March 28th for x-rays. I don't have a lot of pain with FWB and still use the immobilzer for walking for another few days.  He said at 6 weeks post-op I could ditch it.  I am at 5 weeks today.  Just wondering why there are such varying protocols.  Thanks,  Goalie
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: Kelsey on March 16, 2007, 07:49:03 PM
Goalie,

My leg still swells up a lot. My knee is literally, just like you said, a balloween by the end of the school day. And it does make it a lot harder to bend, because of hte extra fluid in there.

Why do you think your bone isnt healing?

The OS protocals vary so much with this surgery. Im not sure why it is, but every OS seems to have his way of doing things. My OS seems to have a longer and more conservative protocal, but it works for me. Brianne's OS has a very fast protocal which also works for her. Everyone is different.

Kelsey
Title: Re: Kelsey's TTT
Post by: RMancini on March 20, 2007, 03:36:26 PM
Goalie:

That swelling is quite normal.

Here's what is happening to you.

You leave your leg in the down position for awhile... the blood vessels in the leg expand as gravity brings blood to them (just like the blood rushes we felt after surgery).... and with that expansion of vessels comes more volume in the leg and hence, swelling in the leg.

Prop it up as often as you can throughout the day... and take walks as often as possible to get your heart rate going and moving blood around the body.

It will help. 

Rob