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Title: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 09, 2007, 04:23:36 PM
I told myself that I probably would not do a post-op diary but as I sit here, bored to death, I have decided that the information that I have found on the different sites actually helped me to make some pretty informed decisions and to ask the right questions when preparing for my surgery.   So,  I've decided what do I have to lose????? 

I am 38 years old, married, and I have four children ( three daughters and one son) my daughters ages are 19, 17, 17, and my son is 5.  Yes, I have twins and there is quite a gap between the twins and the 5 year old.  We adopted our son from Colombia when he was 9 months old.  We have a four year old golden retriever and a thirteen year old cat.

My knee history is: 2005 left knee meniscus repair


Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 09, 2007, 05:10:49 PM
Well I was in the middle of putting my knee  history and pushed the wrong button sorry...

Knee History:  March 2005 Left Knee Meniscus Repair
                    June 2005 Left Knee Lateral Release
                    September 2005 Right Knee Lateral Release
                    February5, 2007 Left Knee Meniscus Repair
                    May 7, 2007  Left Knee Fulkerson Tibial Osteotomy

My surgery was this past Monday and went very well.  The anesthesiologist and I discussed what was the safest and what would help with the pain after the surgery regarding anesthesia.  I am normally one that wants general so that I don't know anything that is going on but with this surgery I was very concerned with pain management.  Both the OS and anesthesiologist agreed that the spinal block is safest and with versed and fentinal I wouldn't be aware of what was going on.  I asked about pain management and was told that there were two different kinds of blocks - one is a 24 hour block done on the fermoral nerve and the other is done using the ON-Q medicine ball that attaches to the fermoral nerve and numbs the quads and knee area.  I chose the ON-Q med ball and have had complete control of the amount of medicine - I have had it on very low yet it has been very effective in controlling my pain.  It has lessened the need to use as much of the vicodin for pain.  The drawback, however, is that is does numb the quad so I am having a hard time doing the quad exercises.  It also is only for two days so it will be taken out tomorrow - originally I was told that I could keep it in for up to 4 to 5 days if there is medicine left but the Dr. just called and said it needs to come out so that the quads start kicking in.  I'm sure that is a good plan.

So, I am two days post-op and even though I have this block I can tell that I am having more pain within the knee itself.  I am definately feeling some pain that I did not feel yesterday.  I'm really anxious/nervous about what this is going to feel like when this medicine ball is taken out and I have nothing but the regular pain meds to rely on.  I also start physical therapy on Friday - so I have a lot to think about sitting here.  I am currently nwb and 0 rom.  I am assuming that this may change after I go to physical therapy.

It is really interesting to read how each persons road to recovery is different.

On a lighter side of things I am finding some humor in not being able to do everything for everybody in this house.  In the days leading up to surgery I found myself getting really tense and trying to get everything done in order to make "things" as easy on my husband and kids as possible.  I am a bit obsessed about keeping the house clean and keeping laundry done, etc.  So, as I hobble to the bathroom biting my tongue so as not to start spouting out orders like a drill sargeant I am reminded that the house will not fall apart just because they have chosen to play "Jenga" with the trash.

This is a true test of patience....
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: lilrosie06 on May 09, 2007, 05:23:51 PM
Hi Glinda. Glad you decided to do a post op diary. And glad your surgery went well. Ive never had a TTT, but am facing a TKR, probably in June. Had appt. scheduled for tomorrow so that I could schedule the surgery, but OS had family emergency, so I get to wait another week. Oh well. :-\

I am already trying to get things done around the house in anticipation of the upcoming surgery. So I know exactly how you felt in that respect. I have 3 teenage daughters...20,17,15. The oldest lives with dad, but my sig others daughter, who is 16 lives with us. So have 17, 16, 15 in the house now. YIKES. All girls....It helps that Rick is a clean freak like me, so will keep them and the house in line when I am laid up.

Ive beenon the board since Jan. 05, so if you want to read about more of my knee stuff, click on my name and will give you the opportunity to bring up all my posts.

Ive heard alot of good things about the ON Q. Do you have to have a spinal to get that? Or can you have general and still get it? Not sure if they will do it with a TKR, as they like to get  you up and moving immediately.

I know what you mean about getting bored. Im not s sit around person myself. Rick is getting me a laptop, so Ill be here alot, I am sure.

Please write back. I need to run now, but will check later.

Donna
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 09, 2007, 07:36:54 PM
Hey Donna, I know that they were willing to use the ON-Q with general if I had chosen that option.  I don't know if it is an option with tkr though since they do want you to be up and about right away.  You should definitely check into it - maybe they could put it on the lowest amount of medicine.  Should your OS only want you to use the lowest setting he/she could have the anesthesiologist lock that setting so that it cannot be changed.  I hope this helps.

It's a bummer that your appointment had to be moved - I guess those things happen but it doesn't help the nerves, does it?  Keep me posted, I'll be thinking of you.  Good Luck.

Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 10, 2007, 02:31:32 AM
Hi Glinda,  Glad to hear you are hanging in OK. The house will not fall apart - Once your girls/husband run out of clean dishes or cloths they will figure out that things do not magically get done - HA HA!!. Only kidding, I'm sure they are being very helpful. Remember to keep up with the pain meds - it will help when the on-q is taken away. 

Donna - My OS does use the On-Q with both a general and a TKR.  He ueses the On-q with all major open surgery as he finds it most helpful the first few days of recovery.  Mine was a god sent.

Have a nice night everyone - I'm off to bed!
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 10, 2007, 04:20:27 AM
Hi Glinda,  I'm glad you started a diary!  I wasn't going to do one either, but then I realized it's fun once you start, and you get to meet lots of cool people who you share something in common!  I'm talking about owning dogs of course, but now that I think about it, we all have knee problems too.  What a coincidence!  ;D

So enjoy being waited on while you can.  Although right now you're probably so uncomfortable it's hard to enjoy anything.  :(
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: lilrosie06 on May 10, 2007, 04:43:15 AM
Glinda and Karen...Thanks so much for the helpful info. I will be sure to ask about it when I finally get to go for my appt. now, not next week either, but the week after...the 24th....

Thanks so much.
DONNA
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 10, 2007, 03:12:10 PM
Ackkkkkk - if only I could sleep.   I am lucky to get two hours of sleep without waking up.  I think right now my biggest problem is swelling even though I am on constant ice and elevation.  The only time I get up is to go to the bathroom.  The other thing keeping me from sleeping is the imobilizer - I am used to sleeping on my side in the fetal position. If Anyone has any suggestions for sleep please pass them on.  I'm beginning to feel very sleep deprived and cranky.   I'm not having a lot of pain yet because I still have the ON-Q medicine ball ( I am removing it today at lunchtime) so I am sure I will begin having REAL PAIN. I am trying to prepare myself by starting to take my oral pain medicine every 4 hours today. 

Yes, I know they will catch on that to get clean clothes they do have to wash them - ha ha!!! They are actually doing a pretty good job - I haven't been upstairs or downstairs since surgery and I don't plan on going there anytime soon - so whether the laundry is actually being done or not is really a mystery.  I do know the dishes are being done since I see the kitchen each time I make my hike to the bathroom - so they are keeping up with that part of the chores.  It is all kind of funny to see how they do things versus how I think things have to be done.  In the end they do get done - just not my way.  It's all good.  ;D

Our dog, Atticus, has been checking up on me regularly throughout each day since my surgery - he comes up and just lays his head in my lap and looks up at me.  I don't know what I would do without my pooch.  Karen - I love Foster's smile.  I let my little boy see his picture - he thought it was really cute.

It is good to hear that the ON-Q will be able to be used for your surgery if your anesthesiologist does that Donna.  I will keep my fingers crossed for your appt. on the 24th.

Rachel, I am anxious to hear how your surgery went.  I will check your diary.  Hope you are doing well.

Well we are going to watch Charlotte's Web with my 5 year old son.  That should take up a couple hours of this longgggggg day.   I am so not used to just sitting still. 

If anyone has any advise on sleep and swelling please pass it on.

take care.
Glinda


Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: 2ndmate on May 10, 2007, 05:35:48 PM
Hey Glinda

I'm so glad you have started a diary too.  It does help pass the time, and helps other s who will be going thru the same things later.  I probably read every TTT diary at this site.

I'm really going to ask about the On-Q thing if I ever get my surgery.

I actually found sleeping on my stomach was comfortable - especially if you really spread your legs far apart.
sleeping on your side - put your bad leg on top was best for me.

I can't imagine having so many people around - my misery does NOT love company.

Have patience, keep AHEAD on your pain meds, and take it easy.

Jane
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 10, 2007, 10:30:59 PM
Hey Glinda,

I'm beginning to feel very sleep deprived and cranky.

I hate to say this - I still feel this way 3 weeks 2 days later.  I just could not be sleep deprived anymore, I had to ask my OS for something to help me sleep.  It has helped but I still only sleep about 5 to 6 hours a night - Better then nothing when you have to work 9 to 12 hours a day looking at numbers all day!

On a lighter side - It sounds like the house is surviving OK - congrat's and don't fret over it too much!  Is Atticus a Golden?  I love Goldens! Such lovebugs. Make sure Atticus takes good care of you and lets your husband know when you need something (dogs have a amazing sense when there is something wrong or when you are not feeling well).  Foster would love your son,  he loves kids and is so good with them.  I let him swim with some of the kid who live near my parents.  It is so cute.

(http://render2.snapfish.com/render2/is=Yup6aQQ%7C%3Dup6RKKt%3AxxrKUp7BHD7KPfrj%3DQofrj7t%3DzrRfDUX%3AeQaQxg%3Dr%3F87KR6xqpxQQn0xe0GxP0nxv8uOc5xQQQ0G0neJPaPJqpfVtB%3F*KUp7BHSHqqy7XH6gXPlG%7CRup6lQQ%7C/of=50,590,442)

Though I have to admit that smile almost got him a "free to good home" sign right after my surgery (OK - Not really - I could not get rid of him for anything) but he would sit and just look at me for hours.  Nothing else - Just look at me, just like that picture.  It drove me up a wall.  All is better now he is over the I have to watch mom and make sure she is OK thing. Who knows that that was.

So,  How are you feeling today?  Did you take the On-Q out?  My OS took mine out.  Keep up with the pain meds - they really will help and once you get past the first few days things will get better!

Oh Yea - Another good movie to watch with your son is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - One of my Favs!

Take Care,
Karen 

Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 10, 2007, 11:27:52 PM
Yes, I took the ON-Q out and I want it back!  It certainly worked and I really miss it.  The good thing is that I am able to flex my quad so it is not "dead" again.  I was so worried that after all of my PT before the surgery I would lose my quad again especially after having had the ON-Q in since Monday.  I know that I will obviously lose a lot of strength but it is at least firing this time after surgery.  I am taking the oral pain medicine every four hours today - I am amazed at how much my shin hurts and how I have weird stabs of pain into the knee area. 

Karen - I hate to hear that you are not sleeping well still.  I was hoping that it would be a very temporary situation.  I'm glad that you were able to get some medicine to help out especially since you are working.  Right now I guess I don't have much to complain about since I'm not working but if this continues I may also have to mention it to my Dr. to see if there is something they can prescribe.  The mixture of no sleep and pain just does not make for a happy camper especially when I'm stuck here on this couch with little to do... Yuk!!!!  :(

Atticus is a golden and he is the best dog we have ever had.  My son and he are best buddies - they play for hours just romping around.  Our dog loves the water also - we have a hard time keeping him out of the water when we go to our cottage up North in Michigan.  I had my son look at Foster's picture in the water and he said, "Hey, is that when we were at the cottage?" He thought Foster had Atticus' ball - I had to explain to him that Foster didn't have Atticus' ball.  It was pretty funny.

Jane - I don't think I can do the stomach sleeping - at least not yet.  I am having quite a bit of pain right now in my knee cap area and in my shin.  I'm hoping I am having the "bad" pain over the next few days and it will start getting better.  Right now it is pretty painfull and really swollen.  My toes look like little sausage links. 

I changed the dressing last evening - the incision is about three inches long and looks really good as far as incisions go.  I also have two incisions where the scope was inserted.  My knee was really swelled up last evening - I couldn't really tell where the kneecap was.  My foot, ankle and toes are swelled to the point of being very painful.  The area along the shin and down has a little swelling but I think the ace bandage wrap and the imobilizer are snug enough to keep that down.  I'm also icing and elevating constantly other than when I get up to go to the bathroom.

Sooooo.....that just about sums up life around here for today.  I hope all is well with everyone.
Take care.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 11, 2007, 01:21:37 AM
Oh, I wanted my On-Q back too.  I asked for it back at my 2 week appt with my OS.  He just laughed at me!

I taught Foster that "Puppy Paws" were not allowed in the pool until "human paws" are in the pool.  Though there have been times I opened the back door to find a drowned rat.

The conversation with your son sounds so cute.  5 year olds come up with some of the best things.  I'm glad he could make you laugh.  At least it could take your mind off things for a few mins.  He is a great distraction!

Please don't let my sleep problems discourage you.  I'm not the best sleeper to begin with.  That may have something to do with my problem.  I hope your problem is only temp but if not don't be afraid to ask you OS for something to help.

Have a nice night and try really hard to get some sleep!
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on May 11, 2007, 06:28:13 AM
Ack, just wrote a really long message then my network connection dropped and I lost it before i could post! 

Anyway...Glinda, so glad you did a post-op diary.  I just noticed it today - haven't checked out much of the new stuff in the last couple days.  Sorry you're still having a bunch of pain & swelling, but unfortunately that is just par for the course with knee surgeries - nobody ever said this would be fun, right?   :-\  I feel your pain with the sleeping issue - I'm normally a side sleeper too and had a hard time sleeping on my back so much - especially when I was stuck in a CPM machine all night...pure torture!  I found that I could eventually get on my good side with a bunch of pillows under the bad knee to keep it straight and aligned with the body.  The first time you get to roll over it will feel soooo good!  Hopefully the swelling will continue to improve too.  Don't let Atticus see those toes - he might think they really are some yummy sausages!!!   ;D

Karen, that's such an adorable photo of Foster in the pool!  Maile (the lab) loves the water too, but our cattle dog max hates it!  They love the snow though!!!
(http://www.muddypuppy.com/sarah/Maile_max_snow.jpg)

Hope the house survives!!!  It's great that your husband and the kids are helping out!  A great Mother's Day gift!!!

Hope you're sleeping soundly right now!!!!

Sarah
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: 2ndmate on May 11, 2007, 04:27:01 PM
Hi Glinda

Glad you have made it "to the other side", and are heading in the right direction - even if it is a painful one.  I am soooo jealous of everyone's dogs and cats.  No pets for me - they might get hungry when I'm gone for 6 months at a time - but I love animals and would love to have something to cuddle up to.  I do have a "grand-dog" Ella - a mutant mutt my daughter found in Costa Rica.  She loves to surf and play with anybody or anything.

Be sure to keep up with your pain-meds - - and have patience. (I keep telling myself that one too)

Jane
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 11, 2007, 11:13:46 PM
I took my first shower that night.... awwww did that feel good.  But boy was that a lot of work.  I am amazed at how much energy it zaps out of a person to get ready for a shower, take the shower, and then to get resituated with the ice and leg elevated.  WOW! 

Today I had to go to a meeting with my daughter's teachers and counselor at the high school - so I had to ride in the car for the first time without the ON-Q hooked up (have I mentioned that I really miss my ON-Q?).  I don't think they construct roads with us in mind.  How inconsiderate.  Anyway,  I definitely felt every crack in the road and by the time we arrived at the school (1 mile from out home) most of the pain I was having was just from me being so tense.  My mantra is now RELAX RELAX RELAX  The ride home was a little better since I went into it with the mindset of relaxing no matter what.

Right after lunch I then had my first physical therapy appointment.  After reading several other peoples entries my assumption was that my first couple of visits to my PT would be mostly the therapist doing hands on stimulation and working on ROM.  I was not prepared for really really really pushing myself to do quad flexes while lifting the leg both while on my back and while on my side, ankle pumps and then using a towel to stretch the back of the calf while doing the pump and  holding, and the real miracle that I am so very proud of is that I was able to knee bend to a ROM of 60degrees.  I am also to begin toe touch walking with my crutches and imobilizer on.  On Monday we are working on ROM of 90 degrees - that makes me a little nervous because it definitely did not want to go any further than 60 today so we'll see.

I just want to tell all of you how much I appreciate the encouragement and the ability to come here to ask  just about any question knowing someone will have gone through the same thing or at least know what I am talking about.  I know that I can call the Dr's office but having the support of all of you that have actually gone through the same thing has been so very helpful in easing my constant worries about the numerous "unknown" things going into this type of surgery - such as how bad will the pain be, how to prepare ahead of time around the house, etc. etc. etc.  I don't know what I would have done without all of the information and support that you all helped me with - I thank you so very much. 

Awwww Jane I would loan you an animal if I lived near you for your recoup time - although I have found that it is quite difficult to take care of the cat and dog right now.  The feeding and and putting out to go potty for the dog and cat has been left to the kids and my husband.  The dog is a real lover and is very gentle - I think he can sense that my knee is messed up right now - but I don't think at this point I would have the energy to be up and around enough to let Atticus out every time he gets the notion to watch nature or lay in the sun.  I can see how, with your job, it is nearly impossible to have a pet.  It is too bad they don't have some kind of shared custody of dogs for people that are gone for extended periods but that want to still have pupsters.  I just know how much our dog adds to our family - if you lived near us we would gladly keep a dog for someone while they were gone in order for them to have it while they were back.  We just love dogs.

So, Jane how are you doing?  Seen any good movies lately?  I'm going to send my husband out to get some for the weekend so if you have any suggestions?????

Hello Sarah - good to hear from  you.  Cute pic of the pups.  My golden loves the snow also.  He puts his whole face into the snow and rolls until he is completely caked with snow.  It's pretty funny.  It's kind of funny how these pooches can become such a part of our families.

Today while I was at physical therapy (yikes) the PT mentioned using a pillow between my legs while laying on my good side to see if this makes me comfortable for sleep - it sounds like what you used to do Sarah.  I think I am going to try that tonight.

Karen - I hope your week has gotten better.  Yeh, I realize everyones sleep is probably different and I am trying not to get too discouraged.  I have noticed that since starting the vicodin that I have been "foggy headed" and very quick to cry.  I hate that.  That was one thing that was really good about the ON-Q - not having to rely on these pain meds so much.  I will adjust.

Well, sorry I have once again rambled...off I go..my daughter is going to get chinese for supper for just the two of us. 
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on May 12, 2007, 04:30:55 AM
Glinda, great job at PT today!!!  It sounds like you worked hard and reaped the benefits.  Hopefully you won't be too sore from it tomorrow.  At least you get to start working your quad fairly early...it's so hard to get it back once it completely goes away.  I don't think my thighs will ever be the same size!  And it's great that you are able to get out of the house a little...it's so hard being cooped up all day.  Even just the most boring errands can be so exciting once you've been laid up for a while!

I hope the pillow between your legs works tonight!!  And yes, vicodin combined with just the physical and mental exhaustion (and the pain) of surgery does make us overly sensitive and emotional...I think it's really a combination of everything.  That's what we're here for!!!  Feel free to cry on our virtual shoulders whenever I need to!!!  Even though I have been checking out this site for a few years, I never joined until recently and now I wish I had for my earlier surgeries.  I think it would have helped so much! 

Sending you good sleep vibes...hope you all have a good night!
Sarah
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 12, 2007, 05:46:47 AM
Glinga,  Way to go on PT! (Big cheer!!!)  You did great today :D.  You will be able to hit 90 degrees before you know it! I wish I was allowed to start PT so early.  Keep it up! 

Sarah - Love the picture. They are so cute together in the snow!   Sometimes I wish Foster had a friend and I have thought of getting another dog.  Then I realize Foster is a handful sometimes and decide one is enough for me!  Foster can outsmart me and I don't need 2 teaming up on me (HA HA)

Sleep Tight!
Karen

btw - I did have a much better day today - I cut it short and that seems to have made a difference.
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 12, 2007, 06:45:56 PM
Good job Glinda!  You're progress is so encouraging!  Let us know how the sleeping went.  ;)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: 2ndmate on May 14, 2007, 09:52:54 PM
Hey Glinda

I week down ! !  How are you feeling today?  I hope your pain and swelling have become more manageable.  Are you still Icing?

I envy your showers - it's been 2 weeks since I've had one - Ick ! 

How about a progress report?

2ndmate Jane
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 14, 2007, 10:44:41 PM
Hello, sorry I haven't been on for a couple of days.  I haven't felt well at all.  I have been so sick to my stomach, headache and my knee and shin have really kicked up the pain over the last couple of days.  I am finally feeling a little better today - at least my stomach and head are.  My knee is about the same.

 I had physical therapy today and was able to reach 90 degrees for ROM.  So for the next two weeks I will just work at 90 degrees and hopefully that will come easier and easier before I move on.  I'm just excited that I am actually reaching the goals and that I am seeing the progress of the hard work in just a short amount of time.  I'm sure that the next few weeks are going to be more and more demanding so I will just try to remain upbeat and up for the challenge.

Jane - yeh the showers are nice but I have only taken two in the last week because I just don't have the energy by the time I get everything into the bathroom.  I've settled for showers every other day and washing my hair in the kitchen sink on the other days along with spit baths.  Doesn't that sound sexy?

Gotta go to eat - I'll be back on later to check on everyone elses sites.

Glinda (giege)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 15, 2007, 03:54:08 AM
Glinda, I'm so sorry you haven't been feeling well.  :( Is it your pain meds?  Or some other bug you have?

Good job on the PT!  I'm a bit envious actually......my OS said I can't do any PT for several weeks.  I wonder what makes one patient ready and not another?  So I've been doing ankle rotations and that's about it.   I worry that when it's actually time to do something real, my leg will be dead.  Ugh.

Anyhow, I REALLY hope you feel better soon.  I can't imagine how awful it must be to be sick to your stomach when it's hard enough to get to the damn bathroom as it is!  I'm keeping my fingers and little sausage toes crossed for you.

 :-* -Rach
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 16, 2007, 04:18:22 AM
Yesterday 5-14-07 was one week Post-Op -  I went into this surgery expecting the worst and believe me I have had my moments and days that were pretty bad but so far I think my expectations were much worse than what I have experienced so far.  Keep in mind that I am only one week into this.

 I have had two appts with my PT and both of those appts went very well.   I reached the goals that were set out by my OS and by my PT to reach ROM of 60 degrees by  post-op day 4 and then 90 degrees by day 7.  For the next two weeks I will stay at 90 degrees.  I am still using my imobilizer and have been told that I will have that for 6 weeks - I am using crutches and am doing light toe touch pressure on the leg as I walk with the crutches.  On thursday my PT will be teaching me the amount of pressure or weight to put on my leg to equal 50% of that side of my body.  Physical therapy is extremely intense and really wipes me out for the day - I am so glad that I have such a great PT.  The fact that I have developed a relationship over time with my PT helps with the trust issue when there is so much pain involved with the therapy.  And the PAIN in the evenings since I am now doing exercises twice a day is almost more than I can stand sometimes.  I ice, elevate, switch positions, re-wrap my leg, and then when all else fails I resort to meditation.  Believe me I don't do that often but I was taught how to do it several years ago for my severe migraines and it has come in handy a couple of times this past week.  Pretending that I am on a sandy beach in Florida with the sound of the waves slapping in the distance always calms and soothes me.  ahhhhhhhh   Whatever works.  So, my suggestion for anyone out there that is going to have this surgery or that has had this surgery be prepared for times when even the pain meds don't completely take the edge off.  If you are aware of this going into it - it won't completely take you by surprise and you can try to work your way through the pain.

I am still taking vicodin for pain - every now and then I am able to go eight hours without anything but when evening comes I end up needing it pretty badly.  I am pretty sure that my headaches and nausea are related to the vicodin so I would love to be able to stop taking that soon.  I have tried taking it with food and without food - nothing seems to help.  I just think my stomach is messed up at this point because of the anti-inflamitories (spelling) I was  on before the surgery.   I go to see my OS's Nurse this Friday to have the stitches removed - I can hardly wait.  I am tired of wrapping it up to take showers.   

The swelling has gone down somewhat - at least in my foot and toes.  No more sausages. ha ha!!!  I think a lot of that is due to the exercises that I am doing.  As bad as it hurts to exercise it actually is for the better - can you believe that???   I know I was shocked also when my PT told me that.

So, before I go I really need to vent - I have been sitting here trying to be a good patient and I have tried very hard to not complain to my family so unfortunately I am going to vent to all of you.  MY FAMILY ARE SLOBS!!!!!  And I am their enabler.  I know that the first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem so I am admitting that I am the enabler I am not so sure that they will admit they are the SLOBS!  Okay I feel better.

Have a great night.
Glinda (giege)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: 2ndmate on May 16, 2007, 04:28:00 AM
Hello Glinda
Vent away - we've all been there. 

Sounds like you are doing OK except for nausea.  Ask for a different pain med - maybe that will help.  My high powered antibiotics really did me in - I know how you feel.  Just think of it as a cheap diet.

Your PT sounds pretty agressive.  What do you do besides ROM stuff?

Sorry about your family being slobs - now I'm glad I live alone - ha ha.

Take care of yourself - indulge.

Jane
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on May 16, 2007, 05:57:01 AM
Hi Glinda,

Good job with the ROM and all the exercises!  Sorry your stomach hasn't been responding well to the meds - perhaps some other meds would help, or maybe some anti-nausea med from your OS?

Ah, the spit baths, love those!  Hey, all you need is a little peanut butter on whaver area you need to be cleaned and Atticus should take care of the rest!   ;D  Too bad that won't work with the rest of the mess your family is making...

Sarah
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 16, 2007, 06:06:37 AM
Wow Glinda!  Again, I'm so proud (and more than a little envious) of your progress and ROM!  I'm so tempted to bend my leg just to see how much ROM I could attain, but that would probably be REALLY stupid!  :-\

Anyhow, you should definitely ask about switching your pain meds.  I'm on percoset and it hasn't bothered my stomach at all.  Well, except that I haven't done #2 since my surgery, but........never mind, sorry about the TMI!

But you should report that the pain meds are tearing you up, you shouldn't have to go through that when there are several other alternatives.  And I'm glad that your swelling is going down, I'm jealous!  I still have my cankle & snausage toes.  ;D
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on May 16, 2007, 06:16:01 AM
Rach,

One word:  PRUNES!!!!

(http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:NYtK1FUgRz1uQM:http://nuts-and-dryfruit.com/Infos/Images/prunes.jpg)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 16, 2007, 09:17:40 PM
Ha!  Sarah I knew I could count on you for a good visual!  I guess it worked because the um, issue, is no longer an issue. ;D
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on May 16, 2007, 09:21:45 PM
Rach,

Glad to hear everything came out OK.  (Groan.....)

Sarah
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 16, 2007, 09:34:23 PM
Sarah, you just couldn't resist, could ya!  :o ;D
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on May 16, 2007, 10:25:25 PM
Hey, somebody had to say it!!!   ;D
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 16, 2007, 10:44:57 PM
Sarah - What a riot about the prunes... Rachel don't let that get out of control.  I think my morning coffee must be what is keeping me pretty regular but I also know that letting it go for too long can really be painful.  Also, don't get worried about not doing the same PT schedule as my OS has prescribed - I think my OS is pretty aggressive - even my PT said he usually doesn't see TTT patients until at least the second week.  You will be fine and I am sure in the end you and I will have the same outcome so that is all that matters.  Don't do anything until they give you the all clear though because my PT gave me very clear directions on how to bend so as not to put pressure on any areas that could be damaged.  I know it gets frustrating - sorry.

I am going to check into getting my pain meds switched when I go in on Friday to see the nurse.  

Jane - right now  in PT I am doing 3 reps  of 10 quad flex legs lifts; 3 reps of 10 leg lifts while laying on my side; 15 ankle pumps; loop a towel around my foot and pull the toes lightly towards me to stretch the calf muscle - hold 30 seconds then let up 30 seconds do this 5 times; I sit at the end of the table and put my good foot under my surgery leg to help bring it down to the 90 degree position then back up to the straight position - repeat 15 times; lay flat on back with good leg at 90 degree angle slowly slide heel to bring surgery leg up 90 degree position then slowly slide back to straight position - this works better if you have a sock on - repeat this 15 times.  I am also putting slight toe touch pressure while I walk with crutches.  I do the exercises twice a day.  Tomorrow my PT is going to make the ROM  a little more difficult by having me lay on my stomach and bring my leg up that way ---??? I'm not sure how that will go - I just don't want him forcing the damn thing.  So far he hasn't had to do that.  Thank goodness.

Well - I am going to check in on everyone else later on after supper.
Hope all is well with all of you.
Glinda (giege)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: tangerine on May 16, 2007, 11:28:04 PM
hi Glinda,
I had to jump in here... as I am enjoying your diary, and have had 2 TTT's myself, the last one about 4 months ago. I am also a Mom, and I totally
relate to the enabling role. It's GOOD for the family to see for themselves what happens when they don't pick up. I had to do that with my husband
with regard to grocery shopping. Yes, it IS important to check the fridge before you leave for the store! He has had to return numerous times to
buy milk!

I would advise.. go easy on the ROM work. It does come with time. I have not found it useful or necessary to force the issue (literally).

Good luck!

Tangerine
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on May 17, 2007, 12:01:46 AM
Hi Glinda - also had to chime in and laugh about your kids.  I've got 3 boys and was actually scared the first time I left my bedroom (my recovery throne for the first two weeks!)...what I would find in let's say, their bathroom, etc had me cringing.  But then I thought, "how many times do we moms threaten to go on strike so they can see how slobby they all are?  Isn't this a perfect time to make that point?"  Surprisingly, after twice having to wear underwear out of the dirty laundy, they've all stepped up - even my 11-yr old who sometimes needs to be asked whether he used soap in the shower!  So, there's hope for your family, I promise!

By the way, I'm just over 5 wks out from my TTT, MR, LR, VMO etc and I can say that pushing it is not good!  I had achieved 105 ROM about 10 days ago and was so thrilled that I started do my exercises 3-4 times a day rather than the prescribed 2 times a day.  Well, out of the blue, my quad tendon started to be not so happy with all my "extra work" and nearly snapped in 1/2 on Monday.  Now my OS has ordered me to not go past 90 ROM until he sees me next.  I haven't been allowed to do straight leg lifts at all other than while on my side so you're doing great if you're managing to do those already!!  Keep up the good work - k
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 17, 2007, 05:41:45 PM
Krissie and Tangerine,

Thanks for making my family appear "normal" - it's funny how we as moms allow the appearance of our home to be a reflection of ourselves.  I am struggling to let that go right now - it's easier on the days that I take the pain meds every 4 hours - ha ha!  I haven't ventured into the jungle of upstairs or downstairs since my surgery (I have stayed on the main level) I am pretty sure I will need to hire a bulldozer to come in and my house will be condemned.  I'm sure at this moment there is probably mold growing in cups, glasses, bowls, in their rooms along with dozens of loads of laundry lying on their floors.  Oh well, what can I do?  Not much at this point other than try to keep a sense of humor.

Thank you also for advising me to not push myself to hard - the last thing I want to do is have a set back when I am doing pretty well.  It is good to hear from you.  Keep me advised as to how you are doing.

Glinda (giege)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 17, 2007, 08:27:42 PM
Hey Glinda, sorry that Sarah and I hijacked your thread for a bit!  ;D
Man, I can only imagine what I'd be feeling like if I had a bunch of teenagers "helping" me keep the house clean.  Hee hee!  Your descriptions of what must lurk in the mess cracked me up!  Scot's having a hard enough time keeping up with my "standards" of keeping the house clean with all the animals....cleaning litter boxes every day, scooping poop in the yard, etc.  I feel for you!  :-*
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 17, 2007, 09:53:51 PM
Hi Glinda,  Great job on the PT  ;D.  I finally get to start next week - about darn time  ;).

Sorry you family are such slobs.....Maybe we can find a 12 step recovery program for them (ha ha).

Have a nice night and keep up the good work!
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: pjbaker on May 17, 2007, 11:39:07 PM
Hey Glinda I just wanted to say good job on the PT. I am ready to start PT, but I will find out more when I go on Monday. Even though I have been through this before it's nice to talk to people who are going through this. As much as my family tries to understand that just can't. I love them to death because everyone has been amazing, but like I said it is good to talk to someone who is going through this.

PJ
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 18, 2007, 06:46:27 AM
Rachel/Sarah- I don't mind at all that you were conversing here.  I thought it was pretty funny actually.
Karen - Good Luck with PT!!
PJ - I know that families are well meaning but unless they've gone through this it is really hard to understand the ups and downs of knee recoup.  Feel free to come here any time to vent or ask anything - I may pop into your diary and do the same. 

Post-op Day 10 - Thursday

PT this morning - 90 degrees  ROM 

Attended my Spanish Class this evening (2 hours) -

PT is going really well.  I am reaching all of the goals set out by my OS and PT.  For the next two weeks I will maintain 90 degrees ROM and do the exercises twice  a day.  Originally I was supposed to be going in to PT twice a week but today I was told I only need to go in once a week since I am doing so well.  that was kind of a bummer since I really look forward to getting out of the house.

I decided to try to go to my Spanish class this evening.  I had to go up three flights of steps and then sit for two hours.  By the time it was time to leave I was in a lot of pain.  I'm not sure why I thought I could do this already - feeling very stir crazy probably.  Anyway,  my last class is next Thursday and yes i am going to try to make that one also.  Yes, I'm nuts.  I really want to learn Spanish.  The problem is that I'm not sure how much I am absorbing while I'm on these pain meds anyway.  ha ha.

Update on my messy house.... My oldest daughter must have noticed the state of the house because today she swept the main level, emptied all of the trash cans, cleaned the main bathroom ..... it must have been the melt down I had last evening - hey whatever works.

Thanks to all for listening to my rants.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on May 18, 2007, 05:10:30 PM
Hi Glinda, I got your note and am dying to know if you got your stitches out today...?  They took mine out in one long piece from each incision and I nearly kicked the PA in the face :o  Still, it feels so good when they're gone!

Okay, had my 6 week today and guess what, I'M FREEEEEEEEE!!  No brace, just crutches and hopefully driving in another week or so.  Holy Moly, talk about stimulation overload.  I nearly threw up leaving the office and trembled most of the ride home.  My stomach's a bit unsteady and I'm thinking I want to cry!  I know this is good news and my OS said it's my payoff for doing nothing but what he told me to do for the past 6 weeks (are you listening Rachel??).  He actually tried to trick me in the exam and asked me to do a SLR.  I looked at him blankly and said "But I haven't even tried one yet" - he smiled huge and said "Good girl - now do one."  Pushing aside my fear that my knee would snap, I did it and was overwhelmed!  Then he said, "Great, now I want you to do at least a million of those every day from now on." - Lovely.

I'm off to PT this afternoon - have new protocols...bike, treadmill, etc.  They told me to ice twice a day for 30 mins but beyond that it would be no more helpful.  No more elevated-above-my-heart stuff unless I do something stupid which I know I won't since it would mean leaving my children without a mother after my husband kills me.

My rash is holding steady, maybe a little better - we've concluded it's a contact allergic reaction either to the lotion used at PT or to the laundry soap used on the heated towels at PT.  Guess I won't be getting heat and massage like that again!  Until it's gone, I can't wrap it in the ace wrap which stinks since that helps with residual swelling when I have it. 

I gotta get ready for PT but I will get back to your note more later.....I'm hoping you had a great appt with your OS!! - Krissie 
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 18, 2007, 09:46:13 PM
See Krissie?  How do you expect me to behave when I'm reading about all the wonderful progress Glinda has made!  ;) Our TTT's were only 2 days apart and I'm not even STARTING PT for another couple weeks! 

Just kidding, I know better now.  ;D

Glinda, I commend you on trying to learn a new language right now!  Especially with all the stairs, and sitting in the classroom.  Let us know how the learning's going.  It might be just the thing to help mentally speed up your recovery!  And let's see if your oldest keeps cleaning the house, maybe she can enlist her brothers and dad into helping her?!?  Or is that a lost cause?  ;)

And Krissie, congrats again on your newfound freedom!  I guess good behaviour does pay off!  8)

-Rach
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on May 19, 2007, 01:05:44 AM
Okay, Rach, but Glinda must clearly be an overachiever because to be 10 days out and taking a class in anything is way beyond my abilities!!!  Honestly, I'm still finding out that I had phone conversations during that first 10 days that I don't even remember!  Go Glinda, Go!

As for the house stuff, I hope it continues.  One sure fire thing to motivate them, hide all the toilet paper and make them think the house has none...they quickly start to become more aware of their surroundings, let me tell you!  ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 19, 2007, 04:37:33 AM
I so wish I could say I was an overachiever - I was already taking the class before the surgery - so I really feel like I need to get the last two classes in.  I really should not have gone - my pain is much worse this evening.  Since I have been up more the past two days I am paying for it tonite.

Today my daughter said that I said something to her the other day referring to her car purring like a pu**y cat but without the cat on it - and I told her to tell her friend.  What the heck is that about?  I don't talk like that and I certainly would never tell her to tell her best friend that I said that - so, yes I have said things that  I do not recall.  Who knows I may look back at my diary and not remember some of it in a few weeks - boy that is scary.

The stitches are out.... yeah!!!!  The one incision (about 3 1/2 inches long) was one long blue thread that just pulled out.  I also had two small holes from the scope areas that had stitches in them.  I do feel better as far as those go.

The toilet paper would be very motivational especially since I have three teenage girls - that is a pretty high demand item in our household.  I will definitely keep that in mind when things get desperate again.    You two are a riot. 

Hey Krissie let me know how you are doing after PT.  I hope the pain is manageable.

Take care all...
Glinda
 

Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on May 20, 2007, 02:25:35 AM
Hey Glinda - sent you a note earlier today but don't even remember if I said what life was like post-torture yesterday.  I'm fine, ice helped but managed to stay off the pills.  I'm still having flare ups from that darn rash - it's not spreading but it gets hot and itchy and I'm so OVER this!!!  I want to think it's getting better since it's not getting worse but I don't know at this point - if I could keep it frozen, I'd be fine - but a cold knee does not move so well so that hurts the at-home PT, you know? 

I way overdid it today...kind of got a little super-motivated to move my kids' bedrooms around...yes, I know, stupid, and I"ve paid all day for it!  Tomorrow will definitely be not so mobile or I'll never be able to endure PT on Monday.  Gotta sign-off - the boys just started watching "Happy Feet".... :)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 20, 2007, 04:47:52 AM
Krissie  try not to overdue it with your new freedom.  I guess you will become an expert at knowing your limits and listening to your body.  Enjoy Happy Feet.  Hey, I hope the rash goes away soon. ;D

Post-op Day 12 Saturday

Slept on and off most of the day.  I haven't been sleeping well at night so I think it has really caught up with me and today my body just could not go on without a day of complete napping.  I hope I don't pay for it tonite by not being able to sleep again. 

I have had to take pain meds today every four hours -  I was trying to cut back to every six to eight  hours.  However, I think the more I get up and do things the more pain I have.  I talked to the nurse about pain meds and with this surgery what is the normal time frame to  wean off of the pain meds.  Her response was that each patient is different - pain thresholds are different, each surgery is different, etc. so to put a time period on when to stop taking pain meds is very difficult.  Her advise was to try to take ibuprofin to see if that manages the pain enough and in the times that it does not to take the prescription meds. 

So the nurse told me that the more that I get up and  around the better it is for my leg - I am putting 50%wb on my leg and that encourages the blood flow and bone healing. I have added a few extra laps around the house each time I get up for my bathroom trek.  The amount of energy that it takes to hobble around here along with the added pain is really frustrating. 

RAchel - I hope you have decided to slow down with the self-prescribed PT.  You will be tortured soon enough.  ha ha.

off i go
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 21, 2007, 12:15:34 AM
Hey Glinda,  yes listen to the nurse and don't be too hard on yourself trying to adhere to a schedule.  Just listen to your body, and if it says "give me sleep and drugs!" then by all means pay attention!  I know it's easy to preach that, but I try to do the same thing.  I think, yay!  I just went 9 hours without meds!  But then I wonder why something that didn't hurt 2 days ago is now hurting  like hell today!

O
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 21, 2007, 05:58:47 AM
Hi Glinda,

Congrat's on being 50% WB.  It is a big step in the recovery process.  Keep making that extra laps and your energy level will increase before you know it!  It just takes some time! Keep up the good work.

Getting off the pain meds is going to take some time. I still find that the more I do the more I do the more pain I have.  Back off the pain meds slowly. Maybe try cutting the dose in half (if that is possible) or try alternating ibuprofin with the pain meds on a day with you don't have to be very active.  Ibuprofin works very well for me.

Rach - I still wounder why things don't hurt one day and hurt another.  For example - on Friday I was getting in a friends truck and got a pain in my shin that put me in tears.  I have not felt pain like this since 4 days after my surgery.  It was just the way I got in the truck, nothing else.  My friend felt so bad,  she kept telling me she was sorry and should have found a parking space with more room for me to get in and out.  It was not anyone's fault.  Just dumb luck.  We move the wrong way, step wrong (when you are FWB) and bam- pain.  It gets better - I promise!

Well, Have a nice night.  I have to yell at Foster for chasing a cat!  The 2nd most common saying "LEAVE THE KITTY ALONE"
Karen

 
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on May 21, 2007, 06:22:15 AM
Hi Glinda,

Yes, congrats on the 50% WB!!!!!  Very good news, it must feel great to progress to the next stage of your recovery.  It always feels a bit weird putting more and more weight on your leg, but it will just keep getting stronger and stronger with time.  Hopefully the knee tolerates the extra weight and you're not too sore! 

Hmm, if only our pain would be consistent...unfortunately it seems to strike at random times and that's just something to get used to.  I can say that the random pains like the one you felt, Karen, don't happen as often for me now (you're absolutely right - it does get better!), but they still do happen - my knee started complaining while doing laundry today - totally mundane, but I probably twisted just the wrong way to grab a pile of clothes and that's all it needed.  Just one of the joys of multiple surgeries on the knee.   ::)

I hope Foster is sparing the kitty tonight...our pups are usually pretty good with the cats, but lately our cattle dog has taken to chasing one of the cats...once again, a grumpy old man.  At least our lab has gotten over her, um, interest in the cat.  When we first got her she kept trying to hump the male kitty...maybe she figured out that it really didn't work that way.  Ahh, we do love our animals, don't we???   ;D

Have a great night everyone!
Sarah
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 21, 2007, 04:38:12 PM
Well the leg just is not tolerating the 50%wbing well at all - my ankle and foot have once again exploded with swelling - quite the lovely site. My shin feels like it is splitting in two every time I put pressure on it.    I have continued the ice and elevation along with keeping it wrapped with the ace wrap so my little piggies (toes) end up being the ones to get all the swelling that is being pushed from everywhere else.  I kind of expected the swelling with the extra activity but I wasn't prepared for this next level of "different" pain.  It isn't really that raw pain that I had right after surgery it is more the kind of pain that is yelling out STOP TORTURING ME.  I don't have PT again until Thursday so other than doing my exercises two times today I am going to take it easy.  I called my PT this morning and his advise was to keep icing it and elevating it as much as possible.  On Friday my PT had told me to get a scale out and put my surgery leg on it and step on it to figure out when the pressure was 50% and that was the amount that I should be stepping with so that is what I have been doing.  So today  during the conversation I fugured out that I had misunderstood the amount of weight that I was supposed to be putting on my leg - I was supposed to be putting 50% of that side of  my body weight - not 50% of my entire body weight - so since I weigh 115 pounds it would actually be 25% of that amount.  All this weekend I have been screwing this whole thing up.  Just call me McDork  ::) to all you Grey's Anatomy fans out there.  I am hoping that once I get the swelling down I can start again with the correct way and get it right.

That is pretty funny about your dogs chasing after cats in more ways than one.  Atticus and our cat are like the best of buds - the cat rolls around on the ground under the dog until the dog finally pays attention to her.  But if another cat steps foot in our yard Atticus goes nuts.  The hair stands up on the back of his neck - he growls - barks - and the chase is on.  He vary rarely leaves our yard though so it is really funny when the cat that he is chasing exits the yard he stops and just looks back at us like it is so unfair.  We would be so lost without our furry friends.  A few years ago we had a period of time that two of our dogs that were really old passed away so we had about one week that we didn't have a dog to come home to.  It was so depressing.  I thought it was important to take the time to get the right dog and not to rush into replacing our other dogs but we just couldn't handle another day without a dog in our home.  They offer such unconditional love.

Glinda

Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: 2ndmate on May 21, 2007, 04:58:07 PM
Hi Glinda

Congrats on the 50% WB.  I would have thought just like you about how to measure.  When you normally walk, when you take a step - you transfer weight from 100% left to 100% right - with a moment of shared WB.

Maybe - you could stand with your good leg on a book (to even out the distance off the floor), your crutch tip on the scale, and your gimpy leg NWB. 
How much weight does the scale read for crutch tip?  I would think you could put 50% of that weight on your gimpy leg - but hey I'm just a sailor.

What's this with Grey's Anatomy?  George is my favorite character !!

Jane
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 21, 2007, 05:15:23 PM
OK McDork,  (Sorry I had to!)

I never knew that is what they ment by 50% WB  ???.  Don't feel bad - I got it wrong too! Sorry your shin is so unhappy today.  Oh how well I remember the "shin splitting in half" pain - I feel for you!  I sorry you have to feel this pain  :P!  Take it easy today!

Foster and Boo (one of the 2 cats) actually get along really well.  The only time we have a problem is when Boo feels the need to run through a room.  If it runs Foster will chase it - no matter what it is!  My other cat, Jack, wants NOTHING to do with Foster.  If Foster even looks at Jack he gets hissed and growled at.  Poor Foster,  all he wants to do is play!

Oh ya - I did my McSilly thing today - My OS told me I could start to "think" about attempting walking with my brace unlocked if I thought my leg would hold me.  Well i did "think" about it and took 10 steps from the sofa to the kitchen and back!  10 very careful steps!   

Hope everyone has a nice day.  I really should be working!
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on May 21, 2007, 06:16:18 PM
Hi Glinda - can't call you McDork since I had the whole 50%WB wrong too!  I'm so sorry your swelling is so bad - try doing your ankle pumps with your leg above your heart, those, along with ice seem to accelerate how quickly my swelling goes down.

Jane - I love George too and I'm going to be really annoyed if the whole "off set" drama from this past year gets played out "on set" too!  I couldn't stand Addison's new spin-off -- I had DVR'd that 2-hr episode and found myself fast forwarding through all the Private Practice sequences!  I think the first two seasons were much better than this past one on Grey's - if they don't get back to that type of writing, I think they're going to lose lots of fans!

Karen - congrats on the walk! WOW - you are much braver than I!  I have tried the no-brace, one crutch "walk" a couple of times but my hamstring on my surgery leg just does not want to bring my leg back in a normal stride so I'm back to two crutches.

Had PT again today....lots of new exercises, most for building strength, and I'm just exhausted!  Hope everyone has a good day!! - Krissie
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 21, 2007, 07:26:57 PM
Glinda!  Congrats on being 50% WB!  I TOTALLY would have calculated it the same way, by the way.  So I'm sorry missy, but you do not earn the McDork for that one!  ;)

Karen, be SO CAREFUL when you walk without your brace!  You might want to have someone spot you if you try that again!

Krissie, I hear ya on the "Private Practice" thing!  I felt like we were duped into watching it with the 2 hours "Greys" episode.  More like a 15 minute Greys episode and a 2 hr 45 minute BS episode!   I don't think it's cool to try to trick their fans into watching a new show,  too many of us have DVRs!
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 21, 2007, 08:19:01 PM
No worries Rach - I had my brace on (my OS would have my a$$ if I did not have the brace on). Like you the only time I don't have my brace on is when I shower.  I just unlocked the brace  ;D.
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 21, 2007, 11:02:03 PM
Yeh, don't get me wrong it may be just my miscommunication with my PT as far as what 50% wbing means - I plan on clearing this thing up completely on Thursday.  I just know that there is a big difference in the amount of weight and pain involved between the two.  What I thought I was supposed to be doing was to take my weight and divide it in half (50% of 115lbs is 57 1/2 lbs.) my PT says the correct way to do this is to take 50% of your total weight since you are working with just that side of your body and then you decide what percent wbing you are ready for (50% of 115lbs is 57 1/2 lbs.  -  wbing percent is 50% so 50% of 57 1/2lbs is 28 3/4 lbs ) Anyway, this is how he says you calculate what 50% wbing is - but I am going to check on Thursday to be sure since I sure did not get it at first either.  Boy, tmi....

Jane,  George is one of my favorite characters  on Grey's also but I had heard that he was not coming back so it will be interesting how they finish that out next season. 

I found myself really peeved about the spin off for Addison taking up so much time out of the normal Grey time.  I wait all week long to watch my  all time favorite show and then they had to go and mess with it.  And if they mess with the Meredith/Derick thing I'm not sure I can handle the drama....  I guess that's why they call them cliffhangers, huh?

Oh McSilly (Karen) you be careful.  I'm really excited for you though.  You are one tough cookie.  How is PT going?

My husband is making tacos tonite because they sounded so good the other day Rachel when I read that you had them.  Yum.... 

Gotta go time for supper preparation.
Take care all...
Ms. McDork (Glinda)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on May 22, 2007, 01:02:22 AM
Glinda, the 50% issues is a bit confusing, now, isn't it?  I can believe either version...  I do know, though, that it's always taken me at least a week to get from NWB to that magical 50%, sometimes way more than that.  So I'd say the best thing is just to put as much weight that's comfortable on the leg and slowly progress the weight.

So I had some really weird dreams last night...after having dinner with Brianne's doctor (yes, Brianne our fellow kneegeek, don't ask me how that happened), I was in Vegas, where I was watching a show and someone stole my laptop from right under my nose, then I was hanging out with George (yes, the Grey's George)...Callie & Izzy walked by a few times and we shared a good smile, but George & I were just all buddy-buddy.  Hmm, what does this all mean?????  (And another odd thing...Callie reminds me sooo much of my previous OS!  Way scary.)  I think I'm reading too many of these posts before going to bed....

OK, the real question - who do we call McGimpy?????

Sarah (can't think of any McNames for me)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 22, 2007, 01:33:09 AM
Sarah...

Your dream has me doing one of those belly laughs - my daughter asked me what in the world I was laughing at?  ha!  I think we have all qualified for the McGimpy name at some point - if someone wants to stand up and claim their name it is a pretty good one.  Let's see we'll have to think of one here for you Sarah.  Something will come up here in the next day or so I'm sure. 

I think you are exactly right that the best way for me to progress is to just ease my way into it slowly instead of jumping into it like I was trying to.  I tend to really push myself especially when I am doing exercises and ROM here at home so I really need to work on being more patient. 

Have a Great Night all...
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 22, 2007, 01:51:41 AM
Sarah, that is hilarious!  Isn't it funny how narrowed our world becomes for the first few weeks/months after surgery?  I find myself always referring to something or other one of you said.  "My friend on the KneeGeeks board said this! Or that!"   Who are these people?  Oh, some live in Philly, one in Northern Cali,, one in Maryland, South Jersey, Galveston, TX, New York who've all had simillar knee experiences, lucky us!!  8)

Anyhow Glinda, Scot is happy he was able to provide you with an idea for tonights dinner.  :)  He's one the phone with the Chinese place right now ordering ours....

Now for the title of McGimpy?  That's not going to be so easy to decide.....in this crowd you gotta REALLY EARN that title! Not that I'm challenging anyone....heh....heh... ;)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on May 22, 2007, 02:48:18 AM
Okay - Glinda, we had tacos tonight too thanks to Rachel!  As for the WB'ing issue, I'm so darn confused because I'd been told to use a number equal to 1/2 my body weight and do the scale thing, too. 

I so agree with all of you guys about this board and the circle of support that it has brought to my world - I find myself talking about you and realizing that my friends here are looking at me like I'm a little nutty....still, everyone can see the calm you have all brought to my recovery -- you are such great medicine!!!
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 22, 2007, 03:09:28 AM
Tacos sound really good...I might have to do that tomorrow night  :D.

I'm totally comfused on the WB'ing issue so I pulled out my post op instructions - it was 50% of my total body weight.  Once again,  just proves how each surgeon treats things different.

I have to agree - the support received on this board is amazing!  My friends always thougth I was nuts so now you add the fact that I talk about "Knee Geeks" they think I'm just crazy!

Hope eveyone has a nice night.  I should try to get some sleep...I start PT tomorrow!
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 22, 2007, 03:20:55 AM
Yay!  Tacos for everyone!  Hope they were delicious!  My husband is so cute when he makes them, he makes a little "serving station" on the kitchen counter with dishes of all the various toppings lined up in a row!

I'm SO lucky my husband is a willing and good cook.  I'll never take that for granted.  If it wasn't for him, I'd eat like a teenager, rotating from Mac & Cheese, Spaghettios w/ meatballs,  & cereal.  ;D
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 22, 2007, 09:45:50 PM
Yeh the tacos were really really good.  My husband and daughters are really trying at the cooking thing but well let me just say you can't mess up tacos.  They hit the spot.  YUM!!!! 

Post-op 2 Week Update Monday

At this point the 50% wbing thing I am wondering may be two different ways of doing this - I'm not sure why what I'm doing isn't just called 25% wbing????  Since that is really what I am doing, right?  I am so confused!  I go on Thursday for PT and I will get answers - dang it.  Until then I am just putting what pressure I can on it without having too much pain.

I am battling a 2nd round of swelling since getting up and around and more wbing.  I continue to ice and elevate my leg along with keeping my leg wrapped in the ace wrap and in the immobilizer.  The pain level has been worse the last couple of days - I assume that is because of my increased  wbing and activity along with the swelling.  I am also having quite a bit of pain in my ankle - again I think this has to do with the swelling.  I continue to do my ankle exercises trying to work out the swelling.

At this point I am taking my pain meds when ibuprofin does not work.  I usually have to take some at night and once during the day.  I'm okay with that - my goal is to just keep the pain tolerable. 

Now something a little disturbing that has developed, I think, because of using the crutches but I am not sure.... I have noticed a lump under my left arm.  It is to the left of my breast but still in the area that would be considered possibly suspicious.  I have an appointment tomorrow with my GP but I was wondering if anyone else has noticed any thing like this due to using crutches?  It is right where the crutch rubs so I am so hoping that it is just an irritated gland.

Take Care Everyone.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on May 23, 2007, 02:44:16 AM
Oh, Glinda, I will say a little prayer that the lump is nothing but an irritated gland or hair follicle.  Be careful with your crutches, though, as you should not be putting too much weight on your armpits but rather should be bearing the weight in your hands with support in your shoulders -  you can really do some damage to your armpits otherwise.

I bet you're right about the swelling being related to your activity....as for the pain, remember that your nerves are all starting to wake up still, so as they come back "online" you'll get pain in new places and as long as it's not stabbing pain, it shouldn't be a problem. 

I've said this before, and I know all OS's are different, but I am not permitted to take anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, naproxen, etc because they inhibit bone growth and repair.  All of my OS, therapist and GP have restricted me from taking any of those drugs at all for the first 8 weeks and then after that I can only take them for 3 days at a time until I'm 12 weeks out - after that, I can take as normally permitted.  I guess that I mention this because I worry about bone pain maybe being related to anti-inflammatory usage...?  I'm sure someone will disagree with me on this but I've been so strictly limited by my docs on this that I have to believe they have reason to tell me so.

Still curious to hear about the WB'ing issue....let us know!
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 23, 2007, 03:07:34 AM
Hi Glinda,  Good luck at the GP tomorrow - I'll be thinking about you! 

I always say that when my knee swells it it yelling - "Yo dummy - go sit down,  you have done too much!".  Mine told me this loud and clear on Sunday when I decided to do laundry.  I never noticed that in order to do 1 load of luandry I have to make 2 trip upstairs and 3 trips to the basement.  Thats up and down the stairs 5 times - unreal!  I'll leave my laundry to others for a while longer.  It was too much on the knee!

No tacos tonight  :( - BBQ chicken instead!  I was too lazy to go to the store to get taco stuff.  Maybe tomorrow!

I hope you took it easy today and are feeling better.
I'll be thinking of you tomorrow!
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 23, 2007, 05:17:24 AM
No Karen, tacos are only fun if someone else makes them, and then cleans up afterwards!  ;D  If I have a taco craving and Scot's not around then I make a run for the Border.  I told you I eat like a teenager!
 
Glinda, I'm definitely going to keep my fingers crossed that the lump is from your crutches.  But you MUST let us know asap as we'll all be worried for you! 

 :-* Rach
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 23, 2007, 05:24:19 AM
I love to cook  ;D! and I have become a really good cook!  The only problem is that cooking for one can be a pain....but Foster loves my leftovers!
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 23, 2007, 05:28:19 AM
I bet he does!  And I make such a mess with Tacos that Foster would be in heaven here.  Of course he'd have to beat out Soli and Dewey for the scraps.  Soli's a bit slow on the uptake when it comes to stuff falling on the floor, but Dewey's quick as lightning and would give Foster a run for his money. 
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 23, 2007, 05:35:06 AM
Foster stands between me and the stove/counter as I cook.  He caught on real quick that mom makes a mess and that things fall on the floor.  It does not help that when he is at my parents his "Grandpop" "Accidentally" drops food while cooking.  Little bugger catches on fast!

I'm not sure if everyone know this but Raisins and Grapes are highly TOXIC to dogs.  I just read a local newspaper article that a dog died after eating 1 cup of Raisins.  Watch out if you have these in the house. Keep them away from the pups!
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 23, 2007, 05:46:43 AM
Hmm....I knew about onions and chocolate, but not grapes.  What are Raines?
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 23, 2007, 05:53:05 AM
Sorry s/b Raisins - Poor typing!
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 23, 2007, 05:57:23 AM
No my bad. I'm retarded and should have figured that out!  8)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on May 24, 2007, 03:32:25 AM
Glinda, any news from your GP???  I do hope everything is OK!

Thanks for the tip about the grapes and raisins...good to know.  Oh, and isn't it hard to cook with a dog underfoot???  We were at a party/BBQ once at my inlaws house and the dogs were over (actually, that might have been before we had Maile)...anyway, Robert's dad was cooking hot dogs and one rolled off the grill...max caught it in mid air, before it hit the ground!  (Unfortunately, I think he burned his mouth a little...but it sure was worth it for him!)

Yum, all this talk about tacos is making me hungry!  I had a good dinner tonight but that was several hours ago....
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 24, 2007, 06:53:35 PM
Well my GP is pretty sure the lump is a cyst. Thank goodness.  Thank you all of you for checking in for a report - it means a lot to me to know that I have had your support and thoughts.  I was really worried about this.   He is having me get a mamo just to be sure.  I will schedule that as soon as I can drive in the next two weeks.   I have lost ten pound in two weeks so that was a little distressing to my Dr. and to me since I don't really have a lot of extra weight to lose - so, I am now trying to figure out how to get back to 115 pounds.  When the scales here at home weighed me as less than my normal amount I just thought they were broke - ha ha!!  Now that I think about it I guess I haven't really had much of an appetite.  If anyone has had this issue and has any suggestions on healthy ways to keep from losing more weight and possibly gain some when I don't really have an appetite please let me know.

I had PT today - I asked my PT about the wbing question.  I guess in my script that the OS wrote for my PT he speciified what 50% wbing meant and that was how he wanted me to do it.   I got the impression that it isn't always done that way.  So, it sounds to me like all of you have done it correctly and my OS is just a little different in what he does.  hmmmmmmm.... 

So, today in PT i reached 125% ROM - YIPPEE!!!!!!  It hurt like he!! .  But at the same time it felt so good.  I rode the stationery bike for ten minutes - at first that was difficult but then it was actually feeling good to stretch those muscles.  The hardest part right now is the ROM while I am on my stomach - that kills. 
My PT also has told me to start using one crutch on the right side while I am at home.  If I have too much pain or swelling I am supposed to use both crutches but slowly I should start to go to one.  In the next week he think I should be able to be full wbing without crutches unless  I will be on uneven ground or  I will be on my leg for a long period of time I should take one crutch along.  I AM PUMPED!!!!!  And a little nervous.  I don't want to have a set back.

I really wish I could be outside working in my flowers - every time I go outside I notice weeds along with the beautiful flowers and I can hardly wait to get in there and get my hands dirty.  My friends and I call it flower therapy but I tend to think it has more to do with the actual act of getting my hands in the dirt, pulling weeds, trimming back plants, potting flowers, etc.  it is where I find myself feeling creative and I am also able to shut out all other things to just let my mind focus on the task at hand.  I absolutely love the relaxation of being in the sun and then the end result of having beautiful flower gardens.  I so miss the dirt under my nails...   okay, sorry for my whining....

I hope all is well with everyone.
I thank all of you for your support - I cannot believe how much just knowing I can come here to ask questions or chat has helped to keep me emotionally in check during this process.  You are all an awesome bunch Jane, Sarah, Karen, Krissie, Rach, Donna, and I know that I am forgetting names but I just took pain meds so I am so sorry.  You know who I am talking about all of you -  ;D
Take Care.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on May 24, 2007, 08:09:56 PM
OH MY GOSH, Glinda, I am SO happy for you!!  First, just a cyst - such good news!  Second, your progress is AMAZING!!!  You know that you are 30 days behind me "surgery-wise" and yet you and I are at the same point in our recovery and PT - CONGRATS to you!!  Honestly, it is so wonderful to hear that you are doing so well - progress is so important to our emotional health which is such a huge part of our physical recovery so this it all adds up to just good things for you!

As for your weight -- well, I'd love to have your problem, but that's another thing I won't go into now.  I wanted to tell you that I too have only lost weight since surgery and I have had a perfectly normal appetite.  I've lost about 8 lbs and I firmly believe that, since muscle weighs more than fat, it must be all muscle - which is totally depressing, in my opinion.  Even with my knee problems I was a regular "spinner", played hockey 2-4 times a week, walked 4+ miles every other day and did pilates when I could fit it in - in other words, I did my best to stay fit so to see my ENTIRE body turn to loose jell-o makes me want to scream.  If I were you, I"d focus on the strength training exercises at PT and build back up that muscle that you've probably lost.  With your appetite, it'll probably return but in the meantime try to up your protein intake - maybe with some shakes, nuts, pb, etc. - all will help with your muscle building and get some "good" weight back on your frame.

I hope your PT continues to go well - sounds like both of our hamstrings are not so happy - I hate being on my stomach doing the curls, even the standing ones are a pain! 
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 24, 2007, 09:28:49 PM
Glinda - What wonderful news!  So happy for you  ;D

WOW - 125 Degree ROM.  Congrats.  Keep that up the good work.  Now work on ditching the crutches...it feels soo good to be able to get up and not have to pick them up too!

We are always here for support...or a good laugh in our case!

Have a good night
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: brianne on May 24, 2007, 10:26:09 PM
Glinda,

I just wanted to pop in and say hello on your diary! :)  125 degrees is amazing...you go girl!  It sounds like you are really moving along fast as your surgery was just over two weeks ago.  If you keep up the pace you will be back in that garden and flower bed in no time!

Brianne
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 25, 2007, 02:12:18 AM
Hey Glinda, congrats on 125 ROM, that's fantastic!.  Good girl!  ;D

Okay, you could have TOTALLY been quoting me about the gardening and flowers!!!  This is definitely the hardest part about the recovery, is missing my gardening time.  This weekend I went to pull the dead leaves off the no-longer-blooming tulips, and it killed me that it was all I could do.  I wanted to pull weeds and trim roses SO BADLY!

We have a corner lot with a big flower garden in the corner that's very prominently seen when you walk by either street.  Scot calls it my "island of flowers" and it's where I spend a ton of time. Usually by this point, all the dead leaves from the bulb flowers are cleaned up, and I'm well on my way to planting my huge annual flower garden.  I like to do something different every year so I don't do perennials there.

Seeing my "island" as just a mound of dirt with some weeds is enough to drive me to drink! (Not that I need much of an excuse   ::) )

As for your mamo, is this your first one?  I've had one, and it was not the nightmare most people make it out to be.  It was the same thing....they found a lump during my annual violation  ;) exam, and sent me for a mamo just in case, even though the doc thought it was nothing.  It WAS nothing, but the peace of mind was nice knowing that and now I have my baseline out of the way.  Have you scheduled that yet?

Keep us posted as always!

 :-* Rach  :-*
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 25, 2007, 04:12:24 AM
Rachel.

Yeh I've had the mamo before - the joke is that they had to do the mamo to find the boob - ha! ha!  I had to have a hysterectomy  in 1992 because of advanced cervical cancer that they found while I was pregnant for my twins - so I waited for treatment until I delivered them to begin treatment.  At that point the best option was to have a hysterectomy along with treatments.  After that ordeal I now have to have a yearly mamo along with my yearly violation - it's all so much fun, isn't it?  Sorry about so much information - I do have a tendency to ramble.  Anywho....  I was going to wait to schedule it until I got the go ahead for driiving but when I mentioned that to my husband he about went through the roof so I guess I will be making the appointment as soon as possible. 

We have tons of perennials (spelling?) around our home and then four pretty good size flower beds, one is a herb garden with flowers also, and then the other three are perennials.  I normally plant my annuals within the flower beds and then I also do pots to set on our patio, front porch, and deck.  The annuals that have been done this year have been done  by my husband - he is trying and I do give him credit for that - but he has really mixed it up a bit with the colors this year.  WOW!!!  I normally try to keep the weeds out and to keep the bird feeder filled and the humming bird feeder mix clean and fresh but I don't think any of that is getting done either.  A part of me is kind of wishing that I would have had this done in the winter so that I could still be out playing in the dirt.  Patience.... I am right there with you Rachel - this is definitely the hardest part of this process. 


I do feel like I am making good progress - I just think my  PT is very aggressive - I think that is good in several aspects but I also think that there are negative aspects to being so aggressive.  The good part is that I am progressing quickly, I am seeing results quickly and maintaining a pretty upbeat attitude - the downside is that I feel like I am constantly trying to figure out exactly what is going to be too much and since I usually don't feel the full effect until later that night or the next day it is hard sometimes to figure that out.  I almost wish at this point that my OS and PT still had me on some actual guidelines because at just a few days less than three weeks post-op I feel like I am being rushed into working towards not using crutches soon and in the next week getting full ROM.  I don't think it is normal to be this aggressive, is it?  Or am I just being a wuss? 

Take care all...
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 25, 2007, 04:32:30 AM
Glinda - You are making fantastic progress and don't you dare think otherwise. And you are NOT A WUSS!  ;D ;D  If you are not comfortable with how aggessive your PT is or you want your PT to lay out their expections... talk to them. They will understand and explain the game plan to make you more comfortable.  I wish my OS allowed me to be as aggressive as you, but I am also a NOW NOW NOW type of person. I want everything now, not later now (like a 2 year old sometimes).  I feel like my recovery has moved at a snail's pace this time around....5 weeks PO and I just started PT...3 weeks later then my 1st TTT. 

All this talk of flowers made me realize that none of the bulbs I planted last year came up. BOOOOO!  I think I will hit Home Depot this weekend and get a few plants for around the deck as it looks too empty.  Granted I may need help planting them but I will try before I ask for help.

Later,
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on May 25, 2007, 05:55:01 AM
Ah, the fun we can have with all those pretty flowers!  I'm with you all - there's something terribly therapeutic about gardening. 

Glinda, glad to hear your lump is likely just a cyst, but it is good that they're taking a closer look, especially with your history of a previous cancer.  But, it is good news!!!

And congrats on your ROM!!!  You go girl!!!  It sounds like you're making really good progress with your knee - keep it up!!!  As to the weight loss, I can't give any suggestions from personal experience (I had the opposite problem - I kept eating at my normal level, but my activity level dropped significantly - I'm 10 lbs heavier than I was before my first surgery).  There is a thread on this board, though, that might be of interest to you:  http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=35172.0 

I hope you all are having a great evening!!!
Sarah
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on May 25, 2007, 12:55:22 PM
Glinda - I completely agree with Karen - if you are not comfortable with the pace of your PT, tell them so.  I guess I'd be concerned that you're going into your exercises a little hesitant which can result in your muscles tensing and causing problems.  Trust your instincts and your body - maybe just ask them to hold things steady for a couple of weeks and then push forward.
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 26, 2007, 03:57:19 AM
I should probably just grin and bear it with the PT.  Thanks for your advise.  It's nice to just get a nudge in the right direction when I'm a bit down thanks Karen!   

Take care everyone.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 28, 2007, 03:06:39 AM
Anytime Glinda...I'm always here if you need me  ;D

BTW - I picked up some plants and got them planted all by myslef.  Granted,  it too me 4 hours to plant 6 new plants!  Now I just have to keep everything alive!

Have a nive weekend
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 28, 2007, 07:10:06 AM
Good for you Karen!  I know, isn't it frustrating how everything takes FOREVER when your leg is all straightened out in a brace?  Grrrrr!  >:(
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 28, 2007, 11:47:55 PM
Ohhhhh, Karen I am so jealous - Congrats on being able to play in the dirt.  I was out in the yard today while my husband was painting some exterior trim and I was able to lean down and pull some pretty big weeds.  It was so hard to hobble away knowing that there was so much more that needed to be done but.... at least I got a couple of those boogers.


Today is 3 weeks post-op

I don't really have much to report... I go to see my OS in two days so I will be interested in knowing whether he will give me my driving freedom back.  Right now I am battling swelling anytime I am up on my leg without my crutches, which is what my PT has told me to start doing here at home.  So, I get up and do a little and then sit down and ice and elevate.  Get up and do some more sit down and ice and elevate.  Usually when I get up in the morning I am so swollen that it takes me half the day to get the swelling down.  And that is with me sleeping with my leg elevated and with the ice machine on it all night so I have to assume this is just  how it goes once full wbing begins especially without crutches...  The pain level varies ...  I have not had to take pain meds for a few days.  I am still using crutches when I go outside of the house. I developed a contact dermatitis rash from the sticky stuff that the nurse put on my leg before putting on the steri strips so I am just getting over that very itchy, red, swollen rash.  We were very concerned that it was a reaction to the screws (Krissie I thought of you) but it soon started appearing in exactly the same places the steri strips were located so I will know in the future not to have them use that stuff on me. 

Gotta go to eat supper
Hope this finds all of you well.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on May 29, 2007, 12:07:53 AM
Hi Glinda - so glad to hear that your rash is something that should clear up soon!  I stopped putting any sort of cream or lotions on my rash, added Benadryl to my daily pills and things are pretty much gone - thank God!!

As for your swelling - know that as soon as you ramp up the more "active flexion" exercises, the swelling will become less frequent and diminish more and more each day.  I had the same pattern as you (up, down/ice, up, down/ice) but now that I'm on the bike at PT and home and doing more active exercises, things in the swelling department have really scaled back.  Still, the joint does tend to "fill up" and become stiff with any sort of upright activity but I'm down to icing only twice a day and keeping it under control.  As with so many parts of this lovely recovery, time will cure this little phase you're in!

Doesn't the gardening feel so good, even if it's just a weed or two?  We moved into our current house last fall so we didn't do much in the back - our patio was very overrun with many years of untamed growth of groundcover and shrubs and we spent today cutting it all back (me from the comfort of a bench directing my husband and boys on what to cut where.... ;) ) and it looks sooo good.  Very cathartic for us recovering knee patients....

Hope everyone's well and enjoying this special day.
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 29, 2007, 03:05:13 AM
Hey Glinda,  glad to hear you're out and about!  I hear ya about the steri strips, I just want to rip them off!  Like the bad girl I am, I peeled one back on one of my smaller incisions just to "see what would happen".  Of course the would immediately started to separate and bleed so I stopped.  :o  And then I learned that steri strips don't stick again very well once they're peeled.  So I put a band-aid on.  Oops!  :)

I can't wait to hear about your OS appt, mine's the day after that.  And I HAVE been driving, a little.  Maybe I'll get permission!  ;D

have a good night

 :-* Rach
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 29, 2007, 03:24:59 AM
Krissie - glad you were able to get the boys and hubbie to do some work outside for you.  I wasn't able to bribe my teenagers to help outside today - they did clean inside though - so I still got a good deal!  ;D  No complaints here!!

Rach - You are such a BADA$$ 

Oh I have to add to my list of household animals - we now have a stray female tiger cat that has taken up residence in our garage for the last couple of months.  I thought she was just passing through but when I went to the garage two days ago I noticed that she had just had a litter of three baby kittens. (two black, one tiger) They are so darn cute.  By the way my husband is allergic to cats so our own cat is an outside cat during the summer and inside during the winter.  He is not happy about all of these kittens.  I am just tickled.  I can hardly wait until their eyes are open so I can start cuddling with them.  :D

Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on May 29, 2007, 04:41:04 AM
How adorable - a whole new family of kitties in your garage!  A similar thing happened to us when I was younger - a cat had four little kittens under our neighbor's porch then abandoned them a couple days later (i think she was pretty sick and probably went off to die somewhere...very sad) - we started putting out food and water for the kittens and eventually they let us take them inside so we could take care of them...quite chaotic to have four kittens running around the house!  I'm sure your kittens will be soooo cute! 

Glad to hear the reaction to the steri strips was just that, and not a more serious reaction to the screws.  I hate those little strips...especially when they start to peel off but not enough to yank them.  I would trim the loose edges every day so they wouldn't bug me even more, but it was so frustrating just waiting for them to fall off.

I do hope you're able to drive soon!  That will help sooo much - just to have a little more freedom will give you such a mental boost during the recovery.  I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

Congrats to those who got out into the garden this weekend!  I was too lazy today and spent most of the day in the hammock in the sun(OK, I did mow the lawns, does that count???).

Have a great week everyone!
Sarah
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 29, 2007, 04:44:33 AM
You mowed your lawn?  Good for you Sarah!  I can't imagine doing that now.  Most people would have just hired a service while they were recuperating! 

Glinda, how cute about the kittens!  Oh, if that happened to us we'd have 3 more cats!  Does the mom seem to be taking good care of them?
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: lilrosie06 on May 29, 2007, 04:51:07 AM
Glinda....Just wanted to "stop by" and say hello.  :D Ive not been on a whole lot lately, due to computer competition with the kids. Lol. But Im getting my laptop soon, so problems solved.

Sounds like the knee is coming along well. Thats great! I will have my date set tomorrow. Have to call and schedule. Its gonna be June 22. ;D

Keep in touch. I enjoy talking to you.

DONNA :)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on May 29, 2007, 04:56:21 AM
Yeah, I did mow the lawn, but I'm also 9 months out...even though i did have a bit of a setback and was back on crutches for a few weeks...so it doesn't quite feel like 9 months.  Just felt good today.
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 29, 2007, 10:01:53 PM
WOW - mowing the yard - I am impressed.   ;D  Ya know - I thought about climbing into our hammock and then I had visions of me flipping onto the ground and there was not part of that that looked good ;).  Maybe next weekend.

The momma cat seems to be taking care of the kittens - she is quite wild.  She won't let us touch her - she runs from us - she has been staying in the box with the kittens though even when we are in the garage.  So, that is a good sign.  I have made the kids stop going into the garage so much and they only open the garage doors to get the cars out in the morning and then they wait to put them in at night so we are not disturbing her so much.  My husband just thinks it is rediculous but I'm afraid if we are in and out of the garage to much she will stop taking care of them. 

Well - my swelling in my leg is once again pretty bad after being up on it yesterday without crutches.  I also have some new bruises on the back of my knee, shin, and ankle and foot areas so I now have to use crutches again.  I am really bumming about that.  I am hoping this is just for a few days and then I can once again try again to do without them. 

Tomorrow I have my appointment with my OS so I will have my x-ray to be sure everything is healing and hopefully I will also be able to start driving.  FREEDOM!!!! 
YEAH!

Donna-  Good to hear from you.     I hope that you are able to get your date set.  I'll check in to see.  I know what you mean about getting ahold of the computer when the kids are home - I have to swipe my daughter's laptop from her when she leaves the room. haha.  Take Care.

Hope everyone is doing well.
Have a great night.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on May 30, 2007, 12:26:06 AM
Glinda - I'm sending you major, major prayers for a great OS appt tomorrow and really hope you get your license back!!  I had to grovel for a ride to PT tomorrow....if one more person said they couldn't do it, I was going to call a cab.....to go less than 2 miles, isn't that pathetic?  Ugh.  Good thoughts are coming your way.....
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 30, 2007, 01:35:11 AM
Krissie, next time let me know!  I'll drive you!!  Hee hee!  ;D  Seriously, I don't envy you with not being able to drive if you have to, I'll be in your shoes next year when I do the right leg.

Glinda, I'm sorry you're dealing with swelling and pain again.  It seems like it comes and goes with this surgery!  Two steps forward, one step back.  But I can't wait to hear what your OS has to say tomorrow!  Anything Glinda can do, Rach can do 2 days later!  :D

I'm keeping me fingers crossed that you get your "license to drive" again!

 :-* Rach
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on May 30, 2007, 01:58:47 AM
C'mon, Rach, you just want to hear good things after Glinda's appt so your guilty conscience doesn't get the best of you for all the misbehavin' you're up to!!  ;D
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 30, 2007, 02:25:15 AM
Glinda/Krissie...Good luck on being given the OK to drive  ;D

Rach,  Don't let them give you a hard time...I do things way before I should also.  I will not even tell ya when I drove after my TTT on my Rt Knee cause the "Mom's" will give me H*ll and tell me I'm a bad influence  ;).  I'll just chalk it up to being young and stupid!

Ohhhh..Kittens...When do we get to see pictures?  Good thing they are not at my house or there may be 3 new members of the family. I'm a sucker!

Have a nice night!
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 30, 2007, 04:21:37 AM
Awwww Krissie you are a riot   ---   We love you Rach - somebody has to spice things up around here.   I'm just too scared to do things before I get the okay from the OS.  About the time I would jump in the car for a drive I would have an awful car accident - or if I would decide to walk, hop, jump before I got the go ahead I would pop a screw - that is just my luck.  So, I will sit back and enjoy Rachel's antics.

I asked my daughter to take pics of the kittens so that I can put them on here in the next couple of days.  :)

Night all.

Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 30, 2007, 04:40:34 AM
Glinda,  You are right to be cautious.  Some of my antics during my 1st recovery came back and bite me in the a$$,  but heck when you are in your early 20's you don't think of those things.  I have to admit to being alittle more cautious this time around (just a little).  I have a bad habbit of "forgetting" to ask if I am allowed to do things and just do them.  I just have the benifit of going through this once before and knowing how far I can push it with out going too far....Plus I tend to not post some of my worst antice...I am a only child and my mom can be a hand full w/out adding on-line "mom's".  Plus I don't want to give Rach any ideas! (Sorry Rach...Only kidding...Kind of!)

I really should get to bed.  Alarm is going to go off EARLY tomorrow  :P.

Good Luck at the OS tomorrow
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 30, 2007, 04:49:20 AM
Karen,

Gotcha.... I know what ya mean.  I also think it has to do with personailities in general though.  I am not one that will take risks - I can almost bet you that Rachel and you would jump at the chance to take all kinds of risks in just about anything - right?  I don't think it is an age thing really.  I think it is a good thing to push the envelope a little sometimes as long as you are not hurting yourself. 

Going to Bed...
Later
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 30, 2007, 04:59:37 AM
Glinda,  I so agree.  One of my friends asks me if I am "Crazy or just Stupid".  In the past it was a little of both....I do tend to use my brain alittle more now!  Just enjoy life!

Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 30, 2007, 09:49:43 PM
Okay - all you animal lovers out there - here are the pics of the sweet little kittens that have taken up residency in our garage.  Aren't they adorable?   The one that is in my hand (tiger)is my fave - so cute!!!!!!   Enjoy....

Glinda

(http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/7568/0530071618dp4.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

(http://img114.imageshack.us/img114/9021/0530071626aly2.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on May 30, 2007, 10:47:25 PM
Hachoo!  Hachoo! Hachoo!  Oops, sorry, I'm a little allergic to your new friends.....!!!

Gotta keep this short but thought I'd let you know that I had a 2 hour PT session and did lots of leg work - leg press machines, etc. - I got cleared to go to one crutch and if I can repeat today's PT performance on Friday, I will be cleared to drive around town - WAHOOOOOO!!! 

Can I say how incredibly tired I am???  Oh, my, Lord....two hours of PT, then 1/2 day of school for the kids, piano lessons at home and now a pre-K picnic which I'd LOVE to totally blow-off but given that it's my youngest kid and he's off to Kindergarten in the fall, I'd feel a little guilty if I didn't go (plus, it didn't help that the teachers pimped the kids at school today to "make sure your parents bring you to the picnic"....).  I'm thinking I'm going to have no trouble sleeping tonight....either that or I'm going to be in serious pain!!

Hope everyone's well - K
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 31, 2007, 01:41:45 AM
Glinda - Oh How Cute!  I love Baby Kittys!  Can we name them? How was the OS appt?

Krissie - Congrats on the GREAT PT session and GOOD LUCK  on Friday!  WOW - What a day...I'm sure you went to the picnic, Did you have a good time?

Have a nice night!
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on May 31, 2007, 01:49:50 AM
OH MY....my leg is really heavy, my knee is a little swollen (not too bad though) and I can't stop yawning.....I think I'm about to drool.  (Yes, like a good momma, I went to the picnic). 

I think Game 2 of the Stanley Cup is going to be my bedtime lullaby.....
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 31, 2007, 02:36:21 AM
Krissie - Wow two hours of PT - you are quite the trooper!!!  I can imagine just how tired you are - ya poor thing.  The good thing is that you are down to one crutch -- yippee!!!!  And that you may soon be cruiz'n town again - watch out kiddos because mom's taxi is rev'n up.  ha ha!!!  It must feel great to work those muscles even though it wears you out - you are making progress and that has to feel great!!!!!!
Keep up the great work and the awesome attitude.  :D

I had my appt. with my OS today - he was really surprised that I have 125 degrees ROM - says normally at this point he expects only 90 degrees.  I am allowed to progress with the weight bearing as tolerated and I am supposed to wean myself off of the crutches over the next week or so. I can begin active extensions/ROM and I am okay for SLR - what the heck is SLR?  I just saw that on the paper after we left the office.  I have no clue what that means - maybe straight leg raises?  If that is what it means I have been doing that.  I also got gutsy and asked about driving.... his response was that he doesn't think I should be driving yet.  He said that he knows that some of his patients do not listen to him but as my Dr. he cannot give me permission to get behind the wheel and drive when he is still prescribing pain meds for me (I take them right before PT and when I have a lot of pain but not every day) and/or before he feels that my leg is up to not only riding in a car but also I have to pass the strength test at PT (sound familiar Krissie?).  I was a bit surprised with this since my surgery was on my left leg and I drive an automatic so my left leg really isn't necessary for the driving portion - I'm sure if I were to get in the car and try driving it would probably be more difficult than I am imagining since I do still have to keep the immobilizer on.  So, the bad news is no driving yet unless I go against Dr's orders which he did say he was sure a lot of his patients do.  hmmmmmmm..... I had been using an ace wrap since surgery and lately I use it only when the swelling is bad but today he switched me to the TED thigh high stockings - boy are they sexy!!!!   I asked about the numb spots that I have - I was told that it is normal especially since I am still having so much swelling. He explained that eventually the swelling goes down and at that point the nerves are no longer compressed as much - at that point they will begin to come alive.  So, I have the nerve pain to look forward to.  He did explain that not everyone has this but since I have had so much swelling he seems to think that it has blocked off a lot of the "normal"  nerve pain that comes with the process as the swelling goes down.  I guess only time will tell.   He looked at the swelling in my knee, calf and ankle/foot area and did not like the amount of swelling at this point.  He also poked around in my calf area and I told him that I have pain in my calf but it seems to occur just when the swelling is really bad.  Evidently this was enough to worry him to the point of scheduling an ultrasound for my left leg to test for blood clots.  


I didn't get very nervous about having the ultrasound done until I realized that they also had already called the hospital and made arrangements for me to be admitted if the test came back positive.  So I left the Dr's appt. and had just enough time to grab a bite to eat with my daughter and then went for the ultrasound.  The Dr. told me that this would be a painless test and would take just a few minutes.  Ha Ha!!!  I got on the table and soon realized that the position that I needed to lay in in order to have the test done was just uncomfortable because the machine was on the opposite side of the leg that she needed to get to.  So, I had to take my good right leg and cross it over my surgery left leg and then roll to the side so that she could get the back side of the knee and the calf area - she also ran the little roller thing from my groin along the veins in my inner thigh.  (very ticklish in that area) The ultrasound machine was not working properly so in the middle of the test they had to shut the machine down and reboot it and start where they had left off - so it took twice as long as normal.  The technician was a sweet lady and kept apologizing - I felt bad for her. The test itself was painful because of the swelling being so much and she had to push pretty hard to see the veins collapse and then reopen.  I also had to hold my breath and grunt as if having a bowel movement in order to make the blood flow in that area for her to be able to see if there were clots - I thought that was interesting.  I found that to be painful when the blood was forced to that area - reminded me of the blood rushes that I had for the first week or so after surgery.  Anyway, the blood flow was excellent and the veins all collapsed and reopened as they should - so no blood clots thank goodness.

So today ended up being a really long day... I had hoped on getting my driving priviledges back but I will have to wait on that  :'(.... I do have plenty of teenage drivers around here that I can bribe to take me where I need to go - so I am thankful for that.  Even with all of the swelling my OS was pleased with my ROM and sees no reason why I cannot continue to progress towards getting rid of the crutches.  Slowly I am making progress.  So even though I am a bit bummed about not being able to drive yet I do feel very thankful that I am doing as well as I am - and the swelling I will just deal with by wearing those sexy TED thigh high stockings - who knows it may be a new trend after I'm done.... doubtful!!!! ha.

Well, I have PT tomorrow - I'm sure there will be new wonderful exercises added to my regimen - Whatever the heck SLR's are and the active extensions definitely.  I can hardly wait to feel the burn!

I hope this finds all of you doing well.
Have a great night.
Take Care.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 31, 2007, 02:42:43 AM
Krissie - you are such a good momma!!!  It is kind of weird how your leg feels really heavy some times, isn't it?  It must be the good kind of weakness after working those muscles. 

Karen - sure you can name them - I've told the kids that we won't be able to keep them because we live in town so it is best if they don't name them and get attached to them.  I already have homes for all three of the babies but I am now struggling to find a country home for the mommy - she is wild so I will have to catch her first.  If we didn't already have our cat I would keep the tiger one - so so cute.

Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 31, 2007, 02:48:11 AM
Oh, I forgot to add that I can take my brace off at night to sleep!!!!  Hooray!!!  I am hoping that this will help my sleeping problems.  I could sure use some zzzz's.  That was the really good news today other than not having blod clots.

Night.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 31, 2007, 02:59:47 AM
Hey Glinda!  Wow!!  What a day you've had!  Ugh, first of all I'm so sorry that you're not allowed to drive yet.   If it's because of the pain meds, well, it makes sense I guess.  But if that's the ONLY reason, then I don't see why you can't drive if you're NOT taking meds during the day.  I guess you're doctor is extra cautious.  We'll see what mine says tomorrow about it, especially since I'll probably be driving myself there!  :o  I found that driving with the immobilizer wasn't nearly as uncomfortable as I thought it would be, but I'm sure there would be hell to pay if I got rear-ended, so I'm being stupid, I know.   

Sorry you had to go through all that BS with the blood clot test!  That didn't sound fun at all, I'm sorry.   :(  But you get to sleep without your brace, whoo hooo!  I'm envious!

THANKS so much for the pictures of the babies!!!  They are SO cute!  You mentioned that you had troubles getting anywhere near the mom.  She might be a feral cat, which means she probably won't make a willing and able pet, therefore you won't be able to find a home for her.  If you're still having trouble, most areas have a feral cat care organization that participates in a TNR (trap-neuter-return) program.  So even if she's not tame, she at least won't have more kittens.  Not every one is as responsible and caring as you are with finding homes for the baby kitties.  :-* Let me know if you need help researching that in your area (I used to volunteer for a cat rescue organization when I lived in VA), I'd be happy to help.

Anyhow, sorry for my public service announcement, hopefully I wasn't out of line.

-Rach
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on May 31, 2007, 03:37:56 AM
Glinda - I'm sorry about your day.  You needed to find out for sure that there was not a clot and thankfully there was not.  Now can I just say JEALOUS about being able to take off the brace at night.  I should not even have mine "unlocked" (the ROM controls) at night but I can't sleep that way. So needless to say I don't listen  ;).  This is one of my "Top 10" questions for my OS tomorrow.

My OS told me the same thing about driving...No Driving while on Pain Killers.  I ended up needing to drive to get to the GP (I was dog sick) so I was one of the "did not listen" but it was a one time deal.  I switched to Advil early which allowed me to drive but trust me now that I am in PT there are times I wish I still had pain killers  :o.

Names for the Kittens...Hobble, Gimpy, and Antic.  Any other suggestions?

Take it easy and have a nice night.
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on May 31, 2007, 05:23:49 AM
Glinda,  ugh, I'm sooo bummed for you that you can't drive - but better safe than sorry for a little while longer.  I'm glad they did the ultrasound to rule out blood clots - definitely not something to mess with and to have checked out if there is ANY indication of one.  My husband has dealt with many episodes of blood clots until several years ago one finally dislodged from his calf and travelled up to his small intestine (thankfully it stopped there before going any higher up...heart, lungs, brain, etc.).  [After major surgery and two weeks in the hospital, he finally got diagnosed with a blood disorder that leaves him prone to clotting and is on coumadin for life....]  Anyway, it's very good that the test was negative!!

The kittens are soooo cute!  I just showed them to Robert and he wanted to keep one.  He may have to fight you for the little tiger.   ;D

Enjoy your sleep tonight!  It will feel sooo good!  Have any of you gotten random leg jerks at night?  I used to get them a lot after the surgeries. 

Hope everyone else is doing well! 
Sarah

PS - yes, Glinda, SLRs are straight leg raises.
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on May 31, 2007, 05:42:58 AM
Sarah, I got TONS of random leg jerks after the surgery!  I assumed it was something I do anyway, but jerking a just-operated-on (nice grammar Rach) leg will tend to wake you up out of a coma like sleep.

Aren't the kittens the cutest?  I wouldn't be able to resist keeping just one..... ;)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on May 31, 2007, 05:59:35 AM
Yeah, I think the jerks were even more pronounced after the surgery...but man, they could hurt!!!  I'm sure it has something to do with not using any of the muscles in the leg and they have to find a way to protest.  Watch out Glinda!!!

I'll take any of the little kittens - sooooo cute!!!  Our youngest cat was getting pretty fiesty this evening - I was tossing a ball for our lab who was running back and forth across the lawn...well, what do little kittens do when things are running back and forth??  Well, they chase them!  Tilly (OK, she's not really a kitten, but we still think of her as one) would run out and try to pounce on Maile every so often.  Too silly....

Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on May 31, 2007, 01:23:44 PM
Hey all - Okay, sleep did not come as easily as I think it should have (maybe it was my older ones and hubby who decided to "keep me company" after I collapsed into bed so they came up to watch the 3rd period of the hockey game....somehow intense hockey game and relaxing bed do NOT go together....)

Glinda - WOW, sounds like we both had big days!!  I cannot believe your ROM - you rock!!  Yes, SLRs are straight leg raises...since you're such an early bloomer with those, maybe you'll have the joy at PT of adding ankle weights with them!!  I am really surprised about him not letting you drive even though it was your left leg but I guess with drugs, that's probably the right thing to do.  (Yet another reason to get off those meds...)

As for your possible clots - so good that it all worked out but I'm sure you were a little scared at first  :-\  Aren't those stockings a real fashion statement?  I had to wear them on both legs, none stop for the first +2 weeks!  My husband asked if we should keep them and I suggested we burn them with the brace!

I hope your relished your first night sleeping w/o the brace....any jerks?  God, I'd forgotten about those - just you guys talking about them made me cringe - those were awful!!  Hopefully you'll be spared some of the nerve pain but as Rach can attest, it's nasty.  My knee actually finally looks something like a knee so I know that probabyl 85% of my swelling is gone and yet I'm still getting random nerve pain....honestly, it's the only thing that brings me to tears still.  I'll keep my fingers crossed that you're spared much of it.

Sounds like Karen and Rach have big days today....can't wait to hear the news!  (Rach, no offense taken at your PSA - I may be allergic to cats but I still love all animals!).  Enjoy your days, everyone!
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on May 31, 2007, 07:35:00 PM
I had just typed up a long post and lost it - what is up with that?  Well, my PT today added the dreaded 1 pound weight to my SLR's while lying on my back, side, and stomach.  I also started doing active extensions - wow does that take a lot out of me.  My ROM is 128 degrees.  I'm pooped today after PT.  I asked my PT about why he thinks I'm not allowed to drive yet - he simply said two reasons: liability and I'm too short.  When he explained both of the reasons it makes sense - First of all, the liability issue being that I am still taking pain meds every now and then and I am still wearing an immobilizer fulltime.  If I were to drive with my OS's permission and get into an accident - someone may decide to see the immobilized leg as the reason for the accident or my now and then use of vicodin as the reason - NO DR. wants to leave themselves open for liability of this sort.  The second part being that I am 5'2" and have short legs - I literally have to move the the seat in the car all the way up in order to reach the gas/brake pedals.  When I am in my normal drive position I am unable to put my left leg out straight in the immobilizer - I could try to rest it out the window or on the dash but I don't think I am limber enough - ha ha!  It just will not work.  So....  the only thing I could do would be to remove my leg from the immobilizer and at this point I don't think I would be comfortable doing that.  I think I will just be patient at least for a couple more weeks.  I will then revisit this obstacle.

Sarah/Krissie/Rach... I did have a lot of muscle jerks last night.  I didn't notice it so much while I was wearing the brace at night - I wonder why?  I still did not sleep well last night either.  I woke up with my leg in positions that really really hurt.  I'll have to decide over the next few nights whether I still need the brace to keep from sleeping wrong on it.

Sarah - I would love to keep the tiger kitty but my husband just will not have it.  He does not like cats.  The cat we have now was mine before he and I married eleven years ago so it was a package deal - I don't think I could get him to convert to being a catman.   My five year old says that we are going to take the tiger one to the zoo because that is where you find tigers.  I've tried to explain the difference in the cat species but he's not getting it just yet.  It's kind of funny ;D.

Karen - love the names - I'll have to see what personalities they have once they start moving around.  Antics is so you and Rachel - I'm sure one of the kittens will fit that one.   :o

Karen and Rach - you need to let us know how  your day went... hopefully good!
I feel a nap coming on...

I'll check in later.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on June 01, 2007, 01:29:37 AM
Oh, the dreaded 1 lb weight, why is it sooooo heavy???  I mean, it's only a little pound.....

I can totally buy the explanation for the driving thing...especially when it's explained that way.  Although, I wouldn't have thought of the issue of being too short ... 

That's too cute about your son and the tigers at the zoo!!!  That's one of the reasons I can't wait to have kids...they say the darndest things!!!  (If only they were that cute all the time...then I'd probably have the kids already and not just be thinking about it...)

Hope y'all had good days at work or home, wherever you were!  I'm about to head out (yup, still at work, naughty me!!!) and go to a yoga class.  Fun, fun!

Have a great night everyone!
Sarah
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on June 01, 2007, 02:01:03 AM
Did she just say Yoga Class??  What a bragger!!  ;)  Maybe SHE can drive with one leg up on the dash!!

I knew they'd put that weight on you today - such a joy, isn't it?  I'm having serious ROM envy - I think I may have to get mine measured or I might start feeling inferior!  You seriously rock!  Being an attorney, I totally understand the liability explanation - best you stay off the roads.  Plus, I've got a month more than you in this damn recovery so if you got your license back before me I might have to not like you as much!  ;D

I'm thinking your leg jerks increased because your leg was maybe a little more "at rest" without the confining brace so your muscles really relaxed and your nerves just felt like dancing - just a theory - but I will say that mine, too, were worse once I slept without the brace - another joy of this recovery.  As for preventing your leg from getting into uncomfortable positions, try pillows on either side of it or a pillow cradling it - both seemed to help me for awhile.

We're watching the Spelling Bee tonight - man, I'm feeling seriously stupid watching these kids!

Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on June 01, 2007, 02:41:56 AM
Hi All,

Glinda - I could just eat up your 5 year old...I love those stories.  My friends son use to tell me all kinds of things like that.

My day was really good.  I put all the details in my diary but here are the clif notes...

PT went well.  PT "helped" almost get my heal to my a$$...OUCH (big OUCH. Like Ham Curls don't hurt enough already). Almost reached 130 degrees ROM after the OUCH
 
OS visit ROCKED - NO MORE POST-OP BRACE  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D Smaller hinged brace for 4 more weeks and no need to sleep in any brace.  OK for very careful (very very very careful) steps without any brace (like when getting out of shower or pool).  Everything is healed to a good point and I will not hurt anything by putting my weight on my leg. OS is very pleased!

OK.  I have to go to bed.  4:30 wake up call tomorrow  :o,

Have a nice night everyone!
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 01, 2007, 03:38:54 AM
Krissie - did you say you are an attorney?  My husband is an attorney - he just transfered his private practice to join a firm part-time and at the same time he became one of four prosecutors in our county.  What type of law do you practice?  Hey, I know the feeling of being a bit envious of ROM or not having driving priviledges back before someone else - Rachel is going to end up getting her driving priviledges back before both of us and she will end up bypassing all of us - you watch.  So, I think she will need to be our cabbie.  Sound good? 

Yeh, when I mentioned what my PT said about liability to my husband he just agreed and said I better not sneak it.  I couldn't get away with it even if I wanted to try to - there are to many spies around here that would rat me out.  The comment about me being too short I almost wondered if he was picking on me - we do pick on each other a lot - but I did try to sit behind the wheel with the seat where I needed it to be - it would have been very uncomfortable.  I drive a van so the seat sits up higher than the seat in my  husband's car - I can't get my leg out straight and comfortable while still being able to push the gas and brake with the right foot.  Rachel - how the heck are you doing it???

Karen - Congrats on having such a great day!  I'll check your diary out to get the full scoop.  I am doing a yahoo for ya! Way to go Girl!!!!

Sarah - Wow - yoga?  I am so impressed and jealous.  I have never tried yoga but it is on my list of things that I want to try hopefully soon. 

Take Care All...
Glinda

Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on June 02, 2007, 01:04:45 AM
Glinda - yep, count me as a "recovering attorney" as my husband puts it.  I worked in finance (I was a trader) before law school so I knew I would never study to see a courtroom.  I am one heck of a b*tch naturally so I figured making it my career would be a bad idea  ;D - thus, I went for the "transactional" side of the law and learned how to make both parties agree!!  I practiced securities law for 7 years - representing publicly-held companies (mostly on the NASDAQ) in equity and debt offerings, shareholder issues, mergers and acquisitions, SEC compliance, etc plus I did loads of IPO work for a while too.  I don't miss the redeyes, the billable hours or the politics of my too-large firm but I LOVED what I did (and was darned good at it!).  My second son had a lot of health issues and it got really difficult to work deals while juggling hospital stays so with a third on the way, I got sick of being "100% of nothing", as I called it, and left the law to be with my boys.  I'll admit it was hard at first because I was pretty committed to my work and couldn't stand the Wisteria Lane crap that went on in my then neighborhood but I wouldn't change it for anything now.  My husband (who's also in finance as a Portfolio Manager) told me to put all the energy and passion that I put into my legal work into my boys and we'd all do fine.  He was very right and after "rebalancing" our spousal roles, we feel like the luckiest people in the world.

Well, I no longer have ROM envy - I'm at 135 - yea!!  BUT, my hamstrings are just shot to hell and I'm kind of bummed - I think I put so much work into my quads before surgery that I neglected other parts of my leg and now I'm paying for it.  Another 2 hour PT and I'm so so so tired again today (I posted in Margaret's diary that it was a funny day.....kids home at noon unexpectedly, calls from the principal, a big download from my oldest on the "puberty" video he had to watch today, etc.) - BUT I did get the thumbs up to try driving.  I haven't had a chance yet as my husband won't give me my keys back but he promises we'll go out in the morning to give it a go....he'd better because I made a hair appt for tomorrow!!  >:(

Anyway, I hope this finds everyone well - I'm RICE'ing as I type...hoping for sleep but not expecting it.
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on June 02, 2007, 03:15:11 AM
Oooh! Wisteria Lane!  That could start a whole new discussion here.....are you a Susan? A Bree?  A Gaby?  A Lynette?  An Edie?  A cranky old Mrs. McCluskey?  Uh oh, I could go on and on about DH.  ;D

And CONGRATS for the initial permission to drive!!  Yay!  Cause man, I'm tired of driving Glinda around all over the place. It will be good to share the responsibility with someone, hee hee!

Sarah, I can't even THINK of doing yoga now.  The thought of bending my legs in funky positions is too painful to think about.  Go girl!

Glinda, I don't know why driving is so comfortable. I didn't even have to adjust the seat.  But I usually sit pretty far back from the steering wheel, so I think that makes the difference.

 :-*  Rach
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on June 02, 2007, 04:37:53 AM
Hey all,

I slept like a baby last night...on my stomach!  First time since my surgery...it felt sooooo good!  It was just too bad the alarm went off at 4:30am  :o. 

CONGRATS KRISSIE...Way to go!  You are going to feel like a million bucks after your appt tomorrow! 

Glinda,  I wish I had some advise to make driving easier for you (even though I know you will not dirve!).  I am on the taller side at 5'7" and drive with my seat almost all the way back.  After my 1st TTT (Rt Knee) I learned to drive with my leg almost straight since I only had 45 degrees ROM at the time (I know bad girl!  ::) ::) ::))

Hope everyone has a good night and weekend.  I ahve a boatload of Econ homework to get done before I leave on vacation (The countdown begins...7 days!)
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 02, 2007, 04:57:26 AM
Rach - Sorry I've been running you so much lately - ya know I've been trapped in this house for so long it has been nice to have you to take me out to get some fresh air and get my running done.  Oh and I've really enjoyed meeting your mom - I could just go on and on with this fantasy play....

So.... I was sitting outside tonite watching my son try to ride his bike which was to small for  him and I got a bright idea to try to take  him to Walmart and get him a new one.  My husband drove and I thought I could walk through the entire superstore without my crutches - I made it but boy am I now paying for it.  The fun part was watching my son ride his new bike through the store - it was so funny.  He had so much fun!  Ya know when I was his age my parents were so uptight they never would have allowed me to do something like that.  Now though, they are awesome Grandparents to my kiddos.

Wow Krissie - I so admire the fact that you put your career on hold in order  to do the hardest and most important rewarding job ever - being a mother.  And if you are putting as much energy into being a mom as you did into your career - Will you adopt me?  

And Super progress at PT Krissie - Holy Moly Girl !!!!!  ROM at 135 - that is great.   What the heck is Riceing?  I've read that several times but cannot figure it out????
It must feel great to get your driving back - is your husband going to test you before he will give you the keys back?  

Hope you are all able to sleep tonite and are as pain free as possible - hey Rach I'd like to get breakfast in the morning can you pick me up around 6:00 am? ha ha
Nite all.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on June 02, 2007, 03:15:30 PM
Glinda - "RICE" = "Rest - Ice - Compression - Elevation" - you've probably known it but didn't realize it!

I love the story about your son - isn't it great to see such determination from them?  My 5-yr old is a pistol but then he's 3rd born and has lots to keep up with.  Sad part is, though, I doubt I'll ever catch him - you should see this kid on rollerblades, scary!

Thanks for the compliment - I'll definitely adopt you! (although we might get some stares if you sit on my lap!)  :o  I have ZERO regrets about staying home - I feel blessed to have the ability to make that decision, as we both know it's not an option for all, and I doubt I'll ever practice again.  I did loads of pro bono work, even a death penalty defense case, and found that my nonprofit clients were way more appreciative and gave me more gratification in my job.  I'd love to do some foundation work or something down the road but who knows if I'll find that time again.  Having one starting school, one starting puberty and one in between, I think my focus will be here for awhile! 

PT was hard, even though the ROM is good and the license was given back.  Last night was bad - lots of instability and weakness, then pain in weird places - sleep came in 30 min fits but I'm better this morning.  I did get my road test from the hubby today before my son's baseball game -- I passed!!  So, off to get the hair done - YIPPEE!!

SO, if Rach didn't make it for breakfast, let me know as I'm usually up by 6 and I'd be glad to come get you!   ;D
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on June 03, 2007, 03:43:36 AM
Yes Krissie, I don't make it up before the clock says "PM" most days!  So if you could take over Glinda's morning duties, that'd be swell.  ;D
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 03, 2007, 04:42:54 AM
Just got home from my best friend's sons graduation party - I was on my leg way too much -  I am seriously just needing to hit the hay....   I will check in tomorrow...

Hope everyone is doing well.

Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on June 03, 2007, 06:38:05 AM
It is party season!  It's easy to stand up too much because you always want to be eye level with everyone and not be the "gimp in the chair" all the time.  >:(

Oh!  I have a question I've been meaning to ask you for about a week now.  Since you and I seem to be the only ones with the big puffy ugly brace, how in the heck do you clean the thing?!?!  Mine is getting super gross (attempting to garden doesn't help).  The brace itself is navy and the velcro strips used to be white, but now are a dingy gray.  And since I'll be wearing this stupid thing for the foreseeable future, I'll love if it was less disgusting.  I thought about chucking it in the washing machine, but since it's foam I thought it might completely harden up when it dries, kind of like a sponge. 

Any suggestions?

 :-* Rach
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on June 03, 2007, 03:26:01 PM
Rach - that is hysterical the "gimp in the chair" comment - I feel the exact same way!!!!
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 04, 2007, 02:14:35 AM
Tonite we were at another grad party and one of our friends made a comment that I was a cripple - it's a good thing I have a good sense of humor.  I was in charge of serving the cheese cake yesterday at the party so I was on my feet most of the time because it was difficult to do that sitting down.  I'm really not complaining it was so worth it - she is my absolute best friend and I would do anything for her - but you are right that it does get to the point that sitting down just kind of draws attention to the fact that I'm a gimp right now.  It gets so old explaining what is wrong with my leg twenty times in one day as we go to each party - uggggg.  I'm glad that we are done with the parties. 

Rach - Okay, washing the brace - I was able to use a damp cloth with just some mild soap on the white straps - for the spots that were tougher to get out I used a toothbrush to scrub it a little more - I didn't soak it in water though because  I don't think you want to put it in the dryer.  I would be afraid that it would shrink or melt - if it gets wet enough that you cannot put it back on blot it dry with a towel and then I would let it air dry - but you cannot walk on your leg without your brace so you will be crutching it until your brace it dry.  By the way, I mentioned to my PT that I could hardly wait until I could get rid of my brace on the 25th of June because I was going to have a brace burning party and his comment was don't be getting rid of that brace or your crutches anytime soon.  What???? Was my response - he said that the pains that I have been having in my other knee is the same thing - he has been watching my knee cap and it is also way out of alignment.   Not the news I wanted to hear.   :'(

Okay - I'm gonna check in on all of you yahoos.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on June 04, 2007, 02:26:12 AM
Glinda/Rach...BURN THE BRACE...YOU WILL FEEL BETTER! They give you a new one if you have the othe knee done anyway.  I have a matching set and plan on burning both! My OS told me I had the same problem in both knees when I had my Rt knee done in 2001.  I knew I would have to have the left done at some point but decided to wait until A) I was sure the outcome of the Rt was good and B) i could not stand the Pain anymore.  I put the left off for 5 years but probably should have done it sooner.  I was just not ready to go through is again!

If one more person asks me "What happened?" or "Did you have your knee replaced?" I am going to scream!  I have had perfect strangers ask me if I had my knee replaced...just walk up to me in the supermarket.  Like I look old enough!  I'm 32! 

Have a good night!
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 05, 2007, 05:44:15 AM
Good - I was so looking forward to burning this thing that it really bummed me when he made that comment to me.  I couldn't imagine that they would use the same one.  This one is getting kind of yukky.

What is it with people thinking they can just come up to us and say what they want?  It's like when you are pregnant and people want to touch your stomach.  When I was pregnant with my twins I couldn't keep peoples  hands off my stomach - it peeved me off.  Now I just want to wear a sign that explains what surgery I had so I don't  have to say it for the hundredth time.  Okay,  no more griping.

I thnk I am going to bed.
Hey we have been chatting in the chat room in the evenings - you guys should join us.  It is fun.  We are discussing a knee geeks reunion somewhere. 

Take Care
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 07, 2007, 05:21:42 AM
I am having a lot of really bad achy pain in my knee over the last day.  I woke up in the middle of last night in extreme pain and found that the pain worsened when I straightened my leg out completely.    I find this to be a bit strange since I have been in this immobilizer keeping my leg straight for over four weeks now except for the last few nights and now this is what is causing the most pain.  hmmmmm

As the day went on the pain actually just continued to be a b**ch in whatever position I was in - I tried gentle massage and moving my leg to different positions but nothing helped.  I even took my pain meds every four hours for pain and I still found myself in tears a couple of times.

I am so thankful to have this place to come to - it has saved me from going to a very dark place.  I thank all of you for allowing me to blather on about absolutely nothingness in the chatroom and in my diary and on yours.  thank you for your patience and kindness. 

Take Care.

Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on June 08, 2007, 12:41:19 AM
Hey Glinda - didn't check in on you yesterday and now I feel bad knowing that you were having so much pain!  How is it today?  Did you have PT the day before?  Maybe your nerves are waking up a bit or your patella tendon was cramping a bit?  I hope you're doing better.
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: skichick70 on June 08, 2007, 01:35:55 AM
Hey Glinda, don't you hate it?  Everything's going well and pain free for a week, and all of a sudden bam!  It hurts like you were set back for weeks!  Unfortunately I don't know what causes it, but it happens to me too.  I wish I had some words of advice, but all I have is empathy.  :'(

 :-* Rach
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on June 08, 2007, 01:50:13 AM
Hey Glinda,

Sorry the pain is still there, hopefully today is a bit better!  All this nerve pain sounds so yucky, and it sounds like you all have had to deal with it at some point.  Soo so sorry!!!

I've been laid up on the couch all day - got this nasty flu/cold thing that came on suddenly yesterday.  It's quiet around here, Maile keeps walking around wondering where her brother is.  I brought his bed in from the car today and she kept sniffing it...so sweet.

Hope you all are having good days!!!
Sarah
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 08, 2007, 03:17:01 AM
Thanks all for checking in on me - I had PT today and I asked my therapist why I would be having so much pain over the last couple of days.  He thinks that definitely a large part of it is nerve related but also a large part of it is just everything having different pressure on it in different places because of things being moved around a bit.  So, it will take awhile for things to settle down.  I hope that this is what it  is.   Since it is not a sharp pain my PT is not concerned - I guess since it is an aching feeling that is to be expected.  I will just have to grin and bear it.  Things are coming to life again that is for sure - it is a good thing even though it hurts like h*ll.

Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well Sarah.  I hope you are able to rest and it is just a 12  hour bug.

Take Care All.  I'm gonna check into the chat room.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: lilrosie06 on June 09, 2007, 06:08:46 AM
Glinda...Sorry you have had such a bad couple of days. I hope you feel better real soon....

hugs...Donna :)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 09, 2007, 06:19:20 AM
I can't even turn the TV on without hearing about Paris Hilton.  What the heck is this world coming to????  HA HA!!!

Today was another day of achy knee pain.  I am not liking this at all.  I guess I wouldn't be so upset about this if I had been having this amount of pain the whole time but this pain is a constant ache that is worse than I have had in two and a half weeks or so.  I think I was pretty fortunate that my leg has been pretty numb and swollen for some time causing the pain to be less than if the nerves had come to life earlier on in the process.  My guess is that the pain is from increased PT exercises and the nerve pain that has finally decided to start up.   :'(  I need to regroup and try to get myself into a better state of mind to deal with this.  

I hope all is well with all of you.
Take Care.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 09, 2007, 06:23:27 AM
Thank you Donna.  I hope you are doing well.

I know you must be completely worn out from the past few days.  I hope that you and Rick are able to spend some alone time over the weekend. 

Take Care of yourself.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 13, 2007, 02:50:15 AM
Yesterday was officially 5 Weeks Post Op -

I have an OS appt. on the 25th of June to look at x-rays and discuss no longer wearing this brace.  At that appt. it will have been 7 weeks with the immobilizer - I am ready to get rid of this thing.  So the plan is as long as everything has healed normal I will be able to stop wearing the brace.  I have been having a lot of pain in my knee and in the shin right around the incision site.  PT has become more and more challenging - at times I am overwhelmed in pain.  I continue to do the exercises at home two times a day even though I just want to cuss the entire time.  I am amazed at what pain will cause me to say and act like - believe me I have not been very pleasant to be around lately.  (Another reason I have not been online much lately)  I am hoping most of the pain I am having is the dreaded nerve pain and all of the exercises that I am doing.  My PT says that it is probably the entire knee getting used to the shift of everything - meaning that the pressure on everything is different now which will cause everything to be sore and it will take time for everything to adjust to this new positioning.  I am no longer using crutches at all.  If I were to go somewhere knowing that I would be on it all day I would probably take them with me just in case I needed them but for just the everyday getting around kind of stuff I am so over those things.  About a week ago I started having some pretty bad lower back pain on the right side - it was bad enough that I went to the Dr. and was told that I had pulled muscles from walking with the immobilizer on - Not that I have a choice!!!!  I was worried that I was passing a kidney stone since I do tend to do that every now and then but instead I have decided to have sympathy pains for Margaret.  ha sorry I couldn't resist Marge!  I discussed the muscle pain with my PT and he has advised me to put a gel insert into my shoe just on the right foot (opposite the surgery leg) to help prevent having to swivel my hip as much to bring my leg forward therefore not stressing the back as much.

Before this surgery I was unable to ride the exercise bike without a lot of pain when I  had to exert pressure to make the pedal go around, I also had to stop while doing leg lifts and bend my leg in order to get my kneecap back where it needed to be in order to finish doing the leg lifts ----  I know that I am early on in my PT but I am able to ride the exercise bike slowly and granted it does not have much resistance but I am not having pain - I am stiff but it does not hurt like it did before,  I am also able to do leg lifts with my quads flexed without having to stop and bend my leg to reposition the kneecap.  So, those are the first signs that this is a success.  I know that I have a way to go in this process and it won't be until I can actually run, squat, and even walk without the brace that I'll know just  how much better off I am - I just know that I am feeling confident at this point because of the little bit of good signs that I see.  Yippee!!!!

I hope everyone is doing well - I am going to check in on everyone's diaries.
Take Care.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: lilrosie06 on June 13, 2007, 05:01:36 AM
Hey Glinda...Sounds like you are coming along well. Soon you will be braceless, and ready to run a marathon! :P Ive heard TTT surgery is very hard to recover from. So continue to hang in there....you are on the right track....

10 days for me.....wow, time is flying. :o

Hugs...Donna
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on June 13, 2007, 05:16:11 AM
Hey Glinda,

Woo hoo, congrats on making 5 weeks!  That is awesome!!!!

I'm so sorry you're still having so many pains!  Unfortunately it seems that's just part of this surgery and the recovery.  I do hope that everything works itself out soon.  Regardless of the surgery, recovery is always up and down, two steps forward, one back, so hang in there and soon you'll be back on the upswing.  It's great that you're still able to push through your exercises - soon they will start getting easier and easier. 

As for the back pain, I went through the same thing, as I'm sure so many other folks here have.  There's something about limping around, just altering your gait in any way will start to take its toll on the back.  For me the additional torture of 8 hours/day of the CPM machine (either while trying to use a laptop during the day - so I was twisted around in a weird way all day - or trying to sleep with it all night on days that I was at work) that just completely knocked out my back.  But, like everything else, it got better, as I'm sure your pain will as well.  The gel insert is a great idea - hopefully that will relieve some of the pain!

You're making excellent progress and I am confident that you'll continue to do so.  Keep up the great work!!!!!

Take care,
Sarah
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: lilrosie06 on June 13, 2007, 05:25:51 AM
chat room doesnt like me. could always get in no problem, but have been trying for over an hour now with no luck.... :-\
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 13, 2007, 08:48:21 PM
awww Donna the chatroom LOVES you!!!!!  Maybe it was the connection or the computer but it wasn't the chatroom I promise!  We love you! ;D
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 16, 2007, 04:08:07 AM
I had PT yesterday and really had some rough pain last evening and couldn't sleep through the night.  Today has been a bit better though.  I have had to take some pain med but I do feel better than I have in two weeks so things are starting to look up.

And guess what?  Tonite I went outside after dark with my five year son, Aaron, and we caught lightning bugs.  It was so much fun watching him run, jump, and leap with his arms flying in the air to catch the blinky bugs...... he would just giggle and then run to show me his latest catch.   

He is the love of my life that little boy.  I cannot even imagine a life without him now.  Today when he wanted to go swimming and I had to tell him that I just couldn't go because my knee was hurting - he asked how bad it was hurting - I said, "Pretty badly little buddy."  and his response was, "Well sometimes you'll have that mommy."

Okay, I will stop gushing about my little guy.  I everyone is having a great summer so far and I hope everyone is having a good knee day.
Take Care.
Glinda

Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on June 16, 2007, 06:38:27 AM
Oh, Glinda, your son is soooo adorable!!!!  Gush away...we love hearing about him!  He sounds like such a sweetheart!  Sorry your knee is still hurting, but with Aaron around I'm sure it's just so much more bearable.  And I miss lightning bugs so much...I had so much fun trying to catch them when I was little.  We don't have them out here in CA - these folks definitely miss out on something great.

I'm gonna do a little gushing of my own...I've been working on teaching Maile to balance a treat on her nose and catch it when told and she just did it for the first time, twice!  It was one of max's best tricks, but it's been very difficult to get Maile to do it.  For the last week I've been working on it with Maile and she finally did it.  I'm so proud of my little girl!!!   ;D  Meanwhile, my cat Gulliver is just looking at me like, "Yeah, big deal, I could do that if I wanted, I just choose not to play with my food."  Way to dignified for silly tricks, I guess.

Tee hee, that was the amusement of my evening, glad I can share.  Hope everyone finds some little pleasure like this every now and then!

Sarah
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: lilrosie06 on June 16, 2007, 02:35:29 PM
Hi Glinda. Youre son sounds like such a little cutie. Im glad you are enjoying him so much. They grow up so fast! My girls are now 20, 17, and 15, and are my best friends. Lots of people say ewwwww teenagers, but I cant say that about mine. They make me laugh, and some of the things they do and say remind me of me when I was that age.

Sorry the PT was rough the other day. I think some days are worse than others. Im definitely not looking forward to my post op PT. I know its gonna hurt, but hey, no pain, no gain, right?

Its beautiful outside here today. I had to get up early to take Ricks daughter to participate in community service. I wasnt too excited about having to get up early, and had planned on laying back down when I got home, but that never happened. Its so quiet here, so I am just enjoying it. Lol.

What are your plans for today? Anything exciting? Im gonna go shopping for Fathers Day. I got Rick and the girls dad both customized license plates, but want to get them some other things as well. So will pick Shelby up, and she and I and Chelsea will venture out. Monday, mom is taking me to lunch and we will shop too. I need to get some shortie PJ's to take to hospital with me, and some other little things too.

Ok, well, the chat thing still does not work for me, so I will continue to post on the forum.

Enjoy your weekend and Ill talk to you soon.

Donna
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: L. Thomas.net on June 16, 2007, 03:15:01 PM
Donna
Hi I think I have replied to some of your post.  I am trying to get into the chat room and Glinda is trying to help me.  I hope I can get in.  I think I have tried everything.  I think the chat room doesn't even want to meet me.

Glinda
I am posting here because I don't want to get left in the cold with the chat room mess.  Now I will get notified and know where you are.  You can't delete your own thread.  So you are stuck with me now.  I don’t' know if it will help or not but the 7 day TKA'er might want to check my post-op diary.  I have updated it regularly.  Now I just post when I go for follow-ups. I have tried to put everything, including questions for MD, what to take to the hospital, things that will help at home, PT after surgery, hospital stay.  I ran out of "room" on my 1st post and I think it continues on post 20.  I can't remember for sure but it is at the bottom of the first post. 

I am trying to warn everyone about a BIG problem I had.


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>:( >:(  >:( DonJoy Iceman has a 30 day warranty >:( >:( >:(
 :P :P :P After the 30 days if anything happens to it the entire unit has to be replaced. :P :P :P
  :'( Don’t learn the hard way. :'(


Additional information upon request


I always pass on funnies.  I know I have days when I need a little laughter.  Just scroll through if you prefer.  this one is probably a good one for your mothers since it is talks about 50'ish women.  That's me and I think it is a hoot.  My kids say it is "me".

Oh I am the one with the card.  I will probably only need it when I enter the local high school.  We haven’t ever been on an airplane together in 37 years and the last time I flew was in 1973.

Deborah
My mom died with COPD and my dad died at 87.  They were both still living at home without assistance when they died.  I think that is a wonderful way.  I know I was not ready for their death…who is?  But when you lose a loved one, it is great to be able to find positive things. 
I know that Mom did some things that really made her death easier on  me.  When she found out she only had about 2 years to live she made plans for her funeral.  Not everything but the service..what she wanted to wear, songs, etc. she wanted. I will never forget when she was telling me what she wanted she told me to make sure they pulled all of her black chin hairs. 

I don’t know how services are conducted where you live but any death that I am involved in from now on I will have the visitation and the service right after.  I was the first in my town to do this but now it is pretty common.

Katie
I had a pelvic ultrasound.  My gyne has these funky tables that are actually comfortable (he devised them).  They have leg supports instead of stirrups.  When I went back after the ultrasound he was talking about how uncomfortable he knew it had been.  I told him I didn’t know that if I had his table and the probe had been a little different size and texture I could have had a real good time.  I thought he was going to fall out of his chair laughing!

Well here’s the funny for the weekend.

Q: Where can 50’ish women find young, sexy men, who are interested in them?
A: Try a bookstore under fiction

Q: What can a man do while his wife is going through menopause?
A: Keep busy. If you're handy with tools, you can finish the basement. When you are done you will have a place to live.

Q: How can you increase the heart rate of your 50’ish husband?
A: Tell him you're pregnant.

Q: How can you avoid spotting a wrinkle every time you walk by a mirror?
A: The next time you're in front of a mirror, take off your glasses.

Q: Why should 50’ish use valet parking?
A: Valets don't forget where they park your car.

Q: Is it common for 50’ish to have problems with short term memory storage?
A: Storing memory is not a problem, retrieving it is a problem.

Q: As people age, do they sleep more soundly?
A: Yes, but usually in the afternoon.

Q: Where do 50’ish look for fashionable glasses?
A: Their foreheads.

Q: What is the most common remark made by 50’ish when they enter antique stores?
A: "I remember these".=

Have a great one.
Louann




Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: lilrosie06 on June 16, 2007, 08:18:14 PM
LouAnn...I cant get in there either... ::)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: L. Thomas.net on June 17, 2007, 01:10:44 AM
Isn't it funny that just a few years ago I was complaining  about how slow the mail was and then I get e-mail and now I am complaining e-mail is too slow.  How Funny. Oh well I guess for now I’ll have to use >snail post”
Louann
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 17, 2007, 09:08:59 PM
Hey Donna and Louann -

Karen, Margaret and I decided if we can't get everyone into the chatroom that wants in there we are just going to move to AOL.  Karen said she would help me set up my account so that should help.  We could just post something on our kneegeek diaries to go to AOL to get the Knee people to AOL.  I think it will work if we cannot get the chatroom available to everyone.  Do either of you have AOL and would you be interested in doing that?  Just let us know.

Louann your jokes were pretty funny - I needed the laugh today - thanks.
 
Hope everyone is having a Happy Father's Day.
Take Care all.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: L. Thomas.net on June 17, 2007, 10:59:48 PM
i don't have AOL.  I have thought maybe we should start a thread for Chatroom Rejects.
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: *Margaret on June 17, 2007, 11:06:13 PM
louanne,

you can get aol instant messanger for free. and i am sure any of us will hep you get it, just let us know.
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: L. Thomas.net on June 18, 2007, 03:08:57 AM
If it is fat free or on sale I will buy it.  FREE is GOOD.  I am a school counselor so $$$ is a big deal.  Especially since I have 2 in college and a grandchild to support.  My hubby is retired.  Just tell me what to do.
Louann
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: *Margaret on June 18, 2007, 03:37:04 AM
Louann,

here si what you need to do:

go to www.aim.com

then click on downloads

click on all aim versions

you will want classic aim 5.9

click get aim 5.9

then follow the directions from there

any questions let me know

margaret
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: L. Thomas.net on June 18, 2007, 04:21:10 AM
Louann,



click on all aim versions

you will want classic aim 5.9

click get aim 5.9

then follow the directions from there

any questions let me know

margaret
What exactly is "all aims versions"
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: *Margaret on June 18, 2007, 04:22:15 AM
it just lists all of the versions of aim
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: L. Thomas.net on June 18, 2007, 04:24:13 AM
So I only need to download the 5.9?
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: *Margaret on June 18, 2007, 04:26:10 AM
yes just the 5.9 one
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 18, 2007, 04:42:14 AM
Hey Louann I am talking to Margaret on AIM right now.   Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: L. Thomas.net on June 18, 2007, 04:46:52 AM
I  have it downloaded and have signed in.  Now what do I do?
My name is L49Thomas
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: *Margaret on June 18, 2007, 04:50:41 AM
YAY!!! louann

my name is princessdreams20
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: *Margaret on June 18, 2007, 04:56:08 AM
louann,

add me and see if you can IM me. princessdreams20
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: L. Thomas.net on June 18, 2007, 04:56:44 AM
Well now don't yahoo yet.  Now I get this message everything is full tryback later. And now I have been sent to a link about  Windows security and downloading lsecurity program and if I don't know what to do to click Help and I don't see a help button.
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: *Margaret on June 18, 2007, 05:01:37 AM
louann,

i am going to glinda help you as i have a mac computer and do not have windows
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: *Margaret on June 18, 2007, 05:05:19 AM
louann,

i will try and help you.

what does the message say?
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 18, 2007, 05:17:38 AM
hey louanne - I assume that you are in the process of downloading the aim software?  I called my daughter because she just recently installed the most recent version of AIM and she says this does not sound familiar to her.  If I were you I would exit out of where you are and then go back to the  www.aim.com site and start over. 

glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 18, 2007, 06:40:05 AM
okay I have an AIM account.  So many people have had problems getting into the chatroom we decided to go to AOL - so join us there.  PM me a message here and I will give you my name.

Take Care All.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 19, 2007, 06:06:51 AM
Soooooo June 18th (an hour ago) is Six Weeks Post-Op

So this is the day that I thought I should be really excited about:  1st of all I thought I would be able to get rid of this brace - NOT.  I have to wait until the 25th to see my OS which will actually be 7 weeks post-op.  we will then check out the x-rays to see if the bone has healed properly and if it has I will be able to ditch the brace.  2nd of all I thought for some reason there would be something different about this six week mark - NOT.    Today I have had a lot of achiness in my knee and pains not when I put weight on my leg but when I take the weight off and the pain is right where the work was all done.  So........ I am sure it is all to be expected but I will mention it when I go in on the 25th and until then I will just continue with my daily exercises and my PT on Thursdays.

I hope everyone is doing well.  I haven't heard much from anyone lately.  Where are all of you??????  Come out, Come out, wherever you are.
Take Care.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: lilrosie06 on June 19, 2007, 06:32:57 AM
Glinda...Try not to get discouraged. I have never had a TTT, but from what I hear, it takes a longgggg time to heal from one. Im sure you are at that point where you just want to get back to your old self. I dont blame you. But give it some time. You will get there. Think positive thoughts and remind yourself of how far you have come.

Sorry I havent been on alot. Its summertime and the kids, being off school, are on the computer late, so I just get on when I get the chance.

Im gonna get to bed now though. Its been a long day.....

Look forward to hearing from you....

Hang in there.....

Donna :)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: Sore knee on June 19, 2007, 09:58:03 AM
Thanks so much for your PM, I so appreciated it :) I don't see my OS for 10 weeks and my PT so far says they don't usually do much more with it if the OS won't. I see my PT next Monday so we will see what he says then.

Hope you are bearing up well and its not long until the 25th now. Good luck and thanks so much for your time and help :)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 20, 2007, 09:38:11 PM
I am counting the days down until the 25th - I am sooooooooooooooooooo hoping that I can get rid of Mr. Stiffie. (immobilizer) 

Donna - thanks for the good thoughts and I have read your diary girl - you are in spaz mode cleaning like a mad women.  Sounds like what I did before my surgery.  Kind of funny but I found it to be quite what I needed at the time. 

Joanne - you are more than welcome for the advice.  Feel free to ask questions, vent, etc.  That is what we are all here for.  Believe me we have all had days that we have had to rely on one another to get through.  I truly believe that unless you have had a bum knee and gone through what a lot of us on here have there is no way that you can empathize with someone going through what you are.  It is normal to feel a bit down - especially after your OS telling you that not much else can be done, however, it is your job to not allow yourself to stay down.  You have to pull yourself up and start figuring out what needs to be done next. 

I hope everyone is having a funfilled summer so far.
Take Care.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on June 21, 2007, 02:05:32 AM
Glinda - Oh i hope you can get rid of Mr Stiffie.  Even if you can get something smaller it would be great.  ;D  I would be happy to send you my latest barce since I have had enough of it.  I hope at my OS appt on the 28th i can get rid of the brace for good!

I know that TTT site pain all too well...mine just waited to show up. I hope you get some relief soon.  Keep your chin up!

Have a nice night!
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: lilrosie06 on June 22, 2007, 06:21:12 AM
Glinda....only three days till your appointment, and the possibilty of getting rid of "mr stiffy". Since I wont be around for a few days, I wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well....

Hang in there....

Noon today...YAY! :-\ :'( :( :)

Hugs...DONNA
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on June 22, 2007, 06:43:04 PM
Glinda - just wanted to check in and see how you're doing - I have a good feeling that you and Mr. Stiffie will amicably part ways on Monday - I just packed away my crutches and brace in the attic and am soooo happy they're gone - seemed like they were part of me forever and now I have "almost" forgotten how miserable I was with them - you will be done soon, I just know it!!

Hope all's well and you're enjoying summer.....K
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 23, 2007, 05:03:54 PM
I haven't been able to get on the computer for a few days - the laptop decided to crash and then for whatever reason our wireless connection was not allowing us to stay connected????  We called a couple of days ago and just Friday evening got a call saying that they had been working on their equipment and that may have been what the problem was.   Whatever.... I am just glad that it is now working. 

I was very unhappy, however, that I was not able to get on in time to wish Donna best wishes before her surgery yesterday.  I am sure everything went well and you are off in la la land today inbetween those mean nurses making you get up.  Donna you are such a sweetheart - thinking of others when you have so much going on.  Thank you Dear - I have only good thoughts going your way.

My knee has been quite the stinker lately.  I have good days and then I have one of those days that the sharp pains almost are unbearable - what is that about?  Just when I think hey this isn't so bad it decides to kick me in the pants.  I am sure it is all just a part of the normal healing process but that doesn't mean I have to like it. Right?

Krissie - Congrats on being able to put the brace and crutches in storage.  I bet that was an awesome feeling.  Yes, I am enjoying Summer but I think it will definitely be much better once I am without this brace - crossing my fingers that Monday is the day.    How is your construction project coming along?

Karen - I hope the pain in your shin has gotten better over the past couple of days.  I hate to hear that you are having pain at this point.  Hopefully it is from being on it too much while you were on vacation and it will take some time to settle down.  I will keep my fingers crossed that it will start being nice to you.

I am going to check on all of your posts in your Diaries.  Hope you are all doing well.
Take Care.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: L. Thomas.net on June 23, 2007, 11:35:22 PM
My knee has been quite the stinker lately.  I have good days and then I have one of those days that the sharp pains almost are unbearable - what is that about?  Just when I think hey this isn't so bad it decides to kick me in the pants.  I am sure it is all just a part of the normal healing process but that doesn't mean I have to like it. Right?


I had a weather predicting knee and then I had ACLR.  It went away.  The teachers at school would call me when it looked like snow because I was more accurate than the weatherman.  I could just about tell you the time of the day we would get the stuff.  Then after the surgery it went away.  Now after TKA it's back.  I just can't believe it.  We are having an extreme drought.  I kept telling everybody my knee hurt and I thought it was going to rain.  They just laughed.  Well guess what it is doing outside?  Yep! thunder and lightening and everything.

Those knees, you just can’t trust them.
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 24, 2007, 03:32:07 AM
Pretty funny Louann because it  has rained today and my leg was really really achy all day today and yesterday.  Boy, I will not like this early predictor system being attached to my body at all times - you would think the surgeon would have asked me before he placed that in me??? haha   I guess there are worse things - like having a kneecap that won't stay where it is supposed to!  So, I will stop complaining.

Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on June 24, 2007, 06:37:17 PM
Hey Glinda!  Can you believe that tomorrow you might just be freed from that horrible contraption??  I remember that right before my "big appt", I didn't believe it would happen ever.  Then, when I was told I was out of it, I remember that the car ride home totally overwhelmed me because I was able to sit up front with my legs bent like a normal person - I started shaking and cried almost the entire ride back from the hospital - good tears, though!  I'm crossing my fingers you get released from that thing tomorrow!!!

It's our anniversary tomorrow, too - 14 years of wedded bliss - so I don't know if I'll be onlinr at night as we're going to dinner in the North End (the little Italy of Boston) - I'll try to check online before we leave to see if you've posted yet.

The construction project officially starts tomorrow - they're going to spend the first couple of days setting up our "temporary kitchen" down in my laundry room so I can approve the new set-up before we leave for NC on Friday.  I'm so glad we'll be gone for demolition - things that break and make my house messy make me very nervous and tense!  I've already scheduled a cleaning crew to come through for the rest of the house on the Friday before we get back so that I have as little disaster to see as possible.  Not only do I hate dust, but my kids all have asthma (genetic) and I'll be really pissy if the dust is super thick everywhere.  Yes, I'll admit to being a little high maintenance when it comes to my castle, um, I mean house!  ;)

As for the weather predictor.....get used to it - presurgery, I had better accuracy that the weatherman and now that it's "fixed", my skills have become even more refined - ugh!  Let's all hope for a dry summer, eh?  - K

Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 25, 2007, 04:30:08 AM
Happy Anniversary Krissie~!!!!!!  And Congrats on starting the construction soon.  I am so glad that you will be gone for the demolition portion and have a cleaning crew to take care of things while you are gone.  Especially since you have the asthma issue.  Our little guy also battles asthma so I don't blame you for doing just about anything to cut down on the dust for the kiddos.  Enjoy your anniv. dinner and then your trip on Friday.

I will definitely try to post what I find out at my OS appt. as soon as I get home.  I will be pretty excited if I am free of the brace - and I don't foresee any reason why I would have to continue having to wear it.  So, I am just assuming that after having this thing on for 7 weeks I will be without it after my appt.  Yippee!!!!  I guess the good thing about having a rain radar for a knee is that I will always know what to wear and whether to take an umbrella.

Take Care.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 25, 2007, 08:34:51 PM
7 Week Post-Op  ---- I had my OS appt. today and I am to wean myself out of my immobilizer.  I was thinking I would be able to just stop wearing it but he explained that it is best to wean out of it to keep from having so much pain.  So, I will wear it part-time (i think) and see how that goes.  He looked at my x-rays and said that I have some delayed healing but that it is not so bad that I have to continue wearing the brace (thank goodness).  Not sure I could handle the dreaded brace much longer.  I am to be "very careful" on uneven surfaces and doing corners to not twist or put added weight on my leg.  No running, jumping or carrying anything of measureable weight (my son weighs 40 lbs) he is a bit bummed!!!

I asked about the numb area that I have - it is normal because that is wear the nerve branches are in the skin.  Sometimes it regrows and sometimes it does not.  Hmmmmmm  I don't like the lack of feeling in my leg that I have but there isn't much that can be done about it at this point other than hope that it will regrow.  I also discussed the pain that I am still having in the knee area and the shin area - he seems to think it is all normal.  The knee area he says is from the scar tissue scope surgery and the fact that the muscles are not working properly right now.  I agree!!!  And the shin pain is from having a hammer, chisel and saw working away 7 weeks ago - ewwwww that is grose!!!  But true!  He is so honest.  And funny!  He did point out that the pain is different than before, which is good, and that means it is a pain that shows the surgery did what it was supposed to do. So, I just need to be patient regarding the pain - boy that is hard. 

The best part of today was that I can now drive - YIPPEE!!!!  I told my husband that i was given driving priviledges back and he said that he wants to be sure that I am up to it.  I feel like a 16 year old.  I am a bit nervous though.  It has been 7 weeks!!!  When the OS told me that I could walk out without the brace I took the first few steps and just kind of slowly crept along thinking wow it works.  My kneecap actually is staying where it is supposed to  ;D ;D ;D ;D  !!!!!!!!   So, my daughter drove me from the appt. over to eat at Applebees in Fort Wayne and then back home.  By the time we got home (without the brace) my knee was just crying in pain.  This first week will definitely be a true test of patience for me.  I will be pushing myself and then paying for it - I know.  Then I will be p.o'd for pushing myself - just the way that I am.

Well - I hope everyone is doing awesome today.  I will check in later with everyone.
Take Care.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: *Margaret on June 25, 2007, 08:46:34 PM
WAY TO GO GLINDA!!

i am glad you have your immobilizer off, it must feel so good.  Please be careful driving, you do not need a car accident. Becareful what you do without your brace.

thanks for the good news, i am hoping i have good news on wed which i think i will. talk to you tonight  ;D
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: L. Thomas.net on June 25, 2007, 09:28:13 PM
I had the numbness on the side of my leg after ACLr.  It reduced in size of numbness over 2-3 years and then it was normal.  Now after TKA it is back again and the same story..may go away, may not.  I can tell I am getting some of the feeling back already.  Do you get a weird feeling when you shave over the numb place?
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on June 26, 2007, 12:46:29 AM
YEA GLINDA  ;D Take it slow and before you know it you will be BRACE FREE!

I got most of the feeling back in that numb spot after my 1st TTT but i'm not sure how long it took.  Give it some time!

Watch out world...Glinda is behind the wheel again!!!  8) ;D 8) ;D 8) ;D

Catch ya later!
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 26, 2007, 03:22:43 AM
Thank you guys for all of your kind words of support!!!!! 

Louann - yes it does feel weird to shave in the numb area - I don't like it much! 

I am so excited to drive my little boy to his swim lesson on Wednesday - I can hardly wait.

YIPPEE!!!!

Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on June 26, 2007, 04:52:47 AM
Woohoo!!!  Congrats on ditching (mostly) the brace!!!  How liberating!!!!!!!

Glad to hear the good news.  Hope the knee holds up to all the little tests it will be going through in the next few weeks.   :D

How are you doing, aside from the knee?

Sarah
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on June 27, 2007, 02:33:02 AM
Oh Glinda I am SO SO SO happy for you!!!  Isn't it amazing how we live with such awful restrictions and things and then when we're to be rid of them it takes time to get used to it?  I'll tell you to take it slow but I'm sure you'll overdo it just like the rest of us, pay with pain and fatigue for a couple of days and then ease back to normal  ;D  Bummer about your son but just think what a big boy he'll become from having to be on his own two feet all the time!

I too have the funny feeling while shaving - sometimes I can even press on one part of my knee and feel it in a totally different part of my knee!

I'm up to my eyeballs with packing part of the kitchen and moving the other parts down to the basement where our "temporary" kitchen will be.  Haven't even started packing for NC - ugh.  My electrician is going to move my "office" downstairs in the morning which will require him to rewire my internet and phones so I'll probably be offline all day Wednesday if not Thursday too.  If you don't hear from me, please know that you'll be in my thoughts and I'll have my fingers crossed for a rapid upswing in your mobility!  I'll be back 7/8 and hope to check in with everyone then.

Glinda, Sarah, Margaret, Karen, Kat, Louann, Rachel (if she ever returns), Saul, et al., have a great week+ and I'll talk with you all soon - K
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on June 27, 2007, 03:25:52 AM
Sarah - it seems like it has been forever since I have chatted with you.  I am doing okay!   ;D  It seems like half of the Summer break is already gone and I haven't really been able to enjoy much of it yet with the kiddos.  I am hoping to start getting in the swing of things.  Now the real question is how are you doing?  And how is Maile and your hubbie adjusting to being without the grouchie ole Max?  Hey I do have three kittens that will be ready in a week or two.....  Maybe you could take a little road trip and take a kitten back with you as a souvenir (sp?).  I think that is a great idea.   

I was outside today with Aaron (my five year son) playing with the kittens and my husband came home from work - I told him that the kittens would be ready in a week or two to go to their new home.  He said, "Really?" "Well, they just don't look very old!" "Maybe we should wait until they are eight weeks old before we have them removed from their mommy."  I just shook my head and said yeh that might be best.  All along he has always told us how much he hates cats and that he would never have one of his own.  Now that there are these three little adorable kittens I catch him playing with them, holding them, and now he is making excuses for why they need to stay for a little while longer.  I knew there was a softie in him. 

Krissie - good to hear from you before the big move with the construction started.  Otherwise I would have worried something was up.  If you happen to see this before you go on vacation - Enjoy your time!!!!  Thank you so much for all of your support over the past few weeks - all of the personal messages really helped to keep me on track.

Today I am incredibly sore from not using the brace - I was expecting that so it is not really a complaint.  That is about it from here - I hope all is well with everyone else.  I am going to check on everyone else now.
Take Care all.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on July 01, 2007, 02:42:06 AM
I haven't been on the computer for the past few days - I have had a horrible migrain headache.  My husband had to take me to the Dr. to get a shot for nausea on Friday.  I have been in bed with this migrain for three and a half days now.  Today is the first that I have gotten up and even tried to function.  Ughhhhhhhh  Right now my knee feels great compared to the throbbing right side of my noggin.

Hope everyone is doing well.  I am going to lay back down.  Take Care all.  I will try to check in with everyone when my head feels better.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on July 01, 2007, 02:49:25 AM
Oh you poor thing!  :'( :'( :'(  I have been there.  I hope you feel better soon!

Take care hun,
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: sterns on July 01, 2007, 03:21:53 AM
Glinda,

Time to visit you in your post op world. So sorry about the migraine. I have a close friend who has to deal with them and she has to also stop everything. My only migraines are my kids and the way I figure it, I have 1 more year of their headaches. LOL  Well at least it takes away from the knee, so just remember when we were younger; we were told that if it hurts than don't do that  ::) ::) ::). Tried to make a joke  ???

Take it easy
Saul
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: L. Thomas.net on July 02, 2007, 02:26:05 AM
We are leaving town for a couple of weeks.  Sports scalloping season open Wed. and we can't miss the season.  We will be gone for a couple of weeks, well maybe 3.  I know we will be back before August.  So checking the boards will not be on the top of my list for a while.

See you when the sun goes down.
Louann

Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on July 03, 2007, 12:20:44 AM
Oh Louann you funny gal.  Have a nice trip. 

Saul it is nice to hear from you.  I hope PT has been good to you.  I haven't been checking the diaries much lately.  I did see that you were the lucky one to chat with Donna though.  I am so jealous.  But so glad that you were able to and so glad that you shared that with us. 

Today is 8 weeks post-op and my knee is feeling pretty good.  Every now and then I have some pretty sharp pains when I move wrong but I am sure until I have the full strength back that is to be expected.  I am using 3 lb. weights on my ankle during exercises to help strengthen my quads and calf muscle.  3 lbs. have never felt so heavy!!!  I am pretty sore the day after physical therapy.  Grrrrrrrrr  I am no longer taking pain meds - thank goodness.  However, when I stopped taking the prescribed pain meds I started having rebound migraine headaches so I am  now just waiting that out.  My neurologist today said that could take up to 2 to 3 weeks.  uggggggghhhhhh  Sooooooo, I really can't complain about my knee.

That's all for now.  Take care all.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on July 04, 2007, 04:37:10 PM
Happy 4th of July to everyone!!!  I will not be in the chatroom tonite because we are going to see the fireworks with our little one.  I hope everyone is having a fun filled 4th and that the knees are holding up.  Take care all - I will check in tomorrow.

Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on July 07, 2007, 01:51:19 AM
Friday night here and we are just settling in to spend the evening with the kids.  Just wanted to let everyone know that I am still alive - just been very busy with family and the July 4th Holiday.  I will try to catch up with everyone after the weekend.  Take care all.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: sterns on July 07, 2007, 02:10:14 PM
Thank you,


 ::) ::) ::) ::)
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on July 07, 2007, 09:45:19 PM
Anytime Saul  ;).....
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on July 11, 2007, 03:30:32 AM
Not much to update on regarding this stubborn knee -  I continue to do daily strengthening exercises hoping that this left leg will eventually be the same size as the right leg again.  It is amazing how fast the muscle atrophies.  I am going to PT once a week and usually leave there in extreme pain and very close to tears.  I refuse to cry in front of my physical therapist because he is a very close friend of mine and I would never hear the end of it.  Ha Ha.....   ::)  Seriously ... I do have a great pt that has taken the time to explain the surgery beforehand and is now taking the time to make sure I am building muscle back up properly and that I am actually doing the work at home in order to make progress.  Gotta love it. 

I can tell that I have progressed a lot just in the last few weeks and that my family have begun to grow impatient with my recovery.  Life is no longer slow paced around our  household and if I cannot keep up they are just doing things without me --- not really something that I like very much so I find myself really pushing to keep up and finding doing pretty well most of the times.  There are days that by the end of the day i just need to find the bed.  So, life is beginning to get back to normal around here - which is a good sign.   ;D

I hope all is good with everyone else.
Take Care.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: tangerine on July 12, 2007, 01:04:09 AM
hi Glinda,
I just wanted to encourage you (hopefully) by reminding you that your sugery is still very recent, and it takes months and months to
rehab from a Fulkerson. It is major surgery. I am going on 7 months after my 2nd Fulkerson, and only now am feeling like I'm regaining
my strength. It's a long and gradual process. So hang in there, and keep plugging away. I know how frustrating it can be when a
family seems to be impatient with your progress. It's so important to keep in mind that this is YOUR recovery, and you are the only
one that knows what you're going through and what is best for you. Sometimes you just have to internally validate yourself, and
tune out everyone else. You WILL regain your strength,  it just takes a long time, and you have to be careful to not overdo
which will only set your recovery back!

Good luck, and hang in there...

Tangerine
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on July 12, 2007, 02:28:27 AM
Thank you Tangerine - I so needed that right now.  I think right now my family sees that my leg has healed from the outside so I should be up and running.  NOT!  And I have to admit a part of their impatience has to do with my stubborn nature to just force myself to do things even when I know I shouldn't.  I am trying very hard to work on that.  I appreciate your encouragement and advise.  Thanks.  It always helps to hear from others who have been there and can give a clean perspective on things to put me back on track.


Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: maile433 on July 12, 2007, 05:00:29 AM
Hey there Glinda,

I've barely been on lately, so I have a bit to catch up on, but I actually have a little free time to hop online and see what's been going on.  I feel for you right now - I think that mentally the point where you're was one of the hardest for me.  I obviously had very different surgeries and different recoveries, but I think in general this period of time is very tough, and requires incredible patience (I'm reminding myself of this as much as you or anyone else).  It's awfully tempting to just try and jump back into your "normal" life once you're barely at the point when you can manage it.  It's hard enough to figure out what your own limitations are, and it's even harder for others to see this.  There's no official timeline for this portion of the recovery, so there's not exactly a date you can aim for to be completely better.  I always, and still do, find that frustrating.  I want to know that in 3 weeks (or whenever) I will be pain free, or in 4 weeks I will be able to go for a long hike, or whatever...but unfortunately that's not the way life works.  So, we can both remind each other that with a little patience and perserverance, each day we will get a little stronger and tomorrow we will be just that much better than yesterday.

That being said....hang in there girl!!!  It's so great that you have a good PT that can help you get through the recovery - I, too, am good friends with my PT and I think that helps so much!  (I guess one of the benefits of so many surgeries - you get a good friend out of the deal!)

How are you doing otherwise?  How are the kittens doing?

Sending hugs your way...
Sarah
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on July 12, 2007, 09:53:32 PM
Hey Glinda - just wanted to pop in and let you know that I miss you and I'm sorry for being so MIA for awhile!  I'm sorry to hear that all is not going according to "your plan" but then we're really not in control of all of this, are we?? ;) ;) ;)

I'm right there with you - remember I'm a month ahead of you in this little recovery game and until now, although I've definitely had my times of extremem impatience, have not felt like I was at a roadblock that I couldn't get over "some how".  That being said, I've now reached that point and am, too, like you a little bit (no, a lot a bit!) frustrated and even scared.  When I saw my PT conferring with a bunch of other PTs and they all turned and looked at me, I knew I was in a bit of trouble.  For now, I'm being told that "the plan" is for me to build up my quad even more than I already have by now (I thought I'd made so much progress) and only after that, if the problem persists, will my PT raise the red flags - still, things are not good and she was very honest with me that she's concerned.  The PT who partners with mine told me that his experience is that I have to be 6 mos out from the surgery before we can really start considering "issues" as problems.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that Tangerine is right - this process is LONG, much longer than we've wanted to realize or accept, and our muscles must get back to where they were, at a minimum, before we can expect our abilities to match our expectations. 

I'm sorry things have got you down - don't try to keep up with life just "because" - your #1 main job right now is to RECOVER, before all else, and if that means you're limited in some things for awhile, everyone else is just going to have to deal with it.  If they don't like it, tell them to hire someone to take your place - that'll shut 'em up!  ;D

miss you - K
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: KW on July 12, 2007, 10:27:19 PM
Krissie.  I'm sorry you are having probliems!  I know the feeling of being frustrated.  My PT is pretty much on hold, or at least at a min, until several issues are resolved.  So lets have a "I'm Frustrated..I want my life back" Party.  We will be over once the kitchen is done!  HeHe  ;D

We miss you!
Karen
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on July 13, 2007, 02:01:23 PM
Thank you Thank you Thank you to Tangarine, Sarah, Krissie, Karen and of course my die hard chatroom buddies for the constant support.  I must say that right now I am really struggling.  It has hit me like a ton of bricks and I did not expect it.  What is up with that?  A lot of it is the outside expectations of family needs, the fact that I have to get a job NOW - like as soon as I get back from vacation in mid-August, one day my knee fakes that it is it's old self so that I get all happy about it and try to do too much and then I pay for it (you all know what I mean  :o), and then there are the pressures of trying to be supermom - superwife - best-friend and all of those hats that I was pretty good at juggling before but for some reason now I keep dropping a hat here and there. 

Sooooooo - not that I am glad to hear that you are all feeling the same as I am but it does make me feel a little better that you are in my boat with me and that we can share a life jacket while we sail away into the sunset together.  Enjoy the sunset cruise - I'll be your captain for the day but we are taking turns because tomorrow I am drinking the fruity drinks with umbrellas..... so enjoy your today.   :D

I THANK YOU ALL - I SO NEEDED THE BOOST TODAY! 
TAKE CARE.
GLINDA
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on July 13, 2007, 04:50:25 PM
Hey everyone!  Was just told by my PT that "hey, don't get down, we'll have a good idea in another 8-12 months what your true limitations will be." - Ummm, yeah, a year?  And, uh, limitations?  Even though it was painful, I could walk stairs, skate, hike, go up and down hills, sit comfortably in a car, sit at the dinner table, etc. BEFORE surgery.  So, um, not being able to do any of those things AT ALL let alone for another 8-12 months and possibly longer is not acceptable from anyone's perspective.  DUH.

Since we could all use a little giggle - Let me tell you all a funny story: So, I've got this construction going on, and when I got home from PT the other day I heard really, really loud machinery coming from my back yard - I thought to myself, there's no way this is in or around my house, it sounds like a darn bulldozer.  So I walked into our back yard and up a VERY LITTLE slope (we're talking a 24" rise) into the woods.  There I find that some neighbors are doing some tree work, suspiciously a little too close to our property line - since I like the trees 'cuz they give me a sense of privacy, I'm not so pleased about this.  SO, I decide I'll go inside, call the neighbor nicely and see what's up.  Well, I turn to head back to my house and guess what, I can't get down the G-- DA-- SLOPE - no, instead, I take one step and my knee starts to give out - I guess going "down" something was not in my playbook....!  SO, I have this wave of panic come over me like, "oh crap, I'm stuck!" and I stood there for what felt like a few minutes looking around like I was going to need someone to come get me until finally my rational mind kicked in and told me that I had to side step my way down this pathetically intimidating, gradual 2 foot slope.  I have a feeling my carpenter saw all this and had a good chuckle.  Needless to say, I forgot to call the neighbor and just went inside to have a pity party.  Isn't it so much FUN to find ourselves faced with such minor little hurdles and get feel slapped in the face by our knee?  I swear the ups and downs of all this (no pun intended) are going to drive me insane....

Can I tell you that I plan on using my good leg to kick my OS's ass next week at my appt?  Hey, maybe that's what we should do at our party ... hang some effiges of our OS's and kick their asses....sound good?
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on July 13, 2007, 06:21:52 PM
Krissie -  Oh you poor thing - how frustrating to hear that type of timeframe.  What are they thinking - we just do not have that kind of patience or time?  I know it sucks and I am right there with you.  You have made awesome progress and you had so much work done on your knee that I am constantly amazed at how well you are doing.  I am hoping that what your PT was trying to say to you was that there is a window of another 8 to 12 months that they are looking at that you can still show signs of improvement and that you should not give up.  I think he worded it all wrong - to focus on limitations when he is in the business of rehabilitation just is not wise.  He really should be pointing out what you have achieved and that you  have the ability to continue achieving as long as you continue believing in yourself.  Do not allow his miswording to get you down.  You are a tough cookie - keep your chin up.
Take Care.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: krissie on July 13, 2007, 07:02:46 PM
Glinda - Thank you!  I'd love to believe that is what she was meaning to say ... you might be right.  I will say, however, that both she and my AT (athletic trainer - they work together on me) are having trouble disguising their concern the past couple of sessions.  She echoed your thoughts today and said, "Listen, given what you had done and how trashed your knee was, you're miles ahead of where many people would be in your shoes.  Still, to believe that you're not going to be faced with some limits after all the work done in there is probably naive."  I guess I was just doing a really good job at making myself believe that this bundle of surgeries was the cure-all and maybe that's unrealistic.  Still, the feisty side of me is still planning on kicking my OS's rear and informing him that "no limits" is the only thing I'll accept.   >:(
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on July 14, 2007, 04:30:42 PM
Krissie - You go girl!!!!

That is what I like to hear.

Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: sterns on July 15, 2007, 01:51:44 AM
Hi ladies, it has been too long !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have not been up to much positive stuff these days. I read the post from Tangerine and have to say that what she said was something that I also need to hear. I think that was probably one of the best things I have heard on the public side of the chat board. I have gotten everyones PM and thank you. I think I am on the way back to the real world as things at home seem to be taking a turn in a positive direction. My knee still hurts and therapy still sucks !!!!!!!! But the leg ad stuff are progressing, but as much as I would have hoped for and that is why the post from Tangerine caught my eye.


Tangerine,

I would like to hear more about your recoop

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you !!!

Saul
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on July 15, 2007, 02:47:54 AM
Saul - so good to hear from you!  I agree that Tangarine hit it right on the mark - I was feeling very pushed by my family that just is not getting it at this point and I have become very impatient in the pt and this phase of rehab.  I forget that this is only mid-way in the process even though when I look at the incision it looks okay and even though I am not wearing a brace the knee still screams when I do too much.  I just need to remember, as do we all, that in the end patience will pay off.  In the meantime when I forget that I may need to be reminded so thank you Tangarine for being the one this time.

How are you Saul????? 8)

Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: tangerine on July 15, 2007, 10:30:45 PM
Hi All,
I'm glad my comments were encouraging! I remember how much this site meant to me while I was recovering.
Saul, you can find both of my diaries by using the "Search" feature above. If you type in "Tangerine's Fulkerson"
you'll get to my first diary from '05, and  if you type in "Tangerine's Second TTT" you'll get to my second
diary from '06.

Tangerine
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on July 16, 2007, 03:09:44 AM
Thank you Tangarine!!!!  We appreciate it.   :D

Take Care
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on July 25, 2007, 02:02:44 AM
Just returned from an unplanned roadtrip with my favorite sister and my mom.  We went to Grand Haven, Michigan and had the best time ever.  I so needed time away from the day to day stresses of kids and the expectations of where they think I should be in this process.  I am feeling revived and refreshed but very tired from the drive home.  Going to bed to catch some zz's and then tomorrow I have to start getting things ready for a garage sale that I was supposed to be working on the whole time I was gone - ooops!!!!  :o  Oh well.  I also need to start getting the spare bedroom ready for our exchange student that arrives on August 4th.

I hope everyone is well - I will check in tomorrow to see how everyone is doing.  Take care.  I can hardly wait to leave again on vacation - August 5th for two whole weeks.  Michigan here I come again.  Yippee!!!!

Take Care All.
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on September 14, 2007, 05:46:24 PM
POST-OP over four months (I think it was 4 months on the 7th of Sept.)

I have been a very bad girl - it has been almost six weeks since I have updated here.  Life is moving very fast around here and finding time to do this is almost impossible.  I guess that is a good sign that things have progress to a state of "Normal" - at least for everyone else around here that has non-surgical knees. 

I am doing everything around the house that I was doing before the surgery (believe me my husband is greatful)!!!!  I have moments of thinking "oh yeah, I probably shouldn't be doing that" but I do and then I pay for it later.  For the most part life is good.  I am riding my bike three and a half miles three to four times a week and the other days I have started doing yoga and pilates.  I have pain at the incision site and a swelling at the site also that my OS says hopefully will go away.  He wants me to try to wait it out for at least the 6 month point.  The fear is that the screws are causing some irritation or that they are backing out.  I still have an area that is not healed completely in the fractured part but slowly it is doing its thing.  I'm just a little slow I guess!!!!!  ha ha !!!

I am sending out resumes and having interviews for the job situation.  That in itself is very stressful and depressing at this point.    I am either over qualified, too educated, took too much time off for raising my children (not dedicated enough to my career) or working for my husband just does not look good.  What the heck - the job market is just not good right now unless I want to work fast food or work at Wal-mart - neither of which is going to bring me the type of income that I am accustomed to and we need.  So.........life goes on.  I toy with the idea of just going back to school and doing something else - maybe then I'll figure out what i want to be when I grow up.  he he

Oh, and our refugee cat is pregnant again.....  I tried for two weeks to catch her in a live trap in order to take her to the vet and have her fixed. But since she is much smarter than the average kitty she evaded my attempts -maybe she just doesn't like tuna - hmmmmmm!  Anyway, we are once again going to be the happy owners of who knows how many little kittens in the next couple of weeks.  Everyone is happy about this BUT my husband.  Kind of funny - I think!  He has agreed that we can keep the refugee cat if I can figure out how to capture the hoebag and get her fixed.  Anyone with ideas feel free to let me know.

I hope everyone is doing well - I miss you all (Marge, Karen, Saul, Sarah, Krissie, Donna, and I know that I have missed others but my mind is not working right now.)  sorry!!!!

TAke Care All!
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: sterns on September 16, 2007, 02:20:22 AM
Glinda !!!!!!!!!

itis great to hear things are in a positive swing. But I have to say, I thought I was reading my posts (lol). I just had my screws taken out and you would not belive how big they are. I almost sh*t ! I had them removed last Friday and I am still sore from the surgery, but I can say that what pain I did have before is not here anymore. The downside is that now the knee needs to be made to move again as it has spent the 6 or so weeks in an array of braces, immobolizers and at one point a full leg cast. I guess the upside is that I start therapy next week, but all passive stuff. I do not have to wear the immobilizer unless I think I need to, but I have to stay on crutches for another 3 - 4 weeks with minimal weight. So this one made 13 and 3 of them within 12 months (almost to the day). It is amazing how we can measure time, the first of the 3 was 9-19-06. That is just tooo scary. So now I feel like I am starting all over again. AHHH, I just hear my screams now !!!!   :o :o ::) ::)

Anyway, this link takes you some pics of the screws (no blood !) http://s153.photobucket.com/albums/s225/sternslp/?action=view&current=a7e6b963.pbw

Saul
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: giege on September 16, 2007, 03:47:17 PM
Saul,

Hello!!!  It is so good to hear from you and to hear that the procedure has helped at this point.  I know that it must seem daunting to have to start from the beginning again - BUT you now will not have this irritation in there that must have been causing problems all along.  Right?  Hopefully, this will make everything so much smoother.  You can do this - look at where you have been and how far you have come.  You are the "MAN"!!!!!!! 

Eeeeeek - I guess I didn't realize how long the screws were.  Those are nasty little boogers.  It just doesn't seem like we should have room for those in there, does it?

Take Care!!!!!
Glinda
Title: Re: Glinda's Post-Op TTT 5-7-07
Post by: sterns on September 18, 2007, 04:54:20 PM
I still bannot get over how long they are or how noticeable the weight is. Quite a thrill !!!!!!!!  But, the exploding type of pain and sensation has not come back. The only thing now that is just as tough to deal the second time around, is the weakness of the leg and the ROM. On top of that is that it will takke a little while before I will be able stand with out crutches. Hopefully, it will all be downhill !!

saul