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Title: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 21, 2007, 10:56:18 AM
Hello All;
  I guess I'll start out with a short get to know me. My name is Angel( yes really, thanks to my Dad). I'm a 52 year old female, I have 3 grown children and 9 grandchildren, I'm raising the oldest who is 12 going on 30. My husband is a steel structual engineer and we live in the outskirts of Houston. I've suffered from RA and Osteo for more years than I care to count, and the osteo finally got the best of me. The medial compartment in my right knee started giving me problems several years ago and over time it got worse. On Thanksgiving day of 2006 I tripped going up my front steps and took the knee out. I was a Child Nutricianist with the school district at the time and continued to work up until the 2nd of Feb. 2007.
   I was getting ready to go to wprk at 5 am and my knee gave way, I fell and that was the end of my working days. I called my primary and he sent me directly to my OS( the very same day). After the initial xrays and blood work, and all the lengthy tests I was scheduled for surgery on the 22nd of March 2007. The first surgery was done outpatient and in less than 6 hours I was at home and felt really good, considering I had just gone through PKR. I started my PT on the 23rd. Pt went real smotth the first 3 weeks, I had gotten a ROM of 110 and overall felt better than I had in years, and then the PT tried to force my knee to get that extra 10 on the ROM. I felt the most horrible pain I had ever felt and heard a pop and crack and thought she had torn my leg off. My grandson heard it in the waiting room , scared him to death!!
   I started going down hill that very day. The pain had come back ten fold, had to start taking pain meds again, everytime I bent my knee there was pain and a pop. My OS was angry to say the least. I refused to go back to PT and he agreed, hoping that I had suffered no more than a sprain or bone bruise. The xrays looked funny and he kept me iced and elevated for the next 5 weeks. My OS xrayed again and the femur component was out of line. He told me that he was going to have to go in and explore. I cried like a baby.
   On May 17th 2007, I was again scheduled for outpatient surgery. I was again back home within 6 hours. He told my husband that the femur component had broken loose and was dropping everytime I stood up, hence the feeling of my knee falling off. He had to totally replace the full PKR and had to grind down the bone cement used on the previous surgery, and on top of that he had to grind away several bone spurs.
    This is Monday May 21, 2007 and I feel like a herd of elephants run me over. I've slept very little maybe 3 hours a night, and I've all but attached the CPM machine to my knee. My knee is the size of a large melon and bruised black and blue.
   I have a private PT coming to the house today, to evaluate not to start treatment.
   I can't eat, food makes me so sick, I do have a script to take to help with the nausea and it helps. I guess its a good thing, I could stand to lose 10 or so pounds.
   Anyway, that's the start to this long recovery. I'll let everyone know what my PT says today. Thank you all for this wonderful site, you've given me a place I can call my second home.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Nettan on May 21, 2007, 02:34:54 PM
Well done Angel to see that you started a diary. Hope pain eases the nearest days.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 21, 2007, 02:58:40 PM
Thank you Nettan for your encouragment. The PT just left and he was happy to see that I've gotten back 75% on my ROM. We're not going to start PT for at least 2 weeks. Thank Goodness. He wants me to be able to stand the touch of a hand before he begins my workout. I'm to stay elevated as much as possible, use the CPM machine as much and as long as possible and ice. I have a few exercises to work on my quad muscles, but he wants me to take it easy. The bruising is horrible, and the pain right now is an 8 going on 9. I just popped a pill, so I'll have some relief shortly. I have to be at my OS at 9:45am in the morning, I'll know more how things stand then. I do know one thing for certain, this second go round on the same knee is by far as bad as I was afraid it was going to be. I have such a low tolerance for pain, so thank goodness for pain meds.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Nettan on May 21, 2007, 03:19:48 PM
You are in middle of the worse now but that will only get better. Pleased to hear that PT was satisfied.
Tomorrow when you are going out take the pain pills in good time before you leave so pain is as controlled as can be.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 21, 2007, 07:09:22 PM
I read your post and just about cried.  I feel for you.  I don't know what else to say except I will keep you in my thoughts.  Hopefully the new PT will be much better.  Hope you feel better soon.

Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on May 21, 2007, 07:30:51 PM
hi angel!
(lovely name by the way!!)
its nice to see you have started a diary,im sure you will get lots of support from the wondeful people on this site.
after reading your diary i could cry for you too.
you have been through so much and i agree with nettan,things can only get better.
hang in there and remember we are all rooting for you!
take care and keep us posted how you are getting on.
claire
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 21, 2007, 07:36:43 PM
I finally fell asleep to wake up to the most frightening dreams. I'm sure the pain meds have a lot to do about that. I've never been a lover of spiders and there were thousands of them slowly crawling on my bed, and I couldn't get away from them. Talking about a nightmare!! Geez. Knee feels like it is going to explode, but I do remember that feeling from the first surgery. I've gone from my bedroom to the kitchen on 1 crutch wb on the hurt knee. Felt good to get up and off my paralyzed butt. But still no appetite, the smell of food turns my stomach. Oh well, that will come back. Time to get back on the CPM and let that torture device do it's job. I feel so much for all of you who have gone through numerous surgeries on the same knee. Bless your hearts.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 21, 2007, 07:48:24 PM
Thank you Shorty and TwoBadKnees. Something I know that maybe a lot of you guys might have experienced. I know my family loves me unconditionally, but I know also that they don't fully understand what we all go through. I think at times that they get tired of hearing me moan and groan. They would never say so, but I just get that feeling at times. So I try to back off and change the subject all the while tears are rolling down my face. And then the guilt comes back. I've always taken care of them and now I can barely  take care of myself.  Just hate that feeling.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on May 21, 2007, 07:55:10 PM
hey there!
let them look after you!
its their time now to run about after you!!
i understand what you mean about your family not fully understanding us with our knee pain,they can't really unless they live it 24/7 for weeks/months/years on end like us.
i used to have pretty weird dreams too while on the pain meds,that one you had sounds damn right scary though!!
god no wonder you have no appetite!!
you will get better! its so frustrating i know having to rely on people to do stuff for you (especially if you are usually the one to do stuff for everyone else!) but you need to give yourself the rest your body and your knee needs.
if i could have known how i would feel now after my op it would have helped me through those horrid dark days when i felt i would never get better.
keep posting how you feel when you are really down and we will help you through it!
take care
claire
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 21, 2007, 07:59:32 PM
Thank you again Claire, it sure helps to have someone to chat with that does understand. How are you feeling now?
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on May 21, 2007, 08:09:28 PM
hi there!!
im so much better now!! (well knee wise.......im full of the flu though!!!!)
im glad i had my Op done as it does seem to have given me some relief from my problems,i am still getting a few annoying little things happen like a catching sensation when i walk and have a sort of lump on the lateral side im going to ask about.
i see my O.S tomorrow (im just hoping i get to see him and not one of his understaudys as they do not seem to know much!!)
i had some pretty dArk days in the first few weeks of my recovery.
i had to keep my leg elevated and in a brace 24/07 for the first 6 weeks to allow the soft tissue to heal.
after the first 2 weeks i had to go to see the OS again to get the brace adjusted slightly i was achieving about 30 degrees rom and managing to PWB,and then nightmare,................i fell down the stairs (all 14 of them!!) when i saw the O.S at my six week check the week after the fall (the brace got set back to 10 degrees rom by the A&E after the fall)my rom was just 10 degrees.ive come on well as im now at between 120-125.
i still have very weak muscles as they have athropied badly but im doing light weights at the PT appointments now so am heading in the right direction!!

hope those dogs are behaving themselves and not being too bouncy around your poorly knee!?
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 21, 2007, 09:58:10 PM
I finally fell asleep to wake up to the most frightening dreams. I'm sure the pain meds have a lot to do about that.

Yeah they can sure give you some crazy dreams alright!  Wish I could really remember them, maybe I could write a great horror movie and be famous.  ;D

Thank you Shorty and TwoBadKnees. Something I know that maybe a lot of you guys might have experienced. I know my family loves me unconditionally, but I know also that they don't fully understand what we all go through. I think at times that they get tired of hearing me moan and groan. They would never say so, but I just get that feeling at times. So I try to back off and change the subject all the while tears are rolling down my face. And then the guilt comes back. I've always taken care of them and now I can barely take care of myself. Just hate that feeling.

As far as family goes, my mom has recently had knee problems.  She amost cried when she told me that she could finally understand what I have been through.  She knew I was in pain, but didn't understand.  Too bad she had to have a knee injury to find out.  She's 72. 

Hang in there though.  The bad days seem so long don't they?

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 21, 2007, 11:00:11 PM
Oh Milly, Bless her heart! That really scares me to have to have surgery at that age. Instead of the 2nd surgery on the same knee, I had planned on having PKR on my left knee about this time, but since having this second surgery, I'm really reconsidering anymore surgery at all. unless it's absolutely nessecary. I just dont think I want to go through this all over again. I finally took another nap, no bad dreams this time ;D
   Take care everyone
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 22, 2007, 11:49:35 AM
Good morning;
   Well, so far this has been a good morning, it's 5:46 am and I slept all night.YAY!! Except for the 2 trips to the bathroom of course. I had my CPM machine set at 87 all night, was very comfortable, will move it up more today after my return from my OS. My knee is beginning to feel a lot like it did before the PT episode. And that makes me very happy. I took a pain pill last night around 9 and it carried me through until 5 this morning. There is a little pain right now, but I'm waiting until I have my coffee and toast, and then it'll be time to start getting ready for my OS appointment. BUT, better than that, I had a shower last night. HEHEHE. Wrapped the leg in a plastic bag and taped it good, put that shower seat in and went to town. I swear it was better than chocolate cake, and thats hard to beat. I'll let everyone know how everything turns out at the OS this morning.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 22, 2007, 03:22:32 PM
Glad to hear you are feeling better.  I can certainly understand how pain can just drive you crazy.  Personally I think the first time you can take a REAL shower after surgery is the best!  You feel so much more human.  Good luck at your appointment.

I am waiting for a July surgery date.  (If I survive that long  ;).)  I'm hoping we have our pool finished so I can use it to "work out" after surgery.  I am not looking forward to surgery, but I would really like to ease the pain.  I really won't be a wreck until the date gets closer.

Anyway....Glad to hear positives.  (I still think I need a dream journal, I think I could give Wes Craven a run for his money.  I would have to remember the nightmare though.) 8)

Take care.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 22, 2007, 05:30:48 PM
 ;D ;D ;D Xrays loooked real good!! Dr. Mc is real pleased with everything in general. He explained everything he did to me. He had been really worried about the PKR after just doing the same thing 8 weeks ago. He was afraid that after going in that he would have to do a TKR. But all in all, the surgery is a success. Now it's healing time.YUK! He measured my ROM and I was sitting at 100 this morning, without any help from either of us, and that made him even happier. He asked me about a PT and I told him that he had been out and we had agreed on a time to start. I'm going to use a retired pro-football trainer/PT. I've known him for years and trust him, even though he is a little peod at me for not calling him the first time. Ok, so we all make mistakes, but I won't make that same mistake again. I told Dr Mc who he was and he agreed that he was the best. So, now all I have to do is listen and get better. Please let me know when you are set for surgery Milly, my prayers are with you. It has been so good for my soul to know that there are people out there that know what you're going through.
  Dr. Mc also told me that as soon as I felt safe, that I could start driving again, Yiippppeeee. We live in the country so I can practice and not be afraid I'll run over someone. And he told me wshower all I want. I go back in 9 days to have the staples removed, and to be xrayed again. Hopefully it's going to be going on the right side of the hill by then. I feel very good about the whole situation and ready to get my life back. Our pool is ready and I'm ready to get in it. After the staples come out then I can start exercising in the pool. Now it's time for a nap, the trip to town tired me out. Talk later................
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on May 22, 2007, 05:56:20 PM
hey there you sound as though you are doing great!!
keep up the great work!!
wow 100 degrees ROM! thats great! im at 120-125 and im 4 months post op!! imagine where you will be then!!
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 22, 2007, 07:12:35 PM
Thank you Claire, I do feel wonderful right now. Although I do have that damn nagging healing pains :'( And I know that by reading the posts here that I'll probably have those nagging healing pains for at least a year. Dr. Mc told me this morning that it was up to my body how long my knee would hurt. Everyone is so different. I've already started backing off the pain meds, substituting advil during the day. 3 months taking those dang things is long enough. My knee hurts worse at night, so I'll save them before going to bed. Now, if I could just get my butt situated in the right place with a pillow between my knees so I can sleep on my side, well I'll just say that's going to be pretty close to being on Cloud 9.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 22, 2007, 08:37:27 PM
Glad every seems to be going great right now!  Hope it continues.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 23, 2007, 01:37:05 AM
Could someone tell me how to upload photos to this site please?   Thanks
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 23, 2007, 03:47:33 PM
Well, it's day 6 and I'm still hanging in there. I had a rough night. Sometime during the night I rolled onto my side and flipped my gimp knee over my good one. I'm not sure how long I lay in that position, but when I woke up, I thought that I fallen out into the floor. My knee was killing me and my whole damn leg was stiff. Well, to say the least, that made for a long night. After flopping over onto my side the pillows that I had had my leg elevated on fell down behind me, so I couldn't turn over and I couldn't go off the side of the bed. My husband finally heard me grunting and swearing and jumped up. My chihuahuas heard the commotion and they started barking and howling outside our bedroom door, the cats were doing their thing and the whole damn thing woke up the birds. After everything was said and done, my husband was sound asleep, the dogs and cats were quiet and the birds were once again down. And I was wide awake with my knee screaming waiting on the ice and pain pill to kick in. Time for a nap.........hope this finds everyone with less pain and safe
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 23, 2007, 04:50:40 PM
I've had similar things after knee surgery.  My "favorite" was when my husband rolled over and bashed my recently operated on knee with his.  Scared him with the yelling and swearing.  But, it did finally feel better later on that day.  Sorry to hear about all the commotion though.  Hope you are feeling better later.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 24, 2007, 05:18:47 PM
Well, it's 8 days post op and today has been a lot better as far as pain and stiffness goes. I drove to the store and it felt so good to get out of this house. I didn't go too far, as I didn't want to do too much. The bruising around my knee is beginning to turn an ugly yellow/orange and the swelling has been down to a minimum last night and this morning. I can definitly tell a big difference in this second surgery and the 1 st one. My knee feels stronger, that torch burning pain shooting down my shin is gone, and no more popping when I walk. I feel as though I might be heading in the right direction for a change. Take care all and have a safe weekend.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 26, 2007, 12:53:58 PM
It's going on 7am this Saturday morning and I had a really good night. My daughter came in from out of town and to be honest, she was just what the doctor ordered. My grandbabies are so good for my heart and soul, my sunshine and roses!!

Claire: I haven't heard from you in a couple of days, how are you? I've thought about you a lot lately and all that you've gone through. You are a strong lady. Please let me know how you are.

Milly: Hello, hope you're still doing good and holding tight, it won't be long. Hand in there. Let me know how you're doing.


Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 29, 2007, 10:59:44 AM
Good morning all;
   It's 4:45 am and I'm wide awake. Woke up with a sharp pain running down my knee. Sigh.......guess I turned it wrong in my sleep. Other than that my knee is feeling better and better everyday. I go in on Thursday to have the staples removed, that'll help a whole lot. My ROM is coming real nice, I have my CPM set on 116 and it's comfotable. As soon as the staples come out PT will start and I can't wait. Need to get some strength back in my muscles. I am FWB now, and only use a cane when I go out. My knee feels strong and I don't feel any wobbles. I've backed off the pain meds mainly because they upset my stomach, I'm going to talk to my OS Thursday and see about getting them changed. I don't take many of them but when I feel the need to take 1, I don't want to go through that icky stomach crap, I want it to ease the pain. It'll be 2 weeks this Thursday since I had the PKR and I feel so much better. I think a lot of what started the problems after the 1st PKR was going to PT on the very next day and then having the PT treat my leg like a length of sausage. I wish I had found this board before my 1st surgery in March, I would have known what questions to ask and so on.
    I've read so many of the diaries here and a lot of you guys have had numerou surgeries on the same knee. My 1st PKR in March was my first major surgery of any kind, and I had no idea what to expect, especially when it came down to how damn painful it was going to be, or how much of my life was going to be put on hold. When I had to go back into surgery 8 weeks later on the same knee, I went in knowing what to expect. Just reading the threads here has helped me more than anything. I hope this finds everyone safe and having a less painful day.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 29, 2007, 01:25:29 PM
Thanks for your thoughts.  From your posts it seems like you are doing as well as you can.  I am not really nervous about the surgery yet!  I am waiting for a date as they did not have the July schedule yet.  The weather here has been sunny and beautiful for the most part (which does help the pain).  I feel a storm comming in today, so I think I'll be in for an uncomfortable day.  Hopefully you can start PT soon and get back to a more normal life.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 29, 2007, 01:54:57 PM
Thank you Milly. I do feel pretty good, at least I don't have that same nagging arthritis pain in my knee that I lived with for so long. The damp and rainy weather hurts me also. My joints start in a couple of days before a storm rolls through. I laughed over the weekend, we had rain all weekend and danged if my new knee didn't feel the effects of the rain. Ugh! I miss hitting the flea markets more than anything, I collect Teddy Bears and old vintage true enamel pots, pans, wash basins and so on. My husband, bless his heart, built me a teddy bear room when we had our house built. He said that he just couldn't wake up with all those beady little black eyes staring at him all the time. But man, just think of all the lost time I have to make up.........I can't wait!!
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 29, 2007, 11:29:17 PM
 I just had a phone conversation with my OS, and although he does feel that the PT more or less broke my femural component loose, he told me that the component might have been crooked to start with. He's been going over my xrays from the 1st PKR and he feels that maybe the femural component might have not been lined up and that made the spacer shift and then when PT forced my knee, the force was too much. I asked him what he thought we should do about it? He told me that we would talk more Thursday when I go in to have the staples removed. Boy if it's not one thing it's something else. And on top of that, I had asked my OS to change my pain meds, the ones that he has given me just doesn't sit well on my stomach. I drove up to the pharmacy to have that man accuse me of being a pill seeker. Now what the hell!! I had a bottle of the hydrocodene that my daughter picked up for me on Friday in my purse. My OS had called in a script for Darvocet. Very weak, but enough to give me some relief when I need it. I can not take the hydrocodene. That man spoke to me in front of about 8 or 9 people and all but accused me of trying to obtain pain meds for illegal use. I stooped over and ripped the band-aide off of my incision and asked him if he had ever seen staples before? I told him that he had overstepped his boundaries. By that time I was near tears, my knee was beginning to throb and had dozens of eyes staring at me. Some lady handed me a large bandaide to put back on my knee and I called my OS. I told him what this pharmacist had done and again he blew up. In turn he called from his office while I was still standing there and tore a chunk out of this man's arse. I have no idea what he said but the pharmacist handed me the phone and my OS told me to leave that pharmacy and go to Walgreens, and my script would be ready when I got there. I handed the phone back to the pharmacist and turned around and walked out. Has anyone ever had a pharmacist go to these extremes? Why would that man do that to anyone? It never dawned on me that I would be accused of being a pill seeker. I just couldn't face anyone else and I came home. I called my husband and told him what had happened, he was not happy. He's going by Walgreens to pick up my script. We all have enough to contend with just trying to get back on our feet, trying to get back to as close to normal as possible and then someone like this jerk comes along and pushes everything we worked so hard to get accomplished back several weeks.  Thank you all for letting me rant, I feel like I live in a town full of dufus people. I just don't understand why he felt the need to embarrass me so badly in front of so many people. Take a while to get over this one.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on May 30, 2007, 02:24:00 PM
Hi Angel,

I posted to you on the uni thread too.  I'm sorry you had to do this surgery twice - hopefully once will be enough for me!!!  I'm glad you are turning the corner and starting to heal and hope that this keeps up at a quick pace. 

That pharmacist should have had a new one chewed!!  I appreciate that they watch for interactions on drugs but beyond that it is really none of their business.  And you are right, if he had a question then he asks you privately not in front of everyone.  By the way if you really want to scare him this was a huge HIPAA violation (I work as a paramedic and HIPAA is all around).  I'm glad your OS was so responsive - sometimes the doctors do the right thing.

I'll be keeping up with you on both threads - like I said in the other post I will schedule for late August or early Sept. due to insurance changes at work.  I'm really trying not to worry to much about it until then but really not doing such a good job at it.  Like all of us here we just want to be done, get our lives back and move on to the next thing.  I know I'm not alone in that and this board has been great support.

I love the part about your husband - very funny.  Here is to wishing you pain and rain free days.

I'll check back soon.

Be well,
Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 30, 2007, 02:31:37 PM
I am so sorry that the pharmasist was such a jerk.  We had a problem similar happen to my husband.  He had his script stolen from our house while we were away for a weekend.  We had to wait for a police report before the doc would refill the scrip, then the phamasist refused to fill it.  The script that was stolen had just been filled a week prior to the break in.  It's so amazing what people who are not in any pain are thinking.  I'm glad your OS did what he did.  Chalk it up to a bad day and remember there are lots of us thinking about you.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 30, 2007, 03:54:19 PM
Deborah;
   Thank you. I was blown away by this insensitive jerk. When I yanked the bandaide off he just looked at me like" ya, and so?" I had the minimal invasive surgery, my incision is about 3 1/2 inches in length. I guess he was looking for this huge long incision when I told him that I had had PKR twice in 8 weeks time. It's not like he didnt know that, I used to get all my meds there. NEVER again. He just lost a customer, between my husband and me, we spent close to 500 dollars a month at his pharmacy. And I am going to check into HIPAA. If he did me that way, you know he'll probably do it to someone else. One of the ladies that works for him was shocked to say the least. If the look on her face was anything to go by.
   Just keep your spirits up and time will pass real fast. I wanted to tell you, I woke up this morning with a beautiful teddy bear laying on my pillow, the old fart feeds my habits when I'm not able to. Now that is unconditional love. Take care.


Milly;
   I hate to hear that your husband went through a similiar experience. I do agree that care must be taken with script drugs, I have 9 grandbabies and the though of any of them getting into that whole scene scares me to death. But when it comes to my needs and trying to over come the last almost 4 months and treat me that way, he was wrong. My husband intends to make a trip to have a chat with him, ut oh. He has it coming. Tc Milly and I'll let everyone know how everything turns out tomorrow after the staple removal.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 31, 2007, 12:12:16 PM
Well the staples come out today. It can't come soon enough. My incision is itching so bad. Had a rough night, slept crooked or something. My knee hurts all over, my quad muscle is all but non existant right now and I just feel rotten all over. I am so tired of this, will be so happy when I can finally get on with things. Take care all.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 31, 2007, 02:53:37 PM
Ok, this is a test to see if I have this photo insertion right. This is me he day before my 1st surgery with my Hollywoods on. My granddaughter Joslynn gave them to me to help Granny feel better. She's 7 and one of my sunshine and roses. (http://)
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on May 31, 2007, 07:55:40 PM
hi angel!!  :)
sorry i have not posted to you for a while,
i have not been feeling too great these last few days and have been a bit down with myself.
my immune system seems so low since i returned to work and im getting every ailmaent and illness going around! :-\ :P :'(
tomorrow is my last day at work for  week so im looking forward to recharging my batterys.

i hope things are going well for you and the rehabbing is coming on well. ;)
are you sore after having the staples out??
i can relate to the muscles wasting! my muscles in my right leg has disapeared!!
sorry this is brief i just wanted to pop in and say hello!!  :D

take care!

claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on May 31, 2007, 11:04:20 PM
Hi Claire;
   Bless your heart, you've had a rough time of it too. Maybe the week off will help you get over that blasted flu. The staples are gone and what a relief. I start PT Tuesday morning and I'm ready. While I was waiting on the nurse to remove the staples, I asked them about the 90 day (warranty) if you will, on the 1st surgery. I had to go back in 8 weeks for the 2 nd surgery and I think that it should be covered somewhat. Well, I was wrong. He told me " well no, it was a different surgery". I told him well, it might have been but it was because the first damn thing broke and if I had a 90 day warranty, it had better be covered. My insurance was hit with a 30,000 dollar bill for the 1 st go round. Now they want another 30,000. I dont think so. And this was outpatient mind you. I'm so tired of all this knee crap.
   I lost my job because the first surgery was a mess up, with that I lost my insurance, that goodness my husband had good insurance and he added me to his. My employer terminated me because my FML was up and he wouldn't extend it until I was released from the doctor. The first PKR didn't work, had to go back and now they want to charge us again for another surgery. I told them today that I wanted a copy of all my xrays and notes from the hospital and Dr's office. Enough is enough. No wonder health care here in the states is so expensive. I told him that I thought maybe they needed to rethink the cost of the second PKR, we'll see what happens.
    He measured my ROM and I'm sitting at 0- 100. I need to get my muscles back to working. It fills like my quad muscle is about 3 inches long if that. Take care Claire and let me know how you are.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on May 31, 2007, 11:44:55 PM
Hi all,

Clarie sorry you have been sick.  Hope the week off gets your energy back up.  Its hard going back to work but we have to do it.  Here is to a great break and health on your return.

Angel - I agree with your fight with the OS on the second surgery.  I'm not a huge fan of insurance companies but they don't deserve to get totally taken by the medical profession either.  I hope your OS office will listen and more I hope that the ins. company will not balk at the second surgery if they do not.  So, did you husband go talk to the stupid pharmacist?  I would have loved to hear that conversation.  I love a good fight when I know I'm right and with this constant pain I'm good at fighting - tends to make me a little "testy" (there was a politically correct word)...lol

I didn't think you could lose your job even after FMLA ran out - well another new thing I learned.  I'm sorry that happened to you.  But if it helps it is their loss and hopefully after this newest surgery heals you can return to work (if you want) and the new employer will be the winner in that case.

Hope today was better for pain relief for you.  I know starting PT will tax both your strengh and your pain but it will get better.

Take care - I'll check back later.

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 01, 2007, 12:34:42 AM
Thank you Deborah;
  Yes he had a nice little chat with Mr. Winters, and he brought up HIPAA. My Dave said that he thought that the jerk was going to fall out. He actually thought that I was into illegal things with my pain meds. Now that is totally laughable!! As bad as my knee hurts me at times and he had the nerve to think I would "do illegal things" with my meds. Evidently that man has never had knee problems or he would have never given it a second thought. I'm guilty of giving my daughter a couple of my Hydro when she broke a tooth over the weekend and couldn't see the dentist until Monday, but to be thought of as a pill pusher.............lol.
  The reason I was terminated is because Texas is a right to work state. Employers can fire you at any time for any reason. It's not fair, but it's the law. My ex-employer then had the nerve to tell me that I could re-apply next year. Knowing how they treat their employees, I told him that I would probably pass on the re-applying. It was a high impact. standing on my feet 8 1/2 hours a day, and I know that I can't do that anymore. I retired 6 years ago and sold my own business, but I hated sitting at home, so I went to work for the school district in food service.Five years with the school district and they treat you like they did me. I think I'll just stay re-tired this time and enjoy it.
   I'll find out Tuesday when I can start using our pool, I am so ready. The weather is just right and the pool is ready. Since my PT will be coming here, I'm sure that he'll have me use the pool for part of my session( I can always beg)..........lol
   How are you feeling Deborah? Work being kind to you? Just know that I'm thinking about you and will send a personal prayer your way. I might gripe and have a plan old hissy fit about the pain right now, but to be honest I am glad I had the PKR. The arthritis pain is gone, in the right knee anyway, and that was well worth having the surgery. Ok, now I'm going to stretch out and try to get comfortable. I bought a new foam pillow today and I'm ging to try to get a little sleep on my side tonight. Oh to get off of my back. Take care and I'll check back.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 01, 2007, 02:20:06 PM
Wish I could have been a fly on the wall for the conversation with the pharmasist!   Glad you are doing well.  PT does get you down a bit a first, but at least you know you are doing something for your knee.  Too bad about the job.  It may be nice to retire again (my father-in-law has retired at least half a dozen times  ;)).  He can't stay sitting around too long it drives him nuts.  Best of luck with PT.  Let us know how the pillow goes.  I've been thinking about something like it since I can't let my knees touch each other when I lay on my side.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 01, 2007, 02:42:19 PM
Hi Milly and thank you. I had a wonderful nights sleep last night. First since 2nd surgery. The foam pillow did the trick. I am so glad my husband mentioned it. Now maybe I can get some comfort with the knee after PT starts. It might be worth you trying to get a foam pillow, if you can stand the softness, it's worth it all.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 01, 2007, 03:47:37 PM
The pillow does sound like a good idea.  All I have right now is a worn out lumpy bed pillow.  I will say it's better than nothing.  I may just get out and hunt down a good pillow this weekend.  I used to have a big body pillow which was great, but I think it migrated to one of my kid's rooms.  Like so many other things.

Take care.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 01, 2007, 06:12:45 PM
hi angel!!
it as great to hear from you again!!
im so sorry you are having to go through all this with the insurance company and your work and meds on top of everything else!!
i bet the good night sleep made you feel more refreshed!! that foam pillow sounds priceless!!
i hope the physiotherapy goes well!
im feeling much better today!! alot more positive and brighter! (having the next 9 days off work is a help!!)
take care and i'll keep popping in to see how you re doing!!
good to hear from you again too deborah! hope you are okay!
claire x

Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 02, 2007, 04:05:52 AM
Ok, I'm going to try this once more.......... ???


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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 02, 2007, 04:11:08 AM
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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 02, 2007, 05:53:09 PM
hey angel!!
i've replied to you in my ROM thread too!!
what a cute cat!!
is this one yours???
i love animals!!
they always know how to bring a smile to our faces and cheer us up when nothing else can!!
hope you are well today!!
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 02, 2007, 08:04:51 PM
Claire-
  Thank you, that's my cat Kidd. He's always sleeping in the most unusual places. I just a couple of hours on the CPM, and I had the most horrible shooting pain that ran from my medial area down my shin!! Scared me pretty bad to say the least. Felt almost like the pain I had when the first femural component broke. I shut it down and iced my knee. The pain eased but I now have that throbbing ache in the region of my medial area again. Guess I'll back off a little and see what my PT thinks Tue. The very thought of having to go back into surgery again right now is more than I want to think about. If the pain refuses to ease I'll call my OS Monday. I've been FWB for almost a week, and now I had to go back on a crutch. I've been backing off the pain meds, just had to take 1 to get this seering pain under control. DANG!! I'll check back later and let you all know how's it coming along.


Angel


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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 02, 2007, 08:43:43 PM
hi angel!!
kidd is lovelly!!
i'm so sorry to hear that you are in pain,i hope it soon eases and the med are giving you some relief?
wish me luck!! i'm doing a sponsered charity event tomorrow for cancer research,its called "race for life" although i will probably be crawling it!! LOL!
i'll let you know how i get on!!
take care!
give those lovely pets a hug from me!
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Plumb on June 02, 2007, 08:46:45 PM
HI Kidd

So sorry to hear you had to have a revision so soon. 
Do not feel bad about taking pain meds.   Ice is great , Keeping your knee cold helps.  I found my kyrocuff was a great help for pain with my TKA.   Just remember you had two big operations and your body needs time to heal.   If your pain level is up there do not be afraid of taking pain meds or calling your OS to ask for something different.  If you are uncomfortable you are uncomfortable.   You just had a revision and you shouldnt compare that to the first surgery at all.  Try to get up and walk around a bit so your muscles stay strong.  I always found that walking pain was different than sitting pain.   The bone is probally tender from all the trauma of the revision.  I know it sucks to be back using a crutch or a cane. It is like a set back but sometimes our bodies tell us when things are just too much to go it alone.  Better to have a support for a day or two than to risk falling down. right ???

You will feel  better soon.  Remember pharmacists  are not doctors and they do not know what medical procedures you had.  When you have your bones messed around with the pain can be around for a year.  Your OS will monitor you and make sure he is not giving you too many painkillers for your condition.  If your pharmacist does not want to fill an rx it is his choice if he keeps a customer or not. 

 It is far better to take a lower pain medication  and sitting at home than to be on strong medications and being admitted to hospitals.  Your doctor understands this and that is why he told you that waldgreens wouldnt give you push back. Listen to your OS . If he feels that you are taking too much for your condition he will let you know it.  Trust him. 



Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 02, 2007, 08:52:19 PM
Thank you Claire, and know that I will be with you in my thoughts and prayers. Like you, I've joined the walked for charity every year except this year. I walk for breast cancer survivors. This has become very close to my heart. If I was able and in the UK instead of Texas, I would walk it with you. Take your time, enjoy the freedom and GOOD LUCK!!

Angel


I took this pic this morning, my plants are looking so pretty.


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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 02, 2007, 09:05:47 PM
Hi Wiki;
   Thank you for your support. I don't like taking the hydro, but I do. It doesn't set well on my stomach. I filed a grievance against the pharmacist..............lol, let him talk his way out of that one. I agree about the lower pain meds. If I get a chance to get out of the house, I take it and I don't want to be pilled up and not be able to enjoy it. My OS makes sure that I have everything that I need. I'll know more Tue. when my PT gets here about the pain in my knee and shin. I've been fortunate enough to have a fully stocked gym here at home. I wish I had called him after the first surgery instead of using an outside source, but like I said in an earlier post I do makes mistakes. It's just that I am so blasted tired of this being laid up. I had hopes of being on the road to a full recovery by 10 weeks, and I find myself starting over from scratch. But I'll get there, just not as soon as I had hoped. Enjoy your weekend and be safe and pain free.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 03, 2007, 01:49:32 PM
Hi everyone,

Angel - so sorry you are in that much pain again.  Others have said this and I know you know -- don't let the pain get ahead of you.  It is so hard to get it under control once it takes off.  I understand about the pain meds but I've given up fighting them after two years!!!  If I don't take something the pain just gets ahead and I'm miserable the rest of the day (makes the people I supervise very unhappy when I'm unhappy)!!  Let us know what your PT said on Tuesday or your OS if you have to call them on Monday.  You know I'm watching with GREAT interest (and some fear).  I want the arthritis pain to be gone but right now I can walk and I don't want to jeopardize that.  Although - no real choice in the PKR.

Kidd is very cute.  I'll post a picture of my dog sometime when I'm not at work and have a little more time to find them again.  Also, great plants - I love hybiscus and that one is a very pretty color.

Claire - how did the walk go?  I admire you for taking that on and I hope you had a great time.  How is work going and how is your knee doing in general? 

Have a good Sunday all.

Take care,
Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 03, 2007, 03:51:29 PM
hello angel!!
thanks for you support in my thread!!
the "race for life" went very well and i'm so happy i got to do it again!
deborah,work is going okay now,still very busy and unorganised but i feel i am catching up with the changes that happened while i was off and getting into the routine again.
my knee is doing pretty well,its abit achey now after the walk this morning but in general its looking and feeling better.
my ROM was at 130 degrees last week at PT although i still have my"off days" were it is very very stiff and swollen,the cold spell of weather we have had in the last fortnight here has brought with it many aches and pains (probably old age setting in now i'm in my thirties!! ;))
take care and keep me posted how you are both getting on!
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 03, 2007, 10:10:22 PM
Hi Deborah, welcome back, I was beginning to worry about you. How was your trip? Hope a;; went well.
   Yep, the pain is the pits for sure, but right now I'm on top of it again. That stupid shin pain has settled, geez!! I think mainly it's me not wanting to do anything that might hinder the 2nd surgery. I'll get over that, just leary I think. I am FWB again, my knee feels real good. I'm still sitting at 100 ROM and 0 ext, but I haven't pushed too hard. I know that Greg will do that for me..........That revision so soon after the PKR spooked me, but I'm back on track, and as for my new best friend Hydroco the Great, think I'll keep him around for a while....... ;D


Claire!! CONGRATS!
   I'm so very happy for you. What an accomplishment after all you've been through. I've set myself some goals and will slowly get everyone of them. Sometimes I think without goals, we would be left hanging somehow. In fact my first goal is getting easier. The day I can get off off the toilet without hangong onto the doorknob and counter top will be a good day!! Then when I can work on my right foot and toenails, well, just say I will be ready to celebate. I did get out this morning and drove to the store. Now that felt too good. I made sure not to buy a lot because my hubby is out of town until tomorrow and I had to make sure I could get it into the house. Everything went just fine. Congrats again Claire.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 03, 2007, 11:22:36 PM
hey angel!!
you will reach your goals!! I KNOW YOU WILL!!
i set myself very small targets some of which seemed huge at the time!
i can remember getting excited about achieving the smallest things that to other people probably sounded pretty trivial things to get happy about but to me they felt huge!!
its sounds as though you are doing great and have a very supportive family!! (and some lovely pets!!!)
take care and keep up the great work!
you are doing alot better then you give yourself credit for!!
you have been through such alot and always sound so positive!
claire x
(sorry for the short post! i was supposed to be hving an early night but its about 11.20pm here which is later then i usually go to bed!!!!!)
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 04, 2007, 05:31:52 PM
Good morning all;
   Well, I start PT in the morning and I'm getting excited. I'm that much closer to getting me back............lol I woke up feeling great this morning. The knee has it's normal after sleep stiffness but my first set of exercises limbered it up. So, I had a brain fart and decided to take the golf cart out and ride down to the pond on the back part of our land. I asked my little babies if they wanted to go for a ride, all 6 of them love to ride in the golf cart. So here we go, it was nice, flowers are blooming, everything is so green and it felt so good to get out of the house. We rode around for a while, stopping to let the little guys jump out and chase a squirrell and run and bark. I laughed so hard just watching them. They all run together and turn like a flock of birds in the sky. Once the squirrell was safely back up a tree they ran back and jumped up into the gold cart.
    And then it happened! The damn thing went dead. ::) We were about a hundred yards from the house and having a gimp knee makes it look a heck of a lot further. I don't guess it charged completely. Well, I took my crutch and told the guys we had to walk. Seemed to take forever!! But we made it, and all is well. I bet my babies think twice about going off with me again............lol I called my husband and thought he was going to have a stroke. For all of 5 minutes I had to listen to,"  Are you ok? Why didn't you call me? Why did you go off on that thing knowing I wasn't at home? yada yada yada". I told him that had I known that the batteries hadn't charged completely I wouldn't have. But the walk was good for me. I feel fine, and he needed to get my temporary wheels back to house when he got home so I can get it charged.
    About the time I hung up my closest neighbor knocked on the front door. He had seen me drive off and watched as I hobbled back. lol. He took his tractor down and pulled my golf cart back and had her plugged in. He thought that maybe I needed new batteries, so he's gone to town to pick them up for me. LMAO, my husband is going to love that. He's never been one to like my golf cart anyway. Oh well, right now that's my way of getting around and taking care of business down in the barn and so on.
   My knee feels fine, a little tender, but I have it iced now and just resting. It was well worth it to get out of this blasted house. Take care all.


Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 04, 2007, 07:22:59 PM
Angel,

Sounds like quite an adventure!  Glad you are doing well though.  Doesn't 100 yards seem like 100 miles when you knee is not so good.  Glad the babies had a good time too.  You could always tell hubby that he could come and carry you piggy back if the cart is such a pain.  ;D  Good luck at PT.  I need a short walk my knees are "jumpy" or is "twitchy" a better word? Anyway glad you could get out a bit.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 04, 2007, 07:43:09 PM
hi angel!
it sounds as though you had an action packed day!!
i was reading the first part of your tale imaging it was me and how nice it sounded and then when i read the bit about the cart stopping i froze!
it's great that you managed to get back to the house unhurt though!
i was holding my breath there for a while while i read on hoping you were not going to type that you have injured yourself trying to get back or tripped over one of the dogs!
i hope your PT goes okay,i'll check back in to see how you get on!
take care,
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 04, 2007, 10:25:56 PM
Milly;
  That was a looooonnnnnggggg 100 yards. I just took my time, stopped and had a brief rest and laughed at my babies. I laughed at myself also. I'm definitly a product of Murphy's Law ;D


Claire,
   I think my babies know that I have a hard time getting around at times and they have been real good about getting not under foot. I had to come in rest a while and I took a long nap. I just woke up a little while ago and now waiting on my coffee to brew. Our land is pretty flat, though it is grass as far as one can see. I wasn't real worried about tripping, I was more worried about running into a snake!! I hate those things. They make me hurt myself. I tackled with a rattler about 11 years ago while visiting my oldest son in West Texas. I reached down to pick up oldest granson who was a year old at the time and he got me on the wrist. That was the most painful thing I had ever had happen to me, even worst than the PKR. It was hot about 112* F and my son rushed me to the ER. I had to stay for a couple of days, but all in all I wound up with two tiny matching scars. So now I have a healthy respect for snakes. I just don't mess with them at all. We don't see many around, with the cats in the barn and all, so I'm usually pretty comfortable while out walking around. But I sure do like my golf cart. My middle son painted it while with fire shooting down both sides...........lol, he calls it " The Granny Hotrod". My kids were born with my sense of humor thank goodness, my hubby is a little stodgy at times, as we are almost complete opposites, we complment one another. He's 6' 4" about 220, and I'm 5' and weigh about 140, I've gained 6 pounds just laying around and I have got to get it off. We look like Mutt and Jeff. Take care.................


Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Plumb on June 04, 2007, 11:54:54 PM
Sounds like you are getting along wonderfully  after the PKR revision.  I was worried about your leg cramps and thought maybe it was DVT. But it seems to have gone away.. 
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 05, 2007, 12:01:48 AM
Hi Wiki;
   I was a little worried about blood clot at first, but I've been on anti-imflammatories for so long I don't worry too much about clots. I think I just over reacted because of the revision taking place so soon after the PKR. Everyday I feel better and better, still the normal pain of after surgery, and of course the pain of Osteo in my other joints. I have an appointment with my pain management doc Friday, see what she thinks then.

Take care
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Plumb on June 05, 2007, 04:35:20 AM
I am surprised they do not have you on Comadin or Lovenox injections.  Good luck with the pain management doc on Friday..  I am sure they will check you for DVT as a part of normal follow up.  From what you write you seem very mobile which is good.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 05, 2007, 10:53:42 AM
hi angel!
how are you doing today??
(i loved your funny animal post in the other thread!!)
you and your hubby size wise sound like me and my boyfriend.
im 5 ft also and am 126lbs (i am usually 119 but have also put a bit of weight on while laid up,about 7lbs)
and mike is 245 lbs and about 6ft 2". (i'm sure i am shrinking!!!!)

eek! the snake incident sounded scary.
thank goodness we don't get any scary creatures like that in the U.K,just a few spiders and other creepy crawlies,luckily nothing that kills!!

how did your PT session go??

i went today and have a new PT who is a lady,she is really nice but worked me alot harder!!
i've updated more details in my diary.

well better dash,going to have a nice hot bath!!

take care,

claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 05, 2007, 01:08:08 PM
Good morning all;
  Well, it's 6:50 am and I'm getting wired up waiting on my PT to show up. I actually had a good night after my long walk back to the house yesterday. I slept really sound, (except for the trips to the bathroom again) and woke up this morning, not hurting or as stiff as usual. Going to be a good day.

Claire-
  lol, yep you and your Mike are about the same size as me and my Dave. He is the love of my life. I thought the animal diary was cute too. It sounds so much like it was written about all of my animal bables. As for the snake, that one sneaked up on me. Being born and raised in Texas, we learn to watch out for critters that can do you harm. I don't like snake or spiders, so I try to stay a healthy distance from them. I'll let you know after PT how it goes. Wish me luck.



Wiki;
   I try to stay mobile doing something. It's hard to just sit around, I have far too much to do. I do take ice breaks and I elevate. Take care.



Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 05, 2007, 01:41:35 PM
Good morning Angel.  Hope your PT went well.  It is amazing how much a good nights sleep will do.  It's hard for me to sit around too.  If I sit around too long I get mopey and depressed.  A few years ago I taught myself to knit and crochet.  I figured if my hands were busy (with light yarn)  they couldn't be putting food in my mouth.  It does give me something to do when the pain is too bad to get around.  During my last recovery I made myself some slippers that look like converse shoes.  I could put some sweats on with them and pretend I was going for a walk/run or whatever.  Anyway, glad to hear you are doing so well. 

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 05, 2007, 05:42:10 PM
Hi all;
   Well, PT is over and I am happily pooped! Everything went really good, and Greg told me that I had been doing a good job on my own, so I was happy. We're going to take it slower, as my left knee is bothering me big time right now also. I told him that I didn't want miracles, I wanted to be fuctional, and if he can get me there, I will be well satisfied. I'm raising a 12 year old grandson and he will be playing football next year, I want to be able to go to his games and cheer him on. I want to be able to walk with my husband in the afternnoons like we used to do every day. That's not asking for a lot. And I want to be able to go to VEGAS BABY!! ;D
   Seriously tho, the session went really good, I am now going to take a well deserved nap................



Milly-
   lol you sound like me. I've crocheted all kinds of things, I've burned everyone out on Mosaic planters, and I've been working on a Texan's quilt for my middle son. And my all time favorite thing to do is work cross word and word find puzzles. I have a wonderful cross stich started, but after awhile my eyes start giving out, so I have to give it a rest. And I have my Teddy Bear room. When I get tense and start feeling like the weight of the world is falling down around me, I go into my bear room and hide out. I have over 3000 Teddy Bear figurines, stuffed and paintings. My daughter gave me a stieff bear that I had wanted for a long time, but couldn't find it. I opened the box on Christmas and there he was ;D She never did tell me how and where she found it. My kids are so good to me, but thank God we are all very close, even if they all live out of town. I hear from all 3 at least once a day. Makes my day. take care Milly and I'll catch you later........


Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 05, 2007, 06:33:03 PM
Glad PT went well.

I've started crocheting market bags.  They are mostly mesh and are small enough that they don't hit my knees when I am working.

I finally have my surgery day: Thurs, July 5.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 05, 2007, 07:34:23 PM
yeah angel!!!
glad the PT went well! i was wondering how you had got on!!
i feel pretty achey after my session this morning!
hope you had a good nap!? was it better then icecream!!!???????? :P
i feel quite snoozy now! was at PT at 8.00am and just been out for tea,don't think i'll be having a late night tonight!

milly,the bags sound good!
as i'm only small,most bags bash my knees and legs!!
you should sell them to post op knee geeks!!
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 05, 2007, 08:12:43 PM
Oddly enough I actually found some carry bags you can make for crutches and walkers.  They attach to the item and let's you put stuff in to carry.  The crutch one isn't too big, but I think I could fit a soda in one. They might sell pretty good here.  ;D
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 05, 2007, 08:16:53 PM
Good idea, it is so hard to carry anything. I've dumped more coffee and ice water this last couple of weeks. And of course my babies are tickled to death, they love coffee and then I have to try and rustle them out the back door to clean up the mess. It would be nice to have something to help out in that department, go for it Milly, you never know.


Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 06, 2007, 01:10:26 PM
Good morning all;
   The first night after PT was as usual, hell! I was hoping, but it was rough. Very stiff and achey this morning. Woke up around 2:30 am with that shooting pain running down my shin, but I was expecting that one. I got up and walked it off as best as I could and took a pain pill. By the time it was eased enough to go back to sleep it was 4:30. I'm going to get in the hot tub later. Greg told me to use it before exercising and then do my 45 minute routine he set up for me. He'll be back tomorrow........ouch!!
  At least I don't have that horrible broken knee pain I had after the original PKR. This revision feels good, sore but feels good. Greg did tell me that he would not push ROM over 110, because I have Osteoarthritis in my other knee also and the ROM in that knee is at 110 and that's really pushing it. He spoke to my OS and he agreed. As soon as I get to where I think I can handle it, I'm going in for my left knee.
   I don't expect miracles, all I was is to be functional. I know my limits.I've suffered from arthritis since my teens, in 1 form or the other. My hands hurt so bad at times I can barely use them. I have fingers that are very out of line and very stiff. My elbows and ankles suffer also. It's been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I was never able to run or hike, or to do a lot of things that I so wanted to do. I have made several walks for breast cancer and managed to complete them, even if I did pay afterwards, it didn't stop me. Over the years I've learned to except what my body can do and I work with what I have.
   So, that's why I decided to have the PKR to start with. As long as I can walk, I will keep pushing.
   My 8 year old granddaughter will sit for as long as I'll let her and massage my hands. She tells me that she wants to be a doctor who can take care of hands and knees, and to try and help people not to hurt. When she tells me that my heart smiles!! Makes every tear, scream and curse word while recovering that much more worth having the surgery.
   Now that I've gone all mushy, I'll leave it at that. I close with prayers and hopes that you all have less pain today.


Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 06, 2007, 05:19:15 PM
hi just a quick note to say hi to you angel and millie,i've been out for the day with my mum and i'm shattered!
going to have a nap as i'm worn out and my knee is giving me a bit of trouble,
hope you are both okay and i'm glad your PT went okay angel!
take care,
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 06, 2007, 08:49:53 PM
Claire- I hope you were able to rest and get that knee comfotable. I just has a spin on The Granny Mobile with my babies and now we are all piled up in the middle of my bed. They are being so good, being in Mom's bed is a treat..........take care of you.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 06, 2007, 10:21:52 PM
Hi everyone,

Claire hope you are feeling better and have gotten some good rest.  Did you have a good time with your mom?   Be right back - have to yell at a woodpecker that is pecking at my house!! We who live in wooden houses should not have woodpeckers - ok he's gone for now.  More annoying when its early in the morning.

Angel - was this PT at home?  I don't know if I can get that where I live.  I'm way out in the country.  I'm going back to my usual therapist and I don't think he'll make house calls.  But I can get a ride into him so I guess that will be good to get out.  How are you doing tody?  I meant to ask you which knee you had put in first and then what did he change it to.  I had dinner last night with my PT and he was very positive about what the outcome can be.  He's been in my life for two years now and we have become good friends.  I know he would tell me if I was nuts doing this and he was very positive - that made me feel good.

I hope you are both doing well.

Take care,

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 06, 2007, 11:12:58 PM
Hi Deborah;
  How are you? Yes, I'm having my PT at home. When we built our home my husband had a gym installed also. We have 2 grown sons and they use it a lot when they come into town. We have everything here that I need for PT. My OS used the Oxford and when he had to go back in, he used an Oxford again. Not sure how it's going to be yet, but so far, so good. My Physio Greg knows how phobic I am right now, and he's working with me. I told him that I could not do this again on this knee right now, and if he hurt me( I'd kick his arse). Be like a skeeter on an elepahants butt......lol I'm not sure about the Oxford, I've read the pros and cons, all I can do is wait and see how it goes.
   I'm having a rough day. PT was good but being the first since the revision, it tore me up. He gave me a 5 page list of exercises to do on my off days and I've done them twice today. He called and checked up on me and asked me if I was playing hookie. Ya right! He'll be here tomorrow for my PT and then no more til next Monday. Well, it's time to start dinner, and I'm so happy that I can get up and cook. Feels good to be active. Take care of you and I'll catch yu later.



Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Kris on June 07, 2007, 03:32:02 AM
Hi Angel,

I hope you're doing fine.  I'm still antsy about my upcoming knee replacement.  I know I'm worried about theactual surgery and the pain issues after surgery, but I'm also worried about the therapy part.  With my insurance company we're only allowed 20 PT visits.  I wonder if that is enough for therapy on a partially replaced knee.   I'd love to have therapy at home, no gym though.  I forgot if you wrote it earlier, but did you have therapy in the hospital during your stay?  Sorry about the questions.

Kris
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 07, 2007, 11:35:24 AM
Hi Kris;
   I had my surgery out-patient. Both times I was at the surgery center less than 6 hours. I had the femural block both times( best decision I made). When I had my PKR on March 22, I started PT the next day. I used an out source PT and since my husband had taken a couple of weeks off work, he drove me the first week. I started driving the second week and drove myself. With the revision, (may 17) I didn't start PT until I was 2 weeks post op. This time my Physio is coming to the house. I think I was more afraid than anything, 2 surgeries in 8 weeks was almost more than I cared to have to live with, much less take a chance on something happening again. Greg my Physio told me that he thought that I would be seeing his mug for about 2 months and then he would come out if I needed him. Don't be afraid to ask questions, this site has been a life saver. I've read so many diaries and so many threads on this site, helped me get through this. With my surgery I didn't have an injury per se. I have osteoarthritis and the joints are just worn out. Hope this helped you a little.


Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 07, 2007, 07:39:49 PM
Hi Kris,

My insurance also only has 20 visits.  It was not enough for me but I work in a very physically demanding job.  If I did not it would have been plenty.  Also, if you are in the US you have have your OS write a letter and then you can appeal for more visits.  OK so this doesn't always work - I'll let you know in a day or two.  I just did this, my OS wrote, my PT place sent every record they have on me (and its extensive) and I wrote.  I then had a phone appeal.  They are supposed to make their decision and mail me by the end of this week.  However, I was very lucky in that my PT place has reasonable out-of-pocket payments.

I do think that 20 would have been fine if not for my job (I'm a paramedic).  The joke around here is I just kept going back because my PT is cute.  This last part is true but I don't pay for cute!!!!

Anyway, I too am facing PKR in August.  We'll all make it through.  Look at how well Angel is doing after two in only a few months.  That part I'll skip - one should or better be enough.

Angel - thanks.  My OS is also going to use the Oxford.  He agreed when I said it seems like a love/hate relationship.  Either it works really really well and life is good or it stinks.  Not much inbetween.  I am hoping you are on the really really love it side right now.  You have been through so much and don't blame you for threatening your physio!!  I'm sure he shakes a little when he comes to see you...lol

I hope you recover quickly from PT getting some energy back.  The more we do it the faster we heal.  This time I'm going to be smart and continue exercising right up until surgery.  My first knee surgery I had no idea how important that could be.

Hope everyone else is doing well.  Claire thinking of you.

Take care all,

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 08, 2007, 01:35:26 AM
Hi everyone;
   Well, I just vegged out today. I thought that I had PT today, but Greg won't be here til tomorrow ::) I've snoozed and I've quilted and I've spoken to my kids and I've cried. I just flat fell into one of those I feel sorry for me moods and the tears started. I hate it when I do that!! Makes a good day go to hell in a hand basket. My knee is a little stiff right now and the pain level has inched up some...........sigh. Just going to the bathroom is a chore. Think maybe I'm getting stir crazy, and it's time to get out of this house. I wish these up and down days would go up longer and more frequesntly.


Deborah-
   I am in so much awe of you. You are a very strong, and compassioanate lady. Here you are in terrible pain, and I do understand OA pain, but yet you work hard everyday and you feel so much compassion for those around you, and I find that so admirable in a person. What a wonderful world we would have if we had more people like you. Thank you Deborah for listening and for understanding. Take care of you.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 08, 2007, 02:57:06 PM
I am sorry to hear you had such a down day.  Sometimes I think they are there to make the good days better.  I go through those kind of why me days too.  Today looks like it could become one of them.  I hurt alot today and there is a TON of laundry in the basement.  We do have a couch and TV down there for the kids, if it wasn't do damp in the basement I would just watch TV and wash clothes.  I am allergic to mold however, so I don't spend a lot of time there.  I looked down the laundry shoot this morning and wanted to cry looking at it all and knowing I would need to climb up and down the stairs a million times (okay maybe a million is  not quite true  :)).  I hope you are having a better day today.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 08, 2007, 03:20:00 PM
Hi Milly;
   Thank you. I was afraid the bad day was going to expand through the night, but all in all I had a pretty good night. I hear you on the laundry ;D not one of my favorite chores. Washing the clothes is no problem, it's getting them hung up and put away YUK!! My grandson is spending a couple of weeks with his Dad, and then he is going to Vegas with my daughter and my granddaughter( those two will stock me up on M&M factory critters). I miss the heck out of him but he's called me several times a day to check on me. Little stinker.
  My physio Greg will be here shortly and I am not looking forward to PT this morning. My knee is very tender, and I know that he intends to do the knee torture to work on soft tissue. I know it's a have to, but I dread it so. I just wish I could get to the point where I can get off of the toilet without holding on to anything in sight. Around 2:30 this morning, I trailed into the bathroom, no glasses, stiff knee and didn't turn the light on. I was doing pretty good until time to stand up. My hand slipped off of the door knob and I caught myself with my gimp leg. I had one of those make me sick at my stomach episodes. My husband felt me get up and he was right there as soon as I yelped. Of course we had to have the knee check and then he massaged my leg until it settled. Good thing he owns his own firm, he called them and told then that he would be in after lunch. Bless his heart, he's so tired, but he's right here with me when I need him. Only thing is, he's going to watch Greg this morning so he can get a better idea of what he needs to do to help me on my off days. GREAT!! Now I'm going to have 2 huge men battering on me..........woohoo, an old ladies dream. ;D
   Be careful Milly, try to take care of you.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 08, 2007, 03:21:39 PM
hello angel!
i do not blame you having a lazy day today,i'm sorry to hear you have had a bad day,i still get those now,all this knee stuff can really get you down and the frustration is terrible too.
its so annoying that the most simplist of tasks become a chore and are so difficult to manage.
there were days i wondered if i would ever get somewhere like back to normal,it is hard to try and stay positive and however much of a positive person you usually are i think there are days when things just get too much and we have to have a damn good cry,i think this is all part of the recovery!
its not just a physical thing but a mental thing too.
i tried to put a brave face on when i was having bad days/weeks but i think letting it all out can make you feel better.
going through the surgery itself and the recovery is a big thing and we are entitled to feel sorry for ourselves!!
i hope things are a little brighter for you today.
keep your chin up! i look so forward to reading your funny posts and sharing your great humour!!

deborah,
i did enjoy spending some time with my mum the other day,it was nice to spend some quality time with mike aswell for his birthday yesterday,as he is a shift worker we tend to be like ships passing in the night sometimes,he comes in as i go out and vice versa.
i hope you are keeping well?
how are you getting on in your job these days???
i agree with angel too! you are indeed very strong and compassionate too!

milly,
how are you getting on today?
its getting nearer to your appointment!
how are you feeling about it??
i like you find keeping my hands busy is a good way or stopping me eating all day!! i cannot knit too good but have taken up cardmaking,i also enjoy cross stitching,both of which i enjoy as i like to be artistic!
the cross stitch (and knee rehabiing) have taught me some patience!!
i'm sorry to hear your'e having an off day today too,i understand what you mean about the stairs!
they became a pure nightmare for me too and something that i still find a challenge,i do not attempt them if there is no bannister.
i do really agree with your comment; "the bad days are there to make the good days better" that is so true!
i hope you soon feel better and remember all of you us other fellow knee geeks are here to offer support and "cyber shoulders" to cry on!!

i'm very sore today!
it was my most active day yesterday since my knee surgery and my knee is telling me so today,i went into town today with my mum and nanna and came home early as it has been feeling quite weak since i got up this morning and has swollen quite a bit.

i still get very frustrated that i do not have as much stamina as i used to and still tire pretty quickly.

i realise it is going to be a long road to "total" recovery if there is such a thing!

my mum keeps reminding me that the OS told me it could take around 2 years to heal internally from all the soft tissue work he did.i know she is right (as usual!) but its easy said then done when its your knee who dislikes you!!

well enough of my moaning!

take care everyone!

claire x


 
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 08, 2007, 03:32:58 PM
Good morning Claire;
  I'm sorry to hear that the knee monster is after you today. It's nice to get out and about tho. I have a list of I need to dos, but as I look at it, I cross off the maybes and then the I hate to dos............geez, that leaves me with very few to dos. Oops, the torture man just drove up..............and he looks vicious this morning. I'll be back after PT and let you all know that I'm still in one piece. Take care.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 08, 2007, 04:58:35 PM
Claire - Thanks for asking. I'm a little worse for wear today. I caperoned a band event at a local arcade/go cart track.  I played mini-golf, but the course goes up and down and around a fake "mountain".  EEEE!  I hate stairs right now.  Of course I had to stand around for almost 3 hours.  My knees are not happy with me at all!  That's fine, I'm really happy with them at the moment either.  As my kids would say so na, stupid knees.  We did have fun, the boys beat me at golf, so they were happy.

Glad you had a good time yesterday.  I read another of your posts, poor Mike.  What a good sport though.

Angel - hope PT goes well.  I will divide up my to dos amoung the family this weekend.  I won't be popular, but things will get done.

Well it's lunch time here and my tummy says feed me NOW! 

Thanks everyone.
Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 09, 2007, 12:36:56 PM
Good morning all;
   Well, I survived PT and had a rough night. My hubby took me out to eat last night, and that was the best part of the day. He took me to Papa Dos and we had a wonderful Mexican Fiesta. The food there is always top notch. We came home and I knew by the way my knee was feeling that it was going to be a long night.
   I might have slept 3 hours if that. ......sigh..... My left knee started acting up and now it starting to click and grind. It finally gave out a couple of times, so I'm back to using 1 crutch. The instability is driving me crazy. I did get through to my OS and I have to go in Monday. Greg went easy on me yesterday, I think he knew I was at my wits end and just could not take it. He did tell me to start icing both knees at once. I put my brace on my left knee and that helped more than anything. I'm just not ready physically nor mentally for surgery on my left knee. Going to be a long weekend.


Claire-
   I hope this finds you feeling great and ready to conquer the world, have a good weekend my kneegeek friend.

Milly-
  How are you today? I hope you have a pain free and safe weekend. Watch out for those stairs while doing laundry.


Deborah-
   Take care at work, be safe and have a great weekend.

   I'm going to try and get a nap, I think maybe the pain will let me relax a little. I'll check back later. Take care.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 09, 2007, 02:19:50 PM
Hi Everyone,

Angel and Claire thank you for the kind words.  You have to love this job to do it well and I've loved it for almost 14 years.  I do think this career is coming to an end but we'll see after the PKR.  So here is a laugh for you.  This was my day yesterday - and it had nothing to do with knees.

We work 24 hours 7a-7a (sleeping allowed as long as calls are not coming in so usually not too bad). I supervise a minimum of 6 people as well as get called as a supervisor throughout the county.  At about 1pm one of my trucks called me to ask if I had heard the radio traffic.  I had not since I was on a call myself.  Well, he said "the truck caught on fire."  Now this guy is a real joker so of course I think he's kidding and really not in the mood for the joke.  Oh, no the truck really did catch on fire - flames and everything.  He put it out but still.  So 3 hours later I have the crew and all the equip jammed into my supervisor vehicle and we head back to our area to get another truck that has been at the shop.  No problem.  We pick up the truck and about an hour later he calls again.  This time there is no AC (and its 100 degrees outside) and the truck won't go over 45 mph.  Great.  Call another agency to see if we can borrow a truck - no they are down to two.  Call another agency - no they are down to three.  Finally third agency the charm.  yes come get the truck.  So we are now about 6 hours messing with trucks.  We go pick up the loaner (this is a regular occurance between agencies when they are having truck trouble).  We get in the truck and it won't shift gears.  I know somewhere there is an anit-theft device but have no clue where.  So I go back in their building.  When I ask they are laughing so hard - they forgot to tell us about it. 

Needless to say at 7am this morning I gave report to my replacement and as we say "tapped out."  I am so done with trucks and people today.  But at least it wasn't my knee causing a pain in my a-- yesterday!!!

I'm done whining now just had to get that out. 

Angel - glad PT took it easy on you.  I hope the left knee quits giving you problems and don't blame you for being at the end with knees.  That is why I want to do this PKR now before my left (which has started to give me some minor issues) really goes.  I would like to keep that one good as long as possible.  Luckly my OS agrees that we should get my right fixed so my left can quit taking all the work.  I hope you can have an easy relaxing day and let your knees and mind rest for a while.

Claire - I love to cross stitch.  Have several projects started but have not had time lately to work on them.  Maybe in August after the next surgery I'll see if I can finish a couple.  It is a great way to keep your mind and hands busy.  And, you get some great art from it too.  Hope you too have a good weekend and the knees are not bothering you too much.

Milly - I hope your doing OK and not to stressed about your appointment.

Going to get a nap then need to pack for my trip to see my mom (she's have TKR on Wednesday) and get some homework done.

Have a good one - I'll check back later.

Be well,
Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 09, 2007, 03:47:55 PM
hi angel and deborah!
i hope this saturday finds you both well.
the weather here is lovely today,it is bright sunshine and not a cloud in the sky!
is it just me or does nice weather help to lift your spirits?
as we get alot of rain and bad weather over here it does little to lift your spirits when you are having off days!

angel,hope you are feeling okay today,bet you are feeling sore after your PT workout,it sounds as though you have a good PT though.
have you got out on your "mean machine" today with the pets in tow!! it sounds great fun (when it doesn't conk out on you!!)

deborah your day at work sounded eventful to say the least! bet you were glad when that shift was over!!!
i hope you are having a good weekend.

milly how are you doing today?
i hope you are not too sore after your action packed day at the band event,it sounded good fun though!
standing for 3 hours is a heck of a long time!!

well take care all,off to have a nice bath!!

claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 09, 2007, 09:32:26 PM
Claire, Daborah, Milly and Heather;
  Thank you all for your kind and most helpful words. My spirits were lifted 10 fold after reading your threads. I finally feel a little better, just taking it easy this weekend. To you all I send
                                                   
                                                               


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Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 10, 2007, 07:36:10 PM
hi angel!
i hope you are feeling better today,i'm glad your spirits were lifted yesterday by our posts! i hope you are doing okay today and not in to much pain or discomfort.
your little pictures you post are lovely!
i got mike a digital camera for his birthday on thursday and managed to get some good piccies of our day at "flamingo land" and some of bobbie.i am going to have a go at posting them in my diary!!
i hope everyone is okay tody!?
i go back to work tomorrow.urgh! oh well i've had a good week off but it has passed so--oooooooooooo quickly!!!!!!!
i've been looking at fish tanks today with my mum,i'm going to save up for one as they look lovely and are o relaxing to watch!! i have kept fish before but think i am going to get tropical ones this time.i will keep you posted when i get one!!
take care all.
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 10, 2007, 10:18:10 PM
Hi all;
   Well, it's 4pm on this Sun day afternoon and I can honestly say I feel better today. The knee is stiff, and achy but at least that damnable shooting pain is gone once again. I've just kicked back and took it easy this weekend, I have an appointment with my OS in the morning, he's going to xray and see if there are any changes. If my left knee continues to give out, it looks as though I might be in for replacement surgery on that one as well.. I sat my husband down and we talked for several hours, I've decided that if my OS feels that replacement needs to be now, I'm going for a TKR instead of the PKR. I'm 52 years old, my joints are constanrly in pain, and it's time to get some relief, but I would rather go on with the TKR and get it over with. I'm tired of these surgeries. I'm tired of my knees taking over my life. It's time to get them taken care of and getting back to living.


Claire-
   I'm happy you were able to have a nice week off. Sure helps soothe the mind and the body. Good luck with you fish tank search, fish are so beautiful. I tried fish once, but I found out real fast that cats and fish do not need to be in the same household. It was not a pretty picture....lol So I decided to keep the cats and give the poor little fish a decent burial. I love cat pic cartoons. I have so many, files and files of them. Take care next week returning to work, and I'll catch you later.

Deborah-
   Sounds like you a whopper of a day with that truck. And I can agree with being done with it. I've had it with my knee as well, both knees to be honest. I'm going to have the OS check my left knee tomorrow and see what we need to do. Sigh, damn knees anyay. Take care Deborah and I hope you hvae a safe and as pain free of a week as you can. Let us know how you are.


Angel

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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 10, 2007, 11:45:16 PM
Hi Everyone,

Angel - I know the fear of the other knee.  This is a big reason why I want this done now before I totally ruin my remaining "good" knee.  I have OA in both but the left except for a few twinges seems to be holding pretty well.  I too asked about TKR instead of the PKR.  He said that the lateral side was in good shape and he would not do it.  He did say I could probably find someone that would but he didn't really think that was the answer at this point.  I do trust him and he really is the expert in this case (you know I hate not being in charge)!!!

I'm glad you're having a relaxing Sunday and that the pain has eased up.  I really am not looking forward to the rehab on this surgery but when I had dinner with my PT the other night I told him to put a reserved sign on a table for me.  He assured me my table is ready and waiting and then got this grin on his face.  He really does treat me well but doesn't let my whining stop what I need to do. 

I thought I would post a picture of my dog Charlie.  He's a retired racer who now leads a life of doggy luxury and is very pampered. 


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Claire - Nice present for Mike.  I love digital cameras, they are so much fun.  Sorry you have to go back to work tomorrow.  But at least you had a good break.  That work thing - it cuts into the rest of our lives!!  Good luck tomorrow.

Everyone, hope that your Sunday was good all the way through.

Be well,
Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 11, 2007, 12:19:48 AM
Deborah;
   Charlie is a beautiful animal baby. And he doesn't look a bit spoiled......... ;D I do understand about the fear of having a TKR, but my left knee is really giving me problems all over. I'll know more tomorrow. My OS is the same, he won't do anything unless it will benifit me, it's just the thought of surgery again that has me all doen and feeling like crap. You guys all have a safe night, tale later,

Angel

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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 11, 2007, 03:04:35 PM
Angel, Claire, Daborah, and Heather;

I had a pretty good weekend.  Saturday was wonderful, no pain meds until I tried to sleep.  ;D  But that's better than feeling kind of foggy all day.  Sunday I went shopping with my mom (found some camo yarn for some winter gear for my son for $0.97!) and my left kneecap keep popping.  It's been a real bear ever since.  Inconsiderate thing woke me up every couple of hours (worse than a infant).  I haven't really slept since about 4:30AM.  Its only 10 am and I am wiped out.  I may go home early today, but it depends on how tired I am.  Oh well it's only about 4 weeks until the big day. 

As far as the surgery goes, I'm not to worried about it (dreamed about it last night - too weird - I was telling everyone that I would be just fine and don't worry.).  I do have moments where I am thinking - "Oh my gosh". Thankfully those are fairly rare. 

Glad everyone had a nice weekend.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 11, 2007, 06:33:40 PM
Hello all;
   Well, I had an appointment with my OS and I'm finished with PT for the time being. I'm back to NWB for a couple of days, and then back to the OS on Friday. My ROM is still sitting at 100 and ex. is 0.  I'm happy with that, it's that damnable sharp pain that hits right in the femural component that scares me. It's not clicking, yet anyway, so Dr. Mc. wants to be sure. I figured since I was already out I would go to Walmart. UGH! Big Mistake! But I needed Tacky Glue, and emb. thread so I can finish this quilt I'm working on. By the time I got home I was dragging. I hate not being able to get out and doing things that I used to take for granted.


Milly-   I'm sorry you started out with a good weekend and then that knee had to mess it up. Knees have no pity on any of us. That's a good price on that yarn. Becareful my kneegeek friend and don't do too much. 4 weeks will pass real fast, and you know we're here for you. I thnk it's pain pill time and then a nap. I feel like I sleep my life away during the day and then when night comes, I'm wide awake. ;D

Take care
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 11, 2007, 07:47:54 PM
hi all!!
just a quick post to say hi to you all!!
just got in not long back from my first day back at work,followed by supermarket shopping and then "bob" walking.
just had my tea so am going to have a chill out now!!
hope everyone is okay and taking it easy,
take care,
claire x

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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 12, 2007, 11:00:31 PM
Hi all,

Angel - I'm sorry, I know this concerns you a lot.  Especially in the light of what you have been through.  Did he x-ray the knee at all? Would that not show if you were have an issue with the femoral piece again?  Don't be too hard on yourself about getting tired.  You have been through so much over the past couple months - no wonder your body it tired and you get tired easily.  I think between the OS visit (and the return to NWB) then trying to shop.  I hope that Friday brings you some very good news and you're back to being tortured by your PT.

Claire - sorry that work thing is going to once again get in the way of relaxing and just having fun -- lol.  Hope your knees are doing ok being back to work.

Milly - Sometimes that sleeping thing is not so good and our knees have other ideas.  I do think they have a mind of their own.  Milly when is your surgery and are you also have PKR?  I'm sorry but having trouble keeping up.

Well I'm at my parents - my mom has TKR tomorrow.  They are really very hard to be around.  They fight constantly - hence why we live in different states!!  Oh well I'll make it through this and be on the "good child list" for at least a little while. 

Ok I'm gong to get something to eat and then relax a little.

Be well.

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 12, 2007, 11:55:31 PM
Hi all;
   Well, here I am, sitting here in my big old bed with my leg raised and the cryo doing it's job. Geez, this is so not what I want to be doing on a beautiful sunny day........... ;D Right now I don't know which one of my knees is hurting worse. I have an appointment with my OS Friday. I'll find out then what he plans on doing. At this very moment I just want him to do whatever it take to stop this damnable pain. I can't put any weight on the gimp knee at all. Same pain as before, it's just not clicking (yet). It has started to swell a little, but when I ice it and get it elevated that stops. He did mention MRI when I saw him yesterday, so that's probably going to be the next step.
    My physio Greg came out today and massaged my legs, he worked the muscles and that really helped to ease them a lot. He told me that he would be happy to go to my OS appointment with me Friday,.........lol, bless his heart he is really worried about me. I talked to my husband and he said that it would be fine with him. This way Greg can sit in and he can hear everything the Doc has to say. So, until then, I stay elevated and iced and working on a x-stitch that needs to be finished.


Claire-
   I hope this finds you in good health and feeling good. Take it easy at work and don't let Bob work you too hard on his walks. They get so excited when you take them out. I've missed doing that. I can't even take my guys out in the Granny Mobile right now.... :'(  But I get a kick out of watching them run out in the back chasing squirrells. Don't know what they would do if they ever caught one of them.  Take care Claire and I'll check back in later.


Deborah;
  I hope this finds you with less pain and feeling ok. How is your job treating you? It's not too much longer before you get some relief. You know I have had problems with my PKR, problems that I wish had never started, but even tho I am having these problems, I would do it all over again, and intend to as soon as I can. My husband agrees. Even tho I am in pain now, it's not that cricking, grinding slashing pain I had because of the OA. That pain is horrible!! This pain the doc can take care of. I just have to keep faith and do everything he tells me to do. I will beat this, and then I will feel like chasing my grandbabies and having fun with them. Take care Deborah and let us know how things are going for you. Give Charlie a baby hug for me, he truly is a beautiful animal. I'll be praying that your Mom's TKR goes smooth and her recover is speedy. I feel for you kiddo, my parents were the same way. All of us kids hated to be at home when we were too young to get out, but as soon as each one of us graduated, it didn't  take long to get a job and we were out of that mess. They were miserable with one another, but even more miserable apart. I don't even like to think about those times so many years ago. It's a wonder the 6 of us grew into normal adults. A higher power was surely looking after us.


Heather-
   Hi there, I hope you are feeling better today. I understand how some days can just take everything out of you. I just have to remember that there are so many things that I want to do and so many places that I want to see, and it makes me want to get over this that much faster. Remember, I'm here also if you ever need an ear, or a shoulder. Just email me and vent all you want, and know that you are thought of and my prayers are with you.


Milly-
  Hi!! How is work treating you this week? Try not to over do it. I thought about you last night when I was trying to get from the kitchen to my bedroom, using the crutch, holding a cup of tea, my puzzle book, and trying to dodge babies. I finally made it, with a half a cup of tea. My husband brought me another cup and told me I looked pretty good for an old lady with two bad legs, a head full of wild white hair,( just got out of the shower and my hair was still damp) and trying to do ball room dancing all at the same time. He always manages to bring my spirits up, I'm lucky to have that man in my life. Well, you guys be good and maybe one day we can get together( in spirit anyway) and show people how good our bionic parts really work.


Angel

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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 13, 2007, 01:24:27 PM
Good morning all;
   I hope this finds you all doing well and with less pain. I actually had a decent nights sleep, probably because I broke down and took 2 Tylenal pms. My knee is till giving me fits, and I have to use my crutches to get around in the house. Friday can't come soon enough. Have a good day all, and take care.

Angel

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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 13, 2007, 01:36:55 PM
Hi everyone,

Angel - work is not too bad.  I am putting in a couple of computers on Friday (Yuk).  Of coourse I have not knelt for years anyway, so I get to play on the floor.  Why can't everyone just put them on their desk (sigh).  Actually the spots I am installing them have tiny desks to begin with, so....  I wish I could take anything PM to sleep a little better.  I am allergic to the antihisimine they you to make you sleepy, and I know I would not be able to sleep with hives.    Slept better last night (I started at 6pm, too many nights of not enough sleep).  Just one more day till your appointment.  Take care.

Deborah - I think some day I will need some form of replacement, but for now they are just going to shave the rough spots from behind me knee cap.  So far that's the only cartilage being so bad.  My primary doc thinks that the articular cartilage on the femur may be involved this time, so I guess I'll find out.  The surgery is scheduled for July 5th.  Good luck to your mom, hope she does well and recovers soon.

Well I have to go fix someone's PC so I'll be back later.  I am looking into a wireless card for my laptop so I can keep you posted from the couch.  :D  We do have a regular computer, but I have two kids so I only get to use it when something goes wrong with it.

Take care all.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 13, 2007, 03:31:05 PM
Milly;
   Wireless is a life saver!! LOL. My hubby and I both have wireless laptops, it makes life so much easier especially when you are laid up. We have a desk top in our home office and my grandson has his desk top in his bedroom. He uses my laptop when I'm not on it, that way he can multi-task(as he puts it) watch tv and surf the net. Kids, they tickle me to death. Take it easy on the knees and I'll check back with you later.

Angel

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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 14, 2007, 12:28:48 AM
Hi everyone,

Well my mom actually did fine.  She had a bit of an issue with low BP due to pain meds but that was fixed (after 4 hours in recovery) and she was in pretty good shape once in her room.  I love surgeons.  They are always so proud of themselves.  Actually her OS was very nice but very proud of the work he did.  He said barring the usually post-op complication issues she should do fine.  She is pretty determined to be back up and moving so she'll do whatever they say to do.  Also, while I had her OS attention I asked what he thought of the Oxford knee.  He said he uses the zimmer uni but knows several who use the oxford and like it. 

Angel - I'm sorry you were so very sore but glad that your PT is being so good and even willing to go with you to see your OS.  I think that is a great idea.  Glad you had a good nights sleep at least.  I think you need to be very nice to yourself for the next day or two (actually always but you know what I mean) and then see your OS on Friday.  I'll be crossing my fingers that it is just sore and no futher problems with the knee. 

Claire and Milly hope you are both doing well.

I'm really tired so think I will do a little more reading here and then go fall asleep watching trash TV - or just fall asleep.

Have a good night all.

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 14, 2007, 03:53:00 PM
Good morning everyone;
   Well, I did just what I was afraid I was going to do, I took a tumble this morning. I'm ok, I didn't hurt my gimp knee, in fact it feels 50% better today. My left knee gave out on me as I was standing up. Hurt, oh did it hurt. I called my OS( bless his heart ) I think I'm driving him nuts........ ;D. He told me to get completely off of both legs, get in the bed and stay there til in the morning. My hubby got my walker out, damnit! and I promised him that I would use it to go to the bathroom. This is really beginning to wear on my last nerve. I keep feeling that sense of being lost creep in on me. Where at least I had a little freedom, I have lost that right now. By the way my knee is stinging and pounding, I did some damage, how much I'll find out in the morning. Dr. Mc did say that he knew that the other knee was going to have to be worked on, but he was hoping it would give me time to get over the right knee. I know that things happen for a reason, I guess I'm going to have to wait and find out what's in store for me.


Deborah;
   I'm glad your Mom is doing good after surgery, from experience I know how tough it can be, just hang in there. Take care of you, or you can add exhaustion to your list of booboos. Not good. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help, might be bunged up but I'm only a phone call away.


Claire-
   I hope this finds you in good spirits and less pain today. Take it easy on the knees.


Milly-
  How did the computer installation go? Hope you did ok, and not do any damage to the knee.

I'll let everyone know as soon as I see my OS. Keep you fingers crossed for me.


Angel

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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 14, 2007, 04:53:21 PM
I will be installing tomorrow instead.  I moved all our "recycle" items (old monitors, broken computers etc), onto a cart yesterday.  Unfortunately the old monitors were 19 inch monsters (they weight like an old TV!).  The rest of the stuff was pretty light, but still too much squatting down.  My knees are not too happy with me today, but not as bad as they could be.  I made sure I took some motrin yesterday along with the pain meds, so I'm not doing too bad.  I think our pool will be full or close to it when I get home.  I can maybe soak my legs in the cold water from the hose.

Sorry to hear you fell.  I hope you are ok and didn't do too much damage.  I really get mad when I can't do things for myself or am "trapped" in one spot (either couch or bed).  I don't do too well if I'm sick too long.  I get really stir crazy.  I will be thinking about you.  It's things like this that make me glad I keep all the DME!  I've been asked why I keep the crutches etc.  I never know when I may need them (the kids like to play with them too).

Take care and try not to pull your hair out resting.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 14, 2007, 10:24:24 PM
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hello everyone!
sorry flying visit again as i have been hairdressing straight after work and i have only just got in!! (its gone 10pm here!) .........going to bed shortly but will definatley be on tomorrow to update everyones posts!!
claire x
                                                                     
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 14, 2007, 11:13:09 PM
Hi everyone,

Angel thanks for the encouragement.  You are right - exhaustion leads to grumpy and one thing this house does not need is one more grumpy person!!!  I went to the hosptial today, thankfully my dad did not even make a hint of wanting to go.  He can't walk more than a few steps (really weak legs and bad balance) and refuses to use a walker and will not ride in a wheel chair.  My mom did great, walked to PT twice and then walked to a little lunch they had on the floor for the knee and hip folks.  Sore as all get out but she just had the surgery yesterday.  She has always been mean and stubborn - maybe it has its uses.  She'll get through this and do exactly what they say.  I have to give her credit, at 82 she is moving right along.  They put her in a CPM today and she absolutely loved it.  When they came in after an hour she asked for another hour which they happily gave her.  I hope they will send one home with her (madicare should pay for one if orderd by her OS).  I didn't see the doctor today - got there to late for his rounds but she said he did stop in.

Angel - how are you after the fall?  I am so sorry that happened I know you too wanted more time between the two knees needing to be done.  You're seeing your OS tomorrow right?  It sounds like your husband is a real champ.  I have one of those too.  He's very sweet and little upsets him.  I feel bad, he has heard me groan about this stupid knee for two years now and when I got saw the OS and he wants to do PKR he was as supportive as ever.  When you are feeling better, he needs to have a good meal and maybe a backrub.

Claire - glad your doing well.  Haircuts can be some of the most relaxing things.  I used to have very long hair and never went anywhere for cuts (just trimmed the end myself).  Then a couple years ago I cut it all off and love going to get my hair cut.  Hope work is treating you well and not making you to tired.

Milly - maybe you can get some help.  I used to work IT and those monitors are real killers.  You're right, they weigh about as much as an old TV.  Be careful lifting (like you don't know that already).  My knees hurt just thinking about doing that job again.  Good luck and be good to yourself.

Well, I'm a little more awake tonight and have some homework I need to get done.  My dementia dad just went to bed so I'm going to study and take a quiz (everything is online so is easy to catch even late at night).

Be well everyone - Angel let us know what the OS says - will be thinking about you and giving you a big hug.

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 15, 2007, 01:33:50 PM
Good morning all.

Angel - I was thinking about you and wondered how you were doing.  You have your OS appointment today right?  I hope you can wait on the other knee.  But if not we will all pull for you.  Maybe your "good" knee is tired of doing the work.  Maybe if you pay it more it will get back on the job.   :)  I hope you are better today and that your appointment goes well.

Deborah - I think those were the last two big monitors we have.  There used to be 4 of us IT folks, and we had two men for a while, then down to one, now it's just two of us gals.  We now order the flat panel screens and the smaller PCs (no more 50 pound monster PCs ;D).  It's handy when you are the one ordering.  Normally the two of us would do this kind of thing together, but my co-worker is on vacation visiting her kids. So.....  Once I drop them off, someone else will take them off the cart.  Glad your mom seems to be doing so well.

Claire - good to hear from you even if it's just a quick note.

Well best go put those computers in, they are sitting here staring at me.  Talk to you all later.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 15, 2007, 07:17:51 PM
Good afternoon everyone;
   Well, I'm back from the OS and good news!! ;D ;D I didn't do any real bad damage to my left knee, I did sprain it, but all in all, it's going to hold out a while longer. He did give me a cortizone shot and it feels better already. Now to my right knee. The xrays show no damage, the components look good. I do have a scar-tissue issue. :'( My flex is still at 100, and my extension is 0, I'm happy with that, although Dr. Mc wants to see 110, but he understands that we have Osteo to deal with, so we're going to see. He didn't mentiom MUA but he knows that right now it would have done him no good to even bring it up. He knows also that I'll work on that scar tissue, so like he said, we'll see. All in all I am very happy how everything turned out. I was very lucky this time.


Milly-
I know what you mean about those heavy monitors.UGH! We exchanged our monitors and all of our television sets for flat panel. I love those things. They are so light, and I can hang them on the walls and get them out of the way. Don't overdo anything.


Deborah-
   I hope this finds you with your hair still in place and in little pain. Man, I feel so lucky that I didn't really do a lot of damage. I was on the verge of having a tizzy fit at the thought of more surgery right now. Dr. Mc agrees, we need to get the right knee healthy before we start on the left. Just grit your teeth kiddo, you'll get to go home soon. Take care and let us know how you are.

Claire-
   Slow down and catch your breath, you're making me tired with all that zipping around........ ;D I'm glad you are feeling good now, it's been a long time coming. Take care



Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 15, 2007, 07:35:24 PM
Angel,

Glad you didn't have too bad a report.  I've been trying to get all the hefting, toating and moving done before I'm off.  After taking a cartload to computer stuff accross the parking lot, I remember why we usually do it together.  I thought I was going for a ride on one of the small hills in our "flat" parking lot.   ;D.  Well taking the empty cart back was more fun.  I was a good kid and did not ride on it like I used to do as a kid with the supermarket carts.  I am beat!  At least I get to hang out for the weekend, nothing too big planned.  We have renaissance faire here for the next couple of weekends and I will be out there volunteering (yep I dress all up and everything).  We tend to work two hour shifts, but I can work out a 2 on and 2 off.  Last year I sold tickets so I got to sit down.  I hope it doesn't rain too much.  We have a lot of clay and it gets goopy. and sticks to everything.

I may try to get on this weekend, but will need to fight the kids for the computer.

I almost had a heart attack when the OS office faxed in my leave papers.  I will be stopping in their office on Monday to clear up a few things.  Originally the doc said I would be off the same amount of time as last time (I was off about a week, then went back with restictions.  Toting computers is not an everyday thing.)  The leave form said 6 weeks!  I about flipped.  If that were the case I would have waited longer to build up more sick time.  Yikes!  I have copies from last time, so I will take it with me Monday and see if I can figure out what the heck is going on.  If I need 6 weeks I figure out a way to manage, but it was not what was discussed.  Anyhow have a good weekend.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 15, 2007, 08:57:01 PM
hi angel,
how are you!?
i'm sorry to hear you have been having a rough time of things lately,im so glad the O.S appt went well today though,you needed some good luck!
im so happy that you sound as though you are feeling better and more positive!

milly,
how are things going for you?
you sound as though you are really busy!!
hope your knees are behaving!!

deborah,
hope you are doing well!
bet work is keeping you busy?? no more fires!!?
there was a fire at the power plant in liverpool today apparently,many customers were calling me at work today to report their boilers were not working!!
it does help them to work if they have a power supply!!

well take care everyone!!
hope you are all doing okay!!

claire x

(p.s all give your pets a big big hug...........my work mate had to take her cat to the vets yesterday for what she thought was a routine op to remove a tooth that had been causing him problems,the vet called her once the cat was under to advise the cat actually had cancer and was riddled with tumours so never got brought around from the anesthesia,she was understandably devastated as she was so totally unprepared for it  :'(  :-[  )
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 16, 2007, 01:58:20 PM
Good morning all;
   I woke up this morning realizing that I had actually made one trip to the bathroom!! yiippee!!  ;D My left knee feels very good, a little sore from the shot yesterday, but all in all not bad. My right knee had it's usual stiffness, a little sore but not bad. I worked it a little harder last night trying to get a better grip on the scar tissue, hurt like hell, but after feeling a tongue biting pop, I knew I had broken one lose. Whew! Not fun. But my alternative is to have my OS mention MUA and at this point in my recovery that is not exceptable. So, self torture is in the books right now. My husband even offered to help torture me, but said he would have the sit on my left leg so I wouldn't kick him. ;D Brave man.
   Geez! You know I think I get so paranoid with everything that is involved in this knee, that I freak out at the least little pain that might pop up, and I have to stop that. It wears on my nerves as well as those around me. I am just so tired of having this damn knee dominate me, it's taken over to the point where I almost have to ask it what we can do today. I hate that! I want to get back to me, my life and my activities. Like I said in one of my earlier post, I don't run marathons, I don't hike or climb mountains( although I wish I had been able to do so) I do ride my bike every chance I get, but I can't do that now. I'm a crafter, I build birdhouses out of all kinds of different materials, especially old barn wood, I can't do that either, I'm not able to drag the boards around to cut on my mitresaw. It's not my work if I have to have someone do everything for me. My husband and I walked several miles every afternoon, again I'm not able to do that. I took my grandson to the mall, did a lot of shopping, again! that's not a part of life anymore.
   My husband and my grandson bot understand that at this point I'm not able to keep up with them, but thank God they are both very understanding. I've read several posts here where those of you are doing fantastic after having a PKR, and I am so happy for you guys. My healing preocess was hindered by the break in the femur component and then the revision, and of course the OA has it's ugly mug stuck in every joint and demands that I bow down to it also, I have a lot of issues that intend to fight me all the way. I might not be attheletic, but I have a strong will and I intend to fight this every step toward getting back so I can function everyday. OK, enough venting and feeling sorry for me..........


Miss Claire-
   You sound as though you are running full speed ahead.........lol keep it up, makes me want to get up there with you. Tell your friend at work for me that my heart cried for her. I cried when I read about her animal baby. I seem to cry at everything now days, even dumb TV commercials. But I did feel her pain, it hurts so badly to have to say goodbye to one of your babies. Have a great weekend!!


Milly-
   I remember the days when my siblings and I would find an old grocery cart and push one another around all day. We had so many scrapes and cuts, what wonderful memories. I miss those days. That does seem like a lot of time off, but maybe you can find out what's going on. Before my surgery I made arrangement to be off for 8 weeks. My FML was good for 12 weeks. Well, as you all know, I didn't make it back in 8 weeks, nor did I make it back in 12 weeks. I was terminated from my job because of that. Although he did offer me two options, I could be terminated or I could resign. LOL, great options huh, I told he that he would have to terminate me, thats when he mentioned that if I decided to re-apply for my job next year a termination would look bad. I just looked at him and said terminate me, I have no intentions of working for you again ever! Felt good to say it if I say so myself. Be careful with those grocey cart races, and have a safe weekend.


Deborah;
  It was really nice to talk to you yesterday. I hope I was able to help put your mind at rest. I might gripe and swear to never have this surgery again, but I usually say that when I am having a less than pain free day. Today I feel better, knees are trying to listen to me for a change, and my mind set is getting better. I just have to stop being so blasted paranoid when I feel a pain that I haven't felt before and go with it. Everyday I feel myself getting stronger and stronger, not only in my knees. The most important thing, I need to learn to stop what I'm doing and take a break when I feel that dreaded pull start in my knee, rest it and then start again. I'll get there, and so will you. Your surgeon sounds a lot like my Dr. Mc. You'll do fine.
Now, I need to get up and around and get a few things done. Have a good weekend, or as good as you can under the circumstances. And I'll check back later.

Angel

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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 16, 2007, 05:47:21 PM
hi angel!!
i'm glad your knee is behaving itself better then it has been!!
my knee is always stiff these days,i think the P.T is the cause cos i'm working my lazy muscles again!!
i really hope you carry on with the progress you are making now,MUA sounds dreadful!  :(  :-X
do not worry about "feeling sorry for yourself" and venting,we have all done it,i think it is part of the recovery process,we have a right to feel sorry for ourselves!!         
you have been through alot and not being able to do the things you enjoy does get you down!!
its good to hear your hubby and grandson are understanding to you!
keep up that strong will of yours nd you will be amazed at what you can achieve!!
thinking of you,
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 16, 2007, 08:30:09 PM
hi angel!!
i managed to work out how to post pictures from mikes new digital camera and from my "saved pictures" on my laptop.
i have some "animal" ones i thought you might like!!

"cat slang"
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"don't shoot"

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"animal rock band"

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sorry if you have seen them before!!
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 16, 2007, 10:04:17 PM
Hey;
  Those are too cute!! I love cat cartoons and photos, some are just too much. How are you feeling?


Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 17, 2007, 01:07:49 PM
Good morning all;
   Well, it was a long night. It's been raining here for 2 days and the rain is killing my joints. The gimp knee still has a rain alarm built into it and it has been throbbing some since last night. The left knee can't figure out what it wants to do, so I'm not even going to worry about it right now, that takes too much energy. My kids are coming in  today, my grandson will be back home. I sure have missed him, time the the little stinker is coming home. I know he's really had a good vacation, but he told me he was ready to come home. Take care everyone and have a safe and hopefully pain free day( I know, but it's a wonderful thought).


Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 17, 2007, 09:56:51 PM
hi angel!!
.......i'm fine thankyou! how are you doing??
the rain here these last few days has been unbelievable!! we had most roads in Hull closed off as the drains could not cope with the sheer amount of water!
one of the roads close to me closed and kids were swimming down it,the road dips under the overhead bridge and the water was waist deep on them,i haven't ever seen anything like it!!
the rain and cold weather annoys my knee too,it makes me very stiff and achey.
i'm at PT at 8.00am tmorrow! (eeekkk!!)
i've had a great day,i've spent it with my mum and stedad and mike,its been fathers day here so we all went out for tea!!
i hope you have had a good day and enjoyed spening time with your family!
take care.
claire xx


Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 18, 2007, 12:17:31 AM
Hi Everyone,

So do you think if I take my mom and drop her at the hospital they have to take her in and keep her...kind of like dropping a baby at a fire station if you don't want them anymore???  She is driving me crazy to say the least.  She and my dad should not be living together but they do and they are at each other all the time.  It was a good three days while they were in separate corners so to speak.  Oh, well I'm getting the good daughter points for now and only have 5 more days (that could be an eternity the way this is going).  Actually, except for some oozing from the staples because of the coumadin my mom is doing very well.  Sore and swollen but not too much pain and up and moving around well. 

Angel it was geat to talk to you and I'm so very happy the visit showed nothing urgent.  Hope the steroid is helping the sprained knee and that you take it easy - except for the PT torture.  I understand about the scar tissue and maybe Greg can help you get that loose so you don't even have to consider MUA.  Your husband is brave to offer but he should know better by now!!! just kidding.  Hope you had a good day and he had a good father's day.

Claire - sounds like you are doing well.  I can remember my mom getting so mad when we would swim on one of the streets that routinly flooded when it rained a lot.  As kids we thought that was the best thing - a swimming pool.  To the parents I'm sure that sewage was in their thoughts.  Send some of the rain our way we should could use some.  Where my parents live in the midwest hasn't had rain in about a month.  I guess we got some at home so it should be better when I go home.  Glad you had a good time with your folks.

Milly - if your OS thinks you do a lot of physical stuff like you had to this week he may well say 6 weeks.  As long as work will treat you well if you can't do the heavy stuff for a while it should not be that long before you can get back.  Good luck with the conversation with your OS.

Well all, I'm going to see if I can get some homework done and then try to hide in a quiet place until the next war breaks out.  No wonder I don't live near them any more!!!  Thanks for letting me vent.

Be well,
Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 18, 2007, 01:52:01 AM
Hi all;
   Well, it's finally quietened down a little and I thought that I would check in. What a day!! I forgot how tiring a 2 year old can be, but it was so nice for a change. That little stinker is wired all the time. My daughter has her hands full. Both knees are screaming right now. Probably because I was on them a lot today. Having a few weird things going on with the gimp knee tonight. Not sure what it is, but it bugs the crap out of me. I feel like someone has taken a large sewing needle and threaded it with heavy thread and stuck into my medial area of the knee and then pulled as hard as they could to get everything bunched into a knot. I have to stop and rub it out. It's been a little more painful today, sigh, I hate these damn knees. It's been a month today since the revision and recovery has been slower than I had imagined. I understand that he had to open me up twice in 8 weeks, maybe I'm expecting too much, but I had high hopes of being further in healing by this time. When little things like this pop up I get all in a tizzy all over again. I'm going to watch and see what happens, I have an appointment on the 28th and we'll see what happens between now and then.


Deborah;
  Bless your heart. I know how you feel right now. I went through the same thing when my folks were alive. So much arguing and so many awkward days when we would go over there. I always tried to see them seperately so I could at least have a conversation with them without it turning into a war zone. My kids wouldn't even go to their house when they got older, really sad. I told Dave what you said and he just laughed. He's such a good man. We are total opposites you know, he's 6'4" and weighs 220, he's very quiet and mellow, I'm 5' on the dot, weigh about 140 and I'm wired and get loud at times and we seem to balance one another. He tells me that I am just flat mean at times............ ;D
    Take care of you and try to stay sane.

Claire;
  I'm glad you guys had a good day. I know what you mean ablout the PT tomorrow, Greg will be here at 9 to start my torture all over again. I remember when we were kids, when it did rain, didn't happen often in West Texas, so hot and dry, but when it did rain, we would get out and play in that nasty water. Never wore shoes, it's a wonder we didn't catch the plain old funk in that stuff. But damn we had a good time!! lol It has rained here for 4 days straight, the creeks are rising and probably going to flood before it's over. I'm sick of the rain, it's time to have some sunshine and dry days. I sat in the bed this afternoon watching out my windown and saw a bunch of baby squirrells running up and down a tree. They were so cute, the rain didn't seem to bother them.
   Well, Miss Claire, you have a good pt session in the morning and a safe upcoming week. Let us know how your session was.



Angel

This is a picture of my redneck gate out by the front road, my grandkids talked me into letting them paint it. So, we did and now they love it.

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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 18, 2007, 12:58:11 PM
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Well, it's still raining of course :-[ I guess I need to get my Dave to put some fins on my Granny Mobile, might need it to escape if it decides to flood. I had a fairly decent nights sleep, bar the numerous trips to the bathroom, and my gimp knee is still doing that getting tied in knots stuff. I did have a portion of the scar tissue tear lose after my last set of exercises, hurt like hell, but then it felt so much better. I'm cunfused about that strange knotting sensation, I didn't have it the first go round, so this is new to me. My husband is stressing and wants me to call my OS but I am not going to do that. He already thinks I'm a nervous Nelly, and I will not add fuel to that. Greg my physio will be here shortly, I'm going to ask him about it, and if he recommends that I call Dr. Mc then I will.
  I forgot to mention something when I went to see my OS Friday. Just before he finished with me, he handed my husband a form to fill out. Dave asked him what it was for, and Dr. Mc told him it was for a handicap thingie for my car. I had planned on asking him for one and had forgotten all about it. So, I'm going to go to the tag office today and get it. I'm not sure how to feel about it now that I actually have the form. Makes me feel a little more handicapped than I think I am, but then it gives me comfort about not having to walk so far to get into a store or to the doctor's offices.
  I hope this finds you all in good spirits and in as little pain as possible this morning. I'll check back after PT and my trip to the tag office and let you all know how it went. Take care.


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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 18, 2007, 04:29:12 PM
Good morning.  I finally got to a computer (had to go to work to do it!).  Had a long busy weekend.

Angel - too bad about the rain causing you so much pain.  Even though it hurts like mad, we really need some rain.  My plants are panting in the sun.  I hope you figure out what the knots are all about.  I know I something like that after my Lat. Rel surgery.  I would get awful knots on the outside of me knee just about where they cut the tendon.  I will occasionaly still get them.  The really can be painful.  Love the gate!

As far as time off goes, I think the OS has a new office manager.  I can usually find someone to lift and tote for me if I can't do it.  I came back after a week last time and had them send in a form with restrictions.  No kneeling, lifting etc.  I managed fine (the first few days were rough because of swelling).  I rigged up some equipment boxes under my desk so I could prop my leg up and raided the breakroom freezer for ice.  I am planning on stoping by the office to get this figured out.

Take care everyone.

Angel - good luck with PT today.

Milly 
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Gary064 on June 18, 2007, 04:31:27 PM
Hi Angel,
            Funny things our knee's, we take them for granted when they are working well. At the moment you feel as if it will never improve, it does. A couple of months ago i felt that life was at an end with the pain and not being able to lead a normal life. Trust me, it does get better and better.
 
     Claire went through a bad time then a short while later did a sponsored walk, what a star ;D

 It is good that you have good family support, that counts for a lot.

 Wish you well with your continuing recovery.

 Gary
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 18, 2007, 05:31:45 PM
Hi all;
  Well, PT is over, trip to the tag office is behind me and my arse is dragging. Greg took it easy with me today, he saw what I was talking about on the knot above my medial area, it's very tender to the touch, boarding on painful. He's not sure what it is, or that's what he told me anyway. I have gotten rid of several places of scar tissue and that has helped a whole lot, but the knot is beginning to bother me. My physio suggested we just watch it for a couple of days and then if need be, we'll call the OS. ~~~sigh~~~
   

Milly;
  Hi there, we needed the rain also, but me thinks it's time to stop now........lol It bothers every joint on my body, gimp knee included. Pt went really good, he was easy on me today, and I really appreciate it too. It's going to get better, I'm just so dang ready to be back out and running around. I'm used to going full steam ahead and now I'm slower than a snail. Have a good week at work, and take care.


Gary;
  Yup, the old knees are so dependent on that they finally get tired and tell us that enough is enough. I was so proud of Claire for doing her walk, what an accomplishment after her having so many problems. This has been the first year in a long time that I missed the cancer walk here in Houston, but I am determined to make it up next year. My family has been so good to me through this whole knee ordeal. When my knee started going they all knew it before I did, I knew it but tried to ignor it. My daughter told me that it was time to see a doctor. I love them all dearly.
   Oh well good grief! It's raining again!! Take care and I'll catch you all later, it's time to ice and rest.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 18, 2007, 06:50:28 PM
Hi everyone,

Hey Angel don't feel bad about the handicap thing.  Its a good thing to have if you need to park in a large lot.  And, it should only be until you are good to go (which I know may mean the other knee too).  But its a good thing to have.  Hoping that I can get one before my surgery.  My PT has pretty good parking but there are some other places I go to both teach and take classes that require some walking.  It would be nice to be able to be close for awhile. 

I'm glad Greg was easy on you today.  Maybe the lump is just breaking up scar tissue or a little swelling from the fall you had the other day.  The other thing - don't worry about your OS and what they think.  First, they all have egos the size of Texas...lol and we pay them good money to be there for us.  Remember you are the customer and if you need him call him. 

Four more days and I can head home.  The better my mom feels the more her mouth yells at my dad.  What a way to live - glad I don't live here or even close to them. 

Milly - sounds like work will take care of you and let you do only what you can.  Hope you get the answers you want from the new office manager. 

Everyone - hope today has been good to you.

Take care,
Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 18, 2007, 07:18:45 PM
Hi Deborah;
  Was wondering how you were doing. Just a few days more and you can get back to your life and your knee insanity. I have to agree, the handicap tag thingie will come in very handy. After my trip from hell to walmart the other day I had decided that I would just stay at home before I got back into that mess again. You have to park so far away and then by the time I walked all the way back to the front doors, my knees were ready to collapse. Then I had to make that trek back to the car. Ugh!! Absolutely took the fun out of getting away from the house for a spell. While I was working on my leg slides this morning Greg was writing in his tablet, or so I thought. When I finished and he was getting ready to leave, he handed me a little mini red handicap sign. He told me to put it on the Granny Mobile so I could park in Dave's spot in the carport. I laughed so hard. Good thing that man has a sense of humor, it keeps us both sane. The first day I can get out there while it's not raining, I'm going to pull my golf cart up under the carport and put that tag on it. I can just hear Dave now..................cya!!


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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 18, 2007, 08:04:30 PM
Angel I think I really like your PT and I've never met him!  Anyway glad things went ok for you.  I like the handicap sticker on the Granny mobile  ;D. 

As for the office manager - no real luck there.  I guess she just didn't understand.  I talked to the powers that be at work and they know the form will say 6 weeks.  When I see the doc post op I can have him write a release to work slip for me.  Even if I do need more than a few days, what a pain.  I LOVE paper work!  :P  I am very lucky that my boss is a very understanding person.  She will really work with you.  At least I have the form turned in. 

Take care all.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 18, 2007, 08:46:19 PM

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hello everyone!!
hope all is okay for you all?!

angel.
i hope you are not too achey today? greg sounds a good PT and it sounds as though you have a good laugh with him!  ;D
my new PT fiona is nice we can have a laugh too! (my last PT phil was very serious) when i was on the "wobble boards" at PT last week she was throwing a ball to me to catch at the same time as i was trying to balance so i had to balance without being able to concentrate too hard,she threw the ball to me before i was ready to catch it and it hit me on the head!!
i still manged to keep upright though!!  ;D  :o :P

im finding some of the exercises she has given me lately a bit painful!

i love the gate your grandkids painted! wow it looks so eyecatching!! mine is boring black metal!  ???

i hope you are well deborah and milly?

take care claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 19, 2007, 02:03:41 AM
Hi,

Very funny - I like your PT too.  So, did Dave give up his spot?  You now have a legal right to it so tell him to move it...lol  Can't block the marked granny mobile!!

I think that balance board thing is only for the pleasure of our physical therapists.  I told mine that I'm sure he just put me on there for a laugh and that it had no therapeutic value at all.  He just gave me that "little boy" grin and said I'd never know.  But he sure does enjoy me being tortured with trying to balance.   We never made it to the catching the ball part - I have a hard enough time just trying to hold the balance for 30 seconds.  We'll see after this next surgery if he wants to do this again. 

Thank you all for being so supportive and letting me vent, especially while I'm at my parents.  Just a few more days and I'm back home and can have my sane (well that is really not true) life back. 

Hope you all have a good night - Angel hope that "knee lump" starts to go away.  When do you see Greg again?

Have a good one all - will check back later.

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 19, 2007, 04:44:40 PM
Angel, Claire, and Deborah,

Doing pretty good today.  Some pain because it rained last night (probably why I didn't sleep so well).  We really needed it. 

After taking the truck load of old equipment to storage, wouldn't you know it, I needed one back to fix something.  Hang onto something for ever and you won't need it until you finally throw it away.

Deborah - venting is good.  This is the best place for it.

Well off to lunch. 

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 19, 2007, 07:05:12 PM
HEY ALL!!
how are you all doing today!?
i feel about 800 in age again with my achey joints!! (it must be all downhill now i'm in my 30's with a dodgy knee!!  ;) :P )

angel how are you getting on??
milly, i'm sorry you have been in pain,the rain and colder weather definatley affects these duff knees doesn't it!!?  ::)
deborah,hope you are keeping well!!
take care all!

claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 19, 2007, 08:55:31 PM
Hi all;
  Well, it's 2:30 pm and I am dragging to say the least. My grandson is bak and I also have my 8 year old granddaughter. Those two are so jealous of one another, they wear me out. There isn't much change in the knee today, still very painful to the touch, with that lump forming and going down slightly just to come back bigger and more painful. Last night as I started doing my exercises I felt it pop again :'( and that blasted pain shot down my leg. Not a good sign. I thought I would see hoe it went today and then if the change doesn't get better, then I'm going to call Dr. Mc. To be honest, I'm afraid to, I'm afraid of what he is going to say.

Claire;
  I past the 800 year mark several months ago.......... ;D When I turned 50 I thought I had my kids grown,(except my grandson) and they were all very comfortable, I didn't have to worry about them, and I could spend some time on me. Well, I have plenty of time to worry about me now. YUK!!


Milly;
  That rain will do it everytime huh? It's finally cleared off here, good thing, I was running out of joints. Take care of you.


Deborah;
  Greg has been wonderful, as always. We've known him and his wife Janeene for years, and he's the best. I got my grandson to go out and move the Granny Mobile up under the carport, I hobbled out and put my handicap thingie on it, and we all got a good laugh. It looks pretty good. Well guys, gonna go lay down, I'll check back later.


Angel

Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 20, 2007, 01:06:00 PM
Good morning everyone;
   Well, it's raining again and my bones are screaming, especially my gimp knee. The left knee coming in at a close second. Didn't sleep much last night, my right knee ached and pains shot through it most of the night. I'm having difficult time with trying to stay positive at this point, I know in my own mind what I'm looking at and I don't want to even think about it. I'm tired of this damn knee and what it's done in taking completely over. I can tell that I am losing a little ROM but my physio won't push me because I think he knows that we're looking at another failure. I have several places in the knee that absolutely kills me at the tiniest touch, even the bedsheet feels like it's ripping my knee in two. I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. My left knee has now started that crunching bone on bone crap and it takes all I have to move from one room to the other. I'm going to call my os this morning. It's time to decide what the hell we're going to do. If he's going to have to go in  and revise and do a TKR I want him to get it over with so I can start healing, this let's take it one day at a time is weighing far too heavy on me, and I have far too much to do besides fall into a depression that will not only effect me but my loved ones as well.
   I swore that I wouldn't let this get me down, but it's working on me, and I don't like it. I'm feeling those little pops return when I bend my knee, and of course when it pops, it hurts like crazy. So, it's time for my OS to make a decision that will help make this a positive thing, it sure hasn't been a positive thing up to now. I'll check back later and see how you all are doing.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: lozzie on June 20, 2007, 03:01:10 PM
Hi Angel,

My first time over here  ;).

Oh the dreaded return of the crunching. I'm sorry for you. At my early-ish stage I'm so scared that things will go wrong again with my $million (that's pesos  ;)) knees. I'm really grateful for your support over on Claire's thread, and I just wanted you to know that I'm over here now too, and keeping an eye on what's going on with you. I'm here for you, and would have been before, but I'm a bit slow on the uptake, and didn't realise you had a diary!

Good luck with calling the OS today. I think knowing you might fall into a depression is the first way to avoid it. Also, don't forget that this is something that you can do something about with the help of your OS, and to feel initial disappointment is normal, and if it continues, well, we'll be here to help you out with that.

Take care,
Lorraine.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 20, 2007, 04:39:47 PM
Hey Angel,

I am so sorry to hear you are having such a bad time.  It's hard not to get depressed with it all.  I am reminded of a saying I have heard (can't give you who or where0.

"God does not send you what you cannot handle.  (There are just days I wish he didn't trust me so much.)"

Maybe a TKR will be what will work for you.  I hope your OS can come up with a good resolution.

Personally when I start to get too down I play one of my old favorite shooter games.  (DOOM is my favorite, and I do mean the 2-D pixelated version.)  I just pretend the monsters are what ever is getting me down and blast em!  It helps.  When that doesn't do it I go cry all over my dogs.  It's a good thing they don't mind getting wet!  I have to watch the little one though, he will lick all the salt from your face.

I hope you are feeling better soon.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 20, 2007, 06:22:54 PM
Hi all;
    I called my OS and I'm going to see him Thursday. I just told them that something wasn't working and I needed to see him. I'll see what happens.


Milly;
   Thank you for your kind words. It sure helps to have people who understand what we're going through.  LOL, I love to play Doom! My husband turned me onto Doom and I've liked it ever since. Good idea too, I'll have to play and see if I can get rid of some of my monsters. How are you feeling? I hope this finds you better and in less pain.


Lorraine;
   Thank you for visiting my area of kneegeeks ;D and thank you for your support. It means more to me than you guys will ever know. How are you Lorraine? Are you feeling better? Just know that the offer of being a sounding board is always open.

Thank you all, for being such wonderful knee friends.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 21, 2007, 04:31:11 AM
Hi all,

Angel will be thinking of you tomorrow the OS.  Call me if you need to vent or just want to talk.  I do wish we all had a magic wand that would fix these problems.  But on the bright side our OS's can all pay their bills (I know we were all worried about that)...lol

I've got one more day her at happy parent house - then finally back to my own sanity.  I miss my dog and my husband (sometimes in that order) and want to sleep in my own bed and be away from people to fight all the time.  Boy I do wonder how the three of us grew up to be relatively normal (well there are those who with disagree with the use of that word).  At least I've done my part and can now go home and not worry too much.

Claire hope you are doing well. 

I did have a good day today.  Went to a town (lots of shops etc.) and they have a giant flea market.  My one friend who still lives here needed some shoping therapy. Her son was wounded in Iraq and is now facing another surgery (he is home in Seattle).  So shop we did.  My knee was killing me after the first hour but a little pain meds and we could go on.  She really needed to do this and I needed to be out of the house so it paid off for both of us.

Hope everyone is having/had a good night.  I'll check back on you guys tomorrow but for now it is sleep time.

Be well all,
Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 21, 2007, 01:35:31 PM
Good morning all;
  As expected I had a rough night. I had hopes but it just wasn't in my stars. The op leg is very painful, has a mushy spot on the outside of my right knee. Very painful to the touch. My left knee has overcompensated so much trying to take the load off of my right knee that it has now become so unstable that it has begun to give out and it hurts so bad at times that I have a hard time figuring out which knee is worse. I do know one thing, this knee has got to be delt with now. I've reached the limit of my patience and I've had it with this knee. That same shotting pain is back and now the popping has started again. With each pop, pain follows and it's extreme. I know that I have a scar tissue issue, but this has gone past scar tissue. Thank you guys for letting me moan and groan, I really needed it this morning. I'll check back after I see the OS and let you know whats goin g on.


Deborah;
  Thanks for the offer, I'll probably take you up on it. I'll call you after I get out of the OSs ofiice and get home.  Oh how I miss flea Markets!! We have one in Houston that is probably 300 acres or more. I love that place. If you collect it, want it, need it, or just think you, you'll find it at Traders Village. I collect Teddy Bears and old vintage true enamel cook ware. Most of my enamel is pre-1920s. I love that stuff and when you walk into my kitchen you would think you have been trasported back into the 1800s. I can't wait until I am able to get back out there and haggle, I miss that so much.
   Tell your friend that my heart goes out to her. And that my prayers are with them. If your friends son is able to, see if he can come visit us on kneegeeks, this might be a knee site, but with the support that everyone on this sites offers, it could be of some help to him. Just a thought. Well, I was going to try and not take my pain meds until I went to the doc, but that ain't gonna happen. So, you all take care and try to have a less painful day today. I'll check back later..................


Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 21, 2007, 06:33:45 PM
hi everyone!!
i hope you are all well today!!
i am very tired after a very busy week at work,i have to go in on saturday aswell!  :( :P ::)
i went to P.T again this morning,she has taped up my knee to see if it helps,i will keep you posted on if it does!!
sorry this is brief!!
going to go and have my tea!!
take care,
claire x

i hope the appointment with your os went okay today angel!!
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 21, 2007, 11:34:34 PM
Hi all;
   Well, I went to see the OS and everything is ok............... ;D ;D ;D He took more xrays, and he felt of every area on my knee. I do have a scar tissue thing going on, but Greg went with me and they spoke to one another a long time. I'm going to start PT with the Youngbloods Monday, Greg will be with me and they are going to do whatever it take to keep me from having anymore surgery right now. I have 0 extension and 105 flex, so I'm doing ok in that area. I told him that maybe I was so paranoid of having surgery again that maybe I am having pity pains. Dr. Mc told me that it didn't matter, if I felt something I haven't felt before to come in. I felt like a total ass............lol This knee has driven me crazy. He did fit me for a brace for my left knee. I'm stuck with it for a while until my right knee allows him to do surgery on the left. I feel better though knowing that it wasn't as bad I was afraid it was going to be. I'm going to rest a few then I will check out everyone's diary's. Take care.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 22, 2007, 02:05:32 AM
Hi all,

Angel I'm so glad you can wait on the "good" knee until your other one heals a little more.  Can I marry Greg - he sounds wonderful - never mind I have a great husband and he has a wife!!!! Did your OS put you in an unloader brace?  If so which one.  Mine tried the Bregg Fusion.  The brace is not bad to wear but did not buy the time he was hoping for. 

You are so right about flea markets.  If I saw one more sequence purse I was going to scream.  But my friend bought a bunch of stuff.  She told me I was going to get kicked out since I didn't buy a thing.  I said with more surgery and loss wages it makes one only buy what one needs - which she got a good laugh out of.  Her theapy is shopping and she is upset about her son so she shops all the time.  Good thing she's loaded...lol

I thought about Alec and this site and mentioned it to Pam but he won't do it.  He's a very angry young man and especially now with more surgery coming.  She said she would tell him but she really doubted he would talk to anyone.  Oh well his loss.  Thank you for the good thoughts and prayers for him  - we are all behind him even if he doesn't want it.

I'm out of here tomorrow at 0630 - yea.  Today has not been to bad but then I threatened to leave again yesterday so I think my mom was trying to curb her mouth.  She doesn't yell at me only at my dad.  And he can be frustrating.  He has dementia but I started to notice that he really plays dumb with her.  He and I will have a fairly normal conversation (sometimes he thinks I'm my sister but thats ok) and then he can't even get his own lunch when she's around.  Interesting dynamic and sooo glad I don't live near them full-time. 

Thanks again to everyon for the ability to vent and the good wishes while I was here.  Now I go back home and on Monday schedule my PKR.  Still look at the end of August so have some time.

I may also have a very intersting job offer (part-time) will tell you all about it after I get home and my head is on a little better.

Hope you all have a good night - Oh, Angel take the stupid pain pills if you need them.  They won't hurt you and there is no reason to be in pain.  I know we all hate being on them for so long but you don't need to not sleep or have pain.  - ok done yelling now...lol

good night all be well,

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 22, 2007, 01:14:10 PM
Good morning all;
   I slept like a grouchy old woman last night. Probably because my knee was pushed, pulled, tweaked, stetched, and manhandled too much yesterday. It feels a whole lot better this morning, although I am stiff. All in all I feel pretty good. I get to lay off PT until Monday, and then it's going to get rough, I can feel it now.  ::) But if that will keep me out from under the knife, so be it.

Deborah;
   Yep he did fit me with a Bregg but he put a Donjoy on me yesterday. He told me that he would get the Bregg pushed through real fast and then I could go in and they would get it on me. I hope the Bregg is more comfortable than this thing I have now, I have short legs and this thing is not the most comfortable thing I've had wrapped around my leg. But I'll sure wear it. I'll tell Greg what you said, lolol, he is such a good man. And he knows what he's doing. He let me know real fast that he was not an expert on scar tissue, but that he would be with me every step of the way. He knows the Youngbloods and he told me that they were some of the best physiotherephist around, I told him as long as they know what they're doing and they won't give the wrong kind of hurt, I'm ready for them. The MAN called me a PANSY!! He knows that he just started something and I'll give him a Pansy.
   I can understand that young man's anger. The folks that live down the road from us lost 1 son in Iraq, and there 2nd son came home with horrible injuries. He lost a leg and half of his left arm, but he walks every day. He told me that he had too much to do to be locked down in the house. Greg stopped out by the gate one day and the two of them spoke for a long time. He was really quiet when he got up to the house. I understood what he was going through so I left it alone. I did tell him that ( you know, kinda throwing a hint) that I had this great gym and the pool, and that it was a shame that it wasn't used more often. lol, he caught on real fast. I told him that he was more than welcome to use our gym anytime and he could maybe ask my neighbor's son to join him. I know with my heart that Greg will be able to do more in helping that young man than anyone else. So, it looks like I'm going to have company while working out. Yiippppeeee!
    Be careful going home Deborah, and then maybe you can rest a tad before going back to work. You've had a very stressful time and you need to unwind. Even if I have been a nervous nelly, and I panic with every new pain I get, I will tell you again, this PKR is one of the best things I've ever done. I forgot how bad that arthritis pain was until my left knee flared up and, ugh! I want it to go away. If I don't get more than a couple of years out of it, it was still worth the relief.


Claire;
  I hope that pain is going away in your knee. Did it help to tape it? I'm sorry you have to work on Saturday, that's almost a sin. Knee people need at least two days to rest, don't you agree, bosses might not think along those lines tho. I watched your video, and you had a wonderful graceful trip...... ;D you seemed to be walking pretty good too. Congrats again on that walk, it was so worth it wasn't it?


Milly;
  I hope this finds you in less pain and getting ready for the weekend. Take care of you.


Lorraine;
   Hi there, how are you feeling? Hope things are getting a little easier on you. Let us know how you are.

Time to get some breakfast, take care everyone and I'll catch you all a little later.


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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 22, 2007, 04:08:55 PM
Good morning all--

I missed work yesterday.  I had a sinus headache and couldn't stand it.  I can get them so bad it's almost like a migrane.  I also tripped over my dog Wednesday night.  With my head/face aching and the knee too. It was too much.  I forgot the dog was sleeping at the end of the bed, so when I got up to use the bathroom I kicked him square in the ribs.  Poor dog!  Of course he then had to jump up, with one leg on either side of him naturally.  The bad part of that is he is almost big enough for me to ride on!  We fumbled around a bit, and finally got untangled.  I felt so bad for the poor dog (and for me too).  My toes are still a bit sore (he's a pretty solid animal).   So I basically layed around icing my knee and putting warm towels on my face.  I wasn't sure if I should shivver to sweat. lol  Well I'm trying to catch up on what I missed yesterday.  I'll try to stop in later.

Angel - glad you are ok.  I hope you can get the right knee back to "normal" before they mess with the left one.  Take care.  I'm off to a Ren Faire on Sunday.  I volunteered to work, so I'll be all dressed up "running" around talking like a old Errol Flynn movie.  Glad you get a break from PT.  It's kind of you to have that poor soldier come and "workout" in whatever way he needs.  It breaks my heart to hear all the stories of injured soldiers.  I read a news article about a summer camp for kids of parents wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The soldiers are not the only ones left hurting.

Take care all-

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: lozzie on June 22, 2007, 07:10:12 PM
Hi Angel,

I've been a bit "disconnected" in the last few days, because one of those big under the sea cables broke off the coast of South America and my internet has been going between not working at all, and being really slooow. I've worked with with the internet for 12 years now, and its funny how you get used to how fast things are these days!

I can't remember if I posted this, but my dad called me all worried the other night (better late than never I guess) and I talked to him for about an hour about my problems with the other parts of my family (it split in two nearly 30 years ago) and just let out all my fears about never being able to hike again or take photos (two things that I don't just love, I feel like they define who I am). Just because I lived with him when I was a kid, and he actually listens and remembers a lot of the time, I really felt that he could understand my feelings more than other people I've tried to talk to. Just that validation of the feeling I have that my entire life has been taken away from me was good to hear. His wife has just gotten over pretty horrible cancers, but he still gave me sympathy anyway, instead of like my mother, who just tells me to suck it up and that I should look after my sister's feelings more!  >:( Sorry, didn't mean to rant!

It sounds like you had a positive visit to the OS and its great that Greg went with you. My PT and OS have worked together for about 30 years, and its been great that they share information about my case. How are you feeling today? I've got a fair bit of pain and discomfort lately, but its strange, I'm so over all this stress and upset that I can't be bothered even worrying about it. Feel like I'm on autopilot. Got 2 classes to get through tonight, and they're only mid-term evaluations, so I don't even have to teach them anything and then its the weekend and I can sleep for 48 hours!

Milly, I get migraines, so I can sympathise with your sinus headache. Its horrible isn't it? I hope your toes and doggie are feeling ok too!

Take care,
Lorraine.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 22, 2007, 08:21:51 PM
Hi Lozzie - glad you got to talk to some of your family in a positive way.  My toes are better, just a tiny twinge.  My dog a big solid boy (114 lbs of Rottweiler), so he's ok.  I think I startled him more than hurt him.  He was still happy to see me in the morning so I think he forgives me (or he forgot about it), on the other hand it could have just been the dog food in my hand.  lol  Rant away, this is a good spot for it.  It gets overwhelming sometimes eh?  Take care.

Milly

Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 22, 2007, 11:29:10 PM
Hi Lorraine;
  You sound like you finally feel a little better, good for you. I understand how hard it is when ones family is torn to bits and scattered all over the country. My siblings and I all live in different parts of the US. Since my Mom died in 1973 we all kinda fell away from another. There are 6 of us and at times i do miss them terribly, at other times, I remember how mean spirited some of them are, I am so happy that I live so far away from them. I have my husband, children and my grandchildren, these guys are my sunshine and roses, they come first in my life. I'm happy that you were able to talk to your dad, and that he understands what you're going through. You know that you have him when you need a shoulder, even if it is via telephone or email. That's what counts, let yourself focus on that positive part in your life and and flow with it, push that negative stuff to the back, and remember we are here, and if/when you need an xtra shoulder, I'm here, my grandbabies will tell you that Granny can fix almost any booboo, I just haven't figured out what to do with these blasted knees yet. Take care and have a safe and hopefully painless weekend.


Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 23, 2007, 04:51:16 PM
Hi everyone,

Well thankfully I am home!!!  That was a rough 11 days - between a mom who has nothing positive to say about anything to dementia dad.  There is a reason all three of their children live many miles away.  I did feel bad, my dad called about an hour after I got home and wanted to know when I was coming back.  Hopefully he will be happy with my brother there for a while. 

I at least did have a really good visit with my old friend (actually several visits).  I can't remember if I told you she taught me how to ride her segway (told you she buys whatever she wants to buy).  Its a great ride and lots of fun.  She acutally does use it a lot riding it to work some days and all over.  She said she gets lots of comments and meets lots of people that way (can you tell she is shy)...lol

So I mentioned a possible job offer.  I am really frustrated with all the political crap and personnel issues at work and want to leave them loving them.  I've been a medic for them for almost 14 years but think I'm done.  So, I had mentioned a possible new job.  While I was at my folks one of my crew members asked if she could pass my name on to someone (long story that is the short version).  Anyway of course I said yes and then I had a very nice and about hour long conversation with a woman who owns a business that sets up first responder groups in corporations (first responders will do patient care until the ambulance or fire gets there).  They are trained, certified and have on-going training.  They have are working on a contract in NC and want instructors and someone from this area that can speak corporate.  Anyway, she is interested, it won't start until January and of course we have to do the formal interview etc. etc. etc.  but it sounds good.  Would only be part time but I can supplement with more teaching.  So there was good news while I was being tortured.  I'll let you know how this goes but I guess there is life after EMS.

Angel - when you get the brace or even with this one I ordered a brace sock off of bracesox.com that is cotton and lycra.  it is great under the brace, cool to wear and gives a little comfort without the straps against your skin.  Its long enough I can fold it over the top of the brace and it doesn't slip.  The one that came with the brace was neoprine (spelling) and hot as could be.  I hope you had a better couple days and slept a little better knowing that you do not have to have immediate surgery on the good knee.  See, even you OS said to call if you have questions so don't feel bad about asking.  Its better know then to let ourselves get worked up about a possible problem that may not be a problem.

Milly - how is your head feeling.  I hope the headache passed quickly - they are miserable to deal with.  I understand that tripping over the dog.  When we were looking into Greyhounds as pets one of the articles said if you want a watch dog this is not the dog for you.  The only way a burgler would know you had a dog is when they trip over them sleeping.  How true.  I've stumbled over him several times because he'll move while I'm in mid-step and he too is tall. 

Claire - how are you doing?  Sounds like work is very busy for you - hope that Saturday went by quickly and you can have a nice Sunday off with Mike and your family.

Well take care all, going to see if my horrible teacher has posted any more homework.  I have never had an instructor this bad.  If nothing today I guess I'll call my department chair again to complain (will be second call by me and many from other students in our program).  OK done moaning about it.

Be well all,
Deborah




Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 23, 2007, 06:20:00 PM
Hi everyone;
   Whew what a night!! Right knee is feeling very good for a change. I little stiff, but I walk that out pretty fast. Normal post op aches, nothing that I can't handle. But, the left knee almost took me out!! Around 2:30 am my left leg locked down and the most horrendous pain ripped throgh me. I know that my OS wants to wait a little longer before working on my left leg, but not sure how long it can wait. I go back to see my os in a month, we'll see how it goes between now and then.
 

Deborah;
  Welcome home, and I know that you are happy to be there. The possible job offer sounds pretty good, and you sound excited about it. And January should give you time post op to be ready. Sounds very interesting. Good luck. I'm ahead of you. I went surfing and looked for socks yesterday. Dr. Mc knows that I'm paranoid and bless his heart, he puts up with me. He knows that I intend to get as good as possible, regardless of how much work it takes. I don't expect to be perfect by any means, my knees have never been perfect, even in school when I played tennis for 7 years, my knees were always a bother. I just want them not to hurt all the time. My grandaughter and I took the Granny Mobile out this morning and cruised the neighborhood( up and down the dirt road) but it felt good. Stopped and chatted with the neighbors and their son. I gave him an open invitation to use our gym and pool anytime. At first he said that he didn't want to be a bother, but he finally relented and excepted. Heck we're 23 miles from the little town where we both take PT( him already and I start Monday) I told him that he was more than welcome. He can get to the gym from the pool area, and my grandson would enjoy the company. I've enjoyed the weightlessness of the pool and it is so nice.
  Well, my grandaughter is yelling at me to work on some kind of craft that she started ::) Oh I hope it's not paint again... ;D Take care you all, and I'll check back later. Have a relaxing weekend.


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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 23, 2007, 10:17:13 PM
phew!!
i have a lot of catching up to do!!
sorry this is going to be a quick post again today! i will definatley catch up with you all tomorrow!
i had to work all day today (well six hours so still felt a pretty long day,and we only get 20 mins break)
after work me and mike went to look around some shops on a little estate on the other side of the city as we have both just been paid!  :) ;) ;D
afterwards we had dinner and were meant to be going to cinema aswell, but i have had a horrible headache all day so we ended up coming home at 6pm, and i went to sleep on the sofa! i just got up a while ago and the headache has gone but i still feel so tired! (i just have no stamina these days,my monthly nightmare is here aswell..you ladys will understand!!)
i will be back to catch up with you all tomorrow,
for now take care all.
i hope you are all okay!!
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 24, 2007, 12:41:44 PM
CRAP!! I've lost 2 posts! My laptop is driving me nuts. Oh well, I just trotted right in there and got Big Dave's. I'll try this once more.
  I had a pretty good night. Right leg stiff as always, I got up and walked it off. The usual morning aches and pains but nothing that shouldn't be there. My left knee is a different story. Stiff, swollen, very painful, all those lovely arthritis symtoms hitting me at once. Lovely!! I decided to sit down in my favorite rocking chair last night, and was able to break lose a large area of scar tissue. Hurt like hell at first, and then it felt so good. You could hear the pop echo all through the den, scared my poor husband to the point that he paniced. Bless his heart. :'(
    I hate that he is so afraid that something is going to go wrong again. He is slowly beginning to relax, and then something like that scar tissue set him on edge again.


Claire;
  I am so sorry that you've had that blasted headache and then on top of that, the old monthly crap start up. This is one lady that has no idea what that is like anymore, hehehe and I love it!! ;D ;D ;D Boy was I ever happy to see the end of that mess. These knees have a bad way of taking everything out of us and it's so hard to get built back up. Take care of you Claire, that heating pad is good for the cramps, works as good on the cramps as it does on aching knees. I'll be back later to check in. I hope you all have a safe and pain free Sunday.


Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Plumb on June 24, 2007, 02:29:34 PM
He he he .. That's one way of breaking up scar tissue.. Rock it off.



Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 24, 2007, 03:09:26 PM
Wiki;
   I have to agree with you on rockin it off, but this time was totally an accident.  ;D I sat down too fast and my right knee was bent a little more than usual, by the time I felt the first pull it was too late. My butt hit the chair and the concert started. All kinds of musical sounds from popping, grinding and my high soprano yelp, had all my animal babies dodging for cover. But all in all, it feels good this morning. Have a wonderful Sunday.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Plumb on June 24, 2007, 04:47:27 PM
Best way .. When you least expect it..  Sorry you had to yelp and scream for a few. But better than having someone push it manually
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: lozzie on June 24, 2007, 05:20:03 PM
Hi Angel,

Well congrats on breaking off the scar tissue, but it sure sounds like it hurt! You know its bad if you've scared the animals!  :o

I'm ok this weekend, but I've been having a lot of discomfort lately, which makes me nervous about my OS appointment on Tuesday. I don't know if I should even bother asking him about things I can do now, because he usually just says "not yet" to everything I ask. I have a vacation coming up, and I want to go horseriding with a friend of mine who's never been, so I have to ask about that. I have to look up the word "canter" in Spanish, so he realises that I'm not just going for some quiet 20 minute trail ride.

As for the family stuff, thank you for sharing about yours. I must admit, the only real reason I stay in contact with my sister is because of her 3 kids. They've had a life full of upheaval and I don't want to desert them, but my sister assured me that I'm a stranger to them anyway, so maybe I should just walk away. I read a good quote somewhere yesterday (hope it wasn't on here, then I'd look a bit silly!  ;)); Winston Churchill said "If you're going through hell, keep going". I like that.

Hi Milly, thanks for your thoughts, how are you feeling today?

Take care everyone, and happy Sunday,
Lorraine.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 24, 2007, 06:58:04 PM
hello!
what torrential rain we have had here again!
ITS SUPPOSED TO BE SUMMER!!  >:(
not knee friendly at all!!  ::) :P :-\
i have a good day at my mum and stepdads,we went for dinner there and me and my mum went for a drive out in the car for a couple of hours this afternoon!!
we have just got in so i thought i would catch up with you all!! (i feel cheated out of my rest time this weekend as i had to work yesterday!!)
knee wise i'm doing okay,i'm still achey but a couple of days after PT it starts to feel abit less achey and stiff,although the cold wet weather we are having does it no favours!!  :( ........but the headache is gone!!

angel!
ouch!! that scar tissue breaking up sounds so painful!! i bet it frightened everyone to death! :o
i hope you are having a good weekend and all your "babys" are doing okay!!
are your knees behaving today!!?  ;)

deborah,are you glad to be home!? it sounded as though you had a testing time! wow! a different job!! keep us posted how you get on in the interviews!
i hope you are having a good weekend an your doggie is okay!  ;D

lozzie,
hope you are feeling better,theres never a truer saying then "you can choose your friends but not your family!"
do you think there are any familys out there that all get on?? i guess thats why the waltons is a t.v programme!!  ;)
i hope the appt on tuesday goes well for you,please let us know how you get on!  :D

milly,
hi how are you getting on? not very long to wait now! are you getting nervous yet??  :-\
i look forward to seeing the piccies of your dog!! hope your toes are okay now! wow!! he sounds a BIG dog!!  :o

have a lovely evening all!  :-*
claire x  ;)  ;D


Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 24, 2007, 07:09:16 PM
Hiya Lorrainne;
   It did hurt, but my knee feels so much better today. It might have been a Godsend, I start PT again tomorrow and maybe it won't be so bad, I hope anyway. I can understand about discomfort, but don't let that stop you from asking your OS anything, he might surprise you. Vacation sounds so good, but right now, I couldn't enjoy a vacation so I guess we'll take ours next month sometime. I want to go to West Texas and be with all of my kids and grandbabies at once. I miss that. We alwayd have such a good time, and I have this urge to beat the pants off of my son's playing holdem poker. And yep I make em pay up, tickles me to death.....lol ;D ;D Although I usually spend it back by ordering take out pizza, but it is so much fun. Just try and relax and let us know what you find out from your OS. Take of yourself,


Deborah;
   I hope you have been able to get some rest since your return home. I can imagine how physically exhausted you are. How is the knee treating you today? Have you heard anything from your Mom? Hope the new knee is treating her right. Have a good Sunday Deborah.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 24, 2007, 07:22:15 PM
Good Afternoon everyone,

Angel - sorry the scar tissue hurt but you are right - good thing before starting PT.  And it was good it was a surprise, no anticipation of the pain.  You and I sound a lot alike.  When my stepson lived with us for his last year of highschool (boy that seems like a long time ago) I told him at the beginning that he would get charged $50.00 for every day he skipped school as well as lose his driving privege and have to take the big yellow school bus.  As a senior a good threat.  So by the end of the year he had paid $250.00 and I had a clean house (he also had to clean on the days he didn't bother to go to school).  When he graduated he wanted to know if he was getting the money back!!!  I told him this was not a savings account and his dad and I enjoyed the extra money!!!  Maybe he actually learned something - but he is a great young man.  He called today from Iraq but we could not understand him so he is supposed to try again.  So far no call - booo.  At least we know he's ok.


You know, who every said a short haired dog was better for no hair in the house.  I love my greyhound but that boy can shed.  I brush him every day I'm home and I could easily fill a mattress with his hair.  Dog is doing fine though and I'm sure glad I'm home.

Lorraine sorry you are having trouble.  Hopefully your OS will be responsive and maybe be able to offer you something to get you more comfortable.

Clarie - we need the rain here - send it over.  I know its bad for my knees but its really dry here.  I don't think I'll really hear anything else on this job until the fall.  I'll send her my CV but the contract they are working on doesn't start until January and I know they won't worry about interviews until probably November or December.  I'll keep you posted as I hear but I'm expecting no news for a while.

Well I had to pick up a shift tonight so I'm going to work shortly -- saddness.  But, I've gotten some good rest and its nice to just see my family again.  Guess I'll have to call those crazy people (my parents) sometime but not right now...lol

Be well all,
Deborah
 
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on June 24, 2007, 10:46:45 PM
Angel,

Just read the first few pages of your diary. Sound like you've been having a tough time with everything. I hope you get it all sorted soon.
I'll probably catch up on the rest of it over the next few days.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 25, 2007, 01:15:17 PM
Good morning all;
  Well, this is the day ::) I start PT again today. I don't know if 'm ready or not ;D, I'm going into town for now, but my physio Greg will be with me. I'm looking forward to getting PT started again. I want to get started and get this knee stronger. We have 80% chance of rain for the next 5  days. I am so sick of the rain, that's all it's done for 2 weeks off and on. If it keeps this crap up I'll have to get my husband's boat out and drive it to PT. I'll just take my handicap thingie off of my car and put it on the boat. What a hoot!!


Garth;
  I hope this finds you with less pain today. It has been a long road to travel here lately, and it gets so tiresome, but anything beats that horrible arthritis pain. The pain of recovery is touch, but it's nothing like that grinding pain of the bad joints. How did you hurt your knees? or is it something else? I know I'm nosey. Take it easy and I'll catch you later.


Deborah;
  I hope you had a relaxing weekend with little pain. It's Monday and a whole new week.Ugh!! You know, I could start a mattress company with all the hair that we vaccum up. My babies miss me so much when I'm gone. They sorta grieve when I'm gone longer than a full day. I'm trying to figure out how to send you our rain, I'll work it out......... ;D


Claire;
  Have a good Monday at work, and take care of that knee. I will work on your diary after I finish here.


Lorraine;
  Good luck with your OS appointment. I'll be thinking of you.

Wiki,
   Have a wonderful week, and hopefully it will be filled with no pain.


Milly;
  I haven't heard from you, are you ok? Let us know what's going on.

Take care all;
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 25, 2007, 03:09:20 PM
Hi all.  Sorry I've been out of touch the past couple of days, but wow have I been busy.  I had to come to work and get a break. lol  I took my son and my mom to the Rennisiance (sp?) faire in town.  Now I'm broke. :D.  Well we had a good time anyway.   Then we had a graduation party to go to.  I tried to get laundy done too.  Sunday I worked at the Faire.  My friend and I worked  site detail.  This includes walking around the site and picking up trash and changing garbage bags.  We also got water patrol (filling everyone's water bucket/cooler and bringing bottled water to folks).  It was HOT, but we did have a lovely breeze and the site does have lots of shade.  I think we walked for about 7 hours (we did sneak in a few shows, so we sat down some too.)  My knees are very not happy with me, but not as bad as I thought.  I got home yesterday and showerd off all the dust (I looked like I rolled in it!  ;D), and got in the pool.  That felt good to get the weight off my knees.  I floated around on a noodle for a while and got out before I fell asleep! 

I also did not get on Saturday 'cause the kids were down loading stuff for the Sims.  What ever a penguin bathroom set is I don't know, but they were excited.   I'm sure they will show me when they put the stuff in there SIms's house.

I hope everyone is doing well today and not having much pain.  Hey Angel feel free to send the rain my way.  I can still taste the dust from yesterday. ;).

As far as surgery date goes, I'm okay so far.  I did have a few moments of that scary feeling on Saturday, but I'm not doing too bad. 

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 25, 2007, 06:01:03 PM
Milly;
  Sounds like you really had a good time. I love going to the Texas Renaissance Festival here in Plantersville. It's only about 14 miles from. It starts on Oct 6th and gows through Nov. 25th. I sure hope I'm up and running by then. It covers like 350 acres or more. My grandkids love it. And the food is to die for. Good thing you have to walk a lot out there, that way you can walk off some of the food. I have to make sure kids see Dead Bob every year, he can be kinda bad, but he is so good being bad. Ok, it's time for a nap, the kids are playing video games, it's raining again ::) so I'm going to sneak in a nap. I've never been one to take a nap during the day, but man have I gotten good at it since surgery. Have a safe one.......


Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 25, 2007, 07:26:09 PM

hi angel!
i know you have seen this already in my diary but i thought i would post it in yours too so everyone can see how much rain we are getting..........

OMG!!
the rain here is torrential!!
this is a picture of my works carpark!!
(http://s183.photobucket.com/albums/x130/shortyclairebear/th_25-06-07_1651.jpg)

believe it or not the platform you can see at the back of the photo is actually about 9 stairs high!! (its the lorry loading bay)
this was only about an inch deep this morning and this was taken at 5pm today after i had to walk through it! luckily at the other side it was only about 10" so i still got pretty wet!!

here are some pictures of a road very close to where i live;

(http://s183.photobucket.com/albums/x130/shortyclairebear/th_25-06-07_1705.jpg)
(http://s183.photobucket.com/albums/x130/shortyclairebear/th_25-06-07_1706.jpg)
(http://s183.photobucket.com/albums/x130/shortyclairebear/th_25-06-07_1704.jpg)

the weather is so freaky at the moment it is scary and it is still raining hard even now.
we have had a fair few fatalities in hull.one poor man fell down a man hole as the cover had come off in the water,he fell down it and was desperatley tried to be rescued but was stuck fast.
he had to have a leg amutated to try and free him but the news reported he died as he could not be freed,he was only in his twenties.
a similar story was reported on a young child who also died.
i work with a lady who has been evacuated from her home as her living room is 6" in water,this was at 2pm this afternoon so i hate to think what it must be like now.

i hope everyone is having an okay day today,i am not going to complain about anything today!
i feel very lucky to have a dry home and all my family safe and sound.

bye for now!
claire x

Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 25, 2007, 07:31:46 PM
Angel - LOVE Ded Bob!  We try to see him when we go to the BIG Faire in Holly MI. You are right about the food, but it is sooo good!

Claire - better get a life preserver and a raft!  My goodness, now I know where all our rain went.
Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on June 26, 2007, 12:16:05 AM
Hi Angel,

I've just finished reading the rest of your diary. Soundy like you have been through a lot. I you can get the other kne fixed in good time.

As for my knees, I can't really say whats going on as I don't know myself. I've had trouble with them since my early teens (22 now).
I'm pretty certain that having very flat feet go undiagnosed for 14 years didn't help. That type of thing screws up weight distribution and can cause knee, hip, and back troubles. The knee troubles almost completely cleared up within months of getting the right insoles made.
I had a few odd unremarkable problems before managing to fall 9 or 10 feet on to my bad knee in 2002 and then walked the mile or so home as I smashed/waterlogged tmy phone. Doc said I sprained it  :-\ That took a coulple of months to clear up. Lots of little problems afterwards though.
I noticed that something was up again back in october last year and eventually saw a doc about it after letting it fester for a bit. I got sent to the physio and eventually on to the OS.
My GP never really helped even when the PT recomended that I should see an OS. It took a stand in doctor to do that. He made a quick examination and decided it needed looking in to. Saw the OS in april and had some x-rays at the same time. That wasn't any help. I had an MRI at the beginning of the month. Now I'm waiting for the results. I'm continuing with the PT to keep the muscles going as I've had to really cut down on most activity over the last few months.

I should have got it seen to years ago. Problem is, getting my gp to do anything about anyting is a nightmare. I just gave up on it after a while. I'm not sure if he was even interested. I've seen parts of my medical records on his pc and it reads:
Knee pain
Knee pain
Knee pain
and so on.

Anyway. I ought to try and get some sleep now.

garth

Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Plumb on June 26, 2007, 03:56:02 AM
Garth, Sorry to hear you are in pain.   I know somedays  it seems like Pain and torture sessions to do PT but you are doing the best thing possible now by going.  Maybe you can find a  place that does aqua to make the workout a bit different.

Sometimes it is hard to leave a doctor you have seen for years..  But sometimes its better to get a fresh set of eyes and move on to another GP who is more attuned to your needs.  Heck sometimes you may need even to see a few os's  who make you feel secure on how they are going to work with you to get the best you .. you can be.

best of luck..
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on June 26, 2007, 12:48:01 PM
Wiki, ta for the kind words. I'm not that bothered by the PT at the moment as it only makes me ache which I'm fine with. Shows that its doing some good aswell. Its walking that causes me the most discomfort as my knee gets very clunky when I put weight on it. Things like keeping it bent make it hurt aswell, but not to the extent that walking about does.

As for the GP, I do have a reliable backup. Theres always a cover doctor on Thursdays who I can see. Two of those have been pretty helpful but couldn't provide concrete answers. The physios that I've seen have been very helpful. I've only seen the one OS once so far. He couldn't find much out when I saw him. I've just got th wait for the MRI results. Hopefully something will show up and we can get the ball rolling for a solution. Next time I see him I'm going to be asking about the "good" knee since I'm getting a few niggles from it. It may just be upset with the extra work though.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 26, 2007, 01:20:16 PM
Good morning all;
   Well, it's raining again, will itever let up? I am so tired of all the mushy yard and aching joints. The more it rains the more the joints scream. As for the op knee, it feels pretty good this morning. It has the usual stiffness and first step aches, but not bad. I have PT again today, :'( I guess they want to play catch up. The left knee is so painful today. The brace doesn't seem to be helping a whole lot, but I have to give it a chance. I'll check back in after PT and let everyone know that I survived one more day. Be safe,


Garth;
  I've been troubled by my knees since I was diagnosed with RA when I was in my teens. Later in my 20s I was also diagnosed with osteoarthritis. The knees take the brunt of the pain and I kinda got used to it over the years. But in the last couple of years the pain really took over. I've gone through countless shots, physio, braces you name it, and then nothing seemed to work anymore. It was time to take that next step. I hate it, but in order to function through the day I have little choice. So, the replacements are my next hope. After the revision on my right knee and a couple of scares, my right knee seems to be going in the right direction. As soon as I get the go ahead, we'll start on the left knee. It'll work out in the end. Take care today and try to stay dry.


Milly;
   Dead Bob is so funny, the kids love him. I'm looking forward to this October, I'm going to make one weekend even if it kills the knees, I'll just have to take a couple of days to get over it. Did you get the rain I sent your way? Let me know ;D ;D


Claire;
  Let us know that you are still afloat, those photos were very good but are worrisome, be careful out in that stuff.


Deborah;
   How did your night shift treat you? Hope the knee held up. Let us know how your doing, haven't heard from you in a day or two.

Take care all, I'll check back in later.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 26, 2007, 03:39:51 PM
Morning all.  Hope everyone is doing well and not in much pain today.

Garth - I had a GP that didn't even want to prescribe antibotics for a sinus infection.  He also gave me naprosin (really strong Aleve) for a pulled muscle in my back.  So I moved on to another.  Good luck to you.

Angel - didn't get the rain yet, but they keep teasing me with possible showers.  I would be happy to take some of your rain.

Claire - hope you have a life preserver in case  ;D


It's getting difficult to listen into my conference call and type.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 26, 2007, 06:59:52 PM
hello all!
the rain is forecast to start again tonight.
i am going to walk to work tomorrow,it took me 1 hour and 25 minutes to get home tonight.
more or less all main roads in hull are closed.i had to detour to the other side of the city to try and get home.
its a nightmare!
work was so busy,most of the staff never came in as their houses are flooded out or they could not get in as the roads were closed.
blooming global warming or whatever it is!!
mikes grandparents house has been badly hit,all the downstairs is in about 4" of water.
he spent the afternoon trying to get rid of some of it,people are being evacuated all over the place.
it surreal seeing it all! i have never seen anything like it in my life!!
i hope everyone is okay!
take care,
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 26, 2007, 10:21:43 PM
Afternoon all;
  PT was brutal this morning!! Michael Youngblood is detremined to get rid of that scar tissue. I had a good session, but it kicked my ass for sure. Good thing I took a pain pill before going. My physio Greg turned me over to Michael and told me that I would be in very good hands. Greg goes back to being the team trainer/physio for one of the worse teams in NFL right now..... :'(  Oh well, maybe one day.
  I had a real good extention, -0 and my flex hit 105 passive on both knees, and Michael got me up to 110 with a little push. He's not going to push in that area too much right now, he told me the same thing Greg told me, as soon as I have surgery on the left knee then he would start pushing for more on both knees. Pure torture!! But I'm up to it. He worked my hamstrings this morning and they are screaming at me big time right now.


Claire;
  It rained buckets this morning, but the sun is shining this afternoon, but it's still thundering out. This weather is crazy. It's 85 degrees F here and 89% humidity. Nasty. You be careful walking in that water Claire. Please. That stuff can be so unpredictable. Take care you. Tell Mike that my prayers are with his grandparents and with all of you guys.


Milly;
  Dave's Mom had a Jack Russell for years, he passed on several years ago at the ripe old age of 22. His name was Winston. Such a beautiful animal he was. And he was still full of as much energy as he could muster right up until he died. I'll check back with everyone later, time to start dinner. Have a good night, or morning all.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 27, 2007, 01:11:08 AM
Hi all;
  I'm writing from the hospital. Dave was admitted this afternoon, he started having chest pains and they wouldn't go away. The doctor is going to start running test in the morning. I spoke to him briefly and he told me that Dave definitely has a blockage, and he would know more after the tests. I'm waitng on my kiddos to check back in, although I tried to get them to wait until after the tests results came in, I know they'll all be in as soon as possible. Right now I'm scared to death, even tho I am trying to not show it in from of my big Dave. I'm not going to stay at the hospital tonight, I have the two grandkids and they are so afraid. I have to try and keep everyone settled until my kids come in. I'll let you all know as soon as I find out anything.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 27, 2007, 03:21:57 AM
Hi Everyone,

Angel - posted to you on your other thread too.  Tell Dave to behave and quit scaring you so much.  Really though - you are both in my thoughts and getting big hugs.  Will keep fingers crossed that the test all come back negative and this was a one-time event.  Call me in you need to vent or just talk. 

Oh Angel - so Greg is free now...lol  I may have to come to Texas for my PT - what do you think?

Sunday night wasn't too bad at all.  Only got up twice for calls.

Hi Garth - sorry you're having so much trouble right now.  I am scheduled for PKR the end of August (do have a date now) and am scared, thrilled, hoping this really solves the problems.  I'm working on three years out from and injury that really should not have ended up this bad.  Old knees and OA and then, what I would think would be a small injury but here I am.  I hope the PT keeps working well for you.  Its really good when its good.  You know that feeling that you are making some progress or at least not getting any worse from it.

Milly - the fair sounds great.  I went to one many years ago and usually skip them here.  They are always in July or August and its just to hot for me outside for that long.  But, after the discussion about the food I may have to put up with the heat for some killer food.  I'll have to go on-line and see what is around my area.  I know there is always at least one.

Claire - you better build a boat.  We really need the rain but nobody needs that much.  I have an old rubber dingy in my garage I'll send it to you and you can paddle to work - would be easy on the knees at least...lol  Hope the rain is not causing you too much more knee pain and that you are doing ok.  Be careful walking there will be always be some idiot that thinks they can drive in anything.   Living in the South I always like it when people think they can drive on ice.  Snow is one thing but even us northern girls can't drive on the ice.


Well I'm again at work today and probably should get back to somthing that resembles work - well not really but I'll make it look that way.

Have a good night all and Angel please let us know how Dave does.  Oh, and bravo for him going to the doctor when he had chest pain.  Working in this field we get a lot of people who won't go.  So, give him a hug from me for that move - its a good one and a lifesaver.

Be well all and Angel take a big hug from me.

Deborah

Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 27, 2007, 04:27:15 AM
Hi all;
  Just got home a short while ago. I had to get these babies settled, they love Papa so much and are scared to death. I got them in bed and now I'm just trying to unwind. My damn knees are killing me but right now they are the least of my worries. Dave felt a lot better when I left, he's in good hands and I'll be back early in the morning. I'll let everyone know more tomorrow.

Deborah;
  Thank you, you have no idea how much it meant to e to read your post. And as far as coming to Texas, come on down, I have plenty of room. lol. Yep Greg went back to his other real job, the way those guys play football......lol
  I'm going to try to get some sleep, I'll let you all know how my Big Dave is doing. Thank you again.......nite


Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: lozzie on June 27, 2007, 05:38:23 AM
Oh my goodness Angel,

What a scare! I hope Dave is ok, and at least he's in good hands. My thoughts are with both of you, I've been through these kinds of things myself, and they're just awful, aren't they?

I'm glad you've got good people on your PT team too. I guess it hurts sometimes, but in the end its worth it, right?

Please take care of yourself, and let us know about Dave.

My thoughts are with you both,
Lorraine.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 27, 2007, 03:48:21 PM
Angel

My goodness!  I hope Dave is doing well.  It's scary when those things happen and Mom always has to be the one to keep everything going and together.  Take care of yourself and Dave too.  Hopefully they can fix him up and get him home soon.

I'm thinking about you both.  Got to finish working on a new PC for someone.  Those folks just get so antsy!  They are worse than my kids: "Is is done yet?....."  Take care.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 27, 2007, 07:28:18 PM
hello all!!
angel im so sorry to hear dave is unwell.i am thinking of you both and wish him a speedy recovery.
please keep us posted how you are both getting on!
i'm sorry to hear the knees are playing you up too.why can they not give you a break when you have more to worry about!!
im keeping you in my thoughts and send you all my love and positive vibes!!

deborah,pls can i borrow your dingy!!


here are some photos of my friend at works house and garden;

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(http://by124w.bay124.mail.live.com/att/GetAttachment.aspx?tnail=5&messageId=a303a96b-654c-4805-9c9c-3bea8171629d)
(http://by124w.bay124.mail.live.com/att/GetAttachment.aspx?tnail=6&messageId=a303a96b-654c-4805-9c9c-3bea8171629d)
(http://by124w.bay124.mail.live.com/att/GetAttachment.aspx?tnail=10&messageId=a303a96b-654c-4805-9c9c-3bea8171629d)
these are her poor koi carp that have been swimming in the garden as the pond has overflowed

heres one of the avenue she lives down;

(http://by124w.bay124.mail.live.com/att/GetAttachment.aspx?tnail=8&messageId=a303a96b-654c-4805-9c9c-3bea8171629d)

i hope things get better soon as its pretty scary!!
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 27, 2007, 08:35:14 PM
Hi all;
  Just a quick note before I go back to the hospital. The doc ran the dye test this morning, and Dave is going to have to have by-pass surgery. He has 6 blockages!! :'( :'( Right now I am beside myself with worry. My kids are here, all 3, and I just slipped away long enough to get a shower and pack a bag. The doc is worried about the surgery, says that the blockages are pretty bad. Surgery is scheduled for in the morning. I wanted to thank you all for your thoughts and your prayers. You'll never know how much they mean to us. I'll get back to you all as soon as I can and let you know how my big Dave is. Again thank you all.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 27, 2007, 08:42:30 PM
I'll make sure to add extra prayers for you both.

Take care.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on June 27, 2007, 08:52:44 PM
Angel,

Sorry to hear about Dave. I hope everything goes well for both of you.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 27, 2007, 09:03:36 PM
hi angel! OMG! SIX blockages!
i hope he is going to be okay.
thinking of you all and wishing him all the best.
my gran has had a bypas operation (she hada quadruple one) it is a big op but has given her a new lease for life now!  ;)
my uncle has had a double one also,he is in his 70's and still plays golf and is probably more active then me!!
take care,
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 27, 2007, 11:54:07 PM
Hi Angel - I will be thinking of you tomorrow.  Please give Dave a big hug from all of us here and tell him we are sending him our very best.

Please let us know how he does and don't forget to take breaks for you and your family and take care of each other.  I know you are worried but with your faith in a higher power, the doctors and your loving husband I am sure all will be well.

Call if you want or post and I'll be checking.

You are hugged,

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: lozzie on June 28, 2007, 04:04:43 AM
Hi Angel,

I echo what Donna says, make sure you look after you and that your family all look after each other. My thoughts are with you all, and I hope everything goes with the surgery.

Please take lots of care,
Lorraine.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on June 28, 2007, 11:37:01 AM
Hi Angel,

I hope everything going ok for you both today.

Look after yourselves.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 28, 2007, 04:02:00 PM
Just wanted to take a minute and let you know I was thinking of you both.

Take care and hope Dave gets better soon.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 28, 2007, 07:07:54 PM
hi angel!
......................just thought i would drop in too and wish you and your family all the best.
i'm thinking of you!
take care,
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Gary064 on June 28, 2007, 07:24:19 PM
Hi Angel,
           My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Gary
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 28, 2007, 09:15:57 PM
Hi all;
   I came to the house to shower and pack me a bag. Dave goes into surgery at 7am in the morning. He has a total of 6 blackages, the doctor told us that he had a very strong heart, but that he surgery was very ifsy. All of the blockages are in his chest area, and the surgery was going to be very delicate. He explained the pros and cons, he was very straight forward and didn't sugar coat anything. Dave knows the dangers of this surgery but the dangers of not having it out weigh those if he does have it. Honestly, I'm scared to death, but I can't show him that. I want to thank you all very very much for your thoughts and your prayers. My knee has become all but non-existant at this time. This site has brought so many smiles to my face over the months, and now you bring me hope. Prayer is mighty strong when you have so many people praying for you. Again thank you so very much my kneegeek friends for being here. I'll let you know as soon as everything is settled.


Angel, Scott, Cory and Mandi
and Big Dave
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 29, 2007, 01:38:42 AM
Hi all,

I spoke with Angel a little while ago.  They put off the bypass until tomorrow - sometime early a.m.  Dave is doing fine, she said the surgeon came in and didn't sugar coat anything but told Dave the choice was his.  He is having the bypass.  She is going to call me tomorrow and let me know how he did and I'll post for her since she is staying with him tonight.

So, please keep them in your thoughts.

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 29, 2007, 07:51:32 AM
hi angel!
i'm still sending you all positive thoughts!
thanks for the update deborah!
wishing you all the best angel and thinking of you!
take care.
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 29, 2007, 02:19:34 PM
I've been thinking of you and your family Angel.  I will keep you in my prayers.  I hope that by now Dave is either out of surgery or about done.  I'm not sure how long by pass surgeries take. 

Take care.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: lozzie on June 29, 2007, 04:07:41 PM
Hi Angel,

My thoughts are with you, Dave and the family. I hope everything goes ok today, and that Dave recovers well.

Thanks Deborah for keeping us posted.

Take care,
Lorraine.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on June 29, 2007, 08:04:12 PM
Angel,
I hope everything is going ok today.
Thinking of you all.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: T- Bucket mad on June 29, 2007, 08:10:25 PM
hi Angel , i hope every thing is good news . all the best luv steve 
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 30, 2007, 10:54:47 AM
Hi all;
   First I want to thnk you all for your love and support. Deborah, thank you ever so much for all your help. I wanted to update you all, it's 4 am and I am wide awake. The doctor made me come home. Dave went to surgery as scheduled, he had 5 blockages in his heart, and his collatal(sp?) in his right neck artery was 99% blocked. The doctor didn't want to do all 6 blockages but he had no choice. Dave came through surgery just fine, but then he had complications. He never woke up from surgery, he had 1 of the bypass veins that was leaking, the leaking had his blood pressure dropping too low, and they had to rush him back in to surgery. The doctor got the leak repaired and his blood pressure stablized. They had him completely out so that they could monitor him. They let me see him for a sec and then Dr. Stroud made me come home. I came home, but still couldn't sleep. 
   I'm going to be back at 9 when the CCU unit is open and I'll know when I look at him how he is. I'll call Deborah from the hospital and fill her in. Again I want to thank you all for your love and support. You will never know how much this means to me and my family.

with heartfelt love to you all;
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on June 30, 2007, 01:12:10 PM
hi angel!
i've been thinking of you,dave and all the family and hope dave sound feels better and can return home,thanks for keeping us posted.
remember we are all thinking of you both and are sending heaps of positive vibes you way!
take care and sending my best wishes to you all!
love claire x

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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: lozzie on June 30, 2007, 02:28:53 PM
Angel,

What a trial you and Dave are going through. It sounds like the doctor is doing a good job, and its good he got back on the leaking vein quickly. I know its impossible, but try to get some sleep, or at least just have a lie down with the curtains closed to rest a little. I'm not sure what time zone you're in, but I'm thinking of you all a lot at the moment, and checking in often to see if there's any news. Please take care.

much love,
Lorraine.xo
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on June 30, 2007, 02:34:04 PM
Hi all,

Angel - sorry Dave had to have two surgeries the same day.  Thank you for posting I was concerned when I didn't hear but then knew you were both busy and exhausted.  Please be sure to take care of yourself.  I guess you now have role reversal and you'll be taking care of Dave for a while.  Its all good and why we are there for each other.

My good thoughts are still with you. 

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on June 30, 2007, 03:11:49 PM
Angel,
Sorry to hear that your having such a difficult time.
Take care.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: T- Bucket mad on June 30, 2007, 09:27:24 PM
hi angel / thinking of you all day , sounds like your doctors are on the ball and are looking after dave well , remember we are all thinking of him , -steve
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on July 01, 2007, 12:25:11 AM
Hi Everyone,

I will post this in a couple places.

I got a call from Angel this evening.  Sadly not all good news.  Dave made it through the surgery and had to have a second one due to leaking and low blood pressure (I think Angel already told us this).  She said that when they tried to wake him up today they are pretty sure that he had a stroke sometime during the surgery.  They know this is a big risk but could not tell until today.  Once they made this discovery they sedated Dave again (he had to stay on the vent and was agitated because of the tube and I'm sure he was frightened).  Angel did get to tell him how much she loved him and that she would be there with him.  She said at that point he relaxed.  He is again sedated and they will do a CAT scan tomorrow morning to see the extent of the stroke.  He was able to hold Angel's hand with his right hand but could not squeeze and indicated he did not feel anything on his left side.

We will all home this is a temporary problem and not permanent damage.  She will call me tomorrow with an update and I told her that we would all be sending the very best to them and keeping them in our thoughts throughout this ordeal.

As soon as I hear from her tomorrow I'll post - whatever the news is.

She wanted me to tell all of you thank you so very much for all your support.  She said it really means a lot to her.  Their children are with her and she is getting good support from them as well.

Angel - we're sending you and Dave all the love and support we can. 

Sorry for the not so good news.

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 01, 2007, 02:39:51 AM
Deborah - Thanks for keeping us up to date.

Angel - Sorry to hear about Dave.  I will continue to pray for him and your family.  I hope they find that the stroke was a mild one and that he will not have much damage.  I hope he can do what my grandfather did.  He was in the hospital with the nurses asking him tons of questions, when he answered them all he finally said "What the hell am I doing here, I'm not sick!" .  I pray for you both.

Take care all.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: T- Bucket mad on July 01, 2007, 09:38:29 AM
hi angel / sorry to hear about dave's setback , i sufferd a stroke in 2003 and got through it ok , had a left side weakness but that returned ok , so not always permanent problem , thinking of you all , steve
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on July 01, 2007, 07:38:34 PM
Angel,

I'm sorry to hear that there have been some setbacks. I hope theres not much damage done and Dave is able to make a speedy recovery.
Look after yourselves.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on July 01, 2007, 09:16:00 PM
thanks for the update deborah................

hello angel,
i'm so sorry to hear that dave is not doing so good,i hope and pray for you all that he gets well soon and can come home and makes a full recovery.
I'm thinking of you at this worrying time and sending all the positive thoughts i can!
please take care and remember all your cyber friends are roooting for you both.
love,
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: lozzie on July 01, 2007, 11:27:32 PM
Hi Angel,

I'm sorry to hear about Dave's stroke. He has been through such an ordeal and is lucky to have you by his side. I'm thinking of you both a lot, and sending all my positive thoughts your way.

And thanks so much for the update Deborah. Please pass on my very best wishes to Angel if you get the chance.

Take care,
Lorraine.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on July 02, 2007, 08:08:21 PM
Hi all,

Same as the post on the other thread - just wanted everyone as caught up as could be.

I spoke briefly with Angel.  Dave is awake and was going for some testing.  I could tell it was not a good time to talk so asked her to call me when she was up for it. 

I just wanted you to know that at least he is awake and I'll let you know as soon as I hear from Angel, unless she goes home and posts on her own.

Angel - we are all still with you here - be strong and call when you can.

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 02, 2007, 08:10:05 PM
Angel - still praying for you and Dave. 

Deborah - thanks for the update.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on July 02, 2007, 08:10:47 PM
hi deborah.
thanks again for the updates!
its quiet around here without you angel! we miss you!!
still sending you heaps of positive thoughts and hope dave is soon home with you,
take care,
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on July 03, 2007, 01:13:34 AM
Hi all,

I just got off the phone with Angel.  Dave had a very serious stroke.  He has no movement on the left arm or leg but does have feeling in the arm.  This is a new stroke and there is lots of room for big improvement.  Angel said he knows everyone, speaks well, passed his swallow test with no problems, has no facial deficit from the stroke and is really holding up pretty well.  In fact she said he scolded her for not going to PT - he has a good memory too!!!  She was really thrilled that he did that.  He leaves the hospital tomorrow for a rehab center across the street from the hospital and then eventually will go back over to the rehab at the hospital. 

Angel is exhausted (that is an understatement) but sounds very good.  She and Dave and their kids are all very positive and as she said she told Dave, the only important thing is that she will get him home sometime.  He does have another blockage but they are not going to touch it.  He can't tolerate another sugery and all the cardiologists agree it would be more dangerous to mess with it than leave it.

She said Dave is doing pretty well.  He said he wasn't ready to retire and Angel told him he may not have to but if so they will just enjoy life and have a good time. 

Please keep them in your thoughts.  I know she really appreciates all the well wishes.  She was going home tonight to sleep and then back to the hospital in the morning.

I'm guessing when she can keep her eyes open she'll get on and let you know how everything is doing.

Guess thats it - we'll keep all our good energey going their way and hopefully he'll get back the use of the left side.

Take care all,

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: lozzie on July 03, 2007, 02:57:33 AM
Hi Deborah,

Thanks so much for the update on Dave's progress. I'm glad he hasn't lost any memory and can swallow and that his face is ok. I guess they're both going to be in PT for a while! Please send on my well wishes and thanks again for the update.

Lorraine.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 03, 2007, 02:30:01 PM
Deborah - forgot to put this in the other post, but thank you for updating us.  I worry about the two of them.  I am praying for them both.

Angel - take care and bring Dave home soon.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 05, 2007, 02:48:59 AM
Angel - I hope things are going well for you and Dave.  I have been thinking alot about you guys.  I pray for you every day.  Tomorrow is my surgery day.  I will try to post and see if there is any news.  Take care. 

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on July 05, 2007, 08:45:58 PM
Angel,

I hope Dave is on the mend now and that you are ok.

Take care.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on July 08, 2007, 04:55:23 PM
Hi all,

Angel just wanted to let you know you are still being thought of.  I'll call you early next week to catch up.  I know you are busy with your own knee issues and helping Dave get on with rehab. 

Give me a call any time.

For everyone else.  I know she appreciates the well wishes and I hope you are all doing well.

Will catch up later.

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 08, 2007, 06:36:46 PM
Hi Angel,

Survived surgery. now I just have to survive the post op home PT program. :P  Hope you are doing ok and hope Dave is recovering.  May he be home soon.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on July 08, 2007, 06:46:12 PM
hi all!!
angel and dave,hope you are getting on okay and things are starting to get better for you.
we are all thinking of you and look forward to hearing from you when you feel upto it!
deborah i hope you are getting on okay too!?
milly how are those knees treating you today!?
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on July 12, 2007, 03:35:21 AM
Hi Everyone,

I spoke with Angel yesterday (sorry didn't get a chance to post right away).  She is doing ok, spending most of her time in the hospital with Dave but is getting some PT for herself too.  Her friend and physical therapis has worked with her while he is visiting Dave.

Dave has been in a cardiac step-down unit this week and Friday will get he staples out and go to rehab.  He can move his left leg a little and if he lifts it with his right arm can hold his left arm.  He just can't start the lifting with the left by itself.  Angel did say his also has some memory loss but knows all the family - she said oddly enough has trouble remembering things he did at work.  She said he is still pretty positive most of the time but is having some issues with depression.  Not a big surprise with just the cardiac surgery (this seems to cause depression a lot) but the stroke on top of it is just an added depression bonus.

I told her that there were a lot of well wishes here and she said when Dave goes to rehab she will be at home more so will get on, catch up and post.

So that is the news from Angel for now.

Hope everone is doing well.  I'm hanging in.  I have my joint replacment class this Friday (although surgery is still over a month off).  I have a list of good questions, I think and will see what they have to say.

Take care all,

Deborah

Oh - same post on Angel's other thread.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on July 12, 2007, 04:03:49 AM
I know that this isnt the correct way to nstart a post, but how can one say a mere hi or hello to so many caring and loving people? First I want to say that my knees aree giving me HELL!! But I can live with that. We got Dave transferred to a private long term acute care hospital last night and he will be there for at least 4 to 6 weeks. From there he will go into acute agressive rehab for as long as it takes. Right now he is so tired, and he is battling depression. He is doing better and better everyday. He still hasn't regained all of his memories as of yet, but hopefully that will come. He can move his left leg, a little but thats a start. His left arm is weaker, has a lot of spasms. He has a long way to go, but we are all surrounding him with our love and he knows we'll be there every step of the way. He is fighting a really bad infection somewhere in his body and the doctors are pumping him full of antibiotics, and of course they keep him sick. We have to take this one day at a time, and My big Dave knows that regardless of how his future turns out, he will always be my hero and the love of my life.

I want to thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. I believe that all of your prayers made a wonderful difference in how Dave came through the surgery and the stroke. I will never be able to repay all of you for being there when I needed friends most, you all have my heartfelt thanks and love. I couldn't have been moree touched had I met you all in person. Thank you, thank you.

Deborah;
  My friend, you helped me through this and I will always be grateful. Thank you for posting the updates and letting everyone know how Dave is doing. Right now I am exhausted and I am going to try to get some much needed sleep. I'll check back tomorrow night and let you all know how things are going. Thank you all again for everything.


Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on July 12, 2007, 11:51:39 AM
Angel,

Its good to hear from you again. Its good to hear that Dave is on the road to recovery. I hope it keeps that way for all of you.
I hope you can get some relief for your knees sometime. I can imagine that they have had a hard time over the last few weeks.

Look after yourselves.
garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on July 12, 2007, 01:06:55 PM
Good morning;
   Well, it's another day and my knees are absolutely killing me!! My op knee is acting like it did when the femur component broke the first time :'( and that scares me so bad because right now I have to stay strong and healthy for my big Dave. My left knee is bone on bone and a cortizone shot didn't even touch the pain. Life throws these little rattles at you to see just how much you can take I think, well, my knees are at the level of not taking much more.

Steve, anja;
  I am so sorry to hear that your knees are acting so bad. I know and understand the pain you guys are going through and my prayers will be with you and hopefully you can find some relief.

Gary;
  I'm happy to hear that you are feeling much better. That hot tub makes a world of difference. Take care of you.

Miss Claire;
  I've missed you and our sharing of posts. How is the knee? Are you taking care of yurself? I'll try to drop a longer post tonight, it depends on how late I stay at the hospital with my big guy.

Garth;
  Thank you for all of your caring words. I know that you are having so much trouble and pian with your knees. Have you heard anything? Be nice to yourself.

Lorraine;
  How are you feeling? I hope your life has settled some and that you are feeling better. I've thought of you all so much, and missed our posts excahnges.

Deborah;
  Again I have no way of repaying your kindness thoughout this ordeal. My big Dave loved his card, it made him laugh. I'll try to call you today sometime, the doctor is going to put a (not sure what its called) longer lasting IV line in Dave today. It's the one that goes all the way up the arm and into his chest, that way they dont have to worry about infection and inflamation setting in around his IV lines. Again thank you my friend for being there.

It's time to head out for the hospital. I have a 45 minute drive one way and the traffic at thistime of morning is horrible. Bless you all and be safe, take care of yous and I'll check back when I can tonight.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: lozzie on July 12, 2007, 05:00:44 PM
Hi Angel,

I haven't been here much lately, and posting even less, but it is good to hear that Dave is slowly on the mend. I don't blame him not being able to remember work things - I always try to forget about my work myself!  ;) I was practising a special type of meditation last night called lovingkindness meditation, and I sent a whole lot of love to you and Dave. I always wonder if this type of thing works, but in case you didn't feel it last night, I thought I'd just let you know that you're still on my mind, even if I haven't been posting much.

My knees are ok, painful some days, not so bad others, but I have been working a lot and just trying to learn to manage things again. I'm feeling a bit more self confidence these days, but when I get tired (like today, I'm exhausted) things get a bit more difficult, both physically and mentally. I'm sure you know what I mean.

Please take care of yourself and give you and Dave a big hug from me!

Lorraine.
xoxo
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on July 12, 2007, 05:57:27 PM
Hi Angel,
I got my MRI results last week. Theres a partial ACL tear. Physio until october now when the situation will be revised. Still fairly painful at times. It sounds like you are having a tough time with the knees.

Try to look after yourself.
garth

Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on July 12, 2007, 07:47:17 PM
hi angel!
it was lovely to hear form you!
i apprechiate you posting and letting us know how you are both are even with all this going on!
(thanks to you too deborah!)
i hope dave soon starts to feel better and the cute care centre helps him.
i can imagine your knees are playing up! i bet that was the last thing you were thinking about with all this going on!
i hope you get some "you" time to have a chill and rest those weary legs,even if for a couple of hours.
my uncle had a stroke 4 years ago when he was 75,he initially had some terrible effects,his whole leg side was effected and his face dropped.
i could see how frustrating it was for him as even though hes no spring chicken he is an extremely active person and have a better social lfe then me (and probably more stamina too!!) he made a 100% recovery ans still plays bowls and occasionally golf and he is 80 next month!!
with your love and support im sure dave will make a 100% recovery too! im sure you will too with your knees!!
take care and give me a shout if there is anything at all i can do for you (and dave)
thinking of you,
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on July 12, 2007, 07:51:36 PM
(http://s183.photobucket.com/albums/x130/shortyclairebear/th_smile-1.gif) thought you might like this!!!  ;D
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 13, 2007, 01:22:03 AM
Angel it's sure good to hear from you.  You and Dave have not been far from my thoughts these past days.  It's good to hear the he is making some positive progress. Depression is common after heart surgery and stroke as well.  I'm sure all the meds don't help, they keep you feeling sick and worn out.  He sounds like a pretty tough guy and should do well in rehab.  Sorry your knees are feeling so bad.  It may be stress adding to the normal pain too.  I am thinking about you both.  Not a day goes by that I don't send a prayer your way.  I was even thinking of you both while I was waiting for them to take me to OR.  Bless you both.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on July 15, 2007, 01:09:34 PM
Good morning all;
  Well, it's Sunday and the knees are giving me fits this morning. The op knee is so stiff and sometimes I wonder if the surgery was worth all of the pain and agravation, my left knee hurts as bad as the op knee so I'm hobbling around on my cane again. I'm going to squeeze in an appointment with my OS Monday and see whats going on.
  Here's the update on my Big Dave, night before last his doctor came in and for some reason didnt like what he was seeing. He ordered a sanargram(sp) and he was right. Dave had a sizable  blood clot in his weak groin. He has been able to move his left leg a lot, but his left arm is still paralyzed. The doctor had him transfered to St. Lukes and he went straight into radiology and a filter was inserted into the artery above the clot. So far so good. He'll have to stay at St. Lukes until Monday afternoon, then hopefully he go back to Nexxus.
  A CT Scan was done yesterday to see if he had any further damage in his brain. The doctor stopped his Coumadin for a couple of days to see if the area that they are focusing on is from the stroke or whether it's new damage. The Nuerologist will let us know this morning. Dave is still in pretty good spirits, but he is so tired of it all. He wants to get in one place and stay until he can come home. Our sons have been working in areas of the house to make ready for his return. Ramps, installing a new walk in shower, hand rails etc. Those guys have been working endlessly and I love them with all my heart.
   Now I'm going to climb up on my soap box. Not knowing that Dave suffered from heart desease almost took his life. Please anyone of you who even think you might have heart desease in your background go to the doctor. The test is simple and could save you from years of heartache and even early death. Our knees are nothing compared to what we have to go through when you or a loved one suffers from this desease. So please, get checked, it could save you from going through what my Big Dave is going through now.
   Thank you again for all the kind words and prayers. Dave's doctor told him that he must have had a strong prayer group praying for him, because he had come as close to death without dieing than he had ever seen in a long time. He called him an amazing man and a trooper. And he is.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on July 15, 2007, 05:41:33 PM
Hi Angel,

Sorry to hear about the complications tha Dave has had to go through. He sounds like a real fighter though. My grandfather had a blood clot in one of his legs after a hip replacement years ago. It was nearly missed as he was at home at the time. At least they saw the warning signs and caught Dave's in time.

As for your knees, I hope you can get some help from the OS for some pain relief at the minimum.

garth

Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on July 17, 2007, 02:42:37 PM
good morning all;
   Just a quick stop to let you all know that the knees are still screaming and that Dave is improving. He was moved from ICU late yesterday afternoon and put into a room. Hopefully he'll be transferred back to Nexxus tomorrow so that he can start his rehab. It's going to be a long road to travel but he is such a fighter, he'll get through this. Time will only tell how much he will get back, but we'll cope with that when that time comes.

Garth;
  Thank you. Dave was blessed to have such wonderful doctors. I go to see my os Thursday, hope he can do something about the left knee, I just can not have surgery at this time, hopefully he'll give me a cortizone shot, that will help more than anything. How are you? Take care.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: lozzie on July 17, 2007, 03:49:47 PM
Hi Angel,

Well that's great that Dave was moved from the ICU into a normal room. That has to mean something, right? Don't let him give up and I hope he gets to rehab soon.

Good luck with your visit to the OS on Thursday. Remember to take care of you too.

Thinking of you,
Lorraine.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 17, 2007, 05:21:54 PM
Hey Angel - glad to hear Dave is going in a positive direction.  Sorry your knees are being so bad to you.  Hope your OS can do something to help out.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on July 17, 2007, 08:27:57 PM
hi angel.
im so glad things are getting slightly better for you both!
take care and we are thinking of you both!
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: T- Bucket mad on July 18, 2007, 10:48:15 PM
Thinking of you both , many many hugs Steve"o"
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 19, 2007, 12:17:30 AM
Just letting you know that I'm thinking of you and the family.  Best wishes.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on July 19, 2007, 03:12:00 AM
 :'( Hi all;
   Well, the knees are makibg sure that I know whos the boss tonight. And, when I show up at the OSs office tomorrow, I'm sure he'll be telling me that he is the boss.............. ;D but he aint the boss to me.
    Seriously tho, my knees are so strained tonight, they actually throb with every heartbeat. But I have been very good in keeping that away from Dave. Right now, I have enough energy to concentrate on him, I'll make up to the knees later. We got him moved back to Nexxus today, Thank God!! I have never been more disappointed in a hospital in my life as I was in St. Lukes. I do believe I pissed off everyone from the doctors to the nurses to the kitchen staff!! And I would do it again in a snap. You don't mess with my loved ones, especially my man, you get paid to do a service, well paid at that, and I expect the best of care. Period. Right now, only time will tell how well Dave is going to do. It breaks my heart to see him just laying in that bed, the sadness in his eyes. I've cried away 22 pounds since his surgery. The tears are still there, but now I'm getting angry. And that is it on that subject tonight.


Milly, Steve, Miss Claire,Lozzie,Garth;
  Thank you for your kind thoughts. Even when you were hurting, you had room in your thoughts for us, take care of yourself Milly,
Steve; How is the knee treating you? Did you get in to see a doctor? I do hope you find some relief, you've gone through hell with your knee and its time for it to stop.
Miss Claire; How are you kiddo? How about the knee, is it still acting up? Take care of you.
Lorraine; I hope this finds you in good spirits. And I do hope that your knees give you some much needed rest.
Garth; How are your knees treating you? I hope this finds you in less pain.
Deborah;
   Thank you my friend for calling and checking up on me. I forget to do a lot these days, except for taking care of my Dave. I know, I have got to start taking better care of me or I won't be taking care of anyone, and I promise to start doing that as soon as Dave is out of the woods. I'll call you in a couple of days and update the home front.

You guys are so special to me. Although we have never met, there's a connection, and for that I can never thank you all enough. Have a safe and hopefully pain free night, sweet dreams to all.


Angel

   
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: T- Bucket mad on July 19, 2007, 06:41:42 AM
hi angel . you Piss them off all you need to to get the best for Big D , hospitals dont always know best , and dont always put there best efforts in , good on ya! ;D- steve o
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on July 19, 2007, 12:13:41 PM
Steve;
  I hear you on the hospital crap. The acute long care facility that we took Dave to is not in our insurance network, so his primary brought in a doctor that is affliated with Nexxus. I don't like him, nor do I like the cardiologist that placed the filter above the blood clot. They are rude to the point of pure snottiness, and neither one comes by everyday, they send their nurses!! I threatened to contact our insurance company if we didn't start seeing a doctor on a daily basis, I'm sure they would be interested to hear that they are paying big bucks for Dave to be seen by a nurse. There is a chance that Dave will have to go back to surgery if the thinner doesn't start dissolving the clot, but I let them know that he would be transferred back to our hospital to his cardiologist and not back to St. Lukes!! If they don't think I'll call an ambulance and have him taken to the emergency room they had better think again. I'm tired of him being put on a back burner and it will stop.
   How are you feeling? The knee still bad? I have an OS appointment today, and I know a butt chewing is coming. My op knee is still giving me problems, it's just not right. I can feel something strange going on in that knee. I know he's going to want to check and find out, but right now I can't. I have a priority and that priority comes first. The very though of another surgery on that knee makes me ill :'(
   Take care of you, and let me know what you find out abought that knee.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: lozzie on July 19, 2007, 02:50:27 PM
Hi Angel,

That's outrageous what you said about Dave's care! But Steve's right, maintain the rage and all that! I really admire your energy, although its easy to be like that when you're looking out for the best interests of someone you love, isn't it?

Things are ok here, not good, just ok. My knee is sore, I'm tired and there have been some unpleasant things going on at work that make me question my future with that employer. I had it all planned out to work for them for at least another 4 years, but some of the attitudes of the staff are not ideal and its a drag to be around them. But tomorrow I'm off to see my friends in Northern California for 10 days. Its a long day tomorrow, with 10 hours of flights and 5 hours sitting around in Houston, but it'll be good to be near friends who are as good as family for a while. I've been having a lot of soreness in my LR sites, which I think has been brought on by too much sitting at work, but after the long flights on Friday, I should be doing lots of walking when I'm in CA.

I might not be able to get online for a while, but remember that I'm thinking of you, and wishing all the very best for you and Dave.

Take care,
Lorraine.
xo
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on July 19, 2007, 10:11:30 PM
Angel,

I can see why your pissed off with the hospital at the moment. Good to hear that you let them know whos boss though. Don't give them any slack.
I hope that thinner starts working on the clot. I can imagine the less sergery thats needed the better.

Sooy to hear about your knees, they sound absolutely horrible. I hope the OS appointment goes well.

Look after yourselves.
garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on July 20, 2007, 04:53:49 AM
Hi all;
   I finally made it home, and my butt is dragging my knees behind. My appointment with my OS went better than I expected. ;D My op knee is actually in pretty good shape. It's now 2 months post op. Xrays looked real good, Dr. Mc was pleased. It is very tender, but that comes from being on it constantly. I did get a cortizone shot in my left knee and the pain vanished! Oh what a relief. Xrays showed that it is totally gone and replacement is approaching, but I told Dr. Mc that it would have to wait til my Dave was out of the woods. No arguments! He agreed to keep me shot up as needed until time for replacement.
   Dave is feeling better today. Being back at Nexxus is so much better on him. He completed 1 1/2 hours of group PT today and he was wiped out all afternoon. The doctor started his blood thinners today, trying to dissolve the clot, only time will tell. I explained to Dr. Mc all that had been happening. He told me that if Dave had to be transferred back to another hospital, to call him,(he gave me his home number and cell number) and that he would have him transferred back to our hospital and meet us there. He knows of the other cardiologist and says that he is good, but respects Daves wishes to use his own doctor. He knows Daves cardiologist well and told me that he would call him tonight. I had a message on my machine from the cardiologist when I got home. He's going to see Dave tomorrow and talk to us then. FINALLY!!
    I hope this finds everyone in less pain and looking forward to a nice weekend. It has been raining here again every blasted day!! I am so sick of the rain. Take care of those knees my geekfriends, and have a safe and relaxing weekend.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 20, 2007, 04:17:17 PM
Hey Angel,

Glad to hear that your OS appointment went well.  I am sure all the running around has not helped any.  It's wonderful to hear that the OS agrees with your priorities right now.  Hope Dave gets better everyday.  Keep pissing off the hospital staff, they need to do their jobs in the best interest of the patient.  Take care of your self and Dave too.  I'll keep my fingers crossed that the thinner does the job.

Lorraine - If I remember correctly (it's been about 20ish years since the last LR surgeries), I had stiffness and would get a bit a swelling and knots over the release sites for a couple of years after.  Usually it ment I was pushing way to hard.  It did get less and less after the first year.  They would get pretty stiff and cranky after sitting around too long too.  Not too helpful I'm afraid, but at least you know others have been there.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on July 20, 2007, 11:31:51 PM
Hi All,

I'm going to try this but my DSL is being a bit iffy today.  This is what you get with a small company out in the middle of nowhere - oh well.

Angel - I am so glad that your visit went well.  I was going to call you this weekend to see what he said.  So the surgical knee is good but sore due to the amount of time you are on it - good news.  At least it is still in place.  I'm glad he is understanding about you needing to take care of Dave first and then worry about the "other" knee.  There will be time to do that in a little while.  For now, I'm sorry you will be in pain with it but do understand where you energy has to go right now.

No wonder Dave was worn out, that is probably more PT than he has done so far.  How did he do with it though?  He will get stronger and I'm sure just being able to do some things with a group will bring his energy up.  Finally on the thinners, let me know how he does with them.  I know the leg is a big concern for you (his leg that is).  Remember, anytime you need to vent call - I'm happy to be here for you.  And sometime I'm going to have to meet you. 

I hope everyone else is doing well. 

I've been trying to keep up with the posts and should have a little more time to do this.  My class has totally fallen apart so there is not much to have to do for it.  Besides it ends in a week and then I have a few weeks before I start my fall semester.  I had my joint replacement class last week and "bless his heart - this is what you say in the South when you are about to slam someone) my husband went with me.  He hates this surgical stuff but only turned pale twice during the discussions.  It really was sweet that he wanted to go and I appreciate that he suffered through it.  He got pale when I said I wanted to do the injectable thinner after surgery.  He thought I was going to ask him to do it and was much releived when I said I could do it for the 14 days its required.  I'm holding up pretty well.  The knee is sore but it will have to last for the next month.  Then I can start the healing process - I hope!!! 

Be well everyone and Angel take a big hug from me.

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Plumb on July 21, 2007, 06:48:43 AM
I had the lovenox injections.  For me I was on it for 30 days.  I had asked my family members to help me inject it. Just couldn't do it to myself.  For me that was the least of my worries. I am glad to hear you went to a joint class.  Hopefully you knew all they were going to say before they said it.. and it is important for the care giver to understand how hard this surgery is.



Angel  I am glad your husband is holding his own now and working on being the best he can be. You are extremely strong.  Supporting someone who is ill when you are not feeling well yourself..  Is love in its strongest form at work.
Bless ya both.. ya hear
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: plantgeek58 on July 21, 2007, 04:38:17 PM
Hi Angel,
glad to hear that your sweetie is doing better. You are such an incredibly strong, determined person. I know how hard this is, because my hubby had a heart attack two weeks after I had my first knee surgery, when I was still on crutches and NWB. I was a total wreck inside, but had to be strong for him and for our kids. We got through it and you will, too. You're doing a great job so far. Please do remember to take care of yourself as well as your 'big Dave'. Hugs.
Terre
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on July 22, 2007, 03:43:57 AM
Hi everyone;
  Whew what a day!! I hope this finds everyone doing good and hopefully in little or no pain. I spent most of the day at the hospital with Dave. He had a wonderful PT session and he actually stood up alone with the help of a walker.  ;D ;D ;D His left leg is so weak, but you could see the quad trying to spark. Bless his heart, he has come a long way, and I am so proud of him. I joined in with the group and to say the least, they kicked my ass!! :P I worked the knee and stretched those muscles and believe me, the PTs at this facility don't let up. Thank God for them, because with folks like these, my Big Dave and the other patients have more than just dreams, it's going to happen.
 

Deborah;
  My OS is an awesome person and surgeon. He puts up with me, he's got to be a good guy. Seriously tho, he knows that I am on borrowed time concerning my left knee, but he also knows that until Dave is much, much better, the brace, cortizone and pain meds will have to do. I'll try to call you tomorrow OK?

wiki;
  Thank you, this man is my hero. I look at him laying in that bed, and I still see the man I married, and I love him more today than I did then. You do what you have to do, and everything falls into place. Take care.


Terre;
   It's absolutely terrifying, but like you said we will get through it. I am so happy to hear that your hubby pulled through and is ok. Life is still good, my Dave is still here and getting stronger everyday. Crappy old knees are as well, lol but what can we do? Have a great tomorrow.


Night all;
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on July 24, 2007, 02:42:39 AM
Good evening everyone;
  My Big Dave is slowly making progress so I am now coming home earlier. He's doing 2 plus hours of rehab and he is loving it!! He is totally wiped out afterward but that's ok. I want to thank you all for your prayers and concern, my family and I will always be grateful.
   Now, about these stupid knees. I swear they are out to get me. I had the most horrible pain wake me up at 2:30 this morning, my replaced knee was screaming!! It felt as tho my kneecap had slid around my knee and was trying to hide behind my leg. Scared the hell out of me.I've had some really odd sensations all day in the knee. I tried to call Dr Mc but he was in surgery :'( I don't think the problem is in the replacement(I might be wrong) but it's effecting the shin bone and the complete thigh. I didnt dare mention this to Dave, he has enough to worry about right now. ~~~SIGH~~~
I don't need this right now, I'm going to call my OS first thing in the morning, see if he can tell me what's going on.

I hope this finds you all in good spirits and hopefully feeling little pain. Take care of those knees.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 24, 2007, 02:45:01 PM
Good morning Angel - I hope your knees are behaving a bit better today.  Even though you don't want to worry Dave with the knee issues, you have us.  I really hope that the knees are being bad because you have been on them so much.  I am sure your OS can give you some good feedback.  Remember we are here for you, even if you can't post. 

Glad Dave is doing well in rehab.  Being tired after is not bad at all, it means he's done something to help himself.  Being tired can be helpful if he's trying to sleep or rest.  Wishing him continued progress so he can get home as soon as he can.

My knees are not too bad today, but the quads are TIRED!  They are a good tired, but not wanting to work too hard today.

Hope your day is better today.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on July 25, 2007, 04:04:22 AM
Hello all;
  Ok, the OS told me to start getting tough on the muscles and boy did I ever. While Dave was in rehab, I went into PT and got started. I rode the stationary bike for 30 minutes, ouch!! Had to sit there for a few minutes before I could get off, but it felt so good. I slowly added tension and that really helped. One of the PTs stopped and offered to help me stretch. Well, to say the least, I thought my damn leg was going to fall off. What a wus! She measured my rom and it's sitting at 105. Hey I'm not griping, my other bad leg is also at 105. My extention is 0 so I feel pretty good about it all. The physio asked me if I planned to have the other knee done and I told her yes, as soon as My Dave was better and back on the road to recovery. So she then asked me if I wanted to push my rom and I told her no. At least right now I am fairly even gated and I dont want the pkr knee to by-pass the left knee. I don't run marathons, or ride long distance bicycles, or climb mountains. I haven't squated in years, and I have a little stool I use instead of kneeling. I just want the pain to go away so I can function.
  After stretching she gave me one heck of a massage. Then she iced me down. All I wanted to do after all of that was to find an empty bed and crawl into it. Instead I went home for a while and took a long swim. Now I am really sore ;D What a wus!! I'm going to go into pt everyday. I can get at least an hour and a half a day so that should get the knee wher4e it should be or make the damn thing fall off one.

Milly;
  Those dern quads are a pain huh? I think mine tried to hide behind my kneecap. It's telling me tonight that I worked it hard today. Take care and thank you for all of your kind and thoughful words. Have a great day tomorrow.

Deborah;
  Where are ya lady?? Hope that knee is behaving, I'll call you tomorrow and fill you in on Daves update. Take care.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 25, 2007, 03:48:23 PM
Good morning Angel,

The quads were so tired.  I think they were trying to tell me that they haven't been doing much lately and would prefer to keep it that way.  I know that should get better as time goes on.  It sounds like you did a lot of physical stuff and you should be tired and sore.  It sounds like the knees are at least even with ROM and that can be a good thing.  Have a good day.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on July 25, 2007, 06:04:57 PM
hello all!!

angel, a wus!! you must be joking all that exercise made me feel tired just reading it!! :D
i hope you are okay apart from being achey and its good news that dave is picking up,
thinking about you!

claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on July 26, 2007, 03:10:28 PM
Hi Everyone,

Sorry, I disappeared for a little while.  Just really busy at work and trying to get this teaching thing going.  Now on top of all this I got a call yesterday from my mom and my dad died yesterday.  I'm very sad to lose my dad but he was in poor health and facing a nursing home so I'm glad he did not have to deal with that.  I'm flying back to IN tomorrow very early and will only stay on this trip for a couple days.  My sister is going so I'll see her there and then we'll be making trips back I'm sure to help my mom pack up stuff. 

Anyway, I'm fine - sad but fine.  I'll get back on and post either while I'm there or when I get back.  Just wanted to say hi, let you know what was going on and see how everyone was doing.

Angel,  I'll call you either while I'm there or when I get back home.  I've been thinking about you and Dave and will have to catch up with the posts.

Thinking of you and will be back on soon.

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on July 26, 2007, 06:06:03 PM
hi deborah,
im so so sorry to hear about your dad,he may have been ill but it doesn't make it any easier to deal with does it?  :'(
im thinking of you and am keeping you in my thoughts.
take good care of yourself,love claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on July 27, 2007, 02:44:08 AM
Hi all;
   Another day of that blasted rain!! Will it ever stop? Well, we recieved good news today. Dave is going to be transferred back to Tomball Rehab probably on Monday. His physio at Nexxus wants him to go back now so that they can start aggressive rehab, she said that he was more than ready. So we will be moving again, this time closer to home and back to his original doctors. I'll be able to spend more time with him and less time driving. As for the knees, I guess they decided to feel sorry for me today, they both have been almost pain free, skeers me a little. ;D

Deborah;
   Bless your heart!! I am so sorry for your loss.  please let me know if there is anything I can do. All you have to do is call me.

hugs
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: T- Bucket mad on July 27, 2007, 06:16:47 AM
hi angel . aggresive rehab , i have this vision of big dave ,with boxing gloves -fighting off the physio's with doctor as referee ;D  , sooo glad things are getting more straight , Rain , we know a bit here in the uk about it , we have had alot of flooding , luckilly not much were we live  ;D, going to work now , regards to big D , hugs steve
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on July 27, 2007, 12:49:21 PM
 ;D ;D ;D ;D with Steve;
   You know, I can almost see that very same vision. To give you an idea how many people have been effected by this man, when the case manager came into his room yesterday to talk to us, the hospital floor ran as always, the occasional IV machine beeping, and call buttons going off. But just as soon as the case manager walked out of his room, a celebration erupted. His door filled with nurses and aids and they were clapping and hooting. We looked up and even saw seveal patients. What a wonderful group of people. Little Nicki( she's a 110 pound physio) walked in and hugged Big Dave and told him " I told you when you got here, that you would get it back, now Big Guy, when you finish rehab, you can come back here and thank us by walking around this hospital." To say the least, there wasn't a dry eye in the entire place!!
   He's come so far since his surgery and srtroke. Dave plays Santa Claus for the kids at our local hospital and over at Shriner's Children's Burn Center in Galveston, Texas every Christmas, he told me that he could not and would not let those babies down this year.
   Steve; my oldest son flew in yesterday and I gave him his t-shirt. He was totally knocked for a loop!! He put that shirt on right then and there.  ;D ;D I scored big Brownie points this time. He did want me to thank you, and to ask you to send me your address in a PM. He wants to return this wonderful gift by doing the same for you. He is going to be here for several days and said that he would go to Mancuso Harley and get you one from here in Houston. Mancuso is one of the largest dealerships here. What do you say?? Take care of that knee, and have a wonderful weekend!!

Happy smiles and hugs to ya;
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 27, 2007, 04:16:19 PM
Hey Angel - What great news for Dave!  Being closer to home will be easier on both of you.  Glad your knees decided to behave a bit.  I'll try to drop back by after work. 

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on July 27, 2007, 08:12:02 PM
Hi Angel,

Its good to hear that Dave is doing so well. I've not been online for the last week and it looks as if he's mad a heck of a lot of progres in that time.
I hope your knees aren't giving you too much stick. It sounds like you've both got good physios around.

Deborah, sorry to hear about your loss.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 27, 2007, 09:03:49 PM
Deborah - I've been running crazy for the past couple of days or I would have said this sooner.  I am sorry to hear about your dad.  Take care.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on July 28, 2007, 03:07:18 AM
Hi all;
   Thank God it's Friday!! Just a couple of more days, and Big D will be closer to the house. The drive time in all of this blasted Houston area traffic is tearing me up, I HATE IT!! Well, the knees gave me a day without pain and I knew it had to be a fluke. They both showed out all day today. I'm almost tempted to have the left knee done while Dave is in rehab, that way I can get it over with and maybe do pt with him at the rehab center. I'm seriously thinking about it. I'm just so sick of this grinding pain. It's a thought anyways.

Milly;
  Sorry to hear that the knees are so painful today. Maybe you can rest this weekend. Take care.

Garth;
  Thank you, Dave is getting better and better everyday. How are your knees this week? Hope you've had some relief. Be easy on yourselh this weekend.

Night all
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on July 31, 2007, 02:46:17 PM
Good morning all;
   Ugh!! I wish I could convince my knees that this could be a wonderfrul morning if only they would stop acting so bad. I'm in the process of talking to my OS about my left knee. Right now it hurts in every compartment, and I know it has grade 4 osteo eating away at it, so I am really considering a full replacement on it. He's not real excited about that idea, but to be honest, the thought of having another Oxford partial doesn't thrill me either. So, if we can't come to an agreement on this I might have to ask for a second opinion. Dave will be in acute rehab for 60 days, and if I have my knee done now, I should be in pretty good shape by the time he gets out. Besides, the rehab department is located in the hospital where I have my surgery........... ;D and my physio is in the same rehab department. I'll let you all know when I learn something.
   Now on to my Big Dave. It was late last night when we got him transferred. I got home around 9 or so. My arse was dragging. He was exhausted and rightfully so. But now he can start acute rehab and get better and better. And to make things even more exciting for him they have an awesome piano in rehab!! He was very excited about that.

Steve;
  To answer your question about Dave's hobbies, he is a wonderful pianist. He has played music for 40 years. He started out with the drums, then taught himself the guitar, and then the piano. He also plays the banjo, and bagpipes. Our home is filled with musical equipment, and we have a baby grand in our den. He was with a group of 4 when he had his surgery. They are the DaddyKats!! and they are all professionals, and all over 50. They play classic rock in roll, the blues and some old country. He plays the keyboards.
   Back in the day, he was a professional musician and was with several road bands. He opened for such groups as Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Sherrells and so many more it's hard to remember. Music is still a very big part of his life. His father was a full bird col. in the Army, and when Dave graduated from high school he had an appointment to West Point, but he graceously turned it down. He had been born in the Army and told his Dad that he didn't want to make the Army a career, so to please allow someone else the chance to except the appointment.
   His other hobby is video and pc games. The grandkids call him a super gamer. They are always trying to beat him.LOL

   Well, it's time to get up and around. ~Sigh~ I am so tired. Take care of those knees and try to have a safe day.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Gary064 on July 31, 2007, 09:53:46 PM
Hi Angel,
           You and Dave are quite an amazing pair. You are both going through challenging times and you stay pretty light hearted about things whilst you have all this to cope with. Dave has done a lot over the years, i love music and have played guitar for 39 years and played in a small band years ago, though not very good, more of a hobby. When Dave is out of rehab and well enough you both should go on a well deserved holiday to be waited on hand and foot, you deserve it.

Wishing you both well

Gary
P.S. go on, buy the phone, you know you want to.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on July 31, 2007, 10:06:06 PM
Hi Everyone,

I'm back home and back in internet land.  Had nothing at my mom's since I could not get the stupid modem we bought to work there again.  I love technology.  The weekend went well and my mom is doing well.  I don't mean to sound cold but I think this is a big relief to not have to try to place my dad in a home.  I'm not sure that physically should could have gotten him to stay and she just could not manage his needs any more.  Between the physical stuff from him and his dementia it was getting very hard.  My mom, usually not a nice person at all was actually easy to deal with.  My sister, her partner and myself kept waiting for the "shoe to drop" but it never did.  From a woman who curses like a sailor (sorry to all the sailors out there) she really didn't have much to cuss about this weekend.  

So, I'm back at work and just now waiting until the end of August to get my knee fixed.  

Angel, thanks for the phone call, it really meant a lot.  I'll miss my dad but the alternative of the nursing home just was not going to be good.  I'll call you later this week to talk - let me know if you are going to do something about the knee before that so I can talk to you before you have surgery.

I'm glad Big Dave is doing better.  I love classic rock - tell him he has to get better so that I can come and meet you two and we can rock-out to the best music around.  I can even be a groopie!!!! Boy would that bring back memories of chasing Frank Zappa through South Bend when I was a teenager (oh tell Dave that the opening back then was Meatloaf).  See we're the same age!!!!  Anyway give him a big hug for me and tell him to keep up the good work, there are a lot of us pulling for him.

Thanks everyone else for the thoughts and prayers.  It really means a lot and helps more than you know.  

I'll have to go back and catch up on the posts but for now...

Claire - hope you are doing better - how are the knees doing?

Milly - thanks for thinking about me.

I'll catch up more in a bit just wanted to say hi and thanks and I'm back.

Take care all,
Deborah
 
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 01, 2007, 01:21:23 AM
Hi everyone!  Sorry I've been out of touch.  I have had the worst allergy/cold thing for the past four days.  Still not quite 100% so this is just a quick note to let you all know you are still on my mind.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on August 01, 2007, 01:48:57 PM
Good morning all;
   I'll try this again. Last night I had this long post ready to go and my dsl went down. Crap! Anyway, Dave did get transferred and he is as happy as a lark. He feels that now he can begin to get better. I woke up this morning feeling like someone ran me over. I hurt all over and my damn knees are both screaming their protest about having to be used. I think my body is telling me it's time to give it a rest. As bad as I hate to do it, I think maybe I need to just do nothing today and stay in the house, my knee elevated, iced and just rest.

Deborah;
  You are more than welcome. And please call me anytime. LOL a groupie?? I stopped being a groupie a while back, the night I started dozing in the middle of a biker bar, The DaddyKats playing good and loud, I knew then it was time to hang up my groupie shoes. Sad huh?

Claire;
  I hope you are feeling better, take care of that head and knee.

Milly;
  I hope that you are finally able to get over those allergies, mine are bothering me also.

Garth;
   I hope this finds you feeling better, how is the weather there?

Talk soon;
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on August 01, 2007, 06:04:19 PM
hi angel!!
im so glad things are getting better for you both!!
grr its so frustrating when your internet does not work!
i hope those knees start to behave themselves soon!
i hope you got to hve a lazy day today and get some time to yourself! you deserve it!!
take care angel,
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: plantgeek58 on August 01, 2007, 08:03:42 PM
Listen to your body, Angel. You have to take care of yourself as well as your hubby. After all, wouldn't he be upset at you if he knew you were neglecting your own health because of him? Kick back and relax for a day, then you'll be re-energized and ready to go again tomorrow.
Terre
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on August 03, 2007, 10:44:58 AM
Good morning all;
   Well, it's 4:30 am and I am wide awake! As badly as I need to sleep, it totally evades me. My left knee is going real fast and my op knee is following closely. I visited Big Dave for a brief visit yesterday and spent the rest of the day at home. I spoke to my os and I'm going in to see him on Monday. I'm still having problems with the replacement, I know that something is still not right, I can feel it, and now I have a knot on the medial side that is so tender to the touch that it aches constantly. I'm going on what 10 weeks? and I can still feel that unstableness in the knee. I told him that if by chance that he had to go back in, I DID NOT want another Oxford. I can't even get the left knee done for trying to get the right one done right. This is getting real old. He told me that if he had to go back in he would have to go in with a TKR, figures.
   The Physio that heads the department where Dave was at Nexxus, told me that the replacement didn't feel right to her. Nexxus being a long care acute facility, they get quite a few TKR and PKR patients. So, I feel confident in her accessment. Something isn't right and my knee will never be right until he ( my os ) decides to do something. If he refuses to listen to me this time, I will get another OS and go from there. I've messed around long enough.
   On a happier note, Dave is doing great back at Tomball Rehab. He is enjoying his acute rehab, although he is exhausted afterwards. He did 20 minutes on the nustep machine and he held both handgrips ;D ;D I am so proud of him. He's going to do this and he will walk out of that hospital when he is released.


Terre;
   I listened and I do feel a little better. Just wished the knees had listened also. How are you feeling?

Miss Claire;
  I hope your week off helped with that knee. Bless your heart, you've gone through enough. Take care of yourself.

Milly;
  How are you feeling allergy wise? And the knees? Be gentle with you, and take care.

Garth;
   I hope the new exercises help ease the pain and help to get the knees stronger. Find the snake yet :o

Deborah;
  Where are you my friend? Call me when you get a chance, I'm worried about you.


Take care and be safe today;
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: plantgeek58 on August 03, 2007, 11:50:36 PM
Hi Angel,
I'm doing pretty well so far. I still have to walk slowly and carefully, but most of the swelling is gone and the knee isn't feeling so tight and sore now. Compared to some of the LR posts I've read, I seem to be coming along quite rapidly. The only really painful thing I still have to deal with is the IT band massage. Yowie, does that hurt when my PT digs in and works it!
Hope those knees calm down and stop screaming at you soon. Hurrah for Dave doing so well at rehab!
Terre
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Tillson on August 04, 2007, 03:41:40 AM
Dear Angel

Sorry you're experiencing such a lot of discomfort.  The TKR I had fitted was a Kinemax.  http://www.stryker.co.uk/index/st_pag_medic-home/uk_pag_detailed-prod-info/st_pag_knee_products/uk_pag_kinemax-prod-resources.htm?wa=2  (hope this web link works! I'm pretty hopeless at doing anything too technical!).  So far, it's feeling quite settled, although night-time is the worst.  It's 3.30am here so I've got up to get it moving again and take a few paracetamol.

If I look after it, my OS predicts it will last me 15 - 20 years, so I'm optimistic that this will give me my life back after 7 years of hobbling.  I won't be able to do any sports that include any kind of impact, but I should be able to go for a comfortable walk (with my ever hopeful dog!) and ride my bike (although, at the moment, I'd need the seat raising to about the height of my shoulders!!).   :o

Do call into Gary's post again soon and have some cake with the rest of the gang! 

Maggie   ;D


Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on August 04, 2007, 08:16:05 AM
HI ANGEL!
good luck with the OS appointment on monday,let us know how you get on!
i hope you managed to catch up on some of that well deserved sleep!
dave sounds as though he is doing great!! that is thanks to you spurring him on and keeping him positive!
i hope he is soon back home with you and you get the answers you need about your knees.

im off this next coming week from work and gues what! ..............? the sun is out!! yep the SUN!! it does still visit the U.K now and again!!

take care angel!!

thinking of you both,

claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on August 04, 2007, 11:32:11 PM
Hi Everyone,

I'm still around.  Just busy work and had to finish that awful class.  Well the class is done and work is well its work.  I love the patient care end but my personnel issues are really becoming a drain.  Oh well a couple more weeks and I'm out for a few months and maybe, if I can line something up will be able to resign still loving them in January or February.

Angel it was great to talk to you last night.  I'm so glad Dave is doing well and very very sorry that you are still haveing problems with the knee.  I pity your OS if he doesn't treat you the way you should be treated.  Like me you are no shy retiring flower that just takes what they say as "the word."  You'll keep working at it until you get the answer you need.  I'll talk with you after your Monday appointment and see how that went.  I hope its not the spacer but I know you know that something is just not right. 

Thank you all for your thoughts last week.  Losing my dad is sad but I'm fine and my mom will also be fine.  She's 82 but very independent and will do ok.  We'll make another trip to the midwest to take care of his ashes probably in the spring but we got a lot done and got my mom moving on getting some financial stuff taken care of.  She also will be starting PT sometime next week.  Remember, she had her knee replaced in June and has not done anything she has been told to do.  She said a couple times the knee was stiff and all i could say was if you don't exercise it its not going to get any better so she is seeing her OS to get a scrip for out patient PT - Finally.  I know where I get my stubborn streak!!!

Claire I hope you have a good week off.  Enjoy the sun and just relaxing.  I hope its a really good week.  How are your knees doing?  How are you doing?  Does your boyfriend have some time off too?  That would be great to get to spend some time togehter.

Well all I'm off today but back a work tomorrow and my next four day break is full of appointments and meetings (that is how it goes sometimes).  I'll be back on but just want to say hi and thanks to all and hope everyone is getting better day by day.

Be well everyone,

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on August 05, 2007, 09:34:31 AM
hi deborah!
it was great to hear from you again.
i was wondering how you were getting on.
i hope you soon start to feel better and get to spend some chill out time to youeself to wind down from all this work.
im glad your mum is doing okay,im really sorry to hear about your loss.
im doing okay!
work was getting me down a couple of weeks back but im feeling more positive now.
mike unfortunatley does not have the whole week off,he has monday off as its our anniversary of when we got together! (8 years!)......
so we are going to go out for the day somewhere,he used 2 weeks of his hols to look after me after the last surgery,bless him!
he is on nights next week though so will be in the house but will be sleeping!
i hope you soon start to feel better and angel tkae care of you too!
take care both of you!
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on August 05, 2007, 07:21:37 PM
Hi Angel,

I'm sorry to hear that you are having such a rough time with the knee. I hope you can get to some kind of solution relatively soon. Theres nothing worse than being in pain and unable to sleep in my opinion. My bad knee threw a major hissy fit two weeks back and being unable to sleep was horrible. Hopefully you will be able to get the OS to play ball. Ditch him if he doesn't.
Its great to hear that Dave is still pushing on and making progress.

As for me, the exercises are going pretty well. The ones that the physio gave me are already beginning to feel quite easy, so I'm planning on adding an ankle weight soon to see how it feels. I'm not that supprised with that as my muscles always seem to respond well. I've seen / fealt no improvement with the clunking though. I'm thinking about replacing my knackered old pushbike as the physio has given me the ok to ride a bike providing it doesn't cause trouble.
The weather seems to be improving now (finally), although it is drizzling a bit at the moment. Still no sign of the snake. I think its gone for good which is a shame.

I hope the next few days are better for you.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on August 06, 2007, 11:53:23 AM
Good morning all;
   I do apologize for not posting more, but to be quite honest with you all, I'm tired and when I get home, I feed animals, do laundry and try to rest. These goofy knees aren't any help either. I do have an appointment today with my os, hopefully we can come to an agreement on my knees. I'm so tired of the constant ache in my op knee and the grinding pain in the left. I don't have time for this crap right now!! On a happier note...............
   Dave walked again yesterday, although he was assisted, he walked 48 feet!! He gets so frustrated because right now he has drop foot on the weak side and when he gets tired, that foot begins to drag. The physio is targeting that foot and really working it over. His left shoulder has also dropped, so he feels intense pain after being up for a while. This is going to be a slow process for him, but he will walk again, assisted with walker maybe, but he will walk.


Garth;
   I hear you on the pain and not being able to sleep. I had one of those night last night, and now I feel drug out. Congrats on you feeling better. Keep up the good work, and although you'll prolly miss him, GOODBYE old snake ;D ;D ;D

Miss Claire;
   It's good to hear that you feel better about your job now. It's difficult enough to live with banged up knees without having problems with your job. Congrats on the anniversary of 8 years ;D Tell your Mike hello and take care of you.

Deborah;
   It was so nice to hear from you. I'll call you later today and let you know how my appointment went.

Going to get started, I have a long day ahead of me. Take care all;

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on August 08, 2007, 01:07:44 PM
Hi everyone;
   I do pologize for not posting sooner, but you all know I have little time to call my own. I went to see my os Monday and we seem to come to an agreement. My op knee is unstable, but it is due to over use at this stage, 2 1/2 months post op. He was a little pissed at me for not taking better care of myself, but he also understands why I haven't. So, now I am back in PT and will be going 3 days a week. And of course I am still icing. The op knee will be fine, I ust have to take care of it, and behave. The left knee is shot to hell. The doc had my mri results, and we both knew what to expect. Sometime after Dave is back home, and he is better and I can relax and not worry about him so much, I will go in for a TKR. Right now, my OS will continue to help me with the pain, and I will wear my brace. That's the only way I agreed to the TKR, I have to make sure Dave is stable and back home. Period.
   As for my Big Dave, he is improving more and more everyday. He walked the length of the hall with assistance yesterday. He is going to be fitted for a leg brace to hold his ankle and foot today. The stroke left his left ankle and foot dropping( looks like drop foot) and it's not responding to rehab at this time. His leg and arm are both getting stronger, and he played the piano for the first time last night. I cried as I listened because he was so happy to be able to play. He has pretty good control over 2 fingers on his left hand, and he is determined to get it all back, he has also lost 38 pounds!! He said he feels great and he looks great too.
   I hope this finds you all feeling less pain and getting ready for the weekend. Take care.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Tillson on August 08, 2007, 01:39:05 PM
Dear Angel

Sorry to hear you're having such a rough time.  You are in a very difficult situation and I know it must be hard to prioritise, but you must try and put yourself first.  Is there any additional help that you can get at home?  The piano playing sounds like a good step in the right direction though!  Perhaps you could press the pedals as part of your rehab whilst Dave plays?!!

Look after yourself.

Maggie
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 08, 2007, 07:57:21 PM
Angel - I am glad Dave is doing so well.  I am sorry about the knees.  It's had to take it easy when you need to be up and about so much.  I hope playing the piano helped Dave feel better.  Music can be such a healing thing.  Try to take care of yourself.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: T- Bucket mad on August 09, 2007, 05:38:46 PM
hi angel , pleased as punch dave is doing so well , but ! the piano playing is a forward step but he should aim for the Gerry lee lewis impression to really impress LOL ,  ;D ,  and i know its hard but do look after yourself as somebody has to go to the fridge and get big dave his ice cold bud when he gets home   ;D  ,  hugs steve
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: plantgeek58 on August 10, 2007, 06:26:34 AM
Hi Angel,
great to hear that Dave is playing the piano again. There's nothing like getting back to something you love to lift your spirits and motivate you to keep progressing. Hope you are also OK and not in too much pain from those knees. Glad to hear that the op knee will be alright. Hang in there and rest as much as you can.
Terre
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on August 10, 2007, 07:17:14 PM
Hi all,

Angel - Dave played the piano.  That is so wonderful.  I'm sure that it brought joy to both his and your heart.  I'm so happy that he is starting to bounce back.  We all know that it will be a long road but he seems very determined to get there.

Now for you young lady!!!! You need to take care of yourself.  I know your other knee will need attention and we know that it will have to wait until Dave is doing better but please be sure to take care of the surgical knee.  It sounds like the issues are overuse and not the device which is good.  I don't blame you for being a little on edge after the first failure.  But, you have got to get your rest and work the knee properly.  OK I'm done scolding - sorry but had to do it and it was with love, believe me.  Anyway I am glad that the knee itself is not out of wack.  Oh, maybe I should ask - did he x-ray it and do you trust what he is telling you?  If not find another OS and have him check it out and see what he thinks.  I guess I should not presume that you are still liking this guy.

Claire - how are you doing?  You just had a work break right?  Hope you had a good time and were able to relax a little bit.  Knees still giving you problems or are you progressing well.  I'm sorry but seem to have lost touch.

Hi to everyone else.  I'm going to try to get on and post more often.  Work has been killing me, they know I'm going out the end of this month for a few months and they are determined to wear me down before then.  Actually we have two employees that were hurt in two separate incidents and their shifts have to be covered so I'm doing my part.  One was very scary - the ambulance was struck by a drunk driver who ran a red light --- go figure.  The two technicians were lucky and treated and released but are very sore.  The truck did its part and gave its life to protect them.  Just shows you that no one is immune from stupid people who insist on drinking and driving.

I'm getting a little nervous about my surgery but am so far keeping a good handle on it.  I have my pre-op visits on the 20th and will start a post-op diary after that.  I want to make sure this is going to take place before I start a thread. 

Be well all,

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 16, 2007, 06:46:48 PM
Hey there Angel - haven't heard from you lately, so I thought I would pop in and let you know I'm still thinking about you.  Hope the knees are behaving better.  Has Dave gotten to play anymore music?  I sincerly hope he can come home soon, hopefully for Christmas.  I'm at work so this will be quite short.  Plus I'm really sore from Pt yesterday.  Saw a new one, old one got a new job.  We worked hard yesterday and he worked on getting rid of the big knot I have above my kneecap.  OUCH!  It is looser today, but very sore!  Take care.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on August 21, 2007, 12:13:38 PM
Hi all;
   First I want to apologize for not posting lately, but things have been crazy around here lately. Big Dave got to come home and he is doing great, he came home Fri.17th. He has a long row to hoe but he's going to do it, he is the most determined man I know. As for the knees, well, lets just say that they are on my chit list and leave it at that. My left knee is in constant pain, time for that new knew and I'm ready for it.

To all of you who have sent your prayers, ( Deborah, Milly, Claire, Steve, Gary, anja and to all I missed, my heart will never be able to repay any of you.

I will write more today, Deborah, as you can see my phone lines are back up. ::)


Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Tillson on August 21, 2007, 12:47:16 PM
Hello Angel - Maggie here from across the pond.

Do you have a date for your new knee yet?  Will it be a TKR or PKR? 

My TKR is 9 weeks old tomorrow and I'm very pleased with her so far.  Just a few expected niggles, but after a good night's sleep last night, I'm feeling so much happier!   ;D ;D ;D  It's amazing what a good night's kip can do.  Hope you're able to rest up OK.

Bye for now

Maggie and Nellie (knee)
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 21, 2007, 01:13:22 PM
Hi Angel - great to see you back - and with big Dave Home!!!! hope he doesn't wear you out - Please ask for help if you need it!!

I expect his recover will be better at home with you there all the time and of course your own bed - makes such a difference!

Take care of each other
hugs
anja
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 21, 2007, 02:06:51 PM
Hi Angel - Glad to know Dave is home.  I think he will make it through, he seems determined enough.  Keep us posted on the new knee replacement.  Don't forget to take a little time for yourself too. 

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: plantgeek58 on August 21, 2007, 04:09:28 PM
Great news, Angel! So happy for you both! Like everyone else said, though, don't wear yourself out fussing over him. You need rest, too. Take care.
Terre
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: T- Bucket mad on August 21, 2007, 09:13:05 PM
hi Angel / Great news ,  ;D  , dave will do much better at home i know ,AND YOU TAKE IT EASY NOW , give him my best regards -hugs steve
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on August 22, 2007, 04:40:25 AM
Hi all;
   Thank you so very much for your kindness and the love that I feel across this great place that we all call mother earth. I am one tired puppy tonight. We are working very hard to get our lives back to as close to normal as we possibly can, but it's not easy. We are going to get out tomorrow and take our grandson to buy school clothes and shoes and all that good stuff, and then we are going to go out and eat. Dave was a little worried about the eating part, but as I see it, if our server wants to make a good tip, he/she will take very good care of us, wheelchair or no..........right?? I told him not to worry about anything. If he has an acident with a glass, or if he drops a fork, or even dumps his plate, don't worry about it. We are going to one of our favorite places and the folks there have known us for years, so that way Dave can be comfortable.
   As for the goofy knees, same ol-same ol. Just so tired of the constant ache and grind in the left knee, but no surgery until Dave is better and is more independent, then I'll have the TKR. As long as the doc keeps me in pain meds and cortizone shot when needed, I'll make it a while longer.

Maggie;
  This surgery on the left knee will be a TKR. The MRI showed that there is very little left of the knee, so it has got to go.

anja;
   Thank you, and speaking of my own bed, ;D ;D I bought a Tempurpedic(sp) adjustable king size bed and believe me you, that is the best money I have ever spent!! This bed is wonderful.

Milly;
   My Big Guy is the most determined man I have ever known, and I'll probably try to set my TKR up so that it will fall during the Christmas holidays. That way my daughter can come in and help me until I get a little post op time behind me, then I'll be able to take it from there.

Terre;
  I think I could sleep a solid 24 hours without moving if given the chance, and I sure try even if it doesn't work out.

Steve;
   Thank you kind Sir, and it is so good to be home!! ;D ;D I told Dave that you sent your regards and he says as soon as he can get his bearings, he's going to sign on and thank everyone himself for the thoughts and prayers. Did you get the t-shirt yet?? The oldest son has asked me several times and I've been too dang busy to even check my email. Of course I had over 1700 spam junk mail, I hate that crap!!

Take care all and take care of those knees.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on August 22, 2007, 08:55:21 PM
hi angel!!
it was so good to hear from you again,i was wondering how you were both getting on.
did you manage to get yourself some quality sleep in that great sounding bed!!
i hope the knees are being nicer to you today,dave sounds as though he's making good progress,i'm so so pleased he is finally home with you!
i'll keep my fingers tightly crossed that this is the start of things looking up for you both after such a rough few months!
take care angel,keeping you in my thoughts,
love from, claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: UK Girl ! on August 22, 2007, 09:38:31 PM
Hey Angel - I want your bed!!!! LOL but I reckon you definitely deserve it!

Look forward to the day that Dave can post here and you can join the shiny new knee club!!!

Enjoy your day shopping and your meal out!

hugs
anj
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 23, 2007, 07:28:02 PM
Angel - good to hear from you.  The bed sounds wonderful.  Hope you get some good sleep in.  Enjoy your dinner out, and hope you survive the back to school shopping.  I got through notebooks and paper etc.  Also got in a little clothes shopping.  Got to go, but will check back later.  It will be great to hear from Dave.

Take care.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on August 27, 2007, 03:39:31 AM
Hi all;
   Well it's been too long and I have so much to catch up on. I survived school clothes shopping ;D ;D and was so happy to get it finished. The malls were horrible!! Good grief all the nuts were out, and I was right in the middle of them............lol
   I am finally getting some me time right now. The pkr knee is finally beginning to look and feel like a knee. Still sore from overuse, but getting better. The left knee is about to get the best of me, and I am about at my wits end with it. I still have a while yet before I can have the TKR, I have to make sure Dave is getting better and able to do almost all that he was doing before the heart surgery/stroke, and then I'll go back to the doc and get it done. All I can do now is depend on pain meds and cortizone shots to ease that awful nagging pain, but that's ok, at least I can still get around.

This is to you all: This new bed is the best thing since apple pie!!!!! ;D ;D I have never slept so good in a very long time. I should have gotten us a bed like this years ago. In fact I am about ready to go climb in between those sheets and call it a night. Take care of those knees everyone and havew a wonderful upcoming week.

Hugs to all;
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on August 31, 2007, 02:57:28 AM
Hi all;
   I hope this finds you all safe and pain free tonight. I had an appointment with my OS today and we scheduled my LTKR for 12/18/07, Merry Christmas to me huh?? All we can do at this point is to keep it as numb as possible, and to wear the brace he fitted me for today. By the time this is over I'll be able to have a yard sale with all of the braces that I have. I'm going to go to the gym on the days that Dave has PT and start working on my muscle strength in my legs, maybe that will help me get over this coming up surgery a little faster. I've started riding my recumbant bike three times a day, that helps a whole lot as far as not putting a great deal of pressure on my left knee and gives my PKR knee the exercise that it needs. I was hoping that I would be able to keep my left knee longer, but it has gone as far as it can go. I really dread going back into surgery, but not enough not to go. I've had it with these damn knees!!
  I decided to stay with my original OS, Dr. Mc has been good to me, and I trust him totally. He was hoping that I would get a few more miles out of my left knee, but agrees that it is totally shot and needs replaced. ~sigh~ I won't know how to feel not having that awful grinding and sharp pain in my knee. Time to get rid of the old and on with the new.

Milly
  How are you? How are the knees? I have so much to catch up on, I'm going to try and get caught up over the weekend. Take of you.

Miss Claire;
  Hey you!! How is the knee?? Did you get it straightened out?? And the head? Are you ok? Let me know.

Garth;
  Hiyas;
   How are you feeling? Still going to PT? I read that you are cutting back on your work, might be a good idea for awhile until you get your knees straightened out. Take care.

I'll catch up with everyone this weekend. Take care and be safe.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 31, 2007, 02:59:57 PM
Hey there Angel;

Good to hear from you.  Knees are getting there slowly.  Too slowly for my impatient self, but I'm not pushing them past what they can do.   Now that I have been doing more weight bearing exercises, I'm getting IT band tightness (I think you could twang them like guitar strings!  :)), so I also have this lovely pain from the top of my hips to just below the outside of my knees.  I'm working on keeping them stretched, but it's tough.  Too bad the TKR is so close to Christmas, but it might be nice to be pampered a bit during the holidays.  The strengthening exercies sound like a good idea.  My prior OS always sent his patients for a few weeks of PT before surgery to give them a "leg" up (sorry about the bad pun).  I've also had some revolving PT fun lately.  My first PT took a new job, liked the person who took over; the clinic is closing this week, so off to a new place.  My old PT is working at the new place, but I can't get on her schedule for two weeks, so I am seeing yet another PT.  It's been interesting to see the different approaches they use.  I just hope the new PT doesn't like the leg press machine (I hate that one).

Take care.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on August 31, 2007, 11:10:04 PM
Hello Angel,

What a nice christmas present you will be getting. I suppose its got to be done though. At least it will be a relief to get all the knee issues behind you.

As for me, I'm still going on with the physio. I should imagine I'll be doing that for quite a while yet. I'm going to the OS again on October 9th to have the situation revised. I should imagine there will be a fair old wait if any surgery is required. I'll be happy if they don't say 3 months more physio and yet another revision. I hate the waiting game and I just want to be able to get my life back on track again.
As for the knee, its not been very good over the last few weeks. I couldn't work most of last week and its not been much better this week. I had a bit of a scare with it yesterday at work. I was happily walking along when I felt a pop and pressure within seconds. The pressure bit was what worried me but it started to fade within 20 minutes or so. Pain was not much of a problem until about an hour later when it really got going. I went straight to the manager and arranged to have today off as I had a feeling it was going to get bad. Today's been fairly unpleasant so I'm glad I took the day off.

I hope your knees aren't too bad.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on September 03, 2007, 07:14:05 PM
HI ANGEL!
JUST THOUGHT ID DROP BY WHILE I WAS PASSING!!!!
I HOPE YOU AND DAVE ARE DOING OKAY!
THAT NEW BED OF YOURS SOUNDS GREAT!
I COULD DO WITH ONE TOO!!
HOW IS YOUR KNEE DOING?
MINE IS OKAY TODAY! IM AT PT TOMORROW THOUGH SO THAT MAY CHANGE!! LOL!! (I WENT AND FELL A WEEK OR SO BACK ON THE CONCRETE STAIRS AT WORK!  :'( )
I HAVE MY FIRST NIGHT OUT IN TOWN DRINKING ON SATURDAY SINCE MY OP! GOD! ACCIDENT PRONE ME MIXED WITH A DODGY KNEE,HEELS AND ALCOHOL!!

TAKE CARE,
CLAIRE X
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on September 03, 2007, 10:17:37 PM
Miss Claire;
  Bless your heart!! Can't even get out and relax. Did you do any damage to your knee when your fell? See what happens when I'm not around for a while? Please take care of you, we have a walk for breast cancer to do next year remember? My big Dave and I will both be walking next year. We might not finish, but by Joe we're going to give it all that we have. My grandson Truett said that he would walk with us, you know to help with Papa. That little guy has grown up so much since Dave's surgery and stroke, and he has been a blessing. Miss Claire, you take care of that knee, and be careful on those cement steps.

Angel XX
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on September 05, 2007, 10:45:35 AM
Good morning all;
  It's been one of those nights, you know, when the knees are the boss of you and when they say get out of that bed, you get out. I pulled a good one day before yesterday, I pivoted to walk from the kitchen to go up the stairs to my bedroom, and my op knee snapped, Sounded like a branch snapping. To say the least my leg was full of fire. Now everytime I take a step, I feel that kaplunk and the pain shoots through the medial side of my component. ~sigh~
  I have an appointmnt with a new OS Thursday, Not only do I need another opinion on my knees, I need to have my faith restored and right now I don't have a lot of faith in my old OS. I have no idea what I'll do about the knees yet, but I'll know more after Thursday. I do know one thing though, if this new OS feels the need to go back into my op knee, and it turns out for sure that the left knee is actually shot as bad as I think it is, a decision will have to be made. I am not going to continue having surgeries every 4 months or so, I would rather have him do both knees at once and get this crap over with.  :'(
  I have too much on my plate right now to be down and not be able to take care of my family. I have everything I need here at home for PT, and our insurance will cover in home PT, on top of that our insurance will also cover in home care, so I decided to get it over with at one time. Now, I just have to see what happens on Thursday and then start making arrangements. This being stranded without a lifejacket is for the birds, and I want to get my life back, a life without the worry of these stupid knees constantly taking over.


Claire;
  Right now my new bed isn't helping a whole lot, ??? I can't stay in it long enough to really enjoy it. How did your PT go? Let me know how you are.

Garth;
  How is that leg? Did the pain finally ease? I sure hope so for your sake. It seems when it rains it pours and we are always caught out in it. Let me know how you are doing.

Milly;
  How are you feeling? I'm sorry to hear that you are sick. It's not enough to have beat up knees but to be sick on top of that just isn't fair. Take care and let me know how you are.

I'll let everyone know how the appointment turns out Thursday.


Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on September 05, 2007, 01:24:54 PM
Hi Angel - too bad your knees won't let you sleep.  I hope you can get some new perspecitve from the new OS.  Sometimes a fresh set of eyes can help.  Having surgery on both knees does suck, but I agree that having to go back and do it again in a short time is worse.  I know a TKR is much more than a scope, but I think I would likely do both too, if I had too.  It might be diffucult for a while, but it's better than replaying the same scene a few months down the road.  I am feeling better.  Thankfully it was only one of those 24 hour bugs and I was much better by the next evening.  The knees are not too bad, but I am having SOOOO much fun with tight IT bands.  The whole side of both legs, from hip to just below the knee are tight and burn like mad.  I strech and they feel better for a little.  Of course I've been major stressed out lately so I'm sure the tension is not helping any.  I sure love my husband, but sometimes talking to the wall makes more sense.  He's been having some problems himself, and of course won't talk about it, but grumps around the house.  It's like a bear with a thorn, you try to pull it out and make it better and ROAR.  Well at least he's talking a bit more, do it's getting better.  It's just frusterating.  Take care and let us know what the new OS says.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on September 05, 2007, 08:05:48 PM
Hi Angel,

I know what its like not being able to sleep because of knee troubles. Mine pulled that trick last night and I only mangaged about 4 hours or so. The funny thing is that my knee wasn't that painful, it was just enough to stop me from settling down. It doesn't help that I'm a light sleeper either. I'm not feeling too bad at the moment but I'll probably just conk out sometime later.
Its quite a tired family back here in fact. My sister has bad glandular fever which leves her extremely tired, my brother has just started secondary school and isn't used to the longer days and of course theres me and my stupid knee.
Having two ops at once sounds like a mission. I can see why you want to get it over and done with though. I think plenty of other people would do exactly the same.

My knees actually behaved itself for most of the day today. Its very clunky tonight though. At least I can rest it tomorrow should it decide to play games.

Good luk with tomorrow's appointment.

garth



Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary
Post by: kiddthekatt on September 07, 2007, 02:48:42 AM
Hi all;
   Well, I saw the new OS today and the news wasn't good. Seems that the femur component on my pkr knee has broken again!! The spacer has completely shot out of place and the new OS was very upset about the whole outcome of this knee surgery and revision. He did say that Dr. Mc was a fine surgeon, and I do have to agree, but he doesn't understand why he let my knee go this long without catching the break. I told him that since the revision I have had more good days than bad, and he explained that until the spacer shot out and embedded where it is now, it was sliding in and out. When I pivoted day before yesterday and that horrible pain hit me is when it shot completely out, I should have known :'( :'( :'(
  So, I am now going into surgery on the 23 of Oct, the OS said that he would try to repair the uni, but he was going to be prepared to replace it with a TKR just in case. He doesn't use the Oxford components, so he is going to contact Biomet and speak to a rep and see where we stand. I have to wait until the 23rd because he wants me to start a series of antibiotics, and I have to go through the pre-surgery crap all over again. CRAP!!! He promised me that he would fix my knee one way or the other and when it was over, I would be able to get my life back on track. He did say also that after he gets my right knee straightened out then he will start on my left, which by the way is shot to hell also.
   I do know that I am so tired of this and I just want to be able to take care of my family. So, right now I will be double braced and hobbling around. I'll get to everyone's post this weekend and get caught up, take care and take care of those knees.


Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on September 07, 2007, 01:11:21 PM
Hi all,

Angel - I'm gong to have to make a trip down there and beat (I mean meet) Dr. Mc...yea right!!!  I wonder what biomet will have to say, would like to in on that phone call.  Their reputation is on the line and they may want to have a talk with Dr. Mc.  Even Chris was outraged that you have to go through this again.  He looked horrified, I think partially for me (aka him) and for you too.  You know I'm here anytime you need to vent.  I said, I hoped that he would say he could fix your knee, well he did that but I guess it was too much to hope for that he could do it without surgery. 

Claire how are you doing?  Work still keep you busy?  How are the knees?

I'm hanging, very painful today but I know the good and the bad days - I just really really hate the bad ones.  Seems to wipe out all the memory of the good ones.

I'm off to RICE and will talk to you all later.

Big HUGs to you Angel and to Big Dave

Be well,
Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on September 07, 2007, 02:17:30 PM
Hey Angel - so sorry that your knee has malfunctioned.  At least the new OS has hope of fixing it.  We are all here for you so keep posting when you can.  Hopefully this will take care of the issues for you.  A new surgery stinks, but it sounds like the new doc really wants to make sure it works out for you.  Take care.  I'm off to take some pain meds.  I had to see the new PT yesterday, so had the fun of another eval.  I am stiff and sore!  At least they have figured out that my hip muscles are weak and are causing some of the knee issues.  If I can get them strong, the kneecaps my stay in place better.  I sure hope so.  Take care.  I will keep you in my prayers.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on September 07, 2007, 09:50:49 PM
Hi Angel,

Sorry to hear that your pkr knee is busted again. Going from your description it sound horrible. October sounds like quite a wait to have to have it fixed. Will they definately be doing both knees then, or will it just be on the pkr knee? I suppose if you have them both done in October you should be in better shape for Christmas at least.

I hope you mange to have a decent weekend.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on September 07, 2007, 10:22:30 PM
hi angel!
eeek im so sorry to hear that your knee is playing up again,i bet you cannot wait for this year to be over can you? i really hope that they finally get this sorted once and for all for you if you have to have more surgery.
how is dave getting on?? i hope he is continuing to improve.

my knee has been pretty good this week,i am on a hen night out tomorrow so feel abit wary about how it will hold up!
as i am so small i usually wear heels but knowing how accident prone i am maybe that is a super bad idea!!

deborah,i hope you are doing okay and resting plenty!?
work has been very busy and alot lot better then it was,i am enjoying it alot more now.

milly,hope you are okay too! hi garth,i have responded to you in my thread!

claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on September 08, 2007, 10:44:56 AM
Good early morning everyone;
  It's been one of those nights. The knees woke me up on fire and I knew it was time to get up for a while. It's funny how calm I am feeling at this point. I finally feel as though my knee will be taken care of and I will be back taking care of my family better than I have been. Don't get wrong, my guys haven't suffered but in the long run I think I have. Trying to take care of business with a knee that wasn't right and trying to get through the day without falling to pieces. Especially while my Dave was in the hospital. All 3 of my kids are pretty upset over this knee thing with my old OS. My oldest son is quite livid. He told me on the phone that maybe he needed to make an appointment and go have a chat with him............ ;D I told him to just let it go that I was finally in good hands and would be able to really make for a great Christmas this year.


Hi Miss Claire;
  I hope you take care of your Hen night out. Just don't wear high heels and maybe you'll be ok....... ;D Dave is doing great!! Everyday he is getting stronger and more like my old Dave again


Garth;
  Thank you for your kind words. Yes, Oct. does sound like a long time to wait, but in the long run it'll work out. As for both knees, the new OS flat refuses to do both at once. He told me that he doesn't know what he's going to find in the PKR knee until he goes in and he wants me to get over that surgery before having the second knee done. So, it looks like I'll still be hobbling around at Christmas, but at least the right knee willfinally be on the road to healing.

Milly;
   I hope that the new PT is going good for you. Good thing they figured out what was causing some of your knee issues. Weak muscles any place hinders these old knees while trying to heal. Good luck with the new PT and take care this weekend.

Deborah;
   Come on down!! The new OS told me that as soon as he has been able to correspond with biomet that he would call me. I don't think it will do a lot of good tho. The new OS doesn't use the Oxford so I figure as he told me in his office I'm looking at a TKR when he goes in. He wants to be sure that the new knee will be just that, a new knee. That's fine with me, just as long as he can take this damn searing pain away. Anything beats this. All those times that I called the old OS and told him that my knee was killing me was when the spacer was mobile and moving about, when it slid back almost in place the pain eased. Then it would start all over again. This last time tho the spacer slid completely out. It felt like a red hot knife sliding in between my joint. I knew then something was not right!! I left you a post in your thread, I'll call you sometime today after getting my hair cut.

That's right all, I'm getting this head full of hair wacked off. First time in years, but I am going to donate it to Locks of Love. Even if I decide I don't like it, it can always grow back. Take care of those knees all and have a safe weekend. Especially you Miss Claire, watch those curbs and steps. ;D ;D

AngelXX
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: plantgeek58 on September 08, 2007, 04:35:04 PM
Hi Angel,
busy week for me, so I've only just caught up on your last few posts. OMG, I can't believe your unit busted again. And yet you sound so matter-of-fact about it. I would have been dissolving on the floor in a puddle of tears. Your strength is incredible.
This new OS sounds like he is really on the ball. I can understand why you feel in good hands. Hopefully this time you'll get fixed up right and be on your way to a pair of great knees that you won't even have to think about anymore. Take it easy til then.
Hugs.
Terre
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on September 08, 2007, 11:03:56 PM
Hi Angel,

Hopefully todays going ok for you. Not been bad here . I've been fishing this afternon which was great as I've not really felt up to it recently. I guess the good sized trout were having a lazy day as I only caught small ones. Still 5 in about 2 hours isn't bad. It was nice and cool down by the river aswell.

I suppose its fair enough that your os only wants to do one at a time. At least you are able to bee seen relatively quickly aswell. I'm not sure we get that type of service over here in the UK. Since I first got thing rolling back in November last yer I've only been to see the OS (two different ones in fact) twice. The next visit is in a month. At the moment, any questions I have can only go to the physio. Even then I have 3 weeks between appointments.

I hope your having a good weekend so far.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on September 09, 2007, 10:02:32 AM
Hi all;
  Well, as you can see it's another one of those nights. These dang knees seem to have a built in alarm clock. It will be nice to finally get a full nights sleep one day.

Terre;
  I've been dealing with this stupid knee for so long it seems to be the only thing on my mind anymore. I am so happy to have found Dr. Hyatt and yes he does seem to be on the ball when it comes to finding something that the old OS seemed to have missed for months. I'm really excited about having this surgery and finally having relief. Then I can get the left knee done and get back to living a normal life. How are you? The knees?  Take care of yourself.

Garth;
  Going fishing sounds great. It's been so long since I've been able to go fishing and really enjoy it. We have a fantastic private insurance and they are backing me every step of the way on my knees. There are so many doctors and resources in our insurance network that I have so much to choose from, that sure helps. I hope your knees keep being nice to you, you deserve a break. Take it easy and enjoy that fishing.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: plantgeek58 on September 09, 2007, 05:22:51 PM
Hi Angel,
My left knee is coming along, although a lot more slowly than I'd like. I'm still having problems with the meniscus that got trimmed. It isn't completely pain-free and my PT exercises invariably seem to irritate it. The patellar tendon is still bothersome, also. It's a little tight and is causing my kneecap to sit high and pop when I get up from a seated position. I have to work on gently stretching it, and my therapist has started doing some manual manipulation. As of right now, I still can't walk very well or stand for prolonged periods.
I suppose it's just going to take time. I keep reminding myself that I'm 50 years old now and I don't heal as fast as a twenty-year-old would. It's a bit frustrating, though, because I have so much to do. My classes have started up again, I'm back at work and I'm trying to take care of my mother, who was recently diagnosed with dementia. It's a lot to deal with. I try not to think too far ahead and just take one day at a time. That's all any of us can really do, right?
Terre
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on September 11, 2007, 12:43:01 AM
Hi Angel - sorry to hear the knees are acting up.  It's good to know you have an appointment for surgery.  Maybe with two new knees things will be better.  It's raining here right now and I'm trying to help my very stubbon son with his math.  We are doing fractions.  It's really hard to work with him sometimes.  I have a BS degree with a minor in math, but I don't know how to subtract fractions.   :P  It's not the first time or the last I'm sure.  I know he has trouble paying attention, so sometimes I think he gets the instructions a bit mixed up.  Ah well... I made it through 7th grade math twice now (once for myself and once with my daughter  lol..

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on September 11, 2007, 12:55:26 PM
Good morning all;
   Well, the verdict is definitly in, my OS's PA called me yesterday and I am going to have a TKR on my op knee the 23rd of Oct. I know that he had told me that there was a chance that he would have to do a TKR, but to actualy get the news that he was going to, was like a slap in the face. Now I'm getting angry!! I've spent the last 6 months thinking and being told that my leg was healing and that the xrays looked good, and now I am looking forward to another surgery with a new OS. I'm angry that the old OS felt that he had to keep trying to convince me that my knee was just fine and that I was having healing pain, instead of him owning up to a failed surgery. I'm angry that I've wasted a better part of a year trying to get to where I can walk without that searing pain, and I'm angry that some doctors can do this and get away with it. Doesn't seem quite fair, but what do you do?
   So, now I get to start all over and hope for the best. I really think that the new OS will finally take care of my knee, his PA told me that he was outraged about the way my knee had been butchered!! BUTCHERED!! Now that scares the hell out of me. It's going to be a long 39 days until I have the surgery, and right now my knee is screaming! :'( :'( All I can do is keep it braced and take the antibiotics. I am trying to exercise the muscles in my legs so that I might not have as hard a time after surgery, but the knees only allow minimun exercise. I'll catch up on my post this afternoon, time to take something for this blasted headache. Take care all.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on September 11, 2007, 05:17:20 PM
Oh Angel - It may not be much, but we are here for you.  I would be mad as hell too.  I understand malpractice concerns, but sometimes you just have to say I messed up!  Even docs!  Take care of yourself.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on September 11, 2007, 11:52:00 PM
Hey Angel,

You know I'm here whenever you need to call.  That can be the middle of the night if you just need to chat.  So, hair cut???  I'll be counting down the days with you - it will fly by and then you'll be on the healing side.  I'm still into coming down and all of us scaring the heck out of Dr. Mc.  I think he should be scared and should know you have low friends in high places...lol

Take care of yourself and take a big hug from me.  Wish I could do that in person for you.

Be well my friend.

Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: costumer on September 12, 2007, 11:27:53 PM
Oh man, Angel, that s^cks. Butchered? How well they get away with such things depends on how much they get sued for malpractice. Now, I'm not particularly 'sue happy', but sometimes it seems the only way to get it across to them. If he had only owned up to it and said it wasn't healing properly and you were correct! I'm glad you've got a new OS now, hopefully that will work out better, but it sure doesn't seem fair at all to have to go through this all over again.

            -Judy
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: L. Thomas.net on September 13, 2007, 12:58:14 AM
Hi Angel

You are a hot topic in the HenHouse.  Come on over.

http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=27179.0


Cindy (baconbits) has "been there done that" and wants you to join us.  She has been through TKA and 2 revisions in 2 years.

Louann
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on September 16, 2007, 02:26:28 AM
Hi all;
   Sorry to have been MIA for a few days, but my butt is dragging, and I just can't seem to get caught up on sleep. These knees of mine are proving to me that they are indeed the boss of me............... ;D ;D I just wish that spacer would stay completely still where it is and it would make my life a lot more comfortable, but I guess that's not going to happen. I was hoping the days would go faster, but looks like that's not gonna happen either. So, I guess I'll just have to bide my time and try to relax, and enjoy the thoughts of a painless knee in the future.

Louann;
  Thank you for the invite, I left a post there and introduced myself. Take care of those knees.

Judy;
  I am still very angry about the whole thing. This was a surgeon that I put my complete trust in and he left my knee in worse shape than it was in before he cut into me. But to lie to me the entire time is unexceptable. I did speak to our attorney and he was outraged also. I had to almost tie the man up to keep him from caling the OS. I'm not certain what our plans are concerning the "butchered knee" but somehow to me it would be just wrong not to do something. What worries me is the other patients, elderly patients, that might be going through the same thing and not have any idea that something is seriously wrong. That's not fair to any of us. I'll just be glad when this is over. Take care.

Milly;
  Thank you, you have no idea what that means to me. How are you feeling? The knees? Have a good Sunday.

Angel XX
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on September 29, 2007, 01:12:12 PM
hello!!
i just wanted to pop in and say hi and apologise i have not been around much lately.
i will catch up on all your diarys later today and reply to you all!!
take care,
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on October 01, 2007, 11:28:44 PM
Hi Angel - good to hear from you.  I am glad you are talking to an attorney.  This whole mess it just wrong.  The knees are mostly behaving.  I've had several days where I don't need pain meds until I get home from work and to sleep.  I went to our big ren faire this weekend and all my leg muscles are telling me I walked too much!  Of course I knew that anyway.  I did buy a cane with a carved purple dragon head on it.  It really helped on all the uneven ground.  The VMO is still weak and didn't always want to do it's job on the slopes and such.  The cane really helped.  I did feel a bit bad about it at first, but figured it was better than falling on my butt or something.  Take care and keep us posted.  I'll try to wish the time to fly for you, but I can't promise anything.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on October 03, 2007, 08:38:30 PM
Hi Angel, Its been a while since I posted here.

I hope the knee isn't causing you too much trouble at the moment.
You can't be blamed for being so angry. Anyone would be if they were put in your situation.

Are things still on track for the 23rd? I hope so.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: UK Girl ! on October 06, 2007, 10:13:46 PM
Hi Angel
really sorry that your os and knee have let you down so bad, however I am glad that you have a surgery date for your tkr , and not too far off now so you can start to get on with your life again - it has been a rough year for you!

How is big Dave doing?

take care hun - you deserve an easy ride of this one !

hugs
anj
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on October 07, 2007, 09:22:19 AM
hi angel,
im so sorry you and dave are having such a rough year.
i really hope things improve for you soon,why does the bad stuff always happen to the good people?
take care and thinkng of you!
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on October 17, 2007, 01:12:41 PM
Ok, I know, but please don't fall out in a faint because I have now surfaced again. To be honest, I haven't had the energy nor the want to, to get on here and post anything for a while. My damn knee has been horrible and has all but taken over my life. It's 5 days and counting before I can finally get some relief on my op knee. I finished up with all of my pre-surgery test and everything is set to go this coming Monday the 22nd. at 6:00 am. This has been a long drawn out year, and to be honest with you all, I've had it with this knee crap. As soon as the right knee is healed enough and everything looks good and my new OS thinks it's OK, I'll go back in and have the TKR done on my left knee. I intend to work harder than I have ever worked in my life so that I can finally get on with my life.

To everyone that has written to me here lately, thank you all for your concern and thoughts. I haven't intended to be MIA for so long, but I don't seem to have enough energy to sneeze much less do anything else. Take care of those knees all, and be safe.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on October 17, 2007, 08:34:55 PM
Good luck on Monday.  I hope all goes well and you are up and around right away.  I will be thinking of you.
Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on October 17, 2007, 09:47:18 PM
Best of luck Angel.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: T- Bucket mad on October 19, 2007, 06:57:37 PM
good luck l  for monday Angel, hugs steve   :)
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: plantgeek58 on October 25, 2007, 03:09:10 PM
Hi Angel,
Hope you are doing alright after your surgery. Deborah posted at the HH and said your surgery was long, but that the new joint fit in well. That's good to hear. All the hens are wishing you their best. Take care.
Terre
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: DeborahinNC on October 25, 2007, 03:50:33 PM
Hi all,

I have talked to Angel a couple times since she has surgery on Monday.  In fact she called me Monday evening!!!! Said she was sleeping a lot - go figure - but the surgery went well.  I guess it was long to clean up the mess the other OS made in her knee.  We then talked again yesterday and she was sitting up on the side of the bed.  Having some pain but she did say it was different than the loose spacer and she felt this would be the fix she needed.  Her OS said that the knee fit in well and she should be going home around Friday.

Just wanted to give you an update.  I'm sure she'll be posting again very soon.

She does thank everyone for all their well wishes and prayers.

Be well all,
Deborah
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on October 25, 2007, 05:41:00 PM
Deborah thanks for the update.  Glad to hear she is doing well.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on October 26, 2007, 05:40:22 AM
Hi all;
  Well, I am at home, I got here around 2:30 pm. I'm tired but all in all I guess I'm doing ok. The pain level has been a little out there tonight, but the OS cut me way back. :'( and I think maybe he did it too early.  I'll see how ot goes tonight and then call him if I need to. I was in surgery almost 4 hours, he had a mess to clean up, but he told me that he was able to fit me with a unit that will give me relief when all of this post surgery pain is over with. It hurts like hell right now, so this is going to be short.

Deborah;
  Thanks for posting for me and letting everyone know how I was doing, ty my friend. To everyone else, I felt all of those prayers and it helped me get settled, THANK YOU all. I'll write more tomorrow.

Nite
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on October 26, 2007, 09:46:21 AM
Hiya Steve;
  How are you feeling? I've been MIA way too long and have gotten lost on everyone's knees. When do you go in for your knee? I will send a whopping big load of prayers your way. Take care of that knee til then.

Hugs
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on October 26, 2007, 12:27:17 PM
Hi Angel, good to hear from you.

I hope you get some relief from all of the pain soon. It can't be nice for your knee having to put up with all of the "abuse" its put up with over the last few months.
Take care.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: shortyclairebear on October 29, 2007, 08:12:01 PM
hi angel!
hope you are doing okay!
sorrynot been baout much the backlight on my laptop conked out so i hve been without it for 2 weeks!
god ive missed it alot!
i will catch up with you all soon!
im off to bed soon as i have just done a 10 hour shift.
sending my thoughts and best wishes to you are dave.
claire x
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on October 30, 2007, 02:08:21 PM
Good to hear from you.  The pain should get better.  Rest and get better.  Will be thinking about you.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on November 03, 2007, 12:02:28 PM
Good morning all;
  Well, it's 6:30 and I've been up for half the night again.  Seems if I get 2-3 hours sleep a night, I have been forced to call that a nights sleep. The pain is still very much in evidence and it looks like it will be until I see the pain management doc next week. The pain has hindered my PT, I can get my extention without a problem but flexation is still at 70-75. I just can not stand the force it takes to bend during PT. You know, this has been an awful experience so far, I so looked forward to this TKR to take away the pain that has plagued me for the last year, and all I have accomplished so far is more intense pain in different areas. I blame this on the new OS for not taking care of my post op pain, and I blame myself for not asking him if he took care of pain control after surgery. Everyone has told me including my physios that this OS is top notch, I might find that out once I get this pain to subside and I can feel and concentrate on something besides how badly it hurts all the time.
   I know I sound so damned ungrateful right now, but as I sit here with my leg pounding off, I feel very little to be grateful for. I go back to see my OS Monday and God forbid that he says anything about my flexation, because right at this moment I can honestly say that he will get a tongue lashing from hell!! His PA called me to check up on me, and she is such a nice lady. I told her that I had been in constant pain since leaving the hospital and she felt awful for me. She suggested that I contact a pain management doctor and I told het that I was a step ahead of her. She also apologized for her boss, and I let her know real fast that she owed me no apologies, that HE should have made it plain that he didn't control pain after surgery and I would have opted for another OS.
   You all know as well as I do that if you are in pain you can not work out and that means you are not going to heal. If that man even mentions mua to me, I'll get up and walk out. As if I would let him force my leg and have to live with that god forbidden pain afterwards, no way!! I just hope that by the time I get into pain management it's not too late and I have to make a decision on something like mua.
    I do thank the lucky stars that looked down on me when I was asking him about bi-lateral tkrs. No wonder he doesn't do them, he would probably have a patient driven out of their minds with pain going after him. ;D
   


Garth;
 So sorry I haven't answered your post. I hope this finds you feeling better. Try and take care of those knees my friend, you surely want to keep them if at all possible.

Miss Claire;
  I am so happy to hear that you aren't posting like you were, that means that you are getting your pain free life back and have better things to do, keep it up!!

Milly;
  So happy to hear from you. I hope your knees keep improving, my prayers are sent your way.

Going to try to get as comfortable as possible, I'll check in later.

Hugs to all;
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on November 04, 2007, 10:34:13 PM
Hi Angel,

Hopefully you arent in so much pain today. It can't be a nice thing to have to put up with. After everything you have had to go through, you would think that they would be eager to make it as comfortable as possible. I hope they can sort something out for you tomorrow. Your OS ought to do something anyway.

I hope everything else is OK.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 05, 2007, 02:26:24 PM
Hi Angel - thanks for the thoughts and prayers.  I hope you are in less pain today.  I sometimes wonder if they can't give you the numbing half of a cortizone shot.  Even a few hours with no, or little pain would be welcome.  The knees are being pretty good.  The weather is not, so they ache some.  This is the usuall cold weather ache, so I'm not worried.  I did walk them off over the weekend going up and down stairs doing laundry.  What I want to know is who keeps getting all those clothes dirty?  (Actually I do know, my daughter is 15 and must change her clothes a couple times a day.  No wonder she constantly needs more!   ;D).

Don't worry too much about sounding ungrateful.  It's really hard to be positive or thankful when it hurts so darn much.  Take care and I hope you can get the pain sorted out.

Milly

PS - How's Big Dave been doing?  Hope he is still doing well.
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on November 06, 2007, 12:47:14 PM
Hi all;
   Update on the knee from hell!! I had my OS appointment yesterday and I finally got results, two weeks too late but it's a start. I was in such horrid shape by the time I got in to see him, the doc could see right off that things were not going in my favor. I told him that I could not go one more day like I was, that he had to do something!! He truely didn't realize how much pain I was in. Poor blind OSs, sometimes some of them need a tap between the eyes. He prescibed me Lidoderm patches, percs and Ambiam CR. I finally slept 7 hours last night, and the Ambian didn't cause nightmares, thank God. This morning my knee is sore, but that ripping pain is finally gone  ;D I'm still tired but I can finally see a decent rehad ahead of me. He also OKed for me to get that hand controlled CPM that my physio had used on me in PT, it will be here Wed. You know, had he just listened to me from the start, I might be way ahead of what I am right now. My ROM is 0- 85 on my own with pushing.
  I still have the appointment with my pain management doctor today. He might and probably will change some of my meds. Which is ok with me. Dr. OS told me to show him what he had scriped me, and if he didn't want me to use them to distroy them, ::) well, I think I might hold onto them for a while, that way I can be assured that I don't find my way back to that black hole I have been in for 2 weeks. I won't use them right now, but you never know when I might need a little help. Sever pain makes one think like that I do believe.
   I want to thank you all for putting up with me during this roller coaster ride. It has been a long drawn out 2 weeks, and one that I desperately never want to ride again. You guys are truely the best!!

Milly;
   Thank you for being there, I feel almost human this morning. As for who is messing up all the dirty clothes, well, I have a 13 year old grandson who is as bad a a female, that young man can change clothes 4 times a day :P little devil, he is now into girls, and LORD!! here I go again. The weather here is finally getting down into the high 60s- low 70s, so I will be feeling the effects of the weather change before long. Take care of those knees.

Garth;
   Thank you for your kind words, you have always been do nice and understanding. When one hurts, one understands the pain that those around him are feeling. It has been a horrible post op 2 weeks, but I feel that I will be able to start rehab with a new beginning now. Take care and try to be kind to your knees.

Deborah;
  My Friend. Thank you for being there for me. I was going to threaten my OS with you yesterday had he not done something. He wouldn't know what hit him........lol I'll call you after the appoiintment with the pain management doc today and let you know what I find out. I hope that pain in the knee is a little one of those" you were mean to me and now I'm going to pay you back" hurts and that the physio can get you past it. Your physio sounds like he graduated from " The Sadistical PT U of H.( university of HELL) with the two physios who are taking care of me. But dang I like them both real well. I'll call you later.

Take care everyone.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on November 06, 2007, 10:43:29 PM
Hi all;
   I saw my pain management doc today and he changed my meds again. He let me keep the Lidoderm patches because he said that they would be of help going straight to the source. He gave me a script for Neurontin 600 mg, Soma 250 mg and Lorcet 10/650. He told me that my fall on Thanksgiving 06 was the culprit that started this crap, I laughed because I knew that already. He read over my surgeons notes and then he sat down and we had a long talk. He was a little unsettled that my OS made me go 2 weeks in the pain that I was in before stepping up. He's going to watch me and work with me for several months to see if there is a chance that I have some nerve damage due to all the surgeries. He reached over and put a finger in my op knee and I damn near died. He told me he was afraid that I had some nerve damage because of the trauma of the amount of surgeries and the trauma of my fall. sigh, just what I needed to hear. He told me that after a couple of months and a full scale PT work out, he wanted to do an MRI and we'll go from there. I really like this doctor, he laid it on the table and told me that he would do everything possible before even suggesting surgery, but if it comes to that, then we'll take it from there. I'm just happy that I am finally getting some help, I just could not go on like I was.
   You know, I see a big turn in this straight road that I have been on this past year, and I'm more than ready to get on with my life. I want to get back to doing things that help me to relax and things that I enjoy. I have about 10 newly purchased antique and vintage quilts just waiting for me to restore. My daughter Mandi brought me 2 boxes full of vintage quilting material that she got for me in Dallas and I want to get started so bad. My Big Dave had gone whaile I was in the hospital for my TKR and bought me an antique glass cabinet to store my beautiful quilts in, I love that man!! Take care all and be safe. Hugs to you all,

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 07, 2007, 05:07:17 PM
Hey Angel  -  I am so glad you got some meds for the pain.  That just wasn't right!  I will be praying the PT goes well for you.  The ROM sounds pretty good, even if you can't get there with out help.  Thankfully you now seem to have a doc that will help with the pain issues so you can move forward.

My son is only 12 so girls aren't too much of a big deal yet.  My daughter on the other hand!  Yikes!  The little stinker has been grounded for a couple weeks, no phone, no cell phone, no internet.  She has a friend stay over a couple Saturday's ago and they decided to sneak out and take a walk at 1:00 AM.  Little brats.  At least she answered her cell right away when I called.  EEEK!  No wonder we get gray hair!

Take care.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on November 08, 2007, 12:46:03 AM
Milly;
  LOL, it must be the age, our grandson and his friend decided to do the same thing, except they got off and it was really dark, the stinker called us scared to death, 2:00 in the morning. He was grounded for 2 weeks over that stunt. No phone, no cell, I took his xbox 360 and put it in my room and papa took his psp. He though that he was going to shrivel up and just die. I bet he thinks again before deciding to take a midnight stroll.. you gotta love em.

Angel


Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: costumer on November 08, 2007, 03:47:23 AM
Hi Angel,

        so glad to hear the PM dr is on top of things (got his finger on the situation, one might say  ;D ). Hopefully now that you've had a chance to take the stuff, it's working better?

       vintage quilts, eh? I've got one from my grandmother (she didn't make it though), that I have no idea how old it is! Once she had made a tag that said who made it.. but it got lost  :-\ It's a really nice quilt though. I had it on display in my office, but decided that a few years haning on the wall  it should probably have a rest, so now it's folded up in a box. It's a basket design - but I've never seen any other basket pattern quite like it.

                      -Judy
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on November 08, 2007, 08:29:52 AM
Judy;
  Yep he put that finger right in the exact spot that I thought was going to explode. I feel better and better everyday. Sounds like the quilt you have is a Flower Garden quilt. I have several Flower Garden quilts, the oldest is probably 100 years old or so. I love them, the classic designs are the most beautiful.  When you get a chance, find some acid free paper and put ot between the layers when you fold it, it'll last many more years to come.
   I read about your first day back at work, congrats on making it, and I hope the knees settle down. Take care.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 08, 2007, 02:48:33 PM
Milly;
 LOL, it must be the age, our grandson and his friend decided to do the same thing, except they got off and it was really dark, the stinker called us scared to death, 2:00 in the morning. He was grounded for 2 weeks over that stunt. No phone, no cell, I took his xbox 360 and put it in my room and papa took his psp. He though that he was going to shrivel up and just die. I bet he thinks again before deciding to take a midnight stroll.. you gotta love em.

Angel

LMAO - It's amazing how attached they are to their gadgets.  We had the power go out one beautiful summer day and they wanted to know what they could do, they were bored.  I thought it was a no brainer, get outside and run around, ride bikes something.  Guess not.

Glad you are starting to get the pain under control.  I am always impressed with those that can quilt.  I just don't have the patience for it.  I do have one my aunt made me as a wedding gift.  Nothing fancy, just little squares in multitudes of colors.  It's fun looking at it saying I remember her wearing that blouse, or pair of slacks. 

Take care Angel.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on November 09, 2007, 11:55:47 AM
Hi Milly;
  I hear you when you say that these guys get too attached to their electronics. I had also taken his laptop away from him, he has a multitude of friends on my space. That was part of his being grounded, but I forgot that he does his math via DVD, and he thought that since he couldn't use his laptop, he couldn't do his homework. Wrong. I had him sit at the diningroom table and use mine......lol
    The pain is now pretty well controlled, thank goodness. That was a horrible 2 weeks!! I love to quilt, my mom started teaching me when I was about 8 or so. And I still quilt to this day. A lot of my quilting friends use the sewing machine to do their quilting, not me, I still do everything by hand. There's just something about finishing a quilt and knowing that every stitch on it was put there by me and that it will last for many years. I love it. I made all 3 of my kids a quilt using clothes that I had saved from each of them. All three have them on display, and they will tell you real fast," Ahhh, that quilt is to be seen and not used." They will each pass it down to thie own.
  Well, I need to make sure the grandson is up and getting ready for school. Take care Milly and have a save weekend.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 09, 2007, 03:28:38 PM
Angel

Too funny!  Mine thought she could get out of her current events assignment.  I told her to come sit with me and I would "drive" and serf the net for a news article. 

Glad the pain is better for you now.  My knees are not happy today because I spent too much time standing around at school conferences last night.  I think we were at school for two hours.  I really don't like the student lead conferences, all the parents come in a bunch and you have to wait so darn long to talk to the teacher.  I only went because my little guy asked me to.  We can keep tabs on them using a Parent Viewer I connect to on the internet.  Then I can e-mail the teacher and get things straight right away.  I like that better.

Take care and have a save weekend.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on November 09, 2007, 03:33:28 PM
Milly;
  I also have the internet connection with Truett's school. I can log in every day and check his grades and so, If he misses a day in school, I email his teachers and get his homework assignments. He thinks that it shouldn't be legal to do that.........lol Hope the knees treat you better.


Chat later
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on December 07, 2007, 06:20:22 PM
Hi all;
   Don't faint,............lol, I'm still here, along with this stupid new knee and all. I've been having some problems that arose after the TKR. My flexasion is stalled at 70 and I'm looking at having a MUA in a week or so, I hope anyway. My pain management doc ran some tests and I have nerve damage from all of the truama from my fall and the 3 surgeries so close together. So, I'm going in next Monday the 10th and he is going to do a nerve block to see if he can help me with this horrible burning pain that runs from my foot to my right butt. The knee actually feels pretty good, I just can't bend it past 70 degrees. My extension is 0 and he's happy with that. My knee looks like a big old ugly grapefruit, you know all that rough texture, and regardless of how hard I try the damn thing won't bend. :'( I was on my crutches, but the OS pulled me off them and put me back on that dang walker. I hate that thing, but it does keep the extension at 0.
   I sure wanted to be up and moving better before Christmas, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. He told me no travel, so the kids are coming here for Christmas. We're going to have an early Christmas here, because they came here for Thanksgiving and all 3 had planned to be at the in-laws for Christmas, and that's only fair. So, we're going to have Christmas early. Sounds like a plan to me. This is going to be a short post, I went to the store and now my butt is dragging, how sad is that? I just went to the General Dollar store to pick up candles and that wore me out. Take care of those knees and have a safe weekend.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on December 07, 2007, 06:31:24 PM
Hi Angel,

Sounds like you have youself a bit of a rough deal at the moment. Hopefully the MUA and the nerve block will do their thing and send you in the right direction.
All this has been going on for far to long for you.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on December 07, 2007, 06:37:43 PM
Hi Angel - good to hear from you.  The nerve pain sounds nasty.  I hope your pain management doc can help with that.  So I guess that makes your knee a real pain in the but? (Sorry couldn't help myself.)  It sadly is true.  I get tightness in the priformus muscle.  That's a little muscle in the backside, it connects to the hip, it gets irritated along with my IT band.  So knees really can be a real pain in the rear.  I wonder that your poor knee is stuck.  It's been through so much and taking you along for the ride.  Hope you can start making better progress soon.  Rest up and take care of yourself.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on December 11, 2007, 01:03:31 PM
Hi Angel,

I've just seen that your nerve block worked. Real good to hear.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on December 11, 2007, 01:21:55 PM
Good morning all;
   I woke up this morning and I had no pain in my leg except the usual pain in my stiff knee. Seems the knee has decided to show it's ugly face since the pain in my back, butt and leg is gone for the time being at least. I had almost forgotten how it felt not to be in horrible pain as soon as I put my foot on the floor. I was stiff when I woke up this morning, but the pain doc told me not to do too much when I got home, just relax and rest. And I did just that. Now if this block will be good to me for a while and my OS gets that MUA scheduled, I might be able to have a pretty decent Christmas. I took my pain meds this morning, but I'm going to try and taper off before the MUA, since old crabby doesn't do pain management..... ;D but I have him now, my pain doc will be with me when the OS does the MUA. He told me that he didn't want me to wake up in agony and I would if he didn't make sure that I had the right pain control before and after. I am so happy I found this doctor, it has made the world of difference in post op this time around. Think I'll keep him.

Garth I left you a post in your diary.

Have a wonderful day all and be safe.

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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on December 11, 2007, 02:46:26 PM
Good Morning Angel!

Glad the nerve block worked.  Here's hoping it will keep on working for a while.  Got to go for now, will try to post later today or tonight.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on December 16, 2007, 11:23:19 PM
Hi everyone;
  Well, the nerve block failed and I've had a pretty miserable last couple of days. The surgery center called me Friday and reminded me that I was set up for the second block on onday, I told them I had decided not to do it( since I had no idea it was scheduled anyway). As badly as the pain came back after the first one, I can not go through that again. I have an appointment with my OS tomorrow, will find out when he wants to do the MUA, then I have an appointment with the pain doctor Tue. I guess I'll find out what he wants to do then. I just want them to get together and do something, this is ridiculous, I'm going on almost a year now messing with this knee and I'm tired of it.
  I hope this finds you all in good health and as pain free as you can be, take care.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on December 17, 2007, 02:04:18 AM
Hi Angel,

I am so sorry that the nerve block did not work out for you.  Sounds like how the cortizone shots work for me.  A few days to a week at most, then bam pain again.  I hope that the pain doc can help you get some relief from the pain.  A year is a ****** long time to muck with all this mess.  I have beem about as long and some times the days sure get long.  I will keep you in my prayers.  Good luck at your OS appointment.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: UK Girl ! on December 18, 2007, 07:21:55 PM
Hi Angel - wow really sorry you are having this trouble - just saw about it on the hens site - have been a bit distracted lately - how did you get on with the pain doc today - hope it is good news!

hugs
anj
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on December 19, 2007, 07:29:41 PM
Hi Angel,

I'm sorry to hear that the nerve block failed. I hope the OS and pain doctor can help you out.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on December 20, 2007, 10:20:30 AM
Good early morning;
    Seems that my early morning wake up call is back. I am scheduled for all of that pre-surgery crap again this morning and find that I am miserable tonight. I have an appointment with my OS on Dec. 26th at the surgery center to have the MUA. I am so tired of dealing with this knee. I told me OS that after the MUA that was it, and he had better hope that it works. Whatever the outcome, I've decided that I live with what I have. I am tired of focusing on this damn knee constantly, and I'm ready to take back my life and enjoy my family. You would have thought that I had slapped him when I told him that, evidently he isn't used to hearing people says things that are opposed to what he has planned, so what! I've given two different surgeons almost a year to try and fix this knee, and that is long enough in my books. I want my life back. I'm in worse shape as far as the knee than when I started this adventure, and I'm going to stop it before I have no knee left to work on. I've thought long and hard about this and I now feel better in knowing that I have made the decision and not a surgeon.
   I'm going to be MIA for several days, my kids are coming in and I intend to have a good Christmas with them regardless of this damn knee.   
   Merry Christmas to you all and have a safe and rewarding New Year.

XXXXX
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on December 20, 2007, 01:50:34 PM
Good morining Angel - Hopefully the MUA will get your ROM back a bit.  Then maybe the silly knee will start shaping up.  I think two years is quite enough too.  I hope the nerve issues start clearing up for you.  I know they can be a problem for a while, once irritated they don't like to calm down.  Enjoy your Christmas.  Hope it's wonderful for you.  Take care.  See you when you get back on.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on December 24, 2007, 01:35:36 PM
Good morning all;
   Brrrrrrrr, it's a cold one here this morning, 32 degrees and to us Houstonians that is too dern cold!! ;D ;D I woke up feeling better than I have in months! I think it's mainly that I have made a decision that will probably impact my life for a while, I've decided not to have the MUA. Since March of this yaar, my knee has belonged to one doctor or the other and I've taken my knee back. My friend and former physio Greg came out night before last and he gave me a workout that wouldn't quit. He wanted to see how the knee was doing and how it was healing. After the workout, he measured my flex at 85, and 90 helping me. My extension is great!! He asked me point blank why I was having this MUA? I told him because the doc said I had to.
   He tore into me and told me outright, I didn't have to do a damn thing that I didn't want to do, and he could see no reason why I couldn't get my flex back without going through the torture of an MUA. I was surprised that I measured 85-90 when all this time the doctor was telling me that I was locked in at 70. Kinda makes me real mad if you know what I mean. So, after Greg and his wife left, Dave and I talked about it a long time, and I called my OSs answering service yesterday and told them that if he was in town, to have him call me, if not to leave a message that I had cancelled the MUA. In less than 10 minutes my phone was ringing. He was upset, but too bad, this is my knee and my choice!!
   I did tell him, that in a months time, if I hadn't reached 100 then we would talk. But, if I still had to have this MUA, he would go in and do it, there would be no forced MUA. He didn't much care for that either, but oh well. I would rather take the chance of him going in and removing the scar tissue than to have him force the removal by tearing it lose. Scar tissue can form because of truama and what is a forced MUA if not truama? I'm not willing to go through the pain and suffering to find out. Period.
   I only have 115 flex in my left leg, so it's not off by much anyway. So, my decision is final. And I feel great!! ;D

Milly;
   I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year. Take care of those knees and we'll take on a marathon next year, well, I'll walk anyway. ;)

To everyone else, Merry Christmas!!!!!

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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: garth on December 27, 2007, 12:51:41 PM
Hi Angel,

Good to hear that the physio was able to get some extra flex out of your knee for you. I hope you can build on that. I suppose that if you can improve the ROM without going through with the MUA is a very good thing as far as your nerves are concerned.

I hope you all had a good Cristmas and have a happy new year.

garth
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on December 28, 2007, 02:39:28 PM
Hey Angel - good for you.  Sometimes those docs need to know and understand that it's your knee and you can do with it what you like.  Did he stop and think that maybe the poor thing is just tramuatized and will come around on it's own (with a little help from PT)?  Looks like you are getting some ROM back.  Maybe the knee just needs a bit more settling down before it wants to bend like it should.  Good luck and if I don't get back to post, Happy New Year!

Sorry I've not been around, but we lost power for three days.  I'm posting the story one more time.

Sorry I've been MIA, but had to finish all the Christmas stuff.  Then we lost power on the 23rd!  So the kids, me and kitty (freshly spayed) went to my mom's on Christmas eve so we could all shower and of course share Christmas.  We didnt get power back until Christmas morning.  I just love sleeping in 4 layers of clothing and listening to the generator hum outside my bed room window.  At least my husband hooked the tree into the generator so we could open gifts on Christmas Eve.  It was a pretty cold and dark Christmas, but not too bad for all that anyway.  My poor last minute husband, he was so busy setting up the genny and getting water and everything so we could be as comfortable as possible, he didn't get his Christmas shopping done!  His usual day is Christmas Eve anyway (he really waits until the last minute every year :P).  So I got some interesting gifts.  He did replace the potato masher he broke (I already replaced it months ago, but he didn't notice lol.) and I got some nice new kitchen hand towels.  At least he got me some nice smelling bath items, lotion, shower gel etc.  I got to use them Christmas day once we had hot water again.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on January 05, 2008, 03:00:49 PM
Good morning all;
   I hope this finds you all feeling better and looking forward to a healthier new year. Surprising enough I feel great!! After making the decision not to have the MUA, I made peace with myself and decided to accept the knee as it was. My former physio and good friend Greg opened my eyes to many things. In the process I really pissed my OS off but he can get over it.
  I had another appointment with my pain doc and we have a lumbar injection scheduled for this Monday. The nerve pain is by far worse than the knee, and it's got to go, or ease at least. I saw my Chiropractor and he did a deep tissue massage and broke away a lot of the scar tissue, and I felt no pain at all. He's going to work me in several sessions and try to break it all away without having to do the MUA and that makes me real happy. He told me that by doing it in several sessions like this, the chances of it coming back is real slim. Truama is one of the leading reasons for scar tissue, and I've had enough truama to last me several years.

Milly;
  Sounds like you guys had a nice Christmas even with the power not being on, these doctors aren't used to having a patient tell them no. Well this doctor had better get used to it, or he'll loose a patient. When he told me that he had to get in there and tear that stuff out, red lights starting going off. That's when I decided that he was not going to go in there and tear anything out, I already have enough nerve damage caused from the multiple surgeries so close together and I refuse to have it made worse. How are the knees treating you? I hope that this year will bring you the much neaded relief. 2007 was not a good year for knees, it's gotta get better. Take care.

Garth;
  I've been reading your post and it sounds like you are finally coming right along. Hopefully that clunking will stop. You have had a rough time with that knee and it's time for you to have a change in your life. Take care of yourself.

XXX
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on January 07, 2008, 01:33:18 AM
Hi Angel - I am not so great knee wise.  I think that something is not quite right with the left knee.  The kneecap just doesn't seem right.  It feels really strange and still hurts alot when I try to completely straighten the leg.  I don't know what to do with the darn thing anymore.  At least it sounds like you are making some ground on the scar tissue.  More surgery really sounds like a bad idea and you were right to tell the OS no.  I did find out that one of the best sports med OS's is now accepting my insurance again.  I think I may go see him soon.  He is the surgeron that did so much good for me many years ago.  Looks like my computer is wanting to restart for an update so I better go.  Take care and "talk" to you later.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on January 07, 2008, 10:39:49 AM
Awwww Milly;
   I hate to hear that the knee is acting up again. I was hoping that the new year would bring you some relief. Maybe your former surgeon can get some results. My prayers are with you.
   I had a disturbing phone call from my pain doc yesterday. I was scheduled to have the lumbar injection this morning and he called me to "talk" about it. He wanted to cancel my procedure and have me go into the hospital later in the week. " He" felt that maybe he might need to do some exploritory surgery on my lower back. I flat out said no! I was not even going to start the cutting on my back. I've slept very little tonight, my nerves are shot. He didn't get angry like the OS did, said that he understood, but couldn't quite explain to me why he felt that he needed to go in and see what was going on in my back.
   What is wrong with these doctors today? I've just about decided that I'm fed up with these doctors here in Houston, and thinking about calling my old GP back in West Texas and fly out and go see him. I stay in contact with him still, even after so many years away from there. I think I might need to start from the ground up again and see where that leads me.
    I've had 2 MRIs since the leg sega began and now I have all of these doctors wanting to cut, slice, poke and prod, and I'm tired of it. I don't understand them at all anymore. Here I am trying to cut back on all of these damn pain pills I'm eating everyday and he's wanting to slice me up. He just felt that if he went in it would save the time and maybe the chances of the lumbar injections not workin. So, here I am trying to figure out how I went from having 3 knee surgeries to having my back cut on. I can not take the chance of him cutting my back and then having to have it done over and over and over again.
   My former physio Greg came over yesterday and worked my knee for a while. I hit 105 un-assisted. Yipppeee!! And this was after my trek to the Mall where I walked around a couple of hours buying the grandson clothes and shoes for school. I swear that kid can go through so many pairs of shoes a year.  :o I took 1 pain pill all day yesterday and felt great. When does it all end? I've got a feeling that some of these doctors are in cahoots with one another and see how often they can pass their patients back and forth.
   Big Dave and I talked a long time fter the pain doc called. I just told him that I didn't want to get the back thing started. I talked and cried, and talked some more. I'll be 53 years old next month, and I really don't want to be stuck going in and out of the hospital for one thing or the other until I kick the bucket. I guess what I'm going to do is take it one day at a time, work on my knee, get it stronger, work on my gait and see if that will help everything else. Maybe I sound like a lunatic, but I've decided that it's not worth taking any chances on cutting, especially without more test done.
   So, that's the next chapter of the Angel and the Bad Knee manuscript.


   I hope you start feeling better and the surgeon can find out whats causing the pain. Take care of you.

Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on January 07, 2008, 04:20:04 PM
Good morning Angel - I hope someone can straighten this knee out.  I am planning on calling my current OS and see what he has to say.  Then I can see about copies of my records from his office.  It's so darn frusterating and insurance just does not pay for enough PT.  I know I still needed a lot of work on the quad muscles, but can not afford to pay for PT out of pocket.  I keep working on it at home, but life wants to intrude and the exercises don't always get done. 

I can't blame you for not wanting back surgery.  That would most definately be a last possible choice.  Did anyone think that maybe not being able to walk right is causing some back issues?  My right hip got all pulled out of place from the poor gait etc.  It still likes to give me problems.  That caused the siciatic nerve to get compressed and boy was that fun!  Sounds like you are going pretty good with the PT and ROM.  Maybe once the leg gets stronger some of the other issues will clear up?  I will keep praying for you.

Well back to work for now.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on February 12, 2008, 07:21:54 PM
Hi Angel - just wondering how you are doing.  Hope all is well.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on February 14, 2008, 02:13:42 AM
Milly;
  Hi yourself. I'm still haviing those stupid knee problems, but I expect I'm going to have them for a long time to come. I had an appointment tomorrow with a new OS, but they called and canceled because he had an emergency surgery tomorrow. So, now I have to re-schedule. :'( Story of my life. The knee is still troublesome, and I have some scar tissue problems, but all in all, I guess I can't complain.
   How are you doing? The knees ease down? Sorry I don't come in here much any more. But after I had that PM from the miss goody two shoes, I kinda just stay in the hen house mainly, safer I guess.
  Take care of you ok?

XX
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on February 14, 2008, 03:24:39 PM
Hi Angel - I know how you feel, sometimes it's just better to be with friends.  The knee is trashed today.  I've been on it way too much. Monday my husband went by ambulance to the ER and was put on a ventilator.  He has very bad pneumonia.  He was grey Monday morning.  He is out of ICU and in a regular room as of last night, but still pretty sick.  Scared the heck out of everyone.  At least he's back to the right color now.  He thinks he's going home tomorrow and having a smoke.  HAH!  Anyway,  I hope you can reschedule your appointment soon.  Now that things have calmed down a bit, I think I can get the knee propped up with some ice later tonight.  My feet aren't too happy either.  It's really not good to stand around for 6 plus hours in a pair of snow boots!  I hope they forgive me soon!  ;)  Take care.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on February 17, 2008, 12:30:48 AM
Milly;
   Good Lord kiddo, you've had your share of getting the hell scared out of you also huh? How is he doing now? The way ths stupid weather has been changing over and over, it's a damned wonder more people aren't laid up in the hospital with pneumonia, I swear it's been horrible. I know what you mean about knees and hospitals, especially if you're not the patient. How is work treating you? You have to do what you have to do, but please try to take care of you.
   My new appointment is scheduled for the 26th, same day I see my pain doc. Guess it'll be an all day doctor day, oh joy ;D I hope you can get some rest soon. Let me know how he is, ok?

Prayers and hugs sent your way.

XX
Angel
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on February 21, 2008, 04:51:25 PM
Hi all;
  It's been a while since I've been here, but I wanted to say hi and post a couple of photos of my beautiful knee work. The first 2 are of the PKR after the revision, you can see how crooked the unit is and how much bone he cut off of the tibia, too much it seems. The 3rd is of the TKR. The knee itself is stable, but still giving me some problems. I'll know more after the new os appointment this afternoon.

Take care;
Angel

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Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TIBBAR on February 21, 2008, 07:40:29 PM
GEE ANGEL YOU HAVE HOT LEGS ;D ;D ;D ;D
          FROSTY ( CARO.)
 
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on February 21, 2008, 08:30:57 PM
Hi Angel,

Nice pics of the legs! I tried to post from home yesterday?  My Internet decieded to poop out just as I hit post.  Anyway, my husband is home and is like himself again.  Work has been very good to me with time off and everything.  I think the knee is a bit better after lots of ice and rest (some motrin too).  It's not happy with the sub zero weather, but it's always hated that.  Things are starting to get back to normal, but we've had to explain to him many times why we are still a bit upset and shaken.  He got to be sedated for 2-3 days and missed all the fun.  So he can't see why it's such a big deal.  Got to go to back to work.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: chaos on February 21, 2008, 09:31:02 PM
hey girl.  i am going to start calling you hot legs.  thanks for the race pic's.  it took my mnd off other stuff.  so glad you are back. love your humor.

Allison
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: kiddthekatt on February 22, 2008, 12:36:20 AM
Hello everyone;
    Ok, I saw the new OS and he was actually pleased with the structure of the unit. He said that the new xrays show that the knee is stable, and looks good. But i do have some scar tissue that he is going to take out. I have to go back tomorrow with Big Dave and he is going to talk to the both of us. That made me happy also. He is a very nice and straight forward surgeon. He told me also that had the first surgeon done what he was supposed to do in the first place, I wouldn't be in his office today. So, things went really good and I'm ready to get this over with.
   As for the legs, lolol..if I can just get the damn things to work, I'll be happy ;D ;D

Allison;
    Good luck tomorrow.


Take care.
Angel

Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on February 22, 2008, 12:51:34 AM
Hey Angel - hope that once the scar tissue is resolved you can finally get the knee back to some working order, and not so much pain.  I'm glad the new OS seems to be working out.  I'm holding off myself on a different OS, there has just been too much excitement at home lately.  I don't think I could do another surgery or round of PT right now.  I see my original OS in mid March, so I think I'll just write down my questions and go from there.  At least it has calmed down from all the running around last week.  Take care and let us know what happens for you.

Milly
Title: Re: Angel's post op Diary, PKR 2nd time on same knee
Post by: Gary064 on February 22, 2008, 01:03:57 PM
Hi Angel,
           Good news for you then! you will be hopping around in no time. There are times when we think these knee's will never improve, but they do in time. Its good you have an OS that cares, that makes all the difference.

Hugs

Gary