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Title: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on February 08, 2008, 02:30:27 AM
A summary for those of you who haven't heard my story on any other posts.  I am a 36 year old woman who used to be quite active.  In 2005 I did about 5 triathlons, rode in a centrury (100mile) bike ride, did a bike tour in Italy, and ran a half marathon.  My knee decided it didn't like it and I began having anterior knee pain pretty chronically.  By 2/06 I could barely walk after a race I ran.  A few weeks later I had a cortisone injection that didnt help.  I was told to stop all exercise which I did.  A few months later with no healing in sight, I begain formal physical therapy.   After several months of that....I was offered a Lateral Retinacular Release.  I was told I would be up and running again in 6 weeks.  I had that surgery 11/06 and have never recovered.   I had a lateral release, some chondromalacia shaving and a tiny trim of my meniscus.   Afterward, I regained my full ROM in about 5 days. I was off my crutches in 3 days and back to work on the 5th day.  I began PT as ordered.  Within a few weeks, I noticed that I had some sharp stabbing pains in my calf during any of my exercises. Like someone was sticking my leg in a light socket. It hurt really bad.  ONLY when I did quad exercises...even if it was just a seated quad set.  I had trouble getting my VMO to wake up right away.  I was walking like frankenstein (so said the PT).  I started to notice this odd divot puckering in at the lower lateral incision site from my arthroscopic surgery.   ALL OF THESE THINGS I WAS REPORTING TO MY DOCTOR.  I went on and on for several months like that......finally...by the grace of God....my PT went out of town.  A NEW PT was filling in for her. This PT looked at my leg and said that I should get a second opinion. Something was wrong....I knew this..but couldnt get the OS to listen.

So. To make the rest of this story shorter....I spent all of 2007 in search of someone who knew what to do with me.  I had so many xrays, 2 MRIS on my knee, one MRI of my back, one MRI of my hip, a CT scan on both legs and a nerve conduction/ EMG study.   I saw EIGHT doctors. (dallas, san antonio, and 5 in Austin) and today one in Georgia.   I would say that of the 8....probably 5 had no idea what to do with me.  I wont even go into that whole story....but what a process. 

Eventually, one doctor I did trust found some literature for me.  He told me about a surgery that he thought would work to fix my leg.  He says I have " Iatrogenic medial subluxation of the patella"  "Iatrogenic" means caused by a doctor.    Anyway....he wanted to fix me. I saw him about 4-5 times in consult...thinking about it.....but he had only done it twice. I had confidence in him...but twice is just not enough.  So.....I went out on a limb and contacted the original doctor in Georgia that did the research on my knee problem.  He spoke to me on the phone 3-4 times in great detail and I decided to come here to let him evaluate me....and if It was a good fit, to do the surgery.

So...here I am....and I am scheduled tomorrow morning at the Hughston Sports Med Hospital in Georgia.  They are going to re-construct my lateral retinaculum, do a VMO advancement, try to see what the nerve is that is trapped (peroneal nerve) and removed extensive adhesions that I have all inside my knee.  The big divot is my old LR attached to the fat pad!   If I can figure out how to post some pictures I will put a pre op picture of my knee up..it is pretty odd.  He gives me good hopes for more stability. Says I might not ever kneel or squat comfortably but that I should be much better and get some of my athletc life back.  I will be in the hospital for three days....then do intensive PT in Georgia for two weeks and then I fly home to continue in Austin.  He says it will be a hard recovery and to expect pain..and my knee to look bigger than my thigh tomorrow. (yikes) Im going to have a really big incision on the side of my knee..but I dont really care.

Ok. Well....thats pretty much it for now.  I dont know if they have wireless or anything in the hospital so I wll post the details whenever I get them.  :-)  Thanks so much to all of you that have already given me so much suport and SOO much helpful information on this out of town surgery.   Im going to go take my last really really really long shower!!!   

:-)
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: katmomx2 on February 08, 2008, 03:08:35 AM
Laura,

Pflugerville here. I am thinking of you and wishing you the best. Hope to hear from you soon.


Hugs Kat
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: fawn2388 on February 08, 2008, 03:13:13 AM
Good luck.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 08, 2008, 07:53:20 AM
Hi there,

Good luck for your surgery. I'll be thinking of you.

Look forward to hearing how you go.  :D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on February 08, 2008, 09:17:53 AM
Good Luck!!!!!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: cat on February 08, 2008, 01:34:52 PM
Laura,
It sounds like your'e in great hands. Good luck and keep us posted. We love to hear success stories.
 ;D cat  ;D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Mandy on February 08, 2008, 01:37:18 PM
GOOD LUCK, LAURA!!! :D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: riderdown on February 08, 2008, 06:28:14 PM
Thinking of you BIGTIME  today!
Lots of healing vibes, well wishes and prayers headed your way!

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: missmyknee on February 08, 2008, 08:30:39 PM
Laura

Good luck today. You'll be in good hands with Dr Flandry. We'll be waiting to hear how it all went .

Best Wishes

Pam
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: yuntigrl on February 09, 2008, 02:28:18 AM
Laura....been thinking of you all day!!!!  Hope you're doing great!

 :'( I got a shot in my knee today   :'(

Kat
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 09, 2008, 06:58:57 PM
Ok. I think I can keep my eyes open to post my story.  Yesterday I came to the hospital at 700. My case got delayed so I didnt go into surgery until after noon. That was a hard wait!  My surgery took 1 and half hours and I got to my room at 330.

In recovery I was in a lot of pain. Im not a cryer....and I was sobbing I was in so much pain.  I heard the recovery room nurse saying something about how the Anesth. that day was bringing everyone into recovery in pain. I guess she didnt give me enough stuff?  They got anesthesia to come give me a femoral nerve block and they pushed lots of IV meds.  One really really cool thing that they did in the surgery and after was plug this warming air hose up to my hospital gown. The gown was a thick paper and it had an opening in it...sorta like the size of a vaccuum hose...it kept me so warm it was nice.

After recovery I came into my room and basically slept on and off all afternoon.  Dr. Flandry came by in the evening at some point adn I only vaguely remember it. I said something funny that made him really laugh...but I have no idea what I said.   

Good news was that besides the defect and scarring, my knee looked really good. The meniscus and the catilage. He said they were in good shape. Im so happy b/c I was worried that all the bumping and grinding I was having have been chewing up the cartiilage.

He said that my lateral retinacular capsule had about 2 cellular layers of skin and thats ALL that was holding my knee cap to the lateral side.   He said that I was a perfect candidate for repair and that I should have never had the LR done on me.  They used part of my IT band and 1/4th of my patellar tendon to recreate a lateral retinaclum. They also pulled whatever was left of the knee capsule over to close the defect  in myknee.  They said I had extensive scarring from the site of the LR down to the fat pad. They had to cut that out and also I lost a fair amount of my fat pad.  Im not happy about that...but haven't read up on that yet.  All and all he said it was a good case and he expets me to do very well.  He took a lot of pictures of my knee as an example to teach.  I cant wait to see them.

So, the rest of the guts and glory of recovery.  I had to use a bed pan all day yesterday. Who knew urinating could be so hard. Getting on the thing was hard...then I just sat there...couldn't go...took forever for my brain to go.  Finally I could go. Trying to balance on one foot, pee AND not get my full leg brace wet was hard.   All night long my husband was having to help get me on and off that thing.     I started throwiing up at about 900 last night. Threw up a few times. Nothing worse than liquid coming out your nose and mouth. BLA.  again, my poor husband.  They were giving me nausea and itching meds as injections in my butt. Why they heck they didnt use my IV site, I have no idea.   My night nurse wasn't that nice.  As a matter of fact....last night she was giving me some pain medicine in my IV.  I had been sitting there on my bed pan waiting for her to help me off it.....sitting IN the urine. So, I asked her to help me...she did.....and, in the mean while she forgot to push in my medicine..and she left the room. This morning I was asking for more pain med and they said it wasn't time yet.  When the new nurse came in....we discovered that my syringe full of pain med from last night was plugged iinto the IV line just hanging there....she didnt push it in last night. DUH...no wonder the pain med didnt work!!!!  The day shift nurse is GREAT. 

I have a really cool ice pump, pressure pump thing on my leg. It is called a "game ready" machine. It is one of those circulating water cryo cuffs....and it is sequentially squeezing my leg to keep the fluid and swelling down and to prevent blood clot.

They started me on Lovenox injections and aspirin today to prevent a DVT. Also they gave me stool softeners, iron, multivitamin, vitamin C, nad ongoing IV antibiotics.

I start PT tomorrow.

Ok. Thats it.  Gosh,it is hard to type when you are on pan meds. My head is swirly and my eyes keep closing!   Thank you to everyone that emailed with good wshes.!    Also....thanks so much to everyone that gave me the tips before I came. The tips to bring baby wipes for bathroom, the tip that I might throw up, the lemon drop tip for nausea, and so many more I cant remember....but wonderful.

Im hoping the rest of the nght is non eventful. Will post tomorrow after I have the first PT.

:-) Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: riderdown on February 09, 2008, 08:35:11 PM
Great report!

I have no time now, but so glad to hear you are doing good! Sorry you hurt so much post op. Man I don't miss that. hang in there. We're thinkin about you!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: yuntigrl on February 10, 2008, 03:20:58 AM
Awe...thank God.  I was worried, and so glad to hear that the surgery went well.  So sorry about the bedpan, and nausea.  What a bummer!  Cool to hear about the ventilated gown...very nice.  Keep us posted....it is so wonderful to hear the news when one of "US' gets to go forward!!!  God Bless.  Kathy
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 10, 2008, 04:37:49 AM
Thanks. I hope Im going forward. Im getting pretty pissy being in the hospital.  Im going to request to get out of here tomorrow. I dont think I need to be getting IM meds still....they hurt and Im sick of it. I want oral pain meds.....and I want my stupid IV out.  Im grumpy :-) ha ha......the bed that elevates up and down is the only good thing....and I guess the ice machine.   Im mad at the nurses they are not being very attentive.

No more nausea today. Ate all my meals fine. I have been up to the bathroom many times wiht touchdown only on my toe.  My leg feels like it weighs five hunderd pounds when I get up and my patella feels like it has a nail through it...but, it is day one so I am not surprised at all.  I just hope that Im not screwing something up.   My big goal...get through rehab without scar tissue, infection, etc....seems so easy...but so far off too.

:-) Thanks for the notes!  It sure is boring laying in bed all day long!

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: NotEnough on February 10, 2008, 05:06:25 AM
Hey Laura,

Sounds like the surgery itself went pretty smoothly. I had my fat pad removed completely (I'm told) during my first surgery, but I have yet to really figure out what it means because the area just filled with swelling and scarring. Keep me posted on yours and how it feels differently as you progress.

I hope you get out of the hospital soon and can relax in a more comfortable setting before focusing on rehab.

Take care,
Sarah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 10, 2008, 09:03:45 AM
Hi Laura,

Glad to hear that your surgery went well.

Sounds like you will be glad to get out of the hospital. I hope you can get out soon.

Good luck with your rehab !!!  ;)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 11, 2008, 01:10:00 AM
Ok.  It is the second day(or third night) after surgery.  I am free from the hospital, Yipee!  I just got myself settled into my extended stay hotel and ate some yummy olive garden dinner and popped some vicodan. Life will be good soon.  As soon as my pain medicine kicks in my hubby plans to help me take a shower.  This handicap room is great b/c it has a walk in shower with a shower chair and a hand held shower thing. I can sit in there and wash my hair I cant wait!

So....good news. I had PT today. They came to my room and got me up walking the hall with touchdown on my toe. They made me go up some stairs and down in practice on the crutches.  And then they had me practice some active flexion where you slide you foot towards you on the floor and then push it back out to extension with my other foot. I guess Im not allowed to use my extensor muscles yet since that is that they repaired.  So. I had to get past 90 degrees by day 5 and I got to 100 to 110 degrees today.  It was not comfortable...but not awful either.  Yipee.    They had me do some quad sets. No surprise that my quads that have been sleeping for a year continue to sleep..but I will keep trying.  She did assisted SLR too...those were HARD....and basically..my leg didnt participate..but I tried. 

Bad news. I dont think that my peroneal nerve pain in my calf is fixed. I felt it do its traditional zinger electricity zap to my calf today. I told the PT...they dismissed it...but they dont know my history of it. I almost cried. I sucked it in...trying to be positive. HOPE and PRAY that it goes away......I really hope it does.

The hospital stay was bad with bad nursing care. Im over that now. Thank God for my husband...I will celebrate that.

Hopefully this is the beginning of many good posts of rehab.

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on February 11, 2008, 09:14:59 AM
Hey Laura,
gawd I hate bedpans!!! they are not condusive to a pleasant moment on the loo at all!!! Thank god youre off them!! The hotel room youre in sounds great - excellent to be able to have a comfy shower etc...

PT sounds like it went well, dont worry about your leg not participating sometimes - thats gonna happen with your history - but I can be your inspiration for the fact that even after years of shut down and a muscle so badly wasted that a surgeon couldnt find it while prodding around, WE CAN REBUILD THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Your peroneal nerve pain might be kicking in due to inflammation? Say it to the OS - the physios dismiss all sorts of aches and pains initially after surgery - things might yet settle down.

Thank god for your husband is right - a supportive partner really helps so much.

We will await the good rehab posts - Im so happy for you that youre on the road to recovery proper now - surgery behind you, only hard work with the physio to go - so the battle is almost won!!!
xx
Tanya


Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 11, 2008, 06:01:48 PM
What hospital in GA did you have your surgery in?  I live in GA and also used to go to the Hughston clinic years ago.  I think one of your old posts said Hughston Clinic.  Which location is your doctor out of?  Where I used to go changed names and now is moved to an entirly new place in Alpharetta area.  Anyway how long are you staying in GA?  It sounds like you are doing well.  Keep motivated!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: riderdown on February 11, 2008, 07:36:19 PM
Hey Hey!!

Good report! 100-110 already! Whoo hoo!!
Time to get yer butt home so we can all celebrate! You're on your way to being the athelete you are again girl! hang in there! Slow and painful progress is still progress!
Sorry to hear about the calf pain tho.  Happy to hear you are free from the hospital and that you got a shower too. You are so way ahead of the game!

Hugs to you and your hubby today! Remember, this is the beginning of the end!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 11, 2008, 09:15:22 PM
Hi everyone.  I am out and made it thru my first hotel night sleep. Not as easy as the hospital but I slept ok.  I had some sort of allergic rxn to the vicodan my face got all itchy so we had to call the doc on call. They called in Darvocet and benadryl and that took care of that problem. I dont think the darvocet works as well...but thats ok.  I started PT today in the office.  It was basic things. I was disappointed as my flexion was down to 85-90 today. I had to REALLY try to get it to 90 and they said if I cant be at 90 by tomorrow he wants to do a MUA> I DO NOT want that...so Im trying my best. Will rest and try to work on it more later.   They taught me the seated ankle exercises with the theraband, and quad sets, active flexion with passive extension and these standing straight leg rases which are a joke. With my leg in the immobilizer Im supposed to raise my leg up like I would kick a soccer ball...ha ha.....I couldnt even kick a mouse if it were sittng on the end of my shoe. I only raised my foot like 1 inch. So hard and so pathetic...I will keep trying though!   The pain was much higher at PT today and I cam straight home, laid on the couch with my leg in the air in the cryo machine.   I continue to be nervous abou the nerve pan in the outside of my leg as I can still feel it.  Wii just wait and see.

Farrah, yes, Im at the Hughston Cliinic in Columbus, GA.
Why did you stop seeing that clinic...just curios.

Ok, thanks again for everyone's support.  Ii  love checking in on everyone to see the progress along the way!

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 12, 2008, 02:08:30 AM
Hi Laura, I was at that clinic a long time ago when my right knee first started bothering me.  My doctor couldn't figure out the problem after he performed arthroscopic surgery for chondromalacia.  Needless to say, it didn't work.  So he gave up on me after about 2 years of see him and trying different therapists and all kinds of stuff.  I liked that place, but there was no point in me staying there if it wasn't helping me.  I saw him for my back a few years before my knee started hurting...he didn't help me there either.  I think both of my problems were just difficult to diagnose and treat at the time.  My back still bothers me...and so does my right knee and now my left. 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: dileigh on February 12, 2008, 02:58:37 AM
Laura,

glad you made it out of the hospital in one piece ;D.   Just curious why he's talking about a MUA when you just got out, and a day early at that.   Good luck getting to 90 tomorrow.


Diana
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: stgiles16 on February 12, 2008, 03:26:07 AM
hey laura, keep up the good work, you will get there. i have faith in you. looks like i might get the chance to meet you afterall. they are now making me come back down to GA for my 2 yr anniversary checkup. yuck.

keep us posted on your progress.
missy
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Plumb on February 12, 2008, 03:38:25 AM
When anyone is in the hospital you never realize how vunerable you are until you are at the mercy of help of the staff.   I remember when I was in rehab and the lady next to me had I kid you not 10 people trying to visit her at once.  Meanwhile when your the poor sucker trying to use a bedpan to pee .. because the PT left early for the day and they refused to hand over a walker.  It drives people to ask for creative items such as female urinals  .. God bless the designer of that device.  Foley cathe are not that bad of an option after you experience the wiggle of shame of sitting in a puddle ...

Sigh .. Sigh...Sigh...   MUA...  Are they going to admit you overnight for pain control ? 


Soon this will be a memory  or a post traumatic stress disorder :)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 12, 2008, 04:06:23 AM
ha ha...i had that puddle of the bed pan. Disgusting. trying to hold myself up with one hand...hold the bedpan...AND keep the top edge of the cloth immobilizer out of the bed pan was so hard. No one cared....well...im sure my husband would help...but there is only so much I can ask of him ha ha...(we were only married in June..poor guy)

I dont think I have to have the MUA. They just said that they have a goal of at least 90 by day 5.  So, day 5 is tomorrow for me. I think I can get there unless something gets worse over night. I was there yesterday, today I barely got there....so I hope tomorrow is ok.

I just dont really understand what it is that is making it not move. Its not  pain....I can usually push through pain with my mind...it is just stuck...like it would explode.  Hopefully they didnt put me back together too tight.  Im sure Im over analyzing it...what else do I have to do all day. I have PT again tomorrow at 3   I will RICE it all day before I go.  I think my leg looks pretty good. It is way less swollen and WAY less bruised than my last surgery. They arent as impressed with it as I am. ha ha......

Oh...Diana....ha ha..I "got out" a day early b/c I wanted to leave.  My PT today let me know that my doctor was not happy that I left. Oh well....the hospital was so disorganized I wanted to scream. I will let him know exactly WHY i got out early when I see him. Besides...I can lay around all by myself unattended here in my hotel and I had PT this morning. I cant imagine my PT in my room would have been differnt than the PT in the PT office. :-)

Missy. I didnt get your email. Let me go look for it. My Yahoo email likes to put things in the bulk folder all the time!  Im sorry you have to drive all the way down. I know that you were excited you didnt have to go.


:-) Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on February 12, 2008, 09:28:34 AM
Hey Laura,
youre doing great!!! ROM can be such a b1tch to get and keep!!!! You just gotta keep pushing at it - you WILL get there!!

Dont worry about how hard the exercises seem right now - thats totally normal after surgery, you will find as your surgery heals it all gets easier.

So how long will you be staying there for? When you heading home? I laughed about your hubby and you only married since June and you thinking best not to get him to help with bedpan things :) If you two are going strong during all this stress then I think you have a loooong and happy marraige on your hands!!!

Keep the updates coming - its great to hear how you are coming along.
xx
Tanya
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: riderdown on February 12, 2008, 04:30:10 PM
Hey girl!

I had the rxn to vicoden too. Made me itch all over. Mostly on my torso! It sucked! then i got darvocet too, and it did nothing or me. 800mg of IBU worked better for me, and then I took a half of one vicoden with that. It didn't make me itch.

I was wondering the same thing about what was keeping the knee from bending in the beginning and my PT said it was a combo of trauma and swelling. You will get there. You are so close. Take some pain meds before PT and really get iced. I found the polar care wasn't as effective as a big bag of ice. Also, do they have you on a CPM? I think that was really helpful to gain flexion in the beginning. Not much help past day 8 for me, but was great in the beginning.

Hang in there girl! This is when the tough get going. Day five is so much better than day one! Feel better every day! Try that dry sauna trick if your PT says its ok. Worked well for me, and I am almost to my butt now!

Hugs to you
s
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: brianne on February 12, 2008, 05:09:33 PM
Laura,

The LR recon is kind of the opposite of the MPFL recon which is what I had.  I found that ROM was hard for the same reason as you are finding.  It wasn't really painful, it just felt like there was something stopping it.  I found that my graft would get hard as a rock.  It helped me to gently massage the graft area for a few minutes before working on ROM.  I also found it helpful to make sure that the leg had completely warmed up from any icing applied to it. 

If you are at 90, even with difficulty, at 5 days PO, I would say you are doing really well.

Brianne
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 12, 2008, 05:18:40 PM
Thanks everyone!  I slept ok last night. Today is day 5.  I actually slept sorta on my side with pillows btw my legs with the immobilizer on top leg.....in the mornng I work up with my bad leg hanging off the side of the bed..ha ha...thats not exactly "elevated"   Sleeping is the worst.  I did my exercises this morning. They are 1/10th easier. Pain and tight still for the bending. I REALLY struggle to get to 90...who knew something so easy could be so hard...and cause so many cuss words. ha.  

I dont have a CPM machine. I guess something about the way they attached the IT band and the patellar tendon. They dont seem to want me to be too aggressive with movemnet. Im still concerned that the scars will come back. They are not doing any patellar mobilizations at all......When do they start that?  I will ask PT today.  I know she knows that I had scar tissue b/c she mentioned it yesterday.  They said to take my leg out of the immobilizer to do the bends nad the quad sets and a shower but other than that I am in the immobilizer.  hmmmmm.....I wish I were my OWN doctor and I knew what was gong on.

I dont remember the hot sauna trick??

So, I emailed the office nurse my questions this morning about pain meds...switching to Motrin....movement...my Lovenox RX....and let them know why I left the hospital early......ugh....anyway...his nurse called me today and says the doctor wants to SEE ME TODAY after my PT.....ha ha..I feel like I have been called to the principals office. Hope Im not in trouble! :-(

This hotel room is ever so exciting.  The cleaning ladies just come in around me. they are so nice.  This morning my husband brought me breakfast.....i was sitting in bed with my leg in the ice machine and the immobilizer propped up on pillows eating breafast in bed. He left to get his own meal.  I accidently dumped an ENTIRE glass of OJ on myself........not much you can do to "jump up" when you are stuck in an ice machine, immobilizer, blankets and pillows.  When he came back to the room...I had cleaned most of it up nd there was a pile of wet clothes, blankets on the floor.....ha ha......he just thinks Im crazy! :-)

So glad to talk to everyone else while you are recovering too! :-)

Thanks Brianne for the notes about rubbing the graft. Im not sure with my puffy leg I know where to rub..I will ask them today.

Laura :-)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: stgiles16 on February 12, 2008, 06:01:37 PM
Laura, i will be down there on the 21st of this month. that is next thursday. i have an appt with doc at 1:30. my hubby is going to take the day off and drive me down. yeah,,,, that means that i get to sleep all of the way home lol. if i took my daughter, i would be too nervous about her driving thru atlanta to sleep but with him, i can nap ,,,,,,, alll of the way home. maybe we will get a chance to meet next week.
keep up the hard work and let us know what doc tells you.

missy
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 12, 2008, 06:37:42 PM
Laura, it's nice that you can e-mail your OS!  It is also nice that they respond!  Keep up your good work.  let us know what your OS says again!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 13, 2008, 12:13:08 AM
Had my 2nd PT today out of the hospital day 5.    I tried to take less pain meds this morning and did ok until I did my morning exercises. Then my leg was hurting a bunch. I knew taht I had to get past 90 today to avoid the dreaded MUA so I took 2 pills before PT.

When I got to PT my head was swimming. Great...not a good way to start PT.  Then my doctor walks in. ha ha...even greater. I felt like I was dizzy and could throw up. Thats not a good way to explain why I left the hopsital early. ha ha....Anyway, he didnt know I felt like that. He sat down and watched me try to get to my 90 degrees. I guess it is a good thing that I had my meds on board. I got to 90...maybe slightly more than that. It hurt quite a bit.   Anyway, I got through my exercises a little bit better today. The quad is moving the patella some.  I asked the PT about patella mobilizations today...she asked the doctor..he said...you could try them...but I dont think she will tolerate them.  My knee is still swollen.  How swollen are your knees when you start your patella mobilizations?  Does it hurt a lot?   Anyway, he said I was doing better than expected and if I keep up the good work I might get to go home to Austin sooner than expeted.

For my back, they are going to let me see the manual therapist tomorrow to see if he can help me with my crazy back pain. It is so much worse since surgery.  I think I take my pain med more for my back than for my knee!

:-) anyway....thats a good day so far.  Hope it keeps getting better and hope that my knee is fixed.  Only time will tell!

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 13, 2008, 12:36:32 AM
Hey Laura!  Congrats on making 90+ even though you were on lots of pain killers!  I finally got my phone call from my OS!  It was actually the PA!  Better him than nobody.  I get to skip PT tomorrow!  With the amount of very sharp pain it causes, I am so excited about that.  Se he called in two prescriptions for me: darvocet for the pain and lunesta for sleeping.  I don't know how much of the lunesta I will be taking, but it may be worth it!  He was worried about the around the knee cap pain, but he said he they could take a look at it on Thursday during my newly scheduled OS apt.  It was originally on Friday.  Anyway, I am so happy for you and your accomplishments!  I bet it was weird that your doctor was at your PT appointment.  Is your PT within the Hughston clinic?  My doc has that, but insurance doesn't accept it. It would make communication between PT and doc easier!  I bet you will be so worried about communication once you get back to Austin!  By the way, I am from San Antonio originally!  We used to be neighbors (depending on how long you have lived there).  I lived there from 1987-1997.  Anyway, keep up the good work with PT!  Don't take too many pain meds!!  Now you are going to be under pressure to begin increasing your ROM from 90!!  Good luck with that!! I'm sure you can do it.

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 13, 2008, 12:46:09 AM
Thanks Farrah.  I moved to Austin in 96. :-)

Yes, the PT is in the same building as the Hughston office. They told me I shoudl go see him after I had PT...but the clinic was running way behind...so he came over and saw me. That was lucky. Im sure it is only b/c I am from out of town that he did that.   I asked him about all the crazy blood thinners I was on in the hospital. He said it was excessive. I thought so too...the resident/fellowship doctor must have written the order. They were giving me 4 aspirin and Lovenox twice a day. I thought that was NUTS. Now I am only on one lovenox shot a day.  Anyway, he gave me a prescription for Ultram ER..says it might help more than my Darvocet and not knock me out as much. He only gave me 12 so we will see.  He said I could also try to put the Advil between the other things to see if it helps.

Yes, Im worried about going back to Austin and not havng any idea on how I am doing.  I will see if I can email him pictures of my knee or questions along the way!

Im glad that you got in sooner too.  I hope the new sleep medicines help.  I will check in on you to see what they say your patella problems are!  Hang in there.

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 13, 2008, 02:54:50 AM
That's so funny that your doctor is switching you from Darvocet to Ultram ER!  I was taking Ultram ER...actually have been for about 1.5 yrs or so for my back.  Well it wasn't helping my knees at all.  So that is why my knee OS called in the darvocet.  He said it is stronger than Ultram ER.  What dosage are you taking?  I was on 200mg daily.  It is more of a long term medication.  Once my knee stuff is all over I will be going back to Ultram.  I love it!!  I started with percocet out of surgery.  Anyway, I took 2 darvocet about 45 minutes ago and am not feeling any different yet.  Oh well.  I wasn't able to get the lunesta b/c my insurance is requiring a special authorization from my doctor...so that may take a week!!  Hopefully not. 

So we were neighbors in TX for about a year!  Haha!  I would love to go back and live there, but I hated the heat!!  Atlanta is a perfect place as far as weather.  Cold in the winter with a little bit of snow and not hot hot hot in the summer.  It's perfect.  I actually lived in New Braunfels during my 10 years that I was living in TX. I loved the small town atmosphere.  Atlanta is not small!  :)  The convenience of everything at your fingertips is nice though. 

Anyway, good luck! 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 13, 2008, 03:12:52 AM
New Bransfels has grown quite a bit since you left...so has Austin. It is unreal. We have high rise condos going up everywhere...a toll road system...and crazy traffic.  Dripping Springs, Buda, Driftwood....all not really that far out of town these days. Its a shame when a town like Austin grows up really. It loses its charm.

Anyway. I think he gave me the option of the Ultram because I was complaining about the Darvocet. And, I do have a chronic back problem since my last knee problem. The Darvocet...knocks me on my butt when I take it. I cant keep my eyes open about 2 hours after I take it. So, I was actually hoping to find something I could take that would give pain relief but not knock me out.  So, I guess you can function on that med? ..that is good. I still have a rx for darvocet, I have a full bottle of vicodan (b/c I got itchy) and I have a left over bottle of percocet my mom gave me from her recent bunion surgery. Ha.  the people at the airport are going to think I have a problem.  I guess if I show them the HUGE inciison down my leg they would understand.  Funny thing..I dont like narcotics...but I have a huge bag of them here.

I think I did too much today. My knee swelled more today and my ankle got swollen for the first time since surgery.  I still dont have ANY bruising which is odd but I took a surgical dosage pack of Arnica Montana this time to help. I think it did.  My back is KILLING ME.  I wonder if they got a disc out of place while moving my leg around or something. It is awful.  Im back on the bed flat as a board with my knee in the icey squeezing machine...hope that helps!  Oh...and my crazy nerve pain in my calf is back wtih a vengence. The doctor said it might be coming from my back.  I hope it is....because I want people to leave my knee ALONE from now on.....

:-)
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Plumb on February 13, 2008, 03:37:37 AM
My back always hurt after surgery.  I guess you dont realize how you are beling flipped around.  I guess prior to any future surgery's I will stretch out a few.   I think I read somewhere they pipped warm air on you.   I had like a blanket of warm tubed air during and just ready to leave the OR.  I think I was shaking due to the shock.  The cold of the OR plus the trauma your body goes threw.

It is snowing like crazy here now. 
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 13, 2008, 03:41:42 AM
yes...exactly. I always shake post op. In my last surgeyr I had it bad...this time not at all b/c of the warming shirt. It was great!

No snow here. We are  under a tornado warning in Georgia. Of course, I have no idea what county I am in..or where I am on the map they are showing on TV....yikes!  Not thinking I can run very fast for shelter!

:)
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on February 13, 2008, 09:42:27 AM
HI Laura,
you know it sounds like youre having a rough time, but considering your surgery youre actually doing very well!!!

Im so sorry that your back is hurting - and you know it probably is because of them flipping you about in surgery.

I left you a detailed VMO re-building post on the other thread - but dont worry too much about doing that just yet, you need to heal girl!!!

Your ROM is doing great - overall although its sucky being in a hotel room and not able to do anything you are really making the most of the situation by posting on here and getting on with your PT etc....

Hang in there!!
xx
Tanya

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: stgiles16 on February 13, 2008, 12:43:19 PM
Laura, good work getting to 90 degrees in PT. Doc does like to come over and viisit in PT when we out of towners are in there. I have actually had to drive to GA just to see Dan in PT and instead of having an appt with Doc Flandry, he just comes over to see me while I am in one of the private rooms at PT. It does make the waiting time shorter (not waiting in both waiting rooms, only one). He usually has me see Dan after my visitis with him (especially since I am in the clinical trial, they are both charting my progress).

After having 6 surgeries at the Hughston Clinic (long distance), I have never had a problem about communication between my OS, his PT, and my at home PT.  It will work out, dont worry so much. who is your PT at Hughston? Dan is very good at keeping in touch with local PTs.
hope that whichever pt you have is equally as good at keeping in touch.

keep up wiht the good work. hope pt today is easier.
missy
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 13, 2008, 01:10:30 PM
Laure, you are about 2 hrs away from me and I didn't know any of GA was under a tornado warning!  I am glad I didn't know!   I was in my house in 2000 when a tornado came through.  It was the scariest time of my life!   You are in Augusta, right? 

How many mg of Ultram are you taking?

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: stgiles16 on February 13, 2008, 01:27:56 PM
Farrah, laura is in columbus GA, at the main hughston clinic. we share the same OS.

what OS are you seeing in atlanta? I live in SC but drive to GA to see Doc Flandry.

missy

ps, i have ultram as one of my pain management drugs too and it works pretty well for me , without making me sleepy or loopy
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 13, 2008, 02:45:53 PM
Oh yeah!  Columbus!  Still a few hours from me.  I new it was one of those medium sized cities a few hours from where I live.  I see Dr. Gillogly at Atlanta Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center.  I have seen him and Dr. Garten (sports med doc) for about 2.5yrs.  I love them.  They are very smart and really great.  I just don't like the call back time!  I like how Dr. Gillogly operates within the office though.  Every time I see him, I also see the PA.  So the PA is always on top of what is going on.  So the PA is the one that always "returns" phone calls.  He is really easy to talk to.  Dr. Gillogly is too.  I have a hard time speaking the whole truth about what I am experiencing.  So it actually took a lot for me to complain about the pain I have been experiencing lately.  I am so glad I did though. 

Hughston clinic is suppose to be really really great.  Back in 1998 or 1999 when I was visiting a location in Duluth, GA my doctor couldn't figure out why my back pain wasn't gone even after my fracture was healed.  So he transferred me to Emory Orthopedics and Spine Center to Dr. Hubbell.  Dr. Hubbell didn't want to see me at first b/c I was only 17.  Well he gave in and was surprised that Hughston Clinic referred me to him.  So that is when I learned that they are really good.  Emory is good too though.  I have been seeing Dr. Hubbell since then.  I have been through so many different treatments (of course no surgery) with him that he finally just prescribed me meds to alleviate my pain.  I was a gymnast, so I have tons of issues with my back...none of which are fixable through surgery.  At least not yet.  I feel like my doctor is just waiting for it to get worse.  As long as pain meds work, I don't care!!  My knees are just another issue!  My back doctor didn't want me to go through with the surgery I had on Jan 8th.  He started offering all these alternatives, and I said I already did them.  I think he was mainly concerned about my back pain during all of it.  I have been okay.  The first 2 weeks were horrible, but so was the knee pain.  Once I started moving around more, I was better....as long as I had some type of medication.

Anyway, I am sure that is way more than what you wanted to know!! :)  My meds are making me feel weird!  This is the first time during the day to take the darvocet.  I am tired and woozy.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 13, 2008, 02:58:07 PM
Good morning all.  Well....Farrah, no tornado..ha.. I guess the warning was on the border btw alabama and georgia....Im in Columbus in a hotel room. ha ha. I can tell you how to get from here, to the car, to the PT and back. :)  oh..and to the pharmacy.   ;D    

I dont know the dose of Ultram yet..they didnt have it in yesterday and we have to go back today to get it after PT.

I was so confident yesterday that I was doing well b/c the doctor said I might go home early...but then last night my knee and ankle were more swollen. I laid with it elevated.  At night, I went to sleep..took my pain meds..and put the ice machine on.  The ice part seems to be burning the upper part of my thigh. I woke up and it was hurting so I took the ice machine off and went back to sleep.  I slept all night long in all sorts of positions. Well...this morning I woke up in HORRIBLE pain. The inner part of my leg. I wanted to cry...I just was pokiing my husband saying..ice machine..ice machine...ha ha...he got up and put my leg back in the machine..>I took two Darvocet...and now...1 hr 45 min later and I am ok.   Maybe I should just NOT sleep anymore until I get better! :-)

Thanks Tanya for the VMO info. I will go read it on the other thread.  The pain this morning was right there where he did the VMO advancement. It was the first time I have hurt there at all. Not sure why all the sudden that part hurt. OUCH.

Missy.....I was hoping to get Dan but I didnt. I have Kim.  I have only seen her a few times. Idont know if she is a good one or not.  She doesnt really tell me anything that insightful.  She is ok..but probably not stellar.  Thats ok...I love my PT at home and she is very good so at least I will have her to go home too.  I dont know where the private PT rooms are..Im out on the big blue mat.  I do get to see some other guy today that is their manual therapit. He is going to see if my SI joint is out of place or what the deal is with my back.

Missy, I know you are coming in next Thurs. Im glad your husband can drive you down.  I am flying out on Friday morning as of now...but we might get to go home sooner if I am doing well so I will just have to keep you posted!

Do you guys know how long it takes to be able to lift your leg up off the bed. I still have to drag mine off with my hand..and my husbnad has to pick it up like a log to put it back on the bed. I guess that is normal...just dont know how long it takes to be able to do that simple task. Rolling over in bed is hard too....

:-) Thanks for all the positive notes. Trying to keep my chin up!
Laura


Farrah, I just read your note you posted while I was posting.  Yes, the darvocet makes me feel that way too. It is generally 2 hours after I take it and I feel all woozy. hard to keep my eyes focused on the computer....sleepy...etc.   Im sorry you have chronic back pain. It is the pits.  I really had no idea how bad back pain was until I got it the last year or so. You are right....resting too much is terrible for the back......being up and around makes it so much better.  I hope the knee pain gets better so you can get your mobility back and help your back out.  :-(
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Plumb on February 13, 2008, 03:23:20 PM
Ha Ha.  Just thinking back how long it took my leg to do the get off the bed trick. Ofcourse totally different operation but I can relate.   I think in my case it was a good three weeks .   My quad was totally cut.   I had the circle with metal wire thing to help move the leg up and down and I would like to think that it helped me when I was bored and did leg lifts.    Your one comment about .. ice ice ice ice ice ice..  brought a smile to my face..  You will never know how crazy it makes people not being able to get ice fast enough until you are recovered and than the start telling you stories on how you begged for ice and drove them crazy..   I still defend the begging for ice at strange times .. since when you are "SOL" and in that much pain...  Freezing your leg is better than wanting them to saw it off.   :)   


I hope your home soon.  Wonder how you will do on the air plane home.



Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: stgiles16 on February 13, 2008, 03:27:27 PM
Darvocet kicks my butt too. It also makes me have horrible dreams.

Farrah, sounds like we have something else in common. I have arthritis in my spine and suffer from chronic back pain. it usually hurts more than my knees do .  I have been with the Hughston clinic since 2002 and plan to stay with them for good.  I had my first ortho surgery here in my hometown but the surgeon did not do a good job so I found myself a good one.

laura, i hope taht you get to go home early for your sake but if you dont, maybe we will run into one another in pt.  
I have not had kimberly so i dont know her at all but one would hope that if she is working there that she is good at her job.
your VMO may be just starting to hurt because you are just now starting to move it. the patella mobs may also be the culprit for some of the pain, doc warned you that they would hurt .

good luck
missy
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 13, 2008, 03:56:58 PM
Missy, I don't think my back stuff is arthritis, but at this point maybe it is!  It's been about 10 years since my back first started hurting. Every year it gets worse and worse.  My Ultram ER doses go up 50 mg every year too.  Along with Ultram ER I always took indocin (anti-inflammatory).  I have been off the indocin since my surgery though.  I am starting to get so confused with what medications I am taking!!  J/K!  In the last month and a half I have taken, Percocet, Ultram ER, tylenol, indocin, darvocet, and soon to be lunesta.  I never thought I would get to that point in my life!!  I am now just taking darvocet and possibly lunesta until I can get a good night's sleep. 

During all of this knee stuff, I have such a busy busy lifestyle as an architect and gymnastics coach.  We are in the middle of meet season so not only do I coach 3 nights a week, but we have meets about 2-3 times per month.  Those last either 5-10 hrs.  It depends on the meet schedule.  I have two teams.  Sometimes they compete in the same session and sometimes they are split.  When in the same, it is only 5 hrs.  This Friday it is one session!  Thank god!!!  Taking this darvocet may make my days very long!!  I don't think I should be driving, but I don't have a choice if I don't want to be in excruciating pain throughout the day. I still have to live my life.  Have a good one!!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 13, 2008, 07:39:08 PM
Wow...you are coaching and working in all your pain.  I go back to work on 1/25.  I know i have 6 patients in the morning and maybe 4 in the afternoon. They are all twins, triplet moms so they can relate to feeling miserable. And, they walk slow...so that is good...it is just the commute to work that will be really hard...have no idea how Im going to do that yet....and the getting patients up and down the hall all day....its going to require lots of help.  We legally can not be medicated at work....I think I can take the ULtram..but I cant take Darvocet and do patient care.....so, I will just have to get onto something else before then.  crossing my fingers.

The plane ride home is going to be terrible. I will just take meds and hope for no delays.  I have first class seat, the first seat on the plane going home...so that give me room to stretch my leg out...but just the fact my leg is straight nad my back kills me is enough to send me over the edge.  It wont kill me....but it might test my mental strength.  That is a week away so Im not going to worry just yet.

Pt this morning was not great.  I had a tough painful 90 degrees again. It is a 90 degrees by a stretch too and with great pain..but at least I got it.  I did my normal exercises but today she wanted me to try to do my standing straight leg raises without my brace on. I think that was a terribly silly thing to consider since I am barely doing them with my brace on.....but, she insisted. So....with great pain..and frustration...and almost tears I stood there and tried to tighten my painful quad to lift my leg off the ground. NO WAY...it wasnt moving...not a centimeter......eventually we put it back on and did them the painful regular way. I think that was a really dumb decision and honestly I cant imagine what she was thinking...but oh well....so, Im back at the hotel...back on the ice....waiting for the darvocet to take my PT pain away.

:-) thats all!
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 14, 2008, 01:46:40 AM
Laura,

Sorry PT was so hard...I can relate to that!!  Sometimes I wonder what my PT is thinking too!  I can't believe she made you do something that you obviously were struggling with the "easy" way.  I never had to do that exercise.  I couldn't have done it either.  I can do it now perfectly.  I just can't bend my knee from having it straight out.  I have to have it either completely straight or completely bent.  In other words no extensions! Hopefully you won't need any meds once you get home.  I was taking just the Ultram ER for weeks.  If it wasn't for my back pain, I probably could have done without it sometimes....until the last few weeks.  Good luck Laura!!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 14, 2008, 01:59:40 AM
Ok. I had a post op emotional melt down tonight. It only lasted about 10 minutes..but how pathetic. My husband was taking a nap...and I was trying to do my knee bend exercise by myself in the other room.....my pain med was already running low..but I didnt think about that...anyway....I just started bawling over my knee...he came in and Im sitting there with an ice bag and my leg unwrapped crying.  :(  Wonder how long it takes to get over the second guessng of the FIRST surgery I have in 11/06. I still regret that decision.....oh well. So..I took one pain med...waited a while..iced my knee more and was able to bend it some.     

My husband goes home tomorrow and my mom flys in....we had romantic (ha) valentines dinner on the hotel floor watching a movie...ha ha....fun!

Farrah...when we picked up the ultram is has all these warnings on it about not stopping it abruptly...etc.....did you notice any sort of emotional issues from it...it seems that they have concerns over it causing depression??  I dont need anything making me sad thats for sure.  This RX was only a trial RX of 14 tablets...so thats not many.....Will see if I like It I guess.  These were free...but I see they would have cost 45 dollars for 14 of them. WOW.

I think taking just one darvocet is helping in the day better....some pain relief...but not knocked out.

Ok. That all.  Tomorrow is a new day.  I hope this night is better than last night.

:-)
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 14, 2008, 02:32:42 AM
Laura, it is a medication that your body gets addicted to.  If I ever forget a dose, besides the horrible back pain, I get cold sweats and feel horrible!!  I get so so sweaty while I am so so cold!  It is the most uncomfortable thing to experience.  I guess that is the reason that it says not to stop abruptly.  I imagine that is why it is more of a long term medication.  Hopefully you will not need it long term.  I hope it works for you.  Sorry you had some pain issues...I haven't had a meltdown since last Wednesday.  Of course I cried at work yesterday b/c of pain and then pretty much all the way home from work last night.  Then again after I got off the phone with the PA!  Oh and before that I cried after getting off the phone with the receptionist yesterday morning...when I was frustrated nobody had called me back while I was in so much pain!!!  It did sound romantic with a dinner and a movie on the floor of a hotel room!  It is better than what we are doing!!  I have to coach tomorrow night followed by coming home late with probably a lot of knee pain.  Then Friday I have a gymnastics meet.  Anyway, happy healing!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 14, 2008, 02:52:07 AM
Ok...you have me beat on the crying...and probably on the pain.

When i get back to work on the 25th..Im sure I will cry im my whole commute home.

I might not start this new med if it is going to make me feel that way.  The last thing I need is one more thing making me feel like crap.
:-(
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 14, 2008, 02:58:04 AM
Maybe you should express your concerns about the Ultram ER to your OS.  Ask if he/she was intending for you to use it long term or something.  I would definately ask. 
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 14, 2008, 03:06:05 AM
ok...he only gave me a rx for 14 of them. He didnt tell me anything about having to take it every day or anything....hmmmm......will ask him for sure.  Thanks!!  I have been doing pretty good today with one darvocet....just not skipping any. Im going to make sure to take one in the night so I dont wake up in so much pain tomorrow.  THe problems with all these narcotics and inacticity is the slowing of the bowels.  yikes!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on February 14, 2008, 09:02:05 AM
guys I havent even had a recent surgery and I meltdown and cry my eyes out over my knee fairly regularly!!! Its normal - if we didnt cry we'd turn into limping axe murderers or something :)

As for PT, I always feel my PT is pushing me too hard and trying to get me to do stuff that Im just not ready for. I think they all do that. Its a way of preparing the body and brain for when you CAN do it. Last time I went she made me hop - HOP!!! I mean like, are you kidding? Hopping is NOT something I can do without a lot of pain, worry and perhaps a bit of buckling. So I hopped (very very gammily!!!) and then she said she wanted me to get up to half an hour on the treadmill, so it was a half hour of torture feeling like I was gonna dislocate on each step. But in fairness its improved since so perhaps she pushed me to get me there? I dunno - but try not to worry, they all do it.

Laura - happy healing!!! Am thinking of you.
xx
Tanya

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 14, 2008, 05:31:18 PM
Well it frustrates me when you are already in tears with the current exercise and you aren't suppose to do stuff that hurts, but then the PT makes you try something harder!  I don't get it!!   I yelled at my PT last wednesday when he did that to me.  Then I told him on Monday that I didn't want to do anything!  So he took it easy on me.  It still killed though...then my doc told me to stop for the week until I see him this afternoon at 3pm!! I'm soooooo nervous!  I am sitting at work trying to work! I just don't know what to expect today. 

Laura, I hope you are feeling okay!!  Happy valentines day!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 14, 2008, 07:34:59 PM
Thanks all.  Today started better than yesterday. I wasnt yelling ice machine. ha ha.  I had early PT and did ok on my exercises. I got to 95 on flexion. It hurt..but not as bad as yesterday.  The PT didnt make me try the standing SLR without the brace...duh...I can BARELY do them with the brace. I would have just said no today. :-)  A differnet PT worked on my back...but honestly..I just need to get back to my chiropractor..he knows my back....dear God I cant wait to get my back in place.  The OS came over and looked at my knee. I have a spot on it above where they took out the fat pad scar tissue...it is really hot..and slightly red. He ordered 5 days of antibiotics just in case.  My swelling is still about the same..no worse.no better...so thats ok.  I developed this bruised circle around my ankle yesterday that was funny..but oh well.

My husband just packed and left. Im really not that sad about it b/c I will see him in a week...and Im pretty independent....but.. I cried like a baby.  So funny b/c Im not usually like this. He understands....I tried to hold it in but couldnt. funny.  I think it is these darn narcotics.....  He is changing the rental car with my mom who is flying in from Dallas.....she will stay with me on "laura watch" until we get to go home. I really really hope to go home mid week next week if all is ok.

My sutures, although tons of them(23)....and spread out over about 10 inches...they look like they are healing up really well. No oozing or anything. Barely pink at all so I hope this scar isnt terrible.

The PT moved my patella around only slightly today. She says it is mobile..but I guess I dont get to move it that much b.c of the VMO advancement and the ITband/ Patellar tendon grafts. I have three things that are newly grafted to my patella........gzzz...no wonder the patella area is red and hot. Poor little guy.

Ok. thats all for this segment. 
Hope everyone is doing well!  Thanks for all the support.   Cheers to all the other crying in pain knee people.   Farrah..I really hope your appointment goes well. I know it is in an hour...good luck!

oh, Tanya...yes...I got my future protocol for my knee today...so I can take it home to my PT at home....I saw the words "single leg hop" on there...and jump rope.....my husband started laughing...he said I didnt do that before surgery??? ha ha ha
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Plumb on February 14, 2008, 09:28:24 PM
Just came back from shopping and a new hair cut.  ( stacked bob)  My left knee is barking.  Tomorrow off to see the OS for cortizone shot and xrays.  I hope my righty knee the one that is totally bling is ok.  I expect a good report card but there is always that what if.   I am prepared for him to tell me once again I should get my left knee scoped.  Frankly I am still not ready for another procedure.  I feel as if I am on borrowed time with this knee as it is. Maybe this newest round of xrays will provide some path.

It is really nice to see your family make this great effort to travel about the country to be with you during your recovery and rehab.   One day you willl have to post the gorey photos .

I hope you mom is prepared for your ice fetish.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: riderdown on February 14, 2008, 09:32:43 PM
Oh man! Sorry you had one of those days yesterday, and then to have hubby leave on Vday too! WAMMO! HUGS to you today!!
I can totally understand too, as I was a quivering puddle more than once, and I still cry much easier than I ever had in my whole life! What the heck?! LOL... I have never been a crier, but boy I am one now... geeze. I feel for ya girl! Hang in there.

I hear ya about the chiro too. I use Dr Wood on william cannon, and he is great. Who is your chiro?
Strange bruising is odd huh? I had bruising all the way down my shin. There is just no where for the blood to go but down. I sure hope you don't have an infection, but at least they've got you on antibiotics and it will take care of it if you have one.

Ok, the DRY sauna thing. Check with your PT/OS of course, but the dry heat was good for me and really helped. I would lie down and bring my knees up to my chest (no worries~my leg would stick up and out on the operated side) And just kinda hold the calf of the bad leg and let it bend until it hurt. I would support it and just lay there letting gravity do the work to bring the heels down. I got a whole lot more bend in the dry sauna than when just at home. I would use my good leg to help me straighten it up above my head, and then slowly bring it down and hold it until after about a week I didn't need to hold it anymore.  I can almost touch my butt now. It took about a month to get it all this way, but it was super easy, and I didn't have much pain and I didn't have to "try" to push it there. Worked well for me.
Hope you can do this kind of thing, as it was so easy. NOt sure with the surgery you just had if it would be ok.

Man! Sounds like one heck of a scar! Take a pic and show it off!

Order some room service and something sweet for Valentine's day and rest up. I know if my mom were coming I would need all the rest I could get!

Hugs and good vibes.
Steph

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 14, 2008, 10:00:27 PM
Thanks for the tips on the sauna....sounds nice. I had read somewhere else that soemeone was doing wall slides or something. I think they put both legs on the wall and leg gravity pull it down and then push it back up with the good leg...sounds similar.  ha ha...I laugh just thinkng of how I would do that now.....the leg is total dead weight. I cant wait for it get get over that.....it is annoying.

yes...mom is on her way. My mom and I get along great....but it is easier to have the husband.  I wanted to get one last shower alone before she came.  It is quite a task to get a shower...but I wanted a long undisturbed shower.   So..off I went....got in there...had all my stuff ready ..no worries...then the phone rings..the cell...the room...the cell...the room...ha ha.....I cant get out...takes me forever to move my leg....then next thing I hear...knock knock knock....ha ha....my husband tried to call me...and I didnt answer...so he sent the front desk down to check on me.  So funny. I was yellng from the shower......IM OK!!!    Anyways...not exactly that long relaxing shower I wanted.   I had no idea how much I would love my shower chair...ha ha.

Plumb...yes...I am so lucky that they are coming to help me.  It is amazing.  I have helped my mom through two knee surgeries...so she can relate.  I feel bad in hindsight b/c I didnt know it was this hard.....but...now i know I guess.....She has airmiles and is retired...so that is nice.  She will be very bored.  My husband brought work to do...so he kept himself entertained...Im not sure what mom will do all day.  She wants to "see columbus"...but...from what I can tell......there isnt much to see. :-)

Steph...my chiro is John Bandy...he is off of West Bee Caves.  He is great. We used to cycle together.....also, have seen Dr. Bob Meyers before..he was good...and AJ Zelinski at Advanced Rehab...they were great too.    Each I would say has their best areas. 

:-)
More fun stories from Georgia to come. ha ha....
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on February 15, 2008, 09:41:47 AM
Laura,
I read the words 'single leg hop' and 'jump rope' and started feeling unstable - can you please put warnings on posts that contain such foreign and scary words!!!!

Hows that healing coming along? Good idea to take the antibiotics, you do not want an infection, better to nip it in the bud in case its one wanting to start.

I understand completely the dead weight phenomna!! Its just that the brain has shut down the muscles because of pain and trauma, once the body heals up from the surgical work they will wake up again. Its not a nice feeling though.

Hey do you get to do anything nice in your hotel room - watch a favourite movie or write a journal or anything (well i guess this is your online journal!!), i hope youre trying to do as many nice things for yourself that you can in the circumstances.

Am still sending the good vibes over to you, my life is plodding along as normal, still fighting the instability - but i have had a mild improvement in that i no longer feel unstable if i stroll, only if i try to move faster than a stroll, but thats progress eh???
have my next PT session on monday where they strap me in the isokinetic testing machine (thats torture chair to you and me) to see how my quad strength is coming along. so all prayers directed at my right quads on monday afternoon 2pm GMT :)

You know the way the buddhists say you re-incarnate - well i want to be something fast like a racehorse or a a big cat like a puma or jaguar - something with lots of muscle bulk that moves easily and quick - not too much to ask is it? knowing my luck ill come back as a frog or something - croak croak....
xx
Tanya
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 15, 2008, 09:49:20 AM
Hi Laura,

I understand what you are currently going through. Sometimes PT is so painful and really wonder what the PT is trying to achieve. I remember what it was like after my last operation.

In the last couple of days I have been in a lot of pain. My sports physician has told me to take my anti inflammatories for a solid week, Panadeine 15 and also ice a couple of times a day. I am counting down the days till I see my OS. It's only 5 days now and can't wait till I know.

My friend saw my OS this week and he reckons that my kneecap dislocates just looking at it. So, he reckons my kneecap is very unstable. At least he recognises I have a real problem.

Keep up the good work and have a nice weekend. It will be nice spending some time with your Mum.  8)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 15, 2008, 06:10:19 PM
Hi guys.   Well....today I went to PT.   I have my mom here now instead of the husband. I love my mom..but he was way better at this. Ha. She snorred last night...kept me up...and wanted to talk way too much. I was agitated and couldnt sleep.....she means well for sure.  I tried to encourage her to stay in the waiting room for my PT today but she wanted to come on back...so she did...she hovered over me..I was so grumpy. She has no clue that it was bothering me...she just wants me well...but I was hot...I was nauseated from the one pain pill I took today.....and when the PT said I needed to stand up and take the brace off to try my exercise...I bust into tears.  Yep. First official crying in PT.  Who knows when the ugly crying face will show up.  I got it under control fast but man.....sooo emotional...and so not like me.  I say damn darvocet b/c Im sure that is the cause.   So...anyways. Struggled with pain to 90 today again.  Harder than yesterday.  All else is about the same. She showed me how to use my old EMPI quad stimulator for a TENS unit on my back for pain instead....will try that later today.

Back to the hotel and back on the bed with my friend Mr Ice.  I know you can all relate.  One more day...one more day....one more day. Can't believe it is a week and I still feel like crap. big sigh.  I better make huge improvements this week or going to work on the 25th is going to be really hard. (Im an OB nurse).   


Thats too bad you are still feeling so unstable in the kneecap.  I wouldnt be surprised if you need a surgery like I had. I know you are hypermobile though so that must be tricky.  They used part of my IT band and part of my patellar tendon to stabelize the patella  AND did a VMO advancement to help it as well.  Time will tell. Im glad you get to see your doctor next week.

Tanya...ha..sorry for the words hop and jump.  At least I didnt say squat or lunge?  ha  Thanks for the good vibes and Im glad that you are feeling stable at a stroll...that is great news actually!  Hmmm...when I come back I would have liked to be my dog....or a cat..they both seem to have it equally good in life. 

Hope everyone is feeling better today than yesterday!
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Plumb on February 16, 2008, 01:37:47 AM
Good news.  My right TKR knee is doing fine a year later.   Bad news my joint space in lefty is to narrow to even scope.  The OS said that if I had to have chicken juice injectiions every three months he would fight the insurance company to allow it to keep my natural knee as long as  I can.   I am only in my mid thirty's   So more lidocaine patches. more mobic and more loracet.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 16, 2008, 02:29:18 AM
well, thats good news on the good leg.  Hope you get the chicken juice....my mother in law had those injections and thought they helped her a lot.    wow.....mid 30s and TKR already......you are tough!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 16, 2008, 02:39:03 AM
Ok....so....today..I had a melt down. I came home and decided to try to switch to Ibuprofen instead of narcotics. I tookd 800 this afternoon and 800 again tonight.  Im doing ok. I still hurt a little bit..but not terrible.    I used the TENS machine on my back...it was good too.   So....tonight after my shower I was able to take tiny steps forward with my leg out of the brace. Im not really allowed to be out of it....so they were tiny tiny steps on crutches just to get to the bed to dry off and put it back on.....but...until today I have been leaving the shower....GOING BACKWARDS on the crutches and dragging the bad leg behind me.   Yeah. They were tiny steps...but..the leg lifted up..moved forward about 3 inches....etc.  Less of a flamingo leg....the leg is letting me put it down some.  My PT has me taking my brace off....stand against the wall with my leg down...locked in extension as much as I can...and trying to tighten the quad. Now..it isnt moving...but...I guess it helped some.  so. thats my good news.  Not sure if I can get through the night without a painkiller...but Im going to try.

:-)
thanks for all the good vibes. They must be working.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 16, 2008, 04:07:48 AM
Hey Laura, by now I have some percocet, ultram ER, darvocet, and tomorrow hydrocodone if you need any in the morning!!!  I also have a muscle relaxer and a couple of antiinflammatories....oh and a lunesta waiting to be preauthorized.  Let me know!!  Haha!!  I can't believe how many meds I have in my medicine cabinet!!! 

Hopefully you will get some sleep tonight!  I will not be taking anymore darvocet until I can't handle it tomorrow.  I don't know if I am feeling good b/c of not doing PT since Monday or b/c of the pain meds.  Like I said in my diary, the sharp pain has gone from an 8/9 to about a 4/5!  That isn't constant pain, that is "moving wrong" pain...or "knee giving out" pain.  The constant pain is hardly there at all.  I have a feeling my muscles will be sore tomorrow b/c I tried walking a lot today.  If it wasn't for darvocet, I couldn't do it.  Anyway, have a great night!!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 16, 2008, 12:06:45 PM
Hi Laura,

It sounds like you are making good progress. That's great.

My friend who is also seeing my OS suggested I try one of her braces as she has a winter and summer weight. It feels so much better than my current brace and feel so much more stable in it. I'm going to ask my OS to arrange one for me. It makes such a difference.

Still in a bit of pain, but better than it was.

Only 4 days till I see my OS now.

Keep up the good work with your rehab !!  :)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 16, 2008, 02:19:17 PM
Farrah..I replied to you in your diary about your pain, pain meds, and PT. :-)  Keep up the good walking! :-)

Kirsty.....that is great that you get another brace.  My only one I have is just this cloth one..it is a solid piece of fabric all the way up like a felt and or cotton blend or something. When it heats up in Texas..it is going to be miserable.  Im not sure if he will ever give me on of thsee that breaths more or has hinges or whatnot.....anyway..I have been sitting on my bed with it off some more and it feels so much better out of there. No one told me to be in it 24/7 so I put it on when I get up and when I sleep...... I hope Im allowed to have it off seated with my leg out on the bed.   

I made it through the night on the Advil alone.  I read on the advil drug facts that I can take 800mg 4 times a day if I need to.  That is what I did for the first day.  If I keep getting better I might try to decrease it some so my stomach doesnt start to hurt.  My brain feels a little clearer although there is clearly more discomfort.  Im sure I will need other pain meds for PT and for the flight home....but for sititng around Im gong to try this.

Farrah..I have a drug bank too. It is funny. I have Percocet, Vicodan, Darvocet, Aleve, Advil, Ultram ER....for the itching...Benadryl...Vistaril...then Ducolox and Fiber Con....my antibiotic.....calcium, folic acid and who knows what else is doing in that baggie on the floor.   I really dont like to take medicine. I feel like it is all really hard on your liver and kidneys....so...I cant wait to get off all this stuff....

:-) Thats all for now.  Have to do my PT at home on my own today.....too bad I dont have one of those angle things to measure my bending with.

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 16, 2008, 03:07:31 PM
Hey Laura, you have more meds than I have :)  I am sticking with darvocet during the day (if needed) and hydrocodone at night (if needed).  I am taking the day off from everything today.  Sitting on my butt on the couch...I may go to the dog park on 1 crutch later.  Have a great weekend!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 16, 2008, 06:13:14 PM
Ha....I know..that is the funny thing. I have so many meds and Im taking advil. I might need a real pain med for sleep tonight...but Im doing ok on the advil and ice during the day. It hurts...but it is tolerable.   I have old medicine from other surgeries. Ididnt know how much pain med I would need so I brought the other stuff with me.  If the airport searches my suitcase they will think Im a drug rep. ha.

Im doing nothing too. Mom tried to get me to go to the fabric shop with her but I declined.  I only have this one more week to get as much healing done before I go back to work....so Im fighting the swelling and bruising as much as I can. 

Today I have more of a circle bruise around my anke. My mom thought my socks were bleediing onto my skin..haha..she was tryng to rub the color off with alcohol...haha...I told her it is a bruise...but b/c it is in a circle she is sure it is stained. ha ha......my skin has streaks of yellow down it today for the first time and there is a 1/2 dollar size dark black bruise behind my knee I found today. I dont know why all the sudden a week later this stuff is showing up.  I have a pain behind my knee today....it hurts like a pulled ligament.  My leg is not warm or swollen so Im not thinking blood clot....mabye it is hurting from those standing exercises she has me doing?  who knows.

:-) thats all the excitment here.  Hope everyone is doing well!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 16, 2008, 06:24:50 PM
I had the circle bruises behind my knee after surgery too.  I guess that is normal.  The yellow marks are usually meaning that the bruising is going away...right?   That is what I get from it.  I had the yellow stuff one day, then no bruising a few days later. 
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Plumb on February 16, 2008, 10:14:29 PM
I had that after my first surgery.  My OS gave me an RX for TED Thigh high stockings.  To prevent DVT.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 16, 2008, 11:16:50 PM
Hmmm.....Well...I have these stockings that go from my ankle to my thigh...but it is called turbihose or something like that. It is lightly compressive...but not a ton....and I am on Lovenox....so hopefully no dvt. I know to watch for changes in calf size, warmth at the site and poor circulation below......oh...and I remember I used to have a tiny varicosity behind my knee that would ache when I was on my feet too much...maybe that is what is going on. I have been pumping my feet all day long....hope to keep the blood moving.  Thats the last thing I need is a dvt. yikes.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: stgiles16 on February 17, 2008, 03:13:01 AM
hey laura, Doc put me on those shots for blood clots too after my last surgery. THe first day, when that nurse walked in and said that i was getting a shot in my stomach, i almost fainted but fortunately, they did not hurt.  I always get strange bruising post op, i have sometimes wondered what all they do to me in surgery to get some of those bruises.
I also have had the back of the knee pain after almost every surgery but the OS has never found a reason for it. this last surgery , it was especially painful but no answer was ever found, hoping that your pain is very fleeting.
let me know when you get to leave, i will be down there on thursday.
get better soon.
missy
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 17, 2008, 03:31:58 AM
Thanks Missy. I have been out of my brace more today with it up on the couch. My back feels better without the brace for some reason. My post op papers dont say I have to be in the brace all day long so I hope Im not breaking any rules. I have iced it on and off all day but siitting on the couch instead of laying in the bed.  Just got by with Advil since yesterday afternoon. Narcotics are tempting..but Im trying to make the transition.  Sleep is the worse...Im currenlty avoiding that.....would rather just stay up than face the brace and the lay down back pain. YUCK.  The pain on the back of my knee feels like everything is just really tight from all the knee stress.  My hip flexor in the front hurts alot too but I think thats from the post op femoral nerve block they gave me in the post op room..that sucked.....and I would have said no if I knew it was coming before the knocked me out to do it......oh well.....

Three days to get stictches out. I cant wait..there are so many and they look like ugly little spiders. The skin is healng in all but one tiny place....so I cant wait to get them out...then maybe I dont ahve to wear these hose all day long....they are makng me clausterphobic.

Thats all for now.  Nothing new....exercises about the same....maybe a tiny tiny bit better.
night!
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: fawn2388 on February 17, 2008, 03:35:36 AM
My knee was really tight were my LR recon was done too, but to assure you, my knee felt soo better after getting the stitches out, and it get betterr in the third week! :) but now we can't compare :(
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 17, 2008, 04:14:25 AM
Laura,

When your body is constricted by something like a brace, your muscles tighten up all over your body and make your back hurt. I always felt better after taking my brace off too b/c I could move around.  It is normal. 

I posted this on my diary a few minutes ago:

So I am in so much constant pain right now!  I took the hydrocodone at 9:00pm and it is 11:10pm right now and I am feeling awful!!  How could a pain medication just not work?  Isn't it suppose to be stronger than darvocet?  Anyway, I felt a little tired the first hour I took it and now I am just in a lot of pain...I can't put any weight down right now!!!  I feel like crying AGAIN!  I can't take the darvocet now b/c I have the other meds in my system!?!?  What am I suppose to do???????  I can't sleep like this! 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 17, 2008, 08:08:50 AM
Hey Laura,

You must have an OS apppointment the same day as me. It's only 3 days till I see my OS on Wednesday.

I have just had enough of my knee and my OS needs to do something. Can't keep living like this. I can't sleep very well at night with my kneecap coming out and not being able to walk very well because of the pain and muscle inhibition.

Good luck !!!  :)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 17, 2008, 02:55:11 PM
Kirsty..have you ever been taught to tape your knee?  I know what you mean about the knee moving out at night. When I would lay on my side the patella would hang out of the grove....when I laid on my stomach I could feel the kneecap getting squished over to the side. It was a tricky thing. I found that when I taped my knee it felt so much better. I wish I could show you in person. I had some athletic tape called Kinesotex (sp?) and I would cut pieces. there are squares on the back for measurement. I would cut a 2 1/2 square piece and put it on the medial side of hte knee and pull directly across the top to tape it on the lateral side. (Holding the knee cap where it should be at the same time)...then I would tape from the lower inner corner of the the knee starting just below it on the calf and come up and over the knee and finish on the upper outer part of the knee taping it where you outer quad is..or the ITband. ( a 4 square piece)  The third one (also a 4 sq piece) I would start on the inner side of the medial quad almost where the VMO inserts....come under the bottom edge of the patella (like a bra my PT said) and then finish the tape over to the outer calf area.  Totally hard to describe....but with practice you might find some relief.  All the taping was to keep the patella in place with other vectors...but not to squish it down. I could wear the tape about 3 days before it would start coming up and it made a huge difference.  When I wore it...I could feel like the VMO would be slightly engaged.

Im glad you have your appt coming up. I hope you find answers.

Fawn...I still cant believe what happened to you. Did you have your brace on when you fell and was your knee exposed in it at all?

Farrah...I replied to you already under your post op post.  Hang in there..hope you made it through the night!


For me...I slept like dirt. I went to bed about 1 and woke up at 5 with back pain.  Sitting up. laying down, turning over. Nothing works. Finally my mom rubbed my back some,  I put the TENS unit on, the heating pad...and the leg in the ice machine....gzzzz.....I cant stand all of that.  I finally fell back asleep from 7-830......now im up again with backpain. Yipee.  Im still only on advil although I find myself really watching the clock until I get to have it again.     I wish the darvocet didnt make me so nauseated or dizzy......maybe I could cut one in half....who knows.
My swelling is better because I am not out of bed yet......I can for the first time feel the edges of the patella...and I think it does move a little bit.. It is still warm...but not hot...and the pinkness is gone.  Few more days of antibiotics still.

Thats all for now.
:-)
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 17, 2008, 04:35:23 PM
Laura, sorry your back hurts so much!!  Just hang in there until you can start to walk and move around more!  It will get better.  It must be a lot of muscle pain.  A few years ago, my muscles were getting so tense to protect the main problem, that I couldn't move.  The TENS was the only thing that helped...including pain meds.  Now the TENS doesn't help my back pain much b/c it isn't muscle pain.  The TENS doesn't really help my knee pain either...except for the one setting my PT used 2 weeks ago.  I should have at least tried it last night...I don't have the good setting on my unit though.    It is just such a hastle to put the 4 electrodes on with pants on.  The wires have to hang out of the pants and I am afraid to move too much b/c of potentially disconnecting it.  I can't wear shorts b/c I am soooooooo cold all the time at home.  I hope you have a better day than you did a night!!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: stgiles16 on February 17, 2008, 09:03:36 PM
hey laura, i was awake with you last nite, unable to sleep due to back pain. i finally fell asleep around 5 am and slept for a few hours. i got up after my nap and went to pour myself a glass of soda and my back muscles spasmed and locked up on me......... again. it hurts so badly that it brings tears to my eyes. hubby had to carry my drink and help me to sit down. now, a few hours later, after muscle relaxers, pain meds, heating pad with vibrations, i am slightly better but still in tons of pain. my TENS unit does help some but it is difficult to get the pads where i need them on my back. all of mine is due to arthritis in the spine so there is nothing to be done for it, i just have to live wiht it but it is not fun. somedays i think that back pain is worse then knee pain (of course not directly post op of course)lol.

hope that your back is feeling better today, it will take me a few days to get over the locking up that happened today. very frustrating , isnt it?
missy
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 17, 2008, 09:06:02 PM
Laura, I am all by myself and my tv just interrupted to report a tornado warning in my area!!!  It is only for another 10minutes though, but it scares the crap out of me!!  This weather usually doesn't start til mid-march!  Oh well.

Farrah 
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 17, 2008, 09:13:40 PM
UGH....yes..the back pain is worse than my knee really.  It is in the hip flexor and in my low back.  Yes, I agree...getting those TENS pads on in the right place around your back is very hard.....mom has put them on for me...but it just isnt quite in the right place....im not sure where is the right place.......it does help some. I seem to fall asleep when they are on so that is good.

I have been leaving my brace off all day long....while Im seated in the bed. I really hope it is not a problem.  My protocol says I can try to walk with my crutches with light weight bearing with my brace off....so surely I can sit without it on.  Seems to help the back anyway. I think the back of the brace hits my hamstring and spasms it.

Anyway.....another day ticking away........its like the night coming...means dreaded night time pain.....bla bla bla.......tomorrow we are going to ask the PT if she thinks we get to go home soon.  If he gives us the all clear Tuesday we might try to catch a PM flight home on Tuesday. Im tired of being away from home.

:-)

Hope your back eases up too.  Yuck!


Farrah!  Oh crap....warning means there is one. You should go sit somewhere safe since you move slow.  :(  yikes!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 17, 2008, 09:18:26 PM
Missy...I forgot to tell you that I had emailed Dr. Fulkerson a while back about my knee problems. By the time I got his return email I was already in the hospital in Georgia.  So, I replied back to him that Dr. Flandry did my knee.  He replied back to me today that I was in very good hands with Dr. Flandry.  Thats good news!

:-)
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 17, 2008, 09:34:13 PM
Laura, you wouldn't believe what just happened with this weather.  I had a huge scare!!  I have been in a tornado before, so I don't take watches or warnings lightly!  Tornado warning messages kept interrupting the movie I was watching.  All of a sudden the rain got really really bad and the wind was tilting the trees completely on their side!!  I heard very loud noises, so I ran, yes RAN down stairs into the basement!  Now my knee is hurting very badly.  When I was down there, the dogs followed me and I called my mom to let me know about the weather.  She said that my area is just a really bad storm.  Well it moved through very very quickly and now I am back upstairs.  Now it is barely raining and no wind.  It was so amazing how quickly it happened.  Just like a tornado!!!  I was shaking so badly and then got really mad at my husband for not answering his phone during the entire day. 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: katmomx2 on February 17, 2008, 09:59:40 PM
Laura,

Back to Austin Tuesday, that is good. We have a gorgous day today. Shorts weather already. Had some rain yesterday. My Graduation was yesterday, and it was very nice. Had a small get together with family and freinds here in Pflugerville. Tammy made me an offer on wednesday and I accepted. I did my HR paperwork on friday and had a TB test and my last hep shot. I am good to go. I have orientation on March 3-4. On the 4th I will get to spend the second part of the day on the unit observing.

Sorry the back is bothering you. I got better pain relief with 800 ibuprofen than darvocette. I am allergic to codine so could not take. I also got good relief with Ultram. Sending healing vibes and warm Texas sunshine and looking forward to you getting home

Hugs Kat
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 17, 2008, 10:31:59 PM
Congrats Kat...I heard there was great weather. I called to tell my husband that I was in a tornado warning and to lookfor me and my mom in the shower if the hotel collapsed..ha ha..he said that it was sunny and we was outside with the pets.  sigh.   You will love St Davids. I love that hospital.   A few of the doctors are real asses. Its a small group. You will figure them out pretty soon.  hopefully people will warn you who to watch out for.  Kat...I hadnt taken the Ultram yet although I have an RX for ultram er 100. How long did you take them?  Did you just take one in the morning. Im always nervous to take new meds although others on the site have taken it too.

Farrah...I know, we have had the tornado warnngs too. We called the front desk to ask what county we were in..they said, yes there is a tornado warning...but not to worry. HA>...nice advice.   We have heavy rain now.....not much wind yet. THe first wave just passed us and I think one more wave to go....scary.  Im sure you knee will kill you now.  I told my mom if we hear a tornado..she has to get my brace FIRST. ha ha......hang in there!

going to eat dinner. Hope the weather passes.

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: fawn2388 on February 17, 2008, 11:04:02 PM
I did have my brace on, I have the t scope, so the site wasn't well padded...
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: stgiles16 on February 17, 2008, 11:27:12 PM
Laura, it is  nice to hear that other doctors respect Dr Flandry. I know that I trust him but I am just a layperson, it is great that he is well respected by other big names in knee issues.
I hope that you get to go home early but if not, maybe we will see each other on thursday. I am really dreading the trip now that my back is inflamed again. ugh Long rides with a bad back are aweful. i will be lucky if i can walk by the time that we get there.

hope that we BOTH get some sleep tonite.
missy
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 18, 2008, 12:40:24 AM
Ok, sounds good....will have to see if we are still here.

I know about the backaches in the car. My husbands family lives in Louisiana....it took us 8 hours to drive there for Christmas. I rode up front a few hours and then rode the rest of the way in the back of the SUV with my dog laying down. Great!   Hope that if I start walking normal again my back might get better. 

When you had your surgeries before and you were put in an immobilizer....was it a fancy black one with a hinge, etc....or was it a soft fabric one that covers up your whole leg and has velcro straps around it.   That is how mine is...and I feel like when I am doing some of my exercises the kneecap gets smushed by the fabric and it hurts it more....Im not sure why I didnt get one that opens up so the knee can breath.  ???
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: fawn2388 on February 18, 2008, 01:03:03 AM
I've almost always had a post op type brace.  The one time i was given an imbolizer i was in it for like4 days...
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 18, 2008, 01:19:53 AM
you mean you always had one of those braces like you are in now (tscope).....Im not sure why I am in this cloth one. I dont like it.  I asked the PT what I would do when it got dirty..she said to hand wash it...so I guess that means Im keeping it for a while???  BLA
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: fawn2388 on February 18, 2008, 01:25:22 AM
My solo LR had a small little brace. Other than that after ACL recons and TTTs I've always been given a donjoy, til now I was given a t scope (think God!) Every doctor has a differnt protcol, and yours seems pretty normal, to work your way out of the brace.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: stgiles16 on February 18, 2008, 06:15:18 AM
Laura, i have always been given the fabric immobilizers after my surgeries. i have about 4 of them around the house still. i have put them back on when i have had really bad days but when i had my dislocation, the ER doctor told me to put it back on and i tried but it was squishing my patella and it was absolute agony. i have a couple of the soft, neoprene ones that doc has issued me to use. all of mine have a closed patella, he does not want me to have an open one and has never offered me a hinged brace. i have never had to stay in the immobilizer for long periods of time so they dont bother me too much. if i had to stay in it for very long, i am sure that i would want something a little easier to move around in.

about the trip down and my back and knee issues, we will be driving my daughter;s jeep liberty down so i will not be able to lay in the back like i normally do in my expedition. her car is newer and in better shape to make the trip but mine has more room and is more comfortable to take the trip in. her car also uses less gas to make the trip. in the expedition, it usually costs around $150 in gas for the trip.


have a great nite, looks like i am up for another nite, ugh.

missy
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 18, 2008, 09:03:22 AM
Hi Laura,

Thanks for the idea regarding the tape. Unfortunately I can't use tape as I'm allergic to it.

My friend has loaned me one of her hinged braces and feels a lot better. Just wearing it during the day. May try wearing it tonight. I am going to organise a more supportive brace. Just waiting to hear back from the Orthotist and speak to my knee surgeon about it on Wednesday.

Only 2 days till my OS appointment. Will let you know how it goes. I have a strong feeling my OS will do something. Can't take it anymore !!!  8)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 18, 2008, 02:53:47 PM
Kirsty, Oh thats too bad you are allergic to the tape. That is the pits!  Lots of folks are allergic to those adhesives. Yuck.  I know I did have one brace that I bought that was a long neoprene thing from my thigh to my top of my calf. The knee had a cut out in it. It had pressure on the medial side to keep the patella in place. It was helpful...but hard to keep up on my leg.  Your docs there might try something like that too.  Good luck on the ortho appt.  I know EXACTLY how you feel. I used to have so much anticipation for my appts. I felt like all my hopes were lying on that day for someone to heal me.  Be cautious in your optimism. I found that it takes lots of visits for them to take me seriously.  That was always VERY depressing for me. I cried 1 and a half hours home from one appt I had in another city. SOBBING..not just crying. I could hardly see the road.  I  REALLY hope he helps you or gets you on the path to discovering what is wrong with you.  Make sure you are writting all your symptoms down so you dont forget any of them.

Missy...Good luck on the drive. I know how bad it can be. I found that if I stop every hour and stand up...walk around...and do some gentle back bending motions that it helps me some.  I know I once thought I would scream at my husband if he didnt pull over from the back pain. Long drives are not anywhere in my future. YUCK.    At least you are coming for a successful post op check up and not for surgery! yipeee.

As for me. I made it through the night. I can go from about midnight to 5 am and I wake up with backpain and knee pain. Something about being stuck in one position all night long doesnt work for me. Im a mover at night. Im on my side, my back, my stomach...always have been. This staying on my back all night long is the PITS.    I measured my leg this morning and it is doing good. I am at only 2cm larger at the knee than I was pre op although my knee itself still has pitting edema.  The stitches are really ready to come out. They look great. I cant WAIT to get them out tomorrow.  Spiders...They are itchy and pokey. My ankle has a big bruise around it and it hurt a lot. I think the metal stays on the brace cut into it when I am sleeping or something. Odd.   I took my first darvocet this  morning before PT just in case. I hope that I dont get dizzy and sick again like friday. This time Im wearing a tshift so I dont get so hot.  At the hotel I spread my exercises out..it makes it more tolerable. There doing them all back to back makes me hot from the pain and sick feeling. BLA.   

I can walk without my brace with less leg lag. I still walk really slow and concentrate to make the leg tighten....of course on crutches.....I can get to the bathroom with just the brace on and no crutches or one crutch. Im going to clarify today at PT what my rules are exactly.  Im not great at following rules...but trying really hard to be good this surgery.

:-) thats all. Hope everyone has a happy Monday.

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 18, 2008, 08:48:55 PM
Post op day 10. Yipee.

Had PT today. I could do my standing SLR to the side and rear without much problem WITHOUT the immobilizer today. The forward SLR without the immobilizer are harder and I could only get two sets of 5..and the SLR were small. I did 5 more seated SLR with my rear on the table and leg starting on the ground. Those suckers are HARD.   Quad sets are coming along with less pain although today she put a big IT band roller under my knee and had me do my quad sets like that..and OUCH..that hurt.  Got some more rules loosened up. I can walk WITH my immobilizer in the house without the crutches...but not all day long.  I can walk WITHOUT my immobilizer with my crutches for short distances but only if I make effort to tighten quad at every single step and not rely on my hip to move my leg at all.    I get to sit on the couch with my brace off...but have to sleep with it on for one month. YUCK.

I get stitches out tomorrow at 9...PT after that and then we are off to the airport. It is a 1.5 hour drive to Atlanta from here.  We had to beg borrow and steal to get on the flight tomorrow at 200 to Dallas. The Dallas to Austin leg is hard b/c of the big Clinton/Obama debate coming up on Thursday...all flights are full except a really late one. Mom might just drive me the 1.5 hours to Waco and do an exchange to my husband to drive the rest of the 1.5 hours to Austin. I think that might be better than sitting in an airport for 3 hours.

I start therapy with my own PT in Austin on Wednesday morning. I cant wait to see what she thinks of my HUGE scar down my leg.  Im so anxious to get home...I want to pack already.  Mom mentioned waiting until Wednesday...BUT NO WAY....I want to get home and get unpacked and be resting there for the rest of the week until I go back to work on the 25th.

Yippee.  My leg certainly has so far to go.....I can still only bend it to 90-95 degrees but I just have to get to 110 by then end of 6 weeks. I think I can do that.....

:-)  Oh...and...taking only one darvocet worked better...I was still hot and sorta dizzy while I was there but not totally sick....pain was tolerable....

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: dileigh on February 19, 2008, 12:30:09 AM

Glad you're doing better, and know you're so ready to go home by now.  Hope you can handle the drive to the airport, been to that one and it's no fun ever!  Especially with ATL traffic.  Get a cart to ride on in the airport to get to your gate at least.  Good luck tomorrow.



Diana 
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 19, 2008, 02:35:00 AM
Thanks!  Yes...we are dreading the airport....yikes.  We have a wheelchair reqested at the check in already. Mom didnt think they had the cart things there..but if they do...we are loading up!
:-) Home will be good.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 19, 2008, 02:47:41 AM
I am sure you are ecstatic to get home and back to your "normal" routine!!  I hope your traffic isn't too bad tomorrow when you go to the airport.  I had PT today at 4:30pm in the middle of ATL and I live about 25 min from there without traffic.  It took me 1 hr to get home after leaving PT at 6:30pm!  I am home now...and feeling pretty great...still on the darvocet and don't see myself not taking it any time soon.  Check out my diary to see how my first new PT apt went!!  I LOVE IT!! 

OH!  I took 2 darvocet at around 1:30pm and by the time I got to PT, I was soooooooo hot and sweaty riding the bike so slow that the computer part wouldn't stay on!  It was so gross!!  I think it was mainly from the meds and a little from anxiety and exercising.  I am one of those that sweats when they are nervous.  Since my doctor was practically watching me ride the bike, I was nervous!!  I will get over it once I am used to him being around during therapy.  I like that he will be there every step of the way now!!!  Happy travels!!!  Good luck with everything!  Think about yourself the entire time.  Don't worry about anybody!!!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 19, 2008, 02:49:31 AM
Be sure to have your meds on hand!!!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 19, 2008, 06:12:08 AM
Hi Laura,

Yeah, it's a pain about the tape. I'm going to speak to my OS about another brace tomorrow. My orthotist won't give me a hinged brace unless my OS says its OK. Ugggghhh !!! The one my friend loaned me has really helped and can walk relatively well. I think my OS is going to get a pretty good picture from my sports physician, knee physio and I that my knee is not in a good state and is getting worse. I think he's definitely going to listen. I've had enough of the conservative crap. It's time he did something.

After the last appointment with him I was very upset afterwards. He'd talked about doing a deepening of my groove but didn't want to do it because I changed jobs. I was in a bit of a mess last time I saw him as I was in a dreadful work situation. So, wasn't in the state to have surgery. I'm feeling much better within myself and think he's more likely to do something. My new job is also going along very nicely.

Will keep you updated on my appointment.  8)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: riderdown on February 20, 2008, 04:43:56 PM
Hope you're homeby now and feeling good to be back in your own space. There's just something about that that makes me feel better.

Email or call sometime if you want to have lunch and talk knees! I'm close by if you "kneed" anything!

Take care!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: katmomx2 on February 20, 2008, 05:27:01 PM
Hello Laura,

Been thinking about you. Hope you got situated and had a good evening. Look forward to hearing from you.

Hello Rider

Hugs Kat in Pville
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on February 20, 2008, 06:11:48 PM
Hey Laura,
are you home? tell us about your airport adventures.
how are you doing now?
xx
tanya
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 20, 2008, 07:14:12 PM
Hi everyone.  Im home! Yippeee.  I got my stitches out yesterday morning and that is so great. Have to leave the steri strips on for one more week and then take them off and start working on tissue work to avoid deep scars at the incision.  Taking the gauze off is good too. I supposed to buy a pair of Teds hose to wear to help the swelling.  My doctor says all is well...continue the protocal and go back to see him at 8 week post op visit. (Im not so happy about traveling back there though!).   The drive to Atlanta was easy, getting to the gate was easy.  The Dallas to Austin tranasition was awful. No wheelchair showed up and I had a tight connection. They put me on a cart with 6 other people who were going to gate D, B, C...I needed A.  I was freaking out. I kept calling up my gate number and my flight time. I was like THEY ARE BOARDING MY FLIGHT!!!!......It is a big airprot and a really intersting cart situation. They drop you off at elevators...ride up with you and put you on new cart..there is this travel system on the upper levels....anyway..wouldnt have been bad if I wasn't flipping out.  The Atlanta to Dallas trip I had the bulkhead seat and I propped my crutch up on the floor and chair and made a ramp...it wasnt great...but it was ok on the leg.  The Dallas to Austin flight I had a regualr coach seat and had to bend my leg. It was SOO bad and I was sweating in pain. I have never been so happy to get off a plane.  People were really helpful though..and that was nice.

I had my first PT today. Im so happy to be back with my PT she is so smart and really explains everything really well. She is going to follow an approach I am comfortable with. Ok to have discomfort in the tendon on ligament (from the VMO advance/ ITB graft) but not to have any pain in the joint.  My knee is 3cm larger than the other knee and she says that it too much. She is worried about feedback inhibition of the quads.  I am back at home on the ice machine with it elevated.  I thought it was pretty good...but I guess she says it isnt.  Thats ok.  We made some goals and I will go three times per week.  I could only bend it to 90 with great pain today. She had me doing it on teh table which was harder than when Im seated in a chair. She says I can cheat less that way.  Also..I have new goals to do my quad sets without pushing my heel down on the table at all....guess it is some way of cheating....ha ha....

Im sooo happy to be back home. My dog is laying on one side of me and the cat on the other.  Back door open letting air in. So much better.  Husband bought all healthy, non fat food..ha ha...we both need to lose about 10 pounds.....he has just left to the gym. I think he has been avoiding working out due to guilt over my loss of exercise.  Since he has been home he is back to running every day.  I cant wait until I can get back to some sort of exercise too.

Thanks for all the notes. Im going to go read everyone else's posts now..and reply there too!

Oh...GREAT news was that I dont have to sleep in the immobilizer. YIPEEE... I made it through from 1030pm to 5am without waking up!  yeah!

:-) Laura

Oh..Kat and Rider.....I would love to hook up sometime...Im not sure how long it will take to get back in the swing of things...but...I will keep it in mind!

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 20, 2008, 09:23:36 PM
Sounds like the travelling sucked!  At least you are home now and in good hands with PT!  You should have a lot of progress in 2 months before your next OS visit.  So traveling will be easier hopefully.  You should be able to bend far enough at least!  I am about to post about my PT experience today.  It was good!  Now relax!  Take meds!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: dileigh on February 20, 2008, 11:58:29 PM
Glad you made it back home in one piece!  It always helps to be comfortable when you have to recover from anything traumatic like surgery.


Diana
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on February 21, 2008, 09:39:34 AM
Laura - all I can say is - I WANT TO HAVE A CAT AND DOG TO HELP ME WITH REHAB!!!
Youre so lucky!!! Pets rock, they will help you so much, theres nothing petting a soft head to relax you!!

Sounds like travelling was rough - but you know what? its done now, so thats an achievement!

Oh man cheating at physio - its soooo hard not to!!! My body automatically cheats!! Try eating celery for the swelling too - its helps your body get rid of unnecessary water so it might help - be good for you anyway!!!

Am looking foward to your rehab news and progress!!

well done - the worst bit is over, surgery and travel behind you, just gotta heal and rehabilitate now!
xx
Tanya
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 21, 2008, 10:31:35 AM
Hi Laura,

Great to hear you've made it home safely. What a journey you had !!

Well, I saw my OS yesterday and has suggested I have a trocheaplasty of my left knee. So, at least he thinks it can be fixed. Yesterday I was on such a high. Tonight I saw my sports physician after work and am soooo worried about the surgery now and feeling very down. My sports physician was telling me that the recovery is going to be a lot more as the knee will swell up a lot more due to cutting into bone and can also bleed a lot more. He's going to speak to my OS to get more information in terms of what the rehab and operation is going to involve. The biggest problem I have is that I have medial instability as well as showing signs of lateral instability. I am soooo worried. Do you think I should make another appointment to see my OS to discuss it more ? Just think it would put my mind at ease.

I just talked to a friend tonight who is going to have major surgery like me. We are a good support for each other right now.

Good luck with your recovery.  :D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 22, 2008, 04:18:55 AM
Hi everyone.  Today was another day of ups and downs.  I started out good...the knee looked less swollen after a day of elevation and night of icing.  I had some good flexion efforts in the shower this morning...put my brace on and off I went to PT.  I dropped by my office first to pick up a pair of Jobst stockings I knew I had there and visited with folks for about 30 minutes.  I went to PT next. By the time I got to PT I already had throbbing knee and a burning/friction like pain in my shin.  My knee was swollen already.  30 minutes of standing and Im swollen!  great.  So...we did PT.  We did some assisted seated SLR with my leg in this contraption that picks my leg up for me but I tighten the quad at the same time...we did some movement of the knee in this NK machine thing....and some "core work"..I have no core anymore...and tried some hip exercises that didnt work out b/c they hurt my IT band too much.....anyway.....the knee was the same size at the beginning and end of PT as it was yesterday.  sigh.  We put the Jobst hose on and that took two people..man those suckers are tight.

The hose felt good for about 2 hours...then they were killing me.  I cant stand constriction.  I sat in the ice machine for a while...then I took a bath while elevating my leg on the side of the tub...then laid around all night.

My knee is warm again...my hip and back are hurting again..and the knee is burning.  So.....like all of you...I debate...is this good pain or bad pain?   Time will tell. I went 8 hours today between advil...that was a long time for me...but now it is hurting and I took the advil 3 hours ago.

As with all of you....on your posts and mine.....it just takes time. Im inpatient. I dont like this non flexion thing. I cant stand to lay around. Im bored......there are a TON of things I could be doing at home with my time at rest but my brain doesnt want to.....I get sleepy.  Im sure it is some sort of subtle depression of fighting through all this pain.  If the darvocet didnt make me feel so crappy like I was going through menopause with the hot flashes and sadness...I might take it more often.  Night approaches..and I cant stand that.

I also am not sure how in the heck Im going back to work on Monday if 30 minutes killed my leg today.  I cant just not go back. I have patients to see.....sigh....I wish I had a computer desk job I could do at home.


Farrah...I dont know enough about your surgery to give you advice. I know that one of my MRIs said htat I had a shallow femoral groove too. I was curious if someone would make my groove deeper too.  I wonder why they dont try to tighten up some of your other ligaments instead?  For instance...I had my VMO advanced to help it pull stronger and they used other ligaments on the other side to offer strength too.   If you have the groove deeper...who is to say that the patella will stay in it??  Im just asking b/c I dont know.

Im glad you have the friend for support. I dont really have anyone that truely understands knee pain.  I called a friend of mine today....she talked the whole time about her kids and never once asked about my knee....oh..well maybe at the beginning she said how are you...but that was it......finally I got tired of hearing about her kids and I told her I was dizzy and hot and had to go...she said ok....and didnt ask why I was dizzy or hot.  crazy.

We had that Cliinton/ Obama debate in my city tonight so my husband has to fly the helicoper until 4 AM tonight for security. YUCK...long night ahead if he wakes me up when he gets home....

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: NotEnough on February 22, 2008, 05:00:09 AM
That sounds rough, Laura. I don't know how you're going to go back so soon. Since you got swollen after 30 minutes maybe your knee will progressively become more tolerant of the standing as you ease your way back into things? Is that being overly optimistic? Was this the first time you were up on your feet like that?

I do think it's good that you woke up with less swelling. That might be a start. You have to start somewhere.

Do you feel like your flexion has improved or feels any better?

Hang in there. Hopefully as your knee feels better and your muscles get stronger the rest of you (hip, back, etc) will get some relief.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 22, 2008, 05:26:10 AM
Thanks!  Im not sure why I feel so crummy today.  I do feel like my flexion is better. I can sit down at a chair outside and let my leg sit on the ground without horrible pain.  Im not past 90 I dont think....but not less......I think Im just so afraid I will screw up my leg. I dont know if hte pain is normal or not...and I guess the fact that no one seems to know about the surgery I had...it makes me nervous.  Yesterday I was so sure of PT...today Im so nervous. It is the pain thing...that is so confusing...and Im home all alone...that makes my head run in circles too.

Yes...that was the first time I have stood for any length of time since surgery.  I had excessve swelling my first surgery and got scar tissue. Im trying really hard to stay off my feet this time......Its a balance I suppose.  I know I go back to work monday so I am just trying to get as much rest as I can.   ugh.

Thanks for your support. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.   
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on February 22, 2008, 09:35:43 AM
hey laura - the sleepy thing is just the body needing rest after a major trauma, its normal and you should listen to your body and sleep if you need to.
swollen after 30 mins standing? i couldnt stand for 5 minutes last june, now i can for ages. it will come back.

i cant ever tell the difference between bad pain and good pain at all. Ive a terrible time distinguishing how far to push without hurting something in a bad way. its only a couple of hours later i know that it was bad.

what do you work at? monday is soon to go back - will you manage ok?
xx
tanya

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 22, 2008, 10:15:32 AM
Hi Laura,

Thanks for your words of support.

For me they have to deepen my groove as it's abnormal and my OS thinks it should fix the problem. My OS is worried that if he fixes my medial side that my knee cap will go the other way. So, I guess that's why I'm not a candidate for the VMO advancement. Apparently they don't do it much in Australia now. I'll ask my OS when I see him again on the 12th of March.

I am definitely going to write a post-op diary, especially for those that may be considering it. This surgery is very rare and still not a lot of evidence about it.

Have a good weekend !!!  :D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 22, 2008, 03:53:48 PM
Hi guys.  Thanks Tanya and Kirsty.    Tanya...Im a clinical nurse specialist in a maternal fetal medicine office.  ( Like a nurse practitioner..but more research based).  I manage the pregnancies of twins,triplets, diabetics, people with blood clots, etc  It is really hard on the office when I am out...so two weeks is already bad. Last year I was out for my wedding and a honeymoon......they can only take so much of me being out for long times.  Im on my feet, up and down. Walk down the hall to get the patients, visit with them, complete histories and teaching....do their physical exam etc.  There is a lot of going back and forth between parts of the office. It is just going to take me great dicipline to ask for help. We have 3 medical assistants and a LVN...so...I will just have to be patient. I cant stand to run behind.....and I dont like to have help....Im a perfectionist......but...I will just have to wait and let people help me and try to sit as much as possible.  Bla.

Kirsty.....I think going back in a few times to discuss the surgery is perfectly ok. I went in 5 times to the doctor here in Texas just to ask more and more questions about the procedure. I ended up going to Georgia b/c they do more of them there....but...anyway...The first time I heard about the surgery I was scared to death. Every time I heard more it got better.   NOW.....that doesnt mean that I am not sittiing here second guessing my surgery.  I had no idea I would have a VMO advancement until the day before surgery. It wasnt listed anywhere in the literature I read about the LR reconstruction. I have no idea anything about it or its success or failure...and, since it is already done to me....I dont want to know. ha ha.......so...hopefully this thing will work. I have no idea as of now b/c I cant do anything yet.      I know that I am happy to at least be movng forward towards something verses the year or so I had of nothing and confusion......I knew I wouldnt get better with rehab the way I was....at least now I can try to move forward.

Laying here on my ice machine like a good girl. I slept last night from about 130 until 730...so thats ok.  I was brave enough to roll over onto my stomach for a few minutes this morning. It hurt the patella...but, I dont think it can do any damage to it. Im just SOOO sick of laying on my back.    Oh..ha ha...and I pulled one steri  strip off to have a look...the top one...I have about 15 steri strips down my leg.  It is looking ok. I think its going to leave a so so scar......  I cant wait to get it completely in the bath and I have no idea when Im allowed to do that. I need to call the doctor today and ask.  5 more days and all the strips come off.....so...I guess after that I can soak it.

Hope everyone has a good day. Im going to try to put on my happy face today and hopefully get through PT ok.
:-)
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 22, 2008, 04:24:52 PM
Laura, you will get through it all...just keep a positive attitude.  I know that is difficult...oh do i Know!!  Relax for a few more days!  I feel bad for you having to go work on Monday when you had so much trouble standing for 30 minutes yesterday.  Can you use a wheel chair??

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 22, 2008, 09:01:51 PM
Hi everyone.  Farrah...I cant really use a wheelchair..my exam room is too small and the table the pregnant women lie on is too high. I think with these new compression hose it will feel better. I can tell the difference with them on..I dont have those blood rushes when I stand up.  I will just have to sit alot...I can do it..it just will take mental patience.

I had PT today. I did better today. Told her I had a melt down last night and she said...oh yeah...I forgot to tell you that it would happen. ha.  I feel better today. She was easy on me but had me increase my flexion today. I got to 104 with slight pain but not miserable.  Yipeee.  She strapped me into the device that lifts you up above the treadmill and I walked forward for 2 minutes and backwards for one minute.  Its going to be a long battle but thats ok.....Just so long as I dont freak myself out every time I have pain.  The PT today said my job is to be an observer. She wants me to report only factual changes.....pain here, pain there....how long it took for it to go away and to stop analyzing it. ha ha.....she knows I wont...but she is at least trying to make me not crazy.  All the PTs were there agan today..they are all nice and all interested in how it is going..that is nice I guess. Im the PT freak show. ha ha...kidding.  I did get a gold star stuck to my knee today for bending it so well. 

Oh..another intersting thing...my knee was 38 cm at the start of Pt and 37 at the end of PT. She measures the circumferance of the knee each time begin and end. She says that if the exercises we are choosing encourage the fluid to leave the knee they are right...if my knee swells during therapy..they are wrong.......I had no idea a knee could get smaller during exercise??? odd. I can sorta see the sides of my patella when it gets out of the squeezing ice machine.

She said not to soak it in the tub...and to not put heat on it even though it feels good.

So..thats all for now.

My husband keeps trying to encourage me to get back to the gym. I told him today...listen...Im NOT going to get fat....I just dont want to crutch into the gym to do only arm exercises.....so....basically...get off my back. He says he just knows that mentally I am better when I have exercise...he is right...but Im not ready mentally yet to dive in. I cant take any other rejection or disappointment...just PT and home exercises for now...maybe in a few more weeks I will try to go to the gym again.

:-) hope everyone is well.
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 23, 2008, 12:55:55 AM
Great job on your ROM today!  I want a gold star!!  My PT is really kind of intimidating b/c I am surrounded by very very great athletes!!  I feel like I don't fit in b/c their muscles are all ripping through their shirts practically...the guys and the ladies.  So in PT I am not a freak show...I am just like everyone else.  There are some really bad injuries in there.  I am among the more serious surgeries.  Then there are people in there that are doing running and jumping and serious weight lifting.  I just look over there and feel jealous and also I feel like a wimp doing my little balancing exercises.  I can't wait to do running and jumping!!  I love my PT though...I just feel like the little wimpy girl surrounded by these huge athletes.  THere are ladies in there that are just so ripped...like toned ripped, not grossly muscular.  It's the type of body I used to have before my bad back and my bad knees!  So I just look at them like...I used to be like that until I had my 6 year long knee injuries.  It's not like I can tell them that...of course they all were very active about 1 month ago compared to me being so active 6 years ago.  They are all very nice people though.  The PTs treat us all equally important.  Anyway..that's enough about that.  I hope your PT continues to improve for you!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 23, 2008, 01:16:28 AM
Hey, I understand about the athletes. there are a ton of athletes in my clinic too. Actually...I never see anyone in there post op like me..but they might come at different times. My PT has been following me around the whole time so that is nice.  There are other people who are running so fast...and like you said...doing really hard exercises.  They seem sympathetic to me and a couple of  people said good job when I bent my knee. Im sure they are glad they are not me b/c im on the crutches and all.  I told my PT today about the water treadmill you walk in..she hadnt heard of it....they have this Newton trainer thing that lifts you up.....same principle I imagine.

I cant wait until it warms up enough to get in the pool b/c then I can practice walking in there too.  I pulled one more steri strip off tonight. ha ha...I am so inpatient.  I pulled the top one off yesterday and the bottom one off tonight.  hee hee... I have 12 more to go...I guess if I do one per day I technically will still have a lot to pull off on Tuesday as instructed. :-) The bottom was totally closed up..the top had a little work left but the suture line looks pretty good so far...maybe I wont be totally scarred.

Well..here I am...bored on the couch watching When Harry Met Sally.  I have soo many things to do but when I cant bend my knee or get around it is hard to get motivated to do them.

Oh..and my stomach is starting to burn. Does yours do that from the meds you are taking? 

How is your pain today?

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: mhsflute07 on February 23, 2008, 01:36:39 AM
Hi Laura,

It sounds like you're making great progress! I'm happy to hear that. I think the burning stomach pain is probably from all the Advil you've been taking. NSAIDs such as Advil (Ibuprofen) and Naproxen (Aleve) are notorious for causing GI problems. I ended up with two stomach ulcers and severe gastritis as a result of taking so much Advil prior to my knee surgeries (up to 2400 mg/day). Taking something like Zantac or Prilosec OTC might help the burning/pain. Double check with your doctor or pharmacist that it won't interact with any other medications you might be taking. If the stomach problems persist, it might be worth asking your doctor if you can try Celebrex as it is not as hard on the stomach. I take Celebrex on an as needed basis and have not had the stomach pain I have when I take Advil.

Have a good weekend!

Erin
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 23, 2008, 01:40:26 AM
Thanks Erin. Yes, I had no idea I would be on Advil so long. I try not to take the narcotics except at sleep....but I have been taking a TON of advil. My last knee surgery I was off pain meds in like 5 days. I had no idea this time would be like this.  I can go longer and longer so Im hoping to start decreasing the amount I take at a time....I will check into the zantac..etc.

:-) thanks!
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 23, 2008, 03:55:10 AM
Hello Laura, that Newton Trainer thing sounds like it does the same thing as the water treadmill.  It keeps your weight from being too much so you can walk normally.  I hope I don't have to do it again b/c of the hassle.  I am considering walking in with 0 crutches at Tuesday's PT apt.  I wonder what they would say!!  I am serious though.  As long as I have my meds in my system, I can do it.  Some steps are hard, but I can force normal gait!  I really really want to ditch the crutches already.  Should I do it on Tuesday if I can test it out on Monday???  I would just like to see a reaction....

Anyway, my pain has been the normal sharp pain during certain movements, but not too much constant pain since I have been on the darvocet all day.  I still have to be careful how I move my leg.  Anyway, I hope your day went better!!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 23, 2008, 04:09:09 AM
Farrah...I honestly dont know. It would seem that if you have that much pain after the days you try to walk without crutches that you just have to keep using them until you get stronger. I know you hate them. I cant stand them either...but, if you walk without them and then end up in so much pain that you cant function or you cant do your exercises then you will never get your strength back?  I really dont know though. I know how you feel about crutches and I have only been on them for 2 weeks. YUCK.

My day was better thanks. I have a stomach ache from all the advil I have been taking...on the ice machine most the day since PT so my pain isnt as bad tonight as it was yesterday. I cant believe it is Fri and I have to go back to work.  I am bored at home...but....not really wanting to go back.  Im too tired to go back. ha....Going to miss my mid day naps for sure.....and....I hate my 45min-1hour daily commute. YUCK.

:-)
glad you are feeling sorta ok tonight.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 23, 2008, 02:55:04 PM
Hello Laura, I Hope your saturday morning is going well so far!!  Mine is going pretty great.  My husband took care of the dogs at 8am and let me attempt to sleep in.  I actually did!!  I didn't wake up until about 9:30am!  I was awake off and on through the night, but I feel like I slept!  It was nice.  I agree with you about the crutches stuff.  I will keep using them...just not around the house.  I find myself limping when I know I can walk.  So I need to break that habit quick!  Anyway, I hope you are doing well!!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 23, 2008, 03:01:21 PM
Thanks Farrah. Yes...morning is ok so far. Same ole same ole. I just dont understand why I wake up soooo uncomfortable. I know it is from being stuck in one position all night. I have slept which is good but it takes me a good hour or so to get the kinks out of my back.  My steri strips are itching and drving me nuts. It is taking ALL of my good patient behavior to leave them on.......

I think that is a wise thing to not use them around the house and take them when you go out. At least until you are stronger.  If you continue to be in so much pain you will not want to walk around......then you will never get strong.  I hope that you have a good day today too and am so happy for you that you slept!!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Plumb on February 23, 2008, 04:49:29 PM
Hey it looks like people are getting a bit stronger and loosing the "sticks" in the house.   I always needed them most for stairs ..  The hardest thing for the knee to do.. I was told to do stairs.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 23, 2008, 04:56:02 PM
Yes....I wish I could ditch the sticks. I use one for sure and carry the other one around just in case......I have a large dog and there is no way I could walk around without her knocking me down.  we call her "shadow" even though her name is abby b/c she follows me everywhere.   When I sit...I put the crutch along side my bad leg so she cant lean on it...ha ha.....

:-)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 23, 2008, 06:56:26 PM
Dogs and post surgery don't mix!!  I have two little ones and they have been jumping all over my bad leg.  I usually put a pillow over it while sitting on the couch to protect it.  Today I was playing with my jack russell and he was so excited that he jumped up and leaned his newly clipped nails all down my long incision!!  It stung so badly, but didn't phase the scar.  It is fine...it just hurt.  I was sitting on the 1ft tall brick hearth in front of our fireplace throwing the tennis ball and that is when he pressed his nails all along my leg.  Then a few minutes later I was trying to get up off that 1ft litte step and I didn't push off high enough and fell back into a squat with both legs!!!!!   Oh my goodness it pulled so many things in my knee.  It hurt so bad...it went away though.  It's amazing how badly something can hurt and then the pain just goes away.  Anyway, I am doing well today!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 23, 2008, 07:05:16 PM
Yes...my dog has come close to scratching my scar too. I have been protecting it like crazy. She is getting pet alot just to keep her paws on the ground!  Cats have been walking on my leg...but at least they are smaller.  A few days before I left for my surgery my dog tore her achilles tendon.  I havent been able to get her in to the ortho vet b/c of time and money..she is getting along ok but she holds her back leg up alot. It is her left leg too...we are a pair....so...her ball playing is over for a while....she is a laborador retriever....so end of ball playing is like end of life for her...hopefully  I can get her fixed soon too!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 24, 2008, 03:19:59 AM
Laura, I hope you are doing okay tonight!!   I'm thinking about you!  I am off for the night!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 24, 2008, 07:02:30 PM
Day 15..or 16 post op. (never know if you count the day of surgery).  Today I woke up in pain as usual. It is a less and less pain each day but the nights still are the hardest. I take one darvocet at bed..I usually pass right out even before the pain meds hit and sleep usually for about 6-7 hours pretty well. I still find that I can only sleep on my back and wish so much I could roll over to the side. I cant wait to sleep on my side again!   My flexion feels about the same with less pain to bend it to a sitting position. I guess Im somewhere around 90-100 although I have no clue when I am at home what the degree of flexion is.  My walking is still really weak. i can walk slowly with no brace or crutches but have the furniture near to hold on to. I seem to walk with my hip more than my leg and I know that is a bad habit so Im really trying to use the crutches if Im out of the brace.  Icing like crazy still.  I actually sat in the dining room today and helped my hsuband paint the room. I sat on this green garden bench thing we have that has rollers and rolled along the floor.  Felt good to be helpful.  I took my steri strips off last night. I just couldnt help it. Its like looking at a christmas present..ha ha...anyway...it looks as ugly as expected...a huge 10 inch scar with those suture marks all along it. I cleaned it up as much as I could and put some of those scar protection/cushioned bandaid things on it to hopefully minimize the scabs and scars.  I think my PT wants me to start rubbing the incision line after Tuesday to break up the scars there.....see if I get in trouble for taking off the steri strips early! :-)

Getting by the days with mostly advil. I can stretch it out to about 8-10 hours during the day pretty well.  Thats good b/c my stomach feels better already not taking as much. Tomorrow I return to work so that will be a different story.  Cross my fingers that I dont swell that much.  Im wearing my very sexy thigh high opaque jobst stockings for swelling. They are annoying and hard to get on...but if they are helping my swelling then I will do it.    Oh...my nerve pain in the side of my leg is back. It is more constant than before the surgery, in the exact same place.....sigh. Im hoping that it will go away with time...Im praying that it just has something to do with the swelling in my knee or the way Im walking.......

thats all for now!
Hope everyone is well!

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 24, 2008, 09:09:35 PM
Hi Laura, it sounds like you are doing pretty well :)  I hope so anyway.  I had a pretty relaxing day today.  I make jewelry for march of dimes.  So I went to 3 craft stores earlier looking for some sterling silver jewelry making supplies...sterling silver chains are hard to come by at Michaels or Joannes etc.  The store the definitely had it was closed!  Anyway, so while going through the stores, I used only one crutch.  My knee gave out so many times and hurt each time.  I also struggled some with the walking even when it didn't give out.  Oh well...one day I will get there.  I know it is only  b/c my knee doesn't extend all the way.  Anyway, I am home now and we are getting ready to go out again.  My mother-in-law informed me that we are going to Dave and busters after dinner tonight!  Can you believe it?  Twice in one weeked.  Before yesterday I couldn't even tell you when the last time I went there was.  Well have a great day.  I will log in again when we get home from our long night. 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Plumb on February 24, 2008, 09:36:47 PM
manipulation by dog booty.   sigh..
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 24, 2008, 11:21:44 PM
Farrah...are you trying to kill yourself?? ha ha...how about....go to dinner and go home and skip D&B? ha ha.....  Sorry about the jewelry making not working out today. My office does March of Dimes every year too...Im sure they have started the drive while I was off work. My entire days work is preterm prevention...so of course we support march of dimes.

So...I was doing well this morning...felt pretty well...but then I decided I could help paint sitting down....eventually...b/c I am a perfectionist...I decided that the way my husband was painting the wall wasnt good enough so I was standing up and painting...hobbling all around the room, bending carrying the pan...etc......then.....all the sudden...PAIN.  my leg said enough.....so, I came and laid down in a pathetic lump on the floor.....thought the pain would go away and I could do my afternoon quad set exercies...but nope..my leg totally boycotted...they wouldnt go at all....so..what is every knee geek to do?  I rolled over on my side and cried.  ha ha...funny now.....so...hubby got the ice machine going..I took another mouthful of advil..back to the couch for me  >:(  I feel better now after several icing cycles on the machine and laying elevated for several hours.  Now....tomorrow at work....yikes.  My husband suggested that I should take the pain meds with me to work just in case......i think I will.

Anyway...ups and downs. Im totally fine tonight.  Maybe one melt down every 5 days is a good thing.....ha ha....

:-) Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 25, 2008, 02:42:30 AM
I made it to D&B and back!!  I am alive...I used 1 crutch the whole time.  There weren't any crowds.  I was definitely achy and in pain by the end, but I am okay.  Read my diary for tomorrow's goals!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on February 25, 2008, 09:39:25 AM
Wow - I dont log in for a couple of days and this thread gets so long!!
Guys - take it easy while you are still healing, stop all this painting!!! hehehehe - healing is frustrating, but you all sound like youre doing so well.
xx
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: katmomx2 on February 25, 2008, 01:15:00 PM
Hello Laura,

Sounds like you are overdoing it, but that is the pot calling the kettle. Good luck today and try not to overdo.

My last week of leisure ;D Orientation next monday at NAMC and half day at St. David's on tuesday then to the unit to observe. I am so excited.

Have a good day at work, but remember it is still early in recovery land

Hugs Kat
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 25, 2008, 02:39:35 PM
I forgot to say good luck today!!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on February 25, 2008, 04:02:22 PM
hey laura - tell us about your first day in work!!
xx
tanya
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: riderdown on February 25, 2008, 10:08:46 PM
Hope your first day back wasn't too tough! Sending good vibes your way today.

hey, i would really like to check out your PT. My guy is really getting on my nerves!

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 26, 2008, 01:46:34 AM
Laura, are you alive??  I hope you are doing okay after your first day back at work!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 26, 2008, 03:05:04 PM
Hello everyone!  Ok...yes....I was the pot calling the kettle black on Sunday for sure....noooo I did not do any more painting. ha haha ......So...Monday morning my husband got me all together, we packed my ice machine, lunch, PT clothes...etc....he drove me to work and got me inside and settled (we have stairs to get in our office)......My morning was ok...I had 6 patients....I was supposed to have help but we had a lot of folks out sick so I had to do more than planned.....It was ok...but more difficult than I could imagine hobbling around the exam room on crutches. Of course the women strip down and lay their shoes and clothes on the floor and Im trying to crutch over them..ha ha....by lunch I was in pain. I came back and iced my leg and elevated it and had some more advil. The afternoon was lighter and I put my leg up on a chair while talking to my patients...Im sure it looked really professional...but oh well.  I went to PT at 4.  My leg really was about the same size it has been so that is good that I didnt swell that much more than before. yipee.  I was frustrated at first b/c she was having me do the assisted SLR machine thingy and I couldnt get my leg up at all........finally she assisted me with a few and then the leg decided to play along.  I was better this week than last week although they are baby baby steps for sure.    After PT we had the lovely 1 hour traffic commute home and I went straight to the couch for ice. I was SOOOO tired it was crazy.  I had dinner and then iced more and was asleep by 930.    I didnt sleep as well and woke up in more pain than usual but Im sure that is from having my first day back at work.

This morning I drove to work by myself for the first time.  My husband got all my stuff packed in the car and when I got to work one of the girls came out to carry it in.  I took two of those portable gel ice packs with me this morning and held them on my knee while driving in. It was a great idea and helped a lot. I felt better by the time I got to work.

Ok...have to go start morning patients.  Hope today goes better than yesterday!

Thanks for all your notes!   I was so tired last night I never even opened my computer!


Kat good luck on your first day!  :-)

My PT is called Sports Center.   It is near 38th/Jefferson.  My PT is Christine...I think if you go there it would be worth the wait to get her, Ryan or Josh. They are the most experienced. There are two others but they are newer. I LOVE Christine...she is great!!!

Ok. Have to run!  Will catch up on everyone else's progress at lunch!

Laura :-)

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: WorkinWings on February 26, 2008, 11:58:51 PM
Hi, everyone!

This is my FIRST post on KneeGuru!

But I have been coming here (as an unregistered guest) on and off since about Aug 07, when it finally dawned on me that I needed to get educated... 

As I've seen so many newbies say: I wish I had known about this site BEFORE my surgery   :(

Anyway, Laura, I finally decided to register because of YOU, and so it's only natural that I post here first, right??

I have been wishing you luck from afar, and if you take a look at my signature, I'm sure you'll be able to guess why.

Well, I could spend all evening here, but I'll try to spare you all—for now!!  ;D
I don't know where to start...  I could really use the support and understanding that I've seen here, but I get tired just thinking of sorting through what is to me already a very confusing knee-history… And I’ve only had the ONE surgery (that ‘innocent’ little lateral release)…

Laura, please know that there is one more person here that has been really rooting for you, hoping that this surgery has finally gotten that botched LR of yours fixed!!!!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 27, 2008, 01:11:30 AM
Oh..wow...well....Im honored to have you rooting me on...I need the rooting..and some kicks in the rear too.  Well...the oh so fun Lateral Release.  Im so sorry that you had a bad outcome too. Where do you live and has anyone given you any hope?  My PT said yesterday that she had another bad LR outcome she saw that morning....and there is a guy name KarateKid on here too...but he lives out of the US and has a much more confusing health system for me to understand.

I hope that I can tell you that mine gets fixed.  Everyone keeps asking me if Im fixed.  I say.....I dont know....I have ups and downs...fears that it didnt work. Every day is a baby step forward. I really really hope that it works.

How did you get diagnosed with your medial subluxations?

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: katmomx2 on February 27, 2008, 02:22:05 AM
Hello Laura,

Congrats on driving on your own today. Baby steps are the mantra. I am sure your patients understand. You take things as easy at work as you can and be careful not to overdo.

I am looking forward to taking care of your patients.

All my healing hugs your way

Kat
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 27, 2008, 02:33:08 AM
Hello Laura!  It seems like it has been a while!!  Haha!  I am so happy that your first few days haven't been so bad.  I figured that you would have been exhausted last night.  I was just hoping you were okay!!  It should get better and better.  You are lucky to be able to drive after 2 weeks or so!!  I didn't start driving 100% of the time until about week 5.  After my TTT, I went back after two weeks off for recovery.  It was very hard at first.  I just couldn't get comfy at my desk...of course it is a desk job.  I also started coaching the same week.  It was all very hard.  I still have problems at 7 weeks PO!  I hope that yours gets better fast!!  I know we had different surgeries, so who knows how/when recovery will be complete.  It seems like forever on my end!  Be glad you weren't in GA this morning.  The area you were in would for sure have had a tornado warning AGAIN.  I seriously thought there was a tornado in my area!  So scary!  On my way back up from the basement this morning, my legs were shaking.  Since my left knee was as bad as my right before surgery, I could hardly get up the stairs.  Anyway, I hope you continue to improve on everything.  Good luck with PT at your next apt!!!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 27, 2008, 02:57:02 AM
Hi Farrah....the driving is a trick for sure.  I had to have my husband put me in the car...I was pulling myself in...up and over toward the passanger side and he bent my leg and put it in the car.....then someone from work came out to get my stuff...coming home a woman came out and helped stuff me back in the car again...i was laughing so hard b/c it is crazy.....I hurt my left leg so driving with the right is easy. It the getting in and out that is hell.  I took ice packs and it felt great to ice it....I take a backpack with my lunch in it...etc....so I can carry that in......

You can expect me on here for a long time too. I was told 6 months to recovery 80%...so..I think b/c they are giving me such LONG goals that it makes it easier to not become frustrated yet.  I have daily fears, frustrations..and cry about every 3rd day I guess.....but....just trying to keep my head up.  I cant wait until I can bend my leg and not have pain....I cant wait to sleep in a normal position......funny goals.  I guess Im lucky b/c weight bearing doesnt hurt me at all....I just dont have the strength to tighten my muscles to walk normal yet....  I still cant move my legs around without using my hand or the other leg to help.........

Kat...thanks for the note!   I sent a set of twins over to deliver yesterday and I sent a pre-eclamptic lady over today.  Lots of babies you will be seeing.    I loved st davids..I hope you do too!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 27, 2008, 09:14:31 AM
Hi Laura,

Glad to hear your first few days at work haven't been too bad.

I've got the surgery thing around my head. Just the waiting game to get approval from the insurance company and then can book the surgery. Am hoping it will be in April some time.

Keep up the good work with your rehab.  :D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 27, 2008, 02:24:24 PM
Hi Kirsty.  Glad you have someone listening to you and you have a plan of action. It is the scariest part....but.....when you get it done I will hold your hand through it........Cant wait for you to get to start working towards recovery!   :-)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: WorkinWings on February 27, 2008, 04:42:38 PM
Hey, Austin!! Thanks for your reply!

How was I dx?  Like you, I had to see many different doctors locally who didn’t really examine my knee much, but who made sure to tell me how great my surgeon was…  That has been so frustrating and scary!  I had my husband read the post you wrote about your experience with that in Texas, and he said: “are you sure YOU didn’t write this??” 
I had started reading up on LRs and discovered the International Patellofemoral Study Group—I’m sure you know about them—and found out that a member of that group who always writes about the importance of careful history-taking and proper diagnosis is within 5 hours driving distance from us.  So we made the drive, through a huge snowstorm… almost didn’t make it!  The doctor did a very thorough exam and diagnosed the medial instability.  That was a huge blow…  He suggested that for the next few months I try wearing a brace designed to prevent lateral subluxations, but to wear it upside down—so that the buttress is on the medial side.  He hopes that the brace will allow me to get stronger (through being able to exercise with less pain), and that the muscles might then be able to provide enough stability to make me a little less disabled.  But he also said that it will take many months to know if there is any chance that this will help me.

(I was in the middle of trying out some other “experiment” on my knee, though, and let my PT convince me that I should finish that before trying something new…  I am now starting to really regret following her advice…)

Laura, I do know that it will also be a while before you know if your LR repair worked.  I know how difficult it is not knowing, but having to have a positive attitude and not “speculate” too much about “good-vs-bad” pain.  It is a struggle every hour of every day…  But you seem to be doing VERY well, meltdowns included—they are probably a requirement once in a while, for your mental health: release can be good for you…   

…‘cept those of the lateral type, in our case!  ;)

Hang in there!
Hugs,
A.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 27, 2008, 05:01:18 PM
That is wonderful that you found someone near you!  You know I actually emailed Dr. Fulkerson of the PF society. He was so nice and helpful. By the time he emailed me back the first time I had already had surgery in Georgia.  There really was only one person of the PF society in Texas but I didnt know that until I had already gone out of state.  I was AMAZED at the lack of knowledge on what had happened to me....still...even after having someone look inside the knee you still cant get them to totally tell you if the other doctor did something wrong. Im just trying to get over it.  Makes me so mad...but, oh well...life is too short to harbor that anger.  Now..if THIS surgery doesnt work..hah a....I might have some more anger to deal with.

Im not really pessimistic about this surgery...just being cautious on my optimism. I realize that my knee will never be the same again...but Im hoping that I can get some of my life back.  Small goals for now.   Every morning I wake up in pain.  I sit straight up and start rubbing my knee. I was trying to pull on my sexy thigh high support stocking this morning and I was saying Im so tired of the pain...my husband said...yes...but look..you have your leg bent while you are pulling that up and you are not rambling cuss words....so that is good!  ha ha....so..it is good to have someone point out the positive progress for sure!!!   After I get out of bed and start moving the knee some I feel better right away..probably in 30 minutes or so.....I put an ice pack on my knee driving to work, take my advil...I feel better usually half way on my drive in.  So..there is hope.  Im able to feel my quad sets getting stronger. My PT is letting me use one crutch and no brace during my PT sessions so she can watch me walk and correct my gait.  Lots of fun. :-)

I dont know if it was in this log or another that I explained how my girl taped my leg. It was so great...but she used three different vectors to get my knee in place. I LOVED it and could totally tell that it helped. It decreased inflammation and I could feel my VMO moving a little.  I wish I had known my PT way earlier in the game and maybe I wouldnt have gotten so far behind in my VMO strength.

What state are you in?

Glad that you got diagnosed and someone is helping you. That is wonderful!

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: WorkinWings on February 27, 2008, 06:46:04 PM
Wooohooo! Here’s to getting’ on the fast track to forum addiction for me!!

Hhaha… you made me laugh about your sexy stockings! 
It's also great to see how much support you are getting from hubby—now THAT is wonderful!  Behind every great kneegeek we hope there might always be a great kneegeek fan—we love them and appreciate them! 

…We also feel their pain… they should probably start their own msg board  ;D

Ah, yes, the anger issue.  That is a big one.  And one that I have been struggling with so much this week that I was not able to sleep last night… Well, not just anger, it’s mostly fear and despair, in this case:  that’s because in two days I get to see the surgeon that did my LR, and am NOT looking forward to it. Two visits ago he spent the whole session yelling at me, trying to blame me for being soooo much worse now than I was before surgery.  I don’t know how to get out of this torture every 6 weeks.  I have not been successful in finding someone to take over for him.  It’s like a nightmare.  Even the good doc I saw last month did not offer to do that.

I do feel very, very fortunate to have been able to see him, though.  Just to have a diagnosis, that means sooo much!

The taping that you describe was done by your PT sounds really great.  It might be even more effective than the brace that I got, because taping is customized…  I haven’t had the luck of finding a good PT, yet, but I’ll keep trying…  It is wonderful that you have that!

Fulkerson?  Wow! I am really curious to know what he had to say!

Even though you only found out about these other PF society docs after arriving in Georgia, it seems to me (from reading the little bit of literature I’ve found so far on repairing LRs) that you made the right choice. 
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 27, 2008, 07:22:45 PM
You know you could call Dr. Flandry in Georgia and he will call you back about your knee if you just want to discuss your options. You can also email Dr. Fulkerson..his email I think I found on this website under the doctors list...or I found it on the PF society website somewhere.   I know I had trouble getting folks to take care of me too, Esp. in the early days.  At first NO one would see me because I was post op under a year.  THEN.....one chiropractor I was seeing knew I was screwed up beyond normal post op weakness and he called a doctor he knew and got me in. After I finally got in to see that guy..he ordered the CT scan. Once I then was labeled with medial subluxation..it got easier to get into people. One doctor in San Antonio was a TOTAL jerk to me.( Dr. DeLee)  I think he knew how to fix me...he is actually a well known doctor...but he wouldnt see me either b/c he said I already had a doctor.  Basically he didnt want to step on my local doctors toes. I was soo mad.  I dont know how bad your knee is.  My knee cap could be totally pushed out of its socket and could be turned on it side to a 90 degree angle. I had a lot of scars puckering in my skin....so it was pretty obvivous that there was a problem.   

Hang in there.  Are you going to tell the local doctor that you were told you have medial subluxations?  WHY DID HE YELL AT YOU??? when HE screwed you up?

How long ago was your LR?  Who was the other doctor that you just saw that diagnosed you with subluxation?

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: WorkinWings on February 27, 2008, 08:32:20 PM
No, ouch!  I've known for a while, from your descriptions of your case, that yours is worse than mine...  My situation only gets more desperate when you consider that I cannot possibly do my job unless there is tremendous improvement in function.  I am a flight attendant.  The fed gov’t (plus my company, and most of all, all 10 thousand of my co-workers) requires that I be prepared at all times to evacuate a full plane in 90 seconds or less...  Imagine trying to do that when I can't walk w/out limping, can't squat, can't walk up, and much less down stairs using the bad leg... of course, can't kneel, or jump, or run...  can't stand for very long...    Impossible!  We get tested every year on our ability to do these things.  That will be the first thing that happens when (if ever) I try to go back.

It is not as obvious to people, in my case, that I have all these problems, though.  That, in a way, makes it very difficult, because everyone seems to doubt me, and then judge me based on those doubts.  It ain't easy.  It was driving me crazy before I finally saw the one doc who knew what he was doing and proved that I had a real problem.  It got to be that before that, on my worse days, I would even doubt myself.  After I saw him, though, by coincidence, I realized there was one little trick that would let people actually SEE that I have a problem: if I do a partial squat, very slowly, and have them look at my kneecap, right at the start of flexion, it subluxes and then suddenly jumps into the groove!  Once I started that "trick,” then they all go "ooh, stop that!  You'll hurt yourself!"  Duh!  That is what happens every time I bend my knee!

Sorry, Laura.  I don't mean to take over your post-op thread with my rants!  This is your spot to do your own ranting and to celebrate your triumphs 8)

My LR was in May of last year—almost 10 months ago.

Thanks for all the info and suggestions you sent. I have appreciated your replies very much, and would give you more of the information about myself that you have asked for, if it weren't for this paranoid little feeling...  :o

I see that you are online right now.  I have now posted my email address on my profile.  If you are interested, let me know via email and I’ll give you the info.  I know, it’s silly!!!  I’m just too new to the public forum medium...

 It seems I might be quickly taking to it, though!!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 27, 2008, 09:51:54 PM
Hey no problem..I totally understand., I have never posted on here the name of the guy that screwed me up. haha....I generally dont even like to tell the doctors that I see unless they pry it out of me...then of course they just telll me how great he is. ha ha......The guy in Georgia had no idea who my doctor was so he didnt care. I post his name b/c he helped me quite a bit. He was very honest and said you are screwed up..they shouldn't have done the surgery to you.

When you get a certain number of posts,I think it is 10 you can send a personal message to anyone you want. You just click on the persons log in name and at the bottom you click on send this person a personal message. No one else can read it then. You dont even have to give out your personal email that way if you want to keep it private.

I understand the work issue. Im a nurse...on my feet all day too. It has been hard. I dont have to evacuate anyone..but..if anyone comes in and almost delivers in my office this month they are on their own with the rest of the staff!  :-)

Yes..it takes a lot of time to get people to listen to you...that is the pits.  You are not hogging up my forumn..lots of people share info on their own post op site to people that has nothing to do with them. dont worry. But,....you can also get a wide group of replies from other LR problem people under the patello femoral problem section if you want a new thread too.  :-) 

Knowledge is the first step.  Just keep reading and finding as much info as you can. Try your best to rehab as much as you can....and dont give up.

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: WorkinWings on February 27, 2008, 10:48:54 PM
Hey! Great tips—so possibly only 5 posts to go after this one and my status will change? Sweet!

I do admire you for going back to work so soon after your surgery, while in this much pain, and for the professionalism you have shown—knowing your office needs you.

And I sure hope you don't have to 'evacuate' any babies any time soon!!!!  At least not until you feel you're ready for it!!!

Heeey, don't worry, I am nowhere near giving up!! Trying my best to help myself, in spite of all the road blocks.  It has been quite a rude awakening in the limitations of healthcare, not just here in the US, but worldwide—scary stuff.  I used to be a researcher, long ago… used to study primate ecology, behavior, and conservation in the rainforest...  Anyway, I mention this because I still know a little about what science is, and once I started reading up on medical "research"...  Boy!  We're in trouble!  Most of it would not ever be accepted for publication by any peer-reviewed science journals...  But it is the knowledge that we have at present, and you are right, knowledge is where our best hope lies! 

Keep on reading, and keep on sharing it!

((Hugs))
A.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 27, 2008, 11:30:31 PM
Hello "A",

Sorry you are going through such a rough time!  I am glad Laura got hers hopefully all straightened out!!  I didn't have a messed up surgery, but it took doctors 6 years to figure out my problems.  I also had patella subluxation.  It had to take it to get really really bad painfully and noisily before they got it right!  I had a surgery for chondramalacia years ago, but that didn't do anything.  It was a huge relief just to find out what caused all of my problems.  I am 7 weeks PO from a fulkerson TTT to help it all and am not quite feeling good yet.  I am trying to be patient...more of a frustration b/c of my pain levels right now!  I am trying to wean myself off crutches, but it has not bee very successful.  My PT said I can go back to 2 crutches if I want, and I have taken full advantage of that!! Anyway, good luck to you "A". 

Laura, it sounds like you are doing great!  I am so happy for you and your progress!  I hope it continues!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: lenorem9 on February 27, 2008, 11:50:40 PM
Laura, I've been watching from the wings.  Had to jump in and say it's great to see you're back at work already.  Seems like I was just reading about you being in a hotel and miserable in pain.  You've done fantastic!  Congrats!  Keep it up!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 28, 2008, 02:08:52 AM
Thanks everyone. I am hopeful at progress...yet still scared at every pop, pucker or lump I feel.  I took everything off my leg tonight and the scar looks ok. Im just going to let it heal normally now. The PT says I have to start rubbing and massaging the scar to keep it from getting adhered.  I have one spot on the upper lateral part of my knee that seems to be stuck down. Its freaking me out b/c it is the first time I have seen it.  Last surgery I stuck down at the bottom and ended up with some bad scar tissue.  I was told I cant do patellar mobs for the first month b/c of all the things they sewed together in there.....Im going to ask PT tomorrow if Im just crazy. 

So......I soaked my whole leg in the tub. AHHHHHHH............like heaven.

I did my leg exercises tonight which consist of really just quad sets, some ankle things and the quad sets with the towel under my knee. The towel under my knee one she says my goal is to contract the quad while trying to push the towel down with my knee...at the same time try to lift my heel off the floor.  At first....NO WAY.....last week she taught them to me. I thought no way at all.  Tonight I actually got it to work!  The trick is to put the towel a little closer to your calf than to the knee and it worked.  So....after about 60 of those...I tried to do a seated SLR.  AND...waa laa!  The leg came up.  Not high....abouut 10 inches. I screamed at my husband...LOOK LOOK LOOK...ha ha....then my leg fell to the ground!  ha ha..I did TWO. ha ha. yipeee.    Maybe this means I can get my leg in the car someday soon with out the bend, cram and stuff method I use now.  Bending is about the same. I assume it is around or just above 100. Every bending time is back to the basicis though..it tightens up every time...but....it is less painful and takes less "trys" to get it to bend now...but still no way it is going past where is it......Im not sure Im really even allowed past 110 until 6 weeks so that is ok.

Pain is better at work. I have been lucky that lots of folks have cancelled this week. I have just started putting my leg up on the chair and telling them sorry.  I even made one person move today...ha ha..they were on my chair!  (it was a teenager....friends with the teenaged pregnant patient...I didnt feel bad making her friend move...)    It might mean my schedule will be bad in the upcoming weeks..but I dont care this week for sure.  People at work have been so nice. Even some people that are not usually that nice.  They have been saving the front row parking spot for me. Funny..I thought I was just having GREAT luck every day..ha ha..today they told me that they were told to save it for me...yipeee..that was nice. Wonder how long I get that treatment?  People do my ice machine for me...bring me my food from the microwave.......Even one of the doctors came in the office today and wanted to try out my Game Ready ice machine. He sat in it for like 10 minutes going...OUCH..this is REALLY cold.....I pumped the thing up to full compression..haha..he couldnt feel his foot.   Anyway.  Pain getting better is reassuring.  I walked from the bathroom to the kitchen with no brace, no crutch.....not on purpose..just didnt think about it.....it was a real wobby limping effort....then...I was in there....ha ha.....had to send hubby back to get the crutch.......at least I got there.  :-)

So..the odd things. I have a odd new snappng feeling in the back of my knee. It is a tiny feeling..it hurts..a little.  Just odd...will see how it goes...trying to just ignore it.  My knee hurts in places that I didnt even have surgery...but I assume that is some sort of referred pain.

Cautiously optimistic...thats my theme.  Dear God I hope this surgery worked. I know you all say the same prayer every night.

Thanks for all the wonderful support. If I get fixed...even if I dont get fixed I promise to give support back!

:-)
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 28, 2008, 02:29:05 AM
I used the Game Ready for two weeks!  I loved it. I use it at PT now.  Congrats on your accomplishments!!  I am so happy for you! 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: lenorem9 on February 28, 2008, 12:06:32 PM
I'm laughing at your description of the guys at work and the ice machine.  Too funny.  Isn't it great when you see the good side of your coworkers?  Even the ones you really couldn't stand before?

My guys were like that too.  They couldn't do enough for me and were really disappointed when they didn't need to help anymore.  It has been an icy winter here in NY and I needed all the help I could get from them.  I went to work 6 days after surgery because I was going stir crazy at home.  I mostly sit at a desk so it wasn't hard.  My boss picked me up and brought me home for about a month while I was NWB.  My daily arrival and departure at work was a riot.  Guys would come running out to help me in and out of my boss's vehicle and one day in particular I call "queen for a day".  It was an especially icy day and my boss pulled his vehicle up as close as he could get to the building.  They dragged long carpets out of the hallway and right out onto the sidewalk so they came right up to his vehicle.  One guy lifted me out of the vehicle and set me onto the carpets and then they had one guy on each side of me hanging on for dear life in case I slipped.  Very funny and quite the production. 

I'm not sure how it works in Texas but I was able to get a temporary handicapped permit from my town.  All you need is a note from your Dr.  It came in really handy, both at work and for the grocery store.  Our office building has 6 handicapped spots and noone in the building is handicapped so noone minded. 

I love that you were yelling LOOK, LOOK, LOOK when you got your leg up 10 inches.  Your hubby probably thought you were losing it at that point.  If he only knew what a huge success that was, right?  Hope that snapping in the back of your knee is just scar tissue breaking up. 

Have a great day!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 28, 2008, 02:25:37 PM
ha ha ha.....that is a funny story about the carpet!  I think I shall request carpet to my car too!  ha ha...well....my rein as queen is over....someone ( and I know who b/c she is a rude person) took the front row spot today. meanie!  ha ha...I was ok....I can crutch in as long as somone carries my stuff up the steps. :-)

I thought of the handicap parking pass. I really havent needed one yet b/c my husband has been doing all the grocery shopping but Im sure that before long I will be sick of the trapped at home thing.  It is VERY hard for me to get in and out of my SUV...ha ha..I have to really get in there and really tug, bend etc my leg and foot to get it in....it is really funny......oh well!  At least my spending habits are down..I cant get out. :-)

Another day...my last day at work this week. YIPEEEEEE....I always love Thursday...but never so much as this week!  I hope all my patients show up on time and are doing well today....

:-) Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Plumb on February 28, 2008, 02:47:06 PM
Grocery shopping is great rehab !!!  By all means if it makes your life a bit easier don't try to brave it out .. Get one.  I had been on crutches for a good part of a year and I kinda made up this  fishing game of getting the plastic bags handles wrapped around the base and tried to bring the bags from the door to the kitchen when someone had to bring them from the car to the house.  I never tangled myself up thank god and I always heard why are you doing that.. but at least I felt a bit usefull to do something normal day to day.. with the drag the bag game.   Ofcourse on one of the perkier days.  Other times just going to the grocery store would be too much for me.   

However that is all in the past..  Life does turn around when the right operation takes place  :)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 28, 2008, 03:13:24 PM
Yes..I agree..I try to be as helpful as I can.  I have this little red cart thing my husband brought in from the garage..I can push all kinds of things around on it.  I at least try to help..I get things all ready and in a pile before I call and ask for help...at lease I need efficient help....at first I would call for about 10 things...one after another...now I pick my battles. No one has complained at all but I just hate to bug people over and over. 
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on February 28, 2008, 03:29:36 PM
Laura,
you are funny!!! loving your work escapades - hey teenager move!!! and the front row parking space being taken by a meanie!!! cheek! trip her with your crutch!!

you sound like youre doing GREAT - i loved your 2 SLR story!!! and you know what? 2 is more than you could do a few days ago and each week will bring more strength and improvement so soon youll be saying 'yeah i do 30 SLRs 3 times a day but you know im finding it difficult to go above 20lbs weight on it' :)

dont worry about the snapping sensations, i have a lot of clicks, crunches, snappy feelings, PT says the muscles arent quite firing correctly on their own yet so ligaments and tendons are still clicking about - scar tissue does it too - itll go in time.

im thinking about this carpet story Lenorem9 - was it a red carpet????? are you really a famous person and secretly telling us about your premieres???? i like it!!! i want guys on either side of me helping me along - even when i have a good knee!!!
xx
tanya
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: lenorem9 on February 28, 2008, 05:06:38 PM
Amazing how we all get so creative in figuring out how to do things.  I love the different "dragging things" stories.  We can all relate so much.

Laura, sorry to hear your reign as queen is over already.  The nerve of them taking your spot already.  Ha! Ha! 

I can relate to how hard it is getting in and out of an SUV.  The vehicle my boss was picking me up in is about 3 feet off the ground.  The first day he picked me up he had to lift me up into the vehicle, then we tried a step stool and then I figured out I could hike myself up into it backwards by holding onto a handle" inside by the roof.  Thank God for upper body strength!  Also I drive a pickup truck so my vehicle was (and still is) fun to get in and out of.  Your description of tugging and bending to get in and out is so accurate.  I think I pulled a groin muscle doing exactly that. 

Plumb, you are so right.  Grocery shopping for me was my first true escape back to independence.  It felt so good.  I'm sure I was grinning ear to ear as I rode my handicapped cart around the store.  (Of course I have a very funny story about that too).

Tanya, No red carpet.  Sorry.  It was just a boring brown.  But I did still feel like the queen.  More than one icy day I had escorts in and out.  They were awesome!  Being in an office of almost all men does have its benefits.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: WorkinWings on February 28, 2008, 11:00:20 PM
Heeey, Laura!  I did it!  I did it!  I got the courage to start my own thread! 

Thanks for mentoring me these last few days, and for all your helpful comments.  Hopefully it's just the start of a fruitful collaboration between us 'medialers' ;D

I'm at the patello-femoral joint section; the title is "Exercises for medial patellar instability???"  Please do visit and leave suggestions if you have the time!  I would really appreciate it.

Farrah, thank you so much for the kind note.  And I am so sorry for the troubles you have had.  I saw an (another) out-of-town doctor in November of last year, who had first said he thought a TTT might help me, but when I told him 'surgery' at my home is now spelled with four letters, he instead suggested that I use a "neuromuscular repositioning system" brace called the Protonics, which is what I had been trying up until a few days ago.  I don't know if that doctor would still have thought that the TTT would have been a good option for me, now that I have been diagnosed with medial instability.  But my history and problems are different from yours, and I really hope that you recover quickly and well, and go on to better things!  Hang in there!  I'll be thinking of you.


Laura,

C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S


on reaching the end of your first week at work!!!  Wonderful milestone!

Cheers,

Clippity-clopper

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 29, 2008, 01:53:30 AM
Laura, I hope you are still doing well.  Isn't it nice to kind of get your life back??  I am on my 8th week on two crutches!!  I am still living life.  I am tired of the crutches being a part of it though.  Anyway, I hope next week is even better than this week!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 29, 2008, 02:31:33 AM
Ok. So...Day 20 post op.

Good, the bad..the ugly.

The GOOD:
First work week is over. It was ok..thankfully a slow schedule, lots of help...today was long..but its over.
Flexion still at 104. no more, no less...thats ok.  It hurts less to get there.
Assisted SLR. PT took 2 pounds off my "assisted" part and so I did 40, 35, 35 at the new weight from like a 35 degree to 90 degree angle. Showed her my two seated SLR but they were much harder today.  Walked on the treadmill with my weight 50% removed.  Walking better with one crutch and brace on....walk sorta pathetically with one crutch and no brace.
Took only 4 advil so far today and Im ok on pain so far....
My incision looks pretty good....all bandages etc off.

The BAD:
Well...I guess the bad is that my swelling was still too much per the PT. She said MORE MORE  RICE.  Sigh. I feel like Im doing it alot..but...I guess my job doesnt really help that much. My knee still measures between 2-3 cm more than the other side.  :-(  I left PT went back to work...saw one patient and then went and laid down in my office on the floor with my leg on my chair in the ice machine....doctors/staff walking by laughing at me..Im sure they think Im nuts....ha..I had a piece of "birthday month" cake afterwards....

The UGLY:
My knee seems to have some skin locked down onto it. I noticed it last night. I showed my PT today...she says...No good. Looks like some adhesions trying to form.  She knows that I had major scars last time.  My OS said to not do patellar mobilizations until one month....but she said too bad...we are doing them.....she did them today...she also did lots of massaging my big huge scar. She says I need to start doing it every day. We will watch it.  It hurt a lot and was really warm after.... She says not to panic yet......but we need to focus on it.  sigh.   makes me scared......scars..they showed up this early last time too...BUT...last time no one would listen to me....at least this time they are listening.

So. Thats the summary.  Im not down...Im not up....just hanging on trying to stay positive and waiting for things to start to swing in the right direction.  Dear god no more adhesions.

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on February 29, 2008, 03:51:07 AM
Sounds like you have a great attitude Laura!!  That's good..I hope you keep it up that way!  I wish I could be as upbeat as you.  I need to be...it would probably make it all feel better mentally.  Well I hope you have a great weekend!  I have a long day ahead of me.  I have the elementary school architecture career day presentation all morning, then work until 3pm, then coaching until 6:30PM.  Oh well...it will be fun doing that elementary school stuff.  Have a great night!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 29, 2008, 04:09:06 AM
Thanks Farrah. Im trying to be positive.  My husband doesnt have a pessimistic bone in his body so he doesnt let me see the bad in things....my PT is the same way...she practically has a buzzer on me and doesnt let me get a negative word out of my mouth.  Im allowed to make "observations"..haha...but not freak out.  LIke...today....I said.." I think I have a hard spot on my knee that seems not right"   Usually I would say....LOOK AT ALL MY SCARS IM RUINED>  ha ha.... Also.....she says If I focus on something bad it will become a self fufulling thing...so...Im only allowed to focus on the good.  It is way harder than she thinks.  Im TRYING to stay positive...it is not an easy natural thing......  My PMS will be coming up this weekend to next week...ha ha...we will see how I deal with that AND knee pain. yuck.  I already warned my husband...ha ha...he says he might work overtime. ha ha ha.....  Hope your school function goes well tomorrow. Sounds fun!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 29, 2008, 07:37:58 AM
Hi Laura,

I think you are doing remarkedly well and have such a positive attitude.

Been a frustrating week trying to follow up the insurance company and then my OS rooms to find out what's happening. My OS rooms still haven't faxed the surgery request !!! Ugggghhhhh !!! I'll ring my knee surgeon's rooms on Monday. My OS is away for 2 weeks. They can fax the request without his signature. So, am going to ask they do that. I'll be imbetween jobs soon and want to have it done before starting a new job.

I am just sooooo sick of trying to juggle everything.

Have a good weekend !!!   :D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: lenorem9 on February 29, 2008, 10:21:55 AM
Funny you should mention PMS Laura.  I was just thinking that last night as I was leaving my personal trainer.  I think I'm starting to see a pattern...

PMS+knee pain+exercise = MELTDOWN!!!   AAAGGGHHHHH!!!

Hobbling around on one crutch and flexion of 104 already?  You're doing great!!!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 29, 2008, 05:53:11 PM
Thanks everyone.  Ah. yes...the PMS cramps started with full force last night.  My husband works nights. He came home at 330AM and tried to sneak in all quiet...I was there wide awake full of complaints.    I felt so bad last night....today cramps.....YUCK.  Im off work today...laying on the couch in my normal position. Leg on pillows...Ice machine going.  Cat on belly...cat on couch...dog on floor.  They have me in lock down. Thank goodness for laptops and remote controls.

At least I have great pain meds...ha ha..never have taken them for cramps before...but this might just be the month I knock myself out with them. :-)

Went to my chiropractor this morning. He is very helpful with my back. But.....He often spends a lot of time telling me how he told me not to do the LR.  He does it EVERY time...".I TOLD YOU NOT TO DO THE SURGERY">  He is right..he did tell me...and I did it anyway 3 days later.  I have full regret. Today I told him. OK ALREADY.  YOu are right.  Now.  GET OVER IT!!.  I dont want to hear I told you so anymore.  If you say it again I will punch you. He said ok. I said we need to look forward and stop talking about it.  Will see if it works.   Ah...and funny.  He had some very "insightful" advice.  Says.... I should be doing SLR and try to get the quad to wake up asap.   DUH......REALLY????  ha ha..... Guess he doesnt know I have been doing them for 20 days now. ha ha ha.

I go to PT today at 315. I hope that she works on my "adhesions" again.....Im worried about them......

Oh. Also....I was told to put Vitamin E on my knee now twice a day for the scar. Did anyone else do that....has anyone used Mederma scar cream?   

Hope everyone is well today!
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Plumb on February 29, 2008, 06:42:16 PM
I got glued with my TKR.   So if you can imagine someone sitting down and picking a scab off of someone knee  That was my OS getting the super human glue off me.

 I often joke that my OS has braced me up, scoped me portals , Put chicken juice in me, Put so many needles of cortizone that I am a walking Voodoo doll and when he wasnt finished with all that he decided to saw and hammer my bones  put a metal sculpture that makes me stand as proud as the statue of liberty. Given me a fancy white high tech trampoline( spacer) He got tired at the end of all that work and than said "F IT " and than decided to glue and tape it all up.  (Just as simple as that ) Now walk to the end of the hall where the chocolate cake is . Motivation for you to get going.

 After that he said coco butter would be fine.  I heard of Vitamin E being good as well.  Some people say bio oil and well if you wanted to go out and spend 24 dollars to try Mederma I am sure it could only help.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on February 29, 2008, 06:49:11 PM
Thanks Plumb. I had never even heard of bio oil.
There is a holistic health pharmacy right by my PT office so I will swing in there and see what they ahve to say. Yes..the Mederma price tag is crazy........but....gzzz..it is only the iciing on the cake compared to what this knee is costing me. 
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: mhsflute07 on February 29, 2008, 07:34:08 PM
Laura,

I used vitamin E on my scars and it worked well. That's what my PT recommended. I'll admit, I hated massaging my scar. I got in trouble at PT for not massaging it as my scar was starting to get tight.

Erin
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Thekaratekid on February 29, 2008, 08:56:33 PM
Hi Laura,

Found your diary this evening, thanks for all your posts they have been really helpful.

Sounds like you could do with a big bar of chocolate and a hotwater bottle this evening. I hate being cold like you so have taken to cuddling a hotwater bottle while I'm icing my knee, it should help your stomach cramps too!

My sister had a 2ft scar after an operation on her leg she used vitiamin E cream twice a day for months and it really helped her scar.

Well done for getting through work this week, hang in there, you are doing really well.

Trace
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: WorkinWings on February 29, 2008, 09:45:31 PM
Hi, Laura. 
I just now noticed your message... I'm still so clueless on how to navigate this site (I'm actually new to message boards).  I either can't figure out how to send PMs, or am not yet eligible--maybe only after 20 posts (as my name says "MICROgeek <20 posts")... But then, how is it you were able to send me one??
Anyway, I posted references for two articles on KarateKid's thread, and will post more once I figure out where I left my head// I mean, where I filed all that stuff.
I hope you enjoy your well-deserved day off, as well as your weekend!  And hey, I want doggy-kitty hot water bottles too!!

Cheers,
A-OK  8)

...oh my, Plumbsby you are too funny!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 01, 2008, 12:11:39 AM
Laura, sorry you have that PMS stuff going on!!  That was me last week!!  I had some complications with the timing of my Gyn apt and being off birth control...so mine was really really bad last week!  They wouldn't give me 1 months refill so I could wait til I can actually get on the table before scheduling the apt.  So I had to get off of the BC for 1 month instead!!  Made me so mad!!!  Anyway, I hope you are taking pain meds.  They seem to be helping me some today...for my knee pain. 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 01, 2008, 01:59:40 AM
ha ha...thanks for all the advice. 

:-)  Trace you are a good man to know about chocolate and hot water bottles for cramps.  Yes..I have a heating pad I curl up to while on the ice machine...makes it more bearable.  I got a kit kat bar at the pharmacy :-) ha ha.... Thanks for your encouraging words. I hope I get better and I can be a model of success for all the other LR failures out here.

Farrah..I feel your pain. we are off the pill too b/c we want a baby this year.  My leg has to heal up first...but hopefully after that the family will start......

Plumb, Erin, Trace...thanks for the vit E, etc replies....

So..PT was the same.  Today I did the supine SLR all the way from the floor to 90 degree in the air!!  She still has me on the assisted machine that takes the weight off my leg but at least I can do them that way. walked forward and backward on the treadmill more (50% of my weight)...feels like my brain is remembering how to walk a little better and worked some more on flexion.  Im not sure what was going on tonight but the PT clinic was packed.  My PT was clearly overbooked..I felt bad for her....so I didnt get my knee adhesions massaged.  I will work on them tonight. I dont hold it against her...she had a lot of messy PT patients in there tonight including some junior high child that was possibly emotionally impared that kept throwing herself on the floor in protest to her new exercises. Was hard not to laugh at the chaos.   The clinic I go to is so nice. Everyone one of the PTs comes by and looks at my knee, comments on the SLR and the flexion.  I think Im the crazy odd ball surgery case that everyone is rooting for.  My PT said yesterday that Im their zebra.....and Im losing my stripes.  I said huh?  She said...you are the different case that stands out....but every day you get better and you fit more into the normal protocols.  That is good I guess.  Swelling was better today. She was happy....of course I had been shrinking it ALL day before I went into PT (ice and elevate).

I went to the store and bought Mederma and Vitamin E oil and plan to just make some sort of messy science experiement on my leg and put it all on there!  The nice lady at the pharmacy told me not to be laying out in the sun for a tan.  Ha ha...Im thinking....oh..yes...me and my crutches and my compression hose REALLY want to go lay out in the sun for a tan???? ha ha....But..I know what she meant. I think someone told me you ahve to cover your scar with sunblock for 6 months or something to protect the new skin....I cant remember.

I cant think of anything new and exciting other than that.  Oh. Pt says I can walk with one crutch....but NOT to go without one...I had been doing that around the house some..but I will stop it.  She says I can ditch the brace while at home but still need it to go to work.  She also said the sleeping on my side fantasy is a LONG way off b/c they harvested some of my IT band for my LR reconstruction...she said when you sleep on your side you IT band is pulled tight that it will hurt for quite a while.   so...more flipping and flopping for me.

Take care everyone!  Im so glad everyone is online and such a GREAT support..  I forget to tell anyone in my life about my knee b/c I assume they all read it online. ha ha....

Laura



Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 01, 2008, 02:32:29 AM
Laura, that is so great that you get to walk with one crutch...I am trying.... :'(

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 01, 2008, 03:41:14 AM
Duh. Trace....why did I call you a man? ha ha ha...I had just been posting to another person right before replying to you...ha ha ha....of course you know about water bottles and chocolate!

:-) sorry.  ha ha....blame it on the advil????  ha ha
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 01, 2008, 03:44:16 AM
Farrah....hang in there. I still take two when I leave the house...just allowed to do one in the house or short trips......I cant go up and down stairs on one for sure......and at the end of my work day I am back on two for sure.   
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 01, 2008, 01:08:11 PM
Good saturday morning Laura.  I am actually feeling okay right now.  I still can't walk...but I am not having too much constant pain.  My knee is still warm though.  It is so weird..there is a huge difference between the temperature of the two knees.  We are having beautiful weather here today in GA, so I may torture myself and go watch some tennis.  I am going to stay on hydrocodone today just to see if I can stay feeling okay....maybe even try to walk some.  I took 2 last night before bed and was able to sleep until it wore off at 2am.  My eyes look like I have been crying for days b/c I hadn't gotten a full nights sleep in a long long time.  My husband looked at me this morning and asked if I had been crying...I said no and he said to stay in bed then and try to get more sleep...yeah right!!  I am always ready to get up.  I hope you have a relaxing weekend ahead of you!!!  Take it easy! 

That is so exciting that you guys are trying to get pregnant!!  Since my left knee will have to get fixed this year, we are holding off trying to get pregnant until after I am all fixed up.  I have a bad back too...so that will be tough to get through during a pregnancy.  We are hoping to start trying by the end of this year or the beginning of next...working on paying off some debt too!  Have a great Saturday!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 01, 2008, 10:10:16 PM
Hello Laura, I saw your video photo thing that you posted on Brianne's PO diary.  It was nice to put a face with the name!  Your wedding was beautiful!  I hope you are doing well today!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 01, 2008, 11:32:49 PM
oh...ha ha....yes....thats me...we got married in Telluride. It was beautful. Wish I were there now and not laying on my boring couch......Im SOOO sick of laying with my leg in the air. I did all my taxes today. I was grumpy but got them done.  I find that the more I lay down my knee swells less but my sciatic comes back.  UGH.  Do you still swell very much?

I did 20 Seated SLR today!   I have a tiny extension lag while doing them but its not huge.  My flexion still hurts and I have no idea how far I get each time. I wish I had one of those measuring things at home so I had a goal.  I know....only 3 weeks into this......no wonder you are going stir crazy at week 7!

:-)
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 01, 2008, 11:39:55 PM
Hello Laura, my swelling never went completely down.  It is a lot better from surgery day, but it is still there.  I had to ask my PT about it the other day.  I looked at my knees while standing up in their gym and asked her why the other one looks so different.  I thought it was b/c it wasn't straight all the way, but she said it was from swelling.  She showed me all the parts that are swollen.  Since my dog knocked me down the other day, the swelling is very obvious to me right now.  I also have that warmth in my knee.  That's great about your SLRs!  I am still off of them until they are painless.  I try one every day, and it hurts every day.  My flexion is probably around 120 like it has been for a few weeks now.  My PT is usually mainly concerned about my extension since that affects my walking.  It is probably at 0 by now!  When I do my extension stretch, it doesn't take as much to get it to 0 at PT.  So that's good.  Too bad it hasn't helped with walking yet!  Have a great night Laura!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 02, 2008, 12:41:47 AM
Thanks Farrah. Hope you have a great night too!  I have pain with my SLR too but the PT dont seem to care as long as it goes away by the next day...I guess because I didnt have a TTT....My knee looks really funny too.  I go back and forth between not caring about my scar and thinking it is horrible.  Doesnt help that I am out of shape and have no muscle tone AT ALL....I think when I have something other than a flabby white leg with a big swollen knee and a ugly purple/red scar....it will be better. Ha.  My husband is at work and that makes home SOOO boring at night. Usually I would go do something, run errands...or do something around the house constructive. There is ONLY so much TV I can watch.  I wish I could go paint a room or sit on the floor and dig through boxes......sigh.  I cant WAIT to bend my knee again.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 02, 2008, 04:51:35 AM
I sent you a PM since you were online at the same time as me. 

Itching sucks!!!!  I hope it doesn't get worse and will just get better so I can continue taking this medicine.  It is the only one that helps enough for my mood to be good and positive. 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: lenorem9 on March 02, 2008, 11:00:46 AM
Nothing like that "flabby white leg with a big swollen knee and a ugly purple/red scar" huh? 

Mine was all of that and more.  The size of the scar wasn't very big but my leg looked so crooked with all the swelling I was convinced the OS screwed something up.  Now that the swelling is mostly gone it has straightenend out quite a bit and looks way more normal.  My scar was pretty nasty looking with one area all puckered up.  I thought it would stay that way but eventually it all came down into one even line.  I put vitamin E on it every day and finally one day I decided why bother?  My legs aren't that attractive anyway so big deal, I have a scar on one side and a couple of holes on the other side.  Now I'm lucky if I even remember to put lotion on it. 

Your swollen yucky knees WILL look better ladies.  Hang in there.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 02, 2008, 04:19:09 PM
Thanks...yes..I keep thinking the same thing that something must be wrong in there. But..that is just b/c I was so screwed up after my first surgery that Im fighting the repeat fear every day.  I am getting better....very slowly.....just have to take it day by day. The frustration of it all sure adds up over time. Im ok for the PT pain and the post exercise pain but this every day all the time nagging ache is just annoying.  Im putting both vitamin e and mederma on the scar. It is all puckered up here and there too. Im not so much concerned with the actual scar as I am all the big lumpiness around it....I hope it is just swelling.

Anyway. I took Tylonol PM last night instead of my Darvocet and actually slept much longer. Woke up in pain as usual but I do that with the darvocet too.  Im dreading another work week.......times like these I wish I were a homemaker and not a nurse. :-)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: lenorem9 on March 02, 2008, 07:26:31 PM
Can't imagine your frustration after having gone through this once already.  I'm having a hard enough time with just the first (and hopefully only) surgery. 

That's great you're off the Darvocet and still able to sleep well. 

Can you just go back to work part time for a few weeks so it isn't so draining?  It sure seems like you jumped (oops, poor choice of words for a knee patient) back into it pretty quickly. 
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 02, 2008, 07:54:13 PM
Hello Laura, I just wanted to say hi!  I am glad you got a little more sleep last night!  It is 2:50pm here and I am at work.  I just took some hydrocodone at around 2pm or so and am feeling great!  Yes, my knee hurts, but not so much that I can't concentrate!  I am such a good mood b/c of it.  I have been walking without crutches all day.  I don't think I am limping too much, but I can't tell.  I really have to concentrate on the step though.  It's so weird to have to remind myself how to walk.  Every step I repeat the motion in my head...extend all the way out, squeeze the muscle, push off, bend it all the way, and step forward again.  So weird.  It does hurt still on my knee cap during walking, but I am doing it!  Without meds, I can't do it without pain....well I would have a lot more pain.  I wish I just wouldn't itch!!  Someone gave me the idea of taking benadryl.  I might try that.  Anyway, I am in just such a good mood!!  Too bad I am sitting at work!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Thekaratekid on March 03, 2008, 03:50:30 PM
Hi Laura,

Thanks for your post, I will be at 21 soon  ;D

Sorry to hear your feeling bored in the evenings, I know that feeling so well, my phone bill has gone through the roof!

I think I'm going to start a post in the games section of things you can do while laying on your back with one leg in the air. Be interesting to see what things we all come up with to keep ourselves entertained!

Might give us all some more ideas!

Trace
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 03, 2008, 05:00:46 PM
Hello Laura, sorry your traffic was so bad this morning...I know you you feel!!  I hope your weather is settling down.  I guess we will be getting that in a few days.  We have rain in our forecast for tomorrow I think.  I hope it isn't like last week.  I am also so sorry that you hurt today!  Maybe it is your weather!  Take the darvocet!!  Good luck and I hope your day improves!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 03, 2008, 05:48:01 PM
Hi everyone.  My advil and ice kicked in and I feel better by lunch time.  I dont know what I do at night but I must roll or lay funny and that makes me hurt so much in the morning.  I usually get ready really quickly for work and now it is such a slllooooowwww process.   I had a show of tell at work today let everyone see my scar, etc.  Some say...OH IT LOOKS GREAT....some say..WOW ITS SO SWOLLEN. ha ha..funny the different perceptions. Im not sure what I think about it. ha ha.   I had a VERY light load of patients this morning so it was an easy start to my week.  Hopefully the afternoon is good too. 

I know I am not even 4 weeks yet so I cant really get nervous yet.....but.....how long did it take you all to get the lower part of your leg to work. I dont know how to explain it....but...I can do a straight leg raise if Im standing...I tighten my quad, etc..I can do a straight leg raise....BUT....I cant move the part of my leg from the knee down by itself...for example..like I were going to kick a ball.  If Im seated...I can tighten my leg and pick the entire leg up to get it on the coffee table...but I cant move just the foot and calf up there.   Is that normal?  How long does that part of the leg take to come back?  Of course Im worried that there is sometihing wrong with my surgery but maybe that is just the normal process.   Also..I have new pain behind my knee almost on the edge of the fibular head.  It is odd.    Im sure it is all just waking up.

Thanks for your notes!  Hope everyone is having a good day so far.
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 03, 2008, 07:34:09 PM
I am glad you are feeling better.  My one vicodin every few hours doesn't help :(  I have to take 2.  Oh well. 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 04, 2008, 02:36:08 AM
Hey Laura, thanks for your encouraging post on my diary earlier!  I am frustrated and wish you were here to yell at my PT and my OS!!!!  Melissa recommended taking my husband to my next apts, but that wouldn't work.  He doesn't have time and he gets really nervous around doctors like I do.  Oh well.  I hope you wake up in less pain tomorrow!! 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 04, 2008, 03:12:29 AM
Farrah...my husband is very sweet and quiet too. He wouldnt say a WORD about it...well..if he thought someone was hurting me he would let them have it...but otherwise he doesnt say a peep.

Im back on my ice machine. My knee is warm tonight and Im not sure why. You know I tried to do several seated SLR this weekend. I could do a few like 20 on Saturday...but Sunday only like 4...and tonight really only 1 without pain....so..maybe I was pushing it too hard. Im not doing them again until my PT tells me to. Im not sure what I was thinking.  I have developed new pain all over the place....there is this snapping feeling under my knee that hurts and some lower pain under the patella....ouch and  ???    Anyway..I have PT at lunch tomorrow so I will see what she says.  I dont like going at lunch b/c I dont get a mid day break...but thats just how it works out.

Thanks for your notes. Hope you have a good night too.

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: mhsflute07 on March 04, 2008, 05:36:08 AM
Hi Laura,

Sorry you're having more pain tonight. I was just thinking that maybe the problems you're having moving your lower leg are related to hamstring weakness. I could be totally off, but it was just a thought.

Have a good night!

Erin
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 04, 2008, 08:50:21 AM
Hi Laura,

Just checking in to say hi. I think you are doing so well at this early stage.

Tonight I got a new knee brace and feels much better than my old brace. It's a Breg Road Runner hinged brace. Still waiting for my surgery to get approved. I just want to get on with it. Next week I'm seeing my OS again just to make sure I have everything clear in my mind.

Keep up the good work in your rehab. You are doing just marvelously !!!   :D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on March 04, 2008, 09:13:09 AM
Laura,
moving the lower part of the leg independantly of the whole leg is just a matter of the joint healing, not being sore and strong quads. Moving the whole thing is way way less pressure on the knee, when you move the lower part by itself all the force is transferred through the knee joint so it will take a little longer - but the fact you can move the whole thing is GREAT!!!!! Just be patient and let the healing continue!!
xx
Tanya
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 04, 2008, 02:49:31 PM
Thanks everyone!  You all know as well as me that watching your leg NOT participate in what your brain tells it to do can be very scary.  Im trying to keep up a positive outlook. My PT says if I think all the time that my leg will not heal...it wont heal.....ha ha.....so....Im trying to think "good thoughts" about my knee...but....ha ha..that is hard after having one screwed up surgery.

Im glad to hear that the bottom part of my leg will come later.  It freaks me out that I cant move that part......I have to reach down and pick it up still to get it to move..and the crazy thing is that my good leg automatically moves the other leg now..I just roll over at night and the other leg picks up the bad leg..I dont even think about it.   Guess that is good for now. ha ha ha....

I have PT again today...will see what she thinks.  I swell at work so I am sure I will get the no swelling lecture again. It does look better at home when I am resting and when I wake up in the morning it looks so much smaller......so....just keep trying to elevate it.  I have a crazy routine. Im taking these anti swelling herbs from my chiropractor...Im rubbing Arinica Montana cream on for swelling and Im putting Vit E and Mederma on my scar....LOL.......My leg is all juiced up.  Good thing is that Im only taking advil during the day adn tylenol PM at night. 

Ok, off to see some pregnant women!

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 04, 2008, 05:22:28 PM
Hello Laura...I know all about how hard it is to feel positive about recovery!  I didn't have any major surgery before this one, but any time I had therapy (14 therapists in 10 years), back injections, or even that first knee surgery, I have never gotten a positive outcome with my back or my knees.  So it is difficult to think that this one surgery will help my knee forever...especially with all the pain problems I am having.  I am trying to think positively though.  On days like today, it is hard.  I just want to curl up and sleep through it.  Anyway, I hope you have a great time seeing pregnant ladies!!  I wish it was me!!!  Haha!   Not even close to being ready for a pregnancy yet...for many reasons. 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 04, 2008, 07:49:55 PM
Ok. 3 1/2 weeks post op. I went to PT at lunch. Leg measured 37cm at the beginning and 36cm at the end. That is less than normal and I didnt get a lecture.  She worked on my scars some and said they feel better overall and the flat spot seems to be loosening up on top of my knee..so that is good too.  My flexion was 112!!!!  woohooo. I need to be at 110 so I was happy with that.  Nothing else new or exciting added to PT.  She says that lower part of my leg wont come back until probably 6-8 weeks...so..I will quit the worries over it.  She said my new pains in my knee are from doing exercises that Im not supposed to do. doooo!   So..she said NO more SLR on my own at home..ha ha..I figured as much.  I got to do the total gym today on the lowest level for 5 minutes...just up and down..really no effort..just movement. She says I can swim laps in the pool with a pool buoy between my legs and I can walk slow as long as the water is chest deep.  So. Thats all for now.  She said all the pain is normal and that Im ok for now.

Im on my ice machine...just popped some post PT advil and waiting for my afternoon patients to show up. 

Ok. So...Im in a better mood than yesterday and will just try to keep my chin up. I have another 28 days until the next PMS shows up...ha ha.....at least until then I will be ok. ha.

Hope everyone else is well too...and thanks so much for the positive notes!
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on March 05, 2008, 09:30:45 AM
Well done Laura - that all sounds very positive from your PT - so glad she put your mind at ease about the lower leg movement bit. These things just take time.

now heres the question of the day - does it feel more stable!!!!!????!!!!

When are you seeing the OS again? Probably not for another couple of weeks?

Congrats on the ROM and keep massaging that scarred area to loosen things up!

No news with me - just killing myself with the physio every day :)

xx
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Dave 1825 on March 05, 2008, 12:09:20 PM
Anyone who has the work "knee" in their user name on this forum immediately has my respect and attention (and sympathy? LOL)  Good luck and let us know.

Dave
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 05, 2008, 02:54:20 PM
Thanks Dave...hope your surgery went well for you too.

Tanya...haha...does it feel more stable?  well..it is in an immoblizer! ha ha....and...well...I can actually do tiny 1/4 squats holding onto something which I could NOT do before the surgery b/c I had sooo much pain.  So..that is crazy and amazing. Im hoping that it is a good sign. 

:-)  Im supposed to go back to Georgia 8 weeks post op. I havent scheduled the trip yet b/c Im in denial that I have to pay to go back and do that horrible flight/drive again for a 15 minute follow up visit. sigh......that really sucks......but..I guess i have to do it. bla.

I take my dog on Friday to the vet to get her more arthritis meds and for another look at the 3000 dollar injury. gzzzzz....I think if he says it wont hurt her I will just let it go for a while as long as she seems happy enough.

Off to start my morning. Hope everyone is well!
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on March 05, 2008, 03:17:26 PM
oh laura - i just remembered - we used to give SynFlex to our beloved furry girl for her arthritis - gluosamine is the magic bullet of animal arthritis (pity not the same for people!!) and she used to do great with it - and it wasnt expensive - AND - humans can take it too!!!

google it - we really found it helped Charlie dog.

and will you ever stop doing 1/4 squats please!!!!! stop all that over doing it and just tell me - is it stable!!!! This is gonna be like the running joke of the year!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 05, 2008, 04:33:24 PM
LOL...Im not DOING 1/4 squats.....I just did one or two in the shower the other day in total amazement.  Not ANY more than that..I PROMISE.     ;D

Hmm...YES...if feels SOOOOO stable. ha ha.   It also feels like another "s" word but I will keep this post clean. ha ha.

actually....it does look smaller every day and I can actually see a patella under there. Woohoo..I was wondering if they just took it out and replaced it with a water ballon.

Im glad your PT is going well too. Are you getting better every week or just stable?

I will try the glucosamine for my dog..I did that years ago..but then she got so much better after I moved to a less hilly part of town where she had flat backyard. I had totally stopped her arthritis meds...the only reason we started them up again was b/c she tore her achilles tendon.   sigh. Poor girl. She is my baby...my soul mate I say.  A chocolate lab with the sweetest puppy eyes. She follows me EVERYWHERE....she will be 10 in October.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 05, 2008, 11:09:40 PM
That's great that you can do squats now!  My PT made me try some on Monday!!  It was so horrible.  I couldn't use my right leg at all.  I grabbed onto the bar in front of me and used my left leg to do all the work.  If I even slightly used my right leg muscles, it killed!!  So I hated those!  I hope I don't have to do them again tomorrow. My PT is going to try some new things on my tomorrow to help with pain, so we'll see how that goes.  I am at 2mos PO and still have swelling, but I can see where my knee is.  It looks so different from my other one...I think it looks so different b/c of the swelling...not sure.  It is just weird.  I can now at least straighten my leg all the way....that was suppose to help with pain...oh well.  Have a good night!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Plumb on March 05, 2008, 11:12:43 PM
The chrondroplasty is a bitch to recover from.  The bore holes in your bones to form blood clots ..   
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 06, 2008, 01:14:44 AM
ouch.  :o
hope I dont get that done..
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 06, 2008, 01:33:50 AM
I had a chondroplasty as part of my Fulkerson.  All they did was cut off the hanging cartilage and clean it up some.  Didn't seem like a big deal to me. 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: mhsflute07 on March 06, 2008, 02:34:03 AM
I think what plumb was talking about sounds more like microfracture.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 06, 2008, 02:47:13 AM
ha ha ha...I dont know what Plumb is talking about. hee hee.....Plumb...did YOU have a microfracture?  I didnt...and I guess Im glad.

:-)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 07, 2008, 02:29:40 AM
Ok. 4 weeks post op tomorrow. This time last month I was eating my "last meal" and taking my last long shower.  Ah..seems like only a week ago and it is a month!

Had PT today.  Same stuff....more reps of the assisted SLR machine. It is getting easier to get going but Im still needing the counter weight.  Im walking better on the treadmill. I do four minutes forward and three minutes backwards. Walking with 50% of my weight lifted off me by this special machine thing......its getting better. My knee still feels really unstable but the stride is feeling a little more normal.   Continue to do the stretching, flexion exercises.  Doing the total gym on the lowest level for 5 minutes just up and down really slow...it could practically put someone to sleep...but it does feel good.

Anyway. I can walk pretty good with my one crutch now. I rarely use the second one.  I wear my immobilizer at work and the compression hose...at home it all comes off b/c Im on the couch mostly.

Pain is good with advil. Im down to 3 advil at breakfast and lunch. Last night I did just one benadryl and 2 advil. 

PT says that the lower part of my leg probably wont move on its own for another month and to not give up. No one seems worried about that part at all.

The pain Im having behind the lateral side of my knee...she says that is where the IT band inserts and since they cut part of my IT band that part is just under new strain...over time it will all sort out its new "roles" in my knee and be better.

So. Again....cautiously optimistic.   Continue to wish I were better already......hate to will my life to pass by...but sure ready to be in April or May and working on strength!!!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 07, 2008, 03:20:13 AM
Laura, you will get there!  I can't believe you are already 4 months!  It does seem like you were just in my state sitting in a hotel room begging for ice!!  It sounds like you are really doing good.  Just keep working at it....I shouldn't be the one to talk really.  Oh well.  I can try to get you motivated at least!!  :) That's great that you are not having to take so many advil.  I have stepped my pain meds back up to hydrocodone mixed with an antihistamine.  Tonight is my first time to do that, so we'll see if I itch again while trying to sleep.  The pharmacist recommended taking it with claritin to help with the itching.  Anyway, I hope you get some sleep tonight! 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 07, 2008, 10:17:56 AM
Hi Laura,

It sounds like you are doing marvelously well. Good on you !!! It's amazing how time creeps up on you. Fancy being 4 weeks since you had the surgery ?

My knee is getting worse. So, just hanging out to have the next lot of surgery on my knee. Just can't take the pain and instability. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy !!!

I am going to Sydney next weekend for a weekend, which I'm really looking forward to. I am staying with my cousin, which will be nice. Haven't seen her in months.

Have a nice weekend.  ;)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 07, 2008, 12:46:53 PM
** I meant 4 weeks.

KJ!  I know what you mean about pain!!  I am on vicodin...and that doesn't even help enough.  It gets my mind off the pain, but that's it...and this is all after surgery for me.  I was in less pain before surgery.  OH well...they say it will get better!

Laura, have a great day today!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: dileigh on March 07, 2008, 05:00:33 PM
Laura,

Did you get any of the snow?  I saw that Texas got snow, but naturally they didn't say where....


Diana
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 07, 2008, 05:43:46 PM
no...in Austin we had rain...my sister lilves in Dallas 3 hours north of here and she had a ton of snow. Crazy!

Ok. So...went to my DOGS VET visit this morning. Ha..between the two of us we are a mess.  She hurt her leg aout 4 1/2 weeks ago... a few days before I went out of town for my surgery.  She tore her achelles tendon. So..the vet says I should have gotten her in sooner. DUH.  I did take her to the animal ER the day it happend but they mis diagnosed it....then I left town for my surgery and just now got her in to see the vet.  I feel like a bad parent..but what could I do out of town?  Anyway......he says she needs a specialist...so he gave me a number.  They cant see her for a month. Gzzz....so...it will be 2 months since she tore her achelles tendon. He says since it is that long out they dont know if they can repair it..I guess the ends of the tendons can wither up and be hard to find.  yikes. Sounds like a human problem in my dog!   She got new doggie pain meds...and was told to loose weight. ha ha...again....sounds like something I should do!   So..we are waiting for an "emergency visit" opening to get her in....until then she and I are laid up with our left "legs" in the air elevating. The vet found it amusing that we both have our left legs injured.  He also gave me a small dixie cup and said to bring in a urine sample from her.  Oh..so..I have a straight leg immobilizer and crutches and he wants me to chase my 80 pound lab in the yard to get urine??  RIGHT!

My knee....nothing new since yesterday on that......have PT this afternoon. Same ole same ole.    ;D

thanks for the notes...hope everyone is well!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 08, 2008, 02:52:06 AM
When I lived in San Antonio (New Braunfels), we had snow flakes now and then, but never never never any accumulation.  THe weather here in GA is ncie b/c it snows at least 2-3 times a year...well 1 big snow that accumulates a few inches every year.  You wouldn't believe our weather tonight!!  We had a tornado warning for about 30 minutes...tornado spotted about 15 minutes from where I live.  IT caused some damage, but not much.  Well of course my husband wasn't here b/c I let him go hang out with some friends...so I experienced it all alone again.  Anyway, it is all better now. 

I hope your knee is doing well.  I am so sorry about your dog.  I would be so devastated if I was in your situation.  I also would not be able to afford to pay for my dog to get fixed right away.  My little jack russell broke his leg at about 8 weeks after we only had him for about 3.  We had to take him to the emergency vet and pay $300 to splint it and tell us to go see the vet the next day.  That was a $2000 accident!  My husband was giving him a bath.  At the end of it, he grabbed him with one hand (he was tiny) and he jumped out of his hand onto the tub.  He didn't cry or anything, but was definitely favoring it.  So we had to take him to the vet ever 2 weeks for x-rays and stuff...just like humans!!  He only had to take pain meds for the first week...lucky him :)  Anyway, I hope your dog isn't suffering at all.  Good luck with that!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: WorkinWings on March 08, 2008, 03:26:32 PM
Long ago... when I was a very, very poor PhD student (even poorer than I am now), I let someone coerce me into fostering a pair of Italian greyhounds (yeah... too long a story to try to explain how one could be so gullible)... well the female was pregnant and soon gave birth to 3 of the cutest puppies you could ever dream of...  It was a nightmare taking care of 5 dogs on a grad student schedule, but I did the best I could, and they were very healthy and happy.  One day a friend came to visit and dropped one of the puppies!  She broke her leg  :'(  I had already been trying to find good people to adopt them, and guess what?? That SAME day, I met a very caring OS who adopted two of the puppies and fixed the little one's leg himself!!  He used to send cards with pictures of them both for the longest time.  We were both so happy with the arrangement.  Just goes to show you--caring OSs do exist!  Too bad I lost contact, now that I could really use one for myself...  Anyway, just wanted to share that one.  I wish you all the best with your lab.  Sorry you are both going through so much.
Good luck,
Angela
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 08, 2008, 04:55:27 PM
That is a great story!  Yes...we are huge animal lovers.  Fortunately my husband is a big supporter of the animal shelters in town. Last summer a local shelter lost it's AC system in the summer and they were asking for donations. He gave 500 bucks when we didnt really have it.   I dont care b/c it is such a special thing to do for animals. We have fostered kitties before too. 

Anyway. The Vet called today and said he tried to get my dog an earlier surgery visit. He said that the Vet I am scheduled with is the best one...he would rather me wait for that appointment than see someone else sooner.  I told him that I TOTALLY understand the need to get the "best" surgeon and we would just wait. My dog doesnt act like she is in horrible pain. She just sits around looking REALLY bored....Labs are not used to sitting.....all her tennis balls are locked up....she knows where they are and just sits next to the drawer looking at it.....funny.

Thanks for the note.  That OS was wonderful for taking the two pups!

Im on the couch digging through a months worth of mail that I have not filed away. Me..the shredding machine and a file cabinet. Lots of fun!   Only so many things you can do on an ice machine!!!   :-)  Hope everyone is well!   Im the same. Not better. Not worse...just holding steady! 

:-)
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Plumb on March 08, 2008, 05:02:25 PM
When it rains it pours.  I really feel for your dog.   Can you imagine what it is thinking right now?  It's hurt, Your hurt ..  Eyeing up your crutches waiting for pain meds and ice packs.   Thinking why is my human person making me pee into a cup?  At least it has you as a partner in heeling.

I must say my OS is a very caring doctor. I kinda wish he was a doc of all trades .  Than I could get my diabetic check ups with him as well.  I just hate having blood work done to get my A1C done every so often.  My GP is not such a bad guy.  Just very odd. Not sure I want a quirky opera song sung each time I go.




Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 08, 2008, 08:01:38 PM
Hello Laura.  I am glad you have no new knee stories.  I guess that could be a good thing, right?  Anyway, mine is usually the same painful story.  I just got back from my gymnastics meet.  One of my teams won 2nd place out of 3 teams.  That isn't too bad.  The other team didn't place.  Oh well 1 out of 2 isn't too bad I guess.  The team that didn't place is the more advanced and more difficult level to compete.  Anyway, I hope you have a good weekend. You should lay next to your lab and look pitiful :)  Have you been able to gather the urine sample yet??   I can't imagine having to do that!  I don't think my dogs could pee if I was right there.  Well good luck with it.

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 09, 2008, 02:58:01 AM
ha ha.....Im laughing at both of your notes.

No. the dog wont go in the cup. I havent tried...I tried last year and finally called them and told them no way.   I seriously dont know why they want the urine test...she passed all her blood work tests. She is almost 10. She has no UTI symptoms. Im sure she is fine.  The guy gave me a glove, a small dixie cup and a zip lock baggie. It is all still sitting on the window by the back door. ha ha......when my dog goes pee she practically sits on the ground...no way the cup will get under there.


Yes...my dog and I are sitting here together. How pathetic. ha ha....she loves my ice machine. It is long and rectangular...makes a humming noise and is cold. She lays along side it and puts her head on top of it and sleeps that way.  She loves cold things...so it is perfect for her.

So...today I got ants in my pants and did way too much around the house. I just couldnt stand the dirt anymore. My husband has been cooking and picking things up...but he doesnt quite get the dust and grime part of cleaning.   I cleaned the bathrooms, vacuumed, washed and changed the bed sheets, did the kitchen.  Yes.....the knee hurts more than usual but it held up better than I expected.  Feels soooo good to have the house a little cleaner.  Knee may be a little more swollen than usual..but really not that bad.  I have shreaded 3 trash bags full of stuff.  In the 15 months I have moved twice, gotten married, and had two surgeries.  The stuff just piles up when you are too busy. I have felt like my life was on hold.  I hope this surgery finally works and I can cut the strings and finally just start living life without knee research or knee bills...or PT appointment reminders piled up on my desk!!!   I know you can ALL relate to that.

Plumb...I understand what you mean about wanting to use doctors for things they dont do. I use my OB/GYN for everything..she is always laughing when she gets consult notes on my knee. She is like...what do you want me to do with your knee notes??  I dont have a primary doctor and when I see knee doctors they always want me to list a primary doc....so she gets the notes. funny.

Anyway..thats all for tonight. Hope tomorrow Im not on here with knee pain from my day.

:) Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: arkitect06 on March 09, 2008, 03:23:48 AM
No matter what, it always feels good to get something done around the house!!  It gets hard, but it is always worth it I think.  I do plan to sit around as much as possible tomorrow from my gymnastics and general pain day.  I am waiting for my 11pm dose of 2 more hydrocodone.  I hope you sleep well tonight!!  Talk to you tomorrow!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 09, 2008, 03:54:07 AM
Hi Laura,

Sorry to hear about your dog. Do hope you can get into the specialist vet sooner rather than later.

My parents had a black lab and love him to bits.

On Saturday morning I saw my knee physio and gave me some more exercises to work on before having my surgery. Still don't have a date yet. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.

I hope you're having a good weekend !!!  :D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 09, 2008, 04:19:32 PM
Hi guys. 4 weeks...2 days...hasha...not that Im counting!    Well. Woke up this morning....the knee doesnt hurt any more than any other day and is not swollen. WOOOHOOO.......My back feels like I carried 100 pounds all day yesterday. Ha ha.....Guess one full month of not using any muscles makes you a little out of shape.  Seriously..I didnt pick anything up heavier than 5 pounds yesterday. ha ha.... Anyway. Me and my filing cabinet and shredding machine are all lined up on the couch again. At least Im getting something useful done. 

My husband has to go to Dallas Sun-Tuesday so these will be the first days "alone" since my surgery.  Get the challenge of 4 animals, my ice machine...meals and getting everything out to my car in the morning all alone.  Probably will take me longer than normal but thats ok.

Hope everyone out there is having a a good Sunday morning.

Kirsty. Im glad you got some new exercises. What are they having you work on?  I cant believe they still have not called you with the date. I would be so mad too.  People dont understand that they have your whole life in their hands when they blow you off.  Good thing for me to remember in health care so I dont do the same thing to people.

Farrah...hope you spend ALL day on the couch. Your knee needs a recovery day for sure.  Probably needs a recovery WEEK!

:-)
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 10, 2008, 09:58:11 AM
Hi Laura,

How are you doing with your hubby being away ? I'm sure you are doing fine.

My physio has changed my exercises as it was too painful to do the ones he gave me. So, they are essentially doing the same thing but more comfortable. Most of the exercises are in flexion positions. I just want this surgery out the way. Tomorrow I'll ring the insurance company to see if they have the request through for my surgery. I am seeing my sports physician tomorrow afternoon so will call in the afternoon if the request hasn't been received in the morning.

I am struggling to do much exercise, but was pleased with what I was able to do in the gym tonight. I managed 25 minutes on the bike which was great. Last time I could hardly do anything.

It will be interesting to see what my OS says on Wednesday.

Good luck with your recovery !!!  :)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on March 10, 2008, 01:40:14 PM
Hi Laura,
I love your doggie posts. I live in an apartment and cant have a dog - we wouldnt be home in the daytime anyway so it wouldnt be fair - but I really miss having a fluffy friend!!! Crufts was on in the UK over the weekend so I watched a lot of the coverage - I love it!!!

I decided to have a go at a more 'normal' weekend. So on saturday I said 'no physio' and instead went to a shopping centre and wander arund for 3 hours - with sit downs in between. It was ok, my knee was a little sore at the end of it but not terrible. Saturday night I went out for dinner with my boyfriends brother and wife and we walked home from the restaurant - not a long walk, but Id been worried about it - but it went fine.

Sunday morning got up - bit ropey from the wine the previous night and went for an hours walk to feed the local ducks. It was hard. But I still did it. I still feel dislocatey walking but I can go slow and not be too bad. Its easier inside a shopping centre cos the ground is level and no wind - outdoors is more difficult.

So Im just trying to get a bit more normality back - at least Im not having panic attacks if my boyfriend parks the car more than 5 footsteps away from the door of somewhere so thats an improvement!!!
xx
Tanya
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 10, 2008, 05:27:45 PM
Tanya..that is a great weekend.  I know what you mean. I want to go to the mall shopping center too...I want to go lots of places but the walking in and out of placesin the brace and crutch  is too exhausting. I have finally started getting that rubbed rash thing on my side under my crutch so it is uncomfortable to even go on crutches. I cant WAIT to go places again. I have a long list of things to do once I get the a-ok.      A wine hang over?  Sounds nice. ha ha.....I think maybe I should just stop my night time benadryl and advil and start a night time glass of wine!  :-)    That is great news that you feel stable walking inside.  Does your PT have you doing any balance type stuff?   Im not doing any of course....but I see people at therapy that are about to "graduate" from therapy.  They have them standing on one foot to balance and bending over with their arms out in the air like superman while on one foot....they have them standing on those balance boards and moving things from hand to hand..etc...things to make them use the balance and stabelizing parts of the knee.....ask your PT for some examples..that might help you get the confidence in your knee for the unstable ground areas outside.

Congrats to you!

Me...nothing new. It was pouring rain this morning so getting out to the car was funny.  Got up early to get the animals done and get me off to work.  Im at work at lunch now with my leg up elevated with the ice machine cooking along.  Im starting to think I might mail the ice machine back to the insurance company next week....I think Im getting sick of it...might switch to ice packs on my knee instead.  How long did you all use your ice machines?

Laura

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: sailchic on March 10, 2008, 05:37:30 PM
I typically have ditched the big ice machine after about 2 weeks... my ice man (dad/boyfriend) typically quits after that and I wasn't going to walk to the store to get ice on my own.

I just have to put a plug in for the best ice pack in the world!!!  I'm on my sixth ortho surgery and I only wish I had found this one sooner.

http://www.walgreens.com/store/product.jsp?CATID=100111&id=prod1426831

It's really long lasting, flexible even when frozen so you can really mold it around your knee, big enough to incorporate the whole knee (side to side and up and down) instead of having to use multiple, and it comes with this felt sack thing that has velcro so it won't fall when you're sitting. 

Happy icing... I'm off to the dreaded OS follow-up to find out if this stupid bone has finally healed.

Liz
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 10, 2008, 06:01:14 PM
oooooo......that thing looks cool. I will swing by walgreens on my way home to take a look!

thanks!!
:-)
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 11, 2008, 01:54:16 AM
Hi Laura,

Before your last operation did you have medial as well as lateral instability ? I've got medial instability but my scans show I've got signs of my patella going laterally. Just wish I could have a normal knee !!! Will ask my OS about the extensor mechanism repair and lateral patellotibial ligament reco tomorrow. I feel like my knee cap needs tightening up. Just feels like jelly at the moment !!!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 11, 2008, 02:25:30 AM
Hey there.  Before my first LR I had NO instability. I had only some (what I know now is minor) lower anterior knee pain. Duh. Someone should have told me it was nothing.   Before this last surgery I really didnt know what I had. I had a big hole in the bottom lateral part of my knee (turns out it was all scar tissue sucking the old LR surgery port down to the fat pad)...I had a LOT of pain at squating, stepping up....and many other things. I had a totally weak VMO.  I would RARELY feel that my knee might give out. I never KNEW that I had medial instability but my CT scan and all the doctors said I had Medial subluxations......thus causing my pain etc.   So...they tightened back up or recreated the LR on my lateral side b/c it had basically been hacked up by the first doctor...and they did the VMO advancement to tighten up the Medial side.......so.....Im not really sure why I had the VMO advancement other than they needed something to balance out the NEW LR that they had made out of my IT band and my Patellar tendon.   Crazy.  who knows........  but...I never had these feelings of my knee dislocating or popping out like other say they have.....I sure hope I had the RIGHT surgery...who the heck knows really......


Hope your appt goes well tomorrow.   I know it is all VERY scary...it is still scary even after the surgery just waiting for that day when the knee is all better.....

:-)
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on March 11, 2008, 09:45:22 AM
Hi Laura,
I have a wobble board, a wobble cushion etc... but PT says Im still too unstable to be worrying about that yet - we're back to the Neuro Recruitment again, until my brain is talking to my muscles better in everyday life its too soon for the balance stuff - apparently.
Ive been trying to get a bit creative and find areas where my leg is still quite obviously not responding to messages from the brain and I found a great one - If I lie on a bed with legs in front of me and then bend my knee slightly (foot still on bed) and then try to lift the whole thing up off the bed and straighten it mid air - its SOOO difficult. But even harder is Unlocking it mid air to bend slightly again. I know its the neuro recruitment issue again cos I can do it no problem when my e-stim is running - so Im gonna keep practising at it.
Im very sore today - not sure whay, just one of those sore days.
When are you starting on the post surgery PT regime?
xx
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 11, 2008, 11:36:01 AM
Hi Laura,

Thanks for the info. Is really helpful for my appointment tomorrow. Will let you know how I go.

Good luck with your rehab !!!  :D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 11, 2008, 01:05:56 PM
Hi Tanya...I started PT the day after surgery..they had me going every day the first two weeks...since then I have been goign three times a week.  So....Im still working on small things. I work on flexion, basic movement, walking with a thing that lifts me up in the air, total gym squats with no weight on the total gym, and assisted SLRs........I still have to wear my immobilizer during the day...sigh...and one crutch. I hate the immobilizer. :-)   My PT says I have to wear it until I can do SLR on my own with no lag........not sure when that will happen.   :P   Anyway.....things are well. I slept sorta well last night.......hope you all are all good...have to go to work now.


:-)
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on March 11, 2008, 01:50:23 PM
Laura youre doing really well!!! I knew you had been working on some basics but didnt realise you were doing that much!!! Thats loads at this stage!!!

How are your pain levels? The SLRs can be sore at first but they improve really quickly because theres no bending involved - you will fly at them once you get to the non aassisted version.

Im still struggling, having a very painful day which makes me extra limpy and unstable - may have pushed too hard while investigating what i can and cant do.

I dont feel like ive made much progress since January - just sort of meandering along without any change. Am not seeing physio again til 31st March - I dont think she is going to be too pleased cos its like I made good progress then just halted even though Im trying really hard.

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: austinknee on March 11, 2008, 02:33:40 PM
Hi Tanya..that is so frustrating when you hit a wall.   Too bad you dont get to see PT more often so you could tell her that you have stalled out.   I understand frustration. Im 4 ish weeks out and so sick of it. bla.  My pain levels are all over the place. Im definately uncomfortable all day long....I have certain places on the knee that hurt.  There is this odd  bruised looking place on the lower medial side of the knee...it hurts to touch and feels bruised. I have NO idea why b/c they didnt do any surgery there....I have pain at the place where my IT band inserts...ouch...it hurts to touch.  The scar hurts only like a 2 or 3 out of 10..not that bad.  The VMO insertion site hurts and there is a lump there.   I spend a lot of time looking at my knee trying to decide if they screwed it up or not...haha....scary to know.

I still cant move that lower part of my leg. I tried last night and oh mother did it hurt.....I couldnt do it again even if you paid me...ouch.....Im still trying not to worry about that part.

The SLR part...I cant wait for that to show up.  I can do a few but they hurt quite a bit so I dont try them anymore until she says I can..........  Im sure I am like you.....few steps forward and then it is just a waiting game for some other muscle fiber to wake up.  That is good that you are still working on the neuro recruitment...Im sure I will have lots of work to do on that front too!     :-) 

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction in Georgia!
Post by: tanyap on March 11, 2008, 02:45:54 PM
Hi Laura,
yeah - you definitely stall out sometimes, I keep telling myself that although Im not feeling too many improvements there might be stuff happening that Im unaware of.

I had a lot of pain for a long time at the site of the VMO advancement - but not killer pain. Just a persistant 'pulling' feeling that could get achey from time to time - I always assumed it was internal scar tissue. Wonder what the bruised area is from? Mind you it might just be where the blood from other bruised areas collected as healing happens?

Stop trying to move your lower leg!!! You dont want your brain to be associating it with pain by doing it too soon!!! Move the lower leg with the other leg - I did that for ages after my surgery. Someday it all just starts working again - its just your quads shrivelling up and crying from pain :)

The SLRs will be a big milestone for you - itll be physical proof that you have enough muscle to move the entire leg - whatever about knee control, that will come later, but once you get to SLR land you will feel much better in the head as well as the knee if you know what I mean.

The neuro recruitment part has been changing a bit actually - Ive been doing leg extensions with no weights and at first I felt very unstable - but now less so. So perhaps I have been having small changes that I havent really noticed.







Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 11, 2008, 11:54:36 PM
Hi all.  I had PT today again.  I asked if I could ditch the immobilizer if I promised to walk on my crutch.  My PT did a walking test on the treadmill with that thing that lifts me up in the air. She usually lifts me up to half my weight...anyway...she had me walk and she was lowering my weight down more and more and then eventually she said my legs were flopping around in the wrong motion...she raised me back up and said ....NOPE....2 more weeks......then she will re test. I hate my immobilizer. yuck. But...I will do as told. I came back to work and stuck the sucker back on my leg....sigh.   She said I am walking better overall.  She said the bruising under the medial lower patella is probably pooling blood or swelling from the VMO advancement thing. She said my scar is still too tight..she really worked the skin today...oh man that hurt..she says I need to rub my incision scar more and harder. yikes.  My patella mobilization is ok except from the medial towards the lateral direction...suppose to work on that too..but honestly..it is really hard to do alone......um....straight leg raises...still assisted...still hurt like the dickens...she took a little more of the assist off today but man my knee is talking to me tonight. Im home on the ice machine as always....I think this couch will have a big ole butt mark in it when I get healed up.

Ok. Here is my crazy question of the month. Granted...I work in an OB office...so I know the facts of pregnancy...etc.   But.....how dumb do you all think it would be to get pregnant while Im recovery from a knee surgery?  I know that most women dotn even really show or gain much weight until they are about 4-5 months....so....by then surely my knee woudl be better.  Im thinking...heck....Im down already...I cant work out.....Im already out of shape.....why not go for it now?    crazy?  ha ha ......


Tanya..I didnt realize that you had a VMO advancment too.  Any words of wisdom from it?  How long ago did you have it?  Did you have the bruising under your medial knee cap....and...did you feel a lump or bruising on the medial top of your knee?     

:-) 
Laura ;D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 12, 2008, 01:11:09 AM
HEy Laura, I responded to your post on Gemma's or Brianne's diary.  I would so get pregnant if I were you!!  I have so many reasons why we can't do that right now!!  I want to soooooooo badly!!  No matter what, I still have another knee to fix first!  This entire thing could take the rest of the year for  me.  It just depends on when my next surgery is.  Anyway, sorry you aren't ready to ditch the immobilizer!!  I think I was at about 5.5 weeks when I ditched my brace.  I still gave out sometimes without it, but they really didn't want me to use it.  So it sounds like you will be out of your immobilizer around the same time that I was...maybe a little later.  No big deal!!  You'll get there!!  Keep working hard!!! 

Good luck with a possible pregnancy!!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on March 12, 2008, 09:27:57 AM
Hi Laura,
I responded about pregnancies from my own point of view on another thread but as for you - im back at the same question - do ya feel more stable!!! If you do and you think youre gonna recover without complication - go for it!!! If you think that there might be more surgery in your future - think about it - but ultimately I would imagine youre done with surgery for the foreseeable future - so go have fun!!! who knows - the body might appreciate the extra weight to carry around and strengthen the knee!!!


words of wisdom on my vmo advancement - i didnt even know id had one at the time (i was just a kid). What I did know what that I had a big lump under the medial top on the knee and a pulling sensation under it for a long long time. And it hurt me to contract my vmo for ages too - but I didnt even realise at the time that that was from the vmo advancement. Honestly - I used to wrap miles of bandages around my leg and lock it into a slightly bent position for months - and hide that fact from PT (hey I was 15 years old), so I didnt regain control of that vmo for longer than i should have.
The lump softened out over time - ive just taken a pic of my knee on my mobile phone, im gonna email it to myself anf try and draw a circle round where the lump was and upload it here for you to see - dunno if this will work......

Hey by the way - you sound like youre doing really well.

xx
Tanya
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on March 12, 2008, 09:38:30 AM
ok - this pic makes me look like ive a really fat upper leg - i just took it under my desk in work so my upper leg is squashed down on the chair and for some reason my knee looks deformed - in real life its not so weird looking :)

however - its a fine pic to demo the lumpy area after the vmo advancement - hence the arrow! from the tip of the arrow down under the top part of the scar (which is much wider at the top - the wide bit) i was lumpy for a long time. that op was 20 years ago.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 12, 2008, 10:27:37 AM
Hi Tanya,

Can't believe you still have a scar like that after 20 years !! The one I had about 10 years ago is fading and can hardly see it.

Hey Laura,

How are you doing ?

I saw my OS today and was pretty annoyed with my sports physician that he really rattled me and freaked me out. The trochleoplasty is my only option as I have medial instability but my scans are showing signs of my knee cap going laterally. So very relieved. The rehab doesn't sound as bad as I first thought. I'll be on crutches for 2-4 weeks, should be able to drive after about a week due to driving an automatic car, splint if quads aren't very strong, physio starts soon after surgery and weight bare as tolerated, so very happy. He also talked to the French surgeon that pioneered this operation when he was in the US for a conference and is doing it the same way as my surgeon does, which is good. So, all round I am very relieved !!!

Keep up the good work with your rehab !!!  ;)
 

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on March 12, 2008, 10:54:29 AM
kirsty thats such great news about your OS - Im so happy for you!!

yeah big scar aint it? everyone thinks so.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 12, 2008, 01:23:40 PM
Kirsty...that is great news about your OS. I would rather just do ONE thing at a time like you are than have them do so much at once.  I really wish I could have done some of my repair bit by bit to see if it worked verses having it all at once.  (VMO advancment being the one thing Im no so thrilled about at this point....didnt really know or understand why I needed it...sigh.)

Tanya..that is one big lump. WoW.  I hope mine gets better over time. I do feel that pulling sensatin and it hurts like hell to contract it. After about 5 or 6 times it gets better but it really hurts at first.  Once I cross that 6 week mark I plan to start massaging the muscle a bunch...wonder if your lasted so long b/c you didnt know what it was to address it?  yikes.  I told my PT that if feels like the quad is being pulled up really hard and tucked UNDER the VMO....so odd.....

about the waiting on a preg thing....well....I am almost 37......I know about infertility at my age...and as it goes up with every year....so who knows if we will even get preg....we decided last night that we will just be married and have normal fun and see if it happens...could take months.....AND.....I really dont want to keep putting my life off for this darn knee....if this doesnt work....and I dont seem to have any major complications now then I would just wait to fix it later.   

Im trying to wean myself down on my advil. Only took 2 this morning....haha...will see how long that lasts today. :-)

Thanks for the knee picture....How did you upload that?  I wanted to load pics before but could never figure it out?

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on March 12, 2008, 01:58:34 PM
Hi laura,
Its not that big of a lump at all when my leg is bent - but straight it IS lumpy - but its totally soft now - im sure part of it is the scar tissue from the incision too but under that it was harder at first.
oh i didnt have a clue when i had my op - its only in recent years that ive understood what happened.
i would definitely massage the tissue if i were you. i had a BIG dislocation around 3 or 4 years after surgery and my OS reckons I may have pulled out some of the repair work done then, its possible i tore some scar tissue too.

im thinking of leaning heavily on my OS about wanting to get pregnant (even though i want to actually get married first!!) and seeing if that helps cos he may take it into consideration? I rang and pulled my appointment back to May 15th instead of mid June - just figured I needed to see him earlier than later.
I think if you are ready for it go for it - like you say it could take months, but then again you cant wait forever either and if your knee is slowly improving then do it. my knee is NOT slowly improving anymore so thats putting me off for now.

to upload a pic save your pic somewhere on your hard drive and when you are posting there is an underlined 'Additional Options' under the posting box on the left hand side (you can only see it while you are typing a post - not reading), click that and it opens up new options and one is to attach a file - use that to navigate to your pic and there you go. it only takes smallish files.

I will try for a quad size pic tonight - but i dont know if itll work or wil the muscle be visible in a pic.
meanwhile if you want to know what i look like go to the 'help please!!' thread under general and i posted a pic of me there :)
xx
tanya

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 14, 2008, 04:00:28 AM
Laura, you are posting on everyone else's diaries, but not updating everything on yours!!  Haha!!  I read on Brianne's about your meltdown you had today!!  I can relate, but thankfully not from recently!!  My last one was last week except for the times I have been wanting to cry in pain recently.    Anyway, you will get through this.  You are still early.  It still sounds like you are off to a good start.  I liked how your PT made you list out everything you had done to your knee...that was cool...made you realize that you need to relax and think that this is not going to be a short journey to recovery!  I should tell myself that, but all I had was a TTT.  It seems yours was much more invasive.  At least you can get through a day with advil and benadryl...here I am sitting waiting for 12:30am to roll around to take 2 more vicodin to hopefully get to sleep.  I am also praying that I am not getting addicted to this stuff!!  Anyway, good luck and you are really doing well...just take it easy on yourself.  It's like the pot calling the kettle black!  Anyway, get some sleep...if you are not already at 12am!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on March 14, 2008, 08:59:36 AM
but all I had was a TTT. 

wow Farrah - ALL you had was a TTT - eh they cut into bones and moved things around!!!!! its not a small surgery!!!! you made me laugh teasing Laura about updating other peoples diaries, I was only thinking the same myself!

Dont worry about the pain killer addiction, believe me when you dont need the drugs you wont take them, but you need them when you have pain, no two ways about it.

Ive been crying a lot recently too - pain wears you down and makes you so low - but dont worry - it will get better!!! Youve been doing so well recently despite the pain!!

Ive had enough of my knee - I almost feel like sterlising the kitchen knife and performing a bit of DIY on it myself!!!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 14, 2008, 10:02:34 PM
Hi guys!  ha ha...sometimes i dont remember where I have posted..haha....I guess its off my chest and in here somewhere so I forget where it goes!

Yes...I dont know when I started my melt down this week.  I had a very busy work week. Husband was out of town Sun-Tues....No one to help me at home....people at work have already forgotten I have had surgery sort of.....carrying in my own ice machine....the inevitable questions of "how long do you have to wear that thing, are you still on crutches"....people asking ME to go get THEM things in the office...are you freaking kidding me......and then just too many patients by poor chance.........

So...Mon great...Tuesday good.....Wed tried to take less Pain meds....and no Benadryl....then Thurs busy work day and melt down at PT....I was angry and tired.....and swollen...etc.......so...last night I took my advil and my benadryl and slept  practically sitting up with my ice machine going......Today...I woke up in a good mood...some friends came over for coffee in the morning and to look at my husbands projects....then I had PT at 1100.  I was in good mood.  She did squat load tolerance on the total gym today and I got to 44 pounds with absolutely no pain. She didnt test any higher b/c she said she didnt want to make me hurt again...then I did the same ole PT routine...>BUT...the one thing that has thrown me for a loop.....She said I should consider going to counseling......So...That caught me off guard.  Now...I have done that before in life for other issues.....but...I honestly dont think Im at that point now....and it sorta pissed me off.   Just b/c I have one melt down at PT doesnt mean I need to be shipped off for counseling the next day.  So... I said I would think about it...but that I dont really have time or money to do it.  ( I just paid 3500 in all my surgery bills this morning).......and between work all day....PT on my lunch hour...and PT on Friday I dont want to do anything else...and PT is 75 bucks a week....etc.    So she says "well how much is your mental health worth"?   Anyway......I just feel like a little crying is normal...and I know she is trying to be helpful but it made me mad.  Im stiill pissed and it is 400 now.     Anyway....she also made some comment about me being on this site looking at how everyone else is doing and readng research all the time as some indicator of something.....is she saying Im obsessive???? ha ha ha.....well...Hell....I know that...dont knee someone to tell me that.  Anyway...she also said that maybe I need someone to help me process how my life has changed and how I have lost "who I was"......and I said....Well...I dont expect this to be permanent. I EXPECT to get better.....so...if you are saying I WONT get better then I need to know that now....she said that is not what she meant.


Ok. So.. I KNOW where she is coming from. I have offered counseling to many of my patients....but..I guess I just didnt think I was doing all that bad.

Thats my vent. :-)

So.  BEFORE surgery I could only do a squat load tolerance of 33 pounds on one leg.....today I did 44 poundss on one leg...and I think I could have done more but she didnt let me.    So...Im celebrating that fact .  My pain is better today b/c I popped 3 advil this morning and have been sitting on the couch since PT.......I sorta wanted to get off hte advil and beneadryl so we could think about the  baby thing.  HA HA....when she asked me why I didnt take my advil on Wednesday like normal I didnt DARE tell her I was considering putting a baby on this knee...ha ha...she might have sent me to the crazy bin right then and there........   (ok. so, my dad commited suicide when I was 15... I have HAD counseling.....I dont want to go again...ha ha...not yet I guess......).....


It is beautiful day here.....in the 90s already though......hot!   Tonight I think my honey is taking me to home depot to buy flowers to put on my back porch.  yeah!.....

Hope you all are having good days....now I will go read and post on your topics.

oh. funny. The "I" key fell out of my laptop so to type an I have have to beat my computer..ha ha...

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: Plumb on March 14, 2008, 10:18:29 PM
You have peer to peer support.  There is venting and listening to someone.  Like it or not we do not like to think of ourselfs as disabled after surgery but .. Knee surgery and knee problems in general are very depressing.  Things are tuff and it is ok to have a pity party and invite someone sometimes.  I think you were just looking for a person to listen to you for a moment and motivate you that things will get easier.  Unless she is really trying to tell you that your surgery didnt work and your going to be like this for the long haul... Than I'd suggest you making some calls to your OS

Believe me I was on crutches and had to carry my laptop into work up a hill for about a year.  Believe me unless they walk a mile in your shoes .. they can't really offer you much other than..   tea/sympathy/expense account for all this counseling.

Actually my OS thought it was great that I was learning and reading up on what goes on.. It prepared me in big time way.. Actually empowered me to know and understand why certain treatments were not suited for me. 




Three advil to keep your pain levels down is nothing.. take it with food and enjoy your new knee strength coming back. It aint easy at times ..
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 14, 2008, 10:29:22 PM
 ;D  thanks!!

yes...i need an expense account.  My doggie is scheduled for surgery on the 25th....she needs an account too!!!

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 15, 2008, 02:05:01 AM
Hello Laura...it is okay to cry and get upset.  I have done it in front of my last two PTs.  They never suggested counseling.  Of course they see way worse problems and just know that patients that are normally very active have problems settling down and resting and being patient.  I am sure your PT meant that in a nice way to help you get through it.  When I was up last night waiting for 12:30am to roll around to take more pain meds, I researched pain management doctors and what they are and what they do.  I learned that it covers not only pain meds like pills, but injections, massages, x-rays, any kind of imaging really, physical therapy, and counseling!  I had to read that last one twice...but yes, counseling is part of the pain management process...not sure why, but it is there.  So I guess it is all part of the recovery process.  You have to have a positive attitude to get better.  Yesterday, my OS said that I need to think positive or it will be very difficult....duh!! Anyway, I just wanted to share my little bit of research with you.  I ultimately think it is okay to get upset now and then.  I asked my coworkers today about my attitude over the last few months, and they have definately noticed some depression in my attitude.  I am usually this happy cheerful worry-free person, but lately I have been in tears or in just a crappy mood 2-3 days a week.  It seems the other days, I am just quiet and stick to myself.  I hate that I have changed like that, but I guess it just comes with the surgery package.  One positive thing I can say is that yesterday at the beginning of PT, there was a guy that had a surgery two days before his PT apt, and I was so happy not to be in his shoes...literally!!  Yes, I am still on crutches, but I can move around....not painfree, but I can do it.  The first 2-3 weeks after surgery, I literally couldn't control my muscles...so that is something I guess. 

As far as this website goes...I told my first PO PT about it, and he flipped out saying that these websites are horrible b/c you compare yourself to the other people and get bad ideas.  I disagree, but haven't shared my participation in this with any other medical professionals.  I know that everyone is different, but I use this more to vent myself and get some support than to hear about any bad things from other people.  I will try to support those people, but not worry about whatever happened to them happening to me.  I think that is the best way to use these websites.  My old PT also said the only people on these websites are people who have had unusual recoveries or difficult recoveries.  He said it is bad to hear about everyones problems instead of all good things.  Ya know?  It makes sense, but they still don't understand why we like these types of websites.  Unless they give us a list of patients that had the same surgery so we can talk to them, this is the next best thing, right??? I really love it and don't know what I would do without it.  Some of you guys have motivated me to do or say things that I would have never done.  I just love the support.  I think my case is getting really boring b/c I am getting less and less responses, but it still feels great to vent.   I know that my case is boring b/c everyday I report pain.  Nobody wants to read about that. 

I hope you sleep tonight!!!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 15, 2008, 03:00:49 AM
Tornadoes in downtown atlanta tonight!!!  Thank goodness nothing in my area!!  The damage looks bad..here is a video that was played tonight on the news channels.

http://www.11alive.com/video/default_live.aspx?storyid=112917

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 15, 2008, 04:19:24 AM
I saw that on the news here tonight too!

you are not boring...silly!

:-)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on March 15, 2008, 12:19:52 PM
jeeeez.....
dont tell your PT about me or theyll have me shipped off to a full blown mental institution complete with straitjacket!!!
seriously though - ive had 2 full days of meltdowns, including that crying jag that you can go into where youre just hitching and hitching and you can barely breathe!!! its normal isnt it??!!! I sure thought it was!!!

Counselling is a great idea for coming to terms with stuff but if youre knee is gonna be getting better now and youre only experiencing ordinary frustrations then youre FINE!!!!

or maybe - are we all crazy here???? and we all justify it to each other because we're all the same!!! Funny enough the movie K-Pax was on tv last night and I thought all the crazy people in it were the normal ones :) Yikes - are the men in the white coats coming for me!!!! arrrrghhhhhh.......

Farrah - youre so not boring - at all!!!! its funny you said about telling a PT about this site and them saying it was a bad idea - i havent told any of the medical people about it!!!! In case they came on and saw what I was saying about them!!!!
I think its a great idea - we can all relate cos we all suffer the same way!!!

Right - Im off to cry my eyes out and bang my head against the wall :) ok ok not really!!!!
xx
tanya
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 15, 2008, 12:46:06 PM
Tanya.....I hear you....I probably could use someone in a white coat to come after me....ha ha......she just thinks Im nuts b/c I pay attention to every little detail in my knee....BUT...If I dont pay attention..NO ONE WILL....We ALL know that is true.....if she had spent a year trying to tell 8 doctors that somethiing was wrong with her..and no one listened...she would be a little obsessive too.   :-)

Tanya....Im sorry you are so upset.  I TOTALLY know what you mean.  It is so scary to be where you are right now.  I have been there for almost two years. The only reason that I am currently hanging by a better thread is that I have a glimmer of hope that my knee might be better.  But.....there are lots of good doctors out there.  I think the fact that your muscle has regained strength is HUGE......so...when you do get the magical fix....maybe/probably some sort of realignment of sorts...you will be SOO strong to recover.  My PT says my recovery is going to be really long b/c I have NO muscle in my leg before....you are doing good things for your future recovery so dont give up on it......  Im so sorry you are so sad.   :-[


For me....just another day. I did sleep without benadryl last night....not a sound sleep but I did sleep somewhat.  Im up on the couch....7am...ice pack on knee...coffee in hand......another exciting day.    Oh......my husband and I did go to Home Depot last nght..he had lots of things to buy and I was going to buy plants....so....i went into the nursery part and started crutching along...I put one plant into my basket...walked around some more..then decided no way..my knee was screaming SIT DOWN......so..I left the nursery...went over the lawn furniture section and found a chaise lounger....sat there until he was done shopping.,.....so...there you go...the knee says no shopping yet....I have to respect that and so I am back on the couch.  I wonder how long it will take to function again.........ah....the question we all have!

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on March 15, 2008, 02:54:17 PM
Hey Laura,
youre so right - you have to pay most attention cos no one else does when you beg them to!!! thats where i am!!

you know youre so right about the time ive been putting in on the PT - my boyfriend keeps saying that to me too - its not wasted time by any means, you need the muscle no matter what - but its bugging me so much that Ive KNOWN for 3 years that my knee has not been right and all I seem to get is 'more physio more physio' - well not anymore. I dont mind doing it anyway but Ive accepted now its not gonna work. Ill be having a serious discussion with my physiotherapist monday week about this - and my GP. And then Ill just stick with the program til May when I see the OS - at least Ill have big muscles going in.

You know when I had no VMO I used to get terrible pain from being on my feet for just a couple of minutes - i promise - it goes when the muscles get better and start kicking in.

Thats great news that youll be able to start on the vmo type exercises proper in a week or so - whooo hoooo - what fun :) dont worry, you'll do it. You can keep a mental image of my non existant VMO in mind and remember that from the time it started firing it only took 3/4 months for it to get good sized. Its still a bit smaller than the good side, but its big enough to do its job now just walking about - and its not.

Im hoping I just need some kind of soft tissue reconstruction - i doubt they would bother revising my TTT - its 20 years old now? If they could just tighten up the capsule the knee sits in itd help!!! It actually looks baggy to the naked eye!! And whem my legs are just straight in front of me no contraction of the quads the right kneecap is so free floating, I understand that there is supposed to be some movement but not as much as there is.
xx
tanya
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 15, 2008, 03:44:33 PM
Tanya...mine was the same way....my good knee...it moves quite a bit..but my bad knee..before the surgery..I could move the knee cap totally over almost off the side of my leg...I could pick it up and turn it almost 90 degrees perpendicular to my leg.....it was crazy.  When I contracted it....it would lock down and go where it needed to..but at rest it just floated around all over the place......yikes.    Hang in there......someone eventually has to listen especially when you have crazy muscle and STILL problems
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 15, 2008, 04:25:08 PM
12:25pm, lots of pain, more tornado warnings our way!!

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 15, 2008, 04:37:18 PM
tornado warning...NOW!!  I am going to the basement now!!  See ya!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 16, 2008, 11:26:57 AM
Hi there,

I agree, it's a great forum for support. That's the main reason I use it. I learnt a long time ago that everyone's anatomy is different and the same treatment for one person may not be appropriate for the next. Now the only one I really listen to is my OS and my sports physician most of the time except when he says stupid things.

Had a nice weekend in Sydney. Trying to organise the last parts of my trip to Japan in just over a week's time. Getting very excited now. Then, when I come back I'll have my knee fixed. Still don't have a date, but will probably be late April/early May.

Hope you are doing ok.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 16, 2008, 02:37:51 PM
How fun!! You are going so many great places!! That is wonderful........I love to travel......used to do it all the time....when my darn knee is fixed....Im going somewhere fun!!!   :-)

Thanks for all the support everyone!  My knee hurts still but my mood is better.  I just looked at the knee protocol that my doctor gave me....It says that from 6-12 weeks my ROM gets to go to 0-135.  That sounds like total ROM to me...I cant wait to start working on it. I know it will hurt.....but....ahhhhh....to bend my knee will be sooo great. I think my back will hurt less when I can bend my knee....and....feel like I can stretch out my VMO and IT band more that way too...I think he said that once I get past 6 weeks I can start stretching those muscles because the "healthy scar tissue" will be strong enough........YIPEEEEEE...........  I have this massage thing that is meant for your back...it is a heavy duty thing...I had my husband doing it on my back last night.....then....I sat on the floor and did the massager to my hamstring, my calf, my quad.....ahhhhh....felt so good....I would have done my knee if I didnt think I would die of pain!!!

:-)

Hope everyone has a lovely Sunday. It is beautiful here....probably going to sit outside a bunch.

:-)
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: katmomx2 on March 16, 2008, 03:14:07 PM
Hello Laura,

Yes it is gorgeous here. Almost time to go Lake Travis. I went on a boat on crutches during my recovery and swam it was the best thing. I also took the boys to the lake on crutches and I got my fat booty in the  water and swam some more. Trees are blooming and bluebonnets will be up soon. Hope all is well with you.

Kat
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 16, 2008, 05:15:15 PM
Kat....bluebonnets??? YOu must live in TEXAS!!!  I miss bluebonnets!!   The weather is so beautiful here now that all the tornado warnings and crap are gone!!!  Perfect day for tennis :( 

Laura, I am glad your mood has improved.  That's always important.  It also helps with getting through the day and not feeling like crying!  My mood has improved too.  I am kind of getting frustrated though b/c my higher dose of hydrocodone is starting to not feel like it is working.  My OS gave me a smaller dose that he wanted me to try.  So I got it filled and am about to try to take some, but I doubt it will help.  UGH! 

Have a great day!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 18, 2008, 12:30:38 AM
Hi Laura,

I'm glad that your mood has picked up. I've been in a lot of pain as my knee is putting my whole back out. Just can't wait to have the surgery so I don't have to put up with this pain anymore.

Looking forward to my trip to Japan. I will have to be careful not to do too much while I'm away.  :D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 18, 2008, 01:00:25 AM
Hey there....I hear you...I had thought my back/ hip issues were a thing of the past....last week at PT they started more work on the total gym...at a higher level...I felt fine doing it..but since then...my front hip and low back on my bad leg side hurt and the bottom of my foot pad is numb.   Im trying to take less pain meds b/c we are thinking of getting pregnant (yes, stupid timing)....so my knee hurts more too.  I actually stayed home from work today and laid on the couch/bed most of the day.......ouch.  I was telling my husband...I dont think I am "sad" but I am apathetic towards everything b/c I cant DO anything...so...I just lay around......bored.  bla.

now b/c I took today off I will have three torturous days at work....then Easter weekend to relax.

:-)  Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 18, 2008, 02:11:28 AM
Laura, I am so glad that you took a rest day!!  It didn't do anything for me when I did it last week.  I have been in so much pain that I am getting depressed again.  I almost cried at PT today.  I am about to post in on my diary.  She made me try the leg press again...which I knew I couldn't do it.  Sure enough, I couldn't.  She tried 3 different angles and different settings and I couldn't do any of them.  So I just put my head down in sadness.  She assured me that it was okay.  I just told her that I feel like I can't do anything and I am not doing enough to strengthen my muscles so the pain will go away.  She just kept telling me to focus on the positives.  I feel like my pain meds aren't helping anymore.  I was on the lower dose of vicodin all day and tonight took the higher dose to see if I can get any relief.  I am so glad you are taking a break!!!  Sorry you will have a busy next couple days!!  Good luck with it all and try getting back on some pain meds if you are in pain!!  I used to not take them, but I can't live without some type of relief now.  GOod luck!  Happy St. Patrick's day!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 18, 2008, 02:17:36 AM
Hi Laura,

I know exactly what you mean about your pain. Last time I had a knee op I experienced the same thing before surgery. I just want this operation over and done with. My ankle is very painful too because of the extra strain its under. I am taking so many painkillers at the moment it's not funny. Hopefully I can get a cortisone injection for my ankle tomorrow. I think my synovitis has returned that I had a couple of weeks ago.

Good luck with your busy 3 days before Easter. Then, you'll be able to take it easy for a couple of days.  8)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 18, 2008, 02:59:33 PM
Laura, sorry about your pain that you are having!  It sucks, doesn't it!?!?  Too bad your PT doesn't really listen and care about it.  I am sure that if she isn't concerned, then it is probably okay.  I know you are concerned that your surgery may not have worked, but you have to think positive.  Little things happen all the time, but they aren't always significant issues.  In front of my OS last Thursday,  I had an issue and it was dismissed, but I wasn't worried anyway.  He started to bend my knee for me and something got caught and felt like my leg was going to snap in half.  So I jerked it back out and he was concerned for a second.  Then I told him what happened, where the pain was, and how bad it was and told him it was gone and he wasn't worried. Sometimes when I start to bend my knee that happens...something gets stuck and then immediately goes away once I straighten my knee and bend it again. So he wasn't worried.  Anyway, I hope your meds start to help you out!  Take it easy tonight when you get home.  I am sorry you are going through this.  Have you planned out your trip to your OS yet?  Let me know when you are coming!  Just curious!  Post on my diary what your PT says about your problem today!  Have a good one!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on March 18, 2008, 03:08:16 PM
god - pain sucks.

im not in a huge amount of pain now but i had a very painful weekend getting over my last dislocation, and the knee is only part of it - my front hip was killing me too.

im AM depressed, its official. I cant live with the instability anymore. Im just down down down, not able to go anywhere or do anything without having anxiety attacks or fear of dislocation. my knee is just bloody loose and wrong and i cant keep going like this.

i brought my appointment back again, to the 4th of April. The OS secretary was the NICEST person ever about it - even offered for me to come in asap just 'to put my mind at ease'. I told her Id go with april 4th as ive PT mar 31st so it will give them time to send in report. I felt a whole lot better after she was so nice to me. Then I rang PT to let them know and their secretary is a HORRIBLE BINT so i didnt have a nice feeling after the call there :)

So please all send the good vibes or prayers or whatever to my OS to DO something about my knee.
xx
tanya
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 18, 2008, 09:29:32 PM
Waiting to hear what your PT said at lunch!  I have to coach tonight so I will check around 8:30pm tonight.  Rest now!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 19, 2008, 01:04:14 AM
Hello everyone.  Ok...so....gosh I sure thought I would be better by now. I mean...really...I will be 6 weeks post op on Friday.  I had NOOO idea this recovery would be so long and so hard.  When you read in the protocol...brace for 4-6 weeks....and at 2-6 weeks phase off of assistive devices...you think...2 weeks...IM OFF...ha ha...not 6 weeks and no way in hell am I off.......so...big sigh.  believe me..I try..I cant do it...

I went to PT today....she says this.....the warmth in my knee is normal b/c they did "SOO much" in there (they keep saying that...gzz I wish I had a normal surgery)....and she said the warmth will probably be there until 10-12 weeks....expect my swelling to only be at 1cm bigger than my other knee at that point..right now it is at 2cm bigger.   She says the sharp pains everywhere are normal (well, they suck)....she says the pain in my hip is a labral tear of my hip....I have heard that before...but I just get to live with it...all the leg/quad stuff Im doing will aggravate that...some day I might want to get those synegis or whatever injections in there.....add that to my things to do list. ha.

The catching sensation I had last night...she seems to think that is sorta normal right now...she wasnt too concerned...but...I bet she has never felt it.....it is that almost oh s**t moment when you know its doing something odd but you could never properly explain it to anyone.....

The inability to work the lower part of my leg....again...she is not really worried about it....will come with time..bla bla...

So..she listens to everything....I certainly feel that I complain too much and that maybe they might think im a little nutty..but..maybe everyone feels that way.  All the PTs are so niice....several come over and ask about the knee, etc..they all giive the same support.  One PT today said..but just look how much better you are today than before the surgery.  I stopped my exercise and looked and said....IM NOT BETTER...Im way WORSE.  he said...Oh!   Well..you are early,....keep it up.  ha.  can we all stamp that on our heads?    I really wish I was an actress and I could walk in and fake happiness.....but...I cant......bla.

Ok...so.....I cant judge PT progress or not.... I guess I keep waiting for some magic light bulb to turn on and the leg to work.  I went back to work..I had a very busy afternoon and a long 1 hour new patient consult at the end of the day.  I saw everyone but called and rescheduled the last patient.  I just couldnt do it......so....I came home...took a bath and passed out asleep....healing is so exhausting....and, yes depressing although I currently refuse to admit that.........

Home. On the couch. Such fun.....My poor doggie has surgery one week from today..they called and gave me her pre op info today....she has to stay the night in the doggie hospital....oh gosh..I feel so bad b/c she wont understand what has happend...as least we willingly walk into the hospital for surgery.....they have no idea.  poor little girl.  I need a doggie couch so when I come home from work she can lay here and watch TV with me.

Hope everyone is well.

Tanya and Farrah...Im sorry that you all continue to struggle as well. It sucks...it really really sucks.   Tanya Im glad you moved your appointment up sooner.....and...too bad the PT secretary was rude...seems to be an epidemic in the medical field....ours are rude a lot too...not sure why...maybe it is burn out with little recognition...I dont know....Farrah...I havent made my follow up appt yet. I guess I need to do that..Im dreading the travel....wish I could fly into Columbus........

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 19, 2008, 02:10:26 AM
You know, depending on when you come and go for your apt, we can maybe meet at the Atlanta airport.  If you are interested, you can even stay at my house for a night before leaving.  I am far from columbus, but closer to the airport.  It would be so cool to meet!!  It sounds like it won't happen b/c you are trying not to have to miss too much work and it has to be in the middle of the week in one single day instead of overnight.  You can think about it though.  Let me know if you are interested!!

As for me, the cookie cake was from my favorite cookie bakery!!  Too tasty!  I am suppose to be on a cholesterol lowering diet!!  I decided to hold off until all my b-day celeberations are over.  They should be over now.  I had a dinner Friday night, my dave and busters party Sunday night, my lunch with my dad and grandfather at lunch yesterday, my dinner with my husband last night, my lunch with coworkers today, and my surprise cookie cake party this evening.  So it should all be over now.  As for my note from my PT, my husband was not happy that I told my PT about his complaining about me not doing anything around the house or whatever.  He kind of laughed about it.  At least now I have proof if he complains again!!

I am sorry you are having a rough time right now.  It seems that the only way I can be in an okay mood is taking the higher dose of vicodin and using my TENS.  It sure helped today.  It seems like today was the first day in a while that I had some relief during the day.  Hopefully I get some sleep tonight to add to my little better day.  I still can't do much with my leg, but I feel so much better today.  Anyway, gotta do my PT exercises before bed!  Good night!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: mhsflute07 on March 19, 2008, 02:20:10 AM
Hi Laura,

I'm sorry you're still struggling so much with your recovery. Surgeries are so frustrating because you think you should be better, and maybe in some ways you feel a little better, but you still can't do what you want to do. Your body just won't. I am almost 3 years post-op from my first surgery (TTT). Going into surgery, while definitely ready to get my knee "fixed," I was scared and had this image of myself in horrible pain post-op. It was not horrible...not fun by any standards, but bearable. However, I wasn't prepared emotionally. At all. I didn't feel good and although I was 16 at the time, I was used to being pretty independent. My mom and I are super close, but it's still hard to be completely dependent on someone else. I remember crying at the drop of a hat...maybe because the slightest thing didn't go my way, or for no reason at all. Part of it was the pain medicine making me depressed, and part I think is just part of recovery in some way. As time went on, I learned to celebrate the smallest accomplishments. I tried to look forward to the little things...even just getting out of the house for a few minutes. As time progressed, I got better. Then for awhile, I didn't notice improvements as often...it took months for me to be able to look back and be able to say that my leg really does feel a lot stronger than it did 3 months ago. I guess what I'm trying to say is to keep your head up. Try not to focus so much on the problems and more on your accomplishments, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. Just take it one day at a time. Tonight (as I was sobbing over the phone to my mom about my grades) she told me to just take it one day at a time, one task at a time. Don't worry about the future or the big picture because you'll get overwhelmed...just focus on the individual tasks of the day and the rest will fall into place.

Sorry...I guess I ended up sharing my whole life story, haha. Hope tomorrow's a better day.

Erin
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on March 19, 2008, 09:20:55 AM
Hi all,
Laura - Im so sorry youre having such a hard emotional time of it - the mental stuff is the hardest to deal with. You really ARE doing fine for the time since your surgery, and also you did have a LOT done. 6 weeks is not long to be out of surgery - after my old surgery I was only having my cast taken off at the 6 week mark and only then getting to realise that my leg was a wasted hairy (and smelly after being in a cast for 6 weeks) non usable thing. It takes time for the body to heal and until the knee itself is healed enough the muscles just wont bother doing any work cos the brain guards and tries to protect the knee. I know its a pain to hear it - but you will need to be patient for a few more weeks before you start noticing real change. Its great you are back at work though - cos even though it feels like a big effort and ordeal it at least does take your mind of things a bit during the day - itd be worse to be sitting at home bored waiting to improve.

My physiotherapist phoned me last night?!?!? She is not usually so caring at ALL!!! Anyway she was really nice and said that Ive done as much as humanly possible and that Ive been a 'good girl' (her words) about my exercises and I have visible muscle mass now. She thinks she and I have had a successful relationship in terms of putting on muscle (and solving all my other knee problems like pain and stiffening and clicking) but that physio is not the answer for the instability and that she will do up a report after she sees me on the 31st and we talk more and send the report to the OS basically recommending that surgical intervention is the only option left now. Im really pleased that she is being so helpful cos he respects her opinion - if she gets behind me I think he will be more inclined to listen.

xx
tanya
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 19, 2008, 11:33:02 AM
Hi Laura,

I have a date for my surgery. It will be the 22nd of May providing my insurance approve it. My OS is away most of April so is really the earliest I could get it with the anaesthetist I want and my sports physician assisting. Glad I have a date to work towards.

Been feeling pretty ordinary because of all the painkillers and anti-inflammatories I've been taking. Waiting on a call back from my surgeon's rooms as to what pain relief I can take. My sports physician is away so can't ask him.

Have a good Easter !!! I hope you have a restful break.  :D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 20, 2008, 12:40:46 AM
How did you feel today?  I hope you were better. 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 20, 2008, 02:06:34 AM
Hey everyone.....I have had quite an eventful day.  I was really busy with patients this morning, then ran out to get lunch and dog food and planned to come back to the office...ice my leg and type reports..... by the time I got back to work the credit card company called me.  My cc number was some how stolen and someone has been buying stuff like crazy...so they called me and said my card had unusual charges. So...I spent my lunch hour calling ALL of my credit cards, the credit report agencies, my bank....etc...what a pain in the butt........I have nooo idea how they got it....somewhere local b/c it was all local stores they were shopping at.....I have my cc in my wallet so I have no clue what happened.  so scary.  My husband is a police man..so he is all sorts of pissed about it.....anyway....they cancelled my credit card and will mail me a new one..I told them make sure I have it by Tues for my dogs surgeyr b/c I certainly dont have the cash laying around for it....

so....afternoon was busy as well....had to work until 7pm..so thats a good 11 hour work day...LOVELY.  Good thing is that I iced a ton today.....on the way home my knee hurt some..Im on the couch now at 9 and it feels ok.

Erin, Farrah, Kirsty, Tanya...thanks for the notes.  It is always easy to tell someone else the commmon sense stuff and always helpful to be reminded to just give it time.   I emailed a woman on kneegeeks that I talked to before my surgery...she had the same operation, at the same clinic in georgia but wth a different doctor. She has a smaller incision in a different location....I dont think that she had the same revision of the LR that I did..but she had some of the other things.....so...she said that she couldnt extend her lower leg for 12 weeks at all and even now I think she is at 15 weeks and she still has difficulty...WOW.....she has the same medial/bruised pain that I have...she doesnt have the VMO advancement lump that I have....but she did have lots of odd pains...she said it was a really hard recovery for her too so that was good to hear. I was SOOO relieved to hear that her recovery was the same..it makes a huge difference......  Thanks to all of you for the wise word and support.  Gosh..it is a DAILY act to keep your head up.....Erin....hope your day is going better....grades are frustrating....just remember...in the end it is usually the degree and what you do in your real life job that matters......the small grades no one cares about after the first job....

Kirsty..Im so happy you have a date....that will make you feel safe to have all the same team together for your surgery....and..you can enjoy your upcoming vacation knowing you have a plan.....that date will give you some time to use your brace to get some strength going..

Tanya..Im so happy your date is soo soon..that is right around the corner. I really hope they listen......really really do. I hear you on the emotional stuff...it is very draining to be tough all the time....today at work...anyone would say how is it going...I told the truth...said..it sucks, it hurts, Im frustrated....and...one girl says..you are getting better right?? and I said..no, not really. ha.....I mean. I know the small steps are there..but they expect me to start dancing or something...I would be thrilled to lose the cloth immobilzer...gzzz the velcro hardly wants to stick anymore..haha.... I can certainly celebrate that I dont have the small sticky leg coming out of a cast though! yick!  Im glad that your PT called you for support. It makes a huge difference to have someone on your side!

Farrah...Im going to go read your post to see how you are doing.


Thanks again everyone.  Im not miserable today. ha ha.....thats a good rating system eh?
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 20, 2008, 02:27:12 AM
I so know how it is when people ask if you are getting better...I just kind of look around, then look at both of my crutches, and give them a look...why would I be on crutches if I am doing well.  That is pretty much what I tell people.  I am sick of it!  I could vent all day about it.  I sometimes even throw in that I am taking 2 vicodin every 4 hrs...how do you think I am doing.  I also sometimes show them the TENS that I would be wearing to help with the "left over" pain when my meds aren't enough by the end of the day recently.  I am also tired of strangers asking me how long I will have to be on the crutches...I just laugh and say...I am working on my 11th week  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( I serioiusly thought it would only be 2 weeks!!  At least what was fixed on my knee is healing right...the TTT.  Too bad my knee cap doesn't want to work right afterwards! My x-rays still look okay.  I have a slight tilt now instead of a huge one like before.  My knee was subluxing all the time I bent and straightened...my OS said every time I hear a grind or a crunch, that is my knee subluxing...so all the time.  If I really want pain, I test out my grindness by bending and straightening it like I used to with huge grinding...well it is grinding, but not quite as much.  My left knee still does it loudly, so I compare them.  They both still grind though.  Maybe it is just part of my muscles still being weak...anyway, I haven't had a lot of negative stuff to say today since my meds have been working pretty well since I am right on target at every 4 hrs.  So I decided to put it all over your diary today, Laura!!  Haha!  I am about to go to bed.  I hope you have a good day tomorrow...sorry about your credit stuff.  Once I had to get my credit checked for something and someone had a $10,000 loan in my name...funny thing was that they were paying it off on time every month and it was actually helping my credit.  Since nothing else ever happened, we just left it at that.  I haven't checked it in a while...I think what I did was illegal, but oh well.  Anyway, I am off to bed after a very restful evening...I did have to go to the grocery store to pick up only a few things.  I told my husband I would only go to the store if I could sit on my butt the rest of the night...and guess what, he was so sweet to even make my dinner and I haven't gotten up since about 8pm!  My dog escaped today while I was at the store, but thank goodness I called my husband to go pick him up from who found him.  Thank goodness he had his tags on!!!!  Sometimes we take the collars off so they are more comfortable, but since he has been escaping a lot, his has pretty much been "glued" to his neck.  My other "baby" is an angel...she used to be the culprit, but now she stays in the yard always.  Have a good day tomorrow.  I have a feeling the pain will be bad tomorrow b/c I have to combine low doses and high doses of the vicodin since I am running out :(  I HATE TAKING THE MEDS...WE ARE UNDER A  DEADLINE AT WORK, AND I KEEP FALLING ASLEEP AT MY DESK TO WHERE I NEED TO MUNCH ON CHEERIORS OR CRACKERS OR SOMETHING TO STAY AWAKE!!  Since I have been staying at my desk a lot more over the past few days as part of my "rest" diet, it makes me even more tired throughout the day.

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 20, 2008, 02:39:54 AM
Farrah..what a day.....crazy escape dogs!  Im glad you had a better day. There is NO way I could work on pain meds..i would pass out...or..have hot flashes...ha ha.....Im glad the higher dose is working.  You know..dont give up that the rest isnt helping yet...it takes time for rest to kick in...whatever was aggitated has to calm down.........it might be helping you in a small way.  Glad your honey helped you tonight. the small things really mean so much when you are miserable.  I cant believe you havent checked your report if someone else has used your name before. Crazy girl. Check that report........!

:-) Im off to lug my ice machine to the bedroom...i hate it when my husband is at work...that machine is heavy when full!

night!
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on March 20, 2008, 09:13:19 AM
Hi Guys,
well Farrah - you know the way you could vent all day???? Welcome to my world!!! Im just soo SICK of it. The psychological side of being a dislocator is really getting to me. Im just in an anxious state at any time on my feet. Get up, do physio, worry about walking from the apartment to the car, walk from the apartment to the car, get in car, worry all the way to work about walking from car to office, walk from car to office, more physio, sit at desk - afraid to move all day, etc..etc....
It just sucks. My mind has just come round to thinking theres no hope for me unless the OS says he will do something. Im like a disabled person except a disabled person probably has more of a life than me!!!

Sorry guys - just had to express all that - I feel so low recently - even my last period was barely there, a sure sign of stress.

Farrah that grinding and crunching - some of its probably just the result of surgery, Ive always had noise but not pain since my surgery. Some of its probably weak quads too. I know how you feel - trying to improve when your body doesnt want to is such a royal pain in the butt!!

Laura - wow - sorry about your credit cards!! hope that all gets sorted quickly.
Really glad you got to talk to someone with similiar experiences to you - it helps knowing youre not alone out there doesnt it?
It IS a daily act to keep the head up - Im soooooo tempted to take to the bed and stay there til I see my OS!!!!
My boyfriend wants me to go out more this weekend so I dont get cabin fever sticking round the house - he said to bring crutches if I want to so Im not so scared. So I might try that.
xx
tanya


Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 20, 2008, 10:14:33 AM
Hi Farrah,

Thanks for asking how I'm feeling today. Haven't been feeling great but better than yesterday. My OS said to stop taking the anti-inflammatories as that's probably what's making me sick. I might up the other pain relief.

Tanya,

I'm so with you on the psychological side. It is a day to day battle. Hopefully once I have my surgery things will be better. I can't keep putting my body through surgery and rehab too many more times. I think my body has just had enough.

Laura,

Sorry to hear you had the hassles with your credit card. I remember having my bag stole in London and was so stressful trying to sort it all out.

Have a lovely Easter, everyone !!!  :)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: WorkinWings on March 20, 2008, 07:37:01 PM
Hi, Laura! 

Hi, everyone!

I'm back from Minnesota...  My father-in-law's condition is a lot more serious than we had realized  :(
But the family is really united in helping out.  They are wonderful.

I have a lot of catching up to do--how have you been??

I hope hubby's back...

Your dog's surgery is on Tuesday?  Is that the 25th?
Good luck to her.  I hope all goes well.

And good luck with the credit card mess!  I know how that is...  It has happened to me I think three times:  once in Mexico, once in Rio, and once here in the US  >:( >:( >:(  What a drag!

I hope you are doing well today... happy first day of spring!

Angela
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 21, 2008, 12:41:10 AM
 :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(My PA didn't call me back today...imagine that.  I am in a lot of pain at the moment, but I know I will feel better in 1-2 hrs once I ice, use more TENS, and take my next dose of meds :(  I just want to lay down and cry right now. 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 21, 2008, 02:20:27 AM
Hi everyone.   Yes...the credit card thing is done...except for all the paperwork they have to send me to prove it wasnt me.....the people went to 5 different stores....3 of them walmarts in different cities around austin and spent over 2k...wow.....I got a new card by fed ex today so I can pay for the doggie surgery......

Just a funny note...isnt it amazing all the bills you get from surgery. I have gotten one from the doctor, the hospital, the anesthesia, the anesthesia assistant, the lab, physical therapy, and today I got one from pathology......Not sure what in the heck they sent to pathology?? my knee parts??? ha ha.....anyyway...I thought I had paid them all...but they keep on coming.....

Um....today I got slammed at work. Bad traffic took me hour and half to get to work....my first patient, who is a doctor, I was 30 minutes late to see her..I felt like dirt because she is MY dermatologist then Im late to see her for her twins......then busy back to back patients I was slammed...ran out the door to PT...NO lunch...my knee was swollen....I knew it would be..iit happened in traffic......so....when Im leaving she says...what is your goal for your swelling next week?? I said...." um...less??"   she said...how much less....I said..."um...alot less???"  ha ha.....It was just one of those days.  We didnt do much different today.  She announced to me today that I might lose my PT benefits b/c united healthcare makes you use some stupid management company called ACN....basically..they decide how much you can go in for visits.......which is lame...they only gave me FOUR more visits??????? so she has to write letters to get me more visits.  Now...my company gives me 156 visits per year...but this ACN group will only let me use as many as the decide??  Makes NO sense to me....drives me nuts.  If the do this..I will have to change physical therapy to a hospital based PT b/c they dont use the same ACN rules...sigh.....  My pain was ok...have been getting by with just Tylenol at work...icing a lot and benadryl at night.....i think knowing that Im not supposed to get that leg part of my lower leg working until 12 weeks has really eased my fears.....now if the odd bump/bruise would go away I would be thrilled....


Farrah.  Im sorry they didnt call you back.  Makes it worse when they are so unreliable....esp. when they know you are in pain. 

Angela...welcome back.....yes, the doggie surgery is next Tuesday. They will keep her overnight and I will get her on Wed evening.  I work Thurs but my husband will be home until about 4 so she will only be alone for probably 2 hours until that following Monday.....hope they can fix her....adn that it doesnt cost too much....

Kirsty and Tanya...I know it is terrible to play the waiting game. I did that for 14 months....EVERY doctor, PT, Chiropractor, etc that I saw...I just wanted someone to fix me...it was very drainiing and very emotional........I STILL have that feeling. Tanya...I know what you mean...every morning when my alarm goes off I lay there thinking of 100 ways to call in sick....I just am not motivated to get up....I have to get up...so I do..but I have 100% lost some zest for life right now.....I know it will come back....it has too.....


Im off to my parents house this weekend for Easter.  Mom has pathetic wireless and I have 10 nieces and nephews so Im sure I wont be online again until Monday night.  Hope everyone gets out and enjoys some sun, their family or something other than knee crap this weekend. I hope a weekend of happy children will make me feel better.

:-) Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 21, 2008, 02:41:09 AM
We'll miss you while you are on your mini vacation.  Have a great easter!!  That's great that you can deal with your pain with only tylenol!!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Re-alignment(Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 21, 2008, 02:53:53 AM
Tylenol and a TON of ice.......

If I didnt know we wanted to have a baby I would be taking tons of other crap too.....ha ha.....and wine....
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 21, 2008, 06:19:39 AM
Hi Laura,

Have a great Easter !! I'm pleased to say that I feel heaps better after stopping the anti-inflammatories. Good luck with your dog's surgery on Tuesday.

Farrah,

How are you doing ? I hope you are not in as much pain.

All the best for a great Easter !!!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 21, 2008, 04:49:20 PM
I am certainly hoping my PA calls today!!  I called this morning and they said that he would call me later.  This sounds too familiar...like that time they didn't call me for 5 days!!  I have his cell and will call him by 6:00pm or so if he doesn't call me first.  I can't take the whole weekend on just my 7.5mg vicodin.  I need to know that it is okay for me to take the 10mgs and get more of them b/c I am running out. 
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 21, 2008, 09:27:11 PM
Ok. Easter weekend at the lake is off.    :(

My husband has been complaining of a sore throat and stuffy nose for two days. Last night he said he had a headache..he slept on the couch...so..I got up early....went to PT...went to my chiropractor....bought birthday presents fro people I was suppposed to see at the lakehouse this weekend...come home..my husband is asleep on the bed....I felt his head nad he was burning up...took his temp and it was 102 degrees!  So...I drug him out of bed and took him to the medi clinic...he has the FLU!   gzzzzz.......they gave both of us flu medicine (Tamiflu)...he takes his for 5 days to ease his flu virus...I take mine for 10 days to prevent the flu......the meds cost 100 bucks!    we cant win on financial things lately!!!!!!   So....got him home, fed him soup..tucked him in bed and Im on the couch......I called my mom to tell her and they politely un invited us from the lake...there are 10 children there...so I totally understand...but Im VERY sad about not going.


At PT this morning I had slightly less swelling (it was 730am) and I had 120 degrees flexion. ( goal was 110).   They did normal exercises but for some reason have stopped my SLR exercises.....hmmm not sure why.     Anyway...my mood was good.....Im now layiing on the couch...in my same ole boring location.  Im missing my moms great food and my one good weekend to get away from doing any of the stuff at our large family easter gathering.   Im really bummed.  Oh well......hopefully I dont get the flu too!!!!

Hope everyone is well!
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 21, 2008, 09:46:57 PM
Your turn to take care of your husband now!!  I hope you don't get sick and I hope your husband feels better fast!!  It seems all of us on this website have things happen one after the other after the other.  I really hope your knee is doing okay today after all you did all day.  I am on the couch too!  I just added ice to my knee for the 3rd time today.  I will probably do it again tonight.  Anyway, Sorry you can't go for your lake house weekend.  I was invited to two lakes this weekend, but decided to say no to both so I can sit at my own home and relax with my husband and dogs.  Both lakes were 2-3 hrs away anyway, and my knee can't handle that long of a trip right now.  So I made the good decision to stay home and work on jewelry all weekend.  When is your trip to GA for your OS apt??

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 21, 2008, 09:52:47 PM
I know!  Before my mom knew he had the flu she said that I could come without him if he has a cold....but...now that he is really really sick I cant leave..he waits on me hand and foot for 6 weeks and I leave town when he is sick?? no way.

Good for you...you sound like you are icing a lot...and resting a lot. that is good in the long run even if it isnt helpiing completely yet.

I called the manager yesterday morning and left a message asking if they would do my follow up on a Friday as an exception since Im coming so far....she hasnt called me back yet.....so I dont really know.  8 weeks is April 4th weekend. I blocked my schedule out on April 10th, a thursday..but I dont have flights etc yet....waiting to hear from them.......

:-)
laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 21, 2008, 10:09:56 PM
Well my offer is still out there to stay at my house for a night or two.  I am closer to the airport than columbus.  If you are around during the weekend, it would at least be nice to meet at some point.  Let me know!

I have been taking it very easy lately.

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: dileigh on March 21, 2008, 10:56:22 PM
Laura,

Lots of chicken soup so you don't get sick, this strain is a nasty one.  Good if you want to lose weight, I didn't have an appetite for a week and a half..... :o    Sorry you can't go visit, but take care of both of you.



Diana
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 21, 2008, 11:08:29 PM
Laura, I called my PA on his cell...you should read my diary...I was pretty upset. 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 23, 2008, 03:13:41 AM
Hey Laura, so I saw you posted on my diary a few times, but I am curious how you are doing tonight! 

My little dog is doing okay...he is pretty much just chilling no matter where you put him.  I think he knows that he is suppose to rest.  Being on three medications probably help that too!! Like mother like son I guess :)  Rest is the cure for everything!!  Anyway, I went up to him while he was laying down and told him to shake and he started to do it!! He is such a cutie pie!!  I hope he gets better from this okay.  We had to spend $406 at the emergency clinic...they were nice enough to ask us if we wanted x-rays too...of course we said yes to that since the outcome could have been fatal if not found.  That is when he found the hole in his chest to where air was leaking in.  I didn't understand everything that he said, so I can't wait to take him to the regular vet on Monday or Tuesday.  The vet was from another country and had a very thick accent.  I had to repeat some of what the vet said in my head so I could understand it.  Anyway, he was a good doctor and that was our 2nd time in 1 year to be there, but we saw a different doctor last time.  Last year my little guy broke his leg after jumping out of my husband's hands on top of the bathtub after taking a bath.  I have attached a picture of him when he had his cast on (he was still a tiny puppy)...he is sitting next to my other baby :)  Anyway, he kind of remembered the place when we got to the clinic...he perked up a little bit.  He didn't get scared or anything, but you could definitely tell a mood change.  Anyway, he is doing good tonight.  He has done his business outside every time my husband takes him out.  I am afraid of handling him b/c I can barely walk myself.  So I let my husband do it all.  It also helps him feel like he is doing something great for the family...and he is!  Anyway, I will keep you posted about his vet visit next week.  I wish the best of luck to your little guy for his/her surgery next week!!  You will again know what it is like to have a moping dog to tend to and give lots of meds to :)  Peanut butter works wonders...if not that, then pill pockets at petsmart do the trick too!!  Hopefully he/she won't pee on your carpet by accident like my baby Aury did after she got spayed a few years ago.  Marshall also peed on the carpet today after I found him outside and brought him in.  He just stood there and did it then walked away with his ears down like I was going to get mad at him for it.  Anyway, at least something different is on my mind than my stinkin' knees. 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 23, 2008, 02:17:48 PM
Yes...my dog already knows the value of peanut butter..she takes her very expensive arthritiis medicine that way already.....if there is not enouugh PB on it she spits it out and looks at me like she is smarter than me.....the med is supposed to be "flavored" but she doesnt like it.  She has surgery on Tuesday......I hope they can fix it.......she is so bored not being able to run around.....

Me?  Im ok....same ole same ole.  Did more this weekend than normal wtih my husband's flu but he is feeling better already. Prompt treatment of the flu with Tamiflu antivirals are so important......anyway...my knee aches some but not aweful.....the zinger nerve pain in my calf is happening more often....Im pretty sure it is sticking around in life so just have to hope it doesnt get worse....sigh.  Deal with that some day...maybe......fluffy swollen tight knee.....not sure why I think it would just improve all of the sudden...ha ha...... Today Im going to sit outside and plant some flowers and enjoy the beautiful weather before it turns 110 in Texas......so nice.

Happy Easter everyone! Today I can be thankful for everything in life....even my knee....at least it works!

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 23, 2008, 05:42:37 PM
UGH!  I remember Texas weather!!  That is why I will probably never move back!  I loved where I lived, but the heat is horrible!  I took my husband to visit a few summers ago for my friends wedding and he was miserable. 

I am glad your husband is feeling better and you are able to rest!!  I have decided not to go to work today, so I am resting all day until dinner tonight!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 23, 2008, 08:39:52 PM
Oh my gosh...so I planted plants outside.....you think you will sit...but there is always more up and down than expected....so..I came insiide and my  knee hurt...I measured my knee....38 1/2!!!!!  Thats bigger than post op!  holy s**t.  So...Im on the couch, leg practically at about 75 degrees in the air on pillows wth my compression ice machine set to the highest squeeze level!  Im soo surprised it got so big......wow. Guess all my rest really does work b/c this is the first time it has ever swollen up like this! yowzer....

Farrah....Texas heat...Im born and raised in Texas so it isnt that bad to me...just good to know folks with boats to get out of the heat in the water......but....certainly not when you want to sit outside and have lunch!!!

Forgot to say how cute your dogs were in that pick!  Hope you are feeling better today!  Glad you are resting!
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 23, 2008, 08:46:33 PM
Hello Laura, I can't believe how swollen you got!!  Were you sitting with your legs out?  Or were you squatting?  Certainly not squatting, right?  Well I am glad you are taking care of yourself now...as for me, still resting.  I decided to make some jewelry for my female Iranian family since this will be the last time I see my grandfather to give him gifts for everyone tonight.  So I am working my butt off.  I have 1 more hour and 2-3 more to make and have already made 4.  I am actually feeling okay compared to this morning.  Since I am resting the 7.5mgs are helping me now.  So I may just take 2 10mgs before bed tonight.  Anyway, rest happily!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: WorkinWings on March 24, 2008, 04:46:15 PM
YOUZER is right!! 

I'm glad you got to work on your garden...  I know how happy that makes me!  But we have to figure out better 'knee friendly' techniques, here!!!  Gotta try not to set your recovery back by overdoing it...  And believe me, I'm saying that to both of us, and probably many others 'round here, so don't take it as any kind of 'scolding'...  OK??  ;) 

Two days ago I worked outside for the first time this year, and it has transformed me!  :D  But it also made my knee swell up (not as much as yours!) and get really upset, even though I had promised myself I would not do any ground-level work while my knee is in recovery.  So, we have this very long, low brick wall between the patio and lawn area, and I decided that I would only work with pots, and place them all on that wall.  So far, a good plan, except for the fact that I carried these big, heavy pots (probably 20" tall, 12" diameter) between the wall and the potting bench:  Not good! 

I have to keep working on my 'ask-for-help-when-you-need-it' skills!

Or, we can try this kind of knee-friendly gardening:

http://www.procreo.jp/labo/flower_garden.swf

(Click on the link. You will get a blank page. Click your mouse anywhere (& everywhere) on the page & see what happens! Better yet, click & drag your mouse over the blank page...)

I know... Cute.  But not nearly as satisfying as the real thing.  Maybe we aught to start a new thread asking for suggestions on how to garden without hurting our knees?  8)

Hope everyone had a great Easter, and that you are all still enjoying those leftovers...



Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 24, 2008, 04:50:40 PM
Laura, are you feeling okay today??  Thinking about you....
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: WorkinWings on March 25, 2008, 01:08:23 PM
Dear Laura's Dog,


Good luck on your surgery, today!
We'll be thinking of you...

Visualize tennis balls!

Scratches behind the ears,
Angela
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 26, 2008, 12:29:55 AM
Hi everyone!

Ok...so most importantly....my doggie had surgery today. The Vet was really nice and called and said she did well. It was a "straight forward" achilles tendon repair. He said that they drilled a hole and pulled the tendon down there and wrapped some mesh around it to hold it in place..etc. etc. She has a big red cast for 2 months and gets to sit around bored for that whole time.  He says she has a 90% recovery chance.  Anyway....she has to wear a bag over her leg when she goes out to the bathroom...that will be lots of fun to do!  She comes home tomorrow night if she does well overnight. My three cats are probably in heaven that she is gone.

About me...havent been on long enough to reply anything.  Yes, I was sittign with my legs out gardening on Sunday...but I was up and down and did drag some pots around and then stand a long time to water everything.  My leg was back to its normal 36 1/2 size today...lesson learned ....BUT...I did feel human for one day and that was great even though I paid that night.


Today I had PT.  I was walking a little better on the treadmill but I am still requiring assistance "lifting" to walk normal.   I am gradually doinig more on the exercises but they are pretty simple right now.  I didn't wear my immobilzer yesterday or today. Last week PT said to "wean" off it....so...my weaning has been take it to work...lean it in the corner.....use it IF I need it.  Im doing ok without it....still on one crutch walking VERY slow but trying to use good posture and sitting with my leg elevated a ton.  I have been on mostly two tylenol in the morning and one tylenol PM at bedtime.  Today I forgot to take anything b/c of my dog surgery and I am ok right now with just ice. 

So...the bad news.  I have united healthcare insurance.   I have 156 PT visits per year. Thats a TON. BUT.....United uses this management firm to dictate who gets how many PT visits.....so....the ACN (american chiropractic network) has decided that I am going to be all better in SEVEN more PT visits.   Can you believe that???  I go 3 times a week. So...My PT said just to come twice a week for now......and try to fight it.....so, thats what I have to do..but that only gives me 3 more week of PT and Im still on a crutch!!!!   CRAZY.  Im so sad and SOOO mad about it.  That means my company gives me 156 visits but Im only going to get to use 22 of them???????   grrrrrrrrrrrrrr


Ok. Well. Thats all I know so far. 

hope all of you are well!
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: mhsflute07 on March 26, 2008, 01:14:19 AM
Hi Laura,

Insurance companies are infuriating. It's so wrong that some guy with an MBA sitting in a cubicle somewhere has the authority to make decisions about your medical care. It's not right. I would suggest calling your OS and asking him to write a letter to the company explaining why it is essential to your complete recovery that you have more than 22 PT visits. If your therapist hasn't already, maybe she can write a letter as well.

Good luck!

Erin
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 26, 2008, 01:22:28 AM
I am glad your dog is doing okay.  When Marshall (my jack) broke his leg a little over a year ago, I had to put a bag over his leg to take him out.  He was a tiny puppy, so I put a zip lock bag around it with a rubber band at the top of the bandage to keep it on.  I think you said yours is a lab??  You can put a trash bag with a big heavy duty rubber band at the top to help keep it on.  Just a thought.  I am having huge issues with Marshall taking his meds right now!!  He is too smart for his own good!  He knows what we try to do !!  My husband is now handing me the task.  So hopefully I will be successful with it tonight.  We'll see.  I have tried peanut butter, cheese, chicken, and now baby food (recommended by the vet).  He barely even likes to eat his heartguard meds every month that taste like treats.  Aury (my other dog) loves them!  Sometimes she will steal a part that he drops and doesn't eat when we don't notice.  My knee is throbbing now, so I am going to let you go, get some ice, and take care of myself.  Take good care of your dog and your husband.  Is he still sick?  It sounded like he was getting better in a matter of a day or two of being sick!  I wish my knee could heal that fast. 

I am so sorry about your Therapy problems!!  THat doesn't make any sense to me.  You need to call your OS and tell them about it.  They can call companies like that to fix it.  I don't understand the situation, but it sucks for you!  I am so sorry you are dealing with that stress of potentially not getting to continue PT to get your knee fixed!!  It is pretty important to go!!  Too bad stupid companies don't understand that!  I wonder who makes those decisions.  I guess they are the healthiest people in the world!!  Anyway, good luck with it and keep taking care of yourself!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: katmomx2 on March 26, 2008, 01:55:26 AM
Hello Laura,

So glad to here the pup is doing well. I have been thinking of you. It is amazing what the docs can do these days. She will be in my prayers.  I know you are over doing so take it as easy as possible. I saw bluebonnets this weekend. Love Texas in the spring.

Hugs Kat
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on March 26, 2008, 09:11:05 AM
Hi Laura,
so glad the doggie is on the mend - poor little guy - bag on the leg to go to the loo!!! He'll be looking sideways at you in that doggie way thinking 'we must all have to have leg surgery' :)

About your insurance, my insurance wont even cover my knee til 2010 - so im paying privately right now for all my OS visits, x-rays, MRI, PT visits etc... cost me around 2000 euro last year - but in Ireland you can claim 41% back from the government if your insurance doesnt cover it so I got most of it back.

Itll be the same if they are doing a surgery - Im either paying or going public - but the wait would be so long to go public that I wont do it.

It sucks - but there is no price on your health.

Definitely get your OS to write to the insurance company.
xx
tanya
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: lenorem9 on March 26, 2008, 09:49:40 AM
Laura,  so glad to hear your dog came through surgery OK. 

I'm cringing when I read about your insurance company.  I had the same problem with mine and ended up going to PT less often because of it.  Your Dr. can write a "letter of medical necessity" but most insurance companies just ignore it.  Maybe you'll be lucky and it will work for you.  Hope so.  Sometimes you can work with the PT place too.  With insurance I was paying a $30 copay twice a week and when my insurance refused to pay anymore I just started going once a week at their regular rate of $60.  So it ended up being the same amount.  I just went less often.  Not the best solution but at least I was able to keep going a little bit.  You'd be surprised how much you can do on your own.  They'll print out sheets of exercises you can do at home.  It's not a substitue for one on one PT but at least you're doing something.  Good luck with it!   

Lenore
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 26, 2008, 11:23:57 PM
Hello everyone.  I am trying to fight my insurance company. I wont give up easily. My PT has tried to fight wtih them already. I called my company HR department. They said we have a corporation called "health advocate" that is a benefit to us. They will fight my insurance company for me to get me proper benefits. So I called that company yesterday, they took my name, my PT, my doctor, info on my surgery and the PT visits and they are going to start working on it for me.  They will call people and hassle people etc. I was SOOO happy...doenst mean it will work...but the jerk that is telling my PT that " I have had PT for a year and a half, I should know what to do by now"  ...well...that jerk is going to have a LOT of hassles on his plate now.  I WONT give up easy. And..I have some friends that are lawyers, I can get them to write some notes threatening them for not giving me care too.  I have 156 visits under my company. I should get to use them. 

Anyway.  Good news. I went without my immobilzer for the third day today. Im walking faster every day....still requre the crutch though. The knee does give way so I know that I need it.   Im elevating it a lot and icing, etc.  Working on bending it at work.  While listening to my patients I can bend my knee on the ground for practice....it feels good to get to move it around verses stuck in that one straight position!

My Dog Abby. I have her home tonight. She has a huge red cast on her leg with a few toenails sticking out. She is having a hard time walking and looks like she didnt sleep for a day.....she is passed out now on her pain meds.  The dog speciality clinic was great and probably treated her better than I have EVER gotten treated somewhere. THe doctors were great..called several times about her and personally gave dismissal information. The nurse/vet techs there made this bag for her foot out of an old IV bag. It is a tough plastic and they put a blue ribbon through it sorta like a purse string...so when she goes outside I put that IV bag over her leg and tie the ribbon around the cast.  So smart and it wont tear!  What a great idea and so thoughtful to make them for the doggies.  Taking care of this cast for 2 months is going to be tough...hopefully she doesnt start eating the cast!

I still cant upload pictures. I cant figure out how. So...I made an ofoto album of my doggies surgery pics and my pre and post op Knee pics.

Laura

http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=al88c8v.3ljdytpj&x=0&y=-iq5gju&localeid=en_US
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: dileigh on March 27, 2008, 02:17:20 AM
Laura,

  I have United Health also, and only get 20 pt visits.  They break down things that a lot of other companies call PT visits, so I would check on that.   I get like 20 occupational therapy, 20 chiropractor, etc.  Maybe that's how they got to the 156 visits?  my PT and I have already discussed this and will keep the office visits to a minimum to make them last.


Diana
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 27, 2008, 02:51:22 AM
Thanks Diana...unfortunately....I do have the 156 PT visits.  I work in a medical office...and spoke with our HR person..we have those visits..but united doesnt like to lt you use them unless you are in a hospital rehab setting.....sigh. 
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 27, 2008, 02:54:08 AM
So how is your knee despite all your doggy and insurance craziness?  I hope it is okay!  Congrats on not wearing the immobilzer as much!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on March 27, 2008, 09:09:04 AM
Hey Laura,
Fantastic photo album!!! Poor Abby - so CUTE with the cast!!!! and that mournful doggie face!!! You guys - I miss having a dog so much!!!!

GREAT pics of your knee. I cant believe that old LR scar - like a giant dimple - just looked 'wrong'. You certainly got a fine looking scar out of this surgery didnt you??? That was pretty amazing seeing how swollen it got after surgery - initally it didnt look so bad, then lots of it!! But its definitely looking better recently. And of course - despite all the trials and tribulations - you look fresh faced and pretty!

Sounds like youre doing great now - no immobiliser and able to bend in work - coooool!!!!!

so - does it feel more stable??????

You really sound (and look) like youre doing well, I know there is plenty of work ahead but its good that youre on the right track now.
I hope you get your insurance company sorted out - its disgraceful how they behave to people.
xx


Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: lenorem9 on March 27, 2008, 05:17:49 PM
How cute!  A puppy knee geek.  Does she have her own postop diary?  Where's her CPM and iceman?

Your knee pics are amazing.  Wow!  That's one serious scar.  Hope you continue healing well and win your battle with the insurance company for PT.  Maybe they should see your pics and then they'd have a clue why you still need PT.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on March 27, 2008, 06:47:27 PM
How cute!  A puppy knee geek.  Does she have her own postop diary?  Where's her CPM and iceman?

I agree!!! we need kneegeeks for dogs!!!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: KW on March 27, 2008, 06:55:01 PM
Try WWW.Dogster.com (http://WWW.Dogster.com)

Foster has a page...

http://www.dogster.com/dogs/106547/in/stroll/
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on March 27, 2008, 08:12:26 PM
bye guys - its been fun - but unfortunately you guys are just not as CUTE as the fluffsters on dogster!!!! so ill be over there from now on :) oh ok just kidding!!!

yaaaaa!!!! Foster is a sweetie!!!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: dileigh on March 27, 2008, 08:44:22 PM
I love Foster! ;D    I was lucky enough that a therapy dog came to visit while I was in the hospital. Didn't reallllly need one, but would never pass up on a chance to pet a dog.



Diana
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 28, 2008, 12:16:08 AM
Cute dogs. A site like that could trap someone online for days!!.


Week 7 post op is tomorrow.  WOW.  Who knew and time flys.   I completed my work week without my brace all week. Walking pretty darn fast with one crutch...and several times find myself walking to part of the office, leaning the crutch up and walking away without it..ha ha..my co workers wiill hold it up like um...dont you need this??    Im still swelling at the end of the day and still ice with my ice machine at lunch every day, after patients every day and at night.  I love this ice machine.  Im taking Tylenol or Advil depending on the day. I slept without Benadryl last night pretty well although I certainly sleep better with it.  I still cant use the extension part of my leg but I guess Im really not supposed to be using it yet....so until thy tell me to...Im just not even worrying about it....ok, thats a partial lie...i worry about it...but...I dont cry about it.   Plan to book my return flight to Georgia today...hope to fly in and out in one day and get home to my doggie who is post op as well. (she is doing well by the way..sleeps lots and is loving the extra food she is getting with her meds...3 days down for her..and 7 1/2 weeks left to go. Hope it flys by for her like it has for me).

Still have this odd bump thing on top of my knee. It is hard, like a pointy rock under my skin right on top of my patella. It hurts, it is non mobile...it is odd. The PT thinks it is an inflammed suture..but I have no idea what he would have sutured there...cant wait to hear what he says and really rally hope it is no big deal. Wish he could numb the knee up and poke a hole nad cut that thing out! ha ha.....

My incision IS huge isnt it??   At least that hole in my knee is gone. I thought you all would like those pictures!!!

Hope everyone is well. My doggie appreciates all the kind notes.

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 28, 2008, 12:30:55 AM
I can't believe you are already 7 weeks!!  It does seem like we all just had our surgeries!!  I am over 11 weeks now...supposedly still too early to expect to walk around normal!  WHATEVER!  Anyway, I am glad your dog is doing okay.  Congrats on making it through a week without a brace!  That's just great!!  My doggy just got his bandages off today!  He looks like a shaved dog on his chest with some teeth marks throughout.  He is okay though.  He has lost some weight during all of this...just looks so small after only a few days.  Anyway, he is babying all of his scratches!!  Well keep up your good knee work...those knee pics with the hole next to your knee were funky!   Have a good night!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on March 28, 2008, 09:16:53 AM
hey laura,
whats PT saying about your extension part now (moving bottom part of your leg independantly of top)? Still on a wait before you start using it?

cant believe youre healing so quick - and even non crutch ventures round the office - youll be sprinting to work next :)

Abby is such a cutie - showed my boyfriend all the dog pics here yesterday - he was like 'wow a knee site where all the people love dogs - cooool!!!!'. I must see if i can find of pic of charlie dog my little friend who had to go to Rainbow Bridge recently - i was sad she went but it was her time, she was an old lady - but the cutest little thing i ever knew. she was the dog that makes people not be afraid of dogs.
found one - she was always afraid of cameras but we got a sneaky one of her.

xx
tanya

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 28, 2008, 05:39:58 PM
awwwwwwwwwwwww...sweet dog!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: brianne on March 28, 2008, 05:42:23 PM
Laura and Tanya,

Your dogs are both so cute.  Poor Abby, I hope she feels better soon.

Brianne
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: sailchic on March 28, 2008, 09:25:35 PM
Oh the dog pics are so cute.  I miss mine terribly.  She lives with my parents and now I've been reduced to cool aunt who comes to visit and gives exorbinent amounts of cookies.... I'll admit it's a bribe for love and cuddles.

There was an e-mail sent out at work today from a woman who's just had twins and realized that her dogs and kids can't co-exist and was looking to adopt them out.  I guess she was hoping someone from the office could take them so she could still visit with them.  I couldn't imagine having to give them up... they were so cute.  I felt so bad for her.

Hope your puppy is feeling better soon.

Liz
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 28, 2008, 11:13:30 PM
Hi everyone. Week 7 today.

I went to PT today with full plans to announce how well I was doing with my one crutch and wthout the brace. I have been walking around the house without the crutch in a slow and secure pace and feel pretty good.  I told her that i thought I would be ready to drop the crutch pretty soon.  She said that I have to phase off the crutch onto a CANE!!!!   My jaw dropped and I looked at her dumbfounded. I said...I dont WANT a cane...like a child......she said...we will see. I said Im NOT buying a cane....I will keep the damn crutch.  sigh.   Seems like sometimes when Im peppy  I go to PT and get let down. I know she has NOOO idea I feel that way....and Im sure it is for the best so I dont over do it...but it sure sucks.   I did get to do more on the total gym today and she handed me dumb bells and had me doing upper body stuff while I was doing my total gym.....funny 5 pounds felt heavy when I havnt been working out in so long.   

Flexion is at 130....she told me to slow down on the ROM...but...the thing is that I dont really work at it that much...a little....one of my favorite things to do at night is to lay on my back....stick both legs straight up in the air and then use my good leg to slowly assist my other leg as it bends with gravity...it feels sooooo good to bend it that way...and, I guess it works!  My protocol says 110-135 by 6-12 weeks....

So....the bad news....I spent all week rearranging my work schedule so I could go to Georgia for my 8 (9) week post op visit....moved all my patients, booked a flight, a rental car...etc...had it ALL planned out. I talked to the scheduler yesterday....she said...book your flight...then call me tomorrow and I will set the appt.  SUCH an ordeal to get flights coordinated to get from Austin to Dallas to Atlanta thn to drive 1.5 hr to Columbus.....and then do it all in reverse to come home.....so...today...I call as instructed to make the appt. The nurse says...OH....your doctor is OFF that week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   You are FREAKING KIDDING ME....I was so mad (PMS doesnt help)....I got so mad at the girl.....guess the doctor just decided today to go somewhere that week....Im soooo mad.  So...thankfully Orbitz didnt charge me to cancel my flight, etc....but I still have screwed up my entire schedule for work that week.......now I have to go the following week......my work is going to get really really tired of all the running around Im doing and my patients will be pissed.  SO...I told the nurse to tell the doctor how much he has screwed up MY schdule and my patients.....so....he agreed to see me on a Friday instead of a Thursday...he doesnt see pts on Fridays but he will make an exception and will see me when I get there...that way I dont have to take off work again.   gzzzzz...how is that for a long story.  very stressful to travel out of state for medical care.........

My doggie is doing well....today when I was at PT she chewed the top of her cast a bunch.  She better stop or she will get one of those cones on her head and no one will be happy about that!.

Hope you all are well!

:-) another night on the couch, leg in the air...ice machine brewing! yipeeee.

Laura ;)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: trish85 on March 29, 2008, 12:24:20 AM
Laura It sounds like your doing well.  Oh and i totally understand about the cane thing.  Thats been offered to me in the past and I have always just said nope.

I've been following your recovery from the side lines but I thought I would jump in and say my dog had knee surgery in October and he to be put in a cone (it was actually really cute),  but if he didn't have it he would have nawed at his staples. 

Best of luck
Trish
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: WorkinWings on March 29, 2008, 12:59:44 AM

Fast forward to the Fall of 2008:
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Laura is back to triathlons... at least until she reaches her seventh month--don't wanna risk knockin' the twins' heads together... once they get that big there's not that much wiggle room in there!   ;) ;D


Back by popular demand: Abby manages once in a while to take a break from her busy 'retrieving in land, air, and water' schedule to come grace us adoring fans with a few of her most charming anecdotes for the day  ;D

All is well with the world!
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Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 29, 2008, 01:08:21 AM
ha ha...twins eh???   I take care of twins every day!! Im not sure my body would want to do that!  ha ha...I am in the middle of a raging PMS weekend so I know there are no twins in there yet!   ha ha.....

my dear abby is passed out on the ground...waiting for her mommy to leave so she can eat her cast some more.  She doesnt want a cane EITHER!

 ;D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 29, 2008, 01:43:37 AM
Get that bitter apple spray!!  Dogs hate it!!  Spray it on the cast and she will not want to chew it at all!!!  I highly recommend it!!  It worked when my little guy had a cast on his broken leg!!  I also recommend putting an extra wrap over the leg to cover the cast so that when it gets dirty, you can take that wrap off, throw it away, and put a new nonstinky one on there!!  Trust me!!  It is so much better than having the same dirty stinky thing all the time!!  I used that wrap stuff from the pharmacy.  I wrapped it all the way around then used regular sports tape to close it up.  That way also if she chews that, you can replace it.  I highly recommend these things!!  It saved me and my dog when we dealt with all of that.

As for your OS, I am happy he rearranged his Friday for you!!  That is terrific! 

How is your insurance stuff coming?  Any luck yet?

I wouldn't do a cane either...of course I am going on 3 mos on 2 freakin' crutches!!!!  No more PT for me until my pain is under control!!  YYYYIIIIIIPPPPPPPPYYYYYYYYYY!!!  I am ecstatic with this new plan of my OS, PT, and PA!!!!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: lenorem9 on March 29, 2008, 10:50:26 AM
I can just see you at PT when they were telling you to start using a cane.  I DON'T WANNA!!!  Ha! Ha!  Tell them to take that cane and...well, you know! 

Sorry to hear you're doing the PMS thing again.  I think I dodged it this month.  Two breakdowns last month was enough to make up for this month. 

130 Flexion?  You're doing GREAT!!!  That's fantastic! Sorry to hear they screwed up your travel plans.  That's soooo frustrating.  Glad to hear Abby is doing well too.  You'll both be doing triathlons before long, twins, or no twins. 

Have a great weekend all.   
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Thekaratekid on March 29, 2008, 06:19:31 PM
Hi Laura,

Sounds like your doing really well with your recovery, I can totaly understand about how you feel bout using a cane, I would be just the same! I almost threw my crutches out of a 5 storey high hotel room window because I was so frustrated but I would prefer them anyday.

Glad you got your apponitment sorted, what a nightmare! How many times will you have to travel back to see him?

Give your dog a big cuddle from me, poor thing it must be hard to understand why he has to keep the cast on, plus it must be itching by now. I've heard that some people put a bandage on an animals other paw to give them something to distract them from the real injury. No idea if it works but if the spray doesn't it may be worth a try.

Take care,

Trace
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 29, 2008, 07:49:58 PM
hi everyone....this can be my dogs post op board today. I took her back to the vet today to chck the cast she chewed up..they put a cone thing on her head and re wrapped the cast. I got her home....took her cone off for about 10 minutes to feed her and the darn dog chewed the cast agaiN!   ???  so...I fixed it, put the cone back on her head and gave her the full strength sedative....had been only giving her one half....oh no...ha ha....now she is walking along with her huge cast..iits sliding all over the floor...she keeps getting her head (cone) stuck on thinigs...now she just fell down.....im not laughing...and...Im laughing....she looks like a bad drunk...poor thing.  Im torn between running errands or staying here...probably if I leave she will just pass out.....but Im afraid she can hurt herself so I guess I will give it an hour to see if shes ok.......what a mess.......we have three cats....all of who dont really care for the dog....they all keep walking by her and sniffing her...I think they are worried about her...it is unusual b/c none of them really come near her...they are walking right up to her and sniffing the cast.

For me...I continue to live in cane denial.  I was walking through the house carrying a small load of laundry...no crutch....and I said to my husband...SEE...I dont NEED a cane!!!   He just looked and raised his eyebrows...he is one to take the PTs side and be super conservative on everything........Im holding my ground on this one!  ;D

Thanks for all the nice notes.....so nice to know Im not the only crazy one out there!!  (not that you all are crazy..ha ha)

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 30, 2008, 12:05:57 AM
Farrah....i bought the bitter apple spray today...got it home...took the cone off her head and sprayed it all over her cast......now...Im watching her lick it off as if it were a chocolate sundae sauce..ha ha ha.....dumb doggie...i love her...but...shes going to have to wear the cone...ha ha... :P
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 30, 2008, 03:30:09 AM
Ok. So...having my life on hold for over two months now (before surgery and 7 wks post op) I have gotten so far behind on errands, etc. I have missed two sisters bdays, mom bday, and two brothers bdays are next week....a two person baby shower on Wed...etc etc....I ran soo many errands today and finally got everything off my list!!!   ahhhhhhhhhh....my knee wasnt happy...but, now on the ice machine it will be ok.

Two things from today....ha..both whilie in the bathtub....

1.  I usually put my leg on the side of the tub so it doesnt get so hot in the water...generally I cant pick my leg up to do it so I use the other leg to lift it up and move it there.....same thing in reverse to get it down.....Today...for the first time I could actually control the lower part of my leg.....so.....I went to move my leg and I COULD hold the bottom of my leg up.  I could even extend it a little!!  woohoooo......that means MAYBE those muscles that control the lower part of my leg are going to work.

2.  I also massage my really long scar while in the tub.  The PT says to rub it in circles, back and forth, side to side etc....so...I was doing this...I kept feeling this popping feeling...almost like I was breaking a string....I felt it about 4-6 distinctive times down the scar.....I wonder if I have some resorbable stitches in there that I was popping open?  It didnt hurt...was just soo odd....I know everyone says scar tissue wll break up...but this was a distinctive pop feeling.....directly under the long scar line......several different places. Odd.....anyone else have this?

No one is ever online on Friday or Sat nights...ha ha...you guys have more of a life than me....its me and my dog laid up on the couch in recovery. (husband is police and works nights)......

:-) Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on March 30, 2008, 03:40:08 AM
I can't believe your dog likes it!!!!  That stuff is hated by my dogs!!  It's like I am trying to feed the poison!!!  Well I would still at least recommend putting an overwrap on your dog's cast in case he chews it again...at least it will not get too far down and into the cast.  It will also prevent dirtiness from walking around your house!!  :)  SOrry my advice didn't work.  Did the vet mention using it at all?  Just curious!!  Good luck with it!

Be careful walking around the house with no crutch while carrying stuff! I do that stuff sometimes and my knee ALWAYS gives out!!  Good luck though!

I am home on a saturday night!! I was home last night too!!  Haha!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: trish85 on March 30, 2008, 04:14:10 AM
Laura try hot sauce my dog was shewing the dish washer and we put that on there and he hated it.  When my dog was in a cone he could eat and drink fine he just couldn't drink out of the toilet.  But ya he kept getting stuck on stuff too it was kinda funny. 

Don't worry I don't have a life either I'm stuck home alone on a Sat night (my sister is working tonight she's a nurse )
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on March 30, 2008, 03:17:36 PM
 ;D thanks!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on April 02, 2008, 05:45:27 PM
Laura!?!?  Where have you been???  Been missing your updates!!  I hope you and your Abbey are doing well!!  My marshall is doing fantastic...almost like he never got attacked by a dog. 

Unfortunately, same old crap with my knee though :(  The steroids didn't help... I'll get there eventually.  I would love to just discard the crutches and deal with it...unfortunately that walking pain is so bad that I can't hardly breathe when I take a step.  :( 

Hope to hear from you soon!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on April 02, 2008, 05:53:19 PM
ill second that - laura tell us all about how your knee is doing and latest physio news etc!!!! cmon - we love the success stories!!!
and hows Abby?? more pics!!!
xx
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: WorkinWings on April 04, 2008, 01:14:46 AM
AaaaaaaBByyyyyy!

Where's LAURA??

GO FETCH her!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on April 04, 2008, 03:26:58 AM
Hi everyone. Sorry i just cant seem to get online when im at work lately and Im exhausted after work.  My schedule is always really busy at work from march through about the end of August.....all those halloween to new years conceptions that deliver in the summer.....ugh...i always dread this time of year.

My abby is ok. her cast is a pain in the rear...she seems to be a doggie gumby...she can even chew her cast with her head in the cone thing.......ugh...taking her in for her first post op visit tomorrow....cant wait to see it....they will take the cast off and check it and re cast it she has 6 weeks, 5 days more to go....

My sister is in a miserable marriage but has two young children....she is considering divorce...but now her husband has annoucned if they divorce he will commit suicide.....great.....she has no options.   ( our dad killed our step mother and killed himself when we were teenagers when she tried to leave him.......)...so....im really worried for her health...and for what he might do. so sad to be on the outside and not be able to help.......

my leg....well...im 2 months out.  Who knew that i would still be on a crutch. im still sad about my knee. I guess I will never get over the regret of having that first surgery. odd how something can haunt me still. I KNEW then in my gut to not do it....god i wish i had trusted my instinct.  Anyway....im still on my crutch. i cant get through a day without it. the knee still swells every single day and im so sick of icing it.  im still fighting with insurance to keep my PT visits...i only have a few left before they say that "i am well".....sigh.  So......I think that my VMO advancement was pulled too tight.  i guess it is a gut instinct...but...my knee feels like it is being pulled medially. When I do a quad set i feel as if i subluxate medially.......pre surgery I had medial subluxations b/c I had no lateral support....now...i feel that i have lateral support but feel that im too tight medially......sigh. I didnt know about the vmo advancement...it wasnt in the surgical protocal research that i knew about when i went there...i still am not sure why i got the Vmo advancement and maybe that is why Im so worried about it.   I still have this painful bump on top of my knee...it is like the size of a fat sunflower seed and it is always red and it hurts....my PT thinks it is a stictch under the skin...i have no idea...it hurts and is wierd...cant wait to see the doctor in two weeks.  hmmm...what else pessimistic can i post.....um...I still cant extend my knee and if i do it feels as if my leg is cut in half...a 8 of 10 pain when i do that......so scary.   I battle every day with the fear that i have done yet another surgery to screw up my knee more.   I cant help but double guess all of it.  i know that it takes time...but, yet again my gutt feeling is that something is not right.....it isnt just weakness.....or post op pain.....it is scary and makes me sad. no one knows it though, not even my husband b/c im tired of talking to people about it.  i just get through my work week and wait for the weekend when i can NOT have to be on the crutch all day.       Maybe the really busy schedule at work does it and im just overwhelmed.  i tell you.....people wth chronic pain...all the time pain......I dont know how they do it.......it is really hard.  and...i know that many of you totally know what im saying.   My good friend called the other day. he asked how the knee was and when my next race was....i said...well...i dont think i will ever run again....he somewhat implied that i had just given up...said sarcastically something about my great attitude...so...i was upset..i said..well, sometimes in life we jst have to set new more realistic goals and i would be happy if I could ever ride my bike again....people have no idea do they???    anyway. i will go read all of your reports and hope you are doing better than me!   :'(
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on April 04, 2008, 04:16:31 AM
Hey Laura...well you have a lot going on right now!!  Sorry about your sister's marriage...that has to be tough!!!!  Sorry about your dog chewing up his cast all the time!!  Sorry about your PT apt situation with insurance!!  Sorry you only have negative things to think about with your knee!!  I also get that 8-10 pain during extension or bending from an extension.  It feels like my leg will snap in half and my knee cap will go flying.  I am sure your surgery leg is doing fine. You just have to think positive (look who is talking, right?).  Despite my pain, I know that mine is a success as far as the purpose for the surgery.  What does your PT say about all of the concerns that you have?  Is it just a wait and see kind of thing?  1 crutch after 2mos post op!!  Not bad!!  At least it isn't 2 at 3 mos PO :(  SOrry...shouldn't have said that.  There are way worse things than what I am going through...like husbands threatening committing suicide!  Scary stuff!!  Because of my OS, PA, and PT finally listening to me, my attitude has improved some what...well at least today since an injection is scheduled for Monday.  It was even better that I get to keep my original OS apt for April 17th and they made this Monday thing an extra apt just for me to get this injection.  I have to even call the doctor on his cell phone before coming in that morning just to make sure he will be there at the same time!!  I love it!!  Special treatment is nice when you are struggling!!  I am curious how insurance will pay for it!!  Well have a good night!! 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: lenorem9 on April 04, 2008, 12:07:14 PM
Laura, That's quite a post.  Wow!  You really do have a lot on your plate right now.  Bad knee, sick pup, scary family situation, and stressed at work.  That's a lot to handle. 

I don't think your friend was trying to be mean.  He just doesn't get it.  No one understands unless they've gone through it.  It really hurts when someone close says something like that.  Everyone keeps asking me if I'm back at Taekwondo and I just sigh and say "I'm not sure when I'll be able to go back" when I really mean "I'm not sure if I'll ever go back" but I just can't bring myself to say that to them.  They won't understand. 

As far as regretting the first surgery...well, who knows what your knee would have been like if you didn't do it.  Don't you think it would have gotten worse?  I think all of us wonder "what if" or "why didn't I do that instead?" but you can't go back.  Just try to think of something positive in all of this.  Think of all the support from family and friends, how much stronger this has made you, etc.   

Try reading Lance Armstrong's book "It's not about the bike".  It's quite an inspiration.  He was full of cancer and not only survived but went on to win, I think, 2 more Tour de France races after getting cancer.  His whole point is that he doesn't want to be described as a 5 time? Tour de France winner but as a cancer survivor.  You too will survive and be a stronger person for all of this.  Your knee will get better.  It just seems to take forever.  Hang in there and keep posting even if it's negative crap.  We all understand and are here for you.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 04, 2008, 12:37:51 PM
Hi Laura,

You have so much going on right now and think you are coping remarkedly well.

No one really knows what you are going through unless they have been through it or something similiar. Sometimes I regret having the lateral release but at the time it was the right thing to do as my lateral structures were so tight. Medial instability is a rare risk of lateral releases. My knee surgeon said I'm the only patient of his that has developed medial instability. So, just hoping the trochleoplasty will work.

I find kneeguru good for sharing how I feel about my knee.

Today I found out that my insurance company wants more information before making a decision on my surgery. They already have a letter from my sports physician clearly stating that the car accident has contributed to my knee problem. Hopefully it will be sorted soon. Uggghhh !!!

Keep up with the rehab. It just takes time !!!!  ;)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: dileigh on April 04, 2008, 04:39:06 PM
((((Laura))))

Sorry for the bad week, having fibromyalgia, I can tell you those with chronic pain "pick" a level to call normal, ignore it as much as possible, and deal with it when it increases.  It's been so long since I've had a pain free daiy, I can't remember when it was. 

You will get better, it just takes a long time, and seems like forever, especially in a world that is used to immediate reaction to everything. I know my surgery is different from yours, but I've seen where the swelling could continue through the 6 month mark or more.  I would ask your OS about that, maybe it's not so unusual for you to still have swelling.

I have one bit of advice for your sister.  If he is threatening to commit suicide, she could possibly have him involuntarily committed for treatment, or it just may be a way of manipulating her, especially if he knows about your stepmother.  Either way, he needs help. 

Feel better soon!

Diana
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: GemmaLeigh on April 04, 2008, 06:25:36 PM
Laura, I don't have a lot to say other than i'm thinking of you. I really hope things start to look up, it seems that you have the whole world on your shoulders as well as having to get yourself better.

Without sounding really harsh, your sisters husband sounds like an a**hole. I went through somehting very similar with my mum and one of her ex partners. he told us if she left he would hang himself at our front door. Everday i would go to leave the house and be scared that i'd find him there. he never did it. But it did make me think what a weak pathetic man he was threatening a woman and her child emotionally. It sucks so much.

lso, me and Paul had really a really bad few months and we never thoguht things were going to get any better.... but they did and it made me realise how lucky we are!! I am sure that things will start to look up for you. It won't stay like it forever, just try and be strong.

Gemma

xx
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on April 05, 2008, 01:07:23 AM
Thanks everyone. wow...it has been a busy time lately. seems when it rains it pours.

I had my 8 week PT check up today.  My ROM is 130. My extension is normal. My swelling was 1.3cm.  My quad sets still painful although I got a 4 of 5 on my strength effort for the quad set.  My load tolerance hasnt gone up in two weeks although it is up from the beginning visit.  she wants to start working on more strength and next week will let me try a stationary bike.  she wants me to do my total gym at level 2 for 10 minutes every morning and every night. That will be a challenge...i hate to wake up.....  Get to see the doctor in two weeks...cant wait to get some answers.

my dog had her 10 day post op today. they changed her cast and she got a+ for good behavior, she has one pressure ulcer on the front of her leg so they cut the new cast lower than the old one.  6.5 more weeks of cast but she gets to stop all her pain pills today.

my sister....she told her husband last niight that she wants a trial seperation. he has been crying all day and calling our family members in distress.  they are going to tell the two kids 6 and 10 tonight together and then he is going to move out for a while.  who knows how that goes. im on pins and needles waiting to talk to her to make sure she is ok.  when you come from a past of family violence it is very scary. doesnt matter how good a person is...they can all flip at any minute.  sigh.

I made it through PT today without a tear. trying to keep an upbeat attitude. im exhausted from it all...cant wait to see the doctor and get some answers. i know two months isnt that long to be post op......so I will try to have better patience and just keep waiting......

thanks for everyones nice notes.....everyone in life should have a secret online support group!

 ;)
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: trish85 on April 05, 2008, 01:35:07 AM
Laura
I'm sorry your going through so much right now.  I don't have any great words of wisdom but keep your head up everything will work out. 

I think after you have had one failed surgery the next one is always a little more tense to go through.  Every little thing seems to jump out at you as if it is a sign that it failed.   Its much easier said then done but don't worry about your knee too much.  The body seems to react strongly when your under stress  you feel every little thing x10.   

I hope everything works out with your sister.

You need a vacation
trish
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on April 05, 2008, 01:37:21 AM
thanks Trish. i agree.....i want a vacation......wish i could take one...but leave my bad leg behind.......  ;)


tick tick tick tick....watching the clock hoping to hear from my sister.  divorce....way worse than my knee........feel so sad for them all......
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on April 05, 2008, 04:38:45 PM
HI Laura,
if youre going on vacation without your leg Im coming and leaving mine behind too!!!

had a pretty sad evening last night, i just felt very deflated after yesterdays disaster visit to the OS - also, he made me feel like i was a crazy person - you know, that its all in my head!!! cos he just kept dismissing my concerns - i said about wanting to get pregnant but couldnt consider it right now with the instability and he was like 'why not - sure what has that got to do with having a baby' and i was just like 'well i go into shock everytime i dislocate plus i wouldnt be able to keep up doing physio also would the extra weight not be bad for the joint etc...' and he just dismissed me!! And he kept dismissing what i said about no pain, insisting i had pain. i really felt this morning as though maybe i have mental problems!! then im thinking, well the GP, the physio (plus previous physios), plus everyone who knows me KNOW that I do have an unstable leg and have great difficulties with mobility - so im NOT crazy!!!

ive got a new OS appointment on tuesday - just for info gathering really - i phoned a top sports physio place in the next county to ask for advice about a new OS and they told me to come see their guy on tuesday with my x-rays, medical notes, mri etc... they said even if he cant do anything personally he will be able to put me on the correct path. so hopefully that throws something up. i dislocated again in bed last night :(

xx
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on April 05, 2008, 05:09:36 PM
tanya...you are not crazy.  they make you crazy b/c they dont listen. YOU know your leg and what happens.  I do believe that we all lose faith in our knees b/c it is scary...but......you know what happens.  They have never experienced what it feels like....so they cant relate. it is sometimes almost predictable the way it feels. Mine has been doing that now too....and it really never did it before surgery...its freaking me out. Mine does it in bed too...it is so odd but has to do with some way im turning over.......yuck.   I hope it goes away when my leg gets stronger...but yours IS strong..mine is a noodle.   I saw 8 doctors......thats a lot. Only 3 of them had any clue even what I was talking about...and only 2 offered to fix me......so.....dont give up.  If they dont know what it is...they they wont understand.  dont ever doubt yourself.......you know what it is.     trust yourself.     i totally get the sad part. I was sad for a long time and really really angry when the doctor blew me off....i was soooo pissed...i talked about it for weeks......i even posted the jerks name on here and i believe that he is listed as a recommended doctor on this site. ......jerk.  ah....still makes me mad. 


Im off to the upstairs to help my husbnad put texture on the walls of our new huge walkin storage room that he built. i cant wait to get it done and get all the christmas stuff out of the spare bedroom!

I sat outside wiht my animals for like 2 hours this morning watching the hummiingbirds and enjoying the sun. i feel better today.  my sisters huband moved out last night with no issues (so far) so at least the scary part is over ...or seems over......

hope next week is a better week!

laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on April 05, 2008, 05:42:40 PM
Hi Laura,
Thanks for that - I really did start doubting my sanity and wondered if I was a crazy person. Im glad someone else understands. Yesterday was like me saying stuff and the stuff I said wasnt being heard and the stuff he said wasnt making sense.
Im actually only bringing my x-rays, mri scans and isokinetic test reports on tuesday - plus my own typed history of the problem, im not bringing any letters from physio or doctors, i just want a fresh pair of eyes to look at it and a fresh pair of ears to listen without clouding it with past opinions.

Is yours doing the cracking thing? do you have to crack it back in place yourself? It might just be quads alright. My physio says my quad strength is higher than tests show cos my brain is blocking the full contraction due to whatever structural defect is there. So maybe my strong looking quads are behaving weakly? I dont know.

Id love to have animals to sit with - animals make you feel so much better!!

i never said anything before about your sisters husband - i really thought my take on it would sound harsh so i didnt want to sound mean but i think you have to disregard someone who uses 'ill kill myself' to make you behave a certain way - its just emotional blackmail and your sister would not be responsible for someone making that decision. I know it sounds very hard of me - my father was an agressive alcoholic and I learned the hard way to make hard decisions about people who werent behaving rationally. He always threatened suicide or going away too - in the end i had no relationship with him (or my mother or brother), but it was my own choice cos he made me very ill with stress and i really was becoming a crazy person!!
I hope your sister gets through this ok - people who are not behaving rationally are impossible to deal witg. I think your sister needs to look after herself and not worry about him right now.
xx
Tanya

ps - thanks again for re-assuring me Im not crazy.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on April 05, 2008, 07:05:53 PM
Laura, I am glad you are feeling better mentally.  I know this is all tough...especially dealing with your sister's stuff.  That has to be hard.  It has been rainy here, so I haven't been able to sit outside this weekend...would love to.  I hope it is nice tomorrow.  Have a good day everyone. 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on April 05, 2008, 11:15:24 PM
Thanks tanya and farrah.......yes...tanya...we all agree with your opinion.  My father commiitted suicide when i was 15. It is bullshit and selfish and only those left behind suffer......made it hard to trust anyone for years....really hard to let anyone get close to me.....anyway...i have dug myself out of that hole.....and my sister shouldn't have to worry about her children going through the same thing.....but......my dad killed his wife before he committed suicide.....so...thats the thing that we worry about most....is what he DOES to my sister as a result of his grief.....so far so good.......he is moved in with his parents.. but didnt take much meaning he doesnt believe it is real.......time will tell.....the kids are doing ok so far.  the 10 year old said to my sister "at least he didnt push you into the wall this time"   how sad is that??  they are doing ok today and aren't crying today......again....time will tell.


funny thing.....we have 4 animals.  1 girl dog, 1 girl cat, 2 boy cats.  so......me and the girl dog have bad legs.........so....who do you think comes limping into the house today??? the girl cat!!!   my husband said...you HAVE to be kidding me....ha ha.....so...we think she just did something silly but it was funny....crossing our fingers that she just has a splinter or something.......

Oh..and tanya....no, i dont have to push my knee cap back in.....it does it by itself.......it is odd....

:-)
laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on April 06, 2008, 11:10:10 AM
Hi Laura,
at least the process of physical seperation has started so maybe he will begin to understand that thats how it has to be. hopefully his parents will recognise that he has problems that need to be addressed by a counseller or shrink? 

Laura!! stop passing the leg thing onto the animals!!! hahahaha - they all just wanna be like mom!!

Oh I get it - youre just gettting those cracky cracks that dont actually mean your kneecap gets stuck in the wrong spot - still very sore though.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: lenorem9 on April 09, 2008, 03:22:46 PM
Hey Laura,  What's happening?  Haven't heard from you in a few days.  Hope all is well. 
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 10, 2008, 03:35:19 PM
Hi Laura,

Sorry for being MIA for a while. Been in Japan on holidays. Had a great time, even though my knee isn't great now.

How are you doing ?

Still having issues with insurance company, but so over it. My surgery is booked for the 22nd of May, providing insurance approves surgery. My OS and sports physician think it will be.

Today I saw my knee physio and is pleased with my progress. Even though I am still having symptoms he thinks my quads are quite good even though I buckle a lot when I walk. He wants me to push my rehab in the next 4 weeks. I have to do 25 minutes on the exercise bike each time and then can start riding my mountain bike after 2 weeks. He reckons I'll be able to do some sort of sports post op, keep fit and do some jogging. So, very happy.

Love to hear how you're doing.  ;)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on April 11, 2008, 01:52:37 AM
Hi everyone.  Kirsty..that is great about your progress and your potential post op!  good for you.....hope your trip to japan was amazing!!

Today is the day i was supposed to travel to georgia for my post op visit...thank goodness with the american airlines junk that it wasnt my day..hope they get their act together by next thursday!!!!  So...all of my patients were crammed into three days instead of 4...it was quite a week. ..

.please excuse the lack of capital letters in my post...my keyboard is falling apart...sigh.....too hard to get the cap to work...i need a new laptop....

anyway....my knee held up ok this week considering how busy i was..it was unreal....  i had no time to ice really and even just didnt bother taking my ice machine yesterday or today. im seeing how i can do and maybe i will just send it back to the company because im getting by ok on the plain topical ice.  i have stopped all advil, benadryl, etc  Doing ok with the diiscomfort. what happened is that i finished off my second bottle since surgery...that is clearly just enough crap in my body..im done with it hopefully unless i have a bad day.

had physical therapy for the 1st time this week today.  PT says that i can try to walk without crutches at home (already doing that..ha ha)....she will see how i do with that over the next week.....so..I went back to work and walked around the rest of the afternoon with no crutch at work....granted...I was walking slow...with my hand on the wall all the way down the hall just in case i lose my balance. i dont have pain with walking..just poor strength and a feeling it might give way...but it hasnt.   She started me on some single leg stuff today and it was basically just isometric holding wtih a slight bend in the knee...it was ok really.   The best thing I got to do was get on the bike. At firist i was really worried....I guess mentally im hanging onto the hope i can at least cycle.....  It felt really odd  felt really tight at the bends and made me really really nervous....but...it was just nerves....after i got going it loosened up and felt good..she said stop if i feel more than one click or pop every 10 cycles..i never had any click at all.....  i was only on a level 2 and only allowed to do 18 watts...that is a crawling speed...and only for 5 minutes...but so what....i will take it fot now.  I still have about 1.5 swelling cm.   she says i can ditch the full length compression hose and buy a compression sleeve for just my knee..have to find that sucker tomorrow.....it is getting warm in texas...mid 80s..the full hose hardly allows for flip flops.

so...thats where i stand. i still have the painful bump on the top of my knee...one more week to quiz the doctor on what it is in there..feels like a sliver of glass...ouch.....then i have 5 million other questions for him too... of course......hope the georgia weather provides nooo tornadoes while im there also....sleeping ok but not great....still wake up with really really tight feelings...have to shake it out mid morning......still doing the subluxing thing at night when i turn over...it is so odd....

sister is still on her own., the kids are doing well so far......her husband is holding steady in a calm out of the house stance for now.....time will tell.
my doggie is 2 1/2 weeks post op....she has totally forgotten she is injured and if i would let her she would run full force wth that full leg cast on...just a matter of keeping her calm until she gets the cast off at 8 weeks.....dogs are so much more resilient than people....funny thing..we have one cat that is really scared of the dog...he stays upstairs all the time.....since the dog had her sugery that cat is now down stairs all the time...doesnt even seem scared at all...soo odd...its like the cat knows the dog cat chase him...hope it lasts.

hope everyone is doing well. i have fallen so far behind in everyones posts. i try to log on and catch up but just havent had the time...will catch up now.

laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on April 11, 2008, 02:08:37 AM
Hey Laura, sorry you had to reschedule your GA OS apt!  The weather has been okay recently, so hopefully you will not have to worry about tornadoes!  I am so happy that you are almost completely crutchless now!  That is terrific!  There is a lot to catch up on everyone's posts...so you may be on a while!  I am glad that your sister is doing well with the separation so far!  I hope her husband is not going crazy yet!  I am sure it is a difficult thing for them to get through.  Your sister seems to be a tough, strong, independent woman!  You should be proud of her!

I Hope your knee continues to do better for you!!  Congrats on riding the bike!  I hope to start that soon! 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on April 11, 2008, 09:27:53 AM
Hey Laura,
wow - great post full of news!!! You sound like youre doing GREAT!!!! ask your OS about the subluxing thing, it might be a big nothing that goes away with stronger quads.

hahaha - the cat SO knows the dog cant chase!!! so glad to hear Abby is recovering - more animal pics!!!

am v busy here in work so just a short post - so glad youre doing so well - keep it up!!!
xx



Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 11, 2008, 10:57:00 AM
Hi Laura,

I'm really pleased that you're doing so well, except for the subluxations at night. Are they lateral or medial subluxations ? Hopefully it's just matter of strength. My left knee subluxes medially all the time in bed when I lie on my stomach or roll over in bed. I think I had the same issue with my right knee after surgery but no longer have it now that my quads are stronger.

So pleased that your dog is doing well. Funny what the cat is doing !!

Had an awesome trip to Japan. Will try to post some pictures soon. I was stoked about my progress and pleased what I may be able to do post op. Trying to not get too ahead of myself.

Have a good weekend !!!  :D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on April 11, 2008, 03:28:03 PM
Hi everyone!  yes..slightly better every week. Im trying so hard to not get to optimistic or pessimistic and just go with day to day life.  i still have very very liittle extensor strength but the PT says that is ok for now....will wait to see what the doctor says next week. hope she is right...if not.....i will get a plane ride home to cry about it.

Kirsty..i cant tell which way it subluxates......it is so odd and it wont do it when i have my hand on it..I try to reproduce it but cant. It seems to be when i am layng on my lateral side of my bad knee and i go to turn over it does it. It is almost like the knee has a seizure...it gets really tight and feels stuck like the patella..or another bone..is stuck....so I have to make myself relax...roll back to the lateral side......then try it again.....i can get it to un stick...but it hurts....i think my knee hurts so much in the morning b/c it does this all night long....never seems to do it during the day.  I do still have that electric shock thing that shoots down my lateral calf....definately has to do wtih any pivot move...or carrying anything of substantial weight......its almost like something is getting pinched just above the fibular head but im not sure what...and i hope it goes away when i dont have noodle muscles.

 ;)


Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on April 11, 2008, 05:18:33 PM
Hi Laura,
just thought id boost you with the knowledge that i didnt even have noodle quads a couple of years ago - i had NO quads. Then I had NO vmo - and now look at me - all muscley!!
so dont worry - noodle quads will grow.
xx
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on April 11, 2008, 06:10:29 PM
I have noodle quads too!!!  I can't wait to have muscley quads like you, Tanya!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on April 11, 2008, 06:14:20 PM
they dont come easy - but actually its not toooo hard either - you just have to be consistent you know? I was always very dedicated to my physio so once you are willing to work at it its ok.
xx
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: trish85 on April 11, 2008, 09:08:36 PM
huh I want mucsley quads too where can I get them...

Laura I'm sorry that your have the subluxing at night. I always thought that was the worst being woken up by a subluxing patella.  Are you bracing your knee at night?

:) Trish
 
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on April 11, 2008, 10:59:50 PM
Hi guys....the noodle club.

no..im not bracing my knee at night....I used to tape it before the surgery...but dont anymore.....sigh...hope i dont have to start taping again.  i tell my PT about it but she looks at me with very concerned eyes that have no clue what i am talking about. Until you physically feel it yourself you really cant understand what someone is saying....i dont even know why i bother telling anyone...no one gets it. I hope my doctor gets it next week...it is very hard to verbalize the feeling.

had PT again today.....my hip and low back hurt today from yesterdays PT...i have a labral tear in my hip and it is very fussy based on my exercises...so....she says...well...maybe the bike was the problem....i started whining like a 5 year old...".nooooooo it wasnt the bike"..."dont take the bike away"...i was 5 seconds from rolling on the floor in protest and she said...ok...you can try again....so....i did....i dont think it is the bike...it is the increasing weight on the total gym im sure of it...... some day I will have to deal with my hip issue..but not sure when....if and when i do..Im trying that prolotherapy injections first before any surgery......


so..thats the fun update for the day. Nothing very excitng at all.

oh. besides the fact that the wrong person got voted off american idol last night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: WorkinWings on April 12, 2008, 03:14:05 AM
Hi Laura!
Good to have you back!  I'd been a little worried, not knowing...
I have a lot of past post reading to catch up on...  I just saw your pics for the first time: WOW!  That was some freaky holey-moley you had on your knee!  I'm sorry you had to live through that.  How scary.  Makes me even angrier at that doc who told you to make a choice...  >:(
More comments once I've caught up a bit...  But I just had to ask one thing: is that a Colorado blue spruce seedling in the pot behind your cutie-doggie?  (I've included the picture segment below, with all personally identifiable details removed to preserve the anonymity of all involved!  ;) )  That little tree looks exactly like the one I got as an arbor day gift from Smith and Hawken!  Funny the things people notice, eh?!  Just wondering...  ;D
Welcome back!  And I can't wait to hear your report of your appt. w/ your OS!
Cheers,
Angela
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on April 12, 2008, 03:24:56 AM
Yes...it is!  You have good eyes!   We were married in Telluride, CO. last summer and we gave those in the welcome bags to everyone that came to the wedding.   Trying so hard to get it to grow!   There is a place where you can order them and put personal notes....yes...arbor day....http://www.arborday.org/shopping/gifttrees/weddings.cfm

It is hard to catch up isnt it...I have been busy at work and peoples posts are so busy.....lots to read.....

 ;D

laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 12, 2008, 02:40:41 PM
Hey Laura,

Sorry to hear about your troubles at night. If you can I would work out which way it's subluxing. That way your OS will have a better way of understanding what's going on. I'd imagine it's coming out medially. Make sure when you put it back in that you just straighten your leg. That way it should go back in with minimal damage. That's the way my OS told me to put it back in. I was slapping it back in but can cause more damage.

Some things that I've tried to stop my kneecap coming out at night are :

* Putting a pillow between my legs
* Wearing a tubigrip at night
* Wearing my brace at night
* Taking some painkillers before going to sleep
* Doing a relaxation CD before going to sleep

I've used all the above with varying success.

Good luck !!!  :)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on April 12, 2008, 02:52:11 PM
Thanks Kirsty.  The biggest deal is that I NEVER ever did this before surgery...now it happens every single night.......Im hoping it goes away.

 ???

thanks for the tips!!!
and...yes, it just goes in all by itself...but every morning my knee is sore from it happening all night long...bla....

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 12, 2008, 04:00:13 PM
Hi Laura,

Hopefully with strengthening it will go away. However, it's not a good sign that it's happening since you didn't have it before surgery. Will be interesting to know what your OS says about it this week. It happened to my right knee before surgery but gradually went away as I strengthened it. No more issues with my right knee. My left knee still does it in bed. Like you, I wake up feeling very sore.

Enjoy the rest of your weekened. I'm just going to chill out tomorrow. Still pretty tired after my trip.

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on April 27, 2008, 06:15:18 PM
Hey Laura - are you ok - you havent been on in a while?
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on April 27, 2008, 06:24:00 PM
Tanya, I PMed her this morning!  I guess great minds think alike.  I hadn't heard back yet!

Laura!!!!!!!  Come back!!!  We need you!!!! 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: trish85 on April 28, 2008, 08:13:39 AM
Laura

did you take a break from the knee stuff like I did

I hopw all is well.
Trish
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: lenorem9 on April 28, 2008, 10:34:11 AM
Laura, we miss you!   Come back soon!  Hope all is well.   
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: WorkinWings on May 01, 2008, 04:15:13 PM
Ooooh, NO! 

This thread had been pushed all the way down to the middle of the second page of "Post-op diary" and we cannot have that!

Had to BUMP it back all the way up, 'cause we ain't givin' up on you that easily!

Hope you are well, Laura!

Say Wooof to Abby for us!

Angela  8)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on May 01, 2008, 04:59:19 PM
laura!!! how is abby!!! we want more pics!! we want news!!! we want you back!!!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 02, 2008, 10:55:19 AM
Laura,

How are you ?

I am now starting to freak out about my surgery. It is 2 weeks and 6 days today. I need your help !!!!!

Just so scared my OS is going to find more damage.

Have a good weekend !!!!  :)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair / MIA 4/12
Post by: WorkinWings on May 16, 2008, 01:54:02 AM
Hi Laura,

It's been more than a month since you last posted. 

I really hope you are OK.

A.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on May 16, 2008, 09:26:22 AM
Has anyone got an email address for Laura?
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 16, 2008, 09:59:42 AM
We miss you ! Why have you gone MIA ?
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: riderdown on May 20, 2008, 07:40:46 PM
Hey Laura!

Hope all is well and you are doing ok.

I'm with ya on the labral tear. Brotz says there is noone here in Texas that I should let work on it. Who are you seeing for this? SUCKS!!! I am having problems with my exercises getting that all flared up too, but still making slow progress. Hope you are too! Check in!! :P
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on May 21, 2008, 01:43:37 AM
Hey Guys. I dont know where to start. Yes...I took a break from KG.  Sorry for those of you that are still scared and suffering every day.  I went to the doctor in Georgia and got a really really brief visit with the doctor in which he basically said keep at it and sort of negated all my concerns.  I still have the subluxing feeling every single night....it is annoying...and I hope it goes away with strength....if not...another surgery....another year...no time soon...no thanks.  The odd bump on my knee is still there......no one knows what it is...who knows.....   My strength is slowly improving at PT  and Im walking with only a tiny limp without my support stocking.  My insurance is still giving me a really hard time with coverng my therapy. I took two weeks off PT for a mental break......funny b/c I came back stronger than when I left....I only have one more week of coverage and then will have to start paying out of pocket...that is going to be pricey.

My dog just got her cast off on Monday...8 weeks.  She is limping and has huge pressure ulcers on the bottom of her foot and her ankles..she is bleeng all over the house and i have to keep these loose bandaids on them and a kids tube sock....she is still in her cone...we are ALL sick of that!   

Work has been over the top busy...my colleage went out on Maternity leave then HER replacement took three weeks off to go to Germany ARE YOU KIDDING....what a joke....so...have been slammed at work.

Finally....the good news.....Im pregnant. Barely....4 weeks.  I am of course very worried of miscarriage and all that normal stuff.....and I am exhausted and very sick and dizzy........oh well......its for a good cause..........no one in my family or work knows yet b/c in case I lose it....hope not. 

So....in the end....Im trying to just move on in life.....let the knee heal......focus on good things and try not to dwell on the thngs that might be wrong with my knee.....I started to feel obsessed and so depressed about my knee I had to just step back and ignore it all.


so......gosh...it will take me forever to catch up on everyones posts.  I know that several of you have surgeries coming up. I really really hope they go well........I know how frustrating it is....it is overwhelming and sucks the life out of you.   I will check in on everyones posts!

Thanks for all the nice notes.........sorry I worried everyone!    Felt good to just forget the knee for a bit.....unfortunately....I have to keep at the rehab....so I cant just keep my head in the hole forever!!

:-)
Laura ;D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: WorkinWings on May 21, 2008, 02:42:43 AM
Oh, Laura!  Welcome back!!  I will sleep a little better tonight.  :)

So happy for the good news...  I guessed it first...  ;)  Fingers and toes crossed!!

I'm sorry you continue to have trouble.  Totally understand your need to take the break.  That's what I had hoped you were doing.

I know I need to do a bit of that as well, but with all that is going on with my knee, I instead am becoming more and more obsessed.  My head just keeps spinning non-stop.

OK.  Will keep this brief 'cause it'll surely be a bit overwhelming for you being back.  Let others welcome you back as well.  I know there's a huge line here waiting to do just that!

Many, many hugs,

Angela

PS- gotta go back and find your description of the bump--is that on top of your patella?  Could it be the ligament reconstruction (did they even do that on you?)--sometimes they fold the loose end over the patella and stitch it there...
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on May 21, 2008, 03:04:57 AM
Laura!  Congratulations on your pregnancy!  Keep taking care of yourself!  I know you were talking about wanting to get pregnant for the past several months!  Keep focusing on that excitement! 

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on May 21, 2008, 09:18:04 AM
Hi Laura,
Good to hear from you!

Before I go any further will you pm someone your email address so if you disappear we can at least make sure youre ok even if you dont want to discuss knee stuff?

CONGRATULATIONS on your news!!! Im thrilled for you - you mustbe delighted (and nervous!) - it will be fine Im sure, and dont they say all those pregnancy hormones are great for joints too!!!

Sorry to hear you still have knee issues - do you reckon its better than before surgery though? Walking with only a tiny limp is great, subluxing at night is not - wonder what that is? Maybe more strength will solve it.

Poor cone doggie!!!! Im sure she is sick of having an injury too!!! Aw well at least she is almost better!!

Im having my scope tomorrow morning, its mainly a diagnostic and he will blast off some bone spurs and fix torn meniscus while he is in there - he said that may even dramatically improve things for me. So we will see.

Glad you posted sweetie - was worried about you but kinda hoping you were just taking a break and practising getting pregnant!!!
xxx
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: dileigh on May 21, 2008, 11:23:04 PM

Congratulations on being preggers!  We missed you around here.  So, is there doggy PT?

I was hoping you had found out about the bump because I have one at the top of my scar, mostly when my leg is bent. Hope you feel better


Diana
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Thekaratekid on May 22, 2008, 07:30:43 PM
Hi ya Laura,

Welcome back! Congratulations on the pregnacy I am so excited for you! A January baby will be cool a complete fresh start for you next year  :)

Totaly understand bout you needing to forget bout your knee for a while, its good to escape sometimes.

Sorry to hear that your still subluxing at night, but great bout walking better.

Hope your doing ok and haven't got too many pregnancy symptoms?

Take care

Trace
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: smkelly4kds on May 22, 2008, 08:04:48 PM
CONGRATS!!!   SO happy for you!  Put crackers on your bedside table and eat a few before getting out of bed!  That always helped me and I have had 5 pregnancies! last one was twins. 
  Sorry to hear you are still having inssues with you knee.  I am having surgery on my left knee now.  The PA calld said I will be having a lateral release beside the clean up iwth my torn cartilege.  Not looking forward to it at all!
   Hop you continue to improve.  How is you sister doing?
melissa
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: lenorem9 on May 22, 2008, 10:35:13 PM
Welcome back Laura.  We missed you.  And a huge Congrats too!
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on June 02, 2008, 01:08:40 AM
Hi everyone...thanks for the congrats etc......we are very excited...but trying to be cautious in our excitement b/c we are early. We did see a sac the other day but was too early to see anything else.  At 5 wks 3 days now.....no symptoms other than crazy hungry and tired.

The knee is doing better every day but continues to remind me that it is boss. I will be cruising along walking at a good pace and then all the sudden it will sorta give out....havent fallen yet...hope not too....maybe it happens when my leg is tired...Im not sure.  I can go up and down stairs but very slowly...doesnt hurt just very limited strength.  Tried swimming at the pool.....it would occasonally do that patella popping thing that is really freaky....my PT is keeping an eye on it so we will hope and pray that strength will lock that patella into place.  I went and had my first massage in a long time today....ahhhh it felt soo good. She rubbed all over my knee and i LOVED it! 

I am amazed that I still have some swelling in the knee cap.  It is good to realize that though b/c that way I know the tightness and pain has a chance to go away when the swelling goes down. The knee looks normal...but if I push real hard it will leave a dent so I know that it is still swollen.

Other than that...nothing else exciting.   My sister is still seperated...going through counseling and seems to be doing ok so far......My doggie is out of the cast and the bandages...she walks pretty good but her leg still shakes...its a good thing I totally understand what she is going through b/c Im not letting her do any ball chasing or running yet.....dont want her to blow out her achilles again! She still has scabs on her leg but Im just letting them be..she is a dog..she will sort those out herself Im sure.

Ok.  Hope you all continue to heal as well, find answers to your surgery needs and have a happy day!

Laura ;D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on June 02, 2008, 03:26:50 AM
Laura, your support has been so great on everyone's threads!  You better not play that disappearing act again  ;D  Your attitude has completely turned around over the last month or so!  You seem so much more positive and seem to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel!  I can't wait to see that light too!!  I understand about holding off on your pregnancy excitement!  Hopefully you don't have anything to worry about, but you know best since you work with pregnant people for a living.  Have you told any family yet?  I am sure that would drive me nuts to keep it a secret like that.  If we got pregnant any time I would tell the world ASAP!  I know that wouldn't be good, but I wouldn't be able to help it! 

My knee shifts around like yours!  It pops and shifts all the time.  It also locks up painfully.  I am hoping it is all muscle weakness.  Once I told my PA about my knee locking up, he mentioned that strengthening my muscles will make grinding, popping, shifting, and locking all go away.  I didn't even tell him about the grinding and popping yet!  So I think most of that stuff will go away with stronger muscles...I HOPE!  It does irritate me b/c I have to be so careful with bending and straightening my leg all the time.  Anyway, it's time for me to go to bed so I can be awake at work this week!!  I have a couple OS calls to make tomorrow!  So that will be my motivation to get up out of bed at least!  My job has been stressful lately...just busy!  It's hard to focus throughout the day when my knee is always on my mind.  Well have a great week!!  Don't work too hard!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on June 02, 2008, 08:59:10 AM
Hi Laura,

Congrats on your pregnancy. You must be so pleased.

Glad to hear your pooch is recovering and you are getting there as well.

I had my knee op the same day as Tanya's and pretty much so far so good. Last night it came out once, but went straight back in. Think my quads are just weak. Knee definitely feels better than before the surgery.

Keep up the good work !!  8)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: WorkinWings on June 10, 2008, 01:13:59 PM
Hi Laura!


Being the bottom-most post of pg2 of "Post-op diary" is unacceptable!



BUMP!!



So HOW ARE YOU??

Thanks sooooo much for your note on my "diary"  -- it was a real honor!   ;D

I'm (finally!) replying to it over there:
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=41314.0




Please come say hello to us, here?


Hugs,

Angela  8)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: GemmaLeigh on June 15, 2008, 05:02:31 PM
CONGRATULATIONS LAURA,

I know we had talked before about how much you wanted a baba. I'm so pleased for you.

I'm sorry to hear that you are having problems with your knee. Is it still better than it was pre op? I think that as long as there is some improvement it is worth it.

xxx
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on June 25, 2008, 01:55:48 AM
Hello everyone!  I know I have become a ghost..a non poster......sigh. I DO log on and check up on peoples progress along the way but never can keep up.  I am almost 9 wks preg...and exahusted!!  I sleep in way too late....am so tired at work....doze through my lunch...work the afternoon..come home and crawl on the couch!  who knew it could be so exhausting to have something the size of a lima bean grow in you????   Anyway....seems to be getting slightly better.  Saw the heartbeat on sono...thats a good thing....get through 4 more weeks and the scary 1st trimester is done!

Anyway...back to the real issue...my knee. Of course my crappy crappy United healthcare... is crappy.  They will pay for MRIs, CT scans, 2 surgeries...but decide not to pay for my PT.  My doctor wrote a letter. my PT wrote a letter....etc.....and they say Im all better and stopped covering me. So...Im paying PT twiice a week out of pocket.....so expensive!  Funny thing....today I asked the office manager to pull out my file.  The insurance company makes you rate your progress every few weeks on a number scale...things like can you run, can you turn over, can you go up stairs, put on shoes...etc.....so.....we looked at my "score" and found today that my current "score" is 4 points LESS than I was PRE op!!!   So...gzzz....seems good to kick me out of PT when Im not even to my pre op level...which was crappy...which was WHY I had surgery?????   so frustrating!!

Anyway...the knee is getting better on its own very very slow timeline.  They increase things I do at PT all the time..but baby steps..and Im constantly amazed at how weak my leg still is.  There is NOOO way I could squat down and get back up without holding onto something...and no way I could run even a few steps......I still walk with a slight limp......my walking pain is zero.   my total gym squat pain is very little...my extension pain is small.....and the topical pain from where the surgery was done is still an odd tingly, numb, uncomfortable pain.   I wish I was stronger....but.....oh well...time will tell.......

So....thats the scoop.  I know everyone continues to plug along and I do follow all of your progresses.  I find I have more time to read them all and catch up then to post on everyones sites....so...just so you know....Im still watching all of my KG buddies progress and hoping for relief for all of you.  I hope one day to be a role model like some of the stars on here....but....Im not one of them yet!!

Take care everyone!!  When i get a good "baby" picture I will try to figure out how to post it on here!

Laura  ;D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on June 25, 2008, 09:23:48 AM
Hi laura,
PT can be agonisingly slow but it will be worth it in the end.
Can you go less and do more at home? Or do you get more out of going in? Im going once a week right now, but after next Monday Im down to every second week, then maybe every third week? We'll see. Im just plugging away with the home exercises. Its hard work :(
Im paying for my PT too - I could have taken free PT in the local hospital but I like my physiotherapist and am happy to pay her cos she is good.

Definitely show a baby pic!!! You sound in good form - even though youre tired. Everyone says the first 3 months are the most tiring. Do you have any restrictions on exercises due to pregnancy? Probably not yet.

Im doing ok, would like to have all this knee stuff behind me - long way to go I guess.....
xx
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: lenorem9 on June 25, 2008, 10:43:15 AM
Hi Laura,  great to see you back here again.  So sorry to hear you're not getting paid for PT.  Healthcare is so maddening.  It's really nice to know your pain levels aren't bad.  The strength will come with time.  Keep taking those baby steps.  Meanwhile we'll be looking forward to pics of the new baby. 

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on June 25, 2008, 11:14:59 AM
Hey Laura, it will get better.  You sound very positive though!  Sorry you have to pay your PT out of pocket. I couldn't imagine having to do that.  I hope your pain is minimal!!!  Have a good one, Laura!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on June 25, 2008, 11:48:42 AM
Hi Laura,

Great you are still making progress. Know how frustrating it can be though. What a pain you have to pay for your own PT. Do you really need to go twice a week ?

I don't think I'll be able to have a lot of physio until we have some more direction from my OS after the car accident I had last week. Posted an update on my diary.

Very exciting about having a baby, but I've heard it can be very draining and tiring too. Do take care.
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Thekaratekid on June 25, 2008, 10:47:10 PM
Hi Laura,

Good to hear from you.

Thats awful news about them not paying for PT, its a shame you can't go down to their head office and show them your knee, I think these insurance people can sometimes lose sight of reality and people just become numbers! I'm cross for you so can understand how you must be feeling.

I'm glad its improving a bit though, keep going your doing really well.

Be great to see a baby piccy when you get one!  ;D

I had my long awaited appointment today, I put all the details on my thread, sorry its a bit of an essay.

Take care

Trace x
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: WorkinWings on July 18, 2008, 06:03:14 AM
Middle of page four!  Pfff!


BUMP!



Hello Laura!  Sorry: it's late, so I'm just copying something I wrote in my thread that was addressed to you today (well, yesterday, July 17--cause that was before midnight...):


Where are you?!  I do believe today might mark that all important date for your pregnancy...  Isn't it the start of your second trimester, by now?   ;D ;D ;D  Hope you can honor us with a visit and good news soon!  Thinking of you always, and always wishing you are well, and in pregnancy-peace!  ;)


Angela
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on July 18, 2008, 12:48:32 PM
Laura,

How are you doing ?

I hope the knee and pregnancy are going well. Would like to have a baby one day but am really scared about the impact of my loose ligaments on my body.

Love to hear all your news.  8)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on July 28, 2008, 06:13:34 PM
Hi everyone!    Thanks for the notes!  Yes....I am about 13 and a half weeks along. Expecting a boy baby we found out after our genetic testing (because im old)....anyway...everything seems to be going along fine. I have been exhausted for the last few weeks/months but finally feel like I am crawling out of that.  Have gained too much weight already...yuck!.....Just got home from a week long cruise to the caribbean with my husbands family (17 people) where we told them we were pregnant......it was fun.  I did pretty well going up and down stairs and walking a lot and swimming.  I had a hard time wtih the fins when snorkeling b/c they require more strength than my knee has...but it felt pretty good.....it was definately sore on the way home yesterday.   I finally told my PT that I was pregnant and she says its ok as long as we modify the cardio stuff and watch the weight on my knee........anyway....the knee is ok.....it is still weak...it gives out when I do too much..I guess it gets tired.....still binds up and clicks some but that may be some new scar tissue in there.......I will be 6 months post op on Aug 6th.....I guess I thought I would be all better by now.....still fighting regret...etc...over the whole first knee surgery. I still cant squat and may never be able to kneel again....not even in the very soft sand it is so painful.....hope that in time my body will forget to hurt there!

Hope everyone is well. I am just catching up on this months posts from everyone to see how you all are doing. Hope everyone is moving along somewhat even if it is as slow as me.....snail pace......

:-)
Laura

oh....and...I did wear a pair of heels on two different nights on the cruise. Thats like a crazy thing. i had the death grip on my husband in case the knee gave out....but, was able to do it slowly! :-)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: arkitect06 on July 29, 2008, 02:58:34 AM
Hi Laura, nice to hear from you again!  Congratulations on your baby boy!!!  That's wonderful news.  Congrats on wearing heals as well!  I am not foreseeing that in my future for a long time.  Well we have missed you around here.  I can't believe how far you have come already!  I am sure it's difficult to not worry about any surgery being a failure since your first one, but you will realize once you get stronger and continue PT a while longer that it will get better for you this time.  I hope it does anyway!  Well you are a very strong woman to go through knee recovery and a pregnancy at the same time.  You were definitely determined back in February to do that though.  I will not forget how you tried not taking any prescription meds just in case you get pregnant!!  Now that's determination :)  I hope the pregnancy isn't too hard on you.  Good luck and hope to hear from you again soon. 

Small update on me:  I am having a Lumbar Sympathetic Nerve Block tomorrow...if it is successful, then I have RSD/CRPS (Complex regional pain syndrome).  If it doesn't help it could be something else.  Meanwhile, my OS saw something in the bone scan that is of some concern and I have an MRI on Wednesday.  BTW, I have my OS's e-mail,his assistant's e-mail, and his PA's e-mail (the one I don't know very well).  I can just call his assistant anytime during the office hours and she will get to my OS with my question and about 95% of the time, I get a call back in the same day.  So my OS is concerned now since my pain has been so bad.  Well good luck with your pregnancy!

Farrah
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: tanyap on July 29, 2008, 09:25:01 AM
Hi Laura,
great to hear you are doing so well!!!!
heels!!!!! phewy!!!! well done!!!

so pleased to hear all is good with your pregnancy - congrats on it being a boy!!!
you sound like you are having a good life, im thrilled for you.

my knee is WAAAAY better since my scope, now Im just trying to rehab it after 3 years of not being able to walk properly on it. Progress is slow but steady.
xx
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on July 29, 2008, 11:45:34 AM
Hi Laura,

Really pleased to hear your pregnancy is still going well.

I was glad to hear you've just been on a holiday and even wore heels. I hope to one day !! I am hoping to go away in October for 2 weeks.

You are obviously continuing to make progress, which is good. I am making progress at a snail pace as the operation I had was bony vs soft tissue. So, takes so much longer to heal. Will be interested to see what my OS says in a couple of weeks.

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on July 29, 2008, 05:45:07 PM
Thanks everyone.   Dont get me wrong...Im still at a snail pace too.  The heels....ha ha...well, on cruise ships they have those "formal night" dinner things...so I had to wear a dress..and my flats were ugly..so I wore these small heels with straps in the back and had a death grip on my husband. I fussed at him everytime he walked off without me and just stood there until he came back....once false move and my knee will give out and I would be on the floor! haha.....so we got to the dinner table and of course I needed to pee....I said...great...now I have to go to the bathroom.......he gave me the look like you are kidding...so I just waited...haha.....

I have a slow progress too....finally the PT bumped up the exercises at the PT visit to stuff that was actually hard.  They always make me stop exercises when they hurt....so...I hve developed a sense of not always telling when it hurts mildly b/c I will never get better if I cant  get some muscles back......they say they have to modify my routine b/c Im pregnant....so that sucks.....but...I will just try to do what I can as long as they let me.  Still paying out of pocket about 130 dollars per WEEK...that is killing me....not sure how much longer I want to put up with that fee....maybe until I get about 5 months along and exercise is more uncomfortable...will just have to see how it goes.....

anyway....I hope that I keep cruising along and that this knee holds out for the weight that Im going to carry.......maybe it will make it stronger...like lifting weights every day! ha ha ha....

Thanks for the nice notes!
Take care!!!

Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: lenorem9 on July 29, 2008, 05:53:01 PM
So good to hear you cracking jokes and more upbeat Laura.  Pregnancy must agree with you.  Congrats by the way!  Is your MIL happy now?  Wasn't she the one that was originally saying "Why don't you get over this knee stuff and have a baby?" 

$130 a week for PT?  Ouch!  That's worse than I was paying when the insurance company cut me off.  I take it you didn't win your battle with the insurance company then?  Sorry, I haven't been following all of your posts.  I just hop in here once in a while. 

It's really good to see your posts again and know you are still progressing.  We were worried about you for a while.  Keep up the good work!

Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on July 30, 2008, 03:46:08 AM
Hi Laura,

That sucks you have to pay $130 a week. Do you really need to go that often ? I would have thought you wouldn't need to go that often so long post-op. I reckon your PT may be over servicing. Just a thought. Can you negotiate with your PT to reduce the fee considering your insurance isn't covering it ?

My physio has told me that I have to work through some of the pain to get my strength. It's only when an exercise is extremely painful that I have to stop doing it.

Keep up the good work !!!  :D
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Thekaratekid on August 04, 2008, 12:31:55 PM
Hi Laura,

Thanks for posting on my thread  :)

I'm so excited for you about having a boy, have you thought of any names yet?

High heels! wow that must have felt so great even if you were a little wobbly, must have been worse if the boat was moving, I can stand on boats normally let alone in heels so you did fab!  ;D

I'm glad to hear that you are progressing, hang in there you will get there in the end.

Take care

Trace
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: yuntigrl on August 16, 2008, 03:06:48 PM
Wow Laura-

A baby boy!  Congratulations.  That's very cool!

I remembered that you posted from the hospital...did the hosp have wireless?  I am having my TKR on 2 Sept and really hope my hospital has wireless.  Some of the people I've asked have argued that 'no hospitals have wireless' because it interferes with their equipment.  Not sure, but I'm really hoping I will be able to get on and post my progress and share bedpan stories!!  hehe

How did you find out whether or not there was wireless??  My hospital is a mere 10 minutes away from my house...I guess I could drive over there and sit in the waiting room and see, huh?

I'm anxious about my surgery...nervous and excited.  I have heard nothing (absolutely nothing) negative about my surgeon.  I have faith in him and most of the people that I have talked to (that have also had TKR) report very positive results.

I love your story about wearing heels on the cruise!!!  I would have been doing the same thing.  I had to go out and buy flats to wear with dresses...although they make me look like an incredibly old lady.  My grandson said I looked like Mrs. Doubtfire!  Thanks kiddo!

Anyway, I'm going to see what I can accomplish today.  I am trying to have everything in order....you know the routine.  Talk to you later and take care of the bun in the oven!!  Smooches.  Kathy
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: WorkinWings on August 25, 2008, 02:09:52 PM










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Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: WorkinWings on July 09, 2009, 05:29:44 PM
Hi, Laura.
Any chance you could grace us with some news of your post-kneegeek life?
I hope you are doing beautifully--with the new baby, and the new knee!
You were one of the most positive forces for me when I was down--did you know that?
Thank you for all that you did.
Now that we are both better, I'd still just love to hear your news. 
Whatdya say?  ;)
All the best to you, the hubby and the baby(s??),
Angela (WorkinWings)
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: austinknee on September 21, 2012, 04:24:13 AM
Hi all!    Ive not been here in years.  But... Oddly have had several
Requests for info on my knee / surgeon in the last few months!    Ive had 2 babies now.  A boy is 4.5 and a girl is 18 months.   The knee still works.  Ive never resumed any formal exercise ir sports due to pregnancies/ babies/ life is busy.   I still cant kneel unless its on an extremely soft surface and only at partial weight.  I can swim without any dislocations.  I can easily carry and lift one or both of my kids 40 +22  pounds) i can walk all day.  Ive not tried running.    My knee aches occasionally, but I never take meds.   I rarely have that old shooting pain down my outer calf.   I rarely think about my knee.   I still mourn the loss of  running like the loss of an old friend.   Maybe someday... Sigh.    Hope u are all well and happy! 
Laura
Title: Re: Austinknee's LR reconstruction / Extensor Mechanism Repair (Feb 8th)
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on October 20, 2012, 04:46:06 PM
Hi Laura,

Glad you are doing so well. Congrats on your kids too !!

I am totally with you about running. Would love to but my knees have different ideas.