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The OSTEOARTHRITIS DEPARTMENT => KNEE ARTHRITIS - Unicompartmental knee replacement => Topic started by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 09, 2009, 02:50:11 PM

Title: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 09, 2009, 02:50:11 PM
Well finally got to the scheduling nurse at Dr. S's office.  Seems like someone was trying to fill in for her while she was on vacation.  So very long story short, she never got my messages!  So scheduled today for August 5th at 2:30pm.  Ahh!  Feel so much better with a real date.  So....I have about three weeks to get my stuff together.  Whew!  Who knew it would be that hard to schedule!

So this weekend I am off to help mom finish moving into her appartment, call Goodwill to get the furnature she does not need or want.  Then off to a DME place in Grand Rapids (I can get a discount and they have the stuff I am looking for cheaper), to get a wedge pillow, a potty seat extention and possibly a bath seat.  I am also going to pick up a hand held shower head to make life easier when I get home.

For surgery itself, it will be a LR, TTT, PFJR (patella reconstruction/resurface) and LR repair.  Any medial soft tissue work will be thrown in as a bonus if needed.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: adlottis on July 09, 2009, 05:22:32 PM
Milly,

It is a relief when you have that date scheduled isn't it?  Now you have something to shoot for and can start working on what needs to be done beforehand. 

The wedge pillow was one thing I wished i'd had during my big surgery 2 years ago.  it would have made sleeping easier.  The shower seat was a life saver for me,  I used it for many weeks.

Annette

Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 09, 2009, 06:26:08 PM
Hi Annette,

I figured the wedge pillow would keep the leg elevated without the danger of it sliding off the pillow mountain.  I thought a shower set would be nice, standing for a whole shower was murder after the last surgery.  Got out, got dressed and tooka a nap!

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on July 09, 2009, 07:55:32 PM
Hi Milly!
See you started a new post over here! Yeah for the date -- I played phone tag for 2 wks trying to get a date myself. I'm right behind you; I think I've got Aug. 24. and it will be LR and PFJR.  Hey this is to you and Annette: so do you think the potty chair extension is needed w/a chair ht. toilet? I had put in one of those about a year ago but don't know if I'll still need the extension too. My mom says yes (she had TKR). Are you guys talking about the regular height shower seats or do they have a higher one too????
--sharon
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: adlottis on July 10, 2009, 04:47:41 PM
The toilet seat thing I can't speak for.  i just managed, not well but i did manage.  the shower seat thing. My aunt had a shower seat that she let me borrow, i couldn't put any wight on my leg so it was awesome.  I believe it was just a normal height. 

Milly,

I can totally relate to the pillow mountain, it seemed like I spent more time adjusting the pillows than I did laying there enjoying the leg up.  My husband slept in another room for about 3 weeks for there was no room for him.

Annette
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on July 11, 2009, 12:05:58 AM
Hey Milly!
Congrats on the date! Betcha you feel better, huh? Just a warm and welcoming fact that there is an end to this madness. Lots to do I'm sure and arrangements to be made. Wonder if you'll be mandated on crutches for a while, too? Speaking of showers, do you have a rubber tub mat? No slippery sliding oops! That could be rough. I took showers while sitting down, too. A removeable shower head is a great gadget to have. It always cracks me up when they say you can shower in x days. Uhhh yeah...on crutches? LOL! Hope your medial side is ok!!! That seems to be the worst part here. Got some catching still going on, too. Sounds like we're gonna have truly twin twinky knees pretty soon! Git R done and hope it goes just as smoothly for you, too!

See ya!
Heather ;D
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: suehaem on July 11, 2009, 02:43:00 PM
Hi Milly,

Great news.

I bet you are relieved that you now have a proper date.  Great idea with the gadget things you can't be without.

At least you can get everything together before you go.

All the best.

Sue
 ;D
North Wales
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 13, 2009, 02:54:06 PM
Yeah , it's quite a relief alright.  Doc's scheduler was very nice.  She did indicate that she may never take that long a vacation again as she had such a mess.  Turns out she never got any of my messages!  Someone was trying to fill in and help, and mucked things up good.  But I have my date so, it's all good now.

Heather - I'll probably be on crutches for a while.  Especially since I am going to beg to go back to work after three weeks.  I have a mostly desk job, so I may be able to talk him into it.  I just don't want to be out too long with no pay, since I am the only paycheck.  I do have a rubber mat for the tub.  I actually had to get it so the big dog wouldn't fall in the tub!  Big goof kept slipping and banging his chin.  I am nervous, but I can hardly wait.  Just about anything has to be better than this jabby, pokey, grating pain stuff.  At least with surgical pain, you know that will get better over time.  I've got to get my hinney in gear and post the picture of my "new" blue crutch.  The first one turned out great.  The second one is giving me fits!  I am going to ask for a new pair from the hospital anyway.  I think it's time for a new set.

Well best get back to work.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on July 13, 2009, 04:13:28 PM
Hi Milly!
Hey can you post your xrays ? Misery loves company, you know. Do you have to do both knees or just the one? Glad to hear you're getting kind of excited about this.....that's a big leap forward in the mental process, huh?
--sharon
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 13, 2009, 04:30:55 PM
Sharon,

I think I can.  I will have to scan them first as they are paper only right now.  I think I will ask for a CD of them at my 1st post op visit.  I don't have much right now at his office.  I took the tons the hospitals had back.  No high tech stuff from them, just the big envelope.  I couldn't fit them on my scanner at home. lol  They don't look too bad, but everything has gotten worse since they were taken about a year ago.  I think the left kneecap would have been right down on the femur had I not had the LR.  I'll try to get at that tonight.

My kiddo is going back to the neruologist.  The topomax is not working, still same symptoms.  I hope we can get some answers from the CT scans.  I forgot to call the docs office last week to see what the results were.  Sometimes things get so busy I forget my name.

Well, ttyl
Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: opie on July 13, 2009, 05:20:41 PM
Yeah , it's quite a relief alright.† Doc's scheduler was very nice.† She did indicate that she may never take that long a vacation again as she had such a mess.† Turns out she never got any of my messages!† Someone was trying to fill in and help, and mucked things up good.† But I have my date so, it's all good now.

Heather - I'll probably be on crutches for a while.† Especially since I am going to beg to go back to work after three weeks.† I have a mostly desk job, so I may be able to talk him into it.† I just don't want to be out too long with no pay, since I am the only paycheck.† I do have a rubber mat for the tub.† I actually had to get it so the big dog wouldn't fall in the tub!† Big goof kept slipping and banging his chin.† I am nervous, but I can hardly wait.† Just about anything has to be better than this jabby, pokey, grating pain stuff.† At least with surgical pain, you know that will get better over time.† I've got to get my hinney in gear and post the picture of my "new" blue crutch.† The first one turned out great.† The second one is giving me fits!† I am going to ask for a new pair from the hospital anyway.† I think it's time for a new set.

Well best get back to work.

Milly
  Before returning you need to invent a way to keep the leg elevated at your desk . I tried returning before I should have and that was the major problem.
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 13, 2009, 07:27:41 PM
Thanks Opie, but I have.  I currently have a rolling printer cart that sits under my desk.  I can also just prop it up on the desk and pull the keyboard tray out all the way.

I've also decided that if it gets really bad, I grab a laptop and lie on the floor with my foot up on the desk.  I think I will close the office door though.  That may look really strange.  It is actually not too far from how I use the laptop at home, except I am on the couch with the pillow mountain.

If things really get terrible I do have a very understanding boss, so I could bag it in and go home.

I've had two knee surgeries while I've been here, so I've learned to improvise.

Thanks for the reminder though.  I'll make sure my "footstool" is all cleaned off.  It works nicely because I can move it with me a bit.
Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on July 15, 2009, 04:25:12 AM
Ohhh Milly! I hate to be the bearer of bad news but, I need to tell you something. Do you have to drive to work or can you get a ride to and from? Sawbones wouldn't let me drive even with begging and pleading for a tad over 2 months. He's VERY careful with us, espec. in having TTT's. You'll probably be braced/immobilized for a while, as well. He's also cautious with pain meds and driving as should be. Perky pets + behind the wheel could=danger, danger!! Please do be careful, ok? I'd just hate to see ya stuck with no back-up plan. He may let you work as long as you can prop, keep swelling down, etc. but, he might not cut you loose on driving for a while.

Hey! I hope your daughter is ok! Still having head-aches? Think she really does have migraines? Has her vision been checked lately and "other" possible causes? Wow, I hope it gets sorted out soon for her. What a summer vaca, huh? Bummer. :(

Blue crutches, aye? I have a pink cane now. 8) Betcha my daughter could hook you up with some nifty stickers, too. I always wanted to put a stop sign on mine with caution warnings, lol.

On a funny note, your doggy statement just cracks me up. He's a bad dog, huh? Roxy (my female pom) is bad right now, too. Eww, eeewww prego with a capital P and c-r-a-b-b-y. Growls at poor lil Theodore for no reason and is just not herself. She looks like a waddling little butterball and getting fatter everyday, lol. Can't wait to see how many she has in the baby bump. Pretty soon!

Sharon~
If Miily has the same x-ray CD's that I have from Dr. S, I haven't figured out a way to move them to my computer. Can only open them to look at them that way. I can, however, take a pic of the digital films and see what we get. A-bomb still looks funny but, it's a huge difference in shaving it down n' plastic attached to the back of it. Before and after can give you some insight as to what you might feel with this, too!

Be good ya'll and have fun!
Heather ;D
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 15, 2009, 06:13:23 PM
Heather -  Glad you stopped over to the thread.  I will have my hubby take me to work and pick me up.  I also have my mom and the in-laws if I need them, so I think I have those bases covered.  I hsve some ideas to prop the leg up and such, but I will definately cut back if it's too much.  I can have the doc put lots of restrictions on my return to work, even part time if he thinks that's best.  I certainly would rather drive myself, who wouldn't, but I don't have problem getting to and from work.  Usually with pain meds I try to wait until I get to work to take them so I am not driving with them and also wait until I get home.  I try to do that whenever possible.

My kiddo does not have migraines, per the neuro.  We just had her new glasses and contacts picked up a month ago.  We tried logs and such and could find no connections.  The neuro thinks they are more muscle tension headaches and gave her a different med to try.  I've got to look it up and see what side effects we need to look out for.

Poor prego little doggie.  She probably feels pretty blech right now.  It will be exciting to see how many puppies there are.  At least she can still walk er.. waddle around no?  Hope everything goes well with the puppies.  Our Booda isn't exactly a bad boy, just hard headed (literally too).

TTYL
Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 16, 2009, 04:12:26 PM
Hey all,

Three weeks from yesterday is D-Day.  I'm excited, scared too.  I really want this to be done so I can start getting better.  Just keep looking at my list of want to get done before then, and the list doesn't seem to budge and time flys.  Will be going next weekend to pick up some stuff, like my wedge pillow.  I will do without everything else, but I really want that.  Pillow mountain just won't cut it this time.  My biggest goals are at work and are to get out a certain amount of equipment before I go off on leave.  Got three new PCs to get out and at least one more referb for someone.  If I can get out one last referb I would have pretty much made my goal.  They just take so long to set up, then the data transfer.  UGH!

Got to get the house ready a bit too.  If I label things for my daugher she can do a good job with laundry.  I will run both kids through it this weekend and next too, so dad does not get ahold of there clothes.

Well TTYL,
Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: adlottis on July 16, 2009, 06:01:42 PM
Milly,

Labeling is good, During my surgery 2 years ago by mom and aunts were doing all the laundy and my boys who are only 2 years apart in some cases wear similar sizes so you can imagine the confusion.  They were wearing each others shirts and puttting on each others underwear (EWWW :P) 

I know when I'm getting close to surgery I seem to get in this state where i have to keep myself busy or i think about it too much (I tell my husband my mind is a bad place to live right now)

Take care and tell me about that wedge pillow, are you buying it from a medical supply store?  how many $$$$?

Annette
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 16, 2009, 09:57:10 PM
Annette,

Swapping shirts ain't so bad, but not the undies!  YIKES!  Thankfully I have one of each and they would NEVER wear each others things. So I label the "sorting baskets" in the basement. "Whites here" "Jeans here"  that kind of thing.  If anyone is not sure bring it to me and I'll tell you what basket it goes in.  Then they have instructions for each basket, whites for example would also be marked,"hot wash, bleach, cold rinse, dry regular temp".  I don't want any more color change shirts or shrunken stuff.

The place I am going to is medical supply and from their website it's like $25ish.  Better than the $65 and up on Amazon.  Plus I get a discount because of my ins.  Also talked to hubby about the shower.  He thought we could get the little "attachment" that goes on the faucet of the tub.  I used to have one when the kids were little then used it to bathe the dogs, then it broke.  It has a rubber end you put on the faucet, a tube and then a mini shower head.  I told him as long as I can get clean with out having to stand for a shower, I'm good.  I don't mind cheap as long as it works and is easy to use.

Milly

ps.  Here a link to the site with a decent pic http://www.firsttoserve.com/Online_Catalog/Homecare%11Beds/Foam_Bed_Wedge/
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on July 18, 2009, 07:56:05 PM
Hey Milly!
I posted back to ya on my thread. We do need to chat one-to-one, huh. What are your work hours right now? Hmm...I just noticed this. Your surgery is on Aug. 5th and I had another post-op appt set for the 4th. Just got a letter yesterday in saying Dr. S would be unavailable so, I have to reschedule. Wonder what that's about? Odd. I love Dr. S though. He's quite a character, isn't he? And, most importantly, he knows his stuff inside and out! I trust him 100%!! So...when righty is at the crucial time for "whatever" I won't be soooo scared! ;D As you're facing both knees, I hope you get the same relaxed feeling after the first one's done, too.

You have that laundry business set up right to a tee! Very organized and hope it works well for them. Now, it's when the daughter gets your things when you're away that bugs me because it all gets lost in girl world in her room. She had my swimsuit and said it was in her drawer after getting washed. ??? They're ok in washing stuff but, it's where it goes from there that gets puzzling around here. Swapping underwear, ick! :-X

VERY glad your work is flexible and you'll have a ride to/from. Just hope your pain doesn't affect that part of it. Maybe yours will settle sooner than mine did. That would be wonderful! I was really fatigued and didn't sleep well (still don't quite often but, that's nothing new) so, the ability to function mentally just was not possible + pain meds every 4 hrs made things very foggy. Had to rest quite a bit throughout the day, too. It's that early post-op crappy feeling that hung on for a long while. Know what I mean? How far do you have to walk?

Awww thanks! Yes, my lil girl is a waddling bundle of fun! She gets tired really fast but, she can still jump. The heat seems to get to her, too. She'll actually be due when you go for your surgery, lol. Can't wait to see them...they are SOOO cute when they're that little. Baby ewoks, ever seen star wars "Return of the Jedi?" Is Booda a big dog? They know when we're not well and feeling bad. Roxy guards me like a mother hen but, was only 4 months old when I was injured. Won't let anybody near me, including Theodore. Talk about hard-headed lol. She's not like that with anyone else. Funny, huh. She'll make a great mommy!

Hope you're having a nice weekend and most definitely, the pillow will come in handy. Bringing it to the hospital with you? Psst! Their pillows are like cardboard! Hey! How long do you get to keep your CPM? TTYL...
Heather 8)
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 20, 2009, 02:35:08 AM
Heather - I work 8-5 with an hour for lunch.  The pain meds can make me foggy too, even now.  I just plug along the best I can.  That's where the hardware comes in nicely, as it does not take much brain power to watch windows updates go by.  Thankfully my daughter and I have quite different tastes so my stuff does not end up in her room.  Now if we can keep the kitty from stealing all the pony tail elastics, then we would be set.

Our Booda is about 115 or so.   A right big boy alright.  He tries to be gentle, but his size makes him dangerous sometimes.  He also has a bad habbit of trying to walk inside the crutches so he can lean on my leg.  So I visit from the other side of the fence when using the sticks.  Poor baby doesn't undersatand why though.

If I park in the usual spot for work, it's about a block and a half or so.  I did have Dr. S's nurse send the form for a temp handicap parking permit.  That way it's not very far at all.  I am right in side the first office suite, but have a couple of stairs to take down to my office.  I can take a flat route to the bathroom, but it means a few more doors.  It will be interesting going back, but I'll get through.  I did the last time too.

Well kiddies want the big PC, so will chat later.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: adlottis on July 20, 2009, 03:53:30 PM
Milly,

The handicapped sticker thing definately is helpful.  I really resisted getting it after my first surgery My husband insisted and I relented, ubt in the end I'm glad I did (just don't tell hime that) ;D .

Annette
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 20, 2009, 05:02:05 PM
Annette,

I kind of resisted at first, but I know how far I limp from my car to work now.  So I just broke down and asked.  No sense getting worn out before I even hit the building.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 30, 2009, 06:11:21 PM
Well all - did the pre-op over the phone.  Getting a bit more nervous now.  Lots of stuff to finish before I go in.  We are thinking of going down the night before, even though I don't need to go to the hospital until 12:15pm.  I think my hubby just wants a chance to drive around and get the lay of the land so he knows where to go surgery day.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on July 30, 2009, 07:37:05 PM
Hi Milly! Glad you are all done --that's a big relief. You are up next!! Sue is today--hopefully she'll be able to post soon. She's the outpatient gal; actually she should be all done by now I think.
Yeah your hubby probably just wants to know where all the good eating joints are ahead of time!!! How far is the drive to the hospital? So how long are they telling you you will have to stay?
I am still trying to get the pre-op clearance stuff done. Heart monitor comes off in 20 mins, then echocardiagram tomorrow. GP found a little gitch on the office EKG so now I'm red flagged and have to jump through a bunch of hoops. Everyone says don't sweat it--that what they found is not a huge deal. It's totally a pain though. I'm trying to look at it as a really really complete physical! So what did you and the anethesiologist plan for? Have you had that call yet??? What are your preferences?
--sharon
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 31, 2009, 05:10:53 PM
Hey Sharon,

Glad you can ditch the hardware!  Well at least with all the tests there should be no suprizes come surgery day.  I get a really rapid heartrate and the BP can go up when I am anxious.  So I'm sure it's up there right now.  I do check at home and mostly it's fine.  117/75 ish unless there is something stressful going on.  Then I can hit 130/79 with a pulse over 100. So my GP is really watching it. I am trying really hard to keep from taking a beta blocker.  The last one I had made my hands and feet so cold I needed mittens in my house!  We figured the problem was not really me, but the Allegra D I had been taking for years.  So take away the decongestant and voila!  Much better numbers.

The hospital is about 2 hours away.  So nice long drive.  I prefer GA myself, makes me more tired after but I do not want to have any idea what is going on.  Also there will be a femoral block.  That should be nice, not setting it up, but after the surgery.  I don't think I am going to like the set up at all!  Well maybe they can start something so I will be very relaxed when we get to that part.  Wouldn't want to set the heart monitor off!  I tend to freak when the put the IV in, so ...  I get over it quick enough.  I am a bit leary of a spinal block as my grandfather had one for a surgery and had trouble with the feeling in his feet and legs after.  That was like a zillion years ago, but it's one of those family stories.

Hope all the rest of the testing goes well.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: adlottis on July 31, 2009, 10:59:31 PM
Milly,

I'm going to wish you the best for your surgery today, for we are leaving to go on vacation and will be offline most likely the entire trip.

I hope all goes well and will look forward to hearing from you when you are on the other side.

Annette
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 02, 2009, 02:57:49 AM
Well the medical place was closed on Saturday.  The Apple Store did not have a replacement Ipod for my daugher.  And I had to wait almost 5 hours until my appointment came up at the apple store.  UGH!!
I at least got a good pair of new balance.  What do you do?  The Apple store set it up for me to ship the ipod back and get an enchange.  I had to order the pillow and I it should get here when I get home from the hospital.  At least I sure hope so.  Well we'll see.  Getting my bag packed for the hospital.

Annette - Thanks.  Have a good trip.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: ghost on August 02, 2009, 09:06:16 PM
Milly,

You're big day is coming up quickly, but it would like you've got a handle on getting things done ahead of time.

I can put weight on the leg as long as I'm in the brace locked at 0 degrees.  Now that the block has finally worn off I can at least trust it now, so hopefully no more falls for me.

Keep us posted.

I'll post more tomorrow, but need to try and help hubby get supper on the table.  Hubby has been great and can even be trusted iwth the laundry.
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on August 03, 2009, 04:18:15 AM
Hi Milly:
Well hopefully you got your bag packed this weekend. And a new pair of shoes out of the ordeal!! I love New Balance-the "country walkers" are fabulous support.
When are you expecting to be discharged? I hope your pillow arrives before you get home.
Hey, I keep forgetting to ask -- is that little picture YOUR motorcycle by you name??
Oh, and from your earlier post, yes I bet they will give you a sedative prior to the block. I was told you get a sedative pretty much right away....which is good because if they don't knock me out fast I'll be running for that door!

Hey Sue -- your block wore off FINALLY!
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on August 03, 2009, 05:11:02 AM
Hi Milly~
Wow! It's late but, I'm trying to stay awake. Roxy has been doing this thingy all day with pillows and blankets...scratching and bunching them up. Then, finally plops down UNDER them and pants really hard. She'll growl if anybody comes near her while she's doing this thingy, too. Is she nesting? ??? It is really bizzare behavior, imo. It's kinda funny to watch, though. So, still watching and waiting for contractions to hit her. Jeez! She must be one of those 3 day labor folks or somethin'.

Hey! Are you driving to the hospital the day of surgery or the night before? Mine was late am but, super glad we were already up there. Didn't sleep much the night before, ya know. Probably wouldn't have been able to sit still in the car that long, either. The ole nerves would've really racked me up. AM traffic + surgery the same day did not sound lovely at all. Is your hubby staying in a hotel the night after surgery?

Alrighty, new shoes!! Just what ya need to start post-op PT off the next day! ;) Are the crutches spiffed up? You should be all good now. Don't forget your break-away pants, ok? You'll prob'ly have all sorts of "stuff" sticking out of your knee to work around, too. I'll bring ya some stickers to finish off the sticks, lol. How 'bout those pair of wings that Miranda stuck on mine? Got a black cat, lightening bolts, and radio stickers, too! Kids! ::) Must've worked what it was supposed to cause I'm surely walkin' now. Too bad it just can't last longer though, ya know? 40 min. tops, just ick!

Hey! I met somebody yesterday that had tattooed BOTH knees. Oh my! That looked sooo painful! Thought the ying/yang (?) would cover a scar pretty nicely, though. Never did get into painting my skin. So, why start now? A henna DOES work, though. Just didn't last very long. Did it just for giggles.

Sounds like you've got it together for this week! Shoot! We're pros at this stuff now. Actually think that's a pretty sad thing to be good at but, cheers to being ALL DONE with this one! ;D Rock on, chica! Your other knee will be jealous very soon! Happy pre-op nesting to you, too! Chat with ya later...

Heather ;D
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on August 03, 2009, 05:41:15 AM
Hey Heather!
Your momma dog is acting bizarre--you better watch out cause you're going to be a grandma soon! She'll probably keep you up all night with those lil squirts. Post some shots of them when they arrive, ok??
That is SO cool you can visit Milly!! Nothing like a big ole support team!
--sharon
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on August 03, 2009, 02:54:10 PM
Hi Sharon~
Yup! I'm a gramma. Put Roxy in her crate around midnight after fluffing it up with some old towels. She was still doing that nesting thingy. Must've been out of it cause she was right next to me and I woke up at 6 to find her with 2 pups. They were whining. Little alarm clocks, lol. Wasn't thinkin' and went to move her as she was laying right ontop of one. Got nipped...ouch! Lil bugger! Is she ever protective or what? Is that normal? Anyhow, they are sooo cute!!! One appears to be dark sable (may lighten up, though) and the other is solid black. No bigger than mice, hee-hee! Now, we're gonna have people fighting cause everybody wants one. I'll get the camera ready whenever she's ready to let us pose 'em up. :o For now, mama needs a bath in the worst way. Nasty Pee-U!!

KG support while going through this ickiness is just awesome! I'm excited to see how she does after gettin' fixed up! She'll be bionic, too!! Being in the hospital is just way too boring so, I hope she'll like the company, as well. Help! Don't leave me here alone guys! LOL!

Have a good one. I need a bandaide! Darn it, she broke the skin!
Heather :)
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 03, 2009, 04:22:16 PM
Sue Ė Glad the block finally wore off and you can trust the leg again.  Itís too weird when you canít feel it Iím sure.  I think I managed to get most everything done ahead.  Anything else will just have to wait.

Sharon Ė Yep the bike is mine.  I would dearly love to get back to riding it.  I have been afraid to because the left knee buckles at odd moments and I donít want to ride with all the pain killers I need to get through a day.  Hope this surgery helps that and I can ride again, maybe end of fall.  If not, then next spring.  Not sure when Iíll be discharged, but I imagine I will be in at least 24 hours, so possible Thursday evening, but maybe not till Friday AM.  Just depends I guess.

Heather -  I think that would be nesting.  Sounds like it to me.  We do plan to go down the night before.  Not sure if he is staying again surgery day or not.  My son wants to come down with us, so not sure if heíll just want to get him home or what.  I told my boy that it may be boring sitting around the hospital, but he still wants to go.  He is a worry wart though, so it may be better for him to see me first hand after.  I think I am going to leave the old sticks home and get a shiny new pair.  The wooden ones are a bit too tall when I am bare foot, so a pair I can adjust down would be a help.  Iíve never had to use them as long as Iím going to need them so it was never much of an issue.  Congrats ďGrammaĒ.  Momma dogs get very protective of their babies so go slow.  Got bit in the shoulder as a kid by moving too fast around a new momma dog.  I would like the company.  Just will warn you that I can get grumpy when I hurt a lot (but canít we all) so donít take any possible grouching personally.

Well all Ė got the bag packed and all the laundry done.  Need to type up laundry instructions and note cards for sorting baskets.  I think my daughter will take over laundry, she does not want dad to wash her stuff.  My pillow should arrive Thursday or Friday.  I hope.  If not then Monday next week.  Iím sure Iíll manage until then if I have too.

Well got a few work things to finish.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: ghost on August 03, 2009, 04:49:56 PM
Good luck Milly,  the block is a piece of cake,  no pain or discomfort.  Then again that may be due to the Versed they shot into the IV first.  It rocks with post up pain, but it doesn't handle all of it so when pain is at a 2 or 3 get some meds on board before it creeps up on you or you'll be acting like Roxy squirming and grumpy LOL.

Heather, glad to hear you have 2 healthy pups. Anymore surprises,  no sneaking up on the new mom, her instinct is to protect those little buggers.

Sue
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on August 03, 2009, 05:08:21 PM
Milly! You're a biker chica! That's cool--you'll be back on that beasty again, but good call not riding on those pain meds. Getting on a big ole bike was what did in leftie many years ago--kicking leg over the sissy bar thing and did a total dislocation of the grounded knee. Had to whaap it back in place from the back of the knee. Yuck yuck and yuck. Beginning of saga....!!!! BTW, I love and use your  idea for long posts now--Word docs then copy/paste-awesome!!!!

Sue: sooo good to hear the block is a piece of cake! So how are you doing? Do you still need to use 2 crutches??? How are stairs?
--sharon
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 03, 2009, 07:37:10 PM
Sharon,

No doubt about it using Word first rocks.  Now I don't often poof the post, and if I do, I still have it sitting in Word.  Then I can save it for later if the computer is flaky.  I miss riding my bike.  I've had one almost constantly since I got out of high school (I bought a litte 250 with my grad money).  Thankfully most of the bikes I ride, no sissy bars.  My whole trip begain with a sledding incident and a big cinder block.  Youch!

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on August 04, 2009, 02:11:49 PM
Hi Milly!!! ;D
Tomorrow's the big day!!! Wishing ya the best of luck!  ;D Tell Sawbones to Git R done, ok? I wonder how sore his thumbs get from his job? LOL!! I DO think you'll like the block, he recommends it as did the anesthesiologist. Just couldn't talk me into the general + block combo...ha-ha! I'm stubborn. Ain't no newby at knee surgery so, this gal went with the tried and true spinal + "knock me out" meds combo. Worked out ok again anyhow. The block would've been lovely after the ORIF but was never offered.

Awww...your son sounds like such a sweetie! Worried about his mama, I'll bet he is. Mine was, too. Had he not had school, I'd have let him tag along. DH stayed in a hotel the night after surgery, too. So, he could've just hung with dad. Does he have anything to keep himself busy like a portable DVD or handheld games? Being right there would probably make him feel better, though.

Grumpy KG's ha-ha-ha!!! I was, too! So out of it, I barely remember Steph and Tim coming to see me out of surgery. Steph said she was the only one allowed to fetch my bags from the truck and a soda. I told her Chris was ignoring me and I needed my "stuff" brought up, lol. That day was a big ole blur until maybe midnight. Guess I was even worse after being so nauseated...just felt like ick! Think the Toradol didn't agree. Hopefully, you'll feel better by the next day, too!

I got your PM. Are you ok? Rollercoaster city, huh? Yup! I hear ya! We can chat more in person, if you'd like. You're never gonna believe what's going on now! D-r-a-m-a! I'm running away....
Hope to see you in a few days!!! Take care!!
Heather ;D
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: JoniF on August 04, 2009, 02:28:04 PM
Hi Milly,

Wanted to wish you the best of luck tomorrow.  I hope this surgery is the answer to all of your knee issues.  I also posted to you on Sharon's thread I believe.

Sending you much (((HUGS))) and healing wishes!

Take care,
Joni
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Cynthia1982 on August 04, 2009, 08:22:03 PM

Milly,

Best of luck with the surgery. I'll be thinking of you

Cynthia xx
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: jerrypat on August 04, 2009, 10:46:47 PM
Good luck, and you are in my prayers, Milly!
Pat
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 06, 2009, 02:06:16 AM
My mom is out of surgery, and is doing good. She finally got to eat  :P. She should be home by Friday.

--Gina, Milly's favorite.
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on August 06, 2009, 02:30:47 AM
Thank U Gina!! ;D Tell your mom I'll see her tomorrow and to get some sleep! We will B celebrating our bionic new parts. What better place to do that than the place they gave those parts to us...the hospital, of course! lol

See ya!
Heather ;D
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on August 06, 2009, 02:53:13 AM
Thanks Gina! You have a big responsibility posting AND taking care of your mom!!

Now Heather, don't you two go and have way tooo much fun now!!! Give Milly best healing wishes tomorrow, and good luck at your appointment too. Glad to hear she is doing well.  :)
--sharon
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Skinnycatz on August 06, 2009, 04:40:15 AM
Hi Milly...

Hope you aren't in too much pain...remember you need to be thinking about that new invention for us poor souls that aren't getting new parts just yet!!   ;D  Have a good visit with Heather...bet she is as much fun to be with as she is to talk to!!  She will cheer you up for sure!

Take care and post when you can....thanks to your daughter for letting us know you are OK!

Francine
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: ghost on August 06, 2009, 08:47:29 AM
Gina,

Thanks for the update on Mom.  Keep us posted.

Heather, we'll be expecting you to fill us in some more after your visit.  Good luck with your appointment today.

Sue
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Cynthia1982 on August 06, 2009, 11:22:09 PM

Gina,

Thanks for the update on your mum.

Milly hope your not in to much pain, and that the docs and nurses are looking after you well. Cyber hugs and  :-* :-* headed your way.

Cynthia
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 08, 2009, 11:59:24 PM
Hey everyone!

I got home pretty late last night then crashed out for 8-9 hours.† Felt good to sleep so long.† Still woke up at 4:30am wating for someone to come take my blood!† How nice to figure out that was not happening!† Not feeling too bad.† The pain is tolerable.† Love the iceman!† Sure beats running to the freezer every hour for ice!† The nasty knives, glass, spikes etc, behind the kneecap are gone!† YIPEEE!!!!† The pain is mostly from the poor abused flesh.† The lateral side looks like I've been hit with a big stick.† Bruising bit time!† Hey it's tons better than the bone pain.† The first night was the worst for pain as I have been taking some pretty heavy pain meds and doc is strict on how often you can have them.† After that, it was not bad.† I don't let it get past 7 if I can.† I have been going 6-7 hours between meds which I† am happy about.† I hope I can stop them soon.† I am so tired of taking them.† †I only had the PFJR, did not need the transfer.† He did repair the lateral side.† So I can put as much weight as I can take on it and bend it, bend it, bend it.† I apparantly had some "interesting anatomy", docs words.† I am posting a pic of the back of the kneecap for you.† Note the big chunk missing.† No wonder it hurt so blanking much.† I enjoyed Healther's visit.† It was great to meet face to face.† It breaks the boredom.† I just wish she could have stayed longer, but Miranda had some friends over and needed food. Anyway all in all doing pretty good.† So all of you up next, hope you do as well.

(http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z226/TwoBadKneesUSA/kneecap.jpg)

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: ghost on August 09, 2009, 12:43:08 AM
Hey Milly,

Glad you're home and got a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.  Stick to the pain meds and the ice man. They'll become your best friend.  I stopped the pain meds on day four, but am still taking them at night so I can catch some zzz's.  I finally made it to 85 degrees on the cpm, but I can't make this leg move on it's own to save my soul.

Keep us posted,  2 down and Joni and Sharon are next up.

Sue
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on August 09, 2009, 04:29:52 PM
HI MILLY~
I was wondering/awaiting your arrival back home! Finally cut ya loose, huh. Really though, the hospital has bigger and better means of pain management than at home so, better to stay til the boot ya sometimes. ;) I liked visiting with ya too! Jealous of that ROM you've got going on so soon! LOL! Is the end-range pain bad and with a hard stop? The hard stop was kinda relieved after my scar tissue was blown up but, it still took a while due to the swelling, etc. So, now you see what I've been raving about and isn't it grand? ;D  ;D  ;D PFJR rocks to get rid of that nastiness, huh? Yeah 8), you get it, too! Awesome! Sorry about the lateral side, though. I remember asking you but, you still had the block going. It ain't nice and I was bruised up pretty bad, too. Is that from the LR? Hey! Nice pic! How'd you get it? Did you get copies of your intra-op photos? If so, wonder if I can, too. Might not want me to share though, they were GROSS! :-X
Happy healing to you and keep that pain under wraps, chica! You're on your way up now! Chat with ya later...
Heather ;D
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: adlottis on August 10, 2009, 04:17:51 PM
Hi Milly,

I'm home from vacation and glad to hear that you are doing well.  Sounds like surgery went well.  I'm always glad when I'm on the other side.  at least then I know what I'm up against.  Pre-surgery nerves are really hard.

Well I'm off to PT.  Take care and post when you can.

Annette
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: jerrypat on August 11, 2009, 02:26:20 AM
Hey Milly,
Glad to "see" ya back! Loved the message from Gina, your favorite she said  ;D Sounds like you have a fun family.
Now the real work begins!
Pat
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on August 11, 2009, 05:15:47 AM
Hey Milly (and whoever else!):
You mentioned you got one of those ice machines? Which one did you get and what do you recommend? Breg, Donjoy, etc. big, little, in between size??? I'm looking at the Polar Care 300 but it only goes down to like 47 degrees....is that good enough? Anyone know?? Many thanks -- amd hope you're having another good post-op day!
--sharon
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: ghost on August 11, 2009, 12:57:43 PM
Hi Sharon,

Mine is the Breg, Polar Care Kodiak model.  Plenty cold and I only have to add ice about every 12 to 15 hours. 

Sue 
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on August 11, 2009, 03:38:57 PM
Thanks Sue:
I saw that little puppy online--pricey dude. Did insurance help you with it? That one (the Kodiak) has those special "sensor" pads. Do you think they are worth the extra $? Can you move it around yourself as gimpy?
Hope things are a bit better for you this week....so how are you doing?
--sharon
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Skinnycatz on August 11, 2009, 05:08:54 PM
Hey Milly...

Hope you are continuing to do well...I have a pic of the back of my kneecap from surgery 2 back in August 2007.  Now, correct me if I'm wrong but mine looks pretty BARE!  Am I looking at the same kind of shot (view) that you posted??

Here:

(http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo72/skinnycatz/th_patella07_0002.jpg)

Hope that posted OK.  And...they don't think I need a replacement! HAHAHA!!
What do you think?


Francine
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Skinnycatz on August 11, 2009, 05:11:29 PM
Sorry, that didn't come out very large...I had tried to make it bigger before I posted it, didn't work!  If you go directly to the photobucket site, you can see a MUCH larger view:

http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo72/skinnycatz/th_patella07_0002.jpg

Francine
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on August 11, 2009, 06:04:39 PM
Mmmm...looks like chewed up chicken guys, lol. Lunch anyone? :-X Yeah Francine...I think they're waitin' til you're W/C bound, hon. I'm soo sorry!!! :( Atleast they "could" potentially offer you something right now to try and get by with. Plugs or something.  ??? Honestly can't tell what grade that would be BUT, they DID say 4 right? You poor thing! I think PM might be your best friend right now. SOOOO glad you went! Hopefully, they'll get the bugs worked out soon so you can be more comfy!

HELLOOO Milly! Knock, knock...are you home? How ya doin' GF? Workin' up those home exercises yet? Hope you're still A-ok! I was sure proud of you!! ;D  ;D  ;D  8)

Hey Sue!
I didn't see a shiny new thread for ya yet. Are you startin' one? Hopefully this is the end of your journey with that knee for a long while! Ha! Gotta love that polar pack! Man! Don't ya wish they were more portable and light-weight? I couldn't get mine filled by myself, either. 2 crutches=no hands to carry stuff, ugh! Hate asking for help but sometimes, ya just have to. Son is vacuuming right now. Sweet boy! :-*

See you folks later! TC!...
Heather :)
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Skinnycatz on August 11, 2009, 06:50:19 PM
After surgery 2, OS #1 told me that I would have to be "careful" in what exercise I decided to do because of the kneecap situation.  The op report stated that the patella had a lesion covering its ENTIRE surface of grade III/IV chondromalacia.  I just think the other OSs don't know how to deal with it, so they just ignore it.  OS #1 did say that nothing would get me better except a replacement of the kneecap and lateral compartment but I wasn't "bad enough" yet...this was after surgery 3.  To me, the kneecap IS bad enough but I agree that the lateral compartment isn't but it WILL get bad enough but who knows when.  He also said that that kind of bicompartmental replacement hasn't been proven and that there was a relatively new prosthesis out (at that time).  I don't know who makes it.  I am still thinking of going back to the replacement OS in his office but I have had way too much rejection lately!!  This guy is the other one Mike said does incredible work...for the past 10 years.  Probably most of those patients are total knees though I think.

Francine
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Marjan on August 11, 2009, 10:26:56 PM
Hi Milly, glad to read you're home and on the mend.  You sound really good and I love the description of not feeling that "everlovin" NOT bone pain!  So delighted for you. Take care of yourself and heal well!

marjan
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 11, 2009, 10:38:13 PM
Hey all Ė sorry for being MIA but we got hit by what I am sure was a typhoon!  Sunday night all hell broke loose.  It rained so hard I could not see across the street and a bunch of trees came down.  We lost power until late yesterday.  The genny did not want to work Sunday either so no polar ice machine .  Also no ice and DH had a hissy fit about the whole odeal.  He could live in a meat locker for goodness sake and still say it was too hot.  He gets ticked because there is no AC or lights.  What a pioneer he would have made!

Sue  - It will come.  It may take a bit.  How are you doing on the quad sets?  Can you get the quad to fire at all?  Thatís a tough one.  I really donít need the pain meds until later at night, but have been taking them for so long for the arthritis that I am stepping them down instead of cutting them completely.  I think I need to have mercy on the family. 

Heather Ė Yeah I so get it, the bone pain all bye bye.  Doc gave some pics to hubby.  I think he would give you a copy.  I know I am going to ask for a copy of the op notes for my knee book.  Yeah I have a whole flipping book on my knees.  Sad, sad thing to record.  Iíve got exercises, all the medical notes for my most recent three surgeries, EOBs, studies on PFJR, LR etc.  Maybe we can hook up again at some point and I can show you.  Hey how far are you from Holly MI?  I usually go to the big Ren Faire there once a year.  Backpack, thatís how I get stuff done, it acts as the hands.

Annette Ė Thanks, the other side is better, itís got itís own issues, but I think the anxiety level goes way down. 

Pat Ė Yeah itís always exciting around here.  Teenage drama and hubby drama.  Never a boring moment.  The hard work is starting, but I am already able to to do 10 SLRs and short arc sets.  So pretty happy, not happy doing them as they hurt, but not so bad to make me stop.

Sharon Ė The hospital uses Donjoy so thatís what I got.  You can check with your doc or the surgery scheduler and see if you will get one after surgery or not.  I know they are quite standard after a TKR.

Francine Ė nope not quite, yours looks like a scope pic, mine is the actual back of the kneecap once it was flipped out to work on it.  But I agree, yours looks pretty bear too.

Marjan Ė You sure said it sister.  Bone pain bad!

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on August 11, 2009, 10:51:57 PM
Milly:
Thanks for the info! I am looking at the Breg or the Donjoy. Hospital will not give me one and insurance will not cover it. Bummer on the wild and wicked weather! Hopefullly your place did not get trashed. Bummer on the no power! Always when you really need it, too!!! Sounds like you weathered the storm fine so to speak -- good.
I love your idea on the backpack--sounds as good as your tip on using Word! I was wondering how I'd deal with the ice machine etc. on my own.
Oooooooh and bone pain all gone -- you and Heather!  That sounds soooo good. Yeah, that picutre was cool. I will ask when I go in about getting a shot or two. I would really like to see what that mess looks like. Yes, I know they flip the patella. I watched the whole procedure a couple of times online. I like knowing what's going on; actually it made me feel better after watching it because it's so much less invasive than tkr.
Rock on with your rehab!!!! You are cruising now! Exciting stuff! And good luck with your step-down plan...it will happen and you will feel better once those drugs are done. One of my ski instructors had to kick his wife out of the bedroom when he was coming off his (after tkr) for about a month. He said he was so jittery and freakish weaning off. But he had been on a lot of stuff for a long long time before doing his knee. Now he is good good good and pain free and skiing.
--sharon
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Cynthia1982 on August 11, 2009, 11:36:18 PM

Hi Milly,

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, i've been a little sickly yet again ::).
 Glad to hear you are out of hospital and doing well. Hope everyone at home is looking after you well and at your beckon call for a change. Sounds like ye got battered by a pretty bad storm. I hope the ice machine not working didn't cause you to many problems. How is hubby now has he cooled down ;D??
Well I hope your recovery continues to go smoothly, it won't be long now until you are running rings around them all at home.

Take Care
Cynthia


Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 12, 2009, 05:26:22 PM
Sharon - Hope you can find an ice machine that will work for you.  I found that I could manage without when we lost power, but you have to be diligent with ice every hour or that puppy will heat up like nobody's business.  Wow did that thing get HOT!  Whew!  Ice, elevate, and bend bend bend. That's pretty much how it's been here.  Feel a bit like a useless lump, but I know I am not just being lazy.  I hate this kind of thing.  I prefer to be doing something.  When I have down time I want it to be at my choice.  So far the step down is not too bad, glad to know it can be done.  It is tough on everyone sometimes. That's why I am trying to go slowly so I don't get too freaky.  I wanted to talk to my GP about it, but he is on vacation this week.  Figures, so I'll put in a call on Monday.  Hope he will not need to see me, but got an appointment just in case.  I wonder too if the meds can be feeding the tacycardia too.  I will be so glad not to need them, not righty just needs to play nice or I'll be where I started.

Cynthia - Oh nuts!  Sorry you have been sick again.  It may take a while for your immune system to get going full steam again.  You went through quite a bit.  I get that way after surgery sometimes.  Seems like every little bug stops to stay a bit.  Hope you are feeling better now.  I managed ok without the ice machine.  I would rather have had it, but hey what do you do?  We had a few big trees come down just down the road and also around the block that's why we had no power, the lines got pulled down.  Yeah hubby go cooled off once we got the power going.  The funny part was he got the genny going just as the power came on. ;).   It was good though because the power went off and on a couple more times that day.  Probably as they were fixing other places.  So things are back to normal for us, my in-laws that live in the next little town are still without power.  They have their genny hooked up to their camper so they are using that for a bit and the nephews are at their grandpa's house.  It's nuts when it happens, you don't always think about not having power and you realize how much you depend on it when it's not there.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on August 12, 2009, 06:21:24 PM
Hey Milly:
I can soooo sympathize with the trees down/power out/life with generator thing!!! If Andi is out there, she can too! We live in a very heavily forested area with Douglas firs that have NO root system. The least amount of wind and they come down all around and on us! I have an acre and a half of woods; can't tell you HOW many times we've dealt with that. But it's normally in the winter when it's freaking freezing, snowing and some dasterdly wind storm comes in. Life really stinks then....3-5 days no power in the cold and god knows what's lying around your property, driveway, and on the house. We live the "genny" life too!
I think I'm getting the slightly smaller Breg Polar Care 300--it will run w/o power in a manual mode LOL! Might be nice for traveling/RV'ing. It's a little smaller and lighter than the DonJoy and the Kodiak (I think Sue got that one). Got to get on the ball and order it. Insurance will not cover...but Andi says she might buy it off me if she does her knee next summer! God I hope knee #2 is all done w/it by next summer. What a lovely thought, huh? Not done till we're bilateral.
Yeah those pain meds....that's why I mentioned my instructor and his bout with getting off. He said he was so twitchy and freaky his wife was going to KILL him. But he did it, and it took about a month and it's all behind him. I really can appreciate your feeling of "laying around" too--I so hate recovery in any form esp. when it limits your mobility. Not looking forward to that part at all. No one around this house has a clue what "cleaning" is. It magically happens by the maid fairy when they're not looking. Husband can be called in to duty but needs quite a bit of coaching. And let's not even get started on the yard work!
Keep positng on your progress--what's your rom like these days?? when do you start out patient PT??? Hey, how long did you have to wear those support stockings for-assuming  you got them??
--sharon
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 13, 2009, 02:01:01 AM
Sharon - getting closer to 90 every day.  Nearly got it today.  Then the knee heated up and puffed up and lost it again.  Ah well that's how it progresses sometimes.  Hum seems like the cleaning fairy is on vacation here too.  Actually the kids have been really good about helping out and not as much of the usual grumbling.  The pain med thing is the hardest part for me I think.  Well I have about a month before I have to be at work again, so hopefully will be all set by then.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on August 13, 2009, 02:47:28 AM
Hey guys!
Got a new phone/service plan today. Milly~ I'll call you so, you can save it ok? Actually tried your cell and left a massage to wish you happy welcome home from the hospital. Did ya get it? Hmmm..I don't know how far Holland is but, I'd googled up someplace to SW lower MI and it's 2 hours South Haven? When you feel better, ok? I'll betcha we'll even go into Indian summer with the way things have been. Probably well into early Oct. I forget. Is this Elnino or Elnina?

Oh ha-ha!!! 90 Rocks woman!!! Betcha it was 6 weeks before I saw that #! Only 100ish at 9 weeks. The swelling DOES rock the boat, doesn't it? Even though my ROM is fab 8) now, it's still affected when it swells. Will that ever go away? Been dealing with a swolt up knee since the day humpty dumpty shattered to pieces. Maybe that's my pressure problem? Do you have that, too?

Are you ok in decreasing pain meds now? I mean so soon? Please don't beat yourself up in trying to beat the pain, ok? This was my gig with them and slowly backing off wasn't a problem other than residual horrible pain. May 07-Feb-08 Norco 2 tabs every 4-6 hrs., then every 6-8 hrs. That gradually backed off to 2 tabs just for therapy and maybe some later but, that left things in a miserable condition and suffered ALOT of severe pain. At that point, I wanted to try cutting those and try something else. All other meds just didn't work (celebrex, motrin, lidoderm patches, ultram). I was REALLY limited due to pain problems but, just dealt with it and wore a J-brace, had ionto treatments, iced alot, etc. Finally had ENOUGH up to my eyeballs and saw Dr. S. He's much better at trying to help the pain while living daily life and rehabbing through this mess. I think a person can only handle so much for so long. Thinkin' outside the box now as the bone pain is better but, the (soft tissue?) isn't. Pain management just seems to fit. ;) Hope it heals and you'll be just fine!!

You're so funny...lazy! I know you're bored...healing IS boring but, we've just gotta do it. You'll be your bouncy self again real soon! Hey! Stay outta those T-storms...yikes! Welcome to MI, lol. Get some rest and maybe a card/board game with the kids would be fun? Busy is good and it makes time go faster! Chat with ya soon...
Heather ;D

Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 13, 2009, 01:38:04 PM
Heather - Hey new phone plan eh?  I've got to charge the cell phone, so try tomorrow to call.  I did get your message, but the phone was off so did not get the phone number.  Actually the pain is not so bad.  It's the trouble that I've taken some heavy narcotics for about 2 years now and I don't feel like I quite need the larger dose.  So trying to back down the mg.  If I hit a point where it's not enough for pain control, I'll bump it back up for a bit.  I won't sit in terrible pain, you don't heal well that way.  I think the swelling will always be there to a degree, so keep the ice on hand. I think it will get better, but will probably take far longer than us very patient folks can stand. LOL  I decided it was nice to have the polar machine available at night so if I woke up with the knee too hot or a bit uncomfortable I could put it on for a bit then go back to sleep.  Worked better last night, but still have trouble sleeping.  I think it's partially the pain medicine.

For the IT band, do you massage it at all?  It helps me if I rub it a bit before trying to work it.  I've had ITBS for years though so I guess I can ignore it better.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on August 13, 2009, 05:12:12 PM
Hey Milly~
Do you have text service? If so, will it auto-save the number? I am on free-time after 7. Text is ok 24/7. I'm glad you got my message! Betcha it felt good to be home and see your kiddos again. :-* Missed mine terribly, too.
Wow!! I can't believe this, it's so great! You already have less pain than you did pre-op? Good 4 U! That also says how badly you needed to do this surgery. He did quite a bit more to my knee so maybe that's why the post-op acute pain was worse for a while. Tolerable with rest/elevation/ice/meds/immobilizer/Ted hose, though. The first surgery I'd had...ugh! NOTHING helped that mess. So, we see what it's like to have a make-it-work-better job and eventually it DOES begin to work better, right! You're bionic though...for real now!! VERY happy for ya!

Hmmm...have you talked to Becky about the med induced insomnia? Maybe Dr. S can add something at bedtime to assist that problem. You've been on the same meds/dosage for a while though, right? Are you sleeping during the day? Perky pets knocked me OUT...those are some fuzzy drugs. Heck yeah! Iceman rocks! How are you stabilizing yours? Inside the brace? That's what I did, too.

Funky how that IT band works (or lack of) when knees fail, huh. I've had ITBS all along, too. After this whopper of a surgery, the whole gig tightened up SOOO intensely from end to end. Failed the Ober's test miserably at like 5-6 inches from the table. Also, it hurt like somebody sucker punched the lateral thigh. Now, there's just a few sore spots but, it's still pretty tight. Doesn't it hurt to massage on it? PT tried it but, I didn't appreciate it much. Stretching it several times everyday has loosened it up a bit. I do remember reading that it was realigned with the LR. Do you know if you had any work done on yours too? Thinking it should get better over time. It's just a meanie but, hopefully yours will lessen to roar pretty soon, too!

Ok. Jumpy text box is back. Guess we can only chat for so long until that happens...what the heck. Happy healing and glad you're doing as well as you are! It's so early, I can't wait to hear you things go for you! Talk to you soon!
Heather ;D
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 14, 2009, 07:16:28 PM
Heather,

I'll put the cell phone on around 7 then and you can give a buzz tonight if you get the chance.  I don't think we have text service, the plan is from my work so it's not really my phone.  I have not called about the insomnia, I've had issues with it all my life, meds or not.  I think part of it was extreme discomfort.  I slept much better last night.  I stepped down from the two 7.5 every 6-8 hours to 10 mg every 5 hours, today I've had one 7.5 every 6 hrs, then I will take two before bed.  That seems to be pretty comfy for now.  Don't think the pain will quite let me step back more yet.  So I'll take it slow and see how it goes.  I will be putting in a call to my GP on Monday and ask for advice.  I also want to call Dr. S and check on driving.  I've been taking these darn things for so long they really don't make me very tired.  I don't get any of the "fun" from them, just dry mouth and pain relief.  As for stabilizing the knee he said don't use the immobilizer only to sleep if I am more comfortable that way.  So no need for it really.  Just feels mostly like some spots have been sucker punched.  Lateral thigh and the patella tendon are not happy.  But they did take a bit of a beating.  I have consistantly failed the Ober's test for almost 20 years, no biggie.  If you are not used to it though, ERG!  Streaching is the best way to get it better.  The massage does not feel nice at all.  It's one of those hurts now but will feel better later things.  One thing you can try is to get a tennis bal and roll it down the IT band and put as much pressure as you are comfortable with.  It feels odd and not good, but does help me sometimes.  It's alot like digging those trigger points.  Hurts like blazes but sure feels better the next day.  Another thing you can try for ITBS is to use moist heat along the IT band (I have a great heating pad with a little foam insert that you can dampen) for about 10-15 minutes then try the streaches.  It gets it loose a bit for you.  It's a bear and will probably be an issue for a long while.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on August 15, 2009, 02:45:30 PM
Heya Milly~
Good job in slowly backing off the pain meds there! Hope it works and you can gradually transition to none. Wouldn't that be great? How is it affecting the other knee, though? Righty is driving me batty today just from walking too much yesterday. Ya ever want to just tear the kneecap out? About to submerge both in a big pool of water in a few so, I hope they'll be happy! 8) Let's just wecome fish and swim away, ok? Hey! Have you thought about water PT? If so, I think you'll love it, too!
Driving aye? Do you think you can? He MADE me wait 2 months...no iff's and's or but's. I would've been pretty scared though, anyhow. Just the thought of smashing a newly revamped knee into a dashboard will make you very ill feelin'.  :-X Still feel like that sometimes. We're veterans at this stuff now, though. If you think you can, you probably won't have a problem gettin' behind the wheel again. Just go slow and take it easy, ok?
I think I've figured out why the IT band massages are so fierce. I tried what you'd suggested there and this is what I feel...femur BONE! All that lack of muscle tone makes it tougher to work on that stuff. Feels like you're pushing an already angry IT band right into hard stuff. So, the new PM place does trigger point injections. Have a boatload of those, too. Do you think they can inject the IT band, too? You're right, though. Just started getting moist heat packs before stretches/exercise and it DOES help. My knee absolutely detests heat though. Does yours? Where did you find a heating pad like that? It sounds awesome!

Happy healing to you! I'll be at the waterpark for a few hours. Can I call you when we get back? I'd love to chat  ;D Have a good one and hope you get some sleep! I'm going on 10 hrs total for 2 nights! UGH!
Heather :)
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Cynthia1982 on August 16, 2009, 12:49:03 AM


Hi Milly,

Just a quick post to see how you are doing. I hope things are going well for you and that your post op pain is not to bad. It's late here now and I should probably be asleep so I will write more next time I promise, I just wanted you to know that I was thinking about you.

Cynthia
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 16, 2009, 08:23:37 PM
Heather - Yeah the bone is close under a lot of the IT band even when the muscles are good.  It is a touchy place to work on.  Well I have been staying at 1 perc at and one at noon and two before I go to bed.  I am going to try a bit less tomorrow and see how it goes.  The right one is not too bad right now, but hard to say how it will feel when the pain meds are decreased.  I did not ask about driving, but I have a small store and a convience store right on the corner from my house, so less than a block to drive.  I figured that should not be too bad.  Not ready for any long drives yet, but short ones I can manage.  If I had the TTT also I probably would not be driving either.  Believe me there are many times I want to rip the kneecap off.  I found my heating pad at Walmart.  In he phamacy section.  It's a larger size with a little foam thing you can wet and put inside.  Works really nice.  I forgot to turn on the cell phone after I charged it.

Cynthia - thanks for the message.  I am doing pretty well.  Bored a bit, but not enough stamina to do much.  Tough spot for me as there are things I want to get done, but don't have the energy to do.  How have you been?

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: ghost on August 17, 2009, 09:14:08 PM
Bummer, I have a 6 week ban on the stuff you guys are doing.  I'm banned from water theapy, slr's ad sae's until after my 6 week appt.

I officially maxed out the cpm today at 110 degrees and am just shy of 90 with the hammie curls.  Heel slides are tougher.  Quad sets are ok but feel weird.  At least most of the quads are firing.  RF isn't playing yet though, maybe the tourniquet or maybe the femoral block, but in either case it's still mostly out to lunch.  It's gotta move it, I'm back to work  (I hope) in two weeks.

Sue
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Cynthia1982 on August 18, 2009, 01:04:11 AM
Hi

Milly - Glad to hear you are doing well. I know how boring it is not being able to do the things you want or need to do, give it time and your energy will build up again(there will be no stopping you then). I can't believe you are driving already, I wasn't allowed to drive for 4wks after my last surgery and my surgery was minor compared to what you have been through.
I've been doing good since the latest illness. Did I tell you I nearly burned the kitchen down, well John might argue there he says I did burn the kitchen down but then again men tend to exaggerate just a bit ;D. The insurance guys have been and have given the go ahead for all that needs fixing so the kitchen is nearly back to normal.

Hey Sue sounds like you are doing well with all the exercises.


Cynthia
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 18, 2009, 03:09:13 AM
Sue - Not sure if I should have been driving, but it has been a block or less.  I will call tomorrow and ask if it's ok.  Hope so since I already did it.  If not I'll be good and wait.  The ROM is difficult as I still have swelling and a spot that is not going down, but it will in time.

Cynthia - Almost took out the ktichen eh?  Well it can happen to anyone.  My husband broiled a towel once.  We are working on our basement as it got water damage with all the rain.  Just what I want right now, home improvements!  Needs fixing though before things get too moldy.  Since the surgery was the left knee and I have an automatic transmission, driving is not so bad.  I have not gone more that a block or so yet.  I did not want to really aggrivate the knee.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Marjan on August 20, 2009, 05:15:31 PM
Hi Milly,

Just thought I'd check in and see how things are coming along.  Looks like you're doing well.....still early on.....and you're doing alot already!  Being bored is a great sign!!! ;)  Doing well with the meds too!  Woohoo, you go, girl! 

Keep healing -

marjan
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on August 21, 2009, 05:03:01 AM
Hi Milly:
just checking in to see what 2 weeks out is like..... I think because I am on the same "prorgram" as the total knee recipients in terms of the schedule etc. and what they tell me for expectations, it's a little nerve wracking. I think everyone is treated the same no matter what flavor parts you are going in for. So how are things? Can you feel light at the end of the tunnel yet--as in the knee function improving??? Did your doc ask your ok to to the total if the knee looked like toast when he got in there? That made my stomach turn. Have you had that epiphany moment yet of no grinding/crunching/catching?
--sharon
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Cynthia1982 on August 23, 2009, 12:38:32 AM


Hey Milly,

Just popping in to see how you are keeping. I hope your recovery is going well and that you are not in to much pain. I'm sure if you are anything like me you are very bored by now not being able to do all the things you want to.

Well I have to go. Hope you are well.

Take care
Cynthia
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: KiddtheKatt on August 24, 2009, 12:42:06 AM
Hi Milly;
   I am so sorry that I haven't checked in with you before now, but life as I know it has been pretty horrible. I hope that your surgery went as it should have, it sounds like you're doing pretty good. Your Rom sounds good, how is your flexion? I have an appointment this coming week with a new os,   My tkr knee isn't doing real good right now. I'm afraid I have infection in it from multiple fire ant bites I got all up and down my right leg. I had to take antibiotics for 3 weeks to try and keep the infection down, but I don't think it worked. My Rheumy put me on Savella for the Fibro and it was wonderful, until the side effects set in, yuk! I had to stop taking it and now the overall fibro pain is worse.

   That's why I haven't checked in, I have been in bed for almost a week with a flare from hell. I am terrified of having more surgery on that knee, because the pain I had during the 1st three surgeries won't be anything compared to the pain I'll have. If it's not one thing it's something else. I'm going to lay back down Milly, my muscles are hard as rocks and they are beginning to tremor. Take care of you and let me know how you are.

gentle hugs
Angel 
 
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 27, 2009, 02:43:08 AM
Hey all sorry I have not posted in a bit.  My DH decided that NOW is a good time to have all the folks out for quotes for home repairs.  GRRR!  Ah well, stuff does need to get done I guess.  The timing is just bad.  Been feeling down too, just the boredom I think.

Sharon Ė Yeah I did say if it all was bad to fix her up.  Both doc and I were certain that it was just the kneecap.  The other surgeries all said the meniscus were both fine.  I had that no grinding moment the morning after surgery.  It was so nice, no bone pain and no clunk, clunk jagged movement anymore.  Quite nice.

Cynthia Ė Yeah the boredom is taking a toll.  I did get down to get the laundry done today (yippee!).  I needed some comfortable yoga pants for the doc appt tomorrow am.  So had to get down there and do it.

Angel Ė Oh no not an infection now!  It just is not fair, you have been through so much.  Too bad the fibro meds had too many side effects.  Thatís what makes it so hard, you find something that works, then it does a number on the rest of you.  I can understand why you have not been on or responded lately.  I hope they can get the infection cleared up.  I had one fire ant bite when I was a kid, that was more than enough for me.  I wish I could wave the magic wand for you.  I hope you feel better soon.  I certainly hope they can find something to help you out.  I donít blame you for wanting to hold off on any surgery.   Take care and sending healing wishes your way

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on August 27, 2009, 04:57:18 AM
Hi Milly~

Great to hear from you! Doing laundry already? Yeah for you!! Are ya still crutching by? It IS boring to be home...know exactly whatcha mean! Had the summer blues in the middle of winter this past time around. I'll bet you have the summer blues right now. You can call n' chat if you get bored. I think I gave you my new #, right? Have your kids started school yet? Mine doesn't go until after Labor Day.

So, how's the pain dept? Hope it's gettin' better! Take care getting those x-rays. Holding that slightly bent knee stuff hurts, man! Hope he's happy with your progress, too! I'm happy with his work...really I am. Like he says~ he can't make a normal knee out of an abnormal one but, it sure is working better anyhow. Did a heel-touch (standing on left leg) off the 4 in. step and OMG! did that hurt! :( and was as awkwardly fumbly as heck BUT, strength is finally a bit better than where things had plateaued pre-op! I could've never, ever done that before...was badly struggling with that exercise off the 2 inch shim. I hope your shiny new parts work better, too!

Continue to stay on that happy healin' path, alright? I'm headed to pain management on Sept. 1st. Pretty excited to see what they can offer. Maybe a knee injection of straight lidocaine, lol! Sounds good to me! Take care...

Heather ;D
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: ghost on August 27, 2009, 09:43:14 AM
Hi Folks,

Milly I managed to get some laundry done yesterday as well, although I admit it is still in the dryer as I wasn't up to a third trip down the stairs.  I'm with you, I'm getting depressed being home all of the time.  I'm going back to work on Monday so we'll see how that goes.  How's your stability.  My leg doesn't feel very stable yet.  Ext is not much past 110 - just way to much scar tissue in there.  It's almost as if my body overreacted to the invasion and manufactured a ton of scar tissue in a matter of hours so I need to break that up.  I suggested to pt yesterday that we need to be more aggressive and force the issue but he disagrees so I guess I'll have to be more patient.

I'm also still having a bit of a problem getting this leg to respond to commands.  I say lift and it says "yeah right" and does nothing.  Couldn't do an SLR if you paid me and to get in the car I have to pick up the bottom half of my leg and put it in.  In short, I'm sick of this.

Sue
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 27, 2009, 10:39:50 PM
Sue - Darn leg better start listening or I may have to come talk to it!  I am going back the 31st, so will see how it will go.  Yeah it feels wobbly sometimes.

Heather - Naw I only use a crutch when I get really tired.  I use a cane for outdoor walking around.  I plan to take the crutch on Monday.  Not sure how well the cane will work when the knee gets really tired.  Pain not too bad.  Righty hurts more!!  Congrats on he 4in step, even if it hurt like heck, you did do it.

All - Doc was very pleased with my progress.  I have very good rom one month out.  Strength still needs work, but I figured it would take a while.  I am passed to use the pool and go back to work.  I did ask for some PT for gait training.  Hope I can get into some pool stuff.  Unfortunately I can only get an eval early.  So before 5 of course.  So I go back and get to fanagle my schedule again.  Geez!  So for now I am doing fab as far as the knee goes.  It still gets hot and swollen, but that's not suprizing at all.

Take care all,

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: ghost on August 29, 2009, 10:35:36 AM
Hey Milly,

Yah, mine still gets hot and swollen too.  I guess that' going to take a while. I'm headed back to work Monday as well, but haven't decided on crutch or cane, but I'll need one.  The leg is unresponsive on a good day and 2x as bad when it gets tired.  Are you allowed to do steps?  I'm still in the bledsoe brace and banned from any movement more than 30 degrees.  I'm guessing that isn't helping in the strength department.

I started pt at 2 weeks.  Gotta get on that scar tissue which my body produces in mass quantities.  It's the same old, same old.  Move it or lose it stuff.

Sue
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on August 29, 2009, 07:06:41 PM
Hi All:
popping in--will also try to post on my thread. I think Andi has done some updates. Still on crazy narcotics which reallly affect me. Doing ok. Ended up with the PFJR and LR as planned. Got some AWESOME PIX during surgery. OMG--milly, no offense but your patella defect looked like an offspring of mine. Virtually the whole surface was gone. You can even see the bone skid marks from the bones ratcheting. For anyone who knows geology, it looks  just like glacial polish on granite. I don't know how he was able to plane off the whole underside on the kneecap and still have enough left to work with.
This was a big surgery, bigger than I expected and has been tough. I am using a walker-wt bearing as tolerated. Very loaded up on drugs; can't even think and have no memory. Got anemic (blood was good going in) and have had trouble w/low BP. Doc said surgery was good and went well.-mo0re later on my thread.
--s
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 31, 2009, 04:59:17 PM
Sue - How is work going for you today?  I decided on a crutch just in case.  I can do short stints without anything, but thought it might get too tired for the cane.  Thankfully I am not one that tends to a lot of scar tissue, but I had been working the knee since the day after surgery.  Bending, SLRs, short arc quads, quad sets etc.  Will see the PT tomorrow for the first eval.  Then I will know for sure where I am at.

Sharon - Wow that bad eh?  Likely mine would have been if I had put this off for a while.  I think the pain was my biggest problem.  Always has been.  I think I also had a lot of pressure issues too, so made pain worse.  I do know what glacial polish is, yikes for you!  Is the movement better than it was, no ratcheting?  Yeah this is a biggie surgery wise.  I also had some problems with low BP, but was mostly related to dehydration.  Do you feel terribly thirsty all the time?  I did for about the first week.  I like the G2 lower cal gatorade, it helped a lot without a ton of added calories.  Perks up your electrolites too.  The pain meds are no problem for me, but had been taking some pretty strong ones before so the lower dose only makes me a tad sleepy.  Take care and feel better.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on September 01, 2009, 02:15:16 AM
Hey Milly~

Thanks for the PM! Yes, I did get a new atty...hopefully all untruthful people are weeded out now! There was NEVER a plan for her return this past weekend as the other atty said. Guess he's gonna give it a shot in court tomorrow but rather bummed that I didn't get the fire-breathing female atty. She was just too busy today and we need ACTION!

So, back to work you go! Hope you were ok today...how'd ya do? I'm chomping at the bit to try anything to improve pain and get on with it. It won't be nursing, though. :( Wonder how long just simply getting around will be a problem? Had PT and then barely made it up atty's steps to the doorway. Maybe golf really isn't my sport, lol? Naw..it was ok. Focus OFF the knee pain and into your swing. It kinda works but, thank goodness for carts!

I can't believe how fast you're coming along with the walking aides, though. One crutch already? YAY for you! Shorter walks are ok without a cane but, grocery shopping ugh! Let's not and say we did! Can you get that SLR totally straight yet? It's H-A-R-D! I think scar tissue is still holding me back on the last 5 degrees. Couldn't get 'em pre-op either so nothing new, right? Not sure if PT tells you this but, full extension with a SLR is what he (I mean my PT) considers as an ok to walk without a stick. Good luck with your new PT appt! May you be better than you were pre-op and do exceptionally well! Totally giddy about Elliptical now...really I am! That's the only PT exercise that doesn't hurt. Odd huh? Completely and utterly intolerable before shiny new parts so you go n' get your game on too, chica!

Hey! How does your OTHER knee respond to the pain med reduction? Just curious because I'm REALLY noticing it. MCConnell tape works for a minute and then I want to tear the kneecap off again. Does your new knee still have this pressure, too? I think it just compounds things, don't you? With all the extra driving and PT beating me up, I'm having to take 2 or 3 tabs/day to squeek by! Ice/sit down/prop/stretch/brace up in between and life is sorta bearable. Man! I hope pain management has a better way. If they offer blocks...I'm sooo there!

Can't wait to hear how your first day back went and hope you're ok! TTYL...
Heather ;D

Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on September 01, 2009, 03:08:38 PM
Heather  - First day back was pretty good.  Had a little nap once I got home and the knee was a bit swollen, but expected that so....

I definately use something if I am going more that a few feet or to the bathroom at home and outside is a stick of some kind.  No falling please.  Can't quite get the SLR all the way straight, but the quads are still weak.  I can get the leg straight when I do quad sets, it's just the lifting it straight that needs work.  I'll probably feel pretty beat up when I get home tonight as the first PT session is always the eval and they poke and pull and push etc. to see where you are.

The right knee has been ok with the reduction.  I think lefty was the worst and the right knee just took the brunt of the work.  It ain't good by a long shot, but it is better than lefty was.  I can understand the wanting to take the kneecap off, feel that way with the right on often.  It's not pain per se, but just a pressure, irritation thing for the most part.  Pain does come into play with the right one just not as bad as the left was.  I don't think 2 -3 tabs a day is too bad.  You still have some healing to do.  I hope PM can help you.  Stress sure does not help either.  The new knee does get a pressure sensation in it, I think that it is swelling even if you can't quite see anything.  Just kind of feels like too much in there or something.  It gets better, but I think will be there a while.

I'll let you all know how PT went.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on September 01, 2009, 09:04:19 PM
Milly and Sue:
how the hell are you guys managing to go back to work? I can't even hardly move around w/the walker. 8 days out now and I would have thought a lot better than this. PT dude was out yesterday and will come each day this week. He's happy but I am not. this is going to take forever. I feel like I'll never get off this walker; the swelling is huge and tight. the femoral bone pain is bad too. it looks like he took a lot more out of there than the video I watched of the procedure. but if you guys are going back at 4-5 wks then I guess there's light at the end of the tunnel......?????????????
--s
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Skinnycatz on September 01, 2009, 09:40:41 PM
Sharon...

I guess some people have a higher tolerance for pain...and surgical pain/recovery is a different kind of pain than the pain you deal with everyday with bad knees...you are used to that kind of pain.  I think that since you didn't even have knee surgery before, this is even worse for you.  For me, my first knee surgery was just terrible and the others were easier because I knew what to do to deal with it.  I think the surgery you guys had is a lot worse and from what I understand, bone pain is the worst.  My mom just found out a few days ago that she has two sacral fractures and they have given her different pain meds and nothing is relieving her pain!  She is used to the pain from her arthritis but this is much worse...she is crying with it.   :'(  I feel bad that I had to come home and couldn't help her.  At least if I was there I could get her food/meds during the day when my sister is at work.  If she wants care during the day she has to hire someone and that isn't cheap!

I know that if I have to go though a big replacement surgery, I will be a whimp about it for sure...I have trouble with ANY pain that I'm not used to.  I have enough trouble dealing with the daily stuff now as it is.  At least you know that your pain is supposed to get better!  I wish I could say that.   :(

Francine
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: adlottis on September 01, 2009, 11:23:30 PM
Milly,

You are doing amazingly well, I can't believe how well you are getting around and back to work all ready.  Good for you girl.  I understnd the need to push yourself otherwise you'd go stir crazy.

Take care and keep plugging along

Annette

Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on September 02, 2009, 01:16:02 AM
Sharon Ė Oh honey sending you healing waves and hugs.  It is a tough one for you isnít it?  The first two weeks were really bad for me.  Not quite where you are, but still bad.  Wait for 14 days, then if things are still this bad ask your OS.  Two weeks is usually the ďmagicĒ turning point.  There is hope, itís still early for you though.  It does feel like youíll be at this spot for ever, I know.  This is also your first knee surgery?  If so it was a big one to start with.  You are really not doing that badly.  Feels like it to you Iím sure.  It does get better I promise.

Francine Ė Sorry about your mom.  Poor dear, in so much pain.  I hope there is more they can do for her.  I think you are right about each person reacting to surgery in there own way.

Annette Ė Thanks!  I am still careful so that I donít muck this up.  I take it easy when I am tired and ask for help when I need it.  Even when it bugs me to ask.  So far it has not been too bad, tired when I get home though.

As far at PT today I felt pretty good about it.  The left hip muscles need some work, but I knew that.  I do walk funny (told her so, so was not surprised).  Some muscle weakness, but all in all strength was pretty good.  So I know what to work on for that.  The gait is going to be the struggle.  I pull the leg from the hip not the thigh.  Probably did that because too much bending was painful.  So need to work hard on that.  At least they will give me a late appt (4:45), so I wonít have to make up so much time.  This week will be bad since I had to leave @ 2:30 today.  Next week is a short week because of Labor Day.  I have 108 flex (I can get more but it really hurts!) and 5 extension.  I can get better than that but the tennis shoes I was wearing flubs the measurement.  So next time they measure it I will take my shoes off.  However 5 was were I was before surgery anyway, so no loss there.  So all in all pretty good.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on September 03, 2009, 06:02:18 AM
Hey guys~
You're right about pain, tolerance, and experiences. Coming from someone who barely knew what real pain meant, (other than sadly having to see so much of it at work before this injury) I broke my first bone ever and wanted to D-I-E! Supposedly, I have a tolerance to high "acute" pain levels...so says my surgeons and PT. I just don't have a great tolerance to the chronic pain. Maybe because it's tough to forsee an end to chronic pain anytime soon? Seems to be quite the opposite here...many of you have had chronic pain and face the acute pain with surgery as such. Odd isn't it? I just feel so bad that many of you have had to sit this chronic stuff out for so, so long! Milly is right...you DO learn that you have to be patient. Not to say that it will end tomorrow or next week but, finding the right treatment is the key. Soooo...

Sharon~
Have you called the doc back? Is your pain still severe despite the meds you're taking? If so, please do let them know asap. In the beginning, it IS hard to do much. Next week you'll probably be able to do stuff that you couldn't this week. Sometimes it takes a few months. So, my point is that pain should be controlled as much as possible. It should NOT be off the charts, ok? Keep us posted please!

Hey Milly~
I just thought of something! You ARE starting PT earlier than I was allowed. I wonder why? You're kickin' butt though! Really you are! Able to drive yet? That's the part that drove me crazy...please don't swipe my road rights! Naw...couldn't have done it before then anyhow. It was just THAT fact, you feel so stuck! Came back MUCH faster than it did with the other big op! Oh yeah...shoes do stick when you're trying to slide that flexion into place. 5 is still good though...you're early chica! No loss is even better. Wear the slipperiest socks you have and GIT that ROM! It just sucks when it's hard to take your shoes off/on. :( I'm wearing heels to PT next time. Butt-kicking is that close now. If I wear 5 in. heels, I can cheat and touch-down! YAY!
Hey! Can PT tape your right knee? My (good now not so good) kneecap hurts liked I've just banged it on something when it acts up. The tape is helping because we've left it off before and it got mad. So I'm getting McConnelled at every session now. Doesn't control the popping and grinding but, it DOES help the ouch. As yours is prob'ly on over-drive right now too, it's taking an added beating. Gotta give it some TLC, ok?
Ohhh! for the hip muscles, does PT have a multi-hip machine? Just discussing that today but, you can use it in various directions.

Take care folks! Off to bed and prop this knee up. PT hurts but, I hate cold worse. It's brisk outside! TTYL...
Heather :)

Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on September 03, 2009, 02:03:59 PM
Heather Ė I probably am allowed earlier as I did not have the transfer, so did not need to heal a man made fracture too.  Also you mentioned that the bones were soft after the ORIF, so I am sure doc wanted just to have the bone get good and healed before anyone tried to ďworkĒ on it.  As for my extension loss, I had about 5 before surgery cause the kneecap would get in the way and not let me straighten out all the way.  Also PT was at the end of the day and the poor knee likes to puff up by then and itís hard to get it to cooperate so well.  I am going to see how the right one feels by my next appt.  If itís still grousing too much I may ask for a PTO for it too.  That did make a big difference in lefty.  It would hurt so much more when I left it off.  I have not seen the machines at the new place yet.  Docs orders were pretty clear, no weights yet, so no machines.  Mostly gait and ROM isometrics and open chain (I think I got that right).  Nothing that will stress the knee yet.  I think he wants to make good and sure the prothesis are seated and are staying put.

I did discover that there is a waiting period for new parts and MRI.  I have a foot issue with the right foot and the foot guy wanted an MRI, but the tech would not do it for at least another 8 weeks.  Interesting!

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Cynthia1982 on September 20, 2009, 11:55:52 PM

Hi Milly,


Well I have a bit of good news unfortunatly it's nothing to do with getting my knees sorted out but none the less myself and John are delighted with the news. We are expecting a little bundle in April ;D well we actually found out the other day that it's 2 little bundles so we are very happy. Our wedding is next August so we are thinking of putting it off until the following year.
Still no news on the knee stuff but I doubt they will do anything now until the babies are born.

Just thought i'd share my news with you.

Love
Cynthia xx
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on September 21, 2009, 02:14:53 AM
Milly:
wonder if the MRI waiting period is to make sure the new parts are good and glued down....maybe you can ask later when the time comes for your foot. bummer on that...

Hi Cynthia: congratulations on your double news! Babies are wwwaaaaaaaay better than knees any day!

--sharon
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on September 21, 2009, 07:09:43 PM
Cynthia,

CONGRATULATIONS!

That is really wonderful news!

Sharon - I think you are right.† I asked Dr. S's nurse and she said I could do an MRI anytime.† So will wait for the tech to be confortable with it I guess.† Foot is no worse, no better either, but no worse.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on September 28, 2009, 05:17:20 PM
Hey all -

Been a while, but thought I would post out some progress.  Last Wednesday at PT I got 131 flex.  I can get 0 ext passively, but still need a bit more strength to get the last couple of degrees myself.

Saw Dr. S on Thursday and the nurse was saying how well I was walking.  Doc asked how the pain from before surgery was, and told him it was gone.  He said "I'm sorry".  I said well I'm not!  So I go back in a couple of months for a check.  I will continue with a bit more PT to get that last bit of ext if possible.  Have to work on the strengh most.

The best thing is I took my son and his buddy to a big Ren Faire accross the state this past weekend.  Walked most of the day Saturday in the drizzle and hardly had any pain at all!  The right one ached a bit with the damo, but nothing that I could not stand.  It was really cool!  I was even able to do laundry on Sunday!  I finally feel like I am more myself than I have been in the last couple of years.  Pain stinks!

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on September 29, 2009, 01:46:43 AM
Wow Milly!! Thanks for the update!! That is sooooooo amazing--your rom is good and you are cruising pain free!!!! Remember all those pills you were having to take during and after work? OMG I am so happy for you. I also want to thank you for all the words of encouragement and enlightenment..... you guys are so far ahead of the curve to me with your prior surgery experience. I reallly want this prosthesis to work out better than my OEM equipment; you are giving me hope!  You must keep everyone updated as your progress no doubt will continue for another whole bunch of months. Do you feel 131 is ok or do you think it's important to eek out more for daily life like weeding, cleaning bathrooms, etc.????
Thanks for the very very happy post Milly!!!!!!!! You are my mentor--just now graduating to one crutch and I'm at 5 weeks. PT has me pegged as "complicated". Gee is that just swell or what? The story of my life....!
--sharon
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on September 29, 2009, 03:52:43 PM
Sharon - Glad I can be an inspiration rather than an exasperation.  ;D  Anyway I did have one crutch for a week or so once I got back to work, so don't feel bad about it.  Complicated is not necessarily a bad thing.  I have been labeled difficult before, so ....  I am definately working for 135.  It does make getting down on the floor easier.  I can almost get the leg straight by myself now.  Need a bit more quad strength.  I am so happy not to be taking so many pills.  Mostly it is at night yet.  Days like today after PT I usually take a small amount in the AM.  The right knee is the one protesting though.  So I don't mind so much.  It is not hurting nearly as bad as the left had, so I think I will be able to manage.

Take care and keep plugging at the PT.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on October 02, 2009, 01:18:26 AM
Hey Milly~
Just checkin' in with ya. Sent you a pm, too. You really ARE doing so great! ;D What's Ren Faire? So, you aren't having to pre-medicate for PT and only need your meds after? Wow! That's cool, too. I didn't take mine on purpose just to see on Mon. and wasn't even able to push what I'd been doing on the adductor machine. So, I guess I should still take them in order to make PT more productive? I dunno...maybe that's why I hurt alot more about 2 hrs after because it's masked somewhat while I'm plugging along. Strength is also feeling rather plateauish at 4- now, too. How long did Dr. S tell you that he's prescribing it for you? I might bust loose soon...we'll see.To finally graduate from PT since 7/07, better or not, would be such an ego kick!!! 8) I'll probably have to continue stuff independently though. You keep working hard too, ok? Great that you're doing so well...VERY happy news! TTYL!!

Heather ;D
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on October 02, 2009, 07:45:14 PM
Heather - I've got a few more weeks of PT and then we wil see where I am at.  Things are going pretty good.  Pain wise I will sometimes take a half pain pill before PT (especially when I unboxed and configured 6 printers Wednesday before PT).  Mostly it is after PT and at night.  A Ren Faire is a rennasiance fair.  Google Michigan Renissance Festival.  You should get tons of info.  This weekend is the last one till next year.

Next weekend I will be heading toward Flint to see my uncle.  I will be driving my mom.  We are going to see my uncle who has cancer.  He has not wanted company, but I told my mom you need to go see him.  He is not doing so well anymore.

Anyway hope you can get out of PT some day.  I also do a bunch at home and probably will continue to do so.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on October 02, 2009, 10:47:18 PM
Hi Milly and Heather:
you guys are my inspiration.... Heather for your incredible perserverance and Milly for your go-get-um attitude.
Heather you will graduate from PT--be very glad that you have been able to take advantage of it for this long. Mine will be run out before I am done, so dipping into savings to cover yet again.
Milly--glad you are able to drive your mom. That is a good thing, she should go and isn't that great you are able to take her.
If anyone needs floor plans or make-it-at home ideas for converting their living room into a rehab center, just let me know....my son says our house now "smells" like an old folks home and I said how appropriate--it also LOOKS like one. PT never ends at home, does it?!? I think this will be a forever thing but maybe it will just morph more into a regular human workout thing. Steadily chugging along here........
-sharon
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on October 03, 2009, 12:28:44 AM
Awww thank you Sharon...that was a nice comment! I've never given up hope and never plan to. ;) Atleast I can walk, even if it hurts. 10 months of crutches in 2 yrs is enough for a lifetime...good golly! What cracks me up is when people ask if I'm not a bit too young for all of this. That happens everywhere I go. Well...auto accidents aren't always kind to us. I vow to say no more, EVER!!!

Ahh ha-ha, yes I am one of those complicated patients, too. That must be pretty darned bad when you hear it at PT from other patients who've graduated and then come back for something else. They all say "you're still here"? Guess they figure something is terribly wrong after this long, lol. PM and OS says it's complicated too...joy! ::) Hmmm...maybe not soo complicated. There's just a garden variety of pain SOURCES in that gimpy knee thang. ;) Old folks home Sharon...ha-ha-ha!!! My son said my house smelled like old blood from the steristrips and he had the smell stuck in his nose. Ewww!!!

Milly~
I'm very sorry to hear about your uncle. Please do be careful on your trip. Flint is chaos sometimes in that nightmarish traffic! Beware, folks don't obey stop signs and stuff, ok. Can your mom help drive some? 
So, is your strength better than pre-op now? Do you only get X weeks and you're done despite how well you are? That kind of deal would be hard because just this surgery alone is so long to rehab back from. Do you have a PT center that permits you to come on your own? I talked to my guy today and he said I could potentially go to the aquatic wellness class in a few weeks if I want to. This PT order from Dr. S goes through Oct. 14th. and we'll need clearance from him first. The gym is also open to the public and they can pay as members so, it's really an awesome thing. Many patients just continue their regimen on their own and PT is always around to ramp it up for them as needed. If I fly solo, he'll still do rechecks every 2 weeks.

Wowee wow...be careful at work ok? Are you allowed to lift yet? That hurts just thinkin' about lifting stuff. I had to carry a 3ish gal. bucket of water today to my dog and almost went down due to sudden knee pain. Balance ain't wonderful, either. How's that coming along for you? Are you doing any proprioception work? How long can you go before you have to sit?

I think the weather is supposed to be nasty all weekend. It's colder than iceland here and icky rain today! I've heard the Renn. festival is a total blast...sorry the fair part threw me. Just never had the opportunity to check it out and think it'd be fun. Isn't it in Ann Arbor? I've been wanting to head down to Halloweekends at Cedar point. It's soooo much fun, too! Haven't been since the accident and it might be ok as it's less crowded now.

Hey! If you ever want to meet up for coffee, tea, sode, etc. just gimme a call, ok? Flint is only around the corner from here if ya'll have time. Ya wanna try something hard? I'm curious if you can do it...really. It's the stool scoot, single leg, forwards/backwards on carpet! Let me know if you try and can ok? It's unbelievably hard! :o Take care and don't hurt yourself at work, ok? TTYL!!! ;D

Heather
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: ghost on October 03, 2009, 10:14:53 AM
Milly, you're doing awesome.  I've got my ROM to 135 but can't seem to break that mark.  When I push it I'm getting pain in the joint.  How are the stairs going?  I'm getting better at going up but down is still A PITA.  On the pt front I don't take anything prior to pt and normally don't take anything after either, although I might need a couple of aleve before bed time to take the edge off.  On the ice front I haven't iced in two weeks, although I probably should to work on the swelling.

Sharon, 120 on the ROM is a major improvement.  Sounds to me like you're silently gliding away from a dreaded MUA.  I would have walked barefoot on a bed of nails to avoid that myself.  Quad strength will come, but it does go MIA overnight.  Don't forget, in your case the knee has been in the wrong place for years, now you're trying to talk those muscles into working in an entirely new pattern and to pull in a different direction.  It's no wonder they're going duh, what?  They need some serious retraining like an unruly child.

Fyi, my whole house looks like a pt center.  I've got my granger book to reduce the stair height from 7" to 3" for step downs.  Then there's the rubber band around the leg of the couch to work the hamstrings and the other band that I use to stretch the hamstrings.  Kitchen chairs have even gotten into the act for ROM.  We are something aren't we?  Necessity is the mother of invention.

Sue
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on October 05, 2009, 02:06:22 AM
Sharon Ė The attitude keeps me sane! 

Heather Ė My Aunt and Uncle live in Fenton so I can avoid Flint altogether.  Yeah my mom can help drive, but I think it best if I do as I know my Uncle has gotten worse since we saw him this summer.  She would be too upset.

The strength is better now than pre-op, but still have a way to go.  I get 60 visits per year per dx so I do have quite a few visits left.  I donít think you can go on your own, other than to open pool times.

The Ren festival is in Holly.  They may have one in Ann Arbor too.  It is a blast!

Sue Ė The stairs are getting better.  Still not the best, but I donít hike the hip up anymore.  I have cut the pain meds way down, but I still take some every now and then.  I  took some pretty strong stuff every 4 hours for the arthritis pain so could not just stop with out feeling terrible.  I am pretty much done with it though.  The right knee is still  pretty bad pain wise (not all the time) so regular NSAIDS and Tylenol does not help it at all. At least I do not have pain 24/7 anymore.  Once I get the right knee fixed I should be just great. 

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on October 09, 2009, 08:16:58 PM
Well all,

I should be graduating out of PT next Wednesday.  I am doing well and the rest of the strength will come along.  I can do the things I need to do and most of what I want to do.  I still am bummed I cannot run anymore (but could not for several years now).  I can still run to get out of the way of something, but no long distance.  I don't see the doc until late November or early December.  I want to say around Thanksgiving.  So hope eveyone else can get where I am.  Keep plugging away. 

So, I'll be around to see how you all are doing.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on October 10, 2009, 05:48:09 PM
Hi Milly~
Did you get to go to Fenton? I hope all is ok with your family. I'm contemplating a trip to Cass City to see my good friends Steph and Tim tomorrow. I just need to get away for a day. Know what I mean?
I went out with a friend from PT last night for a while and we chatted about this disabled life-stuff. He has a really bad back problem. From watching me struggle through difficult PT assignments, limp around and,constantly squirm around/move the knee, I think he feels somewhat lucky versus what we've had!

I'll bet you really are ever grateful to our doc. I know I am. He's the bomb at this masterminded business, isn't he? I'll admit that I feel better than before some of his handiwork here but, it's far from great yet. Guess I'm a tough project, even for him. BUT, if there's a person on this planet who can make it as good as it's gonna get, it's him! ;) I really am happy for you Milly! You've come a long way since we've met! It'd be nice to meet up again sometime. You've done and are doing so well!

Chat with you soon!
Heather :)
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on October 13, 2009, 06:05:33 PM
Heather Ė Thanks and hang in there girl, you are improving.  There was a lot going on for you.  I am ever so grateful for Dr. S.  I would be raving mad with pain by now without him.  We did not get to Fenton, the relatives were not home.  They are coming my way on Saturday.  They would like to go to Florida one more time I think and my aunt wants to see how the car ride goes for my uncle.  We definitely need to get together again some time.  Maybe once spring gets here we can find someplace to meet up.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Heathers new knee on October 15, 2009, 04:32:23 PM
Hey Milly~
That's nice that your family is coming to see you instead. I hope your uncle is ok with the traveling part. So, what's the deal here in MI anyhow? This weather truly stinks! We were robbed of a decent summer and straight to winter it seems. I think we're gonna have alot of snow or something....

Thank you! I am hangin' about and waiting to see Dr. S again next week. I'm wondering if I'll need crutches again if he yanks the screws. Seems pretty simple if it's just that but, he might need to do a bit more...he's mentioned that a few times. Are you tracking ok? How's your pain levels? Are they still quickly receding or are you plateauish yet? I'm also wondering what a VMO advancement might do as it's just soooo weak yet. RE the RSD though, most OS's don't want to do anything until that's under control. So, which comes first here...the chicken or the egg? LOL!

You know....I think you're only about 3 - 3.5 hrs away from Lenawee county. We could potentially meet someplace in the middle. I'll look around that area and find us something fun to do, ok? I'll bet Holland in the spring is awesome. Ever go to the Tulip festivals? Never been but I'll bet it's VERY pretty! Talk to you later, ok!
Heather :)
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on October 15, 2009, 06:04:49 PM
Heather - Yeah I think we was robbed of a summer.  Ah well could not ride my motorcycle anyway.  I would think if doc yanked out more scar tissue you might need something to keep you up.  I would also think it should not be for more than a few days from swelling etc. 

As for my knee it tracks fine, unless I let it get too swollen.  Pain is pretty much gone.  I get twinges here and there.  I tweeked it good yesterday lifing something that was heavier than it looked.  Whoops!  The swelling shut down my VMO though so the strength test at PT was wacked.  Ah well.  Ice today, no lifting.  I wonder if a VMO advancement might help you or not? Not sure what abusing an already weak muscle will do.  May help the tracking though. See what doc says. 

I have not been to the Tulip Festival, it sounds like fun though.  My first collage room make was one of the klompen dancers in the parade.  We do need to plan something fun for sure.  Just don't want too much long distance in the snow and crud ya know.  I am not afraid, but let's not temp fate eh?

Take care.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Clarkey on October 31, 2009, 02:54:10 PM
Hi Milly,

I felt guilty when I said no one replles to my thread when I dont bother posting in yours but will try to from now onwards just limited in the amount of time I have got on the internet. I go to the library 3 times a week to use the internet and only get an hour so dont have time to post on everyones threads.

Good your knee tracking fine but its hard to reduce the swelling as I am finding out, since my fall back in October 2007 knee be swollen and never gone back to normal since. Just keep in iceing the knee as you are doing and you should be fine.

Glad I found your thread and will try and post on it from now onwards.

Nick :) {2009} :)
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 02, 2009, 01:51:16 AM
Ah don't worry about it too much.  You were just releived/excited about getting your surgery date.  I can understand that.  I can appreciate the limited internet time/access too.  Take care and good luck with your surgery.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 03, 2009, 11:10:57 AM
Hi Milly,

How was your weekend ? Thanks so much for posting on the thread I started.

Sounds like you are recovering well. Do you still have to see your OS ?

What type of exercise are you able to do now ?
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 04, 2009, 06:36:16 PM
The weekend was good.  It was Halloween so I passed out candy.

I will be seeing my OS at the end of November or begining of December.  That will be about the 4 month mark.  I imaging he may want to see me at 6 months, but I think it depends.

I can ride my stationary bike, I walk as much as possible.  I also keep up with the PT stuff.  I have not tried anything else exercise wise yet.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 05, 2009, 10:24:55 AM
Hi Milly,

Sounds like you are doing wonderfully well with your recovery. How long does your OS think it will take ?

I went to the gym for the first time tonight in a few weeks. It felt pretty good, except I wasn't able to do much.

Seeing my sports physician in the morning. Will let you know what he says.
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 05, 2009, 05:29:57 PM
The OS says 6 months to a year for total bone and soft tissue healing.  I do get a twinge or two when I try to do too much.  Nothing near what is was so I just back off a bit and don't worry about it.  Mostly soft tissue stuff right now anyway.  He had to rebuild the lateral renticulum (it was a mess from the prior LRs on it).  He does repair them any time he does an open surgery since he has to do a LR anyway.  So things are pretty good.  I feel so much more like myself now.  I even tried to skip up the stairs!  The quads are not ready for that one! Of course just feeling like wanting to is something.

Hope your appt goes well and the infection is gone too.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Clarkey on November 05, 2009, 07:40:23 PM
Hi Milly,

As Kirsty has said you are making a good recovery and taking everyday as it comes and bet you are looking forward  to seeing your OS again. 6 month to a year should fly by as every year seems to, funny to picture you trying to skip up the stairs.

Nick :) {2009} :)
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: snorunner on November 05, 2009, 08:25:21 PM
Milly:
You so rock.....
Does your kneecap feel pretty "seated" now? Those LR's can leave it feeling sort of loose side to side w/mobes. Do you feel any scar tissue underneath there with exercise? I think mine is still trying to settle; get a little clunk here and there when palpated and going through range of motion. And a little crunchy that they said was scar tissue I have to work out.
Interesting your doc said 6 mos to a year for full healing. I had heard that timeline for comfort, but I didn't know it was also healing.
Try skipping on flat land before attempting the stairs, huh?

--sharon
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 06, 2009, 03:51:24 PM
Sharon,

Yeah my kneecap does feel seated.  My OS repairs the LR to keep the kneecap stable.  I've had the floppy kneecap feeling though.  The crunch does sound like some scar tissue.  I will get a clunk when I move the kneecap aroud, but it is the metal parts bumping a bit and perfectly normal.  Weird but normal.  I will try the flat ground first.  It was just nice to want to speed up the stairs, even if the muscles are not quite up to it yet.

Nick,

The past few months since surgery have flown by and I have been feeling so good.  It's great!  I hope you will feel the same way after your scope.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: Clarkey on November 13, 2009, 03:58:26 PM
Hi Milly,

Glad time flown by after you after your TKR and I am sure time will fly by after my scope on Monday which I am kind of looking forward to as I getting some proper help at last. Will be nice to known what I am dealing with 25 months after my fall.

Nick :) {2009} :)
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 14, 2009, 01:09:03 AM
Nick,

I think the not knowing is what really drives a person batty.  Good luck with your surgery.

Milly
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: BECKZ_oo7 on February 12, 2010, 03:30:26 PM
hi Miley,
     
         It might sound a little funny to ask BUt come to think of it now, why didn't u go for a knee TRANSPLANt rather then all tht repair in the medial compartment and the other stuff in ur knee... (lol @ other stuff in ur knee...)

i mean doesn't a having a transplant mean tht u get the entire thing completely new again..

i dunno much BUt was just ichin to ask u this stuff so just wrote in... 

I hope u recover well...

Bilal
Title: Re: Got new date for surgery!!!! Aug 5
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on February 15, 2010, 06:01:53 PM
Not a problem asking.  My menisci are just fine and dandy.  It was the back of the kneecap and the troclear grove that were bad.  Plus it would not have been covered by the insurance.  If they find a way to transplant a whole knee I might be game for that, but don't think they can.