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DIARIES => Post op diaries (>300 posts) => Topic started by: Silkncardcrafts on February 18, 2010, 09:18:39 AM

Title: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 18, 2010, 09:18:39 AM
Hi Everyone,

I thought I would start a post-op diary of my trochleoplasty and chrondroplasty that I had on the 11th of February.

It has been a lot more painful than the left knee was. So, it has taken a while to start my diary.

I was in hospital for a total of 2 nights. The morning after my surgery I was quite nauseous and in a lot of pain. So, my OS said to rest in bed on Friday and aim to go home on the Saturday, which ended up happening. I had my own room and a really good view of the city, which was great. I didn't sleep much the first night. So, was great to have something nice to look at.

My OS is really pleased with my progress so far. He is really confident of a good outcome, which is great. I had grade 2a cartilage damage under my knee cap. So, my OS did a chrondroplasty to smooth out the cartilage.

The first day after my surgery I was in so much pain and felt like crying when I got out of bed. Fortunately it has improved each day.

I have had a lot of really bad calf pain from this operation. On Tuesday I spoke with my sports physician and said if it got worse to let my OS know. It did, so I contacted my OS's rooms. They rang back yesterday. He wants me to keep my leg elevated and keep up with my exercises, which I am doing. It seems to have improved, which is good.

When I spoke with my sports physician yesterday I said that I was in a fair bit of pain and was much more painful than the left knee. He said it is understanding as it was a much more difficult operation.

Today I went out with my Mum to get some DVDs and that was more than enough for me. I was in a lot of pain when I get home. It is obviously too much for me.

I am looking forward to seeing my OS in about 2 weeks to see what he thinks and what else he found.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on February 18, 2010, 03:51:09 PM
Found your diary.  I have often found that one knee will hurt more after surgery even with the same kind of surgery.  The OS did a bit more that he did on the last one so more pain would make sense.  Hope it's getting better everyday.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Skinnycatz on February 18, 2010, 03:57:50 PM
Hi Kirsty...

It was nice talking to you yesterday!  I am glad the pain is getting better...it will be slow, probably slower than you would like I am sure.  Hang in there though...I think the chondroplasty is pretty tough on the knee pain-wise.  I've had two of them.  The first time I think it took a LONG time to get over it....unfortunately I was having pain issues for months.  For me though, it just didn't settle until I kept taping the knee consistently.  The second time I had it done, it healed up much faster.  Who knows why!  It could be because there just wasn't much cartilage left to be dealt with. 

Take care and keep on the ice...that sure helped me post-op!

Francine
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 19, 2010, 08:33:06 AM
Hi Everyone,

Last night I had a really bad sleep because of my pain. Just felt like crying. I got up and iced my knee, which did seem to help.

Today I have elevated my leg again and the pain is starting to ease off a bit, which is good. I find that night time is the worst time for my pain.

I have been enjoying watching the Winter Olympics. Today I saw Torah Bright, an Aussie win the Half Pipe. It was really exciting.

Milly, thanks for the kind words. Yeah, I guess it does make sense it is more painful as my OS did more work. Guess I just wasn't expecting it to be this painful.

Francine, it was lovely chatting to you too. You are right, I think it is going to be slower than I thought. I was interested to hear about your experience with the chrondroplasties. I have never had one before and there wasn't a plan to do one initially. It was only when they went in they found out what damage there was.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on February 19, 2010, 12:58:38 PM
I have found that night time is rough after any surgery.  Pain seems to be more and it is difficult to get comfortable.  Elevate and ice as much as you can, it is amazing how much this helps.  Things should steadily improve.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 20, 2010, 01:24:14 AM
Hi Everyone,

My pain seems to be more under control since I spoke to my sports physician yesterday. He suggested increasing one of my regular meds morning and night which seems to have helped. I still findi sleeping at night very hard. Just can't seem to get comfortable. Think I will still take a strong painkiller to see if it helps me sleep better. Nothing worse than not getting a good night's sleep.

Milly, thanks for the suggestions. I agree, getting comfortable at night is certainly much more difficult.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on February 20, 2010, 03:47:08 AM
You're welcome!  I also found that the more sleep I got, the better the pain was.  The stronger pain meds at night should help you stay more comfortable so you can sleep.  The lack of sleep is always a tough thing to get through.  If that does not help and you are still having trouble sleeping, you can ask about a sleep aid to use for a short while.  Lack of sleep can really kick your butt.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on February 20, 2010, 10:52:30 AM
Hi Kirsty,

Glad your surgery went fairly well but sorry to hear you cannot sleep at night because of the knee pain. I found it hard to sleep the 1st week after surgery but found it improved as time moved on. Its great that you have such a fantastic sports sports physician and an OS that you can trust 100%. I hope you are able to sleep better during the night by increasing pain killers and are not in to much pain and discomfort which is hard to avoid if you just has surgery last week. your surgery was fairly major and will take a while to recover from.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 20, 2010, 11:42:38 AM
Hi Everyone,

Just been out with a friend for dinner tonight. It was nice to get out. It is the first time since my knee surgery. I had an extra chair to elevate my leg as it was too painful to sit normally with it on the ground. I lasted pretty well. We went to a Turkish restaurant and was a Belly Dancer, which was heaps of fun. Should have seen the little kids when she came out. One girl in particular was very intrigued by her.

Milly, interesting what you said about the sleep. I have found resting and sleeping a lot has really helped. Last night I also tried my relaxation CD, but just couldn't relax or get very comfortable.

Nick, thanks for your kind words. Hopefully sleep should be getting better. You are right, I had major surgery and will take a while to get over. Think it will take longer than my left knee. Am keen to hear what my sports physician and knee surgeon say about it all.

Am very excited that Torah Bright, an aussie won gold in the women's half pipe. Go Torah !!!
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on February 21, 2010, 11:03:52 PM
Sounds like you had a fun night out!  I think that is important too.  It is odd that the more sleep you get the better the pain is, yet it is hard to sleep because of the pain.  At least that should get better over time.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on February 22, 2010, 04:06:50 PM
I hope you have had a good weekend without being in too much pain and discomfort with your right knee. When do you see your OS and sports physician again must have a post op appointment coming up soon. I glad you were able to go out and have a good time with your friends, hope the meal was nice as I have been watching Masterchef Australia on Sky and your version of Masterchef is a lot better then the UK version the Australian version is more exciting then the UK Masterchef which can be a bit boring at times.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 23, 2010, 01:35:47 AM
Hi Everyone,

The last few days have been a bit rough, so I haven't posted.

Am hardly getting any sleep at night. I have left a message for my sports physician to call me yesterday, but still waiting. Am wanting to know whether using a Cryocuff would be better than ordinary ice.

Yesterday was a really bad day for me. I was in a lot of pain and had to go and sign the papers for the new place I will be renting. It was so painful to walk with my crutches. Just felt like crying. When I got home I rested a lot and slept more. Just woke up for a few hours, had some dinner and went back to sleep for the night.

I am having a down day today. Just didn't think I would be in this much pain almost 2 weeks post-op. I am bit frustrated with it all. I know it will get better though.

Milly, yeah I had a great night out. Just trying to keep sane at the same time. You are so right about sleep and the pain.

Nick, I see my knee surgeon next Wednesday and my sports physician on Monday. I have been trying to get an earlier appointment with my sports physician but no-one is returning my calls. Very frustrating as I think I may have an infection too. Great you have been enjoying Masterchef.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 23, 2010, 10:35:05 AM
Hi Everyone,

I was feeling really down today until I went out with a friend for dinner.

We went to a local Thai restaurant, which was really nice.

My knee is quite painful now, but was worth it.

Just icing my knee until I go to bed.

My sports physician's rooms rang today and will see me tomorrow at 11am. Will be interested to see what he has to say.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on February 23, 2010, 01:28:00 PM
I hope your doc can at least help you get some sleep.  If there was work done on the kneecap, that can be painful for a while.  Not sure why that is but all my stuff has been under the kneecap and the pain tends to linger.  I certainly hope that is the case. 

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on February 23, 2010, 05:30:47 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Pleased that you are able to see your sports physician's tomorrow morning and did not have to wait till next week Monday and see your OS on Wednesday. You are going to have some sleepless nights and be in a lot of pain as you only had your surgery 12 days ago and was fairly major what you had done so recovery will be slow.

It is great that you are able to go out with your friend for a meal to take you mind of your knee and at the same time enjoy a good meal.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 24, 2010, 08:35:44 AM
Hi Everyone,

Had a pretty busy day and felt exhausted when I got home.

I saw my sports physician this morning. He was really helpful. I explained that I was generally feeling unwell and that the pain has been hard to control. He suggested using a Cryo Cuff, which I had thought of. So, I ordered when this afternoon and should get it by Friday. This should help reduce the amount of pain meds I am having to take at the moment.

My sports physician said it is probably a combination of the painkillers, trauma to my knee and the general anaesthetic. He said that they ended up having to cut my patella tendon to get access to the trochlear groove and then had to repair it. So, no wonder I have been in a fair bit of pain. He said they have to dislocate the knee cap to get access to the trochlear and that I did have a fair amount of blood loss. So, that explains more things.

On the way home I sorted out a bill from an ultrasound and x-ray I had taken when I got injured at work. They had charged me the wrong amount, so had to get it sorted which it finally was. I couldn't believe how incompetent they were. Mean while I was standing there in agony. They just didn't seem to care. Once I told them I couldn't stand much longer they sorted it out.

Then, my Dad and I had some lunch at the hospital, which was nice. By then I was totally exhausted. I went to the hospital pharmacy to get some passport photos as I needed one for the student ID I need for the course I am starting next week. On the way home we posted the letter to the uni and went home. I then ordered the Cryo Cuff and headed to bed for a few hours as I didn't feel great.

Hopefully I will sleep better tonight. I slept really bad last night and felt like a zombie when I woke up.

Milly, I asked my doc about the work done on my knee cap. He didn't think that was the cause of the pain, but now he has explained what they did it makes sense why I have been in a fair bit of pain. Hopefully the Cryo Cuff will really help.

Nick, yeah it is good to go out to take things off my knee. So pleased I could see my sports physician today to find out what was going on.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on February 24, 2010, 01:25:41 PM
Gosh no wonder it hurts so much.  I sometimes think the soft tissue stuff hurts worse than the bone work.  The Cryo cuff should help a bunch.  All the meds do tend to make you feel rather crappy too.  Well it should improve over time, just maybe not as fast as you would like?

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Skinnycatz on February 24, 2010, 04:27:05 PM
Hi Kirsty...

They cut your patella tendon??  Geez...it would have been nice if your OS had told you that! You might need special rehab because of that!  Check out the people on here that have had patella tendon tears/repairs...they take a LONG time to get better!  Why don't these OSs explain things more?  I sure had that problem with OS#1 after all my surgeries.  I found out what he really did and the REAL condition of my knee when I went to the PT.  He would take the time to really explain things to me.  It is as if as soon as the OSs are done with surgery, they are not interested anymore.  And, if you come back to them with problems, they get all pissy!  I think they have such high opinions of themselves because they can do orthopedic surgery that if something goes wrong, they take it personally...like it is an insult to their surgery skills or something.  Maybe your OS isn't as bad as that but I really think he should have explained things to you a lot better so you wouldn't have had to run around to your other doctor to get the real scoop!  When you go back to your OS, give him a piece of your mind...he deserves it!  Sorry, but this kind of thing really makes me mad because I have had to deal with SO much of it in the past few years.  I hate to hear it happening to someone else! 

Hopefully your PT will be up on everything you had done and will be able to get you functiioning quickly!  :)

Take care...

Francine
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 25, 2010, 03:10:34 AM
Hi Everyone,

I am feeling better than yesterday. Tomorrow I should get my Cryo Cuff. Here is a picture of one, so you know what it looks like.

http://www.buyaircast.com/cryo-cuff-knee.htm

Last night I slept a lot better, which was good. Hopefully I will sleep better tonight too.

Milly, yeah at least I know now why I have been feeling so crap. I reckon it is actually the patella tendon causing most of the pain now. You are right, things will improve over time.

Francine, yeah I must say I was pretty shocked but they did what they did to get the job done. I will definitely question my OS about it next week. Curious to know why he didn't tell me. I am so glad that I have my sports physician and he knew exactly what was done. Just wish he told me about the tendon. Then, I would have more of an understanding why I was in a lot of pain. Maybe he just didn't want to tell me as I was so drugged up, who knows ? Don't worry I will be asking for the fine detail next week when I see my OS.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on February 25, 2010, 03:49:31 PM
I think you will find the Cryo-cuff to be wonderful.  I could not have made it through for my last surgery without it.  It really helped the pain and kept me from needing the pain meds so much.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on February 25, 2010, 07:46:09 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Its great that you are able to sleep a lot better and can start using your Cryo Cuff once it arrives which will really help as Milly used it after her surgery and it helped her. I would have thought your OS would have mentioned that he cut through the patella tendon which has got to hurt so no wounder you are in a lot of pain. Just as well your sports physician was able to tell you about your surgery in more detail.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 26, 2010, 09:45:55 AM
Hi All,

Today I feel I've made quite a bit of improvement. Hardly got any swelling and am able to walk in the house without crutches. Am hoping to walk in to my appointment with my OS without crutches next Wednesday. Can't wait to see his face !

I went out to brunch with my friend with her little girl today, which was fun. Her little girl is so cute and growing all the time.

When I got home I was pretty tired. So just iced my knee, did my exercises and rested for the remainder of the afternoon.

Milly, I didn't get my Cryo-Cuff today. They stuffed up my order. Was still sitting on the guy's desk who took the order !!!! Grrrrrr ! Anyway, they processed it today. So, should get it on Monday. It would really help I think.

Nick, yeah I was surprised about my OS not telling me about cutting the tendon. I will be quizzing him about it next week though. They do what they need to in order to do the operation and I understand that. So, it isn't a big deal.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on February 26, 2010, 04:18:30 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Great that your knee is improving already and swelling is minimal and do not require crutches all the time and hope the surgery you just had is the end of your knee problems finally. It would be fantastic if you can walk into your OS office without crutches as he would be very pleased for you. Its nice you was able to eat out with your friend and her daughter, hope you have a good weekend.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on February 26, 2010, 08:19:05 PM
Sounds great that you are moving and walking better.  Just try not to push it too hard yet.  No matter what they do the first few days to a week are really tough.

Hope the Cryo cuff comes Monday.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 27, 2010, 11:42:12 PM
Hi All,

I am walking around the house without my crutches, except when my leg gets really tired. It is a good feeling. Still takes a lot of effort, but am sure it will get better as time progresses. My balance is not too crash hot at the moment, so I think when I go out of the house it is a good idea to have a crutch. Am going to see if I can use a walking stick instead of a crutch.

Night time is still really tough. I really think the Cryo Cuff will help at night time. It takes a long time to get to sleep, but is improving.

I am really pleased with my progress considering what major work I had done on my right knee less than 3 weeks ago.

Tomorrow I am seeing my sports physician and physio. I hope to get clearance from my sports physician to drive. Am seeing my physio for my back and shoulder. It has been shocking in the last week. Think I spoke too soon. When I saw my doctor last Wednesday I said my back and shoulder were pretty good.

Nick, yeah it should be the end of most of my knee problems. I suspect I may have some ongoing problems with the cartilage, but I can deal with that if my knee cap remains stable. I plan to walk in to my OS's offices without crutches, if I can.

Milly, yeah I am so pleased to be walking better. Not pushing things too much. Yesterday I went to the library and took one crutch with me.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 01, 2010, 09:59:44 AM
Hi All,

Today I got my Cryo Cuff. Yay !!!! Finally. Really happy to have it now. It will be my next best friend. Already used it once tonight. Will use it again before I go to sleep tonight.

I had a reasonably busy day today. Saw my sports physician and physio. My sports physician is pleased with my progress since last week. He said that I can drive now, which is great. He also filled in a form so I can get a temporary disabled parking permit so I can park closer to shops etc. Can't wait to get it. I faxed off the form tonight. My asthma hasn't been great. So, I have to increase one of my preventers this week and wean of it next week. I got back to see him next week. He thinks it will be about 3 months until I can really get back in to my sports trainer work, which was a surprise to me. It is cause of the extensive work they had to do. Apparently they cut my quads tendon, not my patella tendon. I know that above the knee cap it is called the quads tendon and below the knee cap is called the patella tendon.

My physio did some work on my back and gave me some other ideas on some stretches I can do, which is good. He gave me a slight variation of one of the exercises I am doing, given to me by my knee surgeon. He gave me a stretch for my calf where I straighten my leg, which should help too. Apparently my sports physician said on his notes to do "slow rehab". My physio is going to speak to my sports physician about that.

I did ask my sports physician about pilates, but said it was too early. I was disappointed, but understand why they want to take it slowly. I am just too gung ho sometimes.

Overall, I am pleased with my progress. Am down to one crutch outside but mainly walk on my own inside the house.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: John42 on March 01, 2010, 10:52:13 AM
Hi Silkncardcrazy

Having read your recent post, I found that the information which you have been given by your OS/PT seems impossable to believe.

Nobody who has sustained a torn or tear or a Ruptured Tendon, could be off one crutch, back to work, walking etc within three weeks.

Unless of course you are an exception to the rule !!!!!!!

JohnK/ Manchester UK
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 01, 2010, 03:40:03 PM
Hi Kirsty,

That great that your are able to drive again and can get temporary disabled parking permit so you can park closer to the shops, you have a really nice sports physician who is happy to help you out. Talking about sports physician do you think I should be seeing one as my right knee not improving and always had problems with my left knee and can see one on the NHS.

Not great that your asthma has got worse and cannot get back to your sports trainer work for another 3 months. Good that you are also seeing your physio who can work on your back as well as your knee.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: itigo on March 02, 2010, 04:57:43 AM
Hi Silkncardcrazy

Having read your recent post, I found that the information which you have been given by your OS/PT seems impossable to believe.

Nobody who has sustained a torn or tear or a Ruptured Tendon, could be off one crutch, back to work, walking etc within three weeks.

Unless of course you are an exception to the rule !!!!!!!

JohnK/ Manchester UK

I understand that in knee replacements it is common practice to make a cut in the quads tendon in order to  move the kneecap out of the way. If it is a small cut, recovery time is not that long. Could be misinformed though.........Maybe that is what she had done so they could see better?
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 02, 2010, 08:03:05 AM
Hi All,

I have been using the Cryo Cuff quite a bit and is really helping.

Today I ventured out to do a few jobs and then rested most of the afternoon.

Tomorrow I am seeing my knee surgeon. Will be good to get the low down on what he actually did, what he found and what he thinks the prognosis will be. I am particularly keen to know about the arthritis and whether that is likely to get worse over time. Will update after my appointment tomorrow.

John, I think that Itigo is right. My sports physician didn't seem to think it would add to much time on to my rehab. Will ask tomorrow though. Thanks for your concern.

Nick, yeah great to be driving again. I am trying not to do too much though. Need to take things slowly. I reckon it would be worth seeing a sports physician on the NHS to try and sort things out for you. Doesn't sound like you are getting anywhere fast.

Itigo, that is interesting regarding knee replacements. Think it would be similiar for trochleoplasties. Hope you are starting to feel better.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 02, 2010, 01:41:09 PM
Am keeping this short.  Not feeling very well with sinus stuff add to that new llights at work that we must keep on for 24 hours or something.  Too bright for my headache. 

Driving is good.  Makes you feel less dependent.  I think the quad tendon cut is probably rather small.  I also had a bit of one with my partial knee.  Painful yes, but not terrible and could walk unaided about 3-4 weeks after surgery. 

Let us know what the knee surgeon says.

MIlly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 02, 2010, 07:18:13 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Good luck today with your OS appointment, by the time you read this post it will be Wednesday morning in Australia. Good that the Cryo Cuff is helping and are not overdoing it too much and hope that your arthritis does not get worse. 

I  have not yet got a letter for an earlier appointment to see Mr Green or an NHS physio but decided I will carry on seeing my private physio as he knows what he talking about and is a lot better then the NHS physio's I have seen. I will contact him this week and asked him if it would be a good idea to see Dr Brown who a sports physician at the NHS hospital I had my surgery. Sports physician are not that well known in the UK as a GP or physio do bother to refer a patient to a sports physician.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 03, 2010, 06:09:53 AM
Hi All,

I had a really good appointment with my knee surgeon. He is really pleased with my progress so far. I go back to see him in 6 weeks time.

He said I can start in the hydro pool, which is great. I am only allowed to do that as a form of exercise until I see him next. He wants me to continue building up my quads with static quad exercises and leg raises. It will be very booooooring, but I just need to be patient.

My surgeon said I can start work as long as I don't do any lifting. So, I have already spoken to one of my supervisors about my sports trainer work. I have a shift on the 16th of March at an Athletic event and then hopefully more after that. Will speak to my sports physician about the other sports trainer job as it involves a fair bit of massage which I think would put too much pressure on my knee and also shoulder and back.

So, all in all I am really happy with the way things are going.

Milly, interesting you have had a headache. I have also had one for the last few days. Seems to be going now. Hope you feel better soon. You were right, the quad tendon was only cut a little bit, not much at all. My OS said it shouldn't make too much a difference to my recovery. I think it is something they do quite often for the types of surgery we have had.

Nick, my suggestion would be to go and see a sports physician to try and get some order in to your recovery. They may be able to push for an earlier appointment. Sports physicians are becoming a lot more popular in the UK and GPs and physios do refer to them when needed.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 03, 2010, 01:56:06 PM
The headache was just made worse by the new lights.  Of course I have to sit with them on again today.  Ugh!  Hope I can turn the darn things off tomorrow.  This is really hurting.  Makes my computer screen swim in front of my eyes.

The pool is so nice to get into and work on the knees.  It's nice to be able to get back to work a bit too.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 04, 2010, 06:31:25 AM
Hi All,

Just a quick update.

Today I moved out of my Mum and Dad's house as they have sold it and need a few days to clean it. I felt as I could not do much except pack my things. We are staying at some family friend's who are away on holiday until we move in to the new place next Wednesday. Can't wait as I have been living out of a suitcase for about 6 weeks.

I spoke to my supervisor at the hospital I do casual Allied Health Assistance work at. We decided it is in my best interest and theirs to wait until I see my OS again as I am not able to lift and no guarantee that doesn't happen as some patients are not too mobile. Think it will be the same for the other sports trainer job I have. I spoke to the head trainer and I would need to be able to do massage standing up, which I think would be too hard on my feet. I have emailed my knee surgeon about that. So, will see what he thinks.

So, I think it will be at least another 6 weeks before I can really work.

Tomorrow I will try going to the hydro pool. Just feel too tired tonight to go.

Milly, sorry about your headache. Yeah, I am looking forward to getting in the pool. It will be a great feeling. Mine has gone today, but generally not feeling that well. I am seeing my doctor again on Tuesday so will mention it to him.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 04, 2010, 06:05:19 PM
Sounds like a good idea to wait and see what the OS says before you try to work and get hurt.  The headache is better as I finally got to turn the big overhead light off.  I just have my task lights on and it is much darker and more soothing.  I do use the big light when I really need it, but don't like it on all day.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 04, 2010, 07:20:33 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Very wise not to rush going back to work and to get advise from your OS 1st as I made the mistake of going back to work too soon and ended up making my knee worse. I was not ment to lift heavy items but did as I did not want my knee to stop me doing my job. I may asked Russ my Physio if I should see a sports physician as I think it would be helpful.

I hope the move was not too stressful for you and your parents, hope the new place is nice and can settle in well.

Milly glad your headache has gone as its no fun having a headache.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: John42 on March 04, 2010, 08:00:09 PM
Hi Nick & Milly


Have you deserted the Dudettes and Dudes ?    We miss you!!!!!!


JohnK/Manchester UK
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 06, 2010, 11:49:11 PM
Hi All,

Sorry it has been a few days since I updated. Not been feeling very well and think I may have done too much.

I have been spending the last few days resting and catching up on sleep as well as doing some study.

On Friday I had an interview and forgot to take my crutches with me to use afterwards. After that I saw my psychologist and was in a fair bit of pain then. By the time I got home I was exhausted and in a lot of pain. Just shows where I am at. So, I have decided to still use one crutch when I go out.

Yesterday I went to a 1st birthday party and went to get a present in the morning. I was tired in the afternoon, but not as sore. So, obviously still need to use my crutch.

Milly, hope your headache has gone completely now. I think I am coming down with a chest infection. Yuck !!!

Nick, I would just get your GP to do a referral to a sports physician. They would ensure you are getting the right treatment and help.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 07, 2010, 12:19:03 PM
Hi Kirsty,

You still need to rely on your crutches which is fine and glad you saw your psychologist but ashame that you were in a lot of pain, hope you had a good time at the 1st birthday party.

I still not got a call or letter from Mr Green Secretary saying he can see me earlier and maybe it would be a good idea to see a sports physician and will as my physio what he thinks about seeing one when I see him next week.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 08, 2010, 02:45:50 PM
The headache is much better now.  I can keep the big lights off now, so much easier on my eyes.  I hope you are not comming down with a chest infection.  That can be miserable.  You will be able to stop with the crutches in time.  If you still need it, you still need it.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 09, 2010, 07:33:55 AM
Hi All,

It turns out that I have a bacterial infection. Glad I know what it is now. My doctor could tell I had something by the sound in my voice.

My doctor is pleased with my progress. Still have a bit of swelling. He has suggested getting in to the pool once this week and just get in. Then, next week work on the range of movement.

I have been resting a fair bit today as I still not been feeling that well.

Been getting a bit frustrated with still having to use a crutch, but just need to be patient. I guess I am just sick of them already.

I missed out on a job, which was disappointing. Rang them up to find out what I could have done to improve my chances and said my references were unfavourable, which has never happened to me before. I had a gut feeling it wasn't going to work as they were trying to put the pressure on me to get in contact with my referees the same day that I had my interview and they followed up a few days after the surgery and demanded the contact details. I found it hard to understand as I was recovering from surgery and also in the midst of trying to move house. Today I spoke with my doctor about going back to work and have decided it would be best that I wait until I go back to my knee surgeon for my next review. There is one job I am going to apply for and by the time the interview process etc goes through it would be 6 weeks.

Been looking in to iphones. Hope to get one in the next few weeks when my current mobile phone plan expires.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 09, 2010, 07:18:50 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Hope you recover soon from your bacterail infection, good that your OS is pleased with your progress but might as well use the crutch until knee feels more stable again. Sorry you missed out on another job opportunity I hope you find a job you like in the end as you been searching for a long time with no success. Best to get the all clear from your OS before going back to work full time and good idea buying a iphone when your mobile contract runs out.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: John42 on March 09, 2010, 07:43:26 PM
Hi Nick

How much work can you do on these frosty mornings??

I think that an iphone is a waste of money - should go the whole hog and get a blackberry. delighted to see that you have become a 2010 donar. KnneGuru needs every support, as it`s  MOST SUPER source of knowledge for injuries to knees.

I would not risk trying to walk without a crutch until such time as the OS authorises this.

JohnK/Manchester UK

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 09, 2010, 08:16:45 PM
Kirsty,

Hope the infection is better.  Too bad on the job, but keep looking you'll eventually find one that is right for you.  The knee sounds like it is going well.  I would think it best to wait for full time until the OS clears you though.  Don't want to damage the good work done.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 12, 2010, 02:37:44 AM
Hi All,

Not been feeling very good the last few days. Had another migraine for a few days. Starting to get rid of the infection too, which has been making me feel terrible.

I have been feeling pretty down about my knee and not being able to do much. Know that it is for the best, but slower than I thought it would be.

Started walking more without my crutch. For longer distances I still need it.

I am enjoying my new iphone, which I got yesterday. So much easier to use than a normal mobile phone. Took a while to get used to it.

Going to try and go to the hydro pool some time over the weekend. Once I use it more I think I will start feeling a bit better.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 12, 2010, 03:44:34 PM
Isn't is funny how you feel so much worse before you get better with and infection.  I am sorry the knee is taking a bit longer than expected to heal up.  I am not very patient myself, so I can understand the frusteration.  Hope you have a good weeked and can get to the pool.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 12, 2010, 04:14:19 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry you have not been feeling too good the last fews days and hope you are over the worst of the infection and migraine. There nothing wrong in using a crutch still for walking longer distances its best to use it until your knee feels right again.

I am glad you are enjoying using your iphone, its a lot better then a normal phone and thinking of having a blackberry phone in July when my mobile phone contract runs out. I can get a deal for £20 a month with unlimited internet and 300 texts and 300 minutes with a blackberry phone.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 16, 2010, 12:41:37 AM
Hi All,

Sorry to have been MIA for a few days. Just been going through a rough patch with my meds and my parents. I just seem to do nothing right.

My knee seemed to be improving, but still need to ensure I don't do too much.

Really enjoying using my iphone. It has been a god send while I am waiting for my home phone and internet to be connected.

Got to the hydro pool on Friday night, which felt good. Although, I was quite sore afterwards. So, used my Cryo Cuff when I got home. Will try to go a couple of times this week.

Will update again soon.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 16, 2010, 04:24:34 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry you are going through a rough patch with your parents and meds but glad that your knee is improving. Great that you are enjoying using your iphone and can surf the net while waiting for your internet connection. Good you are using the hydro pool and Cryo Cuff, today is 4 months post op for me and hope knee starts to improve and it also 2 weeks today when I see Mr Green

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 16, 2010, 11:30:16 PM
Hi All,

Last night I had the worst night's sleep as I was in so much pain.

I think it is because I have reduced my meds due to my parent's concerns. It really sucks !!! I am so sick of them interfering.

This morning I had to get up early as the guy was coming to connect the phone. So, I now have a home phone and internet connected finally. Yay !!!

Yesterday afternoon I was in a lot of pain. By the time I got home from going out with a friend for dinner I was in soooo much pain. Used my cryo cuff for a while before going to sleep, which really helped.

Today I am just going to rest up and catch up on some sleep.

Nick, glad you are seeing Mr Green soon. Just hope you see him and not his registrar.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 17, 2010, 04:48:26 PM
Too bad about your parents.  I think they probably mean well, but...  Glad the internet is hooked up for you.  I hope you can get some better sleep tonight.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 18, 2010, 09:25:26 AM
Hi Milly,

I know my parents mean well, but it is currently really hard. They won't let go and just so protective of me. It makes it really difficult. Just feel like they don't trust me with anything.

Am waiting for them to go and talk to my psychologist as things are just getting too difficult.

Last night was the worst night's sleep in ages because of my knee and back pain. Hope to sleep better tonight. Think I will as I went to the hydro pool tonight and generally sleep better.

Today I saw a careers counsellor and really helped. Now have a much clearer direction of where I want to go. Am planning to apply for graduate medicine. Will sit the aptitude test in March next year.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on March 18, 2010, 09:55:49 AM
Hi Kirsty, so sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well and that things have been a bit stressful.  You need to be looking after yourself physically and mentally and not stressing about your parents, regardless of whether they are trying to help you or not.

With regards to meds my OS keeps badgering me to take as many as possible so that I can pus myself further (in terms of ROM anyway) and get better quicker, is there any reason that your parents are so against you taking them?  I feel like i've taken millions of tablets since my op 5 weeks ago but in the grand scheme of things, taking meds for a few months really isn't going to do any harm.

You sound like you're really on the road to recovery, I wish i could walk on my leg let alone without crutches, and swimming...wow!  I'm being given a support bandage because my quads are so weak and Ive stopped putting weight on my bad leg for fear of more collapses.  It's so hard to be brave.  I bought an e-stim though which I'm hoping will help loads as the exercises alone just dont seem to be enough  :(  I wish I could sneak a peek in to the future to reassure myself that I will walk again!!

Graduate medicine sounds great, well done you.  Well, I hope you are feeling better today (or your tomorrow)!

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 18, 2010, 02:58:52 PM
Sometimes being tired enough can help with the sleep.  Having them have a chat with the psychologist sounds like a good idea.  Sometimes it takes a third party to point something out.

Graduate medicine sounds great!  Lots of work though.  Having a direction helps you make better career decisions.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 18, 2010, 07:13:57 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry that you are in a lot of pain and could not get much sleep and hope you can sleep better during the next few nights. Do not reduce the pain meds even if you parents think it too much its your body and if you are in pain then you need to take more pain meds to ease the pain. Keep on using the cryo cuff if it helps you.

Great that you are now connected again onto the world wide web and as milly pointed out your parents are only concerned and are known to worry about their kids, my mum thinks I doing too much and not resting my knee enough and suppose she is right in a way.

I saw my physio this afternoon and he sent a text message to Mr Green if I could see him on the 30th and within 2 minutes got a reply back saying he would be happy to see me on the 30th so finger crossed I get to see Mr Green.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 18, 2010, 11:36:44 PM
Hi KG friends,

I had a much better night's sleep last night, which was great. Really needed it. Still waiting for my doctor to ring back. Hopefully he will today before he goes on holidays. The receptionists of the clinic he works at are useless. Going to speak with him about it.

Annie, you are so right about my parents. Just going to do what is right for me. They have really no understanding of what I have been going through and have severe my pain has been. My psychologist has suggested they go and talk to her. She said they really need to back off as it is causing me a lot of stress and contributing a lot to my anxiety. My doctor isn't too concerned about the amount of meds I am taking. We know that it is only temporary. They are being extremely conservative with me. Not able to do much yet. My OS doesn't even want me pushing my ROM, but it has come back quickly naturally. I am not allowed to swim yet, just go to the hydrotherapy pool to move around a bit and get my ROM better. I think the conservative approach is best. The bone needs time to heal before you can load it up.

Milly, you are right about sleep. I didn't take much to go to sleep last night, which was good. Going to the hydrotherapy pool really helped I think. Am excited about the prospect of studying Medicine. Just need to get through the first hurdle of sitting GAMSAT. Been researching universities and have already ruled some out.

Nick, glad Mr Green is going to see you on the 30th of March. Hopefully he can work out what is going on and provide you with the right advice. The registrar didn't do a very good job with follow up including physiotherapy advice. The follow up is just as important as the surgery itself. No point if the right rehab is not done and at the right pace. Decided not to reduce my meds because of my parents. I have to live with the pain, not them. So glad to have the internet connected again. Felt very lost without it.

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 19, 2010, 12:37:15 PM
Hi All,

Got my haircut and coloured today, which was good. Feel a lot better after getting my hair cut.

Still in a lot of pain with my back. Will have to take my super strong painkillers tonight. Pretty annoyed as my doctor never called back. I doubt whether he got my messages. He is now away for a week, which sucks. The receptionists of the clinic I go to have been ok, except for two rude ones. I will be reporting them and telling my doctor how unhappy about it I am. It is not satisfactory as I am concerned. There is no excuse for rudeness and will never find a solution to things.

Tonight I went out for dinner with some friends, which was nice. We went to an Italian restaurant followed by coffee and cake at a great Italian cafe.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 19, 2010, 12:42:39 PM
Glad you could get some better sleep.  It does help so very much doesn't it?  As for the pain meds, only you know how much pain you are in.  I have found out personally that if you are in too much pain you cannot progress very well.  I am not so stubborn now.  It probably felt good to have a change in hairstyle.  That can perk you up.  Not too many plans this weekend, just maybe a movie and some shopping with my daughter.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 20, 2010, 01:14:58 AM
Hi All,

Had another really bad night's sleep. Woke up so many times. Ended up using my cryo cuff a few times, which did help. My back has been horrendous too.

I am so mad how the clinic treated me this week. Especially those 2 rude girls. I have decided to right a letter to the receptionist supervisor. It is not acceptable and will not tolerate it. There needs to be a better way of messages getting to my doctor and I do not always want to discuss what is wrong the receptionists as it is none of their business. Have been really upset about it. I rang this morning to get the name of the receptionist supervisor. So, will be writing a letter of the weekend and emailing it to her.

Going to a movie tonight with friends, which will be great. Looking forward to it.

I am going to go back to sleep for an hour and then get up. Will then do some study.

Milly, it makes a difference when you get some sleep. Totally agree with you about pain. I am so tired of being in so much pain. I have got a few ideas to discuss with my doctor when I see him next, including seeing the specialist anaesthetist at the clinic that specialises in accupuncture. I think it would be worth giving it a try. Hope you have a nice weekend.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 20, 2010, 10:52:37 AM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry you did not get very much sleep last night, hope you get a decent nights sleep tonight. Sorry that the Clinic have not been very good to you and glad you will be making a complaint it is good that you are doing something about it rather then not saying anything at all. Hope you had a good time at the cinema with your friends.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 21, 2010, 12:34:09 AM
Hi All,

Slept better last night, but still woke up at 2am. Just wish I could get a decent night's sleep.

My back pain has been horrendous. Pretty annoyed my doctor never called back. I wonder how he or the receptionists would feel if they were left in pain like this ? Am sure they would not like it or cope as well.

Had a nice time with my friends at the movies, although I felt like I was hungover with painkillers. It is such a horrible feeling !

Some friends are coming for lunch, which will be nice.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 21, 2010, 11:09:13 PM
Sorry the sleeping is still difficult.  That should get better as time goes on.  Make sure not to neglect your back either.  I find that moist heat on my back helps it feel better.  I can understand how you feel about messages going astray.  My docs office has a medical assistant that you leave a message with and they talk direct to the doc and get you an answer.  That way the receptionist is not the one responsible for getting messages to the doc.  Glad you enjoyed the movie.  Pain meds are a blessing and a curse.  You feel kind of spacy when you take them but hurt so much without.  That too should improve as things heal up more.  Bone pain is some of the worst pain you can have.

I hope next weekend is a bit warmer so I can rake the leaves out of my garden.  It was too cold here Saturday as it snowed.  It's all melted today, but burrr!

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 22, 2010, 03:37:57 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Hope you get a decents nights sleep for a change and not in too much pain. I hope you get too see your GP or a OS that deals with back problems as back problems can be hard to get right but I am sure you will get through it.

Good you had a good time with your friends at the movies and hope had a decent lunch, but cannot be nice being under medication.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 23, 2010, 11:01:07 AM
Hi All,

Seem to be sleeping better. Tonight I should sleep well as I have been to the hydrotherapy pool tonight.

Things with my parents are not getting any easier. They just try to control me and don't encourage me, which makes it difficult. My parents keep saying how I can't do medicine or physiotherapy as I physically couldn't do it. Makes me so angry as I know I can do it and manage my pain. A lot of health professionals have health issues of some description. So what is different ? My psychologist thinks that once the TAC and work cover stuff is behind me that my pain will really improve and will flourish. One good thing is that they have agreed to go and see my psychologist. So, that is a positive step.

Today I had a training/assessment for one of the jobs I do casually at a private hospital here in Melbourne. It was pretty straight forward and nice to meet everyone again. The people are so nice. Would love to get more shifts there. Hope to get more shifts there once I get the all clear from my knee surgeon. I am hoping he will let me go back to work after I see him on the 22nd of April.

Milly, my psychologist thinks that the pain is largely contributed by the expectations and pressures my parents put on me. I definitely won't be neglecting my back. Trying to do more exercises for that too. Will be writing a complaint letter in the next few days. Think is it pretty disappointing that my call has not been returned from Friday last week. I have to just keep telling myself that I am doing all the right things I will not let my parents persuade me to do something they want me to do. I have to be happy what I am doing, not the reverse.

Nick, I know I will get through the back problems. Once I start back at work I will be much better off I think. Today I didn't feel the pain until I sat down again.

Hope you are all well.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 23, 2010, 12:57:56 PM
Glad you are getting some better sleep.  That will help the pain too.  Stress sure does make the pain climb.  I think we tighten up a lot when under stress so we are just tense.  That does not help the pain at all.  Glad the parents are going to the psychologist with you.  They probably do not realize how much pressure they are putting on you or how it is affecting you.  You are right about having a medical issue not being a barrier to what you want to do.  I've had PTs who have had a myriad of surgeries (back, knee, etc.).  My previous OS has arthritis in his neck (spine).  It can be done.  Just curious, did the back issues start after the accident?

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 23, 2010, 07:20:27 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Good that you can work through your back problem and hope you can reuturn to work soon and find a job you like. There nothing wrong in wanting to study medcine or physiotherapy if it something you enjoy doing it worth it. You cannot let your health stop you doing something you enjoy.

Less then a week till I see Mr Green and hope he can do something about my knee, like your parents my family annoy me by saying just accept you may never run again but intend to do all I can to get back to running.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 24, 2010, 06:08:17 AM
Hi All,

Had no trouble getting to sleep last night, but woke up worrying about how to deal with the situation with my parents. I am sure my psychologist will help defuse things. Just can't happen soon enough.

My knee doesn't seem as swollen, which is good. Still gets very sore still.

Milly, stress definitely makes the pain worse. You are right, they do not realise what impact they are having on me. I totally agree with you about a medical issue not being a barrier. In fact my doctor and physio think I am much better doing a more active job and I agree with them. The back issues started after my car accidents. It is not fun I can tell you.

Nick, I am not going to let my parents dictate what I should and shouldn't do. Of course I wouldn't do my chosen profession if my practitioners thought it was not a good idea. Good luck with Mr Green. Not long to see him.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on March 24, 2010, 09:36:26 AM
Hi Kirsty,

Good luck with seeing your psychologist-I hope it sorts things out between your parents and you.  And good to see you're sleeping a bit better. :)

I'm still struggling with weight bearing so taking it very slowly, and started to use the e-stim which will hopefully improve things somewhat.  I bought a Cryocuff too so waiting to see if that helps me with my swelling because I can't get it down for more than a day  ???

What flexion are you at at the mo?  I'm at about 120 i think but finding it harder to go beyond that.  Thought i'd ask you coz I know we had the op at the same time! 8)

Annie xx
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 24, 2010, 10:58:56 AM
Hi Annie,

Thanks for your note.

I am sorry to hear you are still struggling with weight bearing. Your quads must have been really weak. I am walking around quite a bit now with not too much pain. When it comes to crowds I still use my crutches. Also, I find getting out of the car quite hard too.

The Cryo Cuff is awesome. Still using mine at least once a day. Don't know what I would have done without it.

Think I would be more than 120 in flexion, but not quite sure what it would be. Still find the end bit hard to get. I am still finding it a bit stiff, but it is loosening up.

When do you go back to see your OS ? I am seeing mine after Easter.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on March 24, 2010, 11:31:13 AM
Hi Kirsty, wow walking without crutches..I'm sooo jealous!  I really hope i'll be walking by the time the UK summer comes!  8) ...we don't have long in the sunshine unfortunately!!

My quads werent even firing by the time i went to my OS 2 weeks post op and I know they were really weak before the op so it doesn't worry me too much that they're taking such a long time to recover. I can see a bit of improvement such as my heel slightly lifting off the floor when I'm doing quad sets (SLR are a loong way off methinks)! so know I am making some progress albeit slow!  I'm seeing my OS next Friday so will see what he says.

I can't tell you how excited I am to get my Cryo Cuff! It's quite sad I know!!

When do you see your psychologist? Hope your parents have chilled out a bit.  You can do anything you want to do. This is a bit of an extreme comparison but we have a famous chef in the UK who only has one hand, can you imagine how many people told him he couldn't cook with that disability..but now he's a michelin starred chef. Anyone can do anything with a bit of willpower!  I always think of him when I worry about not being able to do things!

Anyway, good luck with it all  :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 24, 2010, 12:33:51 PM
I hope you get stuff settled with your parents soon.  Maybe once that happens you can get some better sleep.

Sounds like knee wise you are doing pretty well.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 25, 2010, 09:42:42 AM
Hi there,

Today I have been busy doing a lot of my course work to finish up my course. We had our last class last night, which was good. Has spurred me on to finish all the assessments.

This evening I attempted to go to the station by foot. My knee was ok, but a bit sore. Think it may be a bit early yet, but can only learn from doing these things. Then, I caught the train to meet a friend, which was fine. It felt good to try it at least. I will definitely be icing my knee tonight before I go to bed.

Annie, I am sure you will be walking before you know it. I have been in the same situation before and is no fun. You just have to be patient and take things slowly. My quads were already firing when I saw my OS three weeks post-op. Leg raises were not a problem either. Good luck in seeing your OS. Guess you may have to see him more often because of your slow progress. I am doing great guns, which I am so happy about. Still too slow for my liking though. Yeah, I was very excited about getting my Cryo Cuff too. Just love it !!! I am seeing my psychologist next Tuesday, but not sure when my parents are seeing her. Will have to ask my Dad. Loved your story, it is very true. I have come a long way if I think about it as in 1998 I wasn't able to walk and was on crutches for about 10 months. It was the worst time of my life.

Milly, thanks I do too. It is just creating so much tension and unnecessary angst. Last night I did not sleep that well. Took ages to get to sleep. Slept a lot longer than I was planning this morning, but was probably what I needed.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 25, 2010, 03:24:12 PM
Getting all your class work done feels good doesn't it?  You did make it to the train station though, even though it was sore later.  That's a good thing. 

Stress can sure make you lose sleep.  Hope that gets better soon.

I am feeling pretty good knee wise, the right knee has been giving me a few days of grief.  I know some is the OA behind the kneecap, but I have a feeling some is nerve related from my back.  Darn it!  Get one thing sorted and something else pops up.  Ah well.....I keep up with my Chiro appts and it helps keep the back from getting too unbearable.  I can't wait for it to get warmer here so I can get my motorcycle out of storage.  A few hardy souls have been out riding and we have a gentleman on my work campus that has been driving his to work since the show melted.  It's a bit to chilly for me though.  At least 60 farenheit please.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 25, 2010, 07:42:45 PM
Hi Kirsty,

I remember doing my course work in greenkeeping and felt great when I finished each assessment and got good marks of the tutors. It is good you are doing your assessments which will be worth while when you find a job you enjoy doing and helping people out at the same time.

less then 5 days till I see Mr Green and do hope I see him and not his Registrar but it is the NHS we are talking about so do not aways get too see the top OS which is wrong as I should have seen him pre op and wish he did the surgery himself rather then the Registrar.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 26, 2010, 06:08:31 AM
Hi All,

Today I had another migraine, so was pretty much a wash out. My knee was also quite painful in the night last night. I am finding walking is getting easier, but distance is still a problem. So, won't be walking to the station like that in a while.

I didn't have the concentration to do much study, but I did call a few universities about some of their open days and information sessions. Am looking at going to some interstate if I can. They are all in May.

This afternoon I got a call about an interview next week for a hospital that is not too far away from where I live, probably about half an hour. My interview is next Wednesday afternoon. It will be interesting to see how it goes. Also applied for another 6 jobs. So, hopefully one of them comes off soon.

In the morning I have my first aid re-accreditation course. It will be good to get it out of the way.

Milly, sorry to hear about your right knee. Do hope it picks up as the weather gets warmer. How long have you been riding a motorcycle for ? Good idea to keep up with your appointments with the chiropractor. I go to see my physio once every two weeks to help with my back. Probably should have gone again this week but I was just even in too much pain to drive. Yeah, it is a good feeling getting work done. Will do some more on the weekend so today was a write off.

Nick, yes looking forward to a job I enjoy once I finish all my course work. I plan to study next semester too. Looking at applying for a Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneuship and Innovation, basically for small business. Not long till you see Mr Green now. Hopefully since your physio sent Mr Green a text message he will see you and not the registrar.

Still not sleeping very well at all. I suspect it is largely due to the stress I have been under.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 26, 2010, 12:17:28 PM
Sorry about the migraine.  I think the distance will get better with time, and you probably walked a bit farther than the knee liked.   Good luck with your interview.

I have been riding off and on for about 20 years.  I really enjoy it and was so dissapointed that I could not ride last year.  Between the pain and the meds, it was better to stay off the bike.  Mornings like this one and I wonder if it will ever get warm enough!  We had freezing temps last night!  Well I guess March is still not over and April should be better.

Hope you are feeling better today.  If I don't get a change to post this weekend, have a good one.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 26, 2010, 04:10:16 PM
Hi Kirsty,

I hope you migraine eases and can have a good nights sleep without being in too much pain with you knee. I am sure you will be able to walk longer distance, it just takes time to recover from surgery. I hope you do well in the interview next week wednesday and if you do not get the job you are bound to get one of the 6 jobs you have applied for.

Milly sorry not to include you and will start to respond to your posts on kirsty's thread. I hope your right knee starts to improve. Good for you riding a motorcycle again and glad you are able to go riding again and should be nice in a few months time during the summer.

Enjoy the weekend.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 27, 2010, 11:54:16 AM
Hi All,

I seem to have gotten over my migraine, which is good. Just hate them as they really knock me out. When I see my doctor on Tuesday I will tell him about it and see if I can take a preventer as they are so debilitating.

Tonight I had a friend over for dinner, which was nice. I made a nice spaghetti bolognese.

Today I didn't do much. Slept in until about lunch time as I still had the after affects from my migraine.

Milly, you are right. I think the distance will get better with time. It was just probably a bit too  much. Will speak to my doctor on Monday whether I can do a bit more. Just so bored with my 2 exercises and hydro. What worries me is that my knee is swelling up after I do the hydro pool. Will probably ring my OS on Monday. What do you think ?

Nick, you are right. Surgery does take a while to recover, especially when it was fairly major. I am looking forward to the interview. Will be interesting to see what other interviews I get too.

Have a good weekend everyone.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 27, 2010, 04:04:18 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Glad you have got over your migraine and hope you enjoyed dinner with your friend. 3 days till I see Mr Green not long now I waited long enough so hope I get to see him.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 28, 2010, 10:31:52 AM
Hi there,

Had a relatively quite weekend and was able to get a reasonable amount of study done.

Tonight I went to a friend's place for dinner, which was nice. She made a lamb roast, which was really yummy.

My knee has been a bit sore, but nothing too bad. I didn't get to the hydro pool this weekend, but am planning to go tomorrow night. My back and shoulder still don't like me. Been doing more stretches, but doesn't help a lot. Having physio on Wednesday, which should help. Once I can go back to clinical pilates I am sure that will help. I'll ask my sports physician about that on Tuesday.

On Tuesday I go back to see my sports physician, so will be interesting to see what he says. Just really bored with my rehab at the moment, but I know I have to be patient. See my OS in about 3 weeks.

I am hoping to get a job soon so I can go back to work. Am really missing not working. Last week I applied for 7 jobs. Hope to hear more about them this week or next.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 29, 2010, 12:01:38 PM
Hi KG friends,

Had a really bad night's sleep last night, so slept in quite late. Today I just caught up on a few phone calls and did some study. I was rung about 2 more interviews today, which is great. One is on Wednesday evening and the other next week on Thursday. Hopefully one of those jobs comes off.

My back hasn't been great. Think I am going to take some painkillers soon and head to bed. As for my knee it has been ok, but been quite sore today. Ended up ringing my OS's rooms today as my knee has been swelling up when I go to the hydrotherapy pool. Got a call back from his rooms and he said it is ok to go to the hydro pool until I see him.

Tonight my parents had some people over for dinner that they wanted me to meet. I had dinner with them and have been in my room doing a bit of study. My back is starting to get really sore now. So, going to hit the sack.

Nick, all the best for your appointment tomorrow. I see my sports physician and psychologist tomorrow.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 30, 2010, 10:36:33 AM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry you had a bad nights sleep last night hope tonight you can sleep better. I hope you interviews go ok as you been searching for a suitable job for a while now and hope you find a job that you enjoy doing. I hope you back pain eases for you and swelling in the knee goes down and glad you can still use the hydro pool.

Did you had a good time with your parents and their friends, today I finally get to see Mr Green and thanks for wishing me the best for my appointment.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 30, 2010, 10:51:05 AM
Hi there,

Today I saw my sports physician and is pleased with my progress. I've still got a bit of swelling, which I think he is a bit concerned about. He thinks it is some scar tissue, but I am not too worried about it at this stage. Will ask him about it next time I see him, which is in two weeks and the week before I see my surgeon. My doctor is pleased with my strength and control of my quad muscles, so that's all good.

I am to start doing some walking to build up my endurance as there is no way I could do my previous type of work with the amount I can do at the moment. My doctor wants me to start pilates again for my back too, which is good. Just got a bit more red tape to get through before that. TAC approved my pilates in a group, but I need to have an assessment and 1 or 2 1 on 1 sessions before I can start the group. Grrrrr !!!! Tired of all the red tape.

Was hoping to start back at work soon, but he said I am at least another month away from it. Arrrrgggg !!!!! Just need to be a bit more patient.

Last night I had a much better night's sleep. Hope tonight is the same.

Nick, had a nice time with my parent's friends. They are really interesting people.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 30, 2010, 03:50:40 PM
Glad the sleeping is better and may it continue.  Sounds like things are moving along for you knee wise.  The swelling should improve with time too, but keep an eye on it.  It should be helpful to get back to pilaties (sp?) for your back.  Anything that can ease back pain is a help.  You use the back muscles for so much! 

I hope you get job soon too, but not before your knee is ready.  I suppose as long as your new employer is aware of any restrictions and follows them you should be ok.

Take care.

MIlly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 31, 2010, 10:25:44 AM
Hi KG friends,

Well, now my Mum has a migraine. Hate seeing her like that. We have had to call the locum doctor service. Hopefully they will be here soon.

Today I walked for 5 minutes, which went ok. It felt strange, but ok. Still a bit tight but will improve with time. I saw my physio this morning and suggested going every 2 days. So, the plan is to walk every second day and go to the hydro pool on alternate days.

I had two interviews today. The first one was ok, but found out it is only for 4 weeks which I'm not really interested in. Will ring them tomorrow to let them know. The other interview went well and are going to do reference checks. It would be a great place to work. The good thing about the second job is that it doesn't start till the end of May. So, would give me plenty of time to recover.

Still HATE my back !!!! Will take some strong painkillers soon. I really hope I can start the pilates soon. Just more red tape to go through with the TAC. Go to wait till they approve the assessment and the 1-1 pilates sessions. Really I think they are a waste of time since I have been doing pilates for so long now. Oh well, stuff happens.

Tomorrow is study day. They want me to have completed the assessments by the time I start work if I take the job I had the interview today which I am really keen on. It is in a nice private hospital.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 31, 2010, 03:10:59 PM
Sorry about your Mom.  Hope she is feeling better soon.  I don't get migraines per se, but I do get some nasty migraine like sinus headaches, so I can understand a bit.

Good job on the walking.  Slow and easy though.  The second job sounds wonderful.  Hope it comes through for you.  STarting in May too, so lots of recovery time.

I sure hope they get the pilates issue straightened out soon.  If it helps you would think they would rather pay for that then expensive PT and or (heaven forbid) surgery.  Makes you wonder about the bureaucracy and red tape.

Good luck with the studies tomorrow.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on April 01, 2010, 03:12:58 PM
Hi Kirsty,

I hope your Mum recovered from her migraine as my Mum sometimes gets a migraine and it not very nice seeing her unwell. It would be nice for you to get the job that starts at the end of May as your knee will feel a lot better by then and would not need to take any sick leave. I hope your back pain eases for you and can start pilates soon.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 02, 2010, 10:04:31 AM
Hi All,

Last night I went to the hydro pool, which felt great. Today I went walking for 6 minutes. I seemed to walk faster, which was good and did walk a bit further. It wasn't on purpose though. Will go walking again on Sunday.

I have spent a lot of the day studying. Finished off another module, which is great. Just going to chill out tonight I think.

Mum has now recovered from her migraine, which is good.

Milly, I sure hope they get the pilates sorted soon. Yeah, it does make you wonder about the red tape. If they did things properly and more efficiently they would save so much money. They cause so much angst because they take forever to make decisions and then they wonder why clients are pissed off. Can't wait to get rid of the TAC, they are such idiots and so incompetent it's not even funny. I should write a book about it. For example, they sent out a letter to my practitioners twice with the wrong claim number on it and have sent it out a third time. Hopefully they get it right this time !

Nick, yeah it would be great if I got the job at the end of May. My back still doesn't feel great. It is hard as I am having to take really strong painkillers and then I find it hard to wake up in the morning.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on April 03, 2010, 10:32:29 AM
Hi Kirsty,

You mention the hydo pool a lot in your posts as my physio keeps pushing me to go and use a swimming pool and walk up and down the pool and paddle feet with a float in front of me to work on the quads. I am not a very strong swimmer and do not know of any hydro pools accept at private hospitals.

Its nice when you have finished off a module it makes you feel your achieved something, great news your mum has recovered from her migraine. My mum is starting to have pain in her right knee the last few days a shooting pain from the top of her knee hope its not a start of needing a TKR but she is coming up to 72 and had 8 kids so bound to have warn out the knees.

Its Easter weekend and had to work this morning and Sunday and Monday morning which is annoying as I never get any rest do not like working during the Easter period.

Happy Easter hope you have a good Sunday with your parents.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 05, 2010, 12:13:36 PM
Hi there,

I hope you all had a nice Easter.

Mine was quite good, except yesterday when I work up I could hardly move. So, I had a hot bath and shower, which seemed to help. Then, took things pretty easy. Did catch up with a friend briefly in the afternoon. Last night I had a really bad night's sleep too. There were so many things going through my head plus my parents came back today from their beach house.

Today I had a very productive day today. Now finished all the study I needed to get done by the 16th of April. Dropping off some of the work tomorrow morning and to pick up some more work from my tutor. Done a lot of research into medical courses on the weekend too, which has been good. Now know which universities I want to go to and others I want to avoid.

My back doesn't seem to be letting up. So, think I am going to see if I can see my doctor again this week.

Nick, definitely try to get to the pool. It makes a big difference.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on April 05, 2010, 08:08:10 PM
It is amazing they get anything done with all the red tape isn’t it?  I think the “wrong” claim number is just way to not pay for something (that’s my opinion though).  I don’t think they realize how much money they waste with inefficiencies.

Great work on finishing up the course work.  Feels good to get that all done.  I have some online stuff I have been trying to get at and hope to do some this week.

I think the lack of sleep and stress may be making your back feel worse too.  Hope you can get to the Pilates soon.

Nick – some physio places over her have a pool in them, and some of the will let you purchase a punch card to use it during open pool times.  Is there a larger center near you that may have something like that?  Usually these types of pools are all one depth with a separate deep pool.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 06, 2010, 10:37:29 AM
Hey Milly,

I hate red tape so much and so sick of dealing with it. The place didn't ring back about the pilates. Will try tomorrow. You are so right about putting the wrong claim number. Got the letter today of all the documents they need for loss of income. Am furious as they already have more than 50% of it and some of it is just so unnecessary !!!! Grrrr !!!

Good luck with getting some of your study done. Picked up two other modules today that I need to do.

Totally agree with you on the lack of sleep and stress making my back worse. There is no doubt about that. Just so tired of being on so much medication which impacts on my life so much.

Tomorrow I will go to the hydro pool again. Then, Thursday will be walking. Contacted my doctor again today, well left a message with one of the receptionists. Expressed how important it is for him to get the message. Not heard back yet. Won't till at least Thursday now as he doesn't work Wednesdays.

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on April 06, 2010, 07:08:11 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Hope you have some luck contacting about pilates and can start working on your 2 modules and back eases soon and can go to the hydro pool. Be good if you hear back from your doctor soon.

Milly I would rather go to a smaller pool such as a hydro pool and be nice to have someone there telling you what to do rather then going to a public swimming bath. I would have to pay each time I use the pool and will come expensive in the long run and would have thought the NHS would provide a hydro pool in one of their hospitals.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 08, 2010, 10:23:04 AM
Hi Everyone,

Sorry I have been a bit MIA.

Been going through a pretty rough patch.

Have had it to hell and back with the TAC. They are just incompetent, plus my lawyer is not returning my calls. Will have to follow up again tomorrow. If people did their jobs properly there wouldn't be a problem. To top that off the receptionist supervisor of where I go is ignoring my calls which I find unacceptable. My doctor finally called me yesterday, but was asleep when he rang. I was glad that I didn't answer it as I was a bit teary and pretty upset yesterday.

Today I have spent a lot of the day gathering documents for the TAC, which I will post tomorrow. Also had an interview, which I think went quite well. Don't think the role is for me though. Need to email them to tell them I am no longer interested. This morning I went for about a 10 minute walk, which felt good. Tomorrow I will go to the hydro pool again.

Tomorrow I have another interview. Will be interesting to see how it goes. The role is at a private rehab facility.

Nick, I contacted the pilates place and are going to send a letter to TAC which I am still waiting to be done. It is really hard when you are waiting on other people to do their bit. You are crazy not to do to the pool. If you ask your physio I am sure he will be able to tell you what you need to do. If you are too nervous about it ask your physio if he knows of any hydrotherapy classes. They shouldn't be that expensive.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on April 08, 2010, 04:27:38 PM
Too bad about the red tape giving you a headache and then some.  It is so hard to wait on others to do their piece.  It also seems like when you are trying to advocate for yourself folks get angry with you.  It just does not seem right or fair.  I hope they get stuff together soon.  I hate taking too many drugs myself.  I'd rather chuck the lot if I could.

Good luck with your interview!

Nick - I would rather a hydrotherapy pool with a PT also.  Maybe your PT can point you in the right direction?  It's not terribly expensive here about $40 for about 6 sessions.  You can get a PT to show you exercises and the pool is always supervised.  (At least the one near my house is.  I just have not gotten a punch card yet as their open hours are before I get out of work.)  I found the even a few sessions (3-4) worked wonders for the quads.  I was suprized at how much work the water could be.  I was more tired from those than the land workouts!  Just wish I could have done that after my partial knee.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on April 08, 2010, 07:08:06 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry you have a migraine and going though a rough patch and having problems with the TAC. Good luck in the morning with the interview.

I agree with Milly and have found a physio centre not too far away that has a hydro pool and gym so will look into it and hope it is not too expensive.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 10, 2010, 01:30:54 AM
Hi there,

My interview went well yesterday. Should hear sometime next week hopefully.

Yesterday morning I think I must have been jinxed. Followed up about my phone bill, electricity bill and something else and they had it wrong. Hopefully it will all be fixed soon.

Back pain is still bad as usual. I see my physio and doctor next Thursday and will be giving them a mouth full about the clinic administration.

My knee is ok, not much change there. Been increasing my walking and feels weird still, but I guess it is not surprising how long my knee was up the creek for.

Seeing my psychologist on Monday too, which should help.

Heading down to the beach for the weekend and staying with some friends. It will be great to get away. My Mum complained about it, but frankly I don't care. I need to run my own life and work out what is good for me.

Been working on my silk painting and hand made card website which has been fun. Did some silk painting too.

Have a good weekend. :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on April 10, 2010, 10:34:28 AM
Hi Kirsty,

Glad the interview went well yesterday hope you get the job as you been searching for one for some time and about time someone gave you a job as you waited long enough to find one. Sorry you still having problems with your back could you have a cortiosone injection in your back as I know someone who has back pain that has cortisone injections under semi sedation.

Good that you are increasing walking and hope your knee improves, be nice to spend some time at the beach, it is good to relax sometimes as we all need to relax once in a while it is good for ones health.

Good luck on Monday when you see your psychologist, and look forward seeing your cards on your website.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, spring has arrived in the UK was 17oc yesterday afternoon and will be a warm weekend with high pressure over the whole of the UK.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 11, 2010, 09:38:47 AM
Hi All,

It was really nice to get away. I have really cleared my head by going away.

I really enjoyed catching up with some old friends from the UK. We watched a great movie last night and went to a wonderful scrap booking and card shop near where they live. I could spend so much money in the shop. It is a pity it is so far away. Oh well, good excuse to visit my friends again soon.

It was quite windy over the weekend. Think we are heading in to our colder weather.

Last night I had another migraine, but took as much medication as I could to hit it on the end. Feel a bit washed out today. My knee is feeling ok, but often get reminded how long I have to go when I realise I can't walk far. I am too tired tonight to go to the hydro pool.

Hope you all have a good weekend.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: itigo on April 12, 2010, 01:42:58 PM
Glad you had a good weekend Kirsty. I hope your knee is feeling stronger each day, even if it is a slow process.

Spent the whole day in the city today (was great fun!) so expecting to pay big time tomorrow - have physio but meant to be doing my pilates. Will see how it goes. Knee been misbehaving the last few days. Nothing particular, just uncomfortable when walking etc. Nice and vague to tell him! The twinges move around so it's hard to describe without sounding loopy!

Better go and get some rest. Sorry I haven't been on much - lots happening down here......will try harder!

Itigo x
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on April 12, 2010, 02:07:20 PM
Glad your weeked was a lot of fun.  Too bad about the migraine.  Hope that is better today.  Had a pretty quiet weekend.  I got a new medication that is supposed to help me relax and sleep better.  It kept me wide awake for 6 hours after taking it.  So going to call the doc and see what else I can take.  Just have not been sleeping well, but we do have a lot going on at home right now.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on April 12, 2010, 04:24:54 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Pleased you had a good weekend apart from your migraine and could catch up with friends from the UK. It is warming up in the UK and spring has arrived, we are always the opposite to you that is why Australia is known as down and under in the UK.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 13, 2010, 09:55:35 AM
Hi there,

Today I had an IME for the TAC. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but still not wonderful. At least it is out the way now.

Hopefully TAC will now start paying for my psychology treatment again. They are complete pricks ! Sorry, just no other way to describe them.

Last night I didn't sleep very well again. Just so sick of it. Kept thinking about the conciliation coming up for my work cover claim. Am sure I will get something out of it, but worried they will be complete bullies. I've asked a friend to come along who is a lawyer for support. So, hopefully that will help.

I went for a walk today with my parent's lab. Was planning to go for a walk for about 10 minutes, but was only about 6 or 7 minutes. Think I am walking a lot faster than I was before. It feels really strange walking still. Doesn't feel unstable, but still weird. Will ask my OS about it next week when I see him. Tomorrow I am going to go to the hydro pool.

Itigo, maybe it's time you go back to see the sports physician. I wouldn't put up with it. Still waiting for TAC to approve the assessment and 1-1 sessions for my pilates before I can start it. Think I will chase it up with the pilates studio tomorrow. Just want to start it.

Milly, my migraine has gone which is good. Sorry you are not sleeping well, either I am. So much going on so not really a surprise.

Nick, glad the weather is improving. I sent you a message on facebook. Hope you got it.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on April 13, 2010, 10:19:53 AM
Hi Kirsty,

What bastards eh?  As if you need all these problems on top of your surgery, I don't know how you do it!

I'm walking-ish..can walk around the house without crutches now whoop whoop!! Although taking it easy coz I don't want to push it!  You doing 10 mins is so reassuring for me to hear..I might be able to do that soon!

I'm going to try out my local Hydro pool.  I know you use yours alot, what exercises would you recommend?  My P.T. has advised just walking about but for £7 a bash I wanna try and get some exercises in my mind in case I feel I can do more!

Annie  :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on April 13, 2010, 01:25:15 PM
Hopefully the TAC will get the approvals and pay for what they should.  It seems a crime to me that these things are set up to help someone who has been injured, then runs them around trying to get help.  Honestly!  I know there are people out there that try to abuse it and it makes it harder for those of us that really need it.

The weekend was fairly quiet.  I've decided that now that the weather is getting better and we have more light longer...I need to wash my curtains!  My goodness, I did not notice how dusty they have gotten.  Now that my son is "taller than mom" he can help me pull them down.  Thankgoodness I don't have any fancy drapes!   

Walikng the dog sounds like fun.  My dog and I have not gone on a walk in a very long time.  We both have pretty nasty arthritis.  His is a front shoulder.  Poor guy.  I think this summer we may be able to do some short runs, since the left knee is strong now.  I just have to not push the right one too far until it can get fixed.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 14, 2010, 02:21:03 PM
Hi All,

It has been quite a busy day.

We had some problems with the sewerage and stank like anything. So, the plumber came first thing this morning and fixed it.

Also saw a sports physician that my shoulder surgeon referred me to. We talked about a new treatment which involves a series of injections and think they could really help with my shoulder and back. So, pretty excited about that. Just need to organise a blood test first to check that is ok. Then, I can go ahead with having the injections. I see my usual doctor tomorrow. So, will discuss it with him. I know he's not too keen about it but is one of my last options to try as I seem to be getting no where with everything else I have tried.

I went to the hydro pool tonight, but didn't stay long as my back and knee were pretty sore. Was important for me to do even just a little bit. Tomorrow I will take my parent's lab walking again. Think I will try for 15 minutes if I  can. Still feels weird, but getting there. I think I am definitely walking faster and more confident. Just feels so strange after it being unstable for so long.

Been trying to finalise some paper work for the TAC so that I can get paid for loss of income. It is ridiculous as to what you need to provide, even my lawyer thinks so. Have to let him know if there is anything I think is unreasonable. Will be emailing him in the next few days. Photocopied most stuff now, just need to do the bank statements.

Also done some study today. Hope to finish my last written module tomorrow.

Annie, yeah the TAC are complete pricks !!! Wouldn't want anyone to go through what I am going through right now. Great to hear you are doing much better. As for the hydro pool I generally walk up and down the pool and also do a cycling movement in the pool leaning against a wall. Hope that helps.

Milly, I just hope that TAC don't take too long to approve the assessment and 1 on 1 sessions for pilates. Still waiting to hear back. I will chase up the pilates studio tomorrow. Really want to start it. Will also talk to my surgeon next week whether it is ok to start some lower leg stuff. It is amazing how dusty things can get. My Mum and Dad removed the clear curtains in my room. So, now just have ordinary curtains and a blind. Makes it much better.

Anyway, heading off to take my painkillers and head to bed.


Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on April 14, 2010, 03:40:12 PM
Hang in there with all the TAC paperwork.  Maybe the injections will at least let the back calm down.  If the inflammation gets better maybe the spasms will too.

Well keeping it short today.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 15, 2010, 04:46:22 AM
Hi All,

Today has been pretty busy so far.

I saw my doctor and physio this morning. My physio helped loosen my back and shoulder up, which was good. He didn't get my message last week. So, not happy at all. Left another message requesting I be rung about it. The clinic just don't seem to care. Asked my doctor how I could get messages to him and said to use emails for reports. Doesn't address the problems with the stupid receptionists though. He is not that keen about the injections, but will see how it goes.

Just feel like crying as I just found out that I missed out on the job I really wanted. It was between me and someone else and just missed out on the skin of my teeth. So hard when that happens. Still got one more job I am waiting to hear back about that I had an interview for last week.

Milly, thanks. I just want all the TAC crap behind me. My doctor is sick of too.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on April 15, 2010, 03:38:49 PM
Glad the PT could help your back and shoulder some.  Sorry about the job.  It is tough to miss it by just a little bit.  I hope the last one pans out for you.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on April 15, 2010, 07:32:08 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Was going to post in your thread on Tuesday but the KG website crashed so could not do any postings.
So sorry you did not get the job and was so close getting it but I am sure you will find a job in the end the suits you.

The injections in your shoulder and back looks promising and really hope it helps ease the pain and discomfort. Got your message on facebook and was really helpful, as what happened to me last week was really stressful.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 16, 2010, 01:45:12 PM
Hi All,

Well, I am so glad it is the end of the week. Feels like it has been the week from hell !!!

TAC are just so unbelievable. Today I got a letter in the mail about attending another IME, but didn't say what for or what time and date. So, I rang them up and blasted my case manager. They are just so incompetent. Then I also found out they want to send me for an IME for my loss of income. What idiots !!!! Was told by the case manager looking after my loss of income they would only do that if they were unsatisfied after getting the info from my doctor. Will be getting onto my lawyer early next week. Sent more info off today for the loss of income. They are just arseholes. Sorry, just needed to vent.

I followed up today about the letter for the pilates and still hadn't been done. Grrrrrr !!!! It was meant to be done today, but still not heard anything. It will be a few months probably before anything happens knowing the TAC. Just so sick of the crap !

My right knee has been pretty sore the last few days, so have eased off on exercise. I was going to go to the hydro pool tonight, but think if I'd gone it would have flared my knee up more. Will try to go for a walk tomorrow.

Milly, yeah it is really tough when you miss out on a job so close. Oh well, stuff just happens sometimes.

Nick, yeah hopefully the injections will help. Just got to have the blood test first.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on April 16, 2010, 02:28:47 PM
Well it is Friday, so try to relax and enjoy the weekend.  Someday (let it be ASAP), you will have all the TAC garbage behind you.  The tension and stress of dealing with it all does not help the back and pain issues in the least.  It is good to vent when you are so frusterated.  Hope your weekend is restful.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 17, 2010, 02:36:38 AM
Hi All,

So glad it is the weekend now. Going to try and relax. Just so sick of dealing with the TAC. They are complete morons !!! Will be getting on to my lawyer next week as well as the case manager for my loss of income.

My knee is still really sore. It will be interesting to see what my OS says next week.

Today I am going to a silk painting exhibition with a friend and then tomorrow I am going out with a friend for lunch to a Japanese restaurant. Should be fun.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: itigo on April 17, 2010, 09:41:00 AM
Hiya

Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Have a good day tomorrow. I hope the TAC sort themselves out soon........... I'm about to watch the Collingwood match tonight (ssshhhh!) and of course will watch tomorrow's too - I'm really getting into watching the footy! I've always loved rugby union so I find it fun to watch - much less stoppage. I like to have something to talk to the physio about too. He despairs of my lack of support for any English sport (I support Wales in the rugby)!

Hope your knee feels better for the rest............

Itigo x
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on April 17, 2010, 10:04:39 AM
Hi Kirsty,

Glad its the weekend as well but have to work in the early mornings this weekend at work, my Boss was away on Friday and again Monday so was nice to work for a change. I hope you can sort out the problems with TAC as you had nothing but hassle from them. Sorry your knee is still sore, hope you had a good time at the silk painting exhibition. Enjoy tomorrow at the Japanese restaurant with your friend.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 17, 2010, 12:02:13 PM
Hi All,

Today I went to a great silk painting exhibition. It was for my old silk painting teacher. Gave me some new ideas. Some of it was presented quite badly. On a website about the exhibition it says it is free, but they tried to charge us entry. Told them online it said it was free. So, we got in for free.

My knee felt really sore when I got up this morning. It is still feeling sore, but not as bad tonight.

I have applied to do a Masters in Applied Japanese Linguistics from July.

Itigo, good on you for watching the footy. Had it on in the background tonight while doing some job applications.

Nick, thanks. I sure hope to sort things out with the TAC. They are complete idiots and moron. Looking forward to going to the Japanese restaurant tomorrow.

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 19, 2010, 07:31:00 AM
Hi All,

Hope you had a good weekend. My weekend was really nice. Very relaxing and nice to catch up with some good friends.

Feeling very frustrated today.

I have tried 3 time to ring the case manager at the TAC looking after my loss of income and is never available. Grrrr !!!! My right knee is feeling crap as well. The bone pain doesn't feel good. I was supposed to see my OS on Thursday, but the appointment has been rescheduled as he is stuck in London because of the impact of the Iceland volcano. So, now seeing him next week on Monday. I have tried to get an appointment with my sports physician, but can't get in to see him as he is fully booked. It really does suck when you are having problems. I have left a message, but not that hopeful he will return will my call.

Got a meeting tonight which I really don't fancy going to, but will go anyway.

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on April 19, 2010, 09:43:26 AM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry to hear you're in pain, what's happening with the knee, I thought all was going well?  I'm sloooowly getting better. Was walking around my garden in the warm sunshine on Sat without crutches   ;D but then by yesterday evening it was all swollen and felt a bit wobbly  :-\  Still, I'm up to sets of 25 SLRs now so strength is getting there!

Annie
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 19, 2010, 12:31:32 PM
Hi Annie,

My sports physician rang back tonight. He said he doesn't like the sound of it. Thinks I may be overloading it too much. So, the plan is to try to keep doing the walking, but stop the hydro pool. The bone pain is just horrible.

It is still going well, just maybe my knee is not ready for the amount of exercise I have been doing. Grrr !!!

That is wonderful you are getting better and doing so much better now.

I see my OS in a week. Hopefully he'll be back by then.

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: itigo on April 19, 2010, 12:38:02 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry your knee is getting sore - not fun. Glad you are easing off on the workout you are giving it. Hope it feels better later in the week.

I'm glad you had a good weekend. We did too. Started getting pain behind my kneecap when walking up down stairs/slopes yesterday - physio showed me how to tape it today as I've never done it. It worked great for about an hour! It is still working a bit, but the pain is back. Spose it's not surprising as in 2006 I had grade 3 damage to the back of my kneecap. Better get working that VMO more........

Hope you sleep ok........

Itigo x
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 20, 2010, 12:28:22 AM
Hi Itigo,

Thanks, spoke to Dr J last night and wants me to back off with my exercise and just do the walking if I can. Will be interesting to see if I can even walk as it is very painful right now and keeps buckling.

You really should go and see Dr J. Make it a priority, girl ! He may be able to prescribe a patella brace called a Donjoy Tru Pull Lite which may help with your pain. If you have private health insurance they should cover most of it.

I slept ok last night, but needed to take more painkillers last night to get to sleep because of the bone pain in my knee.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on April 20, 2010, 09:37:30 AM
I see my OS next week too, hope he's not too strict because he wanted me walking more last time and I'm only just able to now.  Oh well, I've bought myself a mini peddler exercise bike as I've read loads about it helping our rehab, I'll start slow with no resistance though! Am feeling a bit frustrated as my unsupported walking doesn't feel as strong as it did on Sat, I just don't understand how it can vary in strength so much  ???

Shame you're getting so much pain, I know things seem to be going well for you, interesting to hear it's been buckling too-I thought that that only happens when you're muscles are quite wasted but you seem to have been walking on it for a while now.  Although I suppose if you've been overloading it as your PT says then the muscle is getting tired etc.  :( 

Pain pain go away!  :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 20, 2010, 11:14:10 AM
Hi Annie,

Don't worry, it's good you can walk now. No need to push yourself. As far as the bike goes check with your OS and physio first. I am not allowed to go to the gym yet. You will get there with the walking, just takes time.

I am finding my walking is getting better apart from this latest set back. My muscles still have a long way to go, but aren't too bad. Whenever I get bad bone pain it often turns into buckling. My sports physician just thinks I loaded up my knee too much. He thinks I was doing too much in the hydro pool. So, I am banned from it for the mean time. Grrr !!!

Can't wait to see my OS on Monday, if ever gets back here. He's currently stuck in London waiting for a flight back to Australia. Hate to think how much he has lost in terms of income this week. What day do you see your OS ?
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on April 20, 2010, 11:32:31 AM
Wow, this volcano really is causing problems.  Have to say London is lovely and quiet without the planes but it's bittersweet as I know how much chaos it's causing. 

I hope your surgeon can get back by Monday, they were talking about reopening UK airspace today but I don't think it's going to happen now.  I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! 

I'm seeing my O.S. on Monday too, so we can hopefully compare notes, although I'm significantly behind you in terms of progress!   ::)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 20, 2010, 12:49:25 PM
Hi Annie,

Yeah, the volcano is causing a lot of issues. Alright for those of you that live on the continent or the UK as at least you can drive or catch a bus. Bit hard for us Aussies to swim there !

That is funny you are seeing your OS on Monday. Isn't it a public holiday there for Anzac Day ? My OS is working to catch up on the back log I think. He is crazy !!! Guess it shows how committed he is. Will be good to compare notes.

My parents are meant to be flying to France tomorrow, but they don't think it will go ahead. Qantas have cancelled all flights till Friday at least. I hear that there has been another eruption.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on April 20, 2010, 05:23:25 PM
Yeah, to be honest I think there are going to be issues for a very long time, the volcano just keeps erupting and so we keep getting the ash cloud.   As soon as it dies down a bit they propose to re-open airspace and then it erupts again.  ::)

Wow your surgeon's going to be swamped with work when he gets back..it not like he can just get on the internet and catch up with work either..he actually needs to see people!  I just feel so sorry for people who are over here with no money, as you know London is NOT a cheap place to stay!

No we don't have Anzac day over here, it's just an Aussie and Kiwi thing isn't it?  We do have May bank holiday the following Monday though, god i can't believe it's May already, operations and recovery make time whizz past! :o

Went in to uni today and because we finished early I did a bit of walking about and it felt SO good!  I'm still on both crutches when I go out but my walking's really coming on, yay!  Hope you sleep well and don't have any more crappy pain  :-\
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on April 20, 2010, 07:18:12 PM
Hi Kirsty,

The volcano eruption seems never ending and be ashame if your parents cannot fly out to France but there will be a lot of disapointed people out there who cannot go on their holidays or stuck abroad. I hope your OS gets back as he has a important job and he could go on the euro tunnel and train to Spain and catch a plane to Melbourne from there. Good luck with your OS appointment on Monday, hope your OS is back by then.

Annie hope your OS appointment on Monday also goes well and pleased you are able to walk better now.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 21, 2010, 02:41:33 AM
Hi All,

Just found out today that I missed out on the other job I was waiting to hear back about. I was really close but there were others with more experience. So, can't beat that. Apparently there was nothing more I could have done. So, that is a good sign. They have offered me some leave cover work, which is good. Must be close to getting a job.

In a way I think it is a good thing as I still haven't got full clearance from my OS to do any lifting at work. Hopefully he will give me the all clear on Monday.

Today is my day off exercise. Tomorrow I will go for a walk. Will still do my usual static quads and leg raises though, which are very boring. Hope my OS gives me more interesting stuff to do when I see him next week.

Annie, yeah the volcano is causing absolute havoc to all corners of the globe. Amazing really isn't it ? Yes, my surgeon will definitely be swamped but he will have to be careful not to overwork. Totally agree with you about those stranded with little money. At least if I was stranded in the UK I would have people to stay with. Think you are probably right, Anzac Day is for the Kiwis and the Aussies.

Nick, I am sure my OS has a plan. Don't think he could afford to lose another week. Hate to think how much money he is losing and still has to pay his staff.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: itigo on April 21, 2010, 09:54:09 AM
I'm sorry you didn't get the other job - glad they could offer you some work though. We are going through similar here at the moment and it gets very frustrating!

Hope your OS makes it back soon. I have friends who have just got onto a flight in the other direction so things are moving! The head of the Physio practice I go to is stuck in the UK too and they were fretting about how many appts were being cancelled the other day..............both my friends have been told their pay won't be docked and that their holidays won't be used which is good.

Have a good evening.......

Itigo x

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on April 21, 2010, 04:21:28 PM
Sorry about missing the job.  At least the did offer some fill in.  It will happen for you.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 22, 2010, 08:43:49 AM
Hi All,

Today I have had a migraine, which only lifting now so haven't gone walking today. Will go for one tomorrow.

Thought it might have been a reaction to the anti-biotics I was on. So, I rang my doctor and he rang me back to say that it wasn't one of the side effects. I see him on Tuesday so will discuss with him further as I had some other symptoms I forgot to mention.

I found out that I got in to the Masters of Applied Japanese Linguistics at Monash University. So, very excited about that. Will start in July.

This morning I got rung about quite a few sports trainer shifts, so that is great.

My right knee is still a bit sore. Can't wait to see my OS on Monday. I know that it needs more strengthening and maybe that is why it is sore. It feels stable but I don't feel that confident on it, especially when crossing the road. Guess I am just scared after all the problems I've had.

Itigo, sorry to hear about your friends and the physio. My parents got to Paris late this afternoon. So, I am very relieved. Knew that they would probably get there safely but I was still anxious about it.

Milly, yeah some cover work would be good.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on April 22, 2010, 07:10:52 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Hope your migraine goes away after a good nights sleep, pleased that your parents are able to fly to France should be arriving there tomorrow morning French time. Well done in getting on the Masters of Applied Japanese Linguistics at Monash University be interesting to study it, as not many people would be able to do the the course. Good luck when you see your OS on Monday and glad he was able to fly back as he must be in high demand, so great he is back working at the Hospital again.

Nick :) {2010} :)

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on April 22, 2010, 07:22:58 PM
Thanks Nick (for your last message) It's so great to be able to walk again!

Kirsty, WOW Japanese, that must be really hard to learn, I'd love to try though!  Great that you've got something to look forward to though!  Bring on Monday for the both of us..my knee's feeling quite strong again so I hope it stay that way!
 :)

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: itigo on April 23, 2010, 12:26:26 AM
Well done on getting on the course! Must be great to talk another language well. Glad you can see your OS on Monday - that's dedication for you.......

My friends are now home safely which is great. Glad your parents made it to France.

Hope your migraine has gone today.........

Itigo x
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 24, 2010, 12:15:35 PM
Hi All,

Thanks for all your messages. I've now enrolled in my Masters. Just waiting to get confirmation on what Japanese language subject I can do. Must say I am very excited about starting it.

Last night I went to a ball, which I was proud of myself for going to. However, I am really paying for it today. In sooooooo much pain. I can barely walk and my back is bad too.

When I was walking back to the station my left ankle rolled several times and my peroneals are so painful. Just hope it goes away soon.

I only stayed till 10pm as by then I could barely walk, my right knee was extremely painful and was buckling too.

Tonight I was supposed to go out but had to cancel because of the pain I am in and not being able to walk very well.

Had a bath tonight to see if it would help with the pain. It helped a bit but still in a lot of pain.

I am seeing my OS on Monday, which is a relief. My right knee obviously can't take too much yet.

Going to take my painkillers soon and head off to bed soon.

Thankfully my migraine has gone, but the other pain has replaced it. Grrrr !!!!

Nick, my parents arrived in France safely on Thursday. They are now heading to the country areas to see the real France. Very glad my OS is now back.

Annie, yeah bring Monday on. Can't wait to see my OS. He won't be rapt that I am not walking so well.

Itigo, yeah definitely dedication on my OS's part. Great your friends are home safely.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on April 24, 2010, 12:38:03 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Good for you for going to the ball.."I WILL go to the ball"! I get the knee buckling thing too if I walk on my knee too much, think we should just take it easy, did you have the same thing when you had your Left knee done and how long did it take for you to be able to walk with no buckling?  I'm trying not to walk too much at all so that when I see the OS on Monday I can strut in confidently!

I find a hot bath really makes my knee feel weak, and the same happens when I lie in the sun (yes we've actually had sufficient sun to sunbathe in London this week)! Doesn't sound like you get the same, is your knee swollen at all? Mine's O.K. until I walk for a bit and then it gets all purple and blotchy and swollen :-( Oh well, at least I'm actually walking!

Hope you sleep well, Annie   ;D
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on April 24, 2010, 03:44:33 PM
Hi Kirsty,

It was good that you went to the ball even though it was too much for your knee its good to have a good time once in a while. My knee also buckles if I use my knee too much as it does for you and Annie which never happened pre op.

I saw my physio today and have been told to do a lot more physio and start using the swimming pool and just been looking at a pool not too far from my flat and can get a leasure pass which allows me to use the pool as often as I like at a discount, so from next week onwards will do what my physio advised me to do and will start using the pool.

Good luck with OS appointment on Monday.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on April 24, 2010, 04:52:24 PM
Learning Japanese sounds like fun!  My niece has been learning it for a while.  She would like to visit there some day.  She is very interested in the culture too.  I would actually like to learn Gaelic and German.  Welsh would be fun too.  Someday I may just sign up for a German course or two at the junior college here.

You did have a good time at the ball I hope, even if you are paying for it.  Well we all push our knees too much sometimes.  Rest, elevate and ice it, heat too if it helps (just not everything at once!).  You may get chewed out Monday for it by the OS.  Or at least a lecture on resting it more.

Annie – I would get the weakness from a warm bath too, I think the muscles are just getting relaxed and they are not totally strong yet.  That should get better over time.

Nick – Glad you are going to give the pool a try.  It can really help.  You can ask your PT what kinds of things you can do other than just walking in the shallower end.  If you do get tempted to swim a bit watch any kicking where you are bending the knee a lot, it will make your knee hurt.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 25, 2010, 01:50:17 PM
Hi All,

Can't believe that I will be seeing my OS tomorrow. Will be glad to see him. One to know that he is back safely and two to ask him about the pain I am experiencing and what exercise I can do. Think from now on I will just listen to him and ring his rooms if I have any concerns or problems.

Today I slept in till lunch time, which is really unusual for me. I spent most of the time researching my next holiday, watching the dawn services in Gallipoli and Northern France and the football. Also made some more cards. Just taken some painkillers and done my exercises. About to head to bed shortly.

I got two new heat packs with lavender in them, which really help my back at night. Last night I got up when I couldn't sleep and used them again.

My right knee is still sore, but much better than it was on Friday night after the ball. My OS will probably laugh when I tell him about wearing high heels. Won't be doing that any time soon. My back is still not great either.

Annie, yeah the same thing happened when I had my left knee done. It improves with time as the knee and the muscles around it get stronger. My knee is not swollen now, just a big puffy still. On Friday night it was swollen though. Last night I used my Cryo Cuff as my knee was quite painful. Not as bad tonight so won't bother with it. The bath really helped my back and peroneals. Knee still felt the same after the bath. Good luck tomorrow. Hope your appointment goes better than last time. He should really be more understanding.

Nick, good luck with the pool. I am sure you will enjoy. With the weather getting warmer it will be nice too.

Milly, Japanese is fun to learn. Gaelic would be cool. I studied German in my first year of uni, but became too much to study both languages. Love to understand Welsh as well. Been resting a lot so the knee has settled down a fair bit. Still limping a bit, which my OS will probably notice. He'll probably just shake his head. I just want to have a "normal" life again, what ever that means. Know what I mean ?

Will update once I have seen my OS tomorrow. Hope you've had a great weekend.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 26, 2010, 02:59:29 AM
Hi All,

I saw my knee surgeon this morning and is really pleased with my progress. He wants to see me again in 3 months.

Am ecstatic as I can start going to the gym and do pilates. I need to be careful that I don't load up my knee too much as that is why it has been sore. He said it is important that I have a few days off a week. Can also go back to work, but still need to be careful especially if I am helping to lift patients etc.

This operation has made such a difference to my quality of life. Yay !!! I can now hopefully lead a "normal" life.

I am now even more inspired to do graduate medicine. Bring it on !!!

Hope you all had a good weekend.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on April 26, 2010, 02:47:10 PM
I do know what you mean by normal.  Glad the progress is good, and rest it when you should.  I think thing will start to feel more normal when you are back to work.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on April 26, 2010, 04:02:31 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Great news that your OS appointment went ok this morning and is happy with your recovery and do hope it the last of your knee problems. It is great you are now able to go to the gym and do pilates as long as you do not over do things ,your knee should be fine.

I hope you can now start a course in medicine as it never too late to learn.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on April 26, 2010, 06:26:23 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Big smiley face for you and your knee  ;D  So happy for you, I know how much you've been wanting to get to the gym!  What did your OS say about your high heels?  I winced when I read that you'd worn them!

My OS was pleased with my progress and impressed with my quads and VMO.  He felt and pushed the kneecap and said he could feel the trochlea and the tendon he'd had to move and was pleased that the kneecap has tightened up with the muscle strength  ;D he also said he was glad I was much happier than last time  :) 

I did a bit of walking around but I keep my knee bent on impact out of fear which he says I must try to work on.  He also said I need to focus on my legs as he says I hyperextend my knees and lock them like that when I'm standing which isn't good for my knee and doesn't help the rehab.  I'm so glad he told me as going from locked to bent has been my biggest problem but I didnt know why...I didn't even know my legs did that so it's definitely something I'm going think about and try to stop doing.

Anyway, sorry for waffling!! Yay *lift champagne glasses and clink as we celebrate our new knees*!
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Skinnycatz on April 27, 2010, 04:57:12 AM
Being "normal"....I am glad that you seem to be well on your way there!  Just please be careful to not overdo things and keep up the strengthening exercises.  I truly believe that will be key for you in your recovery.  What little strength I have managed to get over the past couple of years (since the last surgery) has really helped me get through the days and do some of the things I like to do.  My knee won't ever be normal and won't have a chance to be normal until someone agrees that I need some kind of replacement.  At least now, I have ways to keep the inflammation down.  It is the combo of methods that makes more of a difference. 

The thing that worries me about you going back to work though is the fact that you will probably be on your feet a lot.  Hopefully, there is a way for you to "ease" into that.  Being on your feet at work and also having an exercise program is tough for some of the best knees!  I also hope that the cartilage damage you already have under your kneecap doesn't worsen.  Hopefully now that your knee is more stable and doesn't dislocate anymore, things will settle down.

Take care....

Francine
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 27, 2010, 11:02:15 AM
Hi All,

Today I saw my sports physician and psychologist.

My sports physician has come up with a new exercise plan. I am to start going to the gym three times a week and the hydro pool two times a week. It is starting with 5 minutes on the exercise bike in the gym. Not much but a start at least.

Both my psychologist and sports physician were pleased that I went to the ball. With both of them I talked about where I am at. They recognised it was a good thing, but got a way to go.

Today my sports physician and I discussed the sports trainer job with the umpiring department. We both agreed that I am just not ready and would be too much to do that too. So, I did what is really one of the hardest things to do and sent the head trainer an email about saying that I can not work this season as I just have no idea when I will be ready. Got a call from him tonight. Hopefully I will get an email from him tomorrow.

Milly, I totally agree with you about work. Got quite a few sports trainer jobs for May, which I am really happy about. Also have one this Thursday.

Nick, yeah I am looking forward to starting in the gym. Still waiting to hear back about approval for pilates from TAC. So, will stick with the hydro pool and gym for now. Couldn't agree with you more about the study. I really want to learn a lot more about patella problems. Seeing my OS do some surgery would be a dream for me.

Annie, so happy you had a good appointment too. Cheers to good news. I just pray that my knee doesn't blow up when I start exercising. That happened with my left knee and had to stop for a while. My OS said "zero sympathy" to recovering from wearing high heels. I just laughed. He thinks the issues with my knee are due to loading up too much, so he said I need to be careful with that. I go back to see him in 3 months. That is interesting what your OS said about your hyperextending. Good luck with it. When do you go back to see your OS ?

Francine, yeah glad I am on my way to living a "normal" life. I know that I will always have to maintain my knees with an exercise program and they will never be normal when compared to the average person. As soon as I stop exercise I get a lot more pain. Helps to stablise my knee caps too. I promise I won't over do things. I think I have done myself a favour by pulling out of one of my jobs. Starting off with my sports trainer coverage work is a good way to start. I will have about 5 shifts in May and about the same in June. So, that should help build up my endurance and confidence. I also hope the cartilage damage does not worsen. Will be speaking to my OS at my next appointment how I can do that. Will discuss it with my sports physician too as it is one thing that really worries me. Hate to think of having to undergo a TKR. Had enough knee surgery to last me a life time !
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on April 27, 2010, 07:30:49 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Glad you was able to see your sports physician and psychologist today who gave your some good advise. I also go to the gym 3 times a week and will go swimming 3 times a week as I did today for the 1st time for ages and really enjoyed it. I may not be the strongest swimmer but swam up and down the pool both in the shallow area and deep area. I was not the worst swimmer, as there were others worse then me who stayed in the shallow area.

It is best not to do sports trainer job if your sports physician advises you not to, as he been supportive throughtout your knee problems and will do what he thinks is best for you.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: RugbyGal on April 29, 2010, 06:57:49 AM
Hi there!

Just wondering what does ur gym program entail?  Hope everything goes well with you!

-RugbyGal
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 29, 2010, 09:55:50 AM
Hi All,

Feeling pretty crap today. Coming down with something, which is affecting my asthma. Yuck ! I tried to get an appointment tomorrow with my doctor, but doesn't have anything. If I feel worse in the morning I will see if he can see me as I think I may be coming down with an infection.

Today I did my first sports trainer shift. It was pretty cold, but I wrapped up in layers so wasn't too bad. I worked at a cross country event for some primary schools. Was pretty good as we didn't have anything too major.

I've had to delay starting my exercise program as my right knee has been puffy and quite sore. Rang my OS's rooms yesterday and had a call from his rooms saying to wait till it settled before starting the exercise program. I also don't want to exercise while I am sick as will probably make me feel worse.

Nick, glad you are starting to swim. Walking up and down a pool is great too.

RugbyGal, my gym program is just doing 5 minutes on the exercise bike 3 times a week plus some lunges. Then, in two weeks I am to add in a double leg press.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on April 29, 2010, 07:20:28 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry you are feeling under the weather and may have a viral infection, hope you feel better after a goods nights sleep. Nice you can start your sports trainer job after not working for several weeks, it is nice to work again.

Maybe it is best not to stress the knee too much and do less exercise and maybe just stick to the hydro pool for now.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 02, 2010, 10:04:30 AM
Hi All,

Sorry I haven't updated in a few days. I'm still not feeling that well.

I am pleased to say that my knee is coping well with work again. Yesterday I did another shift and coped well. So, that is very pleasing.

Can't wait to start my new exercise program once I have got rid of whatever I have at the moment. It has affected my asthma rather badly.

Nick, I have to up the exercise program once the knee has settled. It is feeling a lot better than it was.

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 03, 2010, 12:26:01 PM
Hi All,

I ended up going to my doctor today as I haven't been feeling very well at all. Turns out that I have bronchitis and have now been put on antibiotics. Hopefully they will start to kick in soon.

My rehab is really on hold until I get rid of the bronchitis. My doctor doesn't want me going to the pool while I have a low grade temperature which I have at the moment. He said I have done the right thing by not exercising. I go back to see him next week and then hopefully can start exercising again.

Hope you all had a good weekend.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on May 03, 2010, 12:41:27 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Poor you, that sounds awful. Make sure you get lots of rest.  When is your next sports trainer shift?

I'm feeling fed up today, I think I overdid it on Saturday-my knee felt so strong so I used my mini bike for 5 mins, then I went for a lovely walk with my sister for about 30 minutes in the local park.  I was on two crutches but was basically taking full weight and it felt fantastic!  Then, yesterday it felt very sore and today it's so weak I can hardly walk on it.  It's so frustrating that a 20 minute walk can be too much. Grrr!

Have a good nights sleep.

Annie.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 03, 2010, 03:00:26 PM
Hope the antibiotics are working for you and you can get better.  The knee may slide backward rehab wise if you can't work on it right now.  Don't be suprized if that happens.  Take care and make sure to rest and get plenty of fluids.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 04, 2010, 10:30:30 AM
Hi All,

The antibiotics seem to be helping, which is a relief. I worked today and do feel a bit weary now but didn't want to let them down at the last minute.

It is good that my knee is coping well with the work, but still doesn't like going down hills. I guess that will improve with time and as I get more strength in my leg.

Tomorrow I have conciliation for the old job I had when I got injured. Other than that I have no plans tomorrow.

Annie, we all have days like you describe. You do need to slow down though. Why are you walking that far on crutches ? Just doing the 5 minutes on the bike would probably have been enough.

Milly, yeah not surprised if my knee does go backwards. Can't do everything.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 04, 2010, 01:06:37 PM
Glad you are feeling better and work is going ok.  Good luck on the conciliation tomorrow.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on May 04, 2010, 07:11:25 PM
Hi Kirsty,

I hope you get over your bronchitis soon which is stopping you going to the pool. I have just been swimming this afternoon and do feel pain in right knee while swimming which might be a good thing as it shows that I am using my knee. Be good to keep on top of your PT once you have got over the worst of the bronchitis and the antibiotics start to work.

Nick :) {2010} :)



Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 05, 2010, 10:13:32 AM
Hi All,

Today the conciliation went reasonably well, except they refused to pay for psychological treatment and medication. So, I have to put in another claim for that. It seems crazy when that was one of the main impacts of the accident. They are going to pay for 3 weeks of lost pay and some medical expenses so I am pleased with that. I especially wanted to get the loss of income. Was really glad to have someone from Work Cover Assist. They know the system back to front and was able to pick them up on a technicality, which was great. I was able to tell them to shove it in a number of ways. They were questioning that the accident even happened but now acknowledge it did actually happen. Hello !!! Wake up, I was on crutches for 3 weeks !!!

My right knee has been quite sore and something keeps flicking on my lateral side. Will mention it to my doctor next week.

Nick, thanks. I am getting better but is taking time. Think it will be at least a week or so that I can start exercising again.

Milly, thanks for the kind words.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: RugbyGal on May 05, 2010, 12:06:20 PM
Hi Kirsty!
I hope ur doing much better-both mentally and physically.  Sorry to hear about the crap ur going through with the accident and stuff.  I kinda understand what you went through.  My brother in law was a victim in hit and run incident years ago while crossing the road.  Unfortunately, the police never caught the guy and nobody was charged.  The only good thing is that he survived despite being in a coma and everything. 

Good luck :)

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on May 05, 2010, 12:17:57 PM
Hooray for you!  Good to hear they are paying out at last, bit of a bugger that you need to reapply for psychological stuff though.  How is your bronchitis? 

I'm doing O.K. although when I saw my physio today she said I overdid it on Sat and so I shouldn't be surprised that it's been feeling weak since, but she's still pleased with my progress and reassured me that the surgeries not failed I just need to build up my straight leg muscles.  I feel a bit silly for pushing it but it felt so strong and good to be out walking!

Hope you get better soon

Annie  :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 05, 2010, 02:36:13 PM
Glad they paid something!  Fight for what is your right though and keep at them until they pay for the psycological stuff too.  That is the harder part of an accident I think than the physical stuff.  I can't imagine them trying to say the accident did not happen!  Wow!  Sometimes I think agencies like that will try to say anything to keep from paying.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 06, 2010, 09:39:42 AM
Hi All,

I have spent a lot of the day sleeping. Obviously needed it. Will be going to bed early again tonight.

My right knee keeps clicking a lot. Not sure why. It feels like something is moving in my knee on the lateral side but it is not my knee cap. Will ask my doctor when I see him on Tuesday.

Hopefully when I see my doctor on Tuesday I can start exercising again.

Today I got a letter from an old doctor which confirms what medication I was on before my accident and that I wasn't on it at the time of the accident. So, TAC have no leg to stand on now !!!! Suck it up !

RugbyGal, thanks for your kind words. Yeah it is tough, especially when they take so long to make decisions and just drag things out. I think I am going to ask for a new case manager. They are such f***wits !!!

Annie, glad your physio told you off for overdoing it. Just need to take one thing at a time. Good she is still pleased with your progress. Just take it easy ok ? My bronchitis is getting better, but still not feeling great.

Milly, yeah I am glad they are paying something. Couldn't get over the insurance company insinuating that nothing happened. I was on crutches for 3 weeks your moron !!! Not a bloody clue.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on May 06, 2010, 04:53:26 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Good that you can see your doctor on Tuesday, once you have a knee problem it hard to solve as I am finding out. The conciliation could have treated you better and paid for psychological treatment and medication, but at least they will pay 3 weeks of lost pay and some medical expenses, which is better then nothing.

Just been to the polling station and casted my vote so will see what happens in the early hours of the morning.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 07, 2010, 12:15:23 PM
Hi All,

Just been out to dinner with an Irish friend, which was nice. We hadn't caught up in a few weeks, so was nice catching up again.

My right knee is really starting to bug me. Will definitely ask my doctor on Tuesday, but worried he may not know. So, may need to contact my knee surgeon which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Starting to feel a bit better, but still a way to go.

I have been given some shifts where I do casual Allied Health Assistance work, which is great. Got three shifts coming up in May. Tomorrow I am doing an extra sports trainer job for an inter school soccer match. Will be interesting.

Nick, couldn't agree more about the conciliation. Will be interesting to see who gets in to government. I will be watching the news closely.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 07, 2010, 03:14:06 PM
Hope your doc can give you some insight on your knee.  Could it just be irritated because you have not felt well enough to do your regular PT stuff?

Today I am very stiff, the right knee is screeching at me. We do have a huge rain storm coming in,so I am sure it has to do with that.  The left one is stiff, not very sore just the stiff feeling as it seems a bit swollen (probably the weather).  So been trying to take it easy at work here.

Glad you have some work coming up.  Don't over do it though.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on May 07, 2010, 03:36:37 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry you are still having problems with your right knee and hope you do not end up seeing your OS. As I said before once you have a knee problem it ias hard to get it right again. It was nice that you were able to go out for dinner with your irish friend, which helps take your mind of your problems.

Milly sorry you are also still having knee problems it seems never ending.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 07, 2010, 06:49:17 PM
Thanks Nick.  I know the right one needs taking care of, I'm just not ready to do it.  It is not as bad as the left one was before I fixed it.  So trying to hold out a little longer. It will need the fake parts anyway so I think I can wait.  It's not like they can save the torn up stuff. 

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 09, 2010, 03:16:02 AM
Hi All,

Yesterday morning I worked, which was quite fun. I covered some soccer matches for a secondary school. Some of the students are just amazing how they don't get injuries checked out. Some of the excuses just amaze me.

I was exhausted afterwards and needed to have a sleep before going out to meet a friend for coffee yesterday afternoon.

The friend I caught up with works at the former employer I worked for. Nothing has changed even though I was injured. Their attitude just amazes me. She has also reported the problems of not orientating new employees properly to a committee. Hopefully they will do something about it. She was pleased that I am going to be paid for some of my wages and medical expenses.

Going off to have another rest, feel exhausted.

Milly, sorry that your right knee is screaming at you. When will you get that operated on ? Part of it may because I haven't been able to do much because of being sick, but the cartilage problems aren't I don't think so.

Nick, it could be just my knee getting used to its new position and the cartilage not settling down yet. Should find out this week. It feels horrible.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 11, 2010, 01:37:10 PM
I am hoping to get the right one done maybe this fall.  Just not sure with things at home right now.  Lots of stuff going on, so may not be able to do anything until after the first of the year.  I'll see how it goes.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on May 11, 2010, 07:06:25 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Good you are able to work again and nice to help out with the kids, thought aussie rules would be more popular then football which is alot bigger in Europe then it is in Australia. How can you run a soccer match if you cannot run!

Nice to catch up with the friend that you worked with and sure you had alot to catch up with.

Milly not nice having a bad right knee and still trying to get my right knee back to normal again.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on May 13, 2010, 01:01:04 AM
Hi Kirsty,

How are you getting on, are things a bit less painful for you?  I hope your bronchitis has all cleared up now?

Your fellow trochleoplastarian (!) Annie  :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 14, 2010, 02:16:19 AM
Hi All,

Sorry it has been a while since I updated. Been having a lot of trouble getting on to the site.

My bronchitis is a lot better now, but still a way to go. I have just been trying to take things easy.

Well, I started back in the gym yesterday, which felt great. Only did 5 minutes on the exercise bike but felt great afterwards. I am really starting to wonder whether I am going back to the gym too soon. Today I can't walk on it, is painful and is quite puffy. So, I have rung my OS's rooms to see if I should see him earlier. Also been having problems like the knee cap isn't tracking properly and pain as well. Grrr !!!

When I saw my physio on Wednesday he did some work on the scar tissue as my sports physician said I had some scar tissue on my lateral side. It felt quite painful but needed doing. He also massaged the area below my kneecap that is puffy and quite sore.

I saw my sports physician on Tuesday and said my knee was quite good considering I had to back things off because of getting sick. He said part of the reason I am having problems is that I have no muscle.

Will wait to hear back from my knee surgeon's rooms, hopefully today. 

The joys of knee rehab !!!

Milly, I hope you can get the other knee done in the autumn. Nothing worse than waiting and affecting your life so much. Know what that is like.

Nick, yeah I totally agree with you about soccer. The boy is just stupid. Don't think he participated in much of the match.

Annie, am struggling at the moment. Hate this stage of rehab when you increase things and have a number of issues. Grrr !!! We'll get there though. How are you doing now ? What stage are you at ?
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on May 14, 2010, 10:06:26 AM
Hi Kirsty,

Good to hear from you..I was getting a bit worried as you hadn't been on here for a while! ;)  Doesn't the exercise bike feel great? The bike at the gym feels fantastic once I get going on it..doesn't it feel so good to be DOING something! 

Sorry to hear you're struggling a bit, I'm sure it's just a blip you will get through..I suppose it's natural for your knee to become a bit swollen the next day as there's still so much fluid in it.  Don't like that it feels painful though, I sometimes get weakness the day after but not pain   ???

My quads feel O.K. at the moment although there is a small range between almost straight and straight where it just seems to lose strength.  It's not really surprising though because this was the range that my kneecap would have been on the 'bump' bit of my groove so it's understandable that it's weaker there. :-\ but this is the range it is in when I would normally 'land' on my leg when walking so we're trying to strengthen it as much as possible, but it feels so unstable it's really hard  :( and still not being able to walk is incredibly frustrating.

Good to hear your bronchitis is getting better.  Try Rooibos tea if you have it over there.  I drink it all the time and it's supposed to be good for respiratory problems.  I know it settles my tummy which is another one of its claims.

Good luck with seeing your O.S. sooner, I'm seeing mine again Monday week so am determined to get it really strong by then!  I feel like my kneecap isn't tracking properly sometimes but when I ice it it feels better.  Might just be the swelling that's causing it to feel that way?

Annie  :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 14, 2010, 12:40:29 PM
Hi Annie,

Thanks for your kind words.

I don't like set backs and don't cope with them very well, although I am getting at dealing with them. Just freak out, probably because I have had problems for so long.

Yeah, the exercise bike felt great but not today. I don't mind weakness but not puffiness and pain. I am just scared of my knee blowing up further and not feeling my knee cap.

Good that you are working on that range where you aren't as strong. It sounds like things are definitely improving, probably not as fast as you'd like.

Will give that tea a try. Have heard of it, but never had it.

I should hear on Monday whether he wants to see me sooner as I didn't hear back today.

The swelling could definitely make your knee cap feel like it's not tracking properly. That is how mine felt this morning.

Do you think I should email my OS as well to give him more detail of what is going on ?
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on May 14, 2010, 02:46:43 PM
Hi Kirsty,

I am starting to understand how awful it is to have setbacks all the time, it's emotionally draining too isn't it?  I'm new to all this and so think that it's easy for me to keep on top of things because it was only 3 months ago that my life was completely pain free (except of course for the occasional dislocations) and my thoughts didn't revolve around my knee 24/7 like they do now. 

I don't know how you've gone through all these operations over all these years and still maintained such a positive and inspirational outlook.  I have so much admiration for you because of this, and also because you are so able to advise others on here.

I would email your O.S. yes, it's important he is aware of what is going on, especially when you don't see him that often.  Also he has the opportunity to think about why you might be experiencing these problems and get you in to see him quicker.  Good luck and tell us how it goes.

Annie  :)


Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 14, 2010, 03:11:33 PM
The bit of maltracking you are having may be due to the swelling and lack of muscle yet.  Remember you have not been able to get to the gym for a bit, so it may be slow going starting off again.  Do you make sure and ice as soon after your workout as you can?  Elevating it once you get home is probably a good idea too.

Glad the bronchitis is better.  That can really take it out of you.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 15, 2010, 06:36:03 AM
Hi All,

Had the worst night's sleep on record. I was in so much pain with my back, shoulder and knee. Took the most medication I can take and did my relaxation CD too. Also iced before I went to bed. Using my Cryocuff as I type this too.

I really hate nights like that.

My right knee is a lot more swollen today and can't even see my knee cap. Grrr !!!

I was scared of this happening. Will be ringing my OS's rooms again on Monday. Just not sure if I should use my zimmer splint or crutches.

Think my OS really needs to see it for himself.

Annie, thanks for the words of encouragement. Will either email my OS or call him first thing Monday morning. Can't keep going on like this. I HATE setbacks like this ! Don't mind a bit of muscle weakness and soreness, but not this.

Milly, you could be right about the swelling and lack of muscle. Hope that is the case. I iced straight after going to the gym. Also elevated it.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Skinnycatz on May 15, 2010, 07:17:27 AM
Hi Kirsty...

Unfortunately, lack of muscle means that when you try and use the leg for something it's not used to, the knee is used and not the muscle.  This of course makes the knee hurt and swell!  You just need more time to build up the muscle.  I've always found the bike to be hard on the kneecap.  After my third surgery, I tried doing it and stopped for a while because of the pain.  I did go back to it but only after I had built up the muscle more.  I still can't do much tension on it mainly because of the lack of cartilage.

I really feel for you and know how frustrating this must be!  Setbacks suck!  Hope your OS can set your mind at ease and give you some hope that it will all work out in time. 

Take care...

Francine
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on May 15, 2010, 10:40:17 AM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry to hear you are going through such a bad patch, your knee must be so swollen to not be able to see your kneecap. I would definitely use your crutches and keep your weight off it for a bit. Putting weight on an already swollen knee will only exacerbate it surely?  Maybe keep weight off it but lots of icing and massage might help?   :-\
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on May 15, 2010, 11:12:46 AM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry you did not have a good night sleep due to back, shoulder knee pain with the knee swelling up again. I hope you get to see your OS again soon so he can check out your knee.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Nick  :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 15, 2010, 11:25:20 AM
Hi All,

Spent the day in bed resting and using my cryocuff. I think I am still suffering the last affects of the bronchitis too.

I still can't walk on my knee. Just hope it settles down before Tuesday as I am meant to be working. I will wear a brace if I have to.

Still toying of the idea of going to get it checked out at the hospital I had my operation at as the pain is still not great despite taking all the painkillers and icing. Will have to go in a taxi if I do go as I have taken too many painkillers to drive.

I tried ringing my OS's rooms but don't have an emergency number to ring. Do have my OS's mobile number, but don't really want to ring it. I know I should but I feel bad about it.

Francine, you're probably right. My knees are very sensitive and often take a while to adjust. It may be a matter of reviewing and revising my rehab program. Perhaps I just need to start with a few minutes on the exercise bike rather than 5 minutes.

Annie, I think you're right. Will be using my crutches.

Nick, thanks. Hopefully I can get on to my OS on Monday.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on May 15, 2010, 03:30:46 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Not being able to walk is not good and maybe it would be a good idea to go to the hospital to have it checked out in the morning. I can understand that you are reluctant to ring your OS on his mobile but if knee is getting worse, I am sure he wont mind if you ring him up.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 16, 2010, 04:05:13 AM
Hi Nick,

Thanks for the kind words.

Won't bother going to the hospital as often they give me the wrong advice and my surgeon and sports physician just go off. I know I am doing everything they would suggest anyway.

If my knee gets worse today I will ring my OS, otherwise I will wait until tomorrow to ring him. Just want to get it sorted as I am meant to work on Tuesday.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 17, 2010, 09:16:05 AM
Hi All,

I got a call back from my knee surgeon's rooms and going to see him next week. So glad that he could squeeze me in. I see him on Friday.

My right knee is still quite puffy and very painful. I have been continuing to ice it. I've had to go back on my crutches too, which doesn't really please me but I have no option.

I am meant to work tomorrow but don't know how I am going to do it. Will ring my supervisor and let him know what has happened. It may be that I can just be there but not have to walk anywhere.

Really hope that the swelling and puffiness doesn't linger on for too long as I really need to work. Grrr !!!
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 17, 2010, 05:20:54 PM
Sorry you have a bad few days.  Hopfully the rest will improve it.  Sometimes it is hard to calm a flare down.  I think the supervisior will understand if you can't make it.  Hope you are better today.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on May 17, 2010, 11:33:57 PM
Hi Kirsty,

It's good to hear your surgeon has managed to squeeze you in, even if it's just for peace of mind it's best you see him.  Sorry to hear you're back on the crutches though, I'm sure it won't be for long.

I wouldn't worry about work, I'm sure your supervisor will understand and is probably very happy you've been able to do what you have so soon.  It does sound like you've been doing a lot considering you've had major surgery. 

I went to physio today and she taped my kneecap because I was feeling pretty weak and it feels amazing, it makes it so much easier to weight bear! Have you had it with either trochleoplasty?  She also really wants me to get to a hydropool so I'll be trying to get to one this week.  Am a bit apprehensive because of my instability but she was confident I'd be O.K.

Hope they can arrange for you to do some seated work tomorrow (probs your today by now)! 

Good Luck, Annie.  :)

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 18, 2010, 11:23:16 AM
Hi All,

Second time lucky ! Message wouldn't send the first time.

Today I ended up doing the sports trainer job as I just had to sit down. The other lady I worked with went and checked out students that couldn't walk. They were fine and just over-reacting. It was such a nice day to be outside. The sun was shining and was a nice breeze.

I am doing another job on Friday and then again on Saturday, but just need to sit down. So, will be ok. If I wear my hinged brace I find it helps too. Still doesn't stop the pain or buckling, but does feel a bit better.

Milly, I think you are right. Some of these flare ups can take a while to calm down. It is frustrating, but I know I will get there.

Annie, yeah I am really relieved my surgeon has been able to squeeze me in. Not long to wait, just over a week. Hopefully I won't have to use crutches for long. It is just annoying and frustrating. It is great the taping helped. I have tried it in the past but doesn't work for me and am also allergic to the tape. So, that's why I am going to ask my surgeon about a patella brace, especially when I am exercising. You will be fine in the hydro pool as the water supports your joints.

Here are some questions I have prepared for my OS. What do you think ?

- How long will it take for the swelling and puffiness to go away ?
- Did I start in the gym too early ?
- Would it be better to do clinical pilates and hydrotherapy first before trying to go back to the gym ?
- What can I do to settle down my knee as I feel it is not settling down ?
- Is it worth taking a short course of prednisolone to settle it down ?
- Is it worth trying a patella brace when I exercise ?
- What else is going on with my knee ?

Hope you all have a good day.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Skinnycatz on May 18, 2010, 03:10:46 PM
Hi Kirsty...

Glad you were able to find a way to still go to your job!  I think you have covered everything as far as questions go.  I hope he has answers to them!  I would love to know what they are.  Did you have this much problem going back to exercise after the same surgery on your other knee? 

Take care...not too long till Friday!  :)

Francine
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on May 18, 2010, 05:16:28 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry to read that your knee has flarred up and glad you are seeing your OS on Friday and hope it nothing to worry about and knee will start to improve again. Good you are still able to go to work and have an understanding supervisor, unlike mine who does not seem to care about my knee problems.

Its my mums Birthday today and we are going out for a meal together with my sisters and their families tonight, which should be nice as the restaurant we are going to serves good quality food. I went swimming this afternoon and do not have to overdo it at the gym as swimming is a good workout for the leg muscles with alot less strain.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 19, 2010, 11:58:43 AM
Hi All,

Had another terrible night's sleep. Really hope that I sleep better tonight.

I was in a lot of pain with my shoulder, back and right knee. It just wouldn't let up.

Today I saw my lawyer regarding the TAC and was quite helpful. Now I know where I stand. He is going to action a few things. So, hopefully some things can be pushed along a bit further.

When I got back from my lawyer I slept for a few hours and feel better for it.

On Friday I have another interview for a job I applied for that is close to home. It would be great if I got it. Not getting my hopes up too much though. Would be ideal if I got it as it is so close to home. Together with my sports trainer work it would be enough work to keep me going.

Francine, thanks. I am sure he can answer them. Yes, I did have problems going back to exercise after the last surgery but not as much. I started with hydrotherapy and clinical pilates and then went back to the gym. I didn't go back to the gym until around the 5 month mark. So, I am thinking it is just too soon or something.

Nick, I hope you had a good night out for your Mum's birthday. Glad you are continuing to enjoy the swimming. It is certainly much less pressure on your knees.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on May 19, 2010, 02:20:57 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry to hear you are still not sleeping.  I wrote out a long message to you yesterday but the stupid site crashed so I gave up..grr!   ::)

I think those questions are good.  Maybe ask about the pain though and why he thinks you are in so much more pain this time round.  It'll be interesting to know what he says about the other questions.I'm seeing my O.S. too next Monday so hopefully I'll be walking by then. I'm going for my 1st Hydro pool session tomorrow which is verrry exciting!   ;D

I took my taping off last night and it was possibly the most painful thing in the world..it took me about 2 hours!  My knee was MUCH weaker after I'd taken it off though so I've wrapped a bandage really tightly around the knee and it feels much stronger again.  I don't know why pressure helps it but it does.  London is bathed in warm sunshine today and everything seems 10 times better! 

Good Luck on Friday, I hope you get the job.  Also, what's the difference between normal pilates and clinical pilates?

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 19, 2010, 03:11:12 PM
Sorry you are having so much trouble sleeping.  Hope tonight is better.  Good luck on the job interview.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Skinnycatz on May 19, 2010, 03:30:58 PM
Annie...just a quick note about taping.  It helps to hold your skin down when removing the tape.  There is definitely a technique to it.  If you are able to do something to make yourself sweat, the tape will come off a lot easier.  Soak yourself in the bath too, that helps as well.  Leave it on at least 24 hours before trying to remove it.  What brand of tape does your PT use?  The ones from BSN Medical are the best.

Kirsty...good luck on your interview! 

TTYL

Francine
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on May 19, 2010, 03:48:04 PM
Thanks Francine,

I got it in to my head that soaking it might make it worse!  I'll definitely do that next time!  Thanks for your advice  ;D
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 20, 2010, 03:09:55 AM
Hi All,

Had a bit better night's sleep, but still not great. I continue to do my relaxation CD, which I think does help. Still having to take a lot of medication though.

I called my knee surgeon's rooms to confirm my appointment and it is Friday week. Can't come soon enough.

Almost about to have a party. TAC are approving the assessment and one on one sessions, but at their rate. So, the provider just needs to establish whether they are willing just to get paid at the TAC rate or if I need to pay the difference. So, with any luck I can start it in the next few weeks.

There is never a dull moment in my life. Centrelink did not pay me today even though I took my form in yesterday. Grrrr !!! So, I am trying to sort that out now.

Annie, thanks for your input about the questions and suggesting I ask about the pain. Good luck with your hydrotherapy session. When you tape your knee I would suggest putting Fixomull underneath the rigid tape as it will make it much easier to pull off. It is often used for people with sensitive skin. Putting a bandage around the knee won't help your cause. It will just make your knee weaker and make it more difficult to build up your muscles. Clinical pilates is run by a physiotherapist and have your own program according to your own needs. Other pilates is usually run is somewhere like a gym and everyone in the class does the same exercises so you never really get the best benefit from it.

Milly & Francine, thanks for the good luck wishes.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on May 20, 2010, 05:28:35 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Glad you was able to get a good nights sleep, which always puts you in a better mood the following day if you have had a decent nights sleep. Good you are able to see your OS next week Friday and would have been better if you could have seen him sooner.

You are getting alot of hassle with the TAC and hope you get it sorted it out. Not good that Centrelink did not pay you and hope you can sort it out.

Hope the job interview goes well for you on Friday.

Nick :) {2010} :)

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 23, 2010, 08:22:50 AM
Hi All,

I am totally exhausted after hardly sleeping last night. In the end I slept till 3pm to recover. Still feel tired, but not as bad as I was. I went to watch a football game last night and my knee blew up again. It was soooo painful last night. So, today and last night I am paying for it. Not going out is not an option as I just get really down. The thing was I sat down most of the night. So, I guess it just means my knee is just so sensitive still.

My interview went well on Friday. Should hear later in the week about the outcome. I think I am their favoured candidate. They have to do reference checks. So, we'll see how it goes.

I've got another job to apply for as well.

Nick, totally agree about the TAC. Will be getting on to my lawyer about them again. They are just completely useless. Centrelink eventually paid me and apologised for how I was treated. They have just got no clue at all !!!
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 23, 2010, 05:03:53 PM
Dear KG friends,

For those of you that are interested my website is up and running.

Here is a link to my website if you are interested, www.silkncardcreations.webs.com

Hope you've had a good weekend.

Heading off to bed now.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 24, 2010, 10:36:53 AM
Hi All,

Just a quick note to let you know that I got the job I had an interview for on Friday. Really pleased. Third time lucky !!! Yay ! They will provide proper training too, which I am most excited about.

My right knee is still very sore and still puffy. Only 4 days till I see my knee surgeon.

Had my second injection for my shoulder today. Hopefully I'll have a better month and can start pilates soon.

Hope you are all doing well.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 25, 2010, 04:59:05 PM
Great news on the new job!  That must be a relief to have a regular job again.  Went in for a nerve conduciton test for my cubital nerve.  It gets really irritated now and again.  Those are not fun!  The results are good in that the nerve is not damaged, but it really is irritated.  I keep dropping things with the right hand.  Well hopefully it will calm down soon.  The doc may give me some elbow pads to use as I sleep with my elbows bent and that is not good for the nerve.  I see him on Friday to see what we are going to do about it.  I just hope they don't want to give me predisolone.  I really don't like it.  It is just a short course usually....


Well got to go for now.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on May 25, 2010, 07:08:44 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Well done in getting the job, I am so pleased for you as I know you been to job interviews in the passed and did not hear back from them. Will take a look at your website and its great that it is now up and running online. Hope the injection helps ease the pain in your shoulder and not long now till you see your OS.

Milly good that you have no nerve damage but still must be painful if it is irritated.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 25, 2010, 08:20:00 PM
Nick,

Yeah a bit, it feels like I hit my funny bone quite a lot.  It's a bad enough feeling when you do whack your elbow, it's worse when it just feels that way.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 26, 2010, 10:49:41 AM
Hi All,

Feeling totally exhausted. The last few days have just been too busy. At least things will quieten down now that I have a job. I start on the 7th of June. Going to head to bed early tonight.

My right knee is still feeling pretty sore. I saw my physio today and did some massage around it. We just have to sit tight until I see my knee surgeon to see what the next steps are.

Milly, sorry to hear about your arm and elbow. Hope it's ok.

Nick, thanks. Hope you are well.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 26, 2010, 02:58:27 PM
I see the WC doc on Friday about the wrist/elbow.  So I'll see what he says.  It may just clear up on it's own.  The neuro said it can flare off and on for years without any nerve damage and sometimes it just goes south in a hurry.  I always check it out when the flare gets so bad I am dropping things.  That's always worrysome.

Hope the OS appt goes well for you.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 27, 2010, 11:24:46 AM
Hi All,

Well, tomorrow I see my OS. Can't wait to see what he says. Just glad he is fitting me in. I will definitely thank him for it.

I worked a few hours today. Was pretty good and enjoyed it. Am working again tomorrow after my appointment. Then again on Monday. The shifts are only a few hours, which is ideal for me. Don't think I could do it if it was all day.

Milly, good luck with your appointment regarding your elbow. Do hope it settles down soon. Must be frustrating when your drop things. I feel the same when I fall over. Thanks for the good luck wishes. Will update after I see him tomorrow.



Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on May 27, 2010, 05:09:01 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Good luck today with your OS appointment as I know its already Friday early morning where you are. Hope he can give you some guidance on what else could be wrong with the knee and how to solve it. Glad you are enjoying work and it is nice not to work too many hours.

Milly hope your appointment goes well, regarding your elbow/wrist on Friday, and is nothing too major to worry about.

Nick  :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 28, 2010, 10:32:52 AM
Hi All,

Today I saw my knee surgeon and was really helpful.

He thinks I am doing too much too soon. We are going to scrap the gym at the moment and try clinical pilates and hydrotherapy. My knee surgeon is concerned about the amount of painkillers I am taking with little effect. So, he wants me to try taking some sleeping tablets to help at night and reduce my painkillers. Am really glad because the lack of sleep is really hard.

My surgeon said not to worry about a brace as we want to avoid that as much as possible as he thinks if we go down that path it will mean wearing it all the time.

He said that the swelling and puffiness can often happen after patella problems, but not entirely sure why it happens. My surgeon said he's not too worried as long as the swelling isn't up higher.

Feel very relieved about it all. Just got to make sure I don't overdo things, which I have a tendency to do.

Milly, good luck with your doctor today.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 28, 2010, 01:22:48 PM
Glad you got some peace of mind at your appt.  Backing off a bit on the rehab may be a good thing until things calm down.  It's hard not to worry about things like this sometimes. 

I will post back what I hear at the doc this afternoon, but may not until Sunday.  My uncle passed away Wed and we are driving out Saturday for the funeral.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 28, 2010, 02:06:35 PM
Hi Milly,

So sorry to hear about your uncle. Was he sick or was it sudden ? Always hard regardless of the circumstances.

Will be interested to see what the doc says.

I am really relieved after seeing my surgeon. He said that not getting sleep can make a big difference with your pain. So, hopefully if I can sleep I will feel a lot better.

Think we are going to get a lot further with pilates.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on May 28, 2010, 03:50:34 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Glad your OS appointment went ok and are only overdoing it and may be a good idea to take sleeping tablets if the pain keeping you awake at night. Sounds a good idea not to wear the brace, my physio told me not to wear a brace so my knee works harder.

Sorry to hear about your Uncle Milly, hope your appointment goes well with your Doctor today.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 28, 2010, 03:55:57 PM
My Uncle had been sick for awhile now with cancer, so we knew it was going to happen.  We did not know just when.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on May 28, 2010, 04:10:35 PM
My Dad also had cancer, in fact had leukemia and was told by the Doctor he had weeks to live but lived 10 months longer, but would have been better not to see him get weaker and weaker and see him die sooner which may sound harsh, but better if the person is suffering alot.

Sometimes it best to end the pain and suffering but still a shock when it happens.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 29, 2010, 08:41:21 AM
Hi All,

Done another sports trainer job today. Knee seems not too bad.

I am seeing my sports physician on Tuesday and can't wait to see what he says about my OS's thoughts on my knee.

Feeling pretty tired, so will be heading to bed early tonight.

Milly, love to hear how your appointment went.

Nick, got the sleeping tablets today. So, hopefully they should help tonight.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on May 29, 2010, 11:16:20 AM
Hi Kirsty,

Good that your knee does not seem to be too bad at the moment and pleased that you are seeing your sports physician on Tuesday. Try not to get hooked on the sleeping tablets that can happen to people that use it often.

Enjoy your early night and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 31, 2010, 12:58:42 AM
Kirsty,

I use sleeping pills sometimes.  It seems to work best if I only use them when I absolutely need them.  I think that also helps if they are the kind you can become addicted to.  Anyway a good night's sleep is very important too.

Anyway the WC doc released me.  The nerve test came back fine, so there is nothing they can do for me.  So now I a free to see my own doc and maybe get down to the real problem.  I know the fingers are a bit weak and I do get tinglies some times.  So maybe my GP can get me to someone who can do more that say "that nerve is irritated".  Which I knew going in.  The nerologist did say that this kind of neuropathy can flare off and on for years with out any damage and then WHAM the nerve can be damaged.  So I would like to find out what I can do to keep that from happening.  I will say it has been feeling better.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 31, 2010, 02:05:35 AM
Hi All,

I've had a really bad migraine. Spent all day in bed yesterday. Still felt not too good this morning, so had to cancel work. It is probably not a bad thing as I just needed the rest and to recover.

Tomorrow I have another IME for the TAC, which is all very ridiculous. Maybe partly why I got the migraine was worrying about that. Also I have probably just doing too much.

My brain wants to do more, but my body just doesn't.

Nick, don't worry I won't get hooked on the sleeping tablets. It is really just to get me through this difficult period and when I really need them.

Milly, sorry to hear about your appointment. It really annoys me when doctors say things like that as a cop out. Definitely get it investigated further. It's like the OS I saw before I had my trochleoplasties saying to live in a wheelchair ! As if I was going to do that !!! My own surgeon knew that was no solution and had to do something.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on June 01, 2010, 11:10:31 AM
Hi All,

I had another IME today, which wasn't too bad. He was quite old and overweight. Seemed to want to help rather than do what the TAC want. So, that's a start.

Was exhausted when I got home. So had some lunch, rest and sleep.

I also saw my sports physician today. He agreed with my surgeon about my medications. My doctor has given me a plan for my medications to gradually decrease my really strong pain meds. I mentioned to him that I've been feeling really tired and needing to sleep a lot when I get home from work. He said it wasn't surprising considering that I haven't been sleeping very well and that many of the medications I have make you feel sleepy. So, hopefully things will improve.

My doctor is also pleased about me starting pilates and was interested to hear what my surgeon had to say. Hopefully we'll notice some more improvements.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 01, 2010, 01:11:41 PM
Glad the IME went pretty well.  It does seem like things are moving forward for you.  It can be difficult not to be tired when you take certain meds.  Many of them make you sleepy.  Sounds like your appointments went pretty well.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on June 01, 2010, 05:10:11 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Glad your appointment went well with your sports physician, he really seems to understand what you have been through and always there to help you out and give you good advise. I sometimes wish I lived in Melbourne, so I could see both your sports physician and OS. I am sure they would have solved my knee problems by now.

Great that you are able to do pilates once again, as I know how much you enjoy doing it.

Nick :) {2010} :)

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on June 03, 2010, 11:51:28 AM
Hi All,

Finally got the paper work today for my new job, which I am due to start next week.

You wouldn't believe it but I had a call from one of the hospitals I had applied for a job around the same time. Well, I have an interview tomorrow for it. They are wanting to move quickly on it, which is great. So we'll see what happens.

Today I worked at a cross country event for some primary schools. Was quite fun. Still find it quite hard to bend down though.

I am still having trouble sleeping at night with pain, but is getting better. Hopefully I will sleep well tonight considering I have worked today.

Milly, things are definitely moving on. It is a relief as I have been struggling for quite a while. How are things with you ?

Nick, yeah my sports physician is great. Really understands my situation and is a great doctor. Don't know what I'd do without him. If you came to Melbourne I am sure my sports physician and OS would sort your knee out.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 03, 2010, 03:28:47 PM
Things are going ok here.  I have yet to make the appt with my GP for my wrist issue.  I've been too busy with work and getting my daughter ready for high school graduation.  We made it through the ceremony last night.  It was ok, but I think they could have done better.  Especially the two girls that spoke from the class with their filp-flops on.  Granted they were fancy ones, but inapporpriate I think for the occation.

Hopefully the pain should be getting better, and thus the sleeping too.  It is hard to get a good night's sleep when you are in pain.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on June 03, 2010, 07:08:07 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Good for you may you have another job offer, so can end up choosing the job best suits you. Good luck with the interview, I am sure it will go ok but still can get nervous just before the interview. Its must be great working with kids, they can be a handful at times but a great age to be at and have fond memories of my childhood years.

Milly sorry to hear about your wrist pain and not being able to sleep and really need to push to see a  Specialist.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on June 06, 2010, 01:09:02 PM
Hi All,

Sorry for being a bit MIA.

Had two migraines on the weekend, just wrote me off. I am starting to feel a lot better now. I spoke with my doctor on Friday and thinks they are due to the injections I've been having for my shoulder. So, going to stop them now. It could take a while for it to get out of my system though.

My right knee is settling down now and am starting pilates this week, which I am looking forward to.

I was able to do some more study on the weekend, which was good. Hoping to finish it this week.

The interview on Friday was ok, but didn't have a good gut feeling about it. So, am going to email them to let them know I am not interested.

Am feeling a bit nervous about tomorrow morning, but am sure it will go fine. Will be good to start the new job to see what it is like.

Milly, good things are doing ok. Hope you can sort out your elbow problem. Sounds painful. Getting more sleep at night now, which is great. Feel so much more human now. That's great about your daughter graduation, but sorry to hear it was a bit disappointing. Will she go on to university now or will she work ?

Nick, it is interesting working with kids. It's not just the kids but working with the teachers and parents too. Used to find it very frustrating when people don't listen to you but now I just give them the advice and then up to them to sort it out for themselves. Some of them are just so cute.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on June 07, 2010, 07:12:50 AM
Hi All,

My first morning at work went well. The people seem nice. Didn't do much except read policies etc. Quite boring, but needs to be done.

Just come back from seeing my psychologist. We both agree it would be too much to increase my hours. So, have decided not to do that. Just wouldn't have enough time to do everything I need to do.

Last night I slept really well, which is great. I must say I feel a lot better for it.

My right knee is still clucking so not sure what is going on. Think the cartilage is still not settled. Will ask my sports physician when I see him next.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 07, 2010, 01:23:21 PM
Glad the job seems to be going well.  Enough good sleep can do wonders for you can't it?  The elbow thing is painful, but it's the pins and needles that get to me.  I will be calling the doc this week sometime to get an appointment.  My daughter will start at a local college this fall.  She wants to transfer to a bigger school the following year.

I hope the knee is just still settling for you.  I know knees can make a bunch of weird sounds as they heal, so hopefulliy that's all it is.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on June 08, 2010, 05:18:17 PM
Hi Kirsty,

The very 1st day at work is never very nice if you do not know the surroundings and people you work with. Good idea not to work too many hours and good that your psychologist agrees. I woud love to work less hours or even part time as 9 hours at work is a long day. If I could afford a part time job then I would go for it. Maybe something I can do when I reach my 50s. It always nice when you get a good nights sleep, hope the clucking in your knee is only minor.

Milly I hope you get to see your GP this week to get a referral to see a Specialist, it is not nice if you are in pain and discomfort.

Nick  :) {2010} :)




Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on June 12, 2010, 08:32:10 AM
Hi All,

Been a little while since I posted. Just been struggling to get through work and things in general.

The job is quite different to what I thought. There is a lot of work at a desk, which I don't really like. Will see how it goes. Feel like my back and neck are getting worse as a result. Still waiting to hear back about another job. So, will wait and see.

Still been struggling with my migraines, but hope to find out more when I see my doctor Monday week.

I had my pilates assessment on Wednesday morning and was not at all impressed with how it went. Saying things like "your body is stuffed" does not help. As well as scaring with me saying that my right knee cap is rotated and insinuating I haven't been doing enough rehab. Was furious at the last thing. Just felt like slapping her. I doubt I will continue there.

Think I will do pilates where I do physio. Am waiting for my physio to give me a call.

Just been for a walk with my parent's lab. He enjoyed it and so did I. Must admit it is hard to be motivated when it's so cold.

Am pleased that my right knee seems to have settled, but the funny sound is still there.

Milly, sleep makes such a difference. Did you end up making another appointment ?

Nick, totally agree about the first day. Working part-time is all I can cope with at the moment.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on June 12, 2010, 11:28:23 AM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry you are feeling down at the moment and your new job is not going as well as you thought it was going to be. If you do not like the job you can always apply for a new one, until you find one that suits your lifestyle.

Its no fun having migraines and hope your GP can help ease your migraines. You have not had a good pilates assessment and was not very profesional to say your body is in a bad state and never go there again.

I think you gave Rusty a new home in the end so is nice to walk your parents dog instead, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on June 13, 2010, 10:29:40 AM
Hi All,

Spent the day in bed as I felt so sick. Think I may have hit it on the head. Was also in a lot of pain with my back. If my new job is going to write me off each weekend I won't be staying there long.

Since I started my new job my back has been so much more painful. My knees have been more painful due to the long periods of sitting too.

Nick, it's nice to walk my parent's lab. I will get a dog when things settle down. Will make me walk and keep more active.

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on June 13, 2010, 01:10:35 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry that you had to spend the day in bed and not feeling very well and sounds like your new job does not suit you and would look for another one that more suitable for you. What happened to Rusty in the end did you give him away to someone you knew or took him to a local animal shelter. Cant be fun putting up with back and knee pain and would go on sick leave till you  are feeling better again.

Nick :) {2010} :)

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on June 13, 2010, 01:25:46 PM
Hi Nick,

My gut feeling is the job isn't right. Will wait and see how things go in the next few weeks.

We found Rusty a lovely new home. He went to a lady in the country who had a large property. From what I understand he's very happy. I just couldn't look after him.

It is a long weekend here this weekend. Will be resting more tomorrow as well as doing some more study.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on June 13, 2010, 01:32:35 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Will you being watching Australia V Germany lator on today which will be Monday morning your time. I sure you stay up to watch the match, which should be a good match as Australia are not a bad side and the Germans are not as good as they use to be.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 14, 2010, 03:55:07 PM
Kirsty - Sorry the new job is taking it's toll on the back.  Sitting for long periods of time can be difficult with back and knee issues.  I have not gotten a new  GP appointment.  The WC refered me to have a nerve test, now I get the bill.  Should not happen like that so want to get that settled first.  I mean I would not have gone the that neuro without being referred by comp.  If they won't pay I'll contact my private insurance and see what they will pay.  Geez! Always something isn't it?

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: sexkit001 on June 14, 2010, 05:17:22 PM
Hi is it possible to email members at all ??? 

thanks in advance guys - just don't want to start a new thread that will probably go missing when I have a quick question

Kirsty xx
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on June 15, 2010, 05:22:52 PM
You can send members a personal message, but in order to do this you have to have posted 20 times. Just post in the fun and games section to get 20+ posts. Also can click on members profile to get their email address, but some members hide their email address.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on June 17, 2010, 10:55:53 AM
Hi All,

Glad it is the end of the week. My back is screaming at me. Thank goodness for an extra long weekend. I am looking forward to seeing my physio next week. I spoke with him today as I have been in so much pain. He said we will try taping my back and shoulder again next week. We've done it before and does seem to help.

My right knee is still clunking quite a bit. So, will ask my sports physician on Monday afternoon when I see him. Think it is common but it does feel horrible.

Been doing more walking and my right knee does seem to be coping ok with it. I spoke to my physio today about doing clinical pilates where I do physio and suggested I talk to my doctor about which physio I go to for it. So, will ask him on Monday when I see him.

Milly, sorry to hear about the bill. It sucks. Shouldn't they be paying for it ? Yeah, I agree about a desk job. Think I must be allergic to a desk job. He he he !!!

Kirsty, if you want to email me please send it to [email protected]

Nick, unfortunately Australia lost very badly to Germany. Hopefully they will do better against Ghana on Saturday night. They are an expressed team but the Australian coach stupidly didn't use Harry Kewell during the match and another player Bresciano wasn't used either. What was he thinking ?
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on June 17, 2010, 06:42:57 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Shame you lost against Germany, but they are a good side and Europe do play alot more football then Australia. My sister lives in South Africa in Bloemfontein and she watched the Cameroon v Greece match this afternoon. She says its the coldest winter they had since she lived there and it nearly snowed. Its rubbish when they talk about global warming when the UK had the coldest winter for over a decade the winter just gone.

The cluncking sound does not sound good and hope your doctor knows what it could be and its nothing too major to worry about. The desk job is not doing your back any good and hope your physio can ease the pain for you. Be great to do clinical pilates and physio at the same place under the watchful eye of your physio.

I maybe going to my brothers house warming party in Reading this weekend, but not sure if I should go as none of my sisters are going, so would be just me, my brother and his girlfriend along with their friends for a BBQ on Saturday evening.

Nick :) {2010} :)

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 18, 2010, 12:32:27 AM
Yeah they should pay the bill.  The office asked me to send them the bill.  Hopefully they should take care of it.  The clunking can be happening if the knee is swollen.  I get more weird noises when the knee swells.   Hope you can get it figured out though.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: itigo on June 21, 2010, 08:08:03 AM
Did you make your appointment today - saw the news earlier! If you did, I hope it went well.

Itigo x
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on June 21, 2010, 09:57:51 AM
Hi All,

I had a lovely weekend away. Just lovely to get away.

The conference I went to was really worthwhile. Learnt a fair bit and met some great people. A leading sports surgeon talked on ACL reconstructions, which was really interesting. Just wish that patella surgery was more further advanced.

Not long come back from my appointment with my sports physician. We talked about a lot of stuff. He has suggested we forget pilates at the moment until things settle a bit with work as I am already increasing my walking and is pleased with that. He wants my physio to try some kinesio taping if we can. My doctor thinks my back and shoulder are a combination of increasing my activity, starting a new job and the migraines. I see my physio on Wednesday. My doctor is also trying to slowing reduce my strong meds, which is great. We talked about the clunking and grinding with my knee and thinks it is the cartilage still settling like I had with the last knee operation. We've just got to keep and eye on things. So, pretty happy with all of that. Go back to see my knee surgeon in about a month.

Nick, I think we probably lost to Germany for a number of reasons. Firstly they are a young and very quick side. Also the coach chose to leave out some really experienced players like Kewell and Bresciano, which was just STUPID !!! Hope you had a nice time at the house warming.

Milly, hope you get the bill sorted out. How is your elbow feeling now ?

Itigo, I did make it to my appointment despite the gunman on the loose. I saw my doctor at the East Melbourne clinic.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 21, 2010, 02:49:56 PM
I have not heard back on the bill yet.  I thought I would wait a couple more days and check on it.  These things to run slowly.  The elbow is a bit better.  Stress does not help in anyway, however.  I also try to stay away from the gas mower if I can.  I bought an old fashioned push mower, no engine  ;D, and use that to cut the grass.  I just have to make sure it does not get too tall or the push mower does not work so weill.  Well got to go for now.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on June 21, 2010, 04:02:31 PM
Hi Kirsty,

I also had a lovely weekend away at my brothers and his girlfriends house near Reading and not that far away from London. I very impressed with how my brother progressed his house looks very modern and tidy. When he lived at home his bedroom was a tip. I drank too much at the party, and had a good time drank from 2pm to 2am but I do not drink very often so enjoyed the party with their friends. A few of their friends think my brother will get engaged soon so can then go to their engagement party which would be fantastic as my brother girlfriend would be a great sister in law.

Also not long till my appointment next week tuesday with Mr Green and now feeling more pain while walking by the tibia and think the cortisone injection is starting to wear off. Good you can increase your walking and hope you get back to pilates soon.

Nick  :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on June 24, 2010, 10:43:16 AM
Hi All,

It has been 3 weeks in my new job and my neck and back just don't like it. They are screaming at me tonight. Feel like I am getting another migraine. Just taken some pain meds which I hope will kick in soon. I can't continue with my job if it is going to be like this.

When I saw my doctor on Monday he said that it was the cartilage probably settling and need to build more muscle.

I am glad it is the weekend now. Got a few things on tomorrow, but not much. Do have a busy weekend though.

Milly, glad your elbow is a bit better.

Nick, glad you had fun at the party. Good luck with your appointment next week. Do hope you get to see Mr Green.

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on June 24, 2010, 05:52:15 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry you are having back and neck problems as well as your knee, maybe you should search for a new job that less stressfull on your body. There nothing worse then a migraine and its bad enough having headaches but migraines are alot more intense and can really make you feel unwell.

Good that you doctor has some idea on whats causing the pain and how to lessen it, and nice to have a longer weekend by not working on Fridays.

I really enjoyed my brothers house warmimg party last weekend and drank too much but at least I enjoyed myself. His girlfriend sister and friends think we will meet again when they get engaged and really like my brothers girlfriend and would be great sister in law as she gets on really well with my mum, sisters, nephews and nieces.

Less then 5 days till I see Mr Green and hope he does not brush my aside and says my knee is fine when I know its not!

Enjoy the weekend.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 24, 2010, 08:15:29 PM
Hope your back and neck feel better soon.  It maybe that you need to change position and more around more on your job.  Not sure how that would work with what you are currently doing.  Desk work it tough sometimes, even when everything is working right.   Hope things get better soon.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on June 29, 2010, 01:35:40 PM
Hi All,

My right knee is feeling really sore at the moment and is still grinding and clunking a fair bit. Will ask my sports physician about it on Monday. I reckon because I am doing more desk work it is more painful and playing up a bit.

On Sunday I went for about a 20 minute walk and felt quite good. I am going to try going for a walk tomorrow. It is my day off. So, very pleased about that.

My back, shoulder and neck are still very painful due to sitting at a desk a lot a work. Been trying to move around a fair bit and doing exercises in my chair. The pain just won't move. Today I spoke with my manager about doing some more patient work and is going to see what she can organise. I just expressed my disappointment at spending a lot of time at my desk at the moment. My body is screaming at me because of it too. When I got home tonight I feel like I was starting to get a migraine so had a sleep before dinner, which definitely helped.

Nick, glad you enjoyed your brother's housewarming party. Good luck with your appointment. Am waiting to hear back about the other job I applied for at the same time as my current one. I really want to know what is going on. It is a job with much more patient contact and a lot less stressful on my body. I should find out more next Monday hopefully.

Milly, I doubt much is going to change with my job. Will have to see how it goes. If it continues this way I will have to find another job as I just don't want to live in constant pain. Not much fun at all.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on June 29, 2010, 05:38:53 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry you right knee is not improving and hope you do less desk work as it clearly affecting your body and should not have to put up with it for a long period of time. If they keep on giving desk work to do then it best to find a another job, as its no fun having a sore, neck, back & shoulder as well as knee pain.

The house warming party went really well and met some really nice people. My appointment went as well as it could have gone and can read about it more in my thread.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 29, 2010, 06:56:22 PM
Too bad on the job, but you can't stay in that kind of pain just for a job.  Hope the other job comes through.  The tension you get in your neck while sitting sure can contribute to a bad headache.  Maybe for the time being they arrange things so you don't get so much desk work.  It could be that is what the job was ment to be or maybe they thought with your knee you would rather not be up and about so much. 

Anyway good luck.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on July 01, 2010, 01:03:29 PM
Hi All,

I am soooo glad that it's the end of my week. My back, shoulder and neck were screaming at me on Tuesday and today. Unfortunately my body just doesn't like desk work. Just not recovered enough from my accidents.

Been under a lot of stress this week. TAC are being pricks again. They denied paying for my loss of income for the seven and a half months I couldn't work. My doctor said in his letter I couldn't find suitable employment, but because he didn't say due to my injuries from the accident they denied it. Was absolutely furious and was in tears yesterday !!!! I am going to get my doctor to write another letter and my lawyer is going to contest it too. Why do we have to fight so hard to get what we need and are entitled to ?

My right knee is still painful and clunky. Not entirely sure why. Will ask my doctor on Monday.

I am going down to the beach for the weekend, which I am looking forward to. Really need to get away for a few days. I am going with a Japanese friend, which should be fun.

Nick, glad you had such fun at the party. Also pleased the appointment went better. When are you having the MRI ?

Milly, you are so right about the job. Should hear more about the other jobs on Monday. Think you are right about the neck and contributing to headaches. The job is so different to what I thought. If things don't change I will have words with my manager again. Not paid to do desk work !
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 02, 2010, 02:15:35 PM
The beach sounds like fun.  I should post a few pics of our beaches here.  Have a good time and try not to worry about the TAC.  It is amazing how they can take the wording of a letter.  Keep fighting for what you are due. 

Well got to go for now.  Post when you get back from your trip.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on July 10, 2010, 09:31:08 AM
Hi All,

Sorry it's been a while since I posted. Been a crazy week or so. I have been under a lot of stress, which has made my back and shoulder quite bad in addition to sitting at a desk.

The weekend away was just what I needed, have posted some pics on Facebook.

TAC have just been unbelievable. They declined my loss of income, but still received no written notification about it. I emailed my lawyer and he is furious for 1) not notifying me in writing and 2) denying it even though my doctor had written in his letter that I was not able to find suitable employment due to the restrictions of my injuries. They clearly ignored the letter and evidence that was sent to them.

It has been a joke about the amount of desk work I have been doing in my job. Will be speaking to the manager that hired me this week. Did speak with my manager about it but nothing has happened. So, not very happy about it. The stress of work has just got too much and am constantly in a lot of pain with my shoulder and back.

Also had issues with my parents, which has been difficult.

I had an interview yesterday, which went well. They are now doing reference checks. Should hear back by the end of next week.

As for my right knee I have been able to do more walking, but still getting painful clicking and clunking. Seeing my OS in 2 weeks. So, am hoping he will be able to shed some light on it. Also found a place to do pilates, which I am happy about. Hopefully my doctor will give me the all clear in 2 weeks to start it again.

Milly, yeah I will keep fighting. It's crazy that I have to go through all of this. Any news on the bill or your elbow ?
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on July 12, 2010, 04:26:09 PM
Hi Kirsty,

I know at times its hard to post on KG which I suppose is a good thing as it not good to spend too many hours on the board when you could be with your friends or family. You really seem to be always having problems with the TAC and would have expected them to pay for the loss of income, even though you have proof that you had knee surgery.

I think its would be best if you look for another job as the desk work not suitable for you and your Boss is not really helping to make things easier for you. Hope your OS knows what up with your knee when you see him in 2 weeks time and can start pilates again soon. Hope things start to improve with the issues you are having with your parents.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 12, 2010, 11:50:07 PM
Kirsty,

I have not heard anything from the doc’s office, so I am sure WC paid the bill.  Their doc referred me so they should pay.    I hope the new job comes through.  All that desk work does not work for you.  I know the stress does not help   Hope you can start the pilates soon.  The clicking and clunking may just have to do with the strength of your quads.  It may get better the stronger they get.  Let us know what the OS says.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on July 19, 2010, 10:03:44 AM
Hi All,

It's been a little while since I updated so I thought I would do a quick update.

I've been continuing to do my walking. Tonight after I had been to the physio I took my parent's lab for a walk. He really enjoyed it and so did I. Just going mad not being able to do other forms of exercise. Hopefully I will get the all clear from my surgeon and sports physician next week. I told my physio today that I will go insane if I can't do something different soon. Still getting a lot of pain under my kneecap together with the clunking and clicking. Will ask my OS about it next week.

Nick, I am waiting to hear back from the hospital tonight about the job. Not heard yet. I really want to know what is going on. Soooo frustrating. The TAC are still driving me mad ! Never come across such a disorganised and incompetent organisation. They denied some of my medications even though I had an independent examination and the doctor said the TAC are liable to pay for the medication. It really sucks. So sick of fighting to get what I deserve and am entitled to. Will be glad when all this crap ends.

Milly, probably a good thing you haven't heard. The desk work is not good for me and my physio agrees. Just in too much pain for my liking. I really hope to start the pilates soon. I will scream next week if my doctor says no ! Not sure about the clunking etc. Will ask my OS next Monday. Can't come soon enough for my liking. Hopefully he will give me the all clear to start back in the gym. Next week on Thursday will be 6 months post-op from my operation.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on July 19, 2010, 04:00:41 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Hope its nothing to worry about the cluncking and clicking and hope your OS knows whats causing it and how to solve it. I hope you have had the phone call this evening about the hospital job and get somewhere with the TAC.

The desk job is not suitable for you and need to find a job that less strain on the body. I hope you can return back to pilates soon as you must be missing it and hope you get the all clear. 6 months post op already has flown by.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on July 20, 2010, 11:45:09 AM
Hi All,

Well, it looks like I am close to being offered the job. They left a voice mail on my phone tonight. The lady I have been dealing with is not working tomorrow, but will call her Thursday. I've so had it with my current job that it's not even funny. The desk work is getting beyond a joke !!

Only 6 days till I see my OS. Very curious to know what he has to say about my knee, especially the pain I am experiencing together with the clunking etc. I am going to try and go for a walk in the morning before going to my sports trainer job that starts at 10am.

I have also found out that I need to go back to see my shoulder surgeon. Argh !!! Going to see him on the 25th of August.

Nick, thanks for your message. Hopefully I can start pilates again soon. I would be so happy if my surgeon lets me start back in the gym.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 20, 2010, 01:55:17 PM
Having more trouble with your shoulder?  Hope it's nothing too bad.

Best of luck with the OS.  Hope all is progressing well and he can figure out the pain and clunking.

I hope you get the new job.  Like Nick said, if the work does not suit you, then a new job is in order.

TTYL,

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on July 20, 2010, 05:32:20 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Great news that you have be offered another job so can say goodbye to your desk job for good. Hope your OS appointment goes ok next week and can shed some light on what's causing you the knee problems.

My MRI scan is next week Wednesday but feel its a waste of time as I sure its to do with maltracking and a CT scan would be better. I really wish I could see Mr Green, as so far I am not satisfied with his Registrar, who never even examined my knee when I saw him last month.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on July 23, 2010, 11:56:34 AM
Hi All,

Hope you are having a good week.

The week finished on a great note for me.

I started my Masters in Applied Japanese Linguistics today. It was great to get in to my Japanese study again. The lecturer/tutor is good and is a lot of fun. Some of the younger students were a pain though. Had to tell some of them to be quiet. They just don't get it ! When you are making time especially to go to class you don't have time to muck around. They just don't seem to care.

Got a call about some work as an Allied Health Assistant for a rehab hospital. Next Wednesday afternoon I have an interview with them. Also got called about the job I had the interview for. The job is basically mine, but can't offer me anything until after the application closure date. They have asked me to do some casual work, which is a positive too. I am going to see how they do things on the 3rd of August.

Looking forward to seeing my knee OS on Monday. I've been for a walk twice this week already and will go for another walk tomorrow or Sunday.

Milly, yeah my shoulder is quite painful at the moment and came out a few weeks ago. Hopefully my shoulder surgeon will be able to shed some light on it and set up a plan for treatment. A new job is definitely in order. I've had more discussions with my manager this week and she just doesn't get that I don't want to do a lot of desk work. My body is protesting too. Thanks for the good luck wishes too.

Nick, thanks for the good luck wishes. Hope your MRI goes well.  I would definitely suggest seeing Mr Green for a private consult if the MRI shows nothing.

Have a good weekend everyone ! :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 23, 2010, 02:25:49 PM
The language classes sound like fun.  Not sure I would try Japanese myself, but would love to learn Gailec some day.  Younger students are just that, young....they have different priorities.  Anyway sounds like you are enjoying the new courses.

I hope the new job works out.  If you have spoken with the manager and they are still not trying to work with you, it's better to find something else.

Hope the OS appointment goes well on Monday.  Have a good weekend. I also hope the shoulder is feeling better soon.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on July 23, 2010, 04:14:12 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sounds like you have had a good week and must be very clever to learn Japanese as there are symbols rather then letters but suppose you get use to it once you have started learning the basics. Good that you have another job to go to as the desk job was not right for you and your Manager does not seem to care.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on July 25, 2010, 11:45:33 AM
Hi All,

I hope you are all having a good weekend.

Been getting organised to get back in to my studies. I tidied up my desk today and can actually see it now. Yay !

Well, D day is tomorrow for me. Can't wait to see what my knee surgeon has to say. I am disappointed with my progress to say the least. Am very happy with my stability as my knee cap no longer comes out, but don't like the cartilage pain I am getting. Wouldn't surprise me if he wants to get a MRI done.

Milly, the Japanese classes are definitely fun. I've studied Japanese for a long time, so enjoy it a lot. Fingers crossed the new job does work out. Can't wait to get the offer in writing. My current manager just doesn't get it and is unlikely to change. Thanks for the good luck wishes. The shoulder is going to be ongoing problem until I can have the next lot of injections I think. Seeing my shoulder OS on the 25th of August.

Nick, yeah it ended up being a good finish to the week after feeling very anxious about what was going to happen regarding work. It doesn't take long to learn the first 2 alphabets, but Kanji (Chinese characters) takes a long time. You will never learn them all as there are more than 50,000 of them. Yikes ! You are very right about the job. Can't wait to hand in my resignation and it is not right in many ways. Just not worked out when I will put in my resignation.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on July 25, 2010, 01:04:17 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Good luck for tomorrow and hope your OS knows whats causing you the problems and may be right and will have an MRI scan like I will be having on Wednesday. Pleased you are enjoying the Japanese classes but not nice having a good time with your shoulder and I am sure your shoulder OS can sort it out.

Not too long now when you can hand in your resignation.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on July 26, 2010, 02:35:42 PM
Hi All,

I am totally exhausted. Glad it is the end of the day.

So pleased to have seen my knee surgeon today. He reassured me that everything was ok. Basically my cartilage is taking longer to settle down. I can also start back in the gym.

Will update tomorrow when I am not so tired.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 26, 2010, 02:48:12 PM
Good to know the OS thinks things are going along fine.  Too bad the cartilage won't settle as fast as you would like.  Of couse we all want it to feel better now, don't we?  Maybe at your next OS visit for your shoulder you can get another round of injections.  Not sure how long ago the last set were and I know they are fussy about how many you can have in a set period of time.  Good luck.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on July 26, 2010, 04:30:38 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Good news from your OS that you can start going to the gym again and its only the cartilage not settling down so should improve over a period of time. Your next visit is to your shoulder OS who should be able to sort out your shoulder as your knee surgeon did with both your knees.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on July 27, 2010, 11:14:00 AM
Hi All,

I was completely exhausted last night after the long and tiring day.

My knee surgeon was really pleased that my knee is soooo stable. He was ecstatic I think. When he came in the room he asked me how I was and said I was ok. He said "you're here at least" or something to that effect. I think he sensed that I was feeling pretty low and was careful with what he said. He said that stability comes number one and then pain. My surgeon thinks that the cartilage is taking longer to settle, largely to due to the fact that he had to do a lot more work on my right knee. So, I was really relieved to hear that. He said not to worry about the "rotated kneecap" and wasn't sure what that meant anyway. When I told him about the experience I had he said it obviously wasn't the place for me. I explained to him that I was pretty angry that the physio said I hadn't done enough rehab as I said I had done everything asked of me. He just laughed and smiled as he knows how true that is. My surgeon wants me to start in the gym, building up to twice a week alternating with walking. So, overall I feel a lot happier with the way things are going. He also agreed that it was a good idea to resign from my current job. Today, I submitted my resignation and feel really good about it.

This afternoon I saw my sports physician and has set me up with a program for the gym. So, I feel good about that. He's pretty happy with my progress and that my surgeon is happy with my progress too. He is particularly pleased that I have cut down one of my medications, which we've been trying to do.

Milly, you are right. We all want to get better quickly, sometimes things just take longer than we think. It will be interesting to see what my shoulder surgeon has to say. He hasn't been doing the injections, he referred me to another sports physician that especially does them.

Nick, yeah very pleased about my visit with my surgeon. Good luck with your MRI tomorrow.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 27, 2010, 01:20:10 PM
Glad things went so well at the OS's office.  It can take a while for the softer tissues to heal up and it can be painful.  It is amazing just how important the right PT can be.  If the fit and goals don't match it can be a disaster.  So keep up the walking and slowly get back to the gym.  No need to over do to get better (it backfires on you-been there, done that, not pretty).

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on July 27, 2010, 05:44:42 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sounds like it went well when you saw your OS and great that your knee its now stable and can start going to the gym again. Good for you to hand in your resignation as the job was not suitable for you and your Boss did not do anything to help you out so made the right decision. 

Not having an MRI after all but ultrasound scan instead and was certain Mr Green's Registrar said he will book me in for an MRI, in fact I am certain he did but he must have changed his mind.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on July 29, 2010, 10:49:03 AM
Hi Milly & Nick,

I hope you are both having a good week.

Glad that I had my last long day at work. Now that I can see end in sight it is great. Only one half day to go.

Yeah, the right rehab is so important. We know that we can't push it with my knees. So a slowly but steady approach is best. Looking forward to getting back into the gym over the weekend.

I just love my knee surgeon. He is so sensitive to my needs and is always so encouraging, which is wonderful. Am so glad that neither my surgeon or sports physician have given up on me.

Am in a lot of pain tonight with my back. Think I will not go to my uni classes tomorrow as I am in so much pain and not feeling very well at all.

Nick, I hope they sort out your knee soon. It sucks that you had an ultrasound instead of a MRI. Hope they figure out something for you.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 29, 2010, 01:29:58 PM
Glad the desk job is over.  It was just causing too much pain.  I would agree that if you are in a lot of pain then you should skip class.  Most instructors are ok with that.  I've had a few though that would not excuse anything short of my own death and would bump you from class if you missed more than one or two classes.  Hope you don't have any like that!

The weekend should be interesting my son is having his birthday party this weekend.  So there will be 2-3 teenage boys over for an over night then a big pool party on Saturday.  Then another over night.  May take Monday off to recover!  Or not and just go in to relax.  LOL

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on July 30, 2010, 04:00:24 PM
Hi Kirsty,

You made the right decision handing in your resignation as the desk job was not right for you and hope your new job works out better. Great to have a understanding OS and sports physician who you can trust 100%. I said before I am sure your OS would have sorted my right knee out by now if I lived in Melbourne. Its coming up to 3 years since my injury and still not sorted out my knee.

Hope you have a good weekend and your back is less painful.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on August 05, 2010, 12:44:24 PM
Hi All,

It's been a little while since I updated about my progress.

I didn't manage to make it to the gym on the weekend as I haven't been feeling that well. My asthma has flared up and have been feeling really tired.

Yesterday I saw my physio and gave me a program for upper limb strengthening to do in the gym. I will try going this weekend if I don't feel too bad.

I saw my doctor today and doesn't think I have an infection, but my asthma has flared up. He wants me to increase my Seretide until things settle down at night. Last night I found it really hard to sleep because of my asthma.

Yesterday I saw a new doctor and really like her. Fortunately I only have to see her every few months. I am seeing her to monitor my moods and anti-depressant medications, which help with my pain and anxiety.

I also got offered the job I really wanted, which is very exciting and am thrilled about it.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 05, 2010, 01:22:31 PM
Hope the asthma clears up.  Sounds like everything else is going pretty well.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on August 05, 2010, 05:16:19 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Shame about your asthma and hope it settles down soon, at least you got a job offer that you wanted and better then the desk job you had to do for a couple of weeks. Be nice if you are able to go to the gum this weekend that starts on Friday for you, as you do not have to work that day.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on August 18, 2010, 12:22:52 PM
Hi All,

It's been a little while since I updated, so thought I would post an update.

I have now been to the gym twice and my knee has coped really well with it. Unfortunately I have not been well and I have to go back and see my doctor on Friday morning. One of the medications I am on has increased my heart rate and caused high blood pressure. Hopefully my doctor can work out a plan when I see him on Friday. Just feel pretty ordinary right now. When I saw him yesterday it was quite high and he was quite concerned about it.

Was offered another casual job at another rehab hospital, which I will do some training for on Monday.

Tomorrow I have a lunch celebrating 21 years of the place I am going to work out. I will get to meet all the staff members and some old patients too as well as the current ones. Should be fun.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on August 18, 2010, 08:17:14 PM
Glad you were able to get to the gym and the knee is ok with it.  The delicate medication balance, hope they get it figured out.  It is tough when you know you need something, but the side effects are not worth taking the med. 

The lunch sounds like fun.  Hope the jobs work out for you.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on August 20, 2010, 04:08:16 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Glad you are able to go to the gym without too many problems with your knee so looks like surgery has finally worked for you. The medication you are taking should be stopped straight away if its increasing your heart rate and high blood pressure. Good luck with at the rehab hospital training on Monday.

4 more days left till my appointment and will also be 4 days left till your shoulder appointment as its Saturday morning for you already. I am not at work this weekend after working the last 2 so will enjoy my extra sleep. Hope the lunch went ok, have a good weekend.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on August 21, 2010, 02:48:55 PM
Hi All,

Just thought I would quickly update before going to bed.

I have had a nice evening at the football tonight and also watching the results of our federal election. Will be interesting to see what happens.

My doctor thinks I may have a virus. When I saw him on Friday my heart rate and blood pressure were elevated and also had a low grade temperature. Just hope it goes away soon. I have just been feeling very ordinary and my doctor doesn't me doing any cardiovascular exercise until I feel better. Just makes me feel awful if I try and do any cardio workout in the gym. Will just stick with my hand weights at home.

Good luck with your appointment, Nick. I have actually changed my appointment till the 15th of September with my shoulder specialist as I have been asked to work on Wednesday and need the money. Also I want to leave it a bit longer to do the weights to see how my shoulder pulls up.

Hope you are all having a good weekend.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on September 12, 2010, 11:00:58 AM
Hi All,

It has been quite some time since I updated my diary. So, thought I would do a quick update.

My rehab has taken a bit of a step back as a had a really weird virus which affected my heart rate and blood pressure. Feeling a lot better now, but still get very tired. I was due to start in the pool this week but I have been working a lot and been incredibly tired plus I've had a few bad migraines to deal with. This week will be a lot better, so plan to go to the hydro pool twice this week.

Work is going really well, which is great. So much better than the previous job and have a lot more patient contact. I am thinking of applying for another part-time role close to home as it would fit in with my other job and wouldn't be too much.

My right knee is still very painful from the cartilage still settling. I hope it settles soon as it is just horrible. On Friday night I went to the Powderfinger Concert and was in complete agony. It is feeling a lot better now though. So, that's all good. If it continues to be a problem this week I may ring my surgeon to get an earlier appointment. I am due to see him in mid October. Never been in sooo much pain.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on September 12, 2010, 08:13:59 PM
Glad work is going well for you.  Hope the virus is on the way out.  Too bad the knee is still hurting.  Not much new here.  Just glad the terrible heat wave seems to be over.  I feel like a human again.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on September 13, 2010, 04:06:09 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Great that you are enjoying your new job more after having a to work at the desk job that did not suit your needs. If you can also do part time work it all helps to save money towards a deposit for your own place one day. Hope your right knee settles down soon and can fight off the virus and can see your OS before October if knee is still giving you problems.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on October 16, 2010, 02:34:29 PM
Hi All,

It's been quite a while since I updated on my progress.

The last few months have been quite tough due to not being able to do a lot of exercise due to a strange virus I had, Atypical Pneumonia and Influenza A. I am feeling a lot better now. Also found out that I was Vitamin D deficient, which affects bone and muscle strength.

As a result I haven't been able to do much exercise. Been back in the hydro pool a few weeks and can start pilates again too. Just need to ring the place for an assessment.

Thanks for your support, Milly and Nick. My work is going well and started a second part time role in the last week, which is going well. Makes a difference enjoying my work, not being in as much pain at work and being appreciated for what I do.

I go back to see my knee surgeon on Monday. I am really glad as I am having a lot of trouble with the cartilage and bone pain still.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on October 17, 2010, 12:36:44 AM
Too bad you are not progressing as you would like with the knee.   See what the OS has to say Monday and let us know.  It may be the Vitimin D problem.  Glad the virus thing is over for you.  That stuff can kick your butt big time.  Last time I had the flu I was not quite myself for a few months.  Took me a long while to get all my stamina back.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on October 17, 2010, 02:41:41 AM
Thanks, Milly.

I will let you know how it goes.

Yesterday I was going to go to the hydro pool but was too exhausted and didn't have enough energy. Did go once though.

I saw my sports physician Thursday and has given me the all clear to do pilates. So, I am happy about that. He said I need to do more exercise.

Yeah, will be interesting to see if it is the Vitamin D problem. I am going to ask my OS about getting a MRI and bone scan to see how my knee is healing and whether I should be tested for calcium too.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on October 18, 2010, 08:53:54 AM
Hi Everyone,

Not long come back from seeing my knee surgeon.

He is really pleased with the progress of my tracking, but said I could have a problem with my bone or cartilage. So, I am having a MRI on Friday. Then, we'll go from there. He doesn't think we'll need to do anything at this stage. If it's bone he's not too worried.

I just pray I don't need any more surgery. I will scream if I do.

Another good thing is that the Vitamin D deficiency won't affect my recovery. So, that's a real relief.

Just need to be able to do more exercise to bulk up my muscle.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on October 18, 2010, 12:17:21 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Good to hear that your OS is pleased with your progress, lets hope the MRI comes back with good results, I wouldn't worry about further surgery until you know for definite.  I had my MRI results and went to see my OS last Monday.  He was really pleased with my new trochlea groove and I won't be seeing him again unless I want to because he's left my hospital.  I'll continue seeing my PT for a bit but my stability is great and I basically know what exercises I need to continue doing.  So my journey is almost over..although he did say that the cartilage won't be settled until about the 18 month mark but that loading it through exercise will help it recover :-)

Great to hear that the vitamin D deficiency won't affect your bone growth aswel.  Are you able to go to the gym yet?

I've been having huge problems with my right thumb..it's always been very hypermobile but it's becoming sore and I'm losing control over it (for example when I'm typing or using my phone.  Really hope I won't need an op on that too now :-(
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on October 18, 2010, 03:06:40 PM
Sounds like good news.  Sometimes getting the muscle back is the hardest of all.  I think the quads sometimes get lazy and just want to quit. 

Milly

PS - cold is a bit better
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on October 19, 2010, 03:49:34 AM
Hi Annie & Milly,

Thanks for your replies and support.

Annie, glad you are progressing well. Sounds like you are going ahead in leaps and bounds, more than I am at the moment. Hopefully with getting back in to exercise again things will improve. Great to hear your knee is so stable now. My knee surgeon wants me to go to the gym, but I really need to get clearance from my sports physician or physio. Very interesting about the cartilage. Very pleased about the Vitamin D deficiency too.

Sorry to hear about your thumb. Perhaps ask you physio about it.

Milly, glad your cold is a bit better. Feel better soon.

Last night I didn't sleep a lot due to my knee pain. So, catching up on some sleep today. Will be glad to have the MRI scan and see what the results show.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on October 20, 2010, 12:45:21 PM
Hi All,

So glad my MRI is on Friday.

Today at work I was helping a lady to walk on crutches who was over 100kg and stopped her from falling. Unfortunately I came off second best. In soooo much pain tonight with my right knee and back.

Will be calling my knee surgeon in the morning and see if I can get in to see my old physio ad my usual one is away.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on October 20, 2010, 02:22:08 PM
Oh my!  That's too bad.  Hope things feel better soon.  Let us know when you find out about the MRI results. 

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on October 21, 2010, 12:46:16 PM
Thanks, Milly.

I rang my OS's rooms, but is on his way to the US. He will be back next Wednesday. His secretary just said to go ahead with the MRI as scheduled tomorrow.

I saw my old physio today, which I was pleased about. He reassured me that I am doing all the right things and wants me to have tomorrow and Monday off. Then, I see my usual physio on Tuesday.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on October 21, 2010, 01:15:48 PM
A couple of days off sounds like a good idea.  Glad you an see your usual PT person.  Take care and feel better soon.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on October 21, 2010, 05:52:01 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Shame your OS is away in the States he travels alot around the World and must be very sought after. I hope your MRI goes ok on Friday and does not show up a problems, that would need more surgery as you have had enough of them already.

The lady that you stopped from falling weights more then I do, so must have been painful for you at the time and hope its not done you any further damage.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on October 22, 2010, 10:58:50 AM
Hi All,

Had my MRI done tonight. Boy I hate those machines. Glad it's out of the way now. They said I was very still, which is good.

Milly, thanks for the get well wishes. Feeling quite a bit better today, but still in a fair bit of pain.

Nick, yes my OS travels a lot. Hopefully there will be no more surgery on the cards. I would scream otherwise. It has been quite painful.

This afternoon my physio manager left a message to see how I was. So, that was nice. Hopefully I will be feeling quite a bit better by Monday. She wants to find out how it happened and what to do about preventing something in future.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on October 22, 2010, 01:27:39 PM
Glad the MRI is done.  Not fond of them myself.

Saw the GP for a routine med check.  My right leg was bothering me (I dislocated the fibula - go figure!- long ago and it bothers on occasion), so he was messing wth the whole lower leg and now my kneecap hates me!  It really hates to be touched let alone being mobilzed.  Ah well should be better tomorrow.  The verdict was possible arthritis in the small joint between the tibia and fibula.  I did not know that actually counted as a joint!  At least the bone is not mobile which is what I feared.  Hurts though.

Take care,

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on October 22, 2010, 04:42:26 PM
Hi Kirsty.

Must be pleased the MRI is over and now just have to wait for the results and also hope yiou do not need another surgery as you been through enough already. Any plans for the weekend!

Milly sorry right knee and leg is causing you pain and discomfort and hope it does not ruin the weekend for you.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on October 27, 2010, 10:55:28 AM
Hi Nick & Millie,

Thanks for your support.

I got a call from my knee surgeon's rooms this morning to say that my MRI was ok. Not sure what that entirely means.

This afternoon I spoke with my knee surgeon's rooms as my sports physician will probably want to look at my MRI when I see him next week. They are organising for my surgeon to take over to the sports med clinic he works at on a Wednesday afternoon. I mentioned that I am still in a fair bit of pain since my work incident last week. They said to call back in a week and will fit me in for a review if I am still struggling.

Just been to the hydro pool tonight, which felt good.

I went to the podiatrist today. She checked my orthotics and said they are looking pretty good. Go back to see her in 6 months.

Not sure why but I am having issues with a couple of my fingers. Will ask my doctor about them next week when I see him on Friday.

Milly, sorry to hear about your right leg. I let very few people touch my knees, only my knee surgeon, sports physician and physio. How are you feeling now ?

Nick, very glad MRI is over. Hate the damn things !
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on October 27, 2010, 03:05:52 PM
The leg is better.  I must have tweaked it somehow.  I've got a couple of knuckles on the right had that have a bit of OA and act up now and again.  I slightly dislocated my knucle a long time ago and cut it open.  It was a really stupid freaky accident too.  Kind of a wow I don't know how on earth I managed that one.  Contrary to what the ER orderly thought I did NOT punch a window (I was a teenager when I did this).  It did have to do with storm windows and a sharp corner though.  Banged my hand on the corner of a storm window (hey I was running and did not look where I was going  ::)).

Hope you are fine and let us know what the sports guy says.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on October 28, 2010, 05:18:21 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Yes I would be a bit confussed as well if Mr Green told me MRI was ok, hope its nothing that would need another surgery as you must be fed up with them by now. I am sure it wont come to surgery and can be fixed or eased another way.

Your sports physician sounds great and seem to be really helpful since you had knee problems and must feel like a friend as you seen him so many times and knows your knees well. It must be nice to relax in the hydropool and glad the appointment with your podiatrist was successful.

Milly hope your right leg improves soon and the cooler weather does not cause too much knee pain.

Kirsty think you have fridays off work, so can start the weekend early and who knows may pass my brother in the streets of Melbourne as he out there with his Boss on a bussiness trip till November 16th but its a large city so unlikely to happen.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Skinnycatz on October 30, 2010, 05:12:20 PM
Hi Kirsty...

I am also curious as to your MRI results...any more details on that?  Sorry I had to leave our chat so soon the other day...on weekday mornings I have very little time since I have to get ready to go to the gym or pool then get ready for work!  Weekends aren't as busy but I still go to the pool on Saturday and on Sundays I do the bike here at home, stretch, then go to the gym.  I like to get this over with before lunch on the weekends!  Today I also have to pick up a prescription before the pool since this special pharmacy has short hours on Saturday.

Anyway....hope you aren't hurting as much from saving that patient! 

How is work going otherwise?

Take care!  :)

Francine
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on December 01, 2010, 09:22:37 AM
Hi Everyone,

I thought I would post an update as it has been quite a while since I have.

A few weeks ago I started clinical pilates and am really enjoying it. My knee is responding really well to it. I am just going once a week at the moment. My back and shoulder are responding quite well too. I have been to the gym once and plan to go again tomorrow. A few weeks ago I went to both the gym and pilates, but my body didn't respond very well.

I am still getting a lot of pain with my right knee, especially going up and down stairs. Will ask my knee surgeon when I see him at the end of January.

Francine, I am feeling a lot better after the patient I saved. I have now resigned from that job, which I am really happy about. There were quite a few things I was unhappy about, mainly safety issues. The MRI said that I have patella alta. Am a bit confused about that. Also showed some swelling within the knee, cartilage damage which we knew about but is now saying to III grading and mild ITB syndrome. I must say I will be glad to discuss it with my surgeon when I see him. The good news is the bone is healing nicely.

Nick, yeah I was a bit confused about the MRI results. I did speak with my sports physician about it and he said my surgeon hadn't mentioned anything about the patella alta. So, who knows ?
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on December 07, 2010, 05:44:13 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Glad you are able to do clinical pilates again as I know at one stage you could not do it so glad to see you can start going again. Sorry you are still getting knee pain in your right knee but think us Kneegeeks have to accept that our knees will never be 100% again. My right knee also become more painful during the cold spell the UK is having at the moment and was no where near as bad pre op. You have a good OS and sports physician and will do the same as you, see both but on the NHS not privately as I cannot afford the fees right now.

Nick  :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on December 29, 2010, 11:39:38 AM
Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a good Christmas whatever part of the world you are in. My family and I went down to the beach, which was really nice. It was a perfect day weather wise. We had a champagne breakfast followed by a very late lunch.

Unfortunately while I was away I had a mishap with my right knee. It either dislocated or had a bad subluxation, just moving my bed to plug in the bed side lamp. Then, yesterday at the beach the tide was really in and think I may have twisted it. Right knee is it very painful and got my Cryocuff on.

My surgeon's rooms have a service over this time for situations like this where you can call the surgeon covering. He just said to keep icing, keep my quads strong, use a tubigrip and ring him if it gets worse or have more questions.

Going to try and get to the gym tomorrow, but will have to see how I pull up.

All the best for a great year ahead.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on December 29, 2010, 04:31:11 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Merry Christmas to you too.  I'm so sorry to hear about your knee, I really hope you can see your surgeon soon and he can tell you what's happened.  Hope all goes well at the gym, don't push it though, the stationary upright bike should help lots. Let us all know what happens. 

Annie.  :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on December 30, 2010, 12:36:53 PM
Hi Everyone,

My knee is feeling quite a bit better today.

This afternoon I went to the gym. I iced it when I got home, which helped.

Just glad I survived the gym. Using my cryocuff for a lot of the night last night made a big difference.

Tomorrow is my rest day unless I get up early to go for a walk ad it is going to be 40 degrees here tomorrow. Yuck !!

Annie, thanks for your kind words. How are you doing ?
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on December 30, 2010, 05:10:08 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Glad your knee is feeling better today and as you said on Facebook, lets hope 2011 is a better year for you and your knees. Glad you was able to spend Christmas Day with your family on the beach. You must be getting fed up with your knees and could maybe can see your sports physician who knows you and your knee probems well.

Have a Happy New Year it has to be a better year for us both with our knee problems.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on December 31, 2010, 03:56:42 PM
Hi All,

Today I didn't manage to go for walk as it got hot outside very early.

However, I did go to a shopping centre and did a fair bit of walking.

My knee is feeling pretty sore again. So, am icing it again using my Cryocuff. It's so much better than normal icing.

Nick, thanks for your note. I am seeing my sports physician next Thursday. You ste completely right, very sick of my knees. We'll get there though. Great news about seeing Dr Brown. Fingers crossed he can help.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on December 31, 2010, 11:55:30 PM
Hey,

Hope the knee is feeling even better.  Too bad it got hurt again.  I have been in quite some pain the past few days.  Thankfully not the left knee (that has been a tad stiff, but no real pain).  The right knee and hip are very unhappy with the weather the past few days.  It was so warm to day I could actually dig in the back yard (all the snow is gone, so had to clean up the doggies pens).  Whew what a mess!  Need the snow to hid it all again.  LOL  With the sudden shifts in weather, the arthritis really kicks in.  Hoping I can get to the right knee later on in 2011.  May wait until late fall.  I was hoping for spring, but it is not going to work out with work.  I also may be moving early spring or summer. So don't want to attempt that on crutches!

Mily
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on January 04, 2011, 09:34:53 AM
Hi Milly,

My knee feels better sometimes but others it doesn't. At the moment my back is giving me a lot of grief too. Was meant to have physio today, but they cancelled when I was almost there. I was not happy at all as I have been in a lot of pain and really need the treatment. Apparently my physio hadn't turned up and think he forgot about working today.

Glad you were able to get rid of some of the snow.

Hope you can get your right knee sorted this year. Getting mine done last year made a big difference.

Where may you be moving to ?

I went to the gym again today. It felt good, but my knee wasn't happy afterwards.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on January 04, 2011, 01:42:52 PM
Hi Kirsty,  good to see you're getting to the gym even though it wasn't too happy afterwards (awkward buggers)!

I'm doing Ok although I still have quite a pronounced J-sign which I am a bit worried about even though my OS says it won't make me dislocate.  My physio had been put on the back burner for a while because I was ill, then it was Xmas and then I sprained my good ankle so I'm going to the gym every day now to get those muscles built up.  I really need to work on my gait because I'm still not extending fully on impact and I'm aware of it all the time.  I think it's a case of getting my VMO and inner quads working better..it's so tricky to get them all working equally isn't it?   Also the cold and miserable weather are making my knee really stiff  >:(

All in all I'm good but the 'journey' is by no means complete!!

Have you seen your surgeon yet? Do you think the trochleoplasty has failed, or are there other problems do you think?

Annie.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on January 04, 2011, 09:26:06 PM
Hey there!

The right knee does that ok one day and cruddy the next too.  I hope I can get it done this year too, but it is not nearly as bad as the left was (not that I want to wait that long!). 

Will be moving to a different house, same town.  Want to keep my son in the same school.  Need a smaller house and cheaper bills.

It would be nice to get to the gym, but have not been able to afford a membership.  Did get up on the Wii fit and had a good time with that.  Showed me my balance still is not where is should be (I think I knew that though).  There are some fun balance games on it too.  Down hill ski slalom (the closest I will ever get to down hill skiing!) and ski jump are fun, and actually pretty kind to the knees.  So I can pretend I am skiing.  While I watch the snow fall outside. 

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on January 05, 2011, 11:02:33 AM
Hi All,

My knee is a bit better after the gym but still quite painful. I am seeing my sports physician tomorrow. So, will know more then. Just doesn't feel right.

I am going to try and go to the gym again tomorrow after my physio and appointment with my sports physician if he says it's ok.

Annie, glad you are continuing to do well. What does it mean about your J angle then ? Do you have to go back to see your surgeon again ? I think I remember he was changing hospitals or something similiar. Sorry to hear you were unwell and about your ankle. Hope you're ok now. It is certainly a journey and does take a while for the muscles to work properly. Mine seems to be hyperextending a fair bit too. Does yours do that ? I've not seen my surgeon yet. He's away till the end of January when I see him next. His colleague said that if my sports physician thinks I need to see someone earlier he will see me on Friday morning. I don't think my trochleoplasty has failed as such. The MRI I had back in October said I had patella alta and am just wondering if that needs to be addressed. Will ask my surgeon when I see him on the 27th of January.

Milly, the Wii sounds like fun. I see what you mean about moving house. Makes sense. Hope you can get your right knee sorted this year. I just want mine to settle down and behave like my left one does.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on January 06, 2011, 12:26:34 PM
Hi All,

This morning I saw my sports physician and doesn't think I have done any new damage to my right knee, which I am very relieved about. He's pleased that I am back in the gym. At the moment he wants me to continue with the same things and levels.

Clinical pilates starts next week, which will be good.

I think the TAC are finally moving on some things. Will probably have a case conference in the next month or so. My lawyer is being really strict with them now and not giving them much lee way.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on January 06, 2011, 03:15:36 PM
Glad the knee does not seem to have any new damage.  Hope you get your case conference soon and things can get  more settled.  Unfortunately with a bureaucratic agency you often have to be very firm or they will make you wait forever. 

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on January 06, 2011, 05:14:10 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Like to thankyou for recommending to see a sports physician and have at last found someone willing to help sort out my right knee problems. Dr Brown came across that he cares and wants the best for his patients and have finally found someone I can trust 100% and from now onwards will stick to Dr Brown on the NHS.

Good that you have not done any further damage to your right knee and can look forward to clinical pilates. Nice that you are able to go to the gym once again as you was unable to go a few months back because of your knee.

Happy New Year.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on January 08, 2011, 08:19:30 AM
Hi Nick,

No worries, you are welcome. I think that GPs should be referring patients to sports physicians before a surgeon. GPs generally don't have the knowledge to deal with these types of problems.

I am looking forward to starting clinical pilates next week. Tomorrow I am planning to go to the gym again.

Good luck with the dry needling. I've had it before but mainly for my neck and back. I have found it to be quite effective.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on January 08, 2011, 03:27:08 PM
Hi Kirsty,

I have got your Christmas card today thanks very much and can see it homemade which is even nicer. I agree with you that a GP should refer patients to a sports physicians 1st before an seeing an OS. I am now thinking was surgery on my right knee really needed as my knee was better off pre op then it is post op. I wish I saw Dr Brown 3 years ago when I saw Alexander who works under Dr Brown rather then saying my knee was fine when it was not. Alexander is not as bad as I made him out to be when I said he was no good on my thread a few years ago, he just did not know what to do next but could have referred me to Dr Brown if he could no longer help but does not really matter now.

It does mention clinical pilates on my IMS info sheet but think it only for women rather then for men. Enjoy going to the gym and clinical pilates it is good to remain physically active.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on January 08, 2011, 04:34:25 PM
Hi Nick,

Glad you got my card.

Clinical pilates is for both men and women. It is probably a more effective way of building up the muscles around your knee, especially if your muscles and joint are sensitive.

Alexander never did the right thing by you.

Hopefully Dr Brown can help you.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on January 27, 2011, 08:06:18 AM
Hi Everyone,

Thought I'd update after being to see my knee surgeon.

The appointment went well, but due to my persistent pain I am having to undergo a scope on my right knee. I am having it on the 7th of March. My sports physician will be assisting and will have the same anaesthetist as last time. He has a good sense of humour and makes sure that I am moved carefully when moved across to the operating table. Never thought I would be going back to the OR so soon. Oh well, s**t happens !!

The good news is that the patella alta that showed on my scan is border line and is apparently quiet common with trochlear dysplasia too. So, it made me feel good about that. My sports physician had told me that the trochleoplasty would make it worse, but glad it doesn't.

My surgeon reassured me to not to worry much about the cartilage damage at this stage. He showed me on the MRI where the problem and his feeling is that a scope is needed. So, I am going ahead with it.

Was pretty down about it when I found out, but I am sure it will be ok. At least I won't be in hospital long and know the hospital well plus the staff treating me. Now I just need to tell work.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on January 27, 2011, 09:01:37 PM
Too bad about the scope, but maybe a clean up and/or trim will help things feel better.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on January 28, 2011, 09:53:35 AM
Hi Milly,

Thanks so much. Hopefully it will make a difference. Will be interesting to see what my sports physician says on Monday. What I like about my surgeon is that he really assures me. He operated on a rookie soccer player that was injured in a bad tackle last weekend yesterday.

I told work last night and were fine about it. Just is bad timing as one of our staff members is off for almost 4 weeks.

Didn't manage to get to the gym today as I was so exhausted from work last night as I didn't sleep much. Maybe Sunday I will get there.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on January 28, 2011, 01:20:58 PM
Hopefully with a scope you could be back to work in a week or so, depending on what they do and your docs protocols.  Sure hope it makes things better.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on January 28, 2011, 03:58:25 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Really sorry that you need another scope on your right knee and know you wanted 2011 to be a good knee year for you and are now facing yet another surgery on your right knee. At least your sports physician will be with your OS during your surgery and know how well you get on with him and are going to have the same anaesthetist so you know you will be in safe hands and been through it before so know what to expect. Good luck with your sports physician appointment on Monday.

I am glad to have found Dr Brown as my sports physician who I fully trust and get on well with and still think it scar tissue causing the pain and discomfort and willing to try out IMS. My physio told me it scar tissue and he did some friction massage and even said to me I am more prone to scar tissue by the way my inscions are looking and he suggested IMS and costume othoctics before I even saw Dr Brown. Have a good weekend.

Nick :) {2011} :)

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on January 31, 2011, 12:53:25 AM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry to hear that you have to have further surgery. You must be feeling quite down about it but you must remember that it is a minor op, and you have been through much much worse so will hopefully be a walk in the park for you. I'm sure once it's done your pain will be lessoned and you can be well on your way to a pain free life! 

Great news to hear that the patella Alta is just borderline and explains why it wasn't picked up earlier, hopefully that shouldn't need further attention.

My knee's O.k. but it still doesn't feel like it's tracking properly.  Unfortunately because of other minor but disabling injuries (sprained ankle etc) my gym routine has been hampered for a while.  Hopefully once that's back on track I'll feel better :-)

Take Care,

Annie xx
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 05, 2011, 07:51:37 AM
Hi All,

I got my paper work for my knee scope yesterday. So, it's all official now.

Can't wait to get it out the way and see how much improvement I can get.

Milly, hopefully I will only need a work off work. It sure beats having 4 months off work, which I needed after my trochleoplasty last year.

Nick, I have full confidence in my surgeon. He wouldn't suggest it unless it was necessary. I've been having IMS on my back, neck and shoulder. It makes such a difference to me. Had a migraine that started on Tuesday night and it some IMS on Thursday afternoon. It instantly made me feel so much better. We are trialling it in the hope of reducing my Endone as my sports physician is concerned about how much I am taking for my migraines.

Annie, initially I felt quite down about it but know that it is much more minor surgery and have been through worse before. It's just the idea of going through more surgery. Relieved about the patella alta though. Sorry to hear about your ankle. Have you been having any physio on it ? Are you still doing clinical pilates ? I am doing it once a week and find it really good.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on February 05, 2011, 11:18:17 AM
Hi Kirsty,

Glad you now know that the surgery is going ahead and all the paper work has gone through so will not be long before you get a date for your surgery. Try not to worry about taking sick leave off work as your health is most important and best to try and get your knee sorted out.

The theatre staff must know you welll by now and been through surgery many times so know what to expect. I wish I could have a consultation with your OS as he seems the type of OS that would not mess you around and not afraid to treat his Patients. I am going to stick with what I have said on my thread and know it is scar tissue in my right knee causing me all the pain and discomfort and do not think it going to take time to recover from my scope nearly 15 months ago as I am not seeing no improvements so far and would have by now felt some improvments but so far I am not.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Nick :) {2011} :)



Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on February 07, 2011, 06:20:22 PM
When are you scheduled for surgery?  A simple scope should be a walk in the park compared to the other stuff you have had.  Hopefully this clean up will help you out.

Some sad news on my 12yr old dog.  We may be putting him down soon.  Poor thing has cataracts and tumors that are now bleeding.  He still getting into mischief though.  He battered open the kitchen door and made a bee line for the couch.  Scared the poor cats half to death.  I would let him just crash on the couch and put the cats upstairs, but he is getting blood all over.  It's tough making the decision, but he is starting to be in more and more pain and I can't watch that.  So it will be soon.  We will miss the big oaf (he was about 115 in his prime and he is still about 90lbs now).

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on February 08, 2011, 09:34:27 AM
Hi All,

Well, the scope can't come soon over. I really struggle upstairs and often keeps me awake at night. Trying to fill in the hospital paper work tonight. My gosh, what a nightmare ! Have to fill in all the operations I've had. It is actually rather depressing how many knee ops I've had. It will be my 9th knee operation, the 4th on my right.

My TAC pre-case conference got moved till next Tuesday. Not happy at all. In fact I was furious. They better not move it again or I will scream and make a very big noise about it. Was a mess when I found out but coming to terms with it more now. They are just complete morons and will be glad when this crap is behind me.

Nick, yes most of the staff know me well. Quite embarrassing really. Glad I have private insurance so I can have the surgery when it suits me and can choose my own doctors.

Milly, think you are right about the scope. Should be a lot easier. Just preparing it is not going to lead to a TKR or PKR. That scares the hell out of me. So sorry to hear about your dog. I want to get a dog later in the year when things settle down.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on February 08, 2011, 05:34:06 PM
Hi Kirsty,

You really need this surgery and been very unlucky with your knee problems and have been though alot of knee surgeries. Hang in there you will get there in the end and have a good OS and sports physician, will he be with your OS during the knee surgery and are you going to be under the same anesthetist you have had during your other knee ops. I seem to remember you have had problems with TAC in the passed? sorry you are being messed around by them.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 05, 2011, 10:30:32 AM
Hi Everyone,

It's been a while since I updated. So, thought I would let you know what is happening.

My scope on my right knee is on Monday. Will be glad to get it out of the way. Apparently it is new damage. Not sure how it happened though.

Had the TAC pre-case conference. They are going to back date all my meds from 2007 and pay them ongoing. So a good win. A few things they rejected, but working out what to do next. The TAC are such morons and don't give a stuff about their clients and how much they suffer before decisions are made.

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 05, 2011, 11:43:02 AM
Hi Kisrty,

Good luck on Monday and hope it will be the last surgery on your knee, as you been through a fair amount already. Good news about the TAC and managed to get some money back again and know you have had problems in the passed with the TAC.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: GymRat on March 05, 2011, 11:48:56 AM
GOOD LUCK :)  lets us know how it went !

cheers !
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 07, 2011, 03:06:20 PM
Sounds like some good news with the TAC.  Hope the surgery went well.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 07, 2011, 03:52:28 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Was thinking of you most of day and hope your surgery went ok and knee surgery #9 will be your last. Take things easy for the next few days and ice your knee as often as you can. I will try and chat to you on Skype let me know when's the best time to chat as I have Skype on my mobile phone and have unlimited internet access. I had a chat last night with my sister in South Afirca and the line was crystal clear.

Nick :) {2011} :) 
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 08, 2011, 12:53:07 PM
Hi All,

Sorry it's taken a little while to post.

Been extremely drowsy the past two days.

The op went well. Had another chrondroplasty of my right knee. My surgeon said it went well and the trochleoplasty had healed well, which was one of the concerns. Thank god for that !

Been using my cryocuff a lot and keeping up my pain meds. Started doing the exercises from the sheet my surgeon gave me. Go back to see him in two weeks.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 08, 2011, 01:27:24 PM
Glad for the good news on the chrondroplasty. Probably just some rough spots on the kneecap or something eh?  The surgery and the pain meds can make you really tired.  Keep up the exercises and keep us posted.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 08, 2011, 05:10:32 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Glad the surgery went ok and are now back home recovering and may it be your last surgery on your right knee. Good news about the trochleoplasty healing up well and not too long till you see your OS again. The meds will make you feel drowsy, keep on iceing and wear the cryocuff when you can.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Flavio4000 on March 09, 2011, 01:12:39 AM
GOOD LUCK :)  lets us know how it went !

cheers !

Hi Grace, this is Flavio.....

i just wanted to know what happened? I sent you lots of emails over the past 6 months and you never replied...
Did I do/say something wrong? Was I rude or something? I cant figure out what happened.

I really apologize if so.... I miss chatting with you. I hope we can talk again  :(


take care
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 09, 2011, 02:53:18 AM
Thanks, Nick and Milly.

So good to catch up on sleep too.

My back is killing me at the moment. I am seeing my physio next week on Wednesday. Not able to drive this week, so can't get there. I have left a message with my doctor to see what other suggestions he has. Probably not a lot they can do.

Can basically walk inside without crutches.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: anniehine on March 09, 2011, 11:12:04 AM
Hey Kirsty,

Missed your op date, sorry haven't been on here for a while.  How are you feeling, I'm sure this will be your last recovery from surgery, from the sounds of things the trochleoplasty has cleared up well so that's great news!! Lots of CryoCuffing and exercises..I don't envy you though, I remember what a pain the whole thing was.  Keep us all posted.

Love Annie  ;)

P.S. I jogged on treadmill last week for the first time, soo happy :-) 
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 09, 2011, 01:25:07 PM
Sorry about the back, but it probably does not like the elevating and sitting in one spot so much.  Probably not liking the gait either at the moment.  Hope they can help somewhat.  I know it was hard to do some back exercises after my last surgery.  Also I found the SLRs will irritate a bad back.  Try proping yourself up on your elbows and doing them, it makes it harder on the quads, but takes some pressure off the low back.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 10, 2011, 12:33:31 PM
Hi All,

My knee is feeling better each day. Today I was able to walk around the house without a limp mostly. Today I spent about 5 hours out of bed. Tomorrow I plan to try going out for a while. My Dad is going to drive me to the chemist. So, will see how it goes.

Still got to be careful. Accidentally twisted my knee getting in to bed tonight and was very painful.

Yes, Annie it is a pain but so much easier than the open surgeries I've had. The concern is that I keep getting cartilage damage under the knee cap. Just hope it doesn't mean I am heading towards a replacement. Fingers crossed. Great stuff about being able to jog on the treadmill. Keep up the good work !

Milly, you're probably right. Thanks for the tip. Will try that and see how it goes.

My back is still killing me. Did leave a message for my doctor, but will try ringing again tomorrow.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 10, 2011, 01:22:47 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry you are now in pain with your back as well as your knee but expect some pain with your knee and the last thing you need is back pain. You might need to get your back checked out by an OS as it has been a problem for a while now. Maybe your physio can do something to ease the back pain if you can get to see him next Wednesday.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Flavio4000 on March 10, 2011, 03:30:44 PM
Hi All,

My knee is feeling better each day. Today I was able to walk around the house without a limp mostly. Today I spent about 5 hours out of bed. Tomorrow I plan to try going out for a while. My Dad is going to drive me to the chemist. So, will see how it goes.

Still got to be careful. Accidentally twisted my knee getting in to bed tonight and was very painful.

Yes, Annie it is a pain but so much easier than the open surgeries I've had. The concern is that I keep getting cartilage damage under the knee cap. Just hope it doesn't mean I am heading towards a replacement. Fingers crossed. Great stuff about being able to jog on the treadmill. Keep up the good work !

Milly, you're probably right. Thanks for the tip. Will try that and see how it goes.

My back is still killing me. Did leave a message for my doctor, but will try ringing again tomorrow.

Hey Silk!

Its nice to hear youre feeling better!
I dont know if you remember me but I made a post a while back asking for a doctor that did trochleoplasties. Anyways, I had a trochleoplasty 4 months ago and wanted to know if I could have your email to chat a bit about the recovery process, how youre feeling now, etc.

i hope you recover soon!
Ill keep you in my prayers
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 13, 2011, 01:18:03 PM
Hi All,

Today I went out a few times. My Mum took me to the supermarket to help me with my shopping. Was exhausted at the end of it. Glad I had her help. Tomorrow I can drive. So, we'll see how that goes.

Tonight I went out to dinner with a friend, which was nice. By the time I got home my knee was really sore.

Thanks, Nick. Will get my sports physician and physio to look at my back. Still in a lot of pain with it.

Flavio, I do remember you. Feel free to email me at [email protected] Part of the reason I had my scope is that it wasn't healing as well as the trochleoplasty on my left knee. A lot of the pain since my surgery I had before the scope has gone. Love to know how you are doing.

Go back to work tomorrow. Not sure how my body is going to cope with it.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 14, 2011, 04:06:10 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sounds like you have had a busy weekend and nice that your Mum is helping you out. I also went out for a meal with my Mum on Saturday evening for a curry, which was a nice change. I know you get on well with your sports physician so may be able to help you out with the back pain.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 15, 2011, 09:57:55 AM
Hi Nick,

Nice you went out for curry. I hear Birmingham is famous for its curry.

Work went ok yesterday, but ended up in a lot of pain last night and this morning. So, I rang my OS's rooms and has given me another week off. Hopefully I will be feeling a lot better by next Monday.

Going to physio in the morning, which I am quite glad about. My back has been pretty horrid too.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 15, 2011, 02:29:34 PM
Maybe the PT will have some ideas for the back too.  Make sure you let them know it's bothering you as some of the knee exercises can affect your back.  Hope you are able to go back to work soon.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 15, 2011, 05:12:22 PM
Hi Kirsty,

You should only go back to work when you feel up to it and maybe go back part time to start of with. I hope your physio can do something about your back pain and maybe you need to see an OS about the back pain, do you know of any decent back Specialists in Melbourne you can see!

Nick  :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 19, 2011, 12:19:25 PM
Thanks, Milly and Nick.

It has been a pretty rough week. TAC are still being pricks and my Mum's cousin's daughter passed away at the age of 39 from MS. She has left a young family behind, which is really hard. At least my cousin doesn't have to suffer anymore. It is such a horrible disease and have helped treat patients with MS and similiar diseases.

TAC keep making mistakes, which means I constantly have to chase them up. Will have to chase them again on Monday as my pharmacist said they didn't pay for one of my medications they are supposed to pay for.

I saw my physio on Wednesday. He helped relieve my back and gave me some ideas.

Then on Thursday I saw my sports physician. He is pleased with my progress so far since the op. Apparently they had to shave an area near one of my nails. Will find out more when I see my surgeon next Thursday.

Hope you all have a good weekend.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 21, 2011, 01:39:55 PM
Glad the PT could help your back a bit too.  Too bad about the TAC.  Seems like they should be more on top of things.  It's sad when you have to ride herd on things like that.  I mean honestly you are already in pain and having to deal with readjusting your whole life and then you have to keep tabs on them too.  Hope this week is better.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 21, 2011, 04:15:01 PM
Hi Kirsty,

You seem to have endless trouble with the TAC who always seem to give you problems. Sorry to read about your Mum's cousin's daughter and it is an awful condition to have and never good when it happens at a young age leaving behind a family.

Glad your physio was able to reduce some of your back pain and appoinment with your sports physician went well. I am annoyed I cannot see Dr Brown earlier as my right knee become worse again as it was before my IMS sessions and a 7 week gap is far too long.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 22, 2011, 09:47:52 AM
Hi Everyone,

I worked last night but hardly slept at all due to my back and knee pain. As soon as I went to bed I did my exercises and iced my knee. Just going to take a while to get used to work again I think.

Milly, I couldn't agree more about the TAC. It is insane I have to chase things so much. I have now just learned to pace myself and do a bit at a time. At least I have submitted all the pharmacy receipts and declaration for the back pay which I hope to get in the next week or so.

Nick, yeah it was very sad about my cousin. The funeral was today but I was unable to go as I was unwell. Lack of sleep and pain made me feel pretty horrible. As it turns out it was a good thing I didn't go as there were about 2000 people there. I am contemplating maybe getting some more physio this week. Will just see if my physio has some appointments. I am just so glad I don't have to rely on a system like the NHS. I never did in the UK and at least I could get treatment straight away.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 22, 2011, 05:36:56 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Just as well you did not go to the funeral as it would have been very cramped and packed and she got a good send off with so many people attending and said was around 2000 people at her funeral. It would have been stressful and I am sure her Family understand why you could not make it.

I am going to a funeral next week Monday to pay my respects this really nice guy in his 80s, who I have known for around 22 years who lived at a house across the road from me in a Hostel for people with mental health problems that I stayed at during my breakdown. The service is at 10:30am and should get time off work even my Boss would not be that harsh by not letting me attend the funeral so should not be a problem having time off work. He died in hospital in his sleep peacefully and is the way I would like to go.

Sorry you are unable to get much sleep and are still having problems with TAC, which has been a problem when I started to post in your other thread when you became a member of KG.

Nick  :) {2011} :)   
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 23, 2011, 12:31:00 PM
Hi Everyone,

Seeing my surgeon in the morning for my first post-op follow up since my chrondroplasty. Will be interested to see what he has to say and how bad my arthritis is now.

Tonight I made Rogan Josh for my brother and I plus some vegies. Tasted really nice. My brother enjoyed it too.

I tried to get in to see my physio tomorrow as my pain is really bad at the moment. The only time he had is when I am seeing my knee surgeon. So, I changed my appointment to see him on Monday. Been doing everthing he has suggested. Also left a message for my sports physician to ring me as he has no appointments either until next week. Hopefully I can start dry needling or acupuncture to help. Probably doesn't help that I am having to do a lot of paper work at the moment for TAC.

Nick, sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Was he ill ? Glad I didn't go to the funeral for my cousin as I probably would have ended up in more pain plus I could have easily been knocked over. Will give my cousin's Mum a call in the next few days. Mum put in an apology for me. Yeah, the TAC has been a problem for a while. Sent in a complaint today about the time they are taking to make a decision about my loss of earnings capacity. If I don't get a response or am not satisfied then I will go to the Victorian Ombudsman. Next I have to get evidence together to contest them not paying for Occupational Therapy Services. It seems like s never ending process. Also need to find out what is happening about the clinical pilates request.

Will post sometime tomorrow after I have seen my surgeon.



Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 23, 2011, 01:26:25 PM
I had to look up what that dish was; sounds really good.  Unfortunatly I still have a couple of fussy eaters at home so trying new stuff can be a hassle. 

What a mess with all the paperwork.  If you didn't try though they would have written it off long ago. 

I hope that between the OS, your sports med doc and the PT they can do something to ease the pain.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 24, 2011, 05:20:45 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Chicken Tikka Masala is the most popular curry in the UK and Birmingham has hundreds of curry houses across the City. If you ever visit the UK I can take you to a very good Indian Restaurant by my Flat that I have been going to since the late 80s and the staff know my mum, family and myself very well, as we come so regular. I think Rogan Josh has a lot of tomatos in it and is medium hot and tried it a few times and tastes really nice.

My friends funeral is on Friday 1st April and should have no problems taking time away from work that day. He lived to a good age of 83 and were not really close but did meet up a couple of times a year so know him fairly well. He died in his sleep at the Hospital after he had a heart attack and never really recovered from it and died in his sleep peacefully.

From what I have read on your FB status appointment went well with your OS and look forward to see how you got on when you next post on your thread. Good luck when you see your physio on Monday and hope he can ease some of the pain for you.

Nick :) {2011} :)

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 25, 2011, 10:43:27 AM
Hi Everyone,

This is the first chance I've had to update on my appointment with my surgeon. Worked last night and before that I tutored one of my students. Ended up having to go straight to work as I was delayed getting to my tutoring as there was a big accident on the way.

My surgeon was really happy with my progress. All the damage was under my patella and thinks that should fix the problem. It certainly feels a lot better. Next week he wants me to work half days and then back to normal hours the week after that. I can start back at the gym and clinical pilates the week after next. Just got to take things slowly. I go back to see him in three months time.

Thought the dish I made was Rogan Josh but it was actually Tandoori Curry. Was yummy all the same.

Yesterday I spoke to my sports physician and made a suggestion of having one of my strong painkillers through the day to help my pain at night. So far it's working except for my knee. I forgot to take my Cryocuff to work last night so my knee kept me awake most of the night. I am having more physio on Monday. So, hopefully that should help.

Today I went to the bank and supermarket. That was enough to tire my knee out. When I got home my knee was very sore and swollen. So, I iced it and rested for over an hour. The ice definitely makes a difference.

Milly, yeah the TAC are unbelievable. They sent me paper work my pharmacist had sent to them. I spoke with my case manager today and said to send it back with it note saying I wasn't claiming it, but my pharmacist was. I have been under a lot of stress lately. So, that's why my pain may have been bad in addition to having to spend a lot of time putting the paper work together for TAC.

Nick, love to visit Birmingham again. When my Dad's cousin lived there I visited them. We didn't go out for curry though. Love the canals in Birmingham. Sorry you can't get an earlier appointment with Dr Brown. Glad I am seeing my own next week.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on March 25, 2011, 01:45:57 PM
Glad to see things seem to be going prettyw well.  Take things slow and you should build your stamina back up.  Hope work goes well for you.

Sorry this is short, but lots to do today!

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 25, 2011, 04:18:47 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Really pleased for you that your post op appointment with your OS went well and is happy with the way the surgery went and knee is healing up well. It good to gradually go back to work rather then going back full time straight away to give your knee a chance to recover fully from the surgery. Great news you can go back to gym and clinical pilates in 2 weeks time.

Sorry you were kept awake due to knee pain but I am sure your physio and sports physician wil ease some of the pain for you. I am annoyed not seeing Dr Brown for IMS earlier as my knee is back to square one again and the 2 sessions I have had has been a waste of time as it is not on a regular basis.

Have a good weekend.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 26, 2011, 07:55:44 AM
Hi All,

Went out for brunch today with some friends. Had to rest when I got back as my knee was so sore. About to go out with friends for dinner.

It's obviously still going to take some time to recover. Will be 3 weeks on Monday.

Milly, definitely building up slowly. My knee doesn't like it when I push it too much. Hope you're having an ok weekend.

Nick, yeah very pleased with what my surgeon had to say. So glad I can go private and not rely on the public system. It's worse here I think. Things are gradually getting better at night. My sports physician's suggestion is working well. The IMS may not be a waste of time, but I can understand your frustrations.

Have a good weekend, everyone.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on March 26, 2011, 04:12:38 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Hope you had a good time with your friends it nice to be able to meet up to take your mind off your back and knee problems. 3 weeks already since your surgery and time seems to fly by as you get older each year. Glad you have got some good advise from your sports physician and he been really helpful since the start of your knee problems. I do think it a waste of time having IMS if there a large gaps between sessions as my knee is back to how it was before my sessions started, thanks to the NHS overbooking Dr Browns appointments. It not Dr Brown fault as he was going to book me in for my 3rd session in 4 weeks and when I went to the reception she told me he over booked and will have to wait 7 weeks.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 05, 2011, 12:17:02 PM
Hi All,

Last Thursday I saw my sports physician. He said I wasn't ready for the gym or pilates but to start with the exercises my physio has given me. Then, we will reassess next week. Hopefully I can start with the gym or clinical pilates. He did say I can start some walking. So, I went for a short walk yesterday. It got a bit sore but felt pretty good.

I still ice it at night time as that is when the pain is worst.

Nick, not long till you see Dr Brown. Next week isn't it ? Do ask him about some better pain relief. I am sure he will have some good ideas.

Hope you're all having a good week.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on April 05, 2011, 05:42:55 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Glad you have such an understanding and decent sports physician who you must know well by now and bet he feels like an uncle to you as you both seem to get on well. You will soon be able to go to the gym and pilates it just takes a while and your sports physician knows best what you should and should not be doing.

I will be seeing Dr Brown next week wednesday and will ask him about other ways to reduce the knee pain and feel a 3rd cortisone injection might help reduce some of the pain. I have not had one for over a year so should be ok to have a 3rd injection.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 25, 2011, 02:54:15 PM
Hi Everyone,

It's been a while since I updated on my progress.

Having the chrondroplasty was the best decision I made. Am mostly pain free now and am now doing two clinical pilates sessions and some walking each walk. Feels so much better. I really feel that I will be able to make more progress now.

Seeing my sports physician in the morning. When I saw him a few weeks he thought I wasn't ready for the gym and will probably be a way off yet.

Unfortunately I am having some issues with my left knee. Will discuss with my sports physician tomorrow. I will also ask my surgeon when I see him in about a month. It is grating a lot, sometimes painful and just annoying. Suspect I may have another cartilage tear. Will just have to wait and see.

Hope you are all doing well.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 25, 2011, 04:00:20 PM
Glad things are going better knee wise.  The griding may be more wear in the left knee.  Hopefully you can hold off doing anything major with it.  I dont' worry about noises that don't hurt.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on May 28, 2011, 11:34:40 AM
Hi Kirsty,

Great news that the chrondroplasty has worked out well for you and are more and less pain free again and can do some clinical pilates that I know you enjoy doing. I hope the appointment went ok with your sports physician as I know you get on well with him and is very understanding just like Dr Brown my sports physician.

Not so good news about your left knee and should get your OS to check it out that must be annoying for you now your right knee is more and less sorted out.

Have a good weekend.

Nick  :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on May 28, 2011, 01:32:04 PM
Hi Everyone,

Really enjoying the pilates. Trying to get some walking in too but hard with my shifts at the moment. Still waiting to hear back from my manager whether I can go down to two shifts.

My sports physician was really pleased with my progress. He said not to worry about the grating. Also getting pain with it. He doesn't want to change anything right now as I am doing quite well and the best place I have been in for years. He said that I am doing all the right things so hopefully it will improve.

Will definitely mention it to my knee surgeon, but probably won't want to do anything just yet. Just scared as I am doing well and so over knee surgery.

My anxiety and stress have been quite bad as I have work issues to deal with, my Mum broke her wrist and Dad has a burst baker's cyst. Plus TAC have been up to their usual tricks. Just so over things right now. I badly want to book a holiday but waiting to get news about my shifts first.

Thanks for your support.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 29, 2011, 06:17:09 PM
Glad things are going pretty well knee wise anyway.  Work can be so stressful sometimes.  And to have other stress at home does not help.  Hope you can take a short holiday soon.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on May 31, 2011, 05:38:49 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Really pleased for you that you can return back to pilates as it is something you enjoy doing. Great that your sports physician is really positive about your progress and its about time things went right for you and your knees.

Sorry you are under stress and does not help when things go wrong for your parents and having the same problems with TAC. I think since I 1st got to know you on KG you had problems with TAC that never seems to improve over time.

You deserve a holiday and usually go away around June/July and also need a break from my work and still have 4 weeks left till 1st April 2012 and will take a week off in the summer. I am still having problems at work and my Boss and cannot seem to find a suitable job and have just seen my support worker who told me grass is not always greener on the other side. It cannot be as bad as it is at the moment where I work!

Nick :) {2011} :)



Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on July 28, 2011, 02:08:41 PM
Hi Everyone,

Thought I'd post an update since I haven't been on here in a while.

My right knee is a lot better now although I still get pain in my knee at times. Hopefully it continues to improve over time.

I am now doing clinical pilates twice a week and really reaping the benefits. Hopefully I can start in the gym when I see my surgeon at the end of September.

Work has settled down now and have gone casual. Doing a combination of three casual jobs, which is working well. Still gives me time for rest, appointments and other things.

Hope you are all doing well.

Been pretty cold in Melbourne. Would love some warm weather right now.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on July 28, 2011, 05:52:37 PM
Hi Kirsty,

It has so far been a failrly cool Summer in the UK with a few hot days and prefer cooler temperatures into the low to mid 20s is more bearable then late 20s to mid 30s plus. It will soon be Spring in Australia and the days are getting shorter now in the UK with Autumn just around the corner. The kids have broken up last week for their summer break for 6 weeks.

I am going away next week with my mum to Lincolnshire and the Peak District in Derbyshire and need time away from work. Glad your right knee is finally more and less sorted out and are able to do clinical pilates twice a week and maybe be able to increase over a period of time. Good for you doing some causual work that gives you something to do during the daytime rather then being stuck at home all day.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on September 21, 2011, 03:22:14 PM
Well, it has been a while since I updated.

Things were going really well until a mishap at Pilates in mid August. My usual Pilates physio was away and the one I had didn't look at my notes properly and ended up doing things I am not supposed to do. Since then my right knee has not been the same. Am seeing my surgeon on Friday. So, will be interested to hear what he thinks. I personally think I have another cartilage tear.

Will update again when I see him.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on September 21, 2011, 04:01:36 PM
Well drat!  Hopefully it's nothing to serious.  Hate for a new tear for you.  Since I've had so many troubles with PT and such over the years I have no troubles saying I won't do something.  I even told a PT once to go ahead and write on my chart I was a "difficult" patient if it made them feel better.  I just knew that what I was being asked to do would cause too much pain for days after.  It's my body after all.


Hope you feel better soon.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on September 22, 2011, 11:53:22 AM
Hi Milly,

I sure hope so too.

Feeling quite nervous about seeing my surgeon. Guess a fair bit hinges on whether I can have the impairment benefit assessments for the TAC.

Normally I would have said something but I didn't know her from a barged pole and felt very uncomfortable. Plus I had quite a bad anxiety attack and went in to shock. I always let my usual Pilates physio know.

Hope you are doing ok.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on September 22, 2011, 05:16:39 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Really sorry that you may have a new knee problem after things where going so well for you. You seem to have bad luck all the time with your knee problems and having one problem after the another. I really hope it just a minor knee injury that does not require surgery, as you been through enough already!

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on September 24, 2011, 11:25:19 AM
Hi Nick,

Thanks for your kind words.

My knee surgeon agrees that I have a problem. He wants to see how I go in the gym. My surgeon really wants to avoid more surgery if we can help it.

It is soooo hard to keep going at times, but I have motivated enough to try and avoid more surgery.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on September 29, 2011, 05:26:10 PM
Hi Kirsty,

It is always a good thing if your OS wants to avoid or prolong more surgery as you have been through a fair few already and it is not good for the poor old knee. Are you seeing your sports physician for advise and suggestions as I know you get on well with him.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on October 03, 2011, 10:32:12 AM
Hi Nick,

Really glad my OS is wanting to avoid more surgery as much as possible. My sports physician is currently away but am seeing him on Thursday. It can't come soon enough.

I went to the gym Sunday week ago and my knee didn't respond well. Now I am back using my hinged brace and also crutches as well at times. It has been quite frustrating as everyone is away at the moment and my surgeon is about to go away. Very annoying !! Also getting pain in my tibia and the back of my knee. So, not sure what is going on.

Left a message for the physio I saw last Thursday as my own is away. Hopefully I will hear from him tomorrow.

I am also waiting to hear back from my surgeon's rooms. His staff are lovely. Feel bad for ringing them back, but his Scottish PA said not to worry and that it's ok. My surgeon rocks !
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on October 04, 2011, 05:36:47 PM
Hi kirsty,

Glad you are seeing your sports physician this Thursday, not so good news about you knee playing up after going to the gym and have to resort to a hinged brace and crutches at times. I can see why you are frustrated as you have had knee problems for a long time and never seems to come to an end for you.

Hope you having a good week so far despite the knees!

Nick  :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on October 04, 2011, 09:48:12 PM
Hope things smooth back out for you and this is just the knee getting irritated too much.  Hope it settles.  Maybe your sports doc will have some helpful things to say.  If the brace and crutches help, then use them.  Don't rely on them, but let them get you through.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 01, 2011, 10:14:37 AM
Just thought I would give a quick update.

Still having issues with my knee. My Sports Physician suggested using a walking stick when I need to. Initially I just laughed about it, but bought one last week and has really helped. Feel soooooo old though !!

I am going back to my surgeon on the 5th of December for some new scans and to see him about it. I have had a lot of trouble building up my muscle and been in a lot of pain too.

Just annoyed with the clinical Pilates place. They have a lot to answer for !

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on November 01, 2011, 05:46:21 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Really sorry that your knee is still not right and have to resort to using a walking stick. Your appointment with your OS is not too long to wait and hope it just an over use problem and do not need another scope, as you have had enough of them already.

Regards Nick.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 03, 2011, 03:55:49 PM
Sorry the knee is not behaving.  It is really rough when our own vanity and pride stand in the way of some kind of relief.  I hated using a stick myself, so I looked a long time to find one I couild live with.  It has a carved dragon's head on it.  I now need a new one because it got dropped too much and the dragon is not hornless. lol  Also the head is loose and cannot be fixed.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 04, 2011, 11:46:50 AM
Thanks, Nick and Milly.

It means a lot.

I just fear major surgery may be on the cards.

Today I saw my sports physician. He wants me to go on walks with my walking stick and to try hiring an exercise bike. To start off I am only to do one minute.

Feel like a Grandma !!!
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on November 05, 2011, 04:30:51 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Try not to think of the worst case scenario and try and enjoy the rest of the weekend. Work is not going great for me at the moment and considering changing career. I want to work with adults with AS that have broken the law and end up in court and make sure they do not end up in prison as its not the right place for them to be in. I went through it in 2005 during my breakdown and hate to see others with AS go through what I had to go through.

My psychologist thinks it a good idea and says they need people like me so looks promising. Fed up working on a golf course with early mornings during the weekend and working at 6am in the morning week days. Worked at the same golf club for over 12 years and would like a change. Also not great on the joints working outdoors all your working life.

Hope it is ok to post about myself on your thread as you always be so supportive during my high and lows. I also enjoy writting and would enjoy writting reports about my clients.

Nick  :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 09, 2011, 10:29:00 AM
Hi Nick,

Thanks for your support.

A career change sounds like a good idea.

My knee is just getting worse. Will ring my surgeon's rooms in the morning as my sports physician is away for a week.

Argh !!! Just want this crap over !
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 09, 2011, 01:36:27 PM
Kirsty - Hope the OS has some plan in mind for you.  All the pain and disability is just not fun is it? Sometimes feels like it is stealing your life.

Nick - A change of career sounds like a good idea.  Sounds like a lot of stress where you are.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 10, 2011, 09:31:14 AM
Thanks, Milly. Today I just burst in to tears as it was just all too much. No, not fun at all.

I saw my GP tonight and just broke in to tears. She is going to try and get an urgent appointment. If not, she will speak to my surgeon.

Fingers crossed I get some answers tomorrow.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 10, 2011, 05:20:57 PM
Sending a huge hug your way.  Keep us posted on what the doc says.  Take care.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on November 10, 2011, 05:22:08 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Really sorry you are still having issues with your knee and not surprised you are feeling emotional at the moment as your knee problems is never ending for you. I hope you can see your OS soon and do not have to wait for too long.

Milly, a career change would do me a world of good as I am not been happy with my current job for some time now and think I would get my enjoyment helping out others on the autistic spectrum as I know what it like to live with AS. Some of my family think I could not do that type of job while others are saying go for it. I will try my best to be a support worker for people with AS that get themselves in trouble with the law as they need someone to support them when they are going through the courts etc.

Nick  :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 11, 2011, 11:12:00 AM
Thanks, Milly and Nick.

Ended up in tears cause of the pain today. So, the GP clinic suggested I go to the ED of where my OS works.

Saw a lovely English doctor who knew what he was doing. He spoke to my OS and knows of my situation but wasn't communicated to me by his staff. He said to keep going with the exercise bike and his rooms will contact me on Monday. At least he knows how bad my pain has gotten.

The doctor in the ED did the lachman's test and was very painful. Am worried that I have torn my ACL.

He was very reassuring, which was great.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on November 12, 2011, 03:25:00 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Glad you liked the English doctor that saw you and would be a big set back if you have torn your ACL as you been through enough knee surgeries already and not surprised that you are upset as it seems to be never ending for you.

I hope you get to see your OS soon so he can fully examine your knee to decide what needs to be done next.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 13, 2011, 10:07:50 AM
Hi Nick,

Thanks for your kind thoughts.

I have never been in so much pain.

Tomorrow I will speaking with my knee surgeon's rooms.

Just praying no more surgery, but I don't hold much hope right now.

Feeling a lot better emotionally after getting some sleep over the weekend. Lack of sleep takes its toll.

Will update when I know more.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 14, 2011, 09:24:09 AM
Getting really jacked off with my knee surgeon's rooms. They haven't got back to me about an earlier appointment and urgent one as my GP asked for.

They contacted me today telling me what I found out on Friday night about the exercise bike. According to my knee surgeon they were supposed to give me a time for an earlier appointment. Obviously they are not communicating properly.

Saw my physio today which was a complete waste of time as I am in agony tonight. Just feel like screaming and crying.

Back on crutches again and my back has flared up again.

I am seeing my GP again in the morning so that she can ring my OS on his mobile.

Sorry for the rant, but I have just had enough crap !!
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 14, 2011, 02:17:37 PM
It's a shame the communication has been so poor.  Pain, lack of sleep and this kind of stuff will make you upset and angry.   Sometimes is not the docs but the office staff that jack you around.  Glad you did get to see someone that has a clue. Hope the ACL is not torn.  So sorry the pain is so bad, and all the funny gaits and crutches will make the back unhappy too.  Hope they have some better answers for you soon.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: lenorem9 on November 14, 2011, 03:47:02 PM
Hey Kirsty,

Just popped on here for old times sake and saw your post.  Sorry to hear you're having problems again.  Geez.  Hope it's not the ACL. 
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 15, 2011, 01:06:51 PM
Hi Everyone,

Thanks for your words of support. I was also in a state of shock after receiving news that a family member has a potential life threatening tumor. Fortunately it can be treated.

Seeing the GP was a waste of time. Just handballing me back to my Sports Physician who is back on Thursday. I got even more confused, especially about my pain meds. So, I rang my knee surgeon's rooms and waiting to hear back. The last week has been very frustrating as all I wanted was to be made more comfortable than I am. Is it asking for much ?
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on November 15, 2011, 05:40:13 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry that a family member of yours has a tumor and glad that it can be treated. I really hope you get to see your OS soon as you must be drained mentally and physically with what's been going on the last 2 weeks. Try to remain strong and positive at this difficult for you and your family.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 15, 2011, 06:05:19 PM
Dang!  Glad the tumor is treatable.  I don't think it is too much to ask to be comfortable at all.I don't think docs always understand how bad the pain is.  Hope the OS will be able to help out there.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 16, 2011, 12:43:20 PM
Hi All,

Today I saw my old physio as I have been desperate to find something to work. He was very helpful although he can't really help. Gave me an idea of how things work, especially in terms of medical politics. Was an eye opener.

I feel much more relieved.

Tomorrow I see my sports physician. So will be glad for some action to happen.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 16, 2011, 04:04:54 PM
Sometimes just knowing how the system works can reduce the stress.  Hope the doc appt goes well.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 17, 2011, 06:49:17 AM
My appointment today went well. Although my Sports Physician is hand balling me to my knee surgeon for scans.

When I told my Sports Physician that my old physio said that is up to he and my knee surgeon he just laughed. He called it a hand ball.

I have to increase my exercise bike gradually.

Called my knee surgeons rooms and asked them if they can ask my surgeon about a new MRI as my physio suggested yesterday.

Must say I am sick of the handballing game !
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on November 17, 2011, 05:40:20 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Your are certainly been messed about recently with your knee problems and taking a long time to get somewhere. I know you are in a lot of pain and discomfort and should at least have had an MRI by now. The sooner you get your knee sorted out the better and hope you do not have to wait much longer.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 18, 2011, 11:25:44 AM
This afternoon I spoke with my knee surgeon's rooms again as I hadn't heard back about the MRI. My OS still hasn't given them an answer. So they will call me back on Monday. If not, I will call on Tuesday. Just want to get the scans out of the way.

My physio said that we can go through the results before my appointment so that we know what we are dealing with.

I spoke to him again tonight and was really helpful.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on November 19, 2011, 03:22:24 PM
Hi Kirsty,

I really wish you the best of luck in getting an MRI done and then finding out the results to find out what needs to be done next to get your knee right again. Keep onto your OS like you are going to do if he does not contact you on Monday. Hope you can enjoy the weekend and are not in too much pain and discomfort.

Nick  :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 21, 2011, 08:54:23 AM
Hi Nick,

My OS is not planning to do a MRI yet. He said it is unlikeky to change the management. My OS told his PA that he'd assess the situation when he sees me on the 5th of December. I am having some X-rays just before I see him.

Today I was in sooooo much pain. It is soooo unrelenting.

I left a message for my old physio and called back tonight, but missed his call. Hopefully I will speak with him tomorrow. Just hope he can write a note to my OS.

Also spoke with my Orthotist about an appropriate brace. He wants me to speak to my OS first. There is a new brace on the market by Rehband.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 22, 2011, 12:36:07 PM
Hi All,

I spoke to the physio today. He said my OS willbe getting the x-rays to look at my bone alignment and tracking of my knee cap.

This afternoon I spoke to my Sports Physician and has suggested increasing one of my meds. So, hopefully that will help. Other than that he said there is nothing else I can do.

I have made an appointment with my Orthotist to see if there are any suitable braces. He will still have to pass everything by my knee surgeon. Very annoying !!!

12 days till I see my knee surgeon. Waiting is so horrible.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on November 22, 2011, 05:50:40 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry you are still in a lot of pain and hope the meds and brace will reduce the pain slightly for you until you see your OS. Good that you can see your Sports Physician before seeing your OS and looks like he can only do so much to help you out before seeing your OS. The X-rays may spot what's causing all the knee pain and how to go about treating it.

Nick  :) {2011} :)

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 22, 2011, 05:56:53 PM
Hope the days fly by for you.  Waiting in pain is no fun at all. 

Today is my appt at the Pain Clinic for my back.  Will post on Facebook after with results.  Hope something can be done for it.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 23, 2011, 06:08:44 PM
Thanks for your support. It means a lot.

Woke up in pain again so using my Cryo Cuff and will try going to sleep again.

Fingers crossed the scans show something and my OS can figure out a treatment plan.

Milly, have you ever had any injections for your patella arthritis like Synvisc ? If so, did they work for you ? Glad you are getting some help with your back.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 23, 2011, 08:56:11 PM
I've had both cortizone and synvisic for my knee.  The cortizone only worked once, the other times it caused a huge flare.  The synvisic helped a tiny bit, not enough for the multiple times you have to go in.  My OS at the time did not think it would help, but it would not really hurt anything either.

Yeah the back is somewhat better. It's a bit sore from the injections, but feels somewhat better. Hurting a bit more as the anesthesia part wore off.  It can take the cortizone up to a week to begin working, so we will see.  At least the back has calmed down enought the right knee is letting me know how bad it is.  Not sure that's necessarily a good thing or not.

Take care and hope the pain gets better.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 24, 2011, 12:10:43 PM
Thanks, Milly. I am going to ask my OS about the option of injections.

Just want some pain relief. The change in meds has done nothing.

I am seeing my Orthotist in the morning to look at braces. Hope something may help.

Just a week to see my surgeon. Can't come soon enough !
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on November 24, 2011, 05:22:24 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Less then a week till you see your OS and pleased you do not have to wait too much longer to see him. Hope your Orthotist can fit you with a brace that will help support the knee as it better then nothing even if it reduces the pain slightly.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 25, 2011, 11:02:30 AM
Hi Nick,

I was hoping to get a brace but my Orthotist wants me to check with my OS first. He wonders if I have torn my ACL or the patella isn't tracking. Something weird is going on.

Really tired of the pain.

So, it will be a quiet weekend for me.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 26, 2011, 04:27:31 AM
Ended up going back to ED as I have been in a lot of pain.

He thinks I have a medial meniscus buckle handle tear or injured my medial collateral ligament. Most likely meniscus tear.

Having a MRI on Monday morning.

My OS will have the MRI report within 24 hours. Can't wait to see his face !
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on November 26, 2011, 11:46:52 AM
Hi Kirsty,

Pleased that you are having an MRI done on Monday and only have to wait 24hrs for the results. I bet you cannot wait for this year to end as it not been a great year for you and your health. I have not had a great year so looking forward to 2012 if I can find a new job otherwise will be another bad year if I have to stay at my current job!

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 28, 2011, 07:04:03 AM
Hi All,

I had my MRI today. It was actually quite painful. That has never happened before. I dropped them off at my surgeon's rooms afterwards plus the report from emergency. The MRI report is going to my Sports Physician and old physio as well as my knee surgeon. So, I should get some idea this week.

Today I spoke with my Pilates Physio and was soooooo rude !! She suggested that I am not committed enough to my rehab, which made me angry. So, I told her I was not interested in continuing the conversation and hung up. I am doing everything in my power to get better. Have paid $500 up front for Pikates sessions but I will be asking for it back. Won't be going there again.

Just hate when physios give up like that.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 28, 2011, 10:12:43 AM
I spoke with my psychologist tonight and said I am doing all the right things plus more.

She said everyone is 110% behind me , which was good to hear.

My psychologist is happy to talk with my surgeon and said not to doubt myself.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on November 28, 2011, 04:04:47 PM
Glad your psychologist is helping you out with all this.  It could be the Pilates physio is feeling a mite guilty?  If it was the fill in for their shop that caused all this, they may be getting defensive?  Besides it's always easy to blame the patient when things do not go as planned rather than to just say things are not working as planned.  Hard cases are frusterating for everyone involved I think.  Still should not be taken out on the patient.

Good luck, hope there is something that can be done for you.

Milly
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 29, 2011, 09:04:09 AM
Thanks, Milly. It means a lot.

I spoke with my physio today and I have fat pad impingement suggesting maltracking of the patella. At least I know wht it is now.

Will be interesting to see what my Sports Physician says on Thursday and knee surgeon says on Monday. Think it will be some sort of surgery since conservative treatment hasn't touched the pain.

Nick, can you shed any light ?
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: lmr1 on November 29, 2011, 02:27:51 PM
i have some fat pad impingement, shown on my mri a year ago................likely cause...........build up of scar tissue from multiple ops, so another  op to sort that would actually add to my problem!
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on November 29, 2011, 05:38:30 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Before I had my surgery I was feeling pain and catching on the lateral side of my knee that was the fat pad catching and the medial plica was removed so cannot have been the plica causing the sharp pain and catching. My inflammed fat pad did show up on my MRI scan and my OS did not seem to be concerned about it even though it was the cause of my knee problem and was trimmed during my scope.

Glad you are seeing your psychologist and would not see the Pilates Physio again and glad you hung up on her as she not worth the hassle. My Hospital physio told me the knee pain was in my head and would not even let me see an OS without kicking up a fuss.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on November 29, 2011, 11:06:32 PM
Hi Nick,

Thanks for your input.

I have NEVER been in so much pain !!! It is just getting worse.

Saw a link on your website to Dr David Connell's study into alcohol ablation. He is now based in Melbourne next to the sports medicine clinic I go to. Will ask my sports physician and knee surgeon about it. I just can't handle the pain anymore.

My surgeon's rooms rang to say my OS has looked at MRI and was "fine". Really hate when they say that. No new changes apart from fat pad. So will discuss it with him on Monday.

Only 5 days to go till I see my surgeon. Bring it on !!!
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on December 01, 2011, 06:32:57 AM
Hi Everyone,

Feeling very drained by all the appointments I have been attending and just dealing with the intense pain in my right knee.

I saw my sports physician today and he has a different opinion of my right knee to my old physio. Very frustrating. He has suggested taking a step back and simplifying things as much as possible. Just thinks I need a bit of a break. Think he is right there. Apparently my MRI also shows bone edema. I think I will try some new things next year, but just feel burnt out by it all right now.

See my surgeon in 4 days. Who's counting ?
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on December 01, 2011, 07:20:13 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Sorry you are in a lot of pain still and not too long now till you see your OS again. Its great that you can turn to your sports physician before seeing your OS who has always been understanding and supportive through out your knee problems.

I am not back at work till Monday as I will be 33 tomorrow and will be going out tonight to my local cricket club and having a curry tomorrow evening with my family and friends. I had an early present today, my Boss was off work sick and has booked Monday off so will not see him till Tuesday!

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on December 04, 2011, 10:59:39 AM
Hi Nick,

I hope you had a great birthday !

Less than 24 hours till I see my surgeon, At least I will know by this tomorrow night. Just need a plan of action for treatment.

Been hard when different doctors think different things.

Just been to a fiend's hubby's 40th birthday party. It was fun !
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on December 05, 2011, 08:53:47 AM
Hi All,

Just seen my knee surgeon. It was a good appointment and at least I know where I stand now.

He wants me to continue with strengthening but suggests I do things I enjoy. My surgeon thinks that golf would be good for me as well as walking and cycling. Said not to bother with physio and to limit my appointments. He understands that it is hard and frustrating too.

My MRI looked quite good and no real changes. He thinks my quads are quite good.

He said there isn't a lot I can do about my arthritis and fat pad. Got crepitus too but is expected with my knee.

We talked about injections but said they don't work that well in my case.

I don't have to go back at this stage.

Will be if it doesn't change.

Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Clarkey on December 06, 2011, 05:16:35 PM
Hi Kirsty,

Glad your appointment with your OS went well and my OS also said he cannot do much with the fat pad but he did have to trim it so must have been a problem. Cannot do much about arthritis as your cannot prevent it from getting worse. Golf involves a lot of walking and may just want to play 9 holes to start of with and see how it goes from there.

Nick :) {2011} :)
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Amandasharp on November 17, 2013, 05:01:22 AM
Hi -- I know it's been a while since you've been here, but I was wondering how your recovery is... my friend is considering hte same surgery. Is it worth it? Has the dislocation stopped? Are you in a lot of pain still?

Any advice would be helpful!
Thanks.
Title: Re: Kirsty's Right Knee Chrondroplasty and Trochleoplasty
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on June 10, 2014, 01:07:21 PM
My results from the trochleoplasty have been great.

Although a painful operation I would definitely recommend this operation if you are the right candidate.