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Friday - mulling over my options

Friday, May 24, 2019

The end of the school year is arriving fast. I went to the doctor yesterday and got mixed assessment. My diagnosis was spot on - my little pinkie toe was broken and is healing just fine. My ankle and my knee were both sprained and I tore the ligament on the inside of my knee - again, healing and my treatments are exactly what he would recommend. Those were my positive news. Now, for the less thrilling news, my knees have deteriorated significantly in the past months and depending on my generally practitioner's assessment of my status as a surgical patient, we will probably be scheduling either a double or single knee replacement for sometime in the next month. He promised that it will likely be "the most painful procedure" I will ever have. I assured him that I was aware of both the pain potential and the risks.

Now, Ed and I are looking into the logistics for getting the surgery(ies), getting our heat pump replaced, and getting a new lawnmower (we have 5+ acres and our mower has died and a new recliner for me in case getting into bed proves to be too challenging. We think that I will probably need a ramp so I can get into the house after surgery. The stairs are likely to be a big obstacle for a while at least. I am afraid it will be later than I wanted, but I can go back to school in the fall in wheelchair or with a walker if need be and I don't heal as quickly as I plan to.

Ed wants to do everything IMMEDIATELY and in the most expensive way because "Nothing but the best for my mother will do!" I am frustrated that he can't seem to recognize that all that money doesn't grow on trees and that payments are up really fast!

I am placing this in God's hands now and am sure everything will work out. Maybe the lottery will suddenly drop millions in my lap - although, it is NOT something I expect, especially as I am not buying tickets.

He blessed and have a fantastic weekend!
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    There is a new kind of total knee replacement. A friend of mine had it 2 months ago. She was full weightbearing immediately after the surgery, and went home the next day. Never used a walker or crutches. I saw her last weekend, 6 weeks after the surgery. No swelling, full range of motion. Never took a pain pill after going home from the hospital. Look into it! http://minimallyinvasivesurgerymis.
    144 days ago
    have you looked into some type of assistant program to help with the heat pump and the ramp possible see if the surgery can be helped with by some sore of assistant by the same type of place (in Arizona we have Nacog that helped a friend of a friend get a cooler and a ramp and help fixing her car ) it is worth looking into possible even your church could help

    wow so much all at one time
    145 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Sounds like you are getting good advice from Spark family! You have a great attitude Nancy. Second opinion sounds reasonable. Bless Ed! This too shall pass. emoticon
    145 days ago
    I would recommend getting a second opinion because technology is constantly being updated. Having 2 knee Replacements at the same time might be too much to take on at once, but again you need to do research on that. It'll work out.
    145 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Yes, everything will work out....it always does! Take care of yourself as you await your necessary surgeries!
    145 days ago
    Two and a half years ago, I had a total knee replacement. I was up and walking that evening. It's painful, but it's tolerable. For the first couple of weeks after surgery, PT came to the house and I worked my knee here. There were exercises I was to do 3 times a day. The PT is the most important and it's necessary for proper healing. Steps and stairs did not pose a problem; I just was much slower until I was fully healed. I can't imagine why you would need a wheel chair. Before surgery, all the cartilage in my knee was gone and it was bone on bone. Walking created sooo much pain. After recovery, all that pain is gone. I've never been sorry that I had the surgery done. In my humble opinion, the doctor was totally unprofessional to tell you it will be "the most painful procedure" you've ever had. I disagree. I had a shoulder rotator cuff repair and I will never voluntarily have that done again. Sleeping (trying) in a recliner for 6 weeks was the pits.

    Good luck with the knees and your surgery.
    145 days ago
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