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Pain Pills, Blood Clots and other things

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

This morning was yet another rough morning. The pain pills take away enough of the pain to help me sleep off and on during the night but every time I get up to go to the bathroom, which is a lot, I have serious stiffness and pain in my right leg. This morning I decided to call the Nurse's line.

Margaret was concerned, no so much because of the pain but because it seems to be getting a bit worse and I feel it in the back of my knee and in my calf. She said 'make an appointment with your PCP if you can'. My doctor fit me in but was unsure what she could do for me since she's not the one who usually manages pain after a surgery.

She sent me to Ultra Sound to check for blood clots. Well, that came out negative, another worry put down. Later today my surgeon called me and asked what I was feeling. She said "you know, you only had the surgery one week ago". So apparently this pain that I'm feeling is not so unusual. However, she did decide to add an anti-inflammatory to my medications. She had that listed in the first place but for some reason that neither Tom nor I can remember, her Physician's Assistant decided to take that off the list.

I have a good feeling about this last piece, because my leg is so obviously swollen. Tom just left to pick up the medication and I'm saying a small prayer that Costco will not give him a bad time - again!

And my expectations have been lowered - it will take more than a week for the pain to go away. I have decided to get up and walk the hallway every hour or so, that is when I'm not napping. I will also make sure I get in a few more icing sessions with my leg elevated. But I will be calm (or at least try to be) as I ride out the waves of pain that settle every now and then.

I had the nicest call from my son Colin today. Tom's birthday is April 3rd and while we never really celebrate his birthday - this year the day will be pretty much all about me. So Colin offered to come over and make dinner for us - inviting his sisters - so they can celebrate Tom's birthday! Totally makes me smile!
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    So sorry you're still in such awful pain! I really hope the anti-inflammatory medication gets it under control. And being surrounded by such a loving family surely helps in the healing.
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    I'm so glad that you have no blood clots. The good thing is that you're being very pro-active about the whole thing. I hope the meds will do the work and the pain is not so bad for you.
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    Whew, no blood clots is a very good sign, because I shudder a little bit whenever I hear that is a possibility. That is weird that the anti-inflammatory was removed from the meds following the surgery, but hopefully you have that now and it will help with the pain and swelling.

    It will be so nice having the family there with Colin cooking for Tom's birthday, and even though the dinner is really for you, I'm guessing, it will mean a lot to Tom and make him feel special and appreciated after being on call and in charge of the home since your surgery.
    1588 days ago
    The knee can take a while to recuperate.I am relieved there is no blood clot.Take care. emoticon
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    Glad it wasn't a blood clot. Hope the anti-inflammatory brings some relief!
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    i was scared when I read the title of your blog post, so I was relieved to read that there are no blood clots. I'm glad the additional medication was added, and I hope that helps. Glad you're continuing to push through this, but be careful. The additional exercise could be good and the additional icing will be good.
    You blog post ended on a great note. What an event to look forward to.
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    are the therapist coming into your home ? They came in 3 times a week for Mom ,plus the nurse came in 2 times a week. She was on the machine also thru out the day the machine that would push her knee back.Praying you have less pain and it will go away
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    It's a slow go dear Kathy but you have the grit and determination to hang in and hang on! emoticon

    Did they give you guidelines for how much walking to do and when? Seems they have been a little bit sketchy about complete instructions on things. Do you have a little journal to keep track of all of the million little things you need to review. Sending love and light my friend! emoticon
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    You have a nice Son. Sure hope the new meds works for you. emoticon
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    Hoping you are feeling better--Lynda
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    Sure hope u feel better soon!

    I am happy your family is coming over, too. Enjoy!
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    hope you feel better, but sounds like tom will have a very nice Birthday
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    So glad that you didn't have a blood clot, those things can be nasty. And hopefully the anti-inflammatory med. will help. It's not good being in so much pain.
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    Glad that you got the anti-inflammatory med -- now to give it time to kick in.

    So happy that you'll get to celebrate your son's birthday together. That's awesome.
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    Thank you for the update... am so glad there are no blood clots and the surgeon was pretty matter of fact about how you are feeling. Here's hoping the anti-inflammatory as well as icing, elevating and walking will do the trick!! Good thoughts and gentle hugs coming your way... emoticon
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    So glad you have family to help you get through this. I'm sure the visit from your children will lift your spirits. The added times of elevation and icing sound like a good plan. emoticon
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