Saturday, August 30, 2014

My Journey Through a Knee Replacement Update



Update on my NEW knee!

My surgery time was changed because the insurance company approved using the navigational laser at the last minute. So glad they did because I know it helped out my wonderful surgeon! The hardest part at the hospital was when they did the spinal block so that I wouldn't feel anything from my waist down.  My sons were waiting to be able to see me and never got to. That also was the longest part of my being in the recovery room. I couldn't feel anything and it is so weird when your brain is telling a part of your body to move and it doesn't move. I was in recovery for many hours waiting on the block to go away so they could put me in a room. The physical therapist came in the next day and I walked down the hall about 50% of the way and was rolled down the rest.  I walked into the PT room and saw the steps. YIKES!  The good news is that I did 20 steps. I have 14 at my house that I had to climb and it was not as hard as I thought it would be. What I learned is that you do not get rest in a hospital. I had someone coming into my room like every 30 minutes or every hour.  I couldn't get any sleep. Before I left I had to sit and wait on the walker and 3 in 1 commode to be delivered to my room.  The journey home was wonderful and just knowing that my bed was waiting on me to get some sleep. I slept most of the night and only woke up take pain medicines.  This morning when I woke up I realized that what I normally do was quickly going to be rearranged.  Now I just need to sit and read the mounds of paperwork to see what my life is going to become during the day time besides using my CPM machine. My son just brought me some watermelon and I can't tell you how yummy it is! Got to run and eat this yummy stuff and take some pain medications.

       

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Journey Through a Knee Replacement!!!


I haven't written a post in quite a few weeks and there is a good reason why.  I have been consumed with getting my classroom ready for school. I have also been busy visiting the cardiologist, primary care physician, and dentist to get clearance for my total knee replacement.  I have suffered with this knee for over two years now and I didn't realize how much this knee pain was impacting my social and emotional health.  As I think back on last Christmas I remember my granddaughter asking me to come into her room to play with her dolls.  I couldn't get over the safety gate that was in her door and it wasn't one you could just open and go through.  It impacts me more today then it did then, or at least it feels that way.  It has been such a slow reduction in my quality of life and I had given up all social events or challenges.  Hey, if the Dollar Tree is a challenge then you know you are in trouble, right?  

Okay, so tomorrow I am having my bad knee removed (may it rest in peace) and having my new, good knee put in.  I am hoping and praying that all goes well.  This may sound strange, but I am so glad that this is happening tomorrow.  It is such a relief at this point because I have been in so much pain.  I didn't talk about how much pain I was in at school but it you watched me getting up, walking or sitting down, you knew.  I know this isn't teacher/education related but teachers are real people too and this is REAL! 

A lot of preparation has gone into this since July and I am ready.  My continuous passive motion machine (CPM) was delivered today and set up to meet my needs.  I got to try it on for size to see how it would feel once I get home.  If you don't know what a CPM is just google it or look it up on YouTube and there are plenty of videos to watch.  So tomorrow is "day one" of my journey to healing and I am looking forward to blogging about so that I can help others that may be going through the same thing.  The tough part was leaving my classroom of 21 first graders behind for a few months while I go through rehabilitation.  My prayers were answered and the teacher that I was hoping could do the job is doing it and I am at peace!  I am closing with a scripture that I have clung to for years: Psalm 56:3 "what time I am afraid, I will trust in thee".                 

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