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.

       

4 comments:

  1. So glad to hear your good news, and that you are moving! I wish you a full and speedy recovery!
    Alyce

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  2. oh my! As a woman with a bad knee, I am intrigued with your journey! Best of luck on the road to recovery!!

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  3. I have been worried about you! So glad everything went smoothly! 14 steps? NO BIGGIE! Keep using your CPM machine & stay on top of your meds...they give them to you for a reason! Enjoy physical therapy! Ride the bike...when you can! HUGS! wendy 1stgradefireworks

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