Incoming - WNKRRD!

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  1. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    Wife's new knee replacement replacement day. Actually, out for delivery is probably the more accurate status - she's apparently still in surgery after about 5.5 hours. She's gonna be hungry when she wakes up.

    She's had both knees replaced, so this is #3. Actually, I always suspected I would be her third knee replacement - right knee, left knee, weenie. The left one apparently worked a little loose and has gotten worse over time, causing her a lot of pain walking. She reverted to a cane a few months ago and has been using a walker (at doc's request) for about a month.

    She did her preop testing two weeks ago and was very happy to see a sign at the facility (not where the surgery is being done but same network) that they were allowing one visitor per person at their facility. Seems they were taking the term "facility" very literally - when the hospital called, they said no visitors. Where she got tested was at a cancer center at another hospital - turns out her co-worker's wife is going to that hospital for surgery tom'w, and it's the same rule. No visitors. And that hospital is right across the street.

    For years, I've been teasing her for each of her various surgeries - "I'll drop you off and pick you up when you've recovered." And that's pretty much what it is this time - dropped her off just before 10 AM and I won't see her again until she's discharged. Which made her very not happy, especially because doc said he may keep her an extra night because it's a revision. For me, it meant instead of sitting at the hospital until about 8-9 PM, I came home and tried to work about half the day, ate McDonald's instead of hospital food, and I get to sit in a comfortable chair.

    But if she can get back to walking normally and with no (or at least minimal) pain, it's all worth it. I told her the easy part is over after today. Next up is a couple months of therapy just to get functional. Based on past experience, she doesn't expect to feel 'normal' for about a year. And after 40 years of knowing me, she knows not normal!
     
  2. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Hope all goes well Alan.
     
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  3. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Positive vibes for a successful surgery, and a speedy recovery.
     
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  4. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Here's hoping that you both experience a positive recovery time and pattern.
     
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  5. Huggy B

    Huggy B Whiizzz

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    Wishing a safe surgery & speedy recovery.
    I'm no stranger to pain, hope it makes it manageable and raises her quality of life.
     
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  6. Tosca

    Tosca Zombie 10, DFZ

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    Best wishes for a speedy and uneventful recovery. We all know that woman is a saint, and deserves no less.
     
  7. Tucson Thump

    Tucson Thump Mint Heavy Relic

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    With this being her third she knows the drill: Her job is rehab! May everything go perfectly.
     
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  8. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    I hope it is uneventful.
     
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  9. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    Crossing all my fingers and toes!
     
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  10. Warmart

    Warmart Fani PRSi

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    Best wishes for successful surgery and recovery!
     
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  11. danktat

    danktat Award winning tattoo artist ... Amateur guitarist

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    There was a guy I used to train with at my dojo that had both knees replaced. He trained hard, as if he had never had surgery. BUT, the caveat was that, the new knees were like car parts. At some point, depending on how you drive it, they will wear out and need to be replaced again.....like breaks, or tires. He explained it like the human body has the power to heal itself. So, if you can keep your own parts, and they can heal properly, then you should keep those. But, even if a synthetic part is an "upgrade" to the original, it can't heal itself. So, once it breaks down, if you live long enough, at some point you will have to replace it again.

    I hope she gets a part that holds up for the longest possible time. Best of luck to her.
     
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  12. Egads

    Egads One, Two, THIRTEEN!

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    Good luck to you both.

    Go turn it up for a little while!
     
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  13. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    They made her wait a long time for the first replacement. She had tears of various things in both knees, including the ACL in the right knee. They never repaired that - her doc at the time said with her lifestyle it wasn’t worth the pain and rehab (doc had torn his in high school and never repaired it). Over time, she lost more cartilage, developed arthritis, and the knees just deteriorated. But they made her wait until she was 50 because, as you said, they wear out. The polite way they put it is they “delay the surgery so you don’t have to do it again”. The translation is, “We’re betting on you dying before it wears out”. No idea what caused this one to work loose, but hopefully the new one stays put.

    I’m lucky in that area - she never complains about how loud I play downstairs.

    The TV and radio, on the other hand... my next few nights of sleep will be quite peaceful because I’ll be able to turn the radio up because it won’t keep her up. Normally it would also mean the metal station, but SiriusXM has a Prince channel right now.

    Thanks again to everyone for the good wishes!
     
  14. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    I'm starting to think that I'm in this category for my right hip.
    Best of luck.
     
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  15. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    Rough experience made all the worse by the current times we are living in.

    I feel for you both, and wish a speedy and good recovery!
     
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  16. Iceman101

    Iceman101 There's always room for one more.....

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    Best wishes and good luck to the both of you.
     
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  17. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    I hope all went well...and I'm sure you'll keep her going strong...never a dull moment, most likely.;)
    Good thoughts to you both, Alan!!!!
     
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  18. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Hope everything went well, and wishes for a speedy recovery!
     
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  19. DISTORT6

    DISTORT6 NJ Devil

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    Good luck to you both!
    I’m looking into getting grease fittings for my knees. :p:D
     
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  20. Fro

    Fro New Member

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    Prayers sent for a speedy recovery.
     
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