Yes, number 3. The first one included a bad knee appliance that I didn't learn about until 3 years ago. It is holding it's own, but could go kaboom at any time, and that would be catastrophic. And so, it's time. I want to get this behind me.
I met with the physician and set everything up, and my hemoglobin A1c (diabetes long term indicator) came back at 7.6. Dr. Carter requires, and is stringent about, a 7.5 or lower. Grumble! I spoke with the scheduler and agreed to have it checked again in another month (last Thursday). Yesterday, I looked at the blood work and, blimey, it's 7.3! That means we're a go for October 25.
I'm glad to get this behind me so I can get on with walking and being me, and being able to not worry about it ever again.
James Dalles, MD, if you're reading this, you really messed me up 6 years ago. I didn't know it was a bum surgery until I had a good one a year after your amateur hour at my expense. I figured everyone had knee replacements that resulted in the same gnarly scar and extended rehab and pain that mine did. Nope, you're just a skunk doctor. I am forever grateful you left town and Dr. Anthony Carter was recommended as an alternative. Thanks to you, I get to have yet another knee replacement. Double grumble.
On the plus side, it will be Dr. Carter again this time. I'd recommend him to anyone. He's a world away from the first guy. It's unknown whether this will be a partial appliance replacement or a full, and he won't know until he goes in and sees the damage. Either way, this time next year, I'll be better than like new.
Let the surgery prep begin!