Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pretty eventful week

The knee on the left was replaced 6 years ago and the one on the right was replaced 5 years ago. Different surgeons, different outcomes, different scars. The left knee never was quite right. I found out 3 years ago that the appliance itself was broken. So...

Tuesday, I had my left knee replacement revision surgery. Everything went well; he replaced only the tibial portion and that will be much better in terms of recovery. Dr. Carter said it came right off in his hand. I'm thinking that means I picked a good time to go on and get it done.

Since then, I've been pleasantly surprised at the recovery thus far. I've had a bandage on that has a date on it, sort of like do not open before Christmas.

Everything looks good. The drainage was there the first time I looked at it in the hospital, so it's not a big problem. Look at the bend in that thing!

It's not for everyone, but here's how it looked today when the nurse took the bandage off. I almost cried when I saw it. It's fairly straight and it sure looks like they pushed together a lot of the old scar to make it less gnarly. There are still markings from the surgery and a clear bandage on that won't come off until my first visit with Dr. Carter on November 9. I couldn't be happier with the first peek.

I'm already weaning off the pain meds and haven't had stabbing pain like with the other two; it's been more of an ache. I'm using the continuous passive motion machine a couple hours a day and have it up to 84° at first measurement by the PT the other day.

There's a lot more work to do, but I think I'm up to the task. I will see the PT tomorrow and we'll probably do some more exercises. I suspect I'll be going to outpatient PT in no time.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Cigs suck

I've quit smoking so many times. Hell, I've not smoked probably as much as I've smoked. I picked it up again when driving cross-country in the spring. And now it's time to stop, a-fucking-gain. What a mess. Now I go through three days of hell as my cost for smoking for 5 months.

Smoking - do I love it or do I hate it? I gain nothing by doing it except for diminished health. I gain everything by not doing it.

Today is the day. I have 2 cigarettes left. There are stores everywhere that sell more. For today, I will not buy any.

To be honest, Winnie has some. I need to make a declaration that I will not bum. I'm hedging. Why?

Today, I will not buy.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Knee replacement #3 scheduled!

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!