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Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Fie, Jan 12, 2011.

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  1. Fie

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    Hi my name is Fiona and I live in Kerikeri, New Zealand. I have osteoarthritis in both knees and have been waiting for five years for replacments. I had a fall in 2005 that took 18 months for the issues that were at first thought to be a problem with my back and hips. The problem did not get better and then they decided that the problem was my knee, a referal to a specialist and a clear out of the knee and then (what to me was the worst news) I had Osteoarthritis in my knee.

    Then another fall (in which I fell so that I did not land on the left knee) ended up damaging the right knee and having another referal to the specialist, another clean out and again the bad news of another knee with Osteoarthritis.

    My surgeon did not want to do a knee replacement as he believed I was to young and too overweight. He was right about the overweight as I 5foot 3 inches tall and weighted at that time 135kgs. In the time since the first visit I have worked my way down to 104kgs, I would love to have lost more but it is hard to carry out any long session of exersice when the pain rules your life.

    I am now walking with two crutches, on OxyContin 20mg 2xdaily, OxyNorm 10mg 1xdaily, I can not take anti-imflaitory drugs, they caused gastric reflux, cortisone injections stopped working a year ago so they are no longer a help. I work full time and am the bread winner in my family. It is hard to cope with every thing that is going on at the moment..

    So here I was sitting waiting to make it to the waiting list for the operation. July 2009 I got the notifiation that I had made it to the list and was to have my operaton in 6 months time. I was informed on the 11th January that my operation was scheduled for the 28th January, all of a sudden it has become a reality and I am not sure that I am ready for this.

    What is going to happen, what can I expect, how will I cope. :th_yahoo:It a happy, scary thought. I have the bought the Total Knee Replacement & Rehabilitation (The Knee Owner's Manual), written by Daniel Burgioni and Jeff Falkel I have found this really good but I would like to have any help, comments, advice from people who are going through this at the same time would be greatly apprciated.

    Looking forward to hearing back from you.
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    To start, you are already a lot smaller than I was when I had my knee done! Your BMI is presently 40, mine was 45. But just before I retired from hospital work, I looked after a lady whose BMI was 60! And she did just fine. (Had a hernia or two in the operating theatre but that's all in the line of duty!) (j/k!)

    Mostly it's all covered in that book which seems to have become our bible. But other than that, you can expect to be pain free from day one - free of your present pain, anyway.

    Are they going to do both knees at once? If both knees are that bad, it's often a good idea as the unoperated knee can make it tough to rehab the operated one.
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    Hi Fiona, welcome! Spend some time reading through the website. It's been a great help to me. Like you, I'm kinda anxious...mostly the fear of the unknown! I figure if you're at the point of replacement, it's like standing at the top of a mountain...can't go back...just gotta JUMP! Remember, one day at a time!
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    Fiona...Welcome to BoneSmart. Great group of people here who will get you through your prep, replacement and recovery. I am a stong believer that knowledge is power. There is an absolute plethora of information in the Library on this site as well as the book.

    Never think that any questions you have are silly or stupid. There is no such thing! Besides if there were such questions, I have asked them all!!!

    This is a great opportunity for you to journal your journey. Keep posting on this thread as you prepare. You never know who your experiences might help! We are all here to encourage each other. Again welcome!
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    Fiona....I'm glad you started your own thread where we can chat. You're going to be just fine, hon!!! You need this surgery to get your life back. It is going to make such a difference for you once you are through recovery.

    I'm not saying there won't be challenges....but, my goodness....look what you've been through already while waiting to have it done! And your accomplishment of losing all that weight. You have shown great courage and determination and that will serve you well once you are in healing mode.

    Please do let us know whatever it is that concerns you. Armed with information, those fears aren't nearly so great. God bless you.....you're already a superstar!! And more to come....
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    Fiona,
    Welcome! The anxiety is completely normal, but at the same time try and work in some excitement for yourself! You are about to feel better then you have in a long, long time. Read the book, but make sure you read everything that is listed in the library. There is more information then you can believe, and there is always someone on this site to talk to, even in the middle of the night, it's great!! Every question is important, and you will ALWAYS find an answer. Congrats on getting your new knee very soon.
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    Thanks for the great welcome. I wish that they would do both knees but they do not seem to do that here in NZ. Maybe I will be able to talk them into it at Joint Camp next week.
    What a funny name Joint Camp, makes me thinks that I am going into the army and about to head to Boot Camp to be exersised within an inch of my life and yelled at cause I can not climb the rope ladder. LOL
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    Has any one tried this recipe for making an ice pack, 2 cups of rubbing alcohol and four cups of water in a one gallon ziploc bag? Does it work?
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    Several folks have used the recipe. It is soft like the cool paks you buy.

    Where I work we get lots of ice packs, so I asked for some smaller ones. Took them home and put two in a gallon zip lock. They hang over your knee and cool the sides. One warning..do not put any ice pack directly on your skin because it will freezer burn!
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    It definitely works, but you might want to double bag it just in case one bag springs a small leak....that can happen.
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    My Granddaughter used to get so caught up in what she was doi0ng that sometime she suddenly realises that she need to desperately go to the toilet. Her antic in getting to the toilet have been named the Piddle Dance.:th_heehee:

    She was staying with me over Xmas and watched me try to do the Piddle Dance with my crutches and had hysterics, :rolf: I have just realised that when I have the surgery it is going to be even funnier doing the piddle dance.
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    :rolf: Well, at least you know it's a dance that won't last forever.
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    Any suggestiona as to what to take with me to the hospital other than my knee replacment book??
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    Look in the Library. There's a couple of threads in there about that. One in General FAQs and the other in Knee FAQs.
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    Welcome FIE,
    I am taking books on CD with me to the hospital. I would like to read instead of listen but realize I'll have a problem getting the book off the floor when I fall asleep and it drops. I bought the bible on CD both old and new testament so that will keep me busy. I'm going to leave the Revelations disc at home... couldn't imagine the nightmares with the pain meds...
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    I must admit there were a number of times that the Piddle dance did not work and there was a piddle puddle as I made my way to the pottie. As much as pain medications help with pain, they also decrease sensations to go to the pottie! Also since I have breached TMI (too much information)...pain meds have an aweful way of causing constipation. Be sure to get some stool softeners (NOT laxatives) and take them as a precaution.:th_blush:
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    Many thanks for that info. I am actually begining to think that the use of pads might yet agian be on the horizon. (in the intrance of TMI. Menopause has made pads redundant) The loo is not that far away but even now my timing is very fine. So pads go on the shopping list as well as lots and lots of pillows and ICE PACKs.

    I have not had a very good few days pain wise and sleep is in short supply, temper is shitty and my partner has to take the brunt of it. At the moment I really do not care if I hurt his feelings I am feeling selfish and need to look after me not anybody else. :th_2tantrum2:

    Got to go as dinner is ready. :smile:
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    Welcome to Bonesmart. It's been a lifesaver for me and hopefully it will be for you too.
    As to what to bring to the hospital, I found they keep you so busy with one thing and another, plus the meds that keep you foggy -- you won't need much. I certainly wouldn't have been able to read. Forget p.j's or gown, The hospital ones are the best. You might want a robe that's easy to put on so your backside is covered when the P.T. makes you walk. I had my cell phone. They give you footies so you won't need slippers. You'll wear home what you wore to surgery.
    As to the piddle dance, you might get some pads like Poise. After the Foley catheter you'll lose some of the ability to control for awhile so some extra insurance is always good. I didn't wear underpants in the hospital; only since I've been out.
    I do so understand about being on top of a mountain and no place to go. I felt like I had no choice. It was either increasing pain for the rest of my life or have the replacement. I found that having the replacement is so much better. As Nike says, "just do it." Good luck.

    Ann
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    I went shopping today and ended up hiring a wheel chair which made my trip so much better, but made me sad that I am not able to do all the things that I used to do. Roll on the 28th and a new knee and a new lease of life.
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    :thmb: I agree!!!
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