Hello All! I have been reading this forum for several months and have learned more here than with any OS or PT. Thank you all for sharing your jour(knees), the ups and downs, the tips on icing, elevating, pushy phys therapists and on and on. I soaked it all up like a sponge and feel prepared to set the date for new knee(s). I've been dealing with the arthritic knees for the last 3 years...cortisone, meniscus repair, gel injections, PT blah blah blah. I knew that it was finally time for replacements. I'm waiting until October 2018 when I am eligible for Medicare and can say Adios to my ridiculously high deductible insurance plan that has been in effect for the last 3 years. I've had this time to meet with my OS and was actually scheduled for LTKR last March 2018. Until I read here about nickel sensitivity/allergy which I have. My husband said he married me because I can't wear gold! She (OS) doesn't use a nickel free implant and referred me to a colleague who does. We set the new surgery date for May 2018. After much thought, the hubs and I decided to enjoy our summer at the beach and let Medicare treat me to new knees for my birthday. And a Lounge Doctor. I want one of those for my birthday. And good ice packs or a Polar Ice. I don't know if there is a place for my thread since I'm 4 months out, but I wanted to drop in, introduce myself, and THANK YOU all for sharing your stories. I has helped this beach bum immensely!