I went to the joint replacement class and pre-op appointment today. The class was very helpful! Lots of useful tips from the best way to use the ice machine (freeze 12 oz water bottles to use inside the machine instead of ice cubes) to lots of talk about constipation and bowel movements. No topic was off limits. Quite entertaining! I was able to meet all of the other knee replacement patients that will be having surgery the same week as I am. I was the youngest one of the bunch! Not sure how I feel about that. I've been really anxious about things and wondering if I am making the right decision. I had a long conversation with my surgeon. I am scheduled to have a patellofemoral partial knee replacement but I have talked to a lot of people who say "why don't you just do a total and be done with it?" The doc thinks I will do great with either option and he's not at all opposed to doing a total. His thoughts are if the rest of the knee is in good shape, the partial will be more natural and preserve my knee. The partial will last a long time, but it will very likely need to be revised at some point and I will end up with a total at that point. I consented to have him make the best decision based on what he finds when he opens up the knee. He's the expert and I trust him completely. If he sees other areas that are showing signs of degeneration/wear, he will do a total. This is my second surgery with him. He's a little younger than me, so I know he will be around to fix things later. I can't tell you how many of my health care providers have announced their retirement in the past year, so this has become important to me...lol! Before I left, I ended up getting a cortisone shot in my other knee since that has been hurting a lot and will need to take the extra load for a while. It will be interesting to see how long the relief lasts. It definitely makes me realize the level of pain that I have. One knee feels great and the other one...not so good. I think I have gotten so accustomed to pain, it's become really hard to rate it. I need to call the doc's office tomorrow because I just discovered my adorable kitten decided she had a new toy and has punctured the bags with the Hibiclens cleanser and sponges that I left on the counter while I brought everything into the house. D'oh!