Part of me being so obsessive and prepared is because of the nightmare I went thru with my hip. I dont know if being prepared would have prevented what I went thru, but it would have had me better informed. This time I am VERY prepared and VERY informed..
I just hope it all helps and I wake up tomorrow... thats my first real ask of this whole deal....
I've got my internet back so I can add one more item to your list. Don't forget to eat something you love tonight. I lost my appetite both times and didn't enjoy any of my usual loves. The only thing I wanted was salads bug because I was on warfarin I couldn't have them.
I'm obsessing about post op infection with some rare virus/bacteria (rabies). I just got back from Ebola-land 2 months ago and am convinced I have an undetected infection that will cause parasites to invade my new knee. Top that for obsessions, Diane[emoji1]. My doc recommended Xanax as treatment for the rabies!
One last thing to obsess about, Diane (sorry, I am trying to distract you!). Stinky shoes. I have this ONE pair that I have obsessively practiced with. What if we get the dreaded shoe-stink??? God forbid we gross out our PT people.
I have a WAREHOUSE of those socks between my multi hospital visits, and the 2 my husband just had, we are stocked and Im sure I will get more. Eating, already is not even on my mind. I will have a cup of hungarian mushroom soup from fresh market in a bit, and a protein shake at about 9, and thats about all I can handle. The anxiety is already taking over., We went to Outback Sunday and I had red meat, which I rarely have, to get some iron in me, and a spinach salad yesterday. Today just not interested in food.
@sheliac DONT even THINK that "I" word around me..., I LIVED (barely) thru an infection with my hip replacement...
<gulp> OS office just called, to confirm all systems go, for 5am tomorrow...Shizzle is getting real now...
I will start my recovery thread right before I take my sterilization shower tonight, then "try" to get a few hours sleep..
My son just stopped by to wish me well and give me a big hug for luck...
I guess Im as ready as I can be.... (barring the zombie apocalypse thing)
Just try to keep a sense of humor with everything. I think it's great that your surgery is so early. You'll have it done and over with early in the day. Speak up if/when you have pain that the meds aren't helping. If you don't like something with your care or nurses ask to speak to the Nursing Supervisor. There is at least on present in the hospital 24 hours a day. That's the last of the advice I can give you. Remember any pain you have will only diminish over time unlike the pain you have now that will only continue and worsen.
Hi @dianehelen just wanted to wish you everything of the best for tomorrow just think this time tomorrow it will all be over and we will be welcoming you onto the other side. Hang in there try to get a little shut eye at least you have an early morning surgery, and just as everyone else has said dont let them hurt you and keep those pain meds coming on time. See you on the other side.
I feel for you and the anxiety . I'll be waiting to hear for you from the other side. And yes, yes, yes, keep the sense of humor. You will rock this surgery-- I've read your every post. You've got this!!!!
My friend one last wish for you, please try to get some rest, try to RELAX.
I called the hospital, no nurse strike has been scheduled, all cyanide has been removed from the premises, they have warned PT about being gentle, all zombies are being detained until your arrival and the police escort will be picking up your OS on time, all systems are go!!!
I hope to see an update from you sometime tomorrow just to let us know how good you are doing
Morning! I am new to this site. I have enjoyed all of the information that is being shared. I had a TRK replacement a year ago tomorrow. 9/29/15. Today I have an appointment with a revision specialist. I have an unstable knee. I found out from this second surgeon that my PCL was cut during surgery and that the proper implant was not used. Therefore I live in fear of falling. I cannot do even the tiniest incline at the one year mark because of instability. I have no tendons holding my knee together. I was missing my ACL going into the surgery but my PCL was present on the pre surgery MRI. I obtained copies of my OR notes that say my PCL was in place......and now is not there. Hmmm. I went to PT 3X week for 6 months and had to relearn how to walk. I kept telling my OS that my knee was not stable. He kept attributing it to nerve damage that takes a long time to heal. I am scared to death that revision is my only option for an improved quality of life. I too cannot do stairs but one foot at a time. This has been a major detriment to my quality of life. I need encouragement about having the revision done. I have been through a terrifically difficult year to get to this point. I can now walk short distances - not my 3 mile daily hike pre surgery - but I am scared to death to have poor outcome AGAIN. Please share your experiences with me!