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Home Alone After Surgery

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Celle, Jun 21, 2015.

  1. KarriB

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    @Ewok , I know our nurse, Josephine went home alone and lives in a 2 story house. Like you, I went to a rehab until I could do the 13 steps to my home. This time though you’ll have a good knee (TKR) to use on the steps. Why don’t you try just using your TKR leg to climb the stairs, bringing your ouchy non-TKR leg up to the step. If you can do that now I imagine you can after surgery.
     
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    I was alone for double arthroscopy in Nov, and I will be alone for RTKR next month (Im single). I already know what it will be like for me. My main issue is being careful not to trip over my dogs (3 littles), or them jumping on my knee. Im freezing mre's right now.
     
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    @NDSunshine Do you have someone who can watch your dogs for a bit until you don’t have to worry about them jumping? You won’t be able to walk them for a while either, so if they need walked you may need to set that up as well.
     
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    Got that all covered. For pottying, I have potty pads that they know how to use. I won't walk them for the first 2 weeks, and when I do, I have a wheelchair that was given to me that I've been using off and on. If I have any problems, I have tons of support from church friends.
     
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    The frozen food, lol...My freezer is full of stuff I've made ahead, and it looks like a bunch of meh leftovers.
     
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    Is the CPM machine you refer to a machine that has ice in it and then attaches to a cuff that goes around your leg/knee ? Sounds like the game Ready machine I have in Perth WA. Some of you have said freeze water bottles and use them. That is a gem of an idea. Thank you.
     
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    A CPM is Continuous Passive Motion machine that moves/bends your knee for you. The machine you’re asking about sounds like an icing machine that pumps cold water into the cuff and around the knee, it’s different than the Game Ready which is super expensive. Frozen water bottles might be good for the back of the knee, but not the top. You need something that can wrap or form around the knee itself.
     
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    Thanks @karrieb
    Ah now I see the difference. I had the com machine in hospital and got to 105 with it before leaving. I really liked that machine. Yes the game Ready is the ice machine and cuff.
     
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    Game Ready is a bit different than an ice machine, I believe it also offers compression therapy and is a very expensive unit. You can get a regular icing machine for a lot less. My insurance actually sent me home from the hospital with an ice machine/cuff. Lots of TKRs use an ice machine, but I’ve only seen 1-2 members here on BS use a Game Ready.
     
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    ^Indeed. I think the GameReady is more for professional use and you might encounter it in a PT session like I did.
     
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    I was alone. No problems. Just plan ahead


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