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

  1. KarriB

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    Getting into a taxi is a real pain! Laundry wouldn’t be an issue if your laundry is on the same floor, but navigating steps a few times a day the first few weeks can be an issue.
     
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    Thank you, I think I'm just making myself more scared of what to expect. And no I don't know anyone in my area, I have always been a quite loner since I lost my husband. As the surgery gets closer I'm getting a little scared. I don't want to go to a Rehab center and I have two dogs that will need to be kenneled while I'm in the hospital. I have purchased a dog door so my dogs can go outside without me, a bath bench, a shower wand, a raised toilet seat with handles, an Ice Therapy System for my knee, a bed rail and a chair rail for my couch, a long shoe horn, and some thing to help me put my socks on. I have a walker and crutches from when I injured my knee.

    I think I may be going overboard but I'm scared of what to expect.
     
  3. Celle

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    It sounds as if you're well prepared, and I think you'll find that you manage OK.

    You do need to think about transport, though, because it will probably be about 4-6 weeks before you can drive again.

    You'll need to get to the surgeon's office for checkups, to the pharmacy to pick up medications, and to the store for perishable groceries.
    Is there a taxi service you can use?
    Is there a supermarket that will deliver

    It might be a good idea to have your dogs kenneled for a little longer, at least a few more days after you get home. How will you get them home from the kennels?
     
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    I'm thinking of Uber to get around. My supermarket does deliver which is great. I hope to have most food on hand prior to the surgery, at least I hope so. You may be right to keep the dogs away for a few days. I just don't want to go to Rehab. And I'm afraid of the pain that I'll be in.
     
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    Be sure to talk with your medical team about your concerns for pain management. Your pain should be under control before you leave the hospital or they don't release you. That doesn't mean it can't become an issue once you're home, so you need to know what your options for management once home are going to be. These days most prescription pain medications are only doled out in small amounts, so you may need to go to the doctor's office to pick up a prescription (they cannot call them in to the pharmacies anymore) and then either go have it filled or have someone else do it for you. This may be your biggest challenge if you absolutely have no one who can help you. You need to discuss this with your social worker when you're in the hospital. Same with having someone to pick you up. I don't believe they will release you to a taxi or even a medical transport service. If you'd like to pursue this BEFORE you go in hospital, that would probably be smart. Call your surgeon's office and ask to talk with his nurse. You need to know what options may be available for you.
     
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    We have a pharmacy that delivers. If that’s an option for you it would be one less transport to worry about.
     
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    I was your age and went home alone. Had to learn a few shortcuts but not difficult. I have one dog and I had a neighbor let him in and out till I was able.


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    I know I was quizzed about having someone take me home and I don't know if they would have "required" I have someone with me the first night but they were pleased I did.


    I know that though I did have friends who were able to take me to PT, I did get prescriptions delivered. I'm not sure if my pharmacy routinely delivers but they did do it until I could drive. Since I have a few regular prescriptions that was very helpful. One less ride to have to ask for.
     
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    Hello @tracebann

    Please will you tell us the full date of your knee replacement and which knee it is, so we can make a signature for you? Thank you.:flwrysmile:
     

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