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On the road to knee number 3

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by newlybionic, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. newlybionic

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    So here I am back at the beginning again. It took two replacements on my left knee to get it right. After my recent vacation where my old knee just ached all the time and held me back I'm ready to jump in and get my right one replaced. It will be 13 months since my revision. I have confidence in my current OS who fixed my other knee after the first OS screwed up my replacement. It will be nice to not have any more knee problems holding me back. Because of work and my youngest daughter wanting to be with me it will be after tax day on April 17th. It will also be when I can have time available from work. I will have enough time so I can go back at half days in the beginning. The countdown is on!
     
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    Hurray for moving forward with this. When the time is right, you know.


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    I admire your determination, Marian.
     
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    Good decision, you deserve to have your life back.
     
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    I'm glad you have a date, Marian.

    Best wishes for April.
     
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    Hang in there! Hoping for the best.
     
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    I haven't discussed the date of my surgery with my boss yet. With my clinic being shut down because of flooding by a broken pipe he has a lot on his mind. We are doubling up with another dialysis center so I don't get home until 11pm some nights. Some days I start at 5:45 am. We are all tired and grouchy.
     
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    That's great news Marian. April is a good month for a TKR. I'll be following your thread!
     
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    That's an unbelievably long day!
     
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    Apart from the toll it's taking on you, is having staff working such long hours safe for your patients, Marian?
     
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    I worked 5:30 am to 4 pm. Picked up some dinner from a restaurant where they will bring it out to your car. I'm the only RN in the building with several dialysis techs working under my license. 13 patients constantly coming and going all day long. I've got physical assessments to do, check the machine settings and give meds. Plus lots of separate charting, calling doctors and calling in medications for patients. And always I have to handle medical problems as they arise. My legs and knees both swell. My bionic one has just very mild pain and stiffness. My old one just aches all day long. I still haven't told my boss the date of my surgery. We've got 2 more weeks and we should :fingersx: be back to out own clinic. I have pain medications but they are from my revision and I don't want to take any in case I'm asked to take a random blood test. They do include tramadol in their testing.
     
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    I hope your work slows down soon, you must be exhausted. Hope you are back at your clinic soon.
     
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    I've been having more pain in my old knee and in my bionic one. I've been working hours I'm not used to. Some nights I'm not home until 11pm. Some mornings I get up at 4:15 am. It's been really hard. I've been working every Saturday too. We were supposed to be back to our home clinic in 2 weeks but they found some mold growing after they ripped out some walls after the flood. Unfortunately it looks like it could be almost the end of March before we are 'home' again. I still haven't told my boss about my surgery date. I thought I would wait until this mess was done with but I guess I better tell him next time I see him.
     
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    Those are some long hours, I hope they're compensating you.
     
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    I'm sorry that work is imposing such stress on your knees, Marian.

    Yes, I think you need to inform your boss asap - and it wouldn't hurt to mention that the excessive hours have contributed to the deterioration of knee number two.
     
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    I was sitting talking to someone today and moved my leg slightly and my old knee gave me a very sharp pain that I gasped. He thought it was my bionic one but fortunately it isn't. That one is just a little stiff with a bit of swelling. I've been limping since then. I almost felt the need to go find my cane.
     
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    Please take care of yourself. It's really easy for things to go south pretty fast with these bum knees. Your work schedule is not doubt taking a toll on you.
     
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    We finally have a work schedule for next week. It's only being done a few days in advance as we continue to have to make changes everyday. I couldn't believe it when I saw it. I had told my boss yesterday the date I plan to have my knee done. He understood. I also told him I would try to come back a little earlier than after my revision but only at half time with the option of taking off a few more weeks if I need to. I'll have enough PTO by then so I'll have no problems. I have to work tomorrow for 11 hours. We are closed Sunday. Imagine my surprise when I saw I was off Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I'm working Thursday Friday and Saturday but less than 30 hours for the whole week. Who knows what next week will be.
     
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    Enjoy the extra time off - I hope he doesn't give you 6 x 11-hour days the week after!
    Is he not a very organised person?
     
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    Usually he is but this whole situation is just very disorganized with patients coming too late or too early. That with the shortened treatments it keeps everyone just running in circles. That plus I didn't leave there to close to 11 pm and I was finally relaxed at home at 12am. Now I've got to try to get to sleep early because I have to be up at 4:15am. I'll try to enjoy my short week.
     

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