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[TKR] PolarBear60's Stryker Triathalon Journey (Left)

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Tomorrow's the day. I'm posting this while I'm alert and optimistic. If I wait until tomorrow, I might select a title like "Kill me now!" or some such thing. I have a hospital show time of 8:45 am with a scheduled surgery at 9:45 am. I should be awake and in some form or misery or euphoria by early afternoon. I'll have the phone with me, so when I reach the point where I'm coherent enough to get around to posting, I'll drop back in for a few minutes.

You guys who have been through this will know better than I do right now when that is likely to be. Hey, @sabbath . Hope you're doing well.
 

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Good Luck tomorrow @PolarBear60 ,
Here's the post op reading for you,

First are the BoneSmart mantras ....
- rest, elevate, ice and take your pain meds by the clock
- if it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physiotherapist - to do it to you
- if your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again
- if you won't die if it's not done, don't do it
- never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lie down, never stay awake when you can go to sleep!
- be active as much as you need to be but not more than is necessary, meaning so much that you end up being in pain, exhausted or desperate to sit down or lay down!

Next is a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) thread.

And here are some very crucial articles
The importance of managing pain after a TKR and the pain chart
Myth busting: no pain, no gain
Swollen and stiff knee: what causes it?
Activity progression for TKRs

Healing: how long does it take?
Chart representation of TKR recovery
Energy drain for TKRs
Elevation is the key
Ice to control pain and swelling

Home physio (PT) and activity progress: suggestions
Myth busting: the "window of opportunity" in TKR
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds
Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

And then some wise words from members who have shared their experiences ...
Where are you in recovery?? (TKR)
Five “P’s” of knee recovery
TKR: work “smarter” and not “harder”
Recovering a knee - from one who knows!
It's never too late to get more ROM!
It's worth the wait for ROM

Look forward to seeing you here tomorrow,
 

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Just think, tomorrow starts the journey back to being able to do things again! Good luck tomorrow and if it's like mine you'll be astounded at the lack of pain.
 

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Just do it, remember the first two weeks are the worst. Take it easy, ice, elevate rest and take your meds. You can vegetate as much as you need to. Praying for ya. Should we start a betting pool on when he awakes and can pull it together?


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Hang in there..try to get some sleep tonite....I think you will be surprised with the pain you Actually have to the pain you Thought you would have....Keep on top of the meds and you will be home before you know it! See ya on the other side!
 

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Go polarbear! Waky you dude!
We are waiting on a report.
Good drugs huh? Feel anything below the waist? Watch the walls they are going to move on ya. The drugs made me feel like I was in a cartoon for two days. Enjoy your rest you have PT the next day.


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Pool is up! Bear will respond in 3 hours after they bring the bear back to the room.

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All done! Other than nausea, feeling good.


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BE sure to eat something with every pain pill---crackers and peanut butter worked for me.
 

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Good deal!

Avoid the liquid diet chicken soup, I was nauseous and thought broth might be easy on the tummy. I think it was 50% salt, I barfed, un-fun I tell ya!
 

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Jello, yea, I use to play with mine, on the pain meds it was fun watching it jiggle. Welcome back from the dark side.


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PT came in a couple hours ago. Sat me up. Transferred to a chair. Barfed. Back to bed. Knee bends well. No pain. I could lift it without any problems. Will be in a CPM machine for about half an hour more today.

Plan is to walk tomorrow.

I nibbled at dinner and barfed. Trying different anti-nausea and got next dose of pain meds.

Pain is at 0-1. Life is good.

Oh, they did a spinal, so I anticipate more pain tomorrow as that wears off, right?


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Hi Jean - so pleased your surgery is over. Once they get the nausea under control, you will feel a lot better. You may want to browse these nutritional articles, when you feel up to it.

I thought you might like to get a snapshot of where you are in the process of healing.

The following is a link to an article which provides the current science regarding the healing beneath and around the implant and the medically acknowledged approximate timeframes for our bodies healing phases and processes.

Healing Phases & Nutrition

Nutrition plays a huge part in surgical recovery, in fact it is one of the 'forgotten topics' of recovery..

This second link is to other nutritional articles which you may find interesting, including one relating to bone health.

Nutritional advice for pre op and recovery

This third link refers to my ongoing research..

nutritional-snippets-did-you-know
 

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