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Thank goodness for Alexa

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by UACats70, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. UACats70

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    I just was reading through all my pre-op stuff. I have so much to do/remember before surgery. I put it all on my calendar and will ask Alexa what I am supposed to do each day... otherwise, I know I'd forget or get them mixed up.

    Twice a day for 5 days before surgery, put Mupirocin ointment in each nostril
    Twice a day for 3 days before surgery, wash body with Hibiclens
    Take two 200mg Celebrex for 2 days before surgery
    Take one 10mg extended release Oxycontin the morning of surgery

    Anyone else have all this precautionary measures?
     
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    Who's Alexa? Your daughter?
     
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    @Celle Oops, Forgot to mention it was the Amazon Echo. :heehee:
     
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    Different surgeons have different protocols. The ointment in your nose and the showers are fairly routine, as a precaution against any infection you may be carrying on your body. Some surgeons require you to do them for fewer days.

    Celebrex is a bit unusual, as many surgeons say to stop taking NSAIDS prior to surgery.
    The Oxycontin is part of your surgeon's pain relief protocol.
     
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    Thanks for explaining. I hadn't heard of it.
     
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    The Amazon Echo is a voice recognition speaker and automation device. The code word to "wake her up" is "Alexa" Here's a short video on it. I bought my husband one for Christmas.

    I've incorporated my calendar with it. So now I can ask: "Alexa, what's on my calendar today?" Here a short video of the calendar feature.

    I'm the Director of Cyber Security for a financial tech start-up - so I'm a massive nerd and eat, sleep and breathe technology. :type:
     
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    Do you have to be in the same room to talk to it?
    I am putting simple smart home things in , just put a nest in yesterday, getting some light switches you can control stuff like that, i have the logitech harmony smart remote, turn stereo on when at work to mess with wife, hee hee


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    @mwetzel394 - yes and no. You can get a remote that you can speak into, but you need that with you, however, I bought an Echo for the Den where we spend most of the time and listen to music, a Echo Dot for the kitchen and an Echo Dot for the master bedroom. I have it set up so if my husband is upstairs, he can say "Alexa, turn on the kettle" and his hot water will be ready for a cup of tea by the time he gets downstairs.
     
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    The only thing I have to do is shower with dial for 2 days and use these wipes on my knee the night before and the morning of surgery.
     
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    @RMasano wonder if it is because my PKR is being done outpatient.
     
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    Maybe, i used the shower foam scrubs for three days


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    Neat i will look into that
     
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    I was just going over my sheets and I thought they called with the surgery time the day before but on the sheets it's say 3:20. Maybe that is why and I will be medicated at the hospital. Wasn't real thrilled to realize that my surgery is so late. Urghh. Alexa is neat. I got one for my son for Christmas. Looking to get one for myself.
     
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    I had to do the nostril and the Hibiclens. They gave me the Celebrex and OxyContin in preop.

    Best of luck to you. I'm going home from the hospital tomorrow. So far, the pain has only been a fraction of what I was expecting. Do you know if your doc is doing Exparel? I think that's been a big help. It will wear out tomorrow or the next day so I make take a step or two back in the pain department but I hope not.
     
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    They usually let you know what time to go to the hospital. There's absolutely no way that a precise time for surgery can be predicted. 3:20 may be the target time, but anything during the course of the operating list could speed up or slow down the timing. All that you can count on is that you will be done some time during the afternoon.
     
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    Wowzers, I wasn't given any of those things to do! However my pre-op appointment is tomorrow morning so I'm sure I'll get the Hibiclens then. My surgery is scheduled for next Thursday.


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    Protocols are different everywhere. Don't worry about it. Your medical team will ensure that things are done to adequately prep you for surgery.
     
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    All I have to do is shower the night before and the morning of surgery with my regular soap, and discontinue a couple of my regular meds. Also no food or drink after midnight.
     
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    I just spent two hours doing homework assigned by my OS. Rothman Institute has a web portal and there are all sorts of questionnaires and interactive videos that I have to complete before surgery.
     
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    I also had to do the same thing.
     

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