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Revision TKR Totally recovered at last!

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Hi Marion!! I am loving what your new OS is telling you, he sounds leaps and bounds ahead of your previous one. Too bad it took such a toll on you to find him.
As a retired nurse I understand what a rough shift you had taking 16 patients over a 10hr shift.....brutal.
For now enjoy being off your feet while taking your class.
A big "Wooohoooo" for finally getting a full nights sleep in a bed. Enjoy it!
If your surgery is only 3 weeks away you know what that means for me...yikes :yikes:
 
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@Glamg1979 Ill have a weeks head start on you so I'll pave the way for a smooth recovery for both of us.

I'm home from my class. I don't know why but my knee has really been bothering me all day today. It's very swollen with lots OS sharp pains all over. I know I woke up about 4 or so this morning in pain right from the start of day. I was actually considering yesterday whether cancel surgery but my knee has told me that I need to go through with it. I have pre op testing at the new hospital I'll be going to. The entire hospital is dedicated to orthopedics. It feels very strange starting over from square one again but I know a lot more than I did the first time thanks to all my friends here.
 

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Marian, I am glad you made it through your class. What will you do differently this time around? How long can you be off from your new job?
 
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I'm still not sure whether my company will pay me disability. I can at least take a leave of absence and can probably have 12 weeks off before going back. I also had a conversation with my boss about coming back part time for a little while. I've also decided to start taking social security in Nov. I can get the amount my ex would get. He has been making over 100k for a good number of years so maybe I'll just try to stay part time. I'll have to see how it goes.
 

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I think that knowing what you may have to cope with has to be better than sailing into the unknown?
I so hope everything goes smoothly for you!


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I went for my pre admission test today. I had a chest X-ray, blood work, urine test and EKG. I was in one room with a nurse and she took care of all the tests except the Xray. I didn't have to wonder the hospital for each test. We went through all my meds, allergies and my medical history. She went over the pre op instructions with me and answered any questions I had. Then an anaesthesiologist come to my room and reviewed my records, Xrays and EKG. He carefully looked over all my meds and asked if I have had problems with anaesthesia before. I always get severe nausea so he told me he ordered a scopolamine patch for me and that made me very happy. He explained what anaesthesia is used and what to expect post op as far as feeling pain and numbness. I really have a good feeling already about this hospital. :roseshwr: Every room is a private one which I like a lot. :yes!: I was given a booklet about TKR with a list of classes that I can attend if I would like to. I'm ready now for this.
 

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Hi Marian, kudos to your hospital. Speaking from personal experience, a streamlined pre-admission process definitely helps soothe those pre-op jitters. I hope this is the new trend everywhere. And private rooms are the way to go. Having my own little hospital suite and my daughter there all the time with me was empowering. Best wishes on your upcoming revision!
 

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Pre-op all in one place would be phenomenal! And it sounds like your hospital is on the ball. All the rooms on the ortho floor were private in the hospital I went to. It was wonderful! I have 63 more days of work, you have 17 more days until the revision.
 
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@KarriB Wow only you are almost to the end of a wonderful career. Will you be getting your other knee done after you retire? Do you have a timeframe in mind? I know after all you've been through it must be a bit scary to consider it but it can only be better this time around. That's what my new OS has been repeating to me.
 

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I also had my pre opp all in one place and on the same day as my TKR class. In the class we got to meet with a pharmacist, PT, OT, and the Surgeon's nurse. PT went over the basic exercises and demonstrated them. OT went over any special needs or equipment that might come in handy. The nurse went over everything from pain management to constipation. We were given a lot of reading material and two pre surgery shower kits. One for the night before and one for the morning of and a reminder to have clean bedding the night before. They really had it down to a science. It made me feel like I was in good hands.

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I haven't decided what to do with my left knee. It's not terrible, but still can't do stairs and getting up is not fun. I am leery for sure and will probably wait until the pain is worse. Once I'm not teaching everyday my knee may be happier. But I have decided to have my heel looked at by a foot specialist.
 

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Hi Marian,
What a wonderful, caring, patient focused hospital! I just KNOW this will be a totally different ( in a good way) experience! You've GOT this!
Love and hugs!
 

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I am happy that you are feeling better about this. The hospital and OS sound great and your confidence is there for this round:)
 
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My nerves are already starting to get the best of me. I'm worried about the recuperation period since it didn't go so well for me the first time. I'm also worried that I could wind up even worse than I am now. My IBS has been flaring up causing me to run back and forth to the ladies room all day. My stomach is also starting to ache. I still have two weeks to go . I also have a toothache and I'm leaving work early tomorrow to see my dentist. Hopefully I'll be able to get some time to fix any other problems he might find. I'm working 40 hours this week and next.
 

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Last minute nerves?
You were sounding so positive a couple of days ago, you can do it!


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Marian, my "crystal ball" tells me this revision is going to go all right. That's not a guarantee, but I think all the indications of success are there. Most importantly, you have a good surgeon this time, and that's the most important factor.

It's normal to be anxious - you wouldn't be human if you weren't worried. I was in your shoes once, worrying about having a revision, but everything went so smoothly for me and I found the recovery period a little easier than the first time round. I hope you find the same.
 

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Marian, I know how you feel, except I'm petrified to have the left done because of my experience with the right. I think it's human nature to be worried about the unknown, even though you know what a TKR is like, this recovery will be the unknown. But with everything going so smoothly with pre-op and the new OS, I have faith it's going to go very well. I'm praying that's the case. :praying:
 

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Hi Marian, Sounds like your OS and the hospital have everything under control. Mi know it must be tough to trust after what you've been through. Try to keep thinking positive thoughts, it may help your stomach problem too. I know that's the first thin to go when I'm nervous about something. Hope your dental problem can be taken care of quickly too! Keeping you in my thoughts.
 

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