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What are you really looking forward to post-op?

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by babette12, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. babette12

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    I had kind of an epiphany today. I was lurking on these boards and saw a woman who is a skier. I reached out to her and we had a terrific conversation. Talking to her made me realize how much I *miss* skiing, what a crucial part of my life/well-being it was. How over the years dh and I put it on the back burner with so many responsibilities.

    When I first began to "fall apart" with a rotator cuff surgery in Fall '16, then the oh-so-painful knees I really did think this was the beginning of the end. But my epiphany is that the past few, hard years are just another chapter. After that, I will turn the page. I'm like an old house being lovingly restored, or a car that has to be garaged for awhile while being brought back to its former glory. But I'll be back. With skis on.

    Babette

    PS The MANY videos of grownups skiing and some other women's ski message boards have helped this motivation along! Just though I'd share.
     
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    Hello @babette12

    Since you haven't yet had your surgery, I have moved your post (and thread) from the Knee Replacement Post-Op Area into the pre-op area.

    People who have had their surgery still come back to the pre-op area, to post answers to questions like yours.
     
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    This a great thread! Only thing keeping the nerves at bay is the thought of how much I can do while gradually healing then finally healed.

    I want to be able to walk without pain. I want to be able to work out and swim and walk the beach and be active again. Basically, have my life back!

    It will be so nice to pick up and go without being concerned about:
    how far will I have to walk
    is there a place to sit and elevate my legs comfortably
    ice packs and a ton of pillows to fall asleep

    Impatience and nerves have set in and thinking of the positive benefits of the surgery helps so much.
     
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    I can’t wait to ride my bike again pain free. I miss all of my cycling friends.
     
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    I wanted to be able to play with my grandchildren and to travel to England to visit my daughter and her family.
    I also looked forward to having days without constant pain.

    I got all of those wishes.
     
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    Walking without pain. I live in Switzerland (I am from The US), and it‘s gorgeous here and I want to walk. With two bad knees, it has been very difficult. In two weeks, knee#2 will be replaced and I start getting back to walking.
     
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    I wanted to be able to kneel again but sadly :boohoo: no such luck!
     
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    I'm 9 weeks out from TKR. The thing I am/was looking for with my TKR was to complete a 5K walk. NOT a run.. but a walk!!! Running to me is something I will only do if my life is in danger!! I can do a mile now, and I'm working up!!! The working up is good, too, since I have lost 35 pounds so far- I will get my weight down to where I want it again!!!!
     
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    @babette12 I'm doing a mile at a time now--9 weeks out.
     
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    :bicycle1::bicycle1::bicycle1::bicycle1::bicycle1::swim::walking::kayak:
     
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    :swim: ran out of emojis! Mostly skiing!
     
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    Yup, me too. TKA (left knee) surgery scheduled for Tuesday July 10.

    I've communicated with 30+ skiers who have had TKA surgery, and have skied with a few, including a friend/ski instructor who skis 100+ days/season, after bilateral knee replacement surgery 10 years ago. All 30+ of them are doing fine on skis, albeit avoiding bashing bumps and drops.

    I'm also looking forward to getting back into hiking, bicycling, high lakes fishing and, eventually, getting off trail and non-technical scrambles.

    I've had no problem emotionally accepting that I'll never run again and will need to do mellower runs and routes on ski and on foot. It's been a good run [pun intended]. It's about time I start acting my age. ; )
     
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    @DIYSteve -- great to meet you! I've also been talking to skiers online and am, once again, so heartened to be among people who get it. Among my friends, the non-skiers say things like "Oh, you better take it easy." "Maybe you should take some something easier, like swimming." The skiers say, "How long before you can get on the hill!"

    Like you, I have no delusions of skiing at the level I once did. I loved the black diamonds and the moguls, now I'll be happy to cruise along on the greens and blues!
     
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    @skigirl not only started skiing again after her TKR. She went back to being a ski instructor.
     
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    Yes, I've been in touch with @skigirl! Great inspiration.
     
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    The post-TKA skiers I know ski black diamonds and double blacks, including mogul runs, although they pick their way down the bumps. All of them say the key is to ski with a smooth style, thus eliminating bashing. Starting a few years ago, my OA pain and dysfunction forced me to smooth out and mellow my style. Those post-TKA skiers also avoid deep heavy wet snow, of which we get alot here in the PNW. Those will be groomer days for me.
     
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    I see your surgery is early this morning! Best of luck!
     
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    Thanks, although it's tomorrow morning (unless you live closely W of the International Date Line as I write this :snork: )
     
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    Surgeon said yesterday's surgery "went very well," although it took longer than expected because he had difficulty sawing my "big tough bones" and it took awhile to saw off a bone spur due to proximity to nerve and artery.

    Knee hurts like heck today (Recovery Day 1) and every stiff, both as expected. It seems implausible that I'll be skiing in November or December )(although my post-TKR skiing contacts all said they were skiing 4-5 months post surgery.)

    Key to Happiness #1: Low expectations : )

    ETA: Maybe I'll start a recovery thread. Or not ; )
     

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