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CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 05:25 PM Jan 2012

There is a knee replacement in my not-too-distant future...

Went to see my orthopedic MD today for a routine check...

My left knee is bad, and not getting better.

He thinks it's time to replace it.

I agree.

Next week, I go see the surgeon...

Stay tuned.

A few vibes would be really REALLY appreciated!

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There is a knee replacement in my not-too-distant future... (Original Post) CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 OP
Lots and lots of vibes! hedgehog Jan 2012 #1
Thank you, my dear hedgehog! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #2
one vibe is not enough so OriginalGeek Jan 2012 #3
My dear OriginalGeek... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #5
You got it CP. ohiosmith Jan 2012 #4
Thank you, my dear ohiosmith! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #6
Sending good vibes and prayers your way. woodsprite Jan 2012 #7
My dear woodsprite... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #9
What woodsprite said. sarge43 Jan 2012 #25
can't even think up any snark rurallib Jan 2012 #8
My dear rurallib... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #11
Stay well Peggy ! AsahinaKimi Jan 2012 #10
My dear AsahinaKimi! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #12
sankyu! AsahinaKimi Jan 2012 #13
Had mine done in June. OffWithTheirHeads Jan 2012 #14
Thank you, my dear OffWithTheirHeads! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #15
Oh CaliforiaPeggy. I wish you the best of fortune Old Troop Jan 2012 #16
Thank you, my dear Old Troop... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #17
Good vibes headed your way. geardaddy Jan 2012 #18
Thank you, my dear geardaddy! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #19
Yes, she is. geardaddy Jan 2012 #20
My wife just had her left knee replaced greytdemocrat Jan 2012 #21
Thank you, my dear greytdemocrat... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #28
Better a knee now than worse if you were to not have it replaced and take a fall.... WCGreen Jan 2012 #22
Thanks, Chris! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #29
Good viberations Dear Peggy. sarge43 Jan 2012 #23
Aw, thank you, my dear sarge43... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #30
Well, I'll send a whole bunch of good vibes HappyMe Jan 2012 #24
My dear HappyMe! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #31
The vibiest! Bossy Monkey Jan 2012 #26
My dear Bossy Monkey! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #34
vibes Peggy. applegrove Jan 2012 #27
I thank you, my dear applegrove! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #35
Welcome to the club! Prisoner_Number_Six Jan 2012 #32
My dear Prisoner_Number_Six! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #36
Yup- twice, on the same knee. Prisoner_Number_Six Jan 2012 #40
Positive outcome and speedy recovery. We'll be on tenterhooks until. dimbear Jan 2012 #33
Thank you, my dear dimbear... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #37
Good vibes from me to you, frogmarch Jan 2012 #38
My dear frogmarch! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #62
My family has a lot of experience with joint replacements. Denninmi Jan 2012 #39
Thank you,my dear Denninmi! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #41
One thing my mother said right away was the relief from constant pain. Denninmi Jan 2012 #44
Oh, so NOW you wish you'd taken better care of your knees, hunh? trof Jan 2012 #42
Now, THAT'S a DUzy, my dear trof! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #43
I wish. trof Jan 2012 #47
That what you get for reacting so vociferously over the years.... whistler162 Jan 2012 #95
Vibes for you,my friend Peg. Swede Jan 2012 #45
Aw, thanks, my dear Swede... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #46
Good thoughts coming your way.... OhioChick Jan 2012 #48
Thank you soooo much, my dear OhioChick! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #51
the best vibes to you! dana_b Jan 2012 #49
My dear dana_b! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #52
Aw, hell, CP... Amerigo Vespucci Jan 2012 #50
My dear Amerigo Vespucci! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #54
CONSTANT VIBES . . . . elleng Jan 2012 #53
Thank you so much, my sweet elleng... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #55
My dear CaliforniaPeggy!!! MiddleFingerMom Jan 2012 #56
My dear MiddleFingerMom! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #57
Good luck, CP! Simo 1939_1940 Jan 2012 #58
My dear Simo 1939_1940... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #64
Mega Meta Vibes for you Miss CP denbot Jan 2012 #59
My dear denbot... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #65
Best vibes, Peggy! femmocrat Jan 2012 #60
Thank you so much, my dear femmocrat... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #66
Vibes for now HeiressofBickworth Jan 2012 #61
My dear HeiressofBickworth! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #67
Best of Luck! My BIL has had both knees replaced madinmaryland Jan 2012 #63
Thank you, my dear madinmaryland! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #68
My most special vibes are coming your way, CalPeggy! pacalo Jan 2012 #69
Oh, I thank you so much, my dear pacalo! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #70
Be thinkin' of ya PETRUS Jan 2012 #71
Not to worry, my dear PETRUS! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #72
Sending good vibes your way-I had my right knee mrmpa Jan 2012 #73
Thank you, my dear mrmpa! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #74
my MIL went thru it oct, maybe sept, but think oct. we spent 4 days in new orleans and she did well seabeyond Jan 2012 #75
Thank you, my dear seabeyond! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #76
the best to you..... seabeyond Jan 2012 #77
Oh, of course! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #78
ya... i know peggy seabeyond Jan 2012 #79
CP, sending you good wishes & Happy New Year akbacchus_BC Jan 2012 #80
Thank you so much, my dear akbacchus_BC! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #81
CaliforniaPeggy csziggy Jan 2012 #82
My dear csziggy! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #84
A truckload of vibes, CalPeg! Aristus Jan 2012 #83
Thank you so much, my dear Aristus! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #85
We'll all be thinking about you! Good luck. HopeHoops Jan 2012 #86
Thank you so much, my dear HopeHoops! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #89
Just keep us posted and take care. HopeHoops Jan 2012 #92
Good vibes, Peg! My SIL just Raven Jan 2012 #87
Thank you, my dear raven! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #90
dear CaliforniaPeggy barbtries Jan 2012 #88
Aw, thank you, my dear barbtries... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #91
I'm sure you'll be good as new!... Phentex Jan 2012 #93
Thank you so much, my dear Phentex! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #94
Some cool vibes for you ... eppur_se_muova Jan 2012 #96
my dear eppur_se_muova! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #97
saw this linked in the DUzy Awards Kali Jan 2012 #98
Thanks, Kali! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #99
vibes to you handmade34 Jan 2012 #100
Thanks so much, my dear handmade34... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #102
sending vibes, Peggy. I am sure you will do just fine. Therapy will not be fun but, you have Tuesday Afternoon Jan 2012 #101
Aw, thank you so much, my dear Tuesday Afternoon! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #103
When it's all said and done, snacker Jan 2012 #104
Ah, thank you, my dear snacker... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #105
Everyone I know who has had knee replacement wishes they'd done it years earlier OmahaBlueDog Jan 2012 #106
My dear OmahaBlueDog! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #107
Joining the other DUers ChazII Jan 2012 #108
Thank you so much, my dear ChazII...n/t CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #109
I used to be witty DUer sakabatou Jan 2012 #110
ALL I can say is... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #111
Wishing you a speedy and full recovery! cordelia Jan 2012 #112
Thank you so much, my dear cordelia! I hope so too...n/t CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #114
Vibes sent av8rdave Jan 2012 #113
My dear av8rdave! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #115
Of course not av8rdave Jan 2012 #118
Lots of vibes and prayers from me - TBF Jan 2012 #116
Thank you, my dear TBF... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #117
Your wish is my command. RushIsRot Jan 2012 #119
Sending vibes your way! rustydog Jan 2012 #120
I know you will be glad when it is all over. By Easter you will be wishing you had done it years ago flying_wahini Jan 2012 #121
You will be on my mind and in my prayers Mira Feb 2012 #122
My wife has 1 in her future as well, she just keeps putting it off,, benld74 Feb 2012 #123
Alley send her vibes Miss CP denbot Feb 2012 #124
I''m looking for and posting on your "trouble sleeping" thread. MiddleFingerMom Feb 2012 #125
I had both knees and a repair of one of the replacements before I was 30. Chan790 Feb 2012 #126
Good vibes and a suggestion: Taverner Feb 2012 #127

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
5. My dear OriginalGeek...
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 05:37 PM
Jan 2012

Aw, thank you!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this song!

I'll need more when the surgery happens...

Thank you...

woodsprite

(11,996 posts)
7. Sending good vibes and prayers your way.
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 05:53 PM
Jan 2012

They told my father-in-law that the best thing he could do help his healing when he had his knee replacements was to start doing the exercises before the procedures. He is doing great now, still fairly active (a retired HS carpentry teacher with a mile-long 'honey-do' list that my MIL keeps adding to). He said the pain is gone. The only thing that bothers him is that he can only bend 90 degrees, so kneeling is difficult.

Wishing you the best of luck. I'm sure that a similar surgery isn't too far off for me either. I'm going to try losing some weight first That should buy me some additional time.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
9. My dear woodsprite...
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 06:05 PM
Jan 2012

Thank you for your very good words and prayers...

I thought too that exercise now would be a good idea, plus some more weight loss. My weight is stable, but I could sure stand to lose some more!

I'm getting back in the regime of going to the gym, which can do nothing but good...

I want to get this done and recover as quickly as possible!

I have a life to live, waiting for me...

sarge43

(28,968 posts)
25. What woodsprite said.
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 07:25 PM
Jan 2012

Talk with your med team about pre-op exercises. It helped me a lot with the hip surgery.

rurallib

(62,679 posts)
8. can't even think up any snark
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 06:00 PM
Jan 2012

will you be live blogging?

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ left knee vibes }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

AsahinaKimi

(20,776 posts)
10. Stay well Peggy !
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 06:05 PM
Jan 2012

Hayaku yokunatte kudasai ! odaijini ! Get well soon, and take care of yourself!



Kimiko ~Yori.

 

OffWithTheirHeads

(10,337 posts)
14. Had mine done in June.
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 06:09 PM
Jan 2012

I was recovering from rotator cup surgery done in January. When my PT people found out I was having the knee done they insisted I tell them who the sergeon was. Apparently they are not all equal and the PT folks have to clean up the mess so they really know who is good and who isn't. Turns out I had one of the most highly regarded in Arizona but I got to watch some folks who were not so lucky and the difference was frightening.

Take care, good luck and don't plan on playing golf anytime soon.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
15. Thank you, my dear OffWithTheirHeads!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 06:19 PM
Jan 2012

I appreciate your input.....a lot!

I trust my MD. He no longer does knee replacement surgery; he's getting too old, he says. But he and his partner hired a surgeon who he really likes and trusts. That works for me...

Well, I don't play golf, lol, so that shouldn't be a problem! I just want to be able to walk, climb stairs and etc without pain.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
17. Thank you, my dear Old Troop...
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 06:39 PM
Jan 2012

Now there's a word I can get behind: maintenance!

Just going in for a little maintenance...



greytdemocrat

(3,300 posts)
21. My wife just had her left knee replaced
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 07:17 PM
Jan 2012

A few weeks ago.

Make sure you get proper rehab and lots of it!

Good luck!!

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
28. Thank you, my dear greytdemocrat...
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 07:53 PM
Jan 2012

My doc and I already discussed it!

Good vibes to your wife...hope she's feeling well.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
29. Thanks, Chris!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 07:55 PM
Jan 2012

Exactly. A fall is just what I want to avoid...

Plus the pain I have now is just not going away.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
30. Aw, thank you, my dear sarge43...
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 07:56 PM
Jan 2012

I expect I will be...

But it's so good to have my friends wishing for it too...

HappyMe

(20,277 posts)
24. Well, I'll send a whole bunch of good vibes
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 07:24 PM
Jan 2012

your way.


It will all be good. Your surgery will be such a success, that everyone in the hospital that day will applaud. Recovery and rehab will be smooth as glass.


CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
34. My dear Bossy Monkey!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 07:59 PM
Jan 2012

Thanks!

Hmmm...I've never thought of those things as enjoyable...

I'll try that, and see if your optimism works!

Prisoner_Number_Six

(15,676 posts)
32. Welcome to the club!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 07:58 PM
Jan 2012

It's really not as scary and as painful a thing as most people think. Just keep a positive vibe going and you'll be fine.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
36. My dear Prisoner_Number_Six!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 08:02 PM
Jan 2012

Oh, you too?

Hey, somehow knowing that you've been there helps me!

I'm really looking forward to being done.

The pain is making me nuts!

Thanks, sweetie...

Prisoner_Number_Six

(15,676 posts)
40. Yup- twice, on the same knee.
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 08:18 PM
Jan 2012

Hopefully I'll talk 'em into doing the other one after I move this year. It would be nice...

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
37. Thank you, my dear dimbear...
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 08:03 PM
Jan 2012

Um...I think tenterhooks are what they hang meat from, aren't they?

You might want to avoid those!


I appreciate your good thoughts!

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
62. My dear frogmarch!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 11:41 PM
Jan 2012

Omigod, how did I miss your post?

Thank you so much for all the good vibes and wishes...



Denninmi

(6,581 posts)
39. My family has a lot of experience with joint replacements.
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 08:08 PM
Jan 2012

RA runs in our family. I personally haven't had the pleasure, thank God, but immediate family has.

Various things replaced - knees, hips, elbows, ankles, shoulders.

To a person, they all think it has been very worthwhile.

My mother was the first, having knee replacements in 1990.

Today's knee replacement, while still a major surgery, isn't quite as bad as it was 20 years ago.

Definitely a procedure that will have a dramatic and very positive impact on your life. Be brave and go for it.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
41. Thank you,my dear Denninmi!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 08:21 PM
Jan 2012

Maybe I'm brave, because I am most def going for it.

I can't stand the pain day in and day out...plus the fatigue of dragging this damn thing around.

I am willing to go through whatever it takes to get to a much better place!

Denninmi

(6,581 posts)
44. One thing my mother said right away was the relief from constant pain.
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 08:32 PM
Jan 2012

While she had surgical pain from the incisions and the physical therapy, she said that there was an immediate relief from the 24/7 pain from the severely damaged arthritic knees.

Honestly, a few months after it's over, you'll be so glad you did it.

trof

(54,269 posts)
42. Oh, so NOW you wish you'd taken better care of your knees, hunh?
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 08:24 PM
Jan 2012

But Nooooo, you just swanned about through life, abusing your knees as you liked.
No thought for the rest of us who'll now have to pick up the tab to fix YOUR precious knee with socialized MEDICARE.
And I'm sure we'll have to pay the freight for your lengthy frou-frou pampered 'rehab'.
Prolly lounging around in some ritzy Arizona spa.
Caviar and lobster fricassee.
A personal trainer.
Massages.
Harumph.

OK, freeper: off.
Seriesly sweetie, all the best.
You'll love your new knee.

I'm hoping mine outlive me, but you never know.


CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
43. Now, THAT'S a DUzy, my dear trof!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 08:29 PM
Jan 2012

I'll have you know that my knee has always been trouble, since childhood, so there! (Truly, it has!)

Yeah, some ritzy Arizona spa......I wish, lol!


Thanks for the good vibes...

I already love my new knee, even though I don't have it yet!



 

whistler162

(11,155 posts)
95. That what you get for reacting so vociferously over the years....
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 06:53 PM
Jan 2012

With the new knee no more knee jerk reactions for you!

My Aunt and her husband have had their knees replaced and are doing great. Just follow the Dr.'s and PT's advise and you should be fine.

Swede

(33,645 posts)
45. Vibes for you,my friend Peg.
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 08:33 PM
Jan 2012

Always. My friend Darryl had both done last summer. Now he's a regular in the gym again.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
51. Thank you soooo much, my dear OhioChick!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 09:48 PM
Jan 2012

I appreciate it bunches!


And I'm really glad you kept your sigline!

dana_b

(11,546 posts)
49. the best vibes to you!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 09:36 PM
Jan 2012

Surgery - ugh!! I just hope it goes smoothly and you are up and walking pain-free soon.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
52. My dear dana_b!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 09:50 PM
Jan 2012

Yeah, I'm not crazy about surgery either, but if it gets me where I want to go...

Thanks for the good thoughts!

Amerigo Vespucci

(30,885 posts)
50. Aw, hell, CP...
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 09:44 PM
Jan 2012

...of course you have my vibes.

I have friends who have gone through the procedure and have bounced back REMARKABLY fast, so I'm going to wish for the same for you.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
54. My dear Amerigo Vespucci!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 09:52 PM
Jan 2012

Thanks, sweetie!

Unfortunately, the older people get, usually the slower they are to heal...

However, with all the vibes this thread has generated, maybe I'll have enough to be quick!

MiddleFingerMom

(25,163 posts)
56. My dear CaliforniaPeggy!!!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 10:02 PM
Jan 2012

.
.
.
I'm so sorry you're probably going to need to go through this... BUT, in my experience
at least, people who get knees replaced have all had wonderful improvements in their
situations.
.
.
.
Strength and healing vibes already on their way for you to stockpile.
.
.
.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
57. My dear MiddleFingerMom!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 10:08 PM
Jan 2012

Ah, no worries, sweetie...

I definitely need to do this. And the sooner I do it, the sooner I'm healed...

It has bothered me most of my life, and since the meniscus tear last year, it has (mostly) gotten worse.

It is time.

Thanks, sweetie...

Simo 1939_1940

(768 posts)
58. Good luck, CP!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 10:53 PM
Jan 2012

I have two friends who have had both knees replaced, and they are doing well. Needless to say, not to comfortable for a while, but I guess that's the price you pay for ultimate freedom.

I've had serious shoulder work done twice on my right shoulder, and it's now pretty much 100%. If you follow rehab directions, great things are possible. Best wishes!

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
64. My dear Simo 1939_1940...
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 11:44 PM
Jan 2012

Thank you for the very good thoughts!

I'm prepared to endure any unpleasant feelings as long as I get well!

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
65. My dear denbot...
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 11:46 PM
Jan 2012

Hey, good to see you!

I appreciate the mega meta vibes so much...

Hopefully my knee replacement won't be too bad...

I'm ready.

HeiressofBickworth

(2,682 posts)
61. Vibes for now
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 11:30 PM
Jan 2012

Let us know when the big day arrives so we can amp up the volume of vibes for you. From the posts here, it seems that in the grand scheme of things, knee replacement surgery doesn't rank among the top most dangerous or debilitating so even with the temporary inconvenience (and pain, I assume), we look to your total healing. We'll hope to hear from you soon and learn of your rehab adventures.

Best wishes.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
67. My dear HeiressofBickworth!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 11:49 PM
Jan 2012

I see the surgeon next Thursday, the 12th, and then I'll have a much better idea about the timetable...

You know I will keep you informed!

Thanks for all your very good thoughts, sweetie!

madinmaryland

(64,966 posts)
63. Best of Luck! My BIL has had both knees replaced
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 11:44 PM
Jan 2012

and it made a world of difference. The surgery now is very non-invasive, and the recover time has been reduced dramatically! You will be amazed with the difference it makes.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
68. Thank you, my dear madinmaryland!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 11:51 PM
Jan 2012

I have been hearing how much less invasive the surgery is, compared to 20 years ago...

I sure hope to be amazed!

pacalo

(24,722 posts)
69. My most special vibes are coming your way, CalPeggy!
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 11:53 PM
Jan 2012

I think with your positive, can-do attitude, you're going to be just fine.

PETRUS

(3,678 posts)
71. Be thinkin' of ya
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 12:01 AM
Jan 2012

I had reconstructive knee surgery (not a replacement) a few years back. When you're coming out of anesthesia, if get the urge to stand up (I did, who knows why) DON'T TRY IT!

And take the physical therapy/rehab seriously. It works wonders.

Good luck!

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
72. Not to worry, my dear PETRUS!
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 12:14 AM
Jan 2012

I've had general anesthesia before, and believe you me, I have NEVER wanted to stand up as soon as I woke up!

Usually my first thought runs along the lines of .....I'm alive!

I will take the PT very seriously. I want my knee to be better than it has been for a long time...

Thank you so much!

mrmpa

(4,033 posts)
73. Sending good vibes your way-I had my right knee
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 12:18 AM
Jan 2012

replaced in October. Physical therapy 3 times a week, you just got to work at it & keep positive.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
74. Thank you, my dear mrmpa!
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 12:22 AM
Jan 2012

There's nothing quite like hearing from someone who's been there.

I plan on taking the PT very seriously...

And with all these positive vibes, how could I not be positive too?

I appreciate your good advice!

 

seabeyond

(110,159 posts)
75. my MIL went thru it oct, maybe sept, but think oct. we spent 4 days in new orleans and she did well
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 12:33 AM
Jan 2012

walking around. we walked everywhere. she did very well thru it and she has a lot of weight she is putting on it.....

you will do great

ok, my father had it a year or two ago. he was so glad to get it done. he healed quickly. rehab.... work it and the quicker you heal

the best to you. i know it is scary.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
76. Thank you, my dear seabeyond!
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 01:03 AM
Jan 2012

I want to get it over with!

I'm not really scared about the surgery so much...

My gut doesn't like being shut down, though, and that's never fun.

And believe it or not, maybe washing my long hair might be a problem!

 

seabeyond

(110,159 posts)
79. ya... i know peggy
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 01:17 AM
Jan 2012

i get what you say.

we are used to a daily shower. hard to go without. i hear ya.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
81. Thank you so much, my dear akbacchus_BC!
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 01:50 AM
Jan 2012

A very Happy New Year to you as well!

I appreciate your good wishes...

csziggy

(34,158 posts)
82. CaliforniaPeggy
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 02:06 AM
Jan 2012


Most of the people I've talked to have been very happy once they heal up. The one person who is unhappy complains that he can no longer get down on his knees to work on his haying equipment. Mind you, he can still ride the tractor all day, still helps to load the hay on the trailers and move it into the barns. At the age of 65+

Sooner than later, I'll be joining you in this. Right now I'm doing physical therapy to see how much that will help. If I go for the surgery, I'm getting both knees done at the same time. It's the same amount of hospital time, rehab time, and physical therapy time whether it's one knee or two.

Good luck with it and keep us posted!

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
84. My dear csziggy!
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 02:31 AM
Jan 2012

Well, all I can say is thank god I don't have any haying equipment!

Good luck to you too, sweetie...

I can understand why you'd want to have them both done at the same time...

I am most grateful that my right knee is (so far, lol!) in good shape!

I will keep you posted...

barbtries

(28,932 posts)
88. dear CaliforniaPeggy
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 12:07 PM
Jan 2012

sweetest person on DU: all the best as you get your new knee! just keep visualizing walking without pain.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
91. Aw, thank you, my dear barbtries...
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 12:39 PM
Jan 2012

What a sweet thing to say!

I remember not walking with pain...and I'm eager to get back to that!

Phentex

(16,346 posts)
93. I'm sure you'll be good as new!...
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 02:50 PM
Jan 2012

I think I have one of these in my future as well. I am doing what I can to avoid it!

Best wishes!

eppur_se_muova

(36,582 posts)
96. Some cool vibes for you ...
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 10:15 PM
Jan 2012


My mom had her knee replaced over a year ago -- very routine surgery, nowadays. Don't skimp on the physical therapy -- I really like what someone said above about beginning the exercises *before* the surgery. Just don't rest with your ankles crossed for a while, it caused my mom some problems, as it restricted circulation.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
97. my dear eppur_se_muova!
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 10:24 PM
Jan 2012

I'm lovin' those Gary Burton cool vibes! Thank you so much for this neat clip.

And be sure that I *am* not skimping on being active before the surgery. I have resumed my workouts and though it makes me tired, it's a good tired.

I always feel better when I work out and now I have more reasons to do it!

Kali

(55,225 posts)
98. saw this linked in the DUzy Awards
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 12:10 AM
Jan 2012

I'm totally jealous! bad knees suck big time! Good luck and feel better fast!

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
99. Thanks, Kali!
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 12:13 AM
Jan 2012

Jealous? Of me, going under the knife?

Thanks for the good vibes...

I'll know more next week when I see the surgeon...




Oh, yeah...trof got his DUzy! I knew he would! He was really funny!

handmade34

(22,761 posts)
100. vibes to you
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 12:18 AM
Jan 2012

2 of my family just got new knees last year and they are both doing great!

this is what they used for a bit to work the knee

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
102. Thanks so much, my dear handmade34...
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 12:28 AM
Jan 2012

My dad got one several years ago, plus one other friend, and they both say: Why did we wait so long?

I'm ready.

Tuesday Afternoon

(56,912 posts)
101. sending vibes, Peggy. I am sure you will do just fine. Therapy will not be fun but, you have
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 12:25 AM
Jan 2012

that can-do spirit and a positive outlook and that goes a long way.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
103. Aw, thank you so much, my dear Tuesday Afternoon!
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 12:29 AM
Jan 2012

I appreciate your very positive outlook!

I'm going to do my darndest to get well fast!

snacker

(3,623 posts)
104. When it's all said and done,
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 12:34 AM
Jan 2012

I'm sure you'll be happy with the results. I don't think the therapy is much fun, but you always have such a positive outlook. All of the goodness you have given to us here at DU will be paid back to you, I'm certain. Good luck and good vibes to you, dear CaliforniaPeggy!

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
105. Ah, thank you, my dear snacker...
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 12:56 AM
Jan 2012

I expect to be happy too!

I really appreciate your very sweet comments...

Very nice of you...

OmahaBlueDog

(10,000 posts)
106. Everyone I know who has had knee replacement wishes they'd done it years earlier
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 12:57 AM
Jan 2012

I'm sure I'm telling you what you already know -- the biggest risk is post-op infection (staph). You'll probably get lots of swell antibiotics.

Good Luck!

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
107. My dear OmahaBlueDog!
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 01:23 AM
Jan 2012

Well, at least I haven't done that...this just came up this last year. Before last year, I was fine, darn it!

I'm not too worried about post-op infection. My doctor is very careful, and the hospital is first-rate. But as a retired RN, you can bet I'll be watching out for any early signs!

I appreciate your very good thoughts!

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
111. ALL I can say is...
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 02:33 AM
Jan 2012

I'm so glad I didn't take an arrow in the knee!

Cool clip, my dear sakabatou!

Thank you!

av8rdave

(10,578 posts)
113. Vibes sent
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 10:59 AM
Jan 2012

A new knee should make a lot of improvements. I remember when I replaced the tie rod ends in my car. It drove so much better!

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
115. My dear av8rdave!
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 12:30 PM
Jan 2012

Are you comparing me to your CAR?

I sure hope my new knee will be an improvement...the old one sucks!

Thanks, sweetie!

TBF

(32,603 posts)
116. Lots of vibes and prayers from me -
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 12:56 PM
Jan 2012

I am in my 40s with arthritis. My left knee is also the bad one - even before the diagnosis I had been taping it back in high school when I ran. So far the rooster comb injections work for me (Hyalgan) - have you tried them??

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,660 posts)
117. Thank you, my dear TBF...
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 01:01 PM
Jan 2012

My knee is full of arthritis and bony spurs. The doctor and I talked it over, and he pointed out that he could give me injections.

All those would do would be put off the inevitable...

I'm more than ready for this surgery.

Still, I thank you for your good thoughts.

flying_wahini

(7,077 posts)
121. I know you will be glad when it is all over. By Easter you will be wishing you had done it years ago
Fri Jan 20, 2012, 12:54 AM
Jan 2012

Good luck and God Speed.

Mira

(22,388 posts)
122. You will be on my mind and in my prayers
Tue Feb 21, 2012, 08:33 PM
Feb 2012

and in that special place where I manufacture healing vibes.
You will be missed, and after recovery you will be fine.

benld74

(9,942 posts)
123. My wife has 1 in her future as well, she just keeps putting it off,,
Tue Feb 21, 2012, 09:26 PM
Feb 2012

I swear I dont know how she still walks. She goes down the stairs sideways, and if she is standing too long or walks too long - MAJOR pain for a longer period of time.

She is tough, and stubborn!
TAke care

denbot

(9,904 posts)
124. Alley send her vibes Miss CP
Tue Feb 21, 2012, 11:36 PM
Feb 2012

FWIW, she says that the people she knows who have had a knee replacement really like the results.

 

Chan790

(20,176 posts)
126. I had both knees and a repair of one of the replacements before I was 30.
Wed Feb 22, 2012, 07:16 PM
Feb 2012

It's really not a big deal. A week of pain, a month of PT and a lot of Oxycontin.

Don't sweat it. At this point the only time I remember is when I make funny noises when I stand up after sitting all day and the pain when it's about to rain...but that has more to do with the arthritis than the replacement and I had that long before I set off metal detectors with my bionic patellae.

 

Taverner

(55,476 posts)
127. Good vibes and a suggestion:
Wed Feb 22, 2012, 07:17 PM
Feb 2012

Make the most of your Physical Therapy afterwards!

Go 3, perhaps 4 times a week. It really does cut your recovery time in half!

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