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I have a date with a surgeon... (Original Post) CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 OP
Ah, best of luck to you. Denninmi Jan 2012 #1
Will be thinking of you, CalPeg! elleng Jan 2012 #2
You are young for your age, this is a wise decision. siligut Jan 2012 #3
I know someone who was an avid skier UnrepentantLiberal Jan 2012 #4
Good luck, keep us posted. Scuba Jan 2012 #5
Good luck, CalPeggy! LNM Jan 2012 #6
I guess I'll understand when PRETZEL Jan 2012 #7
sending you the best vibes, ms. peggy! shanti Jan 2012 #8
Break a leg rurallib Jan 2012 #9
You have a date with a surgeon? Does your husband know? ohiosmith Jan 2012 #10
My first thought too... AsahinaKimi Jan 2012 #15
Me too. Great minds... trof Jan 2012 #17
Thanks, everybody, sooooo much! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #11
Good luck Peggy - GoneOffShore Jan 2012 #12
Thanks for the update!... Phentex Jan 2012 #13
Good luck...now and always...nt Stuart G Jan 2012 #14
I have a date with a Sturgeon, OK, her kids...... Burma Jones Jan 2012 #16
CalPeggy: The Bionic Woman! trof Jan 2012 #18
I've had lots of dates with Surgeons Turbineguy Jan 2012 #19
It will be helllish libodem Jan 2012 #20
Best wishes for a speedy recovery. applegrove Jan 2012 #21
Hah! Before I saw that you were the author Raven Jan 2012 #22
Best of luck CalPeg. You deserve it. Old Troop Jan 2012 #23
Make him take you someplace nice. He can afford it. mysuzuki2 Jan 2012 #24
Have them install one of them newfangled bionic knees! nolabear Jan 2012 #25
My dear CaliforniaPeggy! MiddleFingerMom Jan 2012 #26
Get well... ZombieHorde Jan 2012 #27
Best wishes Peggy! femmocrat Jan 2012 #28
Make sure your family spoils you afterwards mrs_p Jan 2012 #29
Are you getting full joint replacement or joint resurfacing? csziggy Jan 2012 #30
The full joint replacement... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2012 #31
I've heard a little longer in the hospital but about the same otherwise csziggy Jan 2012 #32
Good luck and recover quickly MattBaggins Jan 2012 #33
Nothing can keep you down long, we know your style. dimbear Jan 2012 #34
Good luck,peg. Swede Jan 2012 #35
Again with the mega-meta vibes Miss CP denbot Jan 2012 #36
I got a new hip in October tonekat Jan 2012 #37
Write me in on your dance card. American Bandstand here we come! RushIsRot Jan 2012 #38
again.... mrmpa Jan 2012 #39
hoping you recover quick BootinUp Jan 2012 #40
ACK, I read that the totally wrong way! Odin2005 Jan 2012 #41
Dear Peggy, hope the surgery goes well. akbacchus_BC Jan 2012 #42
Oh, CalPeg, you're going to be just fine. pacalo Jan 2012 #43
Good luck! Bake Jan 2012 #44
*sigh!* HappyMe Jan 2012 #45
Peg, I wish you the best backtoblue Jan 2012 #46
Lots of good vibes your way, CA Peggy :-) n/t nirvana555 Jan 2012 #47
I was thinking by the thread title... RedCloud Jan 2012 #48
Will be thinking about you... GoCubsGo Jan 2012 #49
Oh my! Best of luck with your surgery. BTW, the first thing I thought was... madinmaryland Jan 2012 #50
Peggy, I had my hip done just one year ago The empressof all Feb 2012 #51
Tell him to treat you right DFW Feb 2012 #52
You'll be tap-dancing before you know it CP. Old Troop Feb 2012 #53
Good health vibes coming! Pool Hall Ace Feb 2012 #54
:sigh: I'm a bad boy.... WillParkinson Feb 2012 #55
Wishing you all the best, Peggy! Rhiannon12866 Feb 2012 #56
Very best wishes for a speedy recovery! LeftishBrit Feb 2012 #57
My thoughts, prayers, best wishes and positive vibes Peggy RFKHumphreyObama Feb 2012 #58
Tell those doctors there's a lot of people who are counting on them YankeyMCC Feb 2012 #59
You'll be dancing in no time, Peggy! 6000eliot Feb 2012 #60
Good luck to you and a speedy recovery! nt raccoon Feb 2012 #61
Best Wishes and a speedy recovery. era veteran Feb 2012 #62
All the best Peggy WhoIsNumberNone Feb 2012 #63
California Peggy, just came across your message. classof56 Feb 2012 #64
Good Luck, CaliforniaPeggy.... snacker Feb 2012 #65
Healing vibes to you Peggy. geardaddy Feb 2012 #66
Good luck Peggy. My family DebJ Feb 2012 #67
I hope all goes well TuxedoKat Feb 2012 #68
All the best. hamsterjill Feb 2012 #69
.. Liberal_in_LA Feb 2012 #70
co-worker had knee replacement and it went great. Came back walking like normal Liberal_in_LA Feb 2012 #71
Thinking of you today Peggy. applegrove Feb 2012 #72
I'm looking for and posting on your "trouble sleeping" thread. MiddleFingerMom Feb 2012 #73
Good luck, Miss Peggy! Tom_Foolery Feb 2012 #74
Will cut "CP" in my tilling tomorrow! Sending vibes into the cosmos for you! RedCloud Feb 2012 #75
Vibes headed your way, CP... Amerigo Vespucci Feb 2012 #76
here's hoping you come out kicking! rurallib Feb 2012 #77
We're all thinkng about you CP and sending wonderful vibes your way :-) n/t nirvana555 Feb 2012 #78
God Bless you and the surgery, and the doctors. Tripod Feb 2012 #79


(6,581 posts)
1. Ah, best of luck to you.
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 01:58 PM
Jan 2012

Sending all of my positive vibes your way.

Just think, before you know it, it will be over and you'll be in much less pain.


(12,272 posts)
3. You are young for your age, this is a wise decision.
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 02:01 PM
Jan 2012

A common surgery, as you know, and orthopedic surgeons are the hardware guys, I have never met a bad one. Recovery takes time, but once recovered, you will know you did the right thing.



(11,700 posts)
4. I know someone who was an avid skier
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 02:19 PM
Jan 2012

and had both knees replaced. He recovered quickly and is doing fine now.

Good vibes to you, Peggy.


(3,245 posts)
7. I guess I'll understand when
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 02:43 PM
Jan 2012

I don't get a birthday wish from you on that date.

I wish you a speedy recovery.


(20,776 posts)
15. My first thought too...
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 06:15 PM
Jan 2012

Hayaku yokunatte kudasai! Odaijini! ~Get well soon, take care of yourself!

Kimiko ~yori.


(150,609 posts)
11. Thanks, everybody, sooooo much!
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:03 PM
Jan 2012

I really appreciate all your good thoughts!

It's impossible for me to respond individually to each of you today, but be sure I am popping in now and then to read what all of you are saying...

It's a scary time, and your good wishes are helping me a lot...


(16,343 posts)
13. Thanks for the update!...
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 05:24 PM
Jan 2012

I'm sure you'll be good as new in no time.

Of course, I am sure the Lounge will be ready with all kinds of walking around/knee jokes to try and make you laugh.

Good luck!

Burma Jones

(11,760 posts)
16. I have a date with a Sturgeon, OK, her kids......
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 06:19 PM
Jan 2012

Oh, and of course, I hope all goes exactly as you want it to.......


(19,288 posts)
20. It will be helllish
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 06:57 PM
Jan 2012

But you will feel so much better once you are finished with rehab. New lease on life. My mom had both done and the improvement made a major difference in her over all health.


(13,981 posts)
22. Hah! Before I saw that you were the author
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 07:12 PM
Jan 2012

of this post I thought "oh no, a dating thread." Great luck, Peg. You'll do fine and be so much better for having it done.


(25,163 posts)
26. My dear CaliforniaPeggy!
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 09:21 PM
Jan 2012

HUGE strength and calming and healing vibes already coming your way.
I'm sure with your background, you have a much better capacity for evaluating your doctors and
surgeons and can go into this with the info and proper expectations.
I'm going to give you the three rules of patient involvement in their care that I got from one of
my best friends (and add one):
1. Ask for the drugs.
2. Ask for more drugs.
3. Make sure they're aware that "in Arizona, they give FAR more frequent tagteam bedbaths
than you folks seem capable of here".
4. Ask WWMFMD?
I have no doubt of your safe and successful and rapid return to normalcy -- you're much too
kneeded here for any other possibilities.

All things wonderful during this time of stress.


(28,394 posts)
28. Best wishes Peggy!
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 09:39 PM
Jan 2012

Make him promise to take you dancing (as soon as you get better)!

Soon you will be as good as new!


(34,156 posts)
30. Are you getting full joint replacement or joint resurfacing?
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 09:49 PM
Jan 2012

Either way, I hope it all goes well with no complications. The only complaint I've heard from anyone whose been through it with a competent surgeon is from a 70+ year old farmer who complained he can no longer kneel to work on his tractors. Heck, I haven't been able to kneel for four years with my knees!

What are they giving you for a schedule for hospital stay and rehab time?

Sending good vibes and will be for the next month so you can build up a HUGE store of good energy!


(150,609 posts)
31. The full joint replacement...
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 10:34 PM
Jan 2012

I've heard 1 to 2 days in the hospital (and that includes surgery!) to a week there...

And anything up to 10 days in a post surgical unit (like a nursing home)...

And weeks to months for full recovery!

In other words, your guess is as good as mine...



(34,156 posts)
32. I've heard a little longer in the hospital but about the same otherwise
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 10:50 PM
Jan 2012

Pretty much I think the time in the hospital is to make sure you are completely recovered from the surgery and can get around at least a little. And yes, they WILL make you get up and walk almost immediately.

The rehab is for getting you mostly healed and able to move around unaided before you go home.

Frankly, I dread the time in in the rehab more than I do the surgery and other recovery. I HATE being around people all the time and the idea of having to be around people for a week or more when I am partially helpless is very unpleasant to me.

The farmer I know who got both knees done at the same time took about six months to heal. He complains that they still want him to do his exercises since it cuts into his work time on the farm.

My physical therapist recommends getting the surgery in the spring or summer when my joints are not aching anyway. I'm not sure when I will give up on the PT - so far he's cancelled one set of exercises since they were just making things worse.


(9,904 posts)
36. Again with the mega-meta vibes Miss CP
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:20 PM
Jan 2012

I would imagine you are apprehensive, and if you are I hope you remember that the fear of something is often worst then the actual event.


(1,856 posts)
37. I got a new hip in October
Fri Jan 20, 2012, 12:00 AM
Jan 2012

And my former brother in law got a new knee about a week later, he's doing very well, I just saw him, and I've turned the corner and can walk again. I think he made faster progress than I did, but I seem to have developed a trend of coming down with the flu right after major surgery, so that may have delayed me.

You will be fine, and grateful for the new knee.

Wow, you don't have to be there until 7:30! I always have to be there by 6am or some such uncivilized hour. I've had a few surgeries so it's getting routine for me.

If you can, avoid the rehab place. I had a nice one picked out, but I was just progressing too well, and they wouldn't approve it. Which I was glad of. My surgeon said, "Nah, you don't need it, look, you're going up and down the stairs, full weight on it, and besides, you'll pick up an infection in those places!".

Just something to consider.


(4,033 posts)
39. again....
Fri Jan 20, 2012, 12:54 AM
Jan 2012

I wish you the best. Like I told you I had mine done in October. Saw the Doc today for the 3 month check up. Don't have to see him until October.

Remember, pain medication was invented to relieve pain. Ask for it, make sure you get it on time, and schedule it so that you will to physical therapy as pain free as possible.


(24,722 posts)
43. Oh, CalPeg, you're going to be just fine.
Fri Jan 20, 2012, 01:24 AM
Jan 2012

Your reserve of good karma is as full as the ocean. It'll take care of you when you need it.


(20,277 posts)
45. *sigh!*
Fri Jan 20, 2012, 11:53 AM
Jan 2012

You know, I have always wanted to date a surgeon. What with the talented hands and all......... wait, what.....

Wishing you all the best, CPeggy!


(9,230 posts)
48. I was thinking by the thread title...
Fri Jan 20, 2012, 02:35 PM
Jan 2012

But best wishes and we will send some good luck signals later next month! I will plow the initials CP in my little crop field on that date!


(32,333 posts)
49. Will be thinking about you...
Fri Jan 20, 2012, 02:39 PM
Jan 2012

Everyone I know who had that surgery said it was the best thing they ever did for themselves. It's nice be able to move pain-free.


(64,964 posts)
50. Oh my! Best of luck with your surgery. BTW, the first thing I thought was...
Fri Jan 20, 2012, 03:22 PM
Jan 2012

"I thought CalPeggy was married. "

The empressof all

(29,098 posts)
51. Peggy, I had my hip done just one year ago
Tue Feb 21, 2012, 06:41 PM
Feb 2012

I totally understand your anxiety..But You are gonna feel so much better in about six weeks. Just keep up with the physical therapy and take the pain pills as they prescribe. They will have you up and walking the same day.

If it's not too late ask your doctor to schedule you for the first slot. My doctor does his surgeries twice a week and does three in one day. I think the first slot is the best...He'll be around in the hospital for the day in case there are any complications and you'll be able to meet with the physical therapists in the afternoon.

I know the knee is more painful that the hip for a while but believe me....it's not that bad In fact I have an appointment next month to start the process to get my knee done this spring

Old Troop

(1,991 posts)
53. You'll be tap-dancing before you know it CP.
Tue Feb 21, 2012, 07:18 PM
Feb 2012

It's a law in most states that you must learn to tap-dance before you're released from the hospital.


(16,864 posts)
55. :sigh: I'm a bad boy....
Wed Feb 22, 2012, 04:02 AM
Feb 2012

When I first read the title of the post I thought, "Isn't she married? I wonder what her husband thinks."

Yeah, lowest common denominator. That's me.

I wish you the best, hon. Keeping my fingers crossed. They'll have you on your knees in no time!



(211,489 posts)
56. Wishing you all the best, Peggy!
Wed Feb 22, 2012, 04:36 AM
Feb 2012

Can't wait to hear your stories as soon as you come back! Heal swiftly and safely...

p.s. I've been through four surgeries, two major, and I'm the biggest coward about things like that, but I'm still here to whine about them...


(15,164 posts)
58. My thoughts, prayers, best wishes and positive vibes Peggy
Wed Feb 22, 2012, 06:34 AM
Feb 2012

How long are you going to be in there?

Just try to think good thoughts, stay calm, keep positive and give yourself some of the love that you give everyone else here. If you can, take your mind of things by spending time with your family and reading books or watching TV. Yeah, yeah, yeah...I've had many surgeries before and I know that's much easier said then done and I never manage to take my own advice in the lead up to my surgeries but nevertheless I've quite often found that the wait is worse than the actual procedure and its aftermath. And focus on the benefits of what the results of the surgery will be as well

I know you'll be fine and that you'll have the thoughts, prayers and best wishes of countless people both online and in real life as you undergo this surgery so you won't be doing it alone.


(8,401 posts)
59. Tell those doctors there's a lot of people who are counting on them
Wed Feb 22, 2012, 07:46 AM
Feb 2012

to do a good job for you Peggy.

Best of luck too.

era veteran

(4,069 posts)
62. Best Wishes and a speedy recovery.
Wed Feb 22, 2012, 11:50 AM
Feb 2012

I had my left kneecap fixed in the 70's. The recovery can be amazingly fast.
Positive vibrations


(5,376 posts)
64. California Peggy, just came across your message.
Wed Feb 22, 2012, 02:47 PM
Feb 2012

I had a total knee replacement over two years ago, and just wanted to wish you well and say that the surgery and after-effects, while daunting, for me were well worth it.

Blessings to you!


(7,699 posts)
67. Good luck Peggy. My family
Wed Feb 22, 2012, 02:59 PM
Feb 2012

has had two knee replacements and many knee surgeries.
They have always worked out well.
Hoping the same for you!

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