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Home from the rehab hospital!

I actually got home Tuesday afternoon, but was too exhausted to post. They were planning for me to leave Wednesday morning, but my insurance company refused to pay for one more night, so with five minutes notice, I was out the door.

The rehab facility was great and the physical therapy was awesome. Although the nursing staff was also awesome, there were various problems mostly because they are chronically understaffed. By the time I left, I was cruising the halls of the facility with my Rollator (fancy four wheeled walker that my BIL got cheap). I'm doing as much walking as I can and doing all the exercises the therapists recommended. The new knee actually feels better if I get up and walk every 15-30 minutes. The bad knee hates that.

The only major problem I have now is that my bad knee is hurting as much or more than the new knee. I see the surgeon next week and will try to get him to schedule replacing the bad knee the week after Labor Day.

My husband has requested that for his birthday at the end of January we go on a hike together. I think I will be able to for the first time in a decade!

Edited to add - I wasn't able to post or read all last weekend because the internet was down at the facility and the one guy who knew how to reboot the router was on vacation.

I've got my new knee!

Got to the hospital at 6AM, surgery at 8, woke about 10, in the room by 11.

Pain management has been great, once they figured that morphine drip leaked out onto the bed. All the medical personnel are terrific, ready to help and answer all my questions. I'm really surprisedat how alert I am. I know I wasn't after my previous surgeries!

Tomorrow I won't be so cheerful - physical therapy starts.

Tuesday is it

Tuesday I get my new knee! I won't know what time until sometime Monday evening - it's like jury duty. I have a number to call to find out the time.

I'd hoped they would do both at once, but with my weight, asthma, high blood pressure, family history of blood clots, and other health crap, they won't do it. So I get my left knee Tuesday and work my ass off doing the physical therapy do I can get my right one before the end of the year.

I think I'm ready- wrote a new will, living will, health care directive. Got people to take care of the horses and the farm. Have food frozen for my husband while I am in the hospital and in rehab, and enough for a while once I get home. I even have an easy needlework project to work on during my down times at the rehab place.

I hope I will be back on before Tuesday, but I've got a lot of things to take care of to get ready to go. If not, see you in a couple of weeks!

Democratic Caucus SATURDAY May 5 - in Leon County!

I only know about Leon County but there are probably caucuses all over the state.

WHAT: Leon County Democratic Caucus

WHEN: Saturday, May 5th, 2012, anytime between 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Every registered, Leon County Democratic voter is eligible to vote, and it takes just a few minutes.

WHERE: Tallahassee City Hall, 300 S. Adams St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

I'm going and dragging my husband along. Anybody else from Leon County going?
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