Hi all! Well, I've gone back to work at school and you know how busy things are at the beginning of the school year. They are exciting but busy, busy, busy, too!
I posted back in May-July about my fall and subsuquent issues with my knee problems trying to make a decision on what I needed to do. and when I needed to do it.
So, my orthopedic doc referred me to his partner for my knee surgery since I've already had 5 surgeries on this knee!! We did all the test - MRI x.-rays, catscan, venus doppler, and so forth. He does agree that a knee replacement is not only necessary but definitely needed!! He said he didn't know how I was walking around on that knee anyway. That's what I was trying to tell my other doc all summer....duh! And he was just being "conservative." Oh well. We're on the right track now. So, it looks like I've going to take a 4-6 week leave of absence to have a knee replacement. Since I've had so many involved surgeries on this kneee already,it's going to be a little tricky, but it looks like I've got just the doctor to do that. It seems he's had additional training at the Cleveland Bone and Joint Clinic on just this type of reconstructive surgery with knee replacement. So, I feel very at ease about that. I feel so blessed to live in Houston, Texas with all these great medical facilities and incredible doctors and nurses who take such good care of us!! I also very grateful that all three of my adult children also live here!!! So. even though I'm facing a knee replacement, I have my family around me. My Mom is even coming from Mississippi to stay with us. Life is truly good! December 14th is my day for surgery!!! Mark it on your calendar. I'll keep you posted as things go on.
Let me hear from you alll When I fell this summer and was laid up, HW was such a life saver!!! I know I'm definitely going to count om you all through this next surgery and recovery. I just had my Remicade infusion Tuesday and things went well. I see my rheumy on Wednesday for a check-up. I'll let you know how it all goes. One step at a time........
Current DX: psoriatic arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis/spondylitis/fibromyalgia, CD, carpal tunnel, degenerative disc disorder, nerve damage, high blood pressure
Current meds: Remicade 400 mg. every 5-6 weeks, methotrexate 15 mg., celebrex, micardis/hct, folic acid,
flexeril, topamax, toprol XL, lortab 10-500, zoloft, and now nitroglycerine
Previous meds: Enbrel, humira, bextra, vioxx