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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 5/25/2011 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
     Hi My Family
 
I went to my appointment to discuss my leg.  well my doc cam into my cubicle wearing a wrinkled shirt and looking like death warmed over.  i dont know what happened to him but I was there to discuss my leg no matter what!
 
hardware removal is going to be Monday june 6 and I have to leave the house at 4:000am to get to hospital at 6:00.  I wont have an ace bandage from crotch to toe like last time   thank goodness.  he will use sam e incision sites that are on leg to remove hardware.  then place a bandage over incisions.
 
he said to bring my bledsoe knee brace along so it will support my leg to keep it from breaking if I fall. 
 
i start with partial weight bearing walking and I said that is what i do now with my walker.  Nothing different!!!
 
I go in one day and go home on Tuesday.  He offered me to go home same day but it is 2 hour trip one way.  i imagine my leg will be unhappy so I want meds on board before i travel and I want to be sure that I dont vomit from general anes.
 
I feel relief but anxious.  You always know that something could go wrong during general anes.
 
Then 6 months later a total knee replacement and straighten out my leg. That has me very panicky.
 
You would think after all my infertility operations 15 of them plus 2 leg surguries that operations would not affect me but it does.  I could cry at the drop of a hat just thinking about this.  it is like the first operation.
 
I just cant face anymore pain.  I had enough and i cant handle anymore and i am scared to death.
 
That is the lastest on my leg.
 
soft hugs
 
Betsey
 

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 5/25/2011 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I truly hope that this surgery to remove the hardware will help with the pain!...It may not take away all of it..(we can always pray though)..

The total knee replacement should help a lot as I've heard from others who have had this done..They were able to get their life back again with walking and even running after recovery..

I just wanted to say to make ABSOLUTELY sure that your insurance company is ok with you staying overnight in the hospital...The Dr. needs to make sure that in his notes that he writes it is 'medically necessary' for you to do this...

I had trouble with a situation like this after my first neck fusion surgery where the Dr. was the one to decide that I needed two nights in the hospital...but the insurance company declined to pay for the other night a year later!!!! It took lots of fighting but we got it covered..But it was a nightmare of 5 months of billing disputes...

So please make double sure of this beforehand...the last thing you need is bill trouble to add to your recovery..

We will be here for you through it all...Just take it one day at a time...try not to think or worry about the future right now...stress only makes the pain worse..

I wish you well!

Post Edited (Snowbunny21) : 5/25/2011 12:47:26 PM (GMT-6)


Chartreux
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   Posted 5/25/2011 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to wish you well and that I hope things go good...will
be positive for you, surgery always scares me, too...Prayers and will
be thinking of you....
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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 5/25/2011 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers and Paula you are so right! One day at a time.

Love

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er

momtofourangels
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   Posted 5/25/2011 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Betsey

I know it's scary to think about the surgery. but try not to stress yourself over it. Like some of the others have said, stress makes the pain worse. Try your best to take it one day at a time. We all will be here with you thru it all. I'll be thinking about you, and praying that a good deal of your pain will be gone when you wake up. Just think, the hardware will be gone and you will be able to get ready for what comes next. You take care.

love and big, soft hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 5/26/2011 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Wait until i tell you this.
I went to my appointment yesterday and signed all the papers for surgery and that office is 1 hour 15 minutes from my house. the hospital is 1hour 55 minutes from the house.

i got a call today from the surgeons office wanting me to come to the hospital prior to surgery for an ekg. i hit the roof. It should have been done yesterday at the doctors office but noooooo!! I told the nurse that there was a screw up yestetrday and it will not happen having me go to a hospital for a ekg.She puts me oh hold and another nurse gets on the phone and says how about coming to the doctors office. i said no it should have been done yesterday. She offered to call my primary care doc so I could go there for an ekg and then they could fax the results to the hospital. i said good luck in getting them to return your call


betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er

NiNi53
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   Posted 5/26/2011 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok Betsy it is time for you to get a doctor who answer your calls, who schedules surgery without letting the patient know about the bloodwork, ekg. etc. that goes on prior to surgery.
 
I am not sure where you live and dont want to be nosy, but girl you need to go superwoman on your doctors.
 
If your doctor works in the hospital where your surgery is being done then he seriously needs an update on procedure.  Please if possible find someone to help you, I will not go in deep explanation of the series of bozo doctors I have had (ok I have no idea why its now printing slanted letters now) but there were many prior to the doctor I have now.
 
I swear I really have to stop pressing buttons, i never know what going to happen.
 
Good luck, and please take care of yourself, and part of that is insisting you get the care you deserve.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 5/26/2011 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
My primary doc wants me to go to a hospital that you need to take their shuttlebus to the hospital...I cant go steps so that is out. So now the hospital will do the ekg on me while I wait for surgery but if my ekg is abnormal then they will cancelsurgury and they wont be able to fill in that early morning time slot. Well that isnt my problem when it should have been done wednesday when I was there.

Ok family keep me calm because i thought my blood pressure was going to explode during all this.

Love
Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er

Alcie
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   Posted 5/26/2011 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just at a small local center today to get blood work and EKG for surgery coming in 2 weeks. It's just a place near me that does this. I have an hour and a half drive to hospital for the surgery. These little clinics do the work, fax the results to the doc, usually the same day.

All you need is the prescription and you can go get the EKG done anywhere that does them. It's a whole lot better than worrying about whether it will come out OK after you haven't had any breakfast or coffee and are waiting an extra hour or two or three to get your surgery started.
Alcie
 
 

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 5/27/2011 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Family

i am doing a few things around the house to keep me busy. i am coping ok. I know that surgery will be 1 hour long to remove all plates and screws.

I am looking forward to having it done and over with. one more operation left to go .

My girlfriend will go along with my husband and i to hospital, she was a nurse before her brain tumor.

Everyone have a nice holiday weekend

betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er
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