Getting new knee Dec 30

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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/10/2011 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Here is the latest...on Dec 15 I have pre op tests and allergy testing at our local hospital.  4 days later I will know if  I am allergic to anything else besides nickel.  Then the ortho doc can order me my knee that I wont be allergic to.  I am concerned about that.  I hope that I will be able to accept a knee.
 
I have a surgery date for Dec 30 to get a knee and straighten my tibia.
 
Looking forward to it but it will be my 4th surgery in a year.  I feel that with each surgery it takes years off from me. Does anybody else feel like that?
 
3 days in hospital and 1 week as inpatient at rehab 5 minutes from our house.
 
Then I will finish up my rehab in Florida.  I am not dealing with ice and snow while getting to rehab.
 
Betsey

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   Posted 12/10/2011 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Prayers and many well wishes Betsey and I hope this surgery will go
better for you and last you for many many years...knee replace is
painful so I hope it's not so painful for you....keep us posted we do care...
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Lulicious
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   Posted 12/10/2011 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
My Dad just got his new bionic knee at the begining of November.....he hurts from the surgery, but is doing wonderful. I am sure you will be fine, knees have come along way over the years. His last one was over 30 years ago. I will keep you in my thoughts....
Cheryl

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   Posted 12/10/2011 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Well that's good news Betsey. Wishing you much luck and as little post op pain as possible. Keep us up to date.

Suzane

momtofourangels
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   Posted 12/10/2011 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
What good news Betsy. I hope you have the least post op pain as possible. Take care.

lovre and hugs
Loretta
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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/10/2011 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone

I can feel the warm fuzzy thoughts coming to me.

Since I had 3 horrible surgeries and post op pain and PT out the ying yang i should sail thru this with flying colors.

I will call SE to keep him updated when I am without internet capabilities.

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT

sunflower7
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   Posted 12/11/2011 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Betsey I am so glad you are finally getting the knee.

After all your posts I feel I know you.
We have spoken in chat, but not for a long time.

You are looking for a hobby, have you tried weaving?
You can get small laptop looms and sit comfortably while weaving.

Ciao
Bonnie

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/11/2011 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never tried weaving but Im game for it. Can I get everything at a craft store?

Gosh, I hurt so bad tonight. My back is spastic, comes over me in waves of spasms. Pain is at an 8 and I took my med and Im at an 8. It stinks. PM doc reduced my oxycontin 10 mg 3 times a day to 2 a day.

Im nervous about the surgery.

I just need to keep myself occupied.

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT

sunflower7
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   Posted 12/11/2011 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I bought my Rigid Heddle Loom at a Wool store. You can order them online too. I would recommend googling and researching first. Lots of utube videos. Have fun.
Bonnie

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   Posted 12/11/2011 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah  That is good news...I will keep you in my prayers.


Bless you, Amy turn

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/12/2011 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone!

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT

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   Posted 12/12/2011 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
 
       I hope this cures your pain Betsey! wink
 
             The countdown begins!
 
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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/13/2011 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Wednesday I go to ortho office and pickup allergy test kit and thursday I drive to hospital with allergy test kit for pre op tests. On 12-21 I have ortho appt with my ortho doc. There I can express my fears.

He was an army doctor so he isnt exactly warm and fuzzy but he is a good doctor.

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT

Draka
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   Posted 12/13/2011 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope your new knee works out for you!
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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/14/2011 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to my ortho docs office to pick up the allergy test kit. that was an effort for me today. My left leg was at a 9 this morning.

Tommorrow I go to hospital with my allergy test kit and hobble in to preregistration and get all my testing done.I will be able to do my physical therapy after my operation. I am very determined!!

Thanks everyone for the words of encouragement.

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/15/2011 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Today I parked in a handicap parking spot at the hospital,I used my handicap placard,and I had to hobble to far to get to the hospital entrance. Leg pain up to an 8.

Had difficulty finding preadmission testing registration, signs were worthless, asked a lady who was walking like she knew the hospital. She helped me find it, something good should happen to that sweet lady. I told the check in lady that I had an allergy test kit with me that has to be done today. That went right over her head and it wasnt addressed.

I went to preadmission testing, had my weight, height, BP taken. Then ekg, then handed off to another nurse who filled out more paperwork. I am now there 2 hours. Leg pain up to a 9.

Went to lab for blood letting.lol. I presented my allergy test kit to phlbotomist and she asked,where is the script? How do I know? So out to registration I went where they called ortho doc and was told script will be faxed in 5 minutes. 30 minutes later ,still waiting! Finally it was faxed. Back I go to lab with script. Same technician came up to me, she couldnt find a good vein, digging around, then it collapsed. Onto other arm, tapped on arm and I squeezed my hand , finally found a flowing vein. Got 8 vials of blood. Then she said I would have to pay ups shipping charges on it overnight to Illinois. I dont have the money today. i called my ortho doc. His nurse told me to hand it to her at the office and she will overnight it.

Next Tuesday I go to another building to give a bag of my blood. I will drink alot of water before hand.

Wednesday I have consult with my ortho doc. I dont feel at all comfortable with that hospital and its employees. i love my doctor but he only operates out of one hospital. I am very uneasy about this hospital due to how I was handled today.

I will express that when I see my doc on Wednesday.

I wish I could drink, I could use a glass of chablis.

Soft Hugs
Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT

CRPSpatient
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   Posted 12/15/2011 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Betsey, so sorry about your experiences today, but how good to hear that your surgery is planned. I hope that everything goes smoothly. Thinking of you my friend :)

Laura
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Heather Lynn
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   Posted 12/15/2011 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Betsey, I am happy to see your surgery is scheduled, but I am sorry the hospital gave you the run around today. Hospitals can be so chaotic! I always expect more from a place that is intended for healing.

I will be thinking of you and praying that your surgery goes well and you recover well.

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/18/2011 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Here it is Sunday, we went out for breakfast then to grocery store, I was in a motorized cart, then home.
 
Saw two cop cars 3 houses away from our house.  When the police left my neighbor told me that a guy was outside yelling that he wanted a knife to end it all.  What a shame that a person feels so depressed to want to do that.  the police scooped him up and took him to a hospital.
 
Tuesday I donate a bag of my blood for surgery and then wednesday morning I talk to my ortho doc about the results of my allergy tests and my surgery.
 
I am aprehensive about this surgery,New hospital and new anesteslogy  dept to deal with.
 
I keep praying to give the surgeon the ability to place a knee in me that im not allergic to and have minimal post op pain
 
Soft Hugs
Betsey

flower123
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   Posted 12/18/2011 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Betsey. I just wanted to pop in and say that I hope your surgery goes well. I understand not liking the hospital you have to go to. I'll have to give birth at a hospital that I don't like at all, but it's the only one my doctor works out of, so I'm stuck.

Anyway, I have met so many people with new knees at therapy, and many have told me that it really makes such a difference. I hope that you get relief, and I will keep you in my prayers.

Hugs,

Flower

flower123
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   Posted 12/18/2011 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Betsey. I just wanted to pop in and say that I hope your surgery goes well. I understand not liking the hospital you have to go to. I'll have to give birth at a hospital that I don't like at all, but it's the only one my doctor works out of, so I'm stuck.

Anyway, I have met so many people with new knees at therapy, and many have told me that it really makes such a difference. I hope that you get relief, and I will keep you in my prayers.

Hugs,

Flower

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/18/2011 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Flower

Thanks sp much for the words of encouragement. It certainly helps.

When are you do to deliver? I will pray for you to. You will be a wonderful mommie.

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT

momtofourangels
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   Posted 12/18/2011 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Betsie I'm sorry you went thru so much at the hospital. I will be praying on the 30th that your surgery will go well, and that your healing will go well. Love ya my friend.

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
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/18/2011 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Loretta

Thank you so much.

Have a nice holiday

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT

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   Posted 12/18/2011 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Betsey, good luck to you on your upcoming surgery, I hope it goes well for you, and that your recovery is smooth.

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