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Date Joined Feb 2011
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   Posted 6/26/2013 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
      So the big news is that I am having surgery to fix three meniscal tears in my right knee on Friday.  I met with my Rheumatologist, who is putting me on 20 mg of Prednisone the day of surgery and two days after surgery. I then go back to my regular maintenance dose of 10 mg. every other day.  I also had to stop the Plaquenil temporarily, but I will be able to start back the day after surgery.   I also have been taking Potassium Chloride to help alleviate my hypokalemia.  Looks like that was the culprit in causing the Atrial Fibrillation that landed me in the hospital a month ago.  And I am still taking the Beta Blocker to regulate the heart rate.  Needless to say, I am a little nervous.  The last time I had surgery was in 1979, and that was also the first time I ever had surgery.  I know that procedures and techniques have changed since then, but the apprehension is still there.  I have been working on getting myself strong both physically and emotionally.  However, I did notice a bit more fatigue today and heaviness in my body that comes with stress.  Yes, this is stressful, and I keep reminding myself to breathe and visualize healing light surrounding me.  What I really need is some support from all of you.  I know in my heart how much that will help.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 6/27/2013 3:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you're getting your knee fixed.
Do you know if it's laproscopic surgery? Outpatient? You'll probably have to do physical therapy to help the healing.

Keep yourself distracted so you can't think about the surgery. I found myself worrying too much when I thought about it, but it didn't turn out half as bad as I had imagined it would be.

I had surgery for the first time about 4 years ago for GERD and the doctors and nurses were great and very caring.

Make sure you have a comfy place set up for your recovery at home and someone around for a few days to check up on you just in case.

Don't worry it will turn out just fine.
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