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06/14/2010 05:36 PM

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kjv1956
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The hospital called today and I go tomorrow to have the EKG, blood work, and Xray's. All the paperwork for the FMLA and the sick leave pool. I was thinking a month as the shortest time frame but the paperwork said 8 weeks. I almost fell off of my chair. I just wish that I could get the screaming out of my head while having PT on my tendon repair. Everyone who came with a knee replacement was gone in about four weeks while I was still there two years later. I just don't want to be the one screaming. What did your did your Dr's give you for pain. Gees I really don't want any more pain.

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06/14/2010 05:44 PM
jrauls
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Hey kjv1956,

I'm afraid I screamed my head off and cried... but then I wouldn't let them stop, either... Of course, the P.T. said he gets extra to make 'em cry... not really... but it's going to hurt, I'm afraid... but it'll be worth it, I promise...

I was out 2 months from work and wish I could've been out longer... Recovery isn't going to be about laying up in your bed... They'll probably want to get you up in recovery... They tried with me but my blood pressure dropped and I fainted... I did ask for a shoulder to land on before I did and I heard the P.T. say "Wow, she's really gray." The next thing I knew I was back on the gurney...

All will be well... You just have to work through the painful part...

Jen

Post edited by: jrauls, at: 06/14/2010 05:44 PM


06/15/2010 05:43 PM
keeter

Jen, I swear! You have the worst horror stories!

I tell everyone to take their pain med about an hour before PT. Yes, PT hurts so don't wait until after to try to stop the pain. It went much better when I did it that way. I always told my PT she learned that job to torture people. She lasughed maniacally. Smile It does hurt but it needs to. They are stretching your scar and your ligaments and everything around your knee trying to keep it from tightening. Plus you're dealing with swelling after surgery and from overuse. Just stay on the pain meds when you need them.

I went back part time after 4 weeks. I wish I had waited another week to return so the second time I stayed off 5 weeks and went back 2 weeks at half time. If you can do that, it may be a way for you to not be gone as much but still have time to rest.

You will be fine! REALLY!!!


06/15/2010 08:05 PM
kjv1956
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Thanks for the feedback. I went to the pain specialist who is going to take care of the pain meds once I leave the hospital. He gave me percocet three times a day for ten days then back to the Narco. I have no idea is this will to the trick or not but will sure let him know if not. Surely he will not leave me in agony. Gads when did I become such a coward.

kjv1956


06/16/2010 12:32 AM
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Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the small little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow/

Mary Anne Radmacher

You have more courage than yout think you have and you will be fine


06/16/2010 07:27 AM
jrauls
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I didn't think of it as a horror story... Sorry... I just thought it was important that kjv1956 know it's going to be tough, and you're right, it's supposed to be tough to keep the scar tissue from tamping down and to stretch those muscles... and I should've said, I have low blood pressure naturally, so of course it dropped when I sat up after surgery... And that my knee had been in bad shape for a couple of decades so it makes since that I'd have to get a real workout... That's me... and I think a person going into the surgery needs realistic expectations... I did not have them and I did not have the most forthcoming sympathetic surgeon in the world... I'll be better prepared next time... I'll have this group for instance...

06/16/2010 05:22 PM
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Yes it is a brutal surgery-but there is a shining prospeect at the end-you will live pain free and be able to walk.I believe in being honest but I don't want to scare you. The pain is considerable. And you will have to find a way to deal with it besides the meds and the ICE and elevation. Cutting bone hurts and it is going to take time to heal. I'm sorry this is the facts but it is the way it is. NO sugar coating here!!!! You will be fine-you will find a way to cope and I found walking a way to cope. I paced back and forth up and down the street. Then ICED it and took my meds. You will be on those med a good 6 weeks with physical therapy and honey scream ifd you need to!!!!!!! I did!!!!!! And cuss out thzt PT!!!!!! They are Nazis in disquise!!!!!! Hugs , Carol

06/19/2010 05:11 PM
keeter

Jen, thank you for saying that! Carol, I swear you are just as bad with scaring people! It's different for everybody. I've probably worked with over 50 knee replacement people in tha last 5 years. Some have problems with pain meds and hurt more, some get on a med schedule and keep it more or less under control. Some people heal slowly and some people are driving in two weeks! You never know how you will respond. Even my two knees healed differently! It IS a scary surgery for sure but it generally ends up better than you expect. Carol is right that it will be worth it in the end but it is a long road. You just have to keep telling yourself each week that it is better than last week.

Kjv, it sounds like your pain doc has it all under control. I'm sure he will adjust your meds if you need to. You've talked and he has a plan so that is great to know ahead of time! It will be okay, you'll see.

You'll be in my prayers - as will your doc. I always add a prayer for God to watch over them and keep their hands steady.

Big hugs for you!

Diane


06/19/2010 06:32 PM
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Ketter,

I'm not trying to scare anybody just prepare them for what they could expect. I don' tbelieve in sugar coating things and this is a surgery that requires dertermination, patience and support for those around you. I did my alone basically ansd wished i had others' to hel;p out. My intention is not to scare people just be honest and yes everybody experiences things diferently and I pray that these people have aa onderful recovery and healing.


06/20/2010 01:15 PM
keeter

Hey! Sorry to get on you two. Honesty is good but to say that it hurts really bad is scary! It hurts bad for a while. It hurts at PT. It hurts the first two weeks. But the pain is not as horrid as it sounds when you say it hurts real bad- but maybe that's just me. I'd rather let people know it's a possibility and to be prepared for it by making sure they take their meds, use ice and heat, use a pillow, sit in a recliner, etc. I've dealt with too many terrified people! Maybe it helps to go in thinking t he worst but I'd rather go in thinking it's going to be okay.

My two cents. Wink

Hugs,

Diane

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