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  • Under the Knife...Again

    11 posts, 8 voices, 691 views, started Nov 9, 2008

    Posted on Sunday, November 9, 2008 by Cheryl Phillips

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    • It’s a gorgeous Sunday...blue skies, beautiful fall leaves and the sun is making it a bit warmer than the thermometer says! I love Sundays like this. I wish the kids were here this weekend but I’ve really enjoyed my time getting things before my 3rd knee surgery of the year. I’ve spent some time with my wonderful Mr. Handsome, too...and we‘re going out for dinner tonight before I hit the midnight cut-off of “no food and drinks” that I so hate! Surgery stinks.

      OK, I’ve got anxiety like nobody’s business. Yesterday I bought two new sweaters, a pair of pants, 2 candles and a pair of (FLAT dammit!!) shoes. All to ease the pain of Monday’s surgery. Sort of. Still, I have anxiety that won’t quit. I’m having a glass of wine tonight with dinner...the comfort of a great guy will help, too.  

      I started a blog [Link Removed] when I had my first surgery 11/26/07. I never really did much with it. My other blog, The Daily Blonde, keeps me busy. So does life.

      Does anyone out there have stories to tell...maybe some positive outcomes or just a knee-venting? :)

      The screws that are in my knee are making all sorts of trouble. I tried to have fun with this and post a humorous blog post TOP TEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT SURGERY [Link Removed]) to keep me smiling. However, I’m still wondering how things will go. I need a total knee/joint replacement soon. However, I went through the fall/winter/spring and most of summer on crutches...I’m going to wait a bit for that.

      I’d love to hear what others have gone through. My first surgery was a TTT ...tibial tuberosity transfer with repositioning that kept me in the hospital in Nov 07. I then had a 3 hour surgery to manipulate my “Frozen” knee and clear out scar tissue in April. I’ve been going to PT for a year, have arthofibrosis and RSD. Painful, annoying and debilitating no matter how hard I try. I don’t walk well..sort of like a penguin...and I’m on my 9th knee brace. My knee does not stay in place if I take it off. Imagine the glamour.

      Well, hopefully there is NO ONE out there with knee problems...wouldn’t that be nice? But I suspect there are....


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          Darla5 wrote Nov 9, 2008
        • Cheryl,

          I truly feel for you.

          I have had a few surgeries thru the years. Nothing has compared to my shoulder surgery that I had in July of this year.

          My new dog Charlie was sitting beside me on a leash and bolted quickly. My shoulder went with him. It was so soar for weeks. I did not think much about it. I could not sleep on it, It hurt to raise my arm to brush my teeth or blow dry my hair etc... I could not sleep laying on it. So on and on...

          I went to the Doc in the box. They did not know what they were doing. They told me it was degenerative muscle tissue. It happens to everybody when they get older. Gave me celebrex and said come back in 6 weeks. I knew it was more. How can I be fine one day and not raise my arm the next?

          I was in tears because of the pain. Finally, I went to a shoulder specialist had surgery  for a rotator cuff tear. Physically therapy . Then the frozen shoulder set in. Dear God... what next... X-ray, MRI, Steriod shots and  cortisone shots as you know are painful in the joints. I have had to go in out patient surgery and have the  manual manipulation of the shoulder under anesthesia. Physically therapy started the next day.

          I have seen BIG grown men have tears down their face with the same injury I have had in PT. It is tough.
          I never knew how much I used my shoulder. I can barely lift a 5 pound weight. I have been told it could take over a year. I am worn out after PT.

          This was a wake up call to start exercising and taking better care of myself.  

          You never know what you have until it is gone.

          So, stay strong, I wish you the best, Prayers are coming your way. Please let us know how things go.



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          Cheryl Phillips wrote Nov 9, 2008
        • UGH!! I know that is painful!! A good friend of mine had the same thing and suffered so much.  

          I am with you on the never know what you have phrase. I miss my leg, my knee, walking normally and I’ve got HUGE self esteem issues with the way I walk. I hate it. But, this too will pass in time.

          Thanks so much and I hope you are OK. Pain is not good...friends are great!



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          Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 9, 2008
        • I’m fortunate that the only surgery I’ve ever had is to remove my appendix. 5 days in the hospital is no picnic. Darla-yes exerrcise has helped. I used to be a body builder-verry muscular. Now, I maintain what I have-no longer trying to build. Muscle definitely protects your body from a lot of hurts!



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          Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 9, 2008
        • Cheryl, good luck with your surgery! I’ll be thinking of ya!



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          Simplysuz wrote Nov 9, 2008
        • Hello,

          I am so new to this site, and I have no clue what took me to your blog, but wanted to let you know that I have had both of my knees totally replaced.  I have had knee problems for YEARS, actually forever.  The Dr said that if my parents would have really went to the bother and saw that I had a problem, and put me in some knee braces when I was really young, then my body frame would not have grown the way that it has.  I was told by a Dr. the summer before entering H.S. that I had a pretty bad case of arthritis and dislocated knee caps, both of them.  I think the whole surgery thing freaked my parents out, along with me.  Imagine walking the halls of H.S. with crutches, and boarding a bus twice a day.  My Mother would have NEVER gotten her fanny up to transport me back and forth to school.  I was told that I had better do something to my knees before childbirth.  Well I had two children, and I didn’t drop dead..ha!  Anyhow, I had had the same issues for years, so much pain, no cartilage, etc.  I had a few of the arthroscopic surgeries, surgery where they repaired the torn meniscus, where they went in and debrided the bones, etc., and finally went in Nov. of 2006 to bravely have the surgery.  I also have went through physical therapy, knee braces, cortisone injections, and a several injections of the more recent hyalagan injections.  Pardon my spelling or grammar here, as I said I am new, and don’t know where all the buttons and gadgets are....  I opted to get them both done during the same surgical procedure.  I thought of saving money with co-pays, not wanting to have one knee done and think of all the worries all over again, and do the other, and just to get any pain all over with at once!!!  I was totally grinding bone to bone with both of my knees, and my back is a disaster with herniated prolapsed discs on top of things.  I was in the hospital rehabilitating for almost 2 wks.  They rehabilitate many in nursing homes.  I told my Dr. that was not an option with me, and I would do whatever to rehabilitate at the hospital.  I had to go through all of the medical tests necessary to assure the Dr. that I was ok to have both done at the same time.  It is difficult, and it has been a journey, but it is doable.  If that is the word I want to use!!!!  I think we pull from an inner tank, a reserve tank of strength.  I was widowed at the age of 26, and left to raise two small children with no life insurance as well!!! This was many years before that that occurred though.  I was to have had PT  therapy after the replacement surgery  for six months I believe.  I went to 8-9 sessions outside of the therapy they give you at the hospital.  That probably was my biggest mistake, but you do what you have to do when you have to watch costs.  I just did the strengthening exercises at home.  In the hospital they give you several mini sessions of physical and occupational therapy each day (six of them a day!!!)  I could go on, but I recommend going straight to the knee replacement if you know that is the inevitable...save time and save all the rest that comes along with it.  The question has been asked if I will do both again the next time they are in need of replacements, and the answer is an honest NO.  I think I would rather work on recovering each knee one at a time, because you need one good one to literally lean on.  These things don’t last forever , but they last a lot longer then they used to, and now they have come up with gender specific knees.  I just had the unisex ones. I think the women’s ones are smaller.  I know this is a procedure that I will have more then a few times in this lifetime, because like anything else...parts wear out!!  Anyhow, I just thought I would add my input.  One thing I recommend before I close, is to do as much preparation beforehand with things around the house, and also physical exercises and any conditioning with your knee(s) that you can.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 9, 2008
        • Cheryl, you‘re on my calendar to send you prayers and support for your surgery. You’ll be in my thoughts.

          Cynthia



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          Bobbi Bacha wrote Nov 9, 2008
        • Cheryl, your in my prayers, your a special Greeneyedlady.  Hang tough.



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          Cheryl Phillips wrote Nov 12, 2008
        • Hello...and thanks for the great notes. I’m home...yay. It feels like it’s been such a long week already. Glad to be home.  

          Simplysuz...welcome to Fab40. Thanks for your input. You‘re a strong lady. I give you a big round of applause for all you’ve been thru. :) hugs.

          My surgery went fine...although they almost didn’t do it because I had such high anxiety. Just something I seem to do when the needles start coming. Once the drugs took effect, I didn’t care about a thing. :)

          The bone pain is incredible today. They took the 3.5” screws out that were holding my tendon to my tibia. They were catching on my scar tissue which just keeps reforming. The bone has healed enough to the tendon that removing the screws is OK. Glad they are out—-can’t wait for it to heal.

          I desperately need knee replacement surgery...and I’ve always been great with my PT. I’ve been in PT between 3-5 days a week for the past year. I never miss. It’s helped a lot but I’ve also got to be careful—I’m bone on bone in the knee like simplysuz talked about above. I also have arthofibrosis and just a lot of damage to the knee. My whole alignment is out of whack now and it’s affected my back and the way I walk.

          Lucky that Mr Handsome loves me just the same. Heck, he’s a hot 39 year old man, successful,active, gorgeous sons...he could get any woman who can walk straight and doesn’t have scars everywhere...but that speaks volumes about him. He’s been such a great help this week. Can’t wait to just have him come fall asleep with me...sounds sort of corny, but it’s therapy.

          Thanks for the well wishes. I’m on the mend...thank goodness for the laptop. I’ve had far too much sleep!!

          Cheryl



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          Darla5 wrote Nov 12, 2008
        • Cheryl,

          I am so happy to hear everything went ok. It is tough. I hate to hear your in pain.  

          Take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest. I know it is hard right now to move around.

          So happy for you having that good looking sweetheart. He sounds like the real deal and he loves you completely. It is so nice when we finally get it right!!!

          Keep us posted and hang in there!



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          Denise Richardson wrote Jan 12, 2009
        • WOW! I have been through two kneee surgeries on the same knee, but thank God I didn’t have to have any foreign objects placed in it. The last procedure the doctor did was puncture about 13 or so holes in my bones to allow it to bleed to make new cells to attach to my knee cap where I lost the cartilege, I guess I’m saying it right lol, but anyhow that surgery worked and I haven’t had any problems with my knee since.



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