So, after 5 years of meds, cortisone shots, having fluid drained, and two minor surgeries, I'm finally having knee replacement surgery on the 26th. I have very mixed feelings about this. Pro - I'm really ready to have less pain, be able to sleep at night, do more with my horses, and get fitter. Con - I'm dreading major surgery, leaving all the farm work to my husband, not riding, being out of work.
Last Thursday I went to my pre-surg training class and had all my pre-surgery labs. I'm healthy other than being fat and having bad knees. Training class was good, and allayed some of my "OMG they're gonna cut off the end of my femur" fears. They "shave" off the end of my femur. I feel much better. On Monday, I have to stop taking my arthritis med, which I am dreading. And I'll probably be back on a cane again
Today was a gorgeous spring day. I bushhogged the paddocks, moved the horses over to a new paddock, put tick medicine on all of them, and spread fertilizer on all the fields. Trying to get as much stuff as possible done before surgery so it all isn't all on hubby. Looked at my gorgeous horses grazing and was proud and sad at the same time. Proud that they are at the peak of health and look wonderful, sad that I feel like I'm abandoning them. Wondered why I'm doing this and then remembered that I went downstairs on my butt like a five year old this morning because it hurt too much to walk down.
Rode the husband/guest/child horse last week, because he's much easier on my knees. He was originally broken Western and is a typical WP-type mover. Wonderful, easy, little pitty pat jog. Even when he trots out there's barely enough motion up through the saddle to require posting. He was so delightful I wondered why he's the "guest" horse.
Upped my pain meds and rode my big horse last Sunday and had a fabulous time, and then was walking with a cane for the rest of the week. The big chestnut horse moves like a hunter - big, swinging gaits, with lots of motion up through the back. More my kind of horse, but definitely more work to ride and harder on the knees. May ride the guest horse tomorrow, and that may be my last ride before surgery. Will definitely be riding him as I come back after surgery.
Brutal week at work coming up as I try to get everything handed over and buttoned up before being out for an indeterminate time.
Need to buy 1.) new underwear 2.) nightgowns and 3.) more elastic waist pants for the hospital.
Thanks for listening to me ramble and whine; will post updates as I have them.