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post #1 of 21 Old 04-17-2010, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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Preparing for knee replacement surgery

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 going to 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.
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post #2 of 21 Old 04-18-2010, 12:23 AM
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Good luck! I know what knee pain is like an agony after riding, though certainly not to the degree you do :(

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Sounds like it's going to be a long, painful adventure. But just think how great it's going to be once it's all over and done with!

I wish you all the best in your surgery and recovery!
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Maura, I hope for a very uneventful surgery and a very quick recovery. Take comfort in knowing that knee surgeries, while major, are fairly commonplace now, so docs know what they're doing! Please feel free to PM me if you just want to talk or vent - I haven't been through exactly what you have, but I'll certainly lend an ear to a fellow member of the "crappy knee" club!


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Allie, how are you doing and what has your recovery been like?
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Good luck!

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Että koskaan en ole yksin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Vaikka myrsky hetkeksi tyyntyykin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Ja pian taas uusin hönkäyksin, varjo seuraa onneain.
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Agh. I had a whole long post written out and my internet ate it.

Maura, it's very sweet of you to ask amidst your own stresses. Progress is very slow, and my physio let it slip the other day that he isn't happy with how my knee is coming along. I have no idea what that means, I'll talk to him about it next week, and discuss concerns with my other physio tomorrow. I was stupid and went for a bit of a walk in the hills on Saturday to do a photoshoot and I regretted it last night especially. My ROM is limited this morning as well, though I haven't done much to test it out yet today.

I've been inspired by your strength and resilience through this whole ordeal, Maura. I am excited for you to go through the surgery and come out the other end being able to do what you want to do again. I am very excited for you to be able to ride and not suffer the consequences for days if not a week afterwards.
I'm sure you've discussed your riding career with your doc - how long after the surgery do they anticipate you being back in the saddle?
You have my thoughts and prayers, though I'm sure the surgery and recovery will be such that you won't need them.

I have no doubt that going into this is going to be scary. It's a big surgery. But it is quite common now, and recent developments and technologies have made vast improvements to the surgery itself. No doubt it's been a long road, and will be a long recovery, but at least there's the light at the end of the tunnel now :)

Maura, you're welcome to PM me if you ever need someone to vent to. I may not be exactly where you are, or had the experience you have had, but I hope I can offer an empathetic ear (eyes?)


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Tomorrow's the big day! I don't know how long I'll be in the hospital, but I will post as soon as I can.

Can't wait for this to be over.
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Good luck!

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Keeping you in my prayers Maura! Keep us updated on your recovery and progress!
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