Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Glad to some realism on the knee replacement! Having issues as a teenager in one accident is very different from years of chronic issues, followed up with a complete replacement. Everything from the initial catalyst, age of the person at the time of the incident (or is it genetics?) to life-long climate, patient health and size, to life activity level, to individual coping with pain can all drastically affect how something like this goes.
In general, I find horse people tougher than the average bear. Those who deal with long-term joint degradation seem to be particularly good at handling this surgery. Many confuse "knee replacement" as one type of procedure. Less common is the complete bionic swap-out. No for the lilly-livered, that's for sure!
Glad you're able to dwell on the silver lining, OP. This time next year, you'll be happily plunking alongside your hubby, on your respective steeds, this hill long-conquered and a mean old memory, barely worth the energy to recall it!
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