I’ve spent the summer concentrating on one thing; surgery and recovery. You may remember this swollen up knee which kept me from going to MD S&W and all the damage revealed by the MRI. On July 27th I had a total knee replacement. The surgery went off without a hitch, but there are a few things I learned this summer that I wanted to share.
What I learned:
I have a high pain threshold, and a high pain medication threshold. What would be a high dose for a normal person was enough to just take the edge off my pain. My family and doctor were afraid I was becoming addicted. I was not and I am not.
If absolutely necessary, I can give myself an injection. I had a blood thinner which I had to inject two times a day in my belly. I was so glad when that was over and done with.
My local Health Department told me to put all my sharps in a container, tape it shut, (I had a red sharps container given to me), write “Do not recycle” on it and THROW IT IN THE REGULAR TRASH. Can you believe that????? When I questioned the woman I spoke with, she said that is what they tell all the diabetics that call them from the township, so it would apply to me too. I hung up the phone and cried.
You are never too old to need your mommy.
You can’t count on the people you thought you could.
I wasn’t ready for my mom and dad to leave, but as soon as I could drive myself to physical therapy, they packed up and left.
Nephew #2 will put down a video game to look at an incision. He thought the staples in mine were really cool.
I’d be happy working from home, or not working at all. I don’t want to go back to work in October.
Bezzie thinks my scar is cool. I think it looks too much like something Frankenstein would have. The nephews think it’s “looking really good”.