Saturday, September 05, 2009

Long time, no post

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”.

It's still a little swollen from Physical Therapy, but looking much better than it was in May.


KathyInStitches said...

It does look good (glad the nephews agree!!)
Continued good healing thoughts flying to you hourly!!


Trillian42 said...

For just over a month, that scar looks AMAZING! It looks like it's healing up beautifully.

Bezzie said...

Not to mention you take a killer knee-self portrait!!!

I have scar envy. My Chunkymoochie scar isn't nearly that cool!!!

Kim said...

That is a lot to learn in one summer! Glad you are doing well with your knee and hope you contine to heal.

turtlegirl76 said...

So you're like the Bionic Woman now. Cool! Can you make that neat ch-ch-ch-ch-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha sound when you walk too?