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Thread: Knee surgery

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    Boolit Master

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    Sep 2010
    Colorado Springs, Colorado
    My 81 year old Mom had a knee done about 4 years ago. She walked to the car with a walker (wheelchair out the door of course) ditched the walker the next day. PT 3 times a week for a month, twice a week for a month which she called 'inconvenient.' She doesn't walk 3 miles every day like she used to so Dad walks with her to Walmart/Burger King/whatever place they want to go, and then Dad goes home for the car. When my brother and I are there one of us gets the car so Dad can stay with Mom. Sometimes, Mom walks home with Dad, depends on how she feels that due to other health issues, not her knee.

    Dad starts his Day (well, after Mom brings him breakfast in bed) watching the morning stock reports and Mom reads her Bible. After an hour or so, Dad hits the treadmill for 30 to 45 minutes. Blood pressure meds don't work for him, the treadmill does. And several walks a day are on his routine list, not bad for 80.

    Getting older and dealing with the usual maladies comes with the territory. Mom and Dad grew up down the street from each other, having known each other since they were 5. Farm kids, raised by farm kids, Mom's people having come from Texas, Dad's from Oklahoma, you know dust bowl refugees who ended up in Central California. All of my Grandparents lived into their 90s, except Mom's Dad, help got injured on the farm which resulted in a blood infection. I wished I could have known him better.

    The point of my little story here is having to wait another year for your surgery seems like a choice made with good intention and reason. You know you don't want to miss your summer there and will put up with the 'inconvenience' of a bum knee. Mom felt better the day after she had her knee done and wanted to do her own PT at home. Well, doctors and physical therapists don't like missing out on a 'billable hour,' just like attorneys. Enjoy your summer, I hope the shot helps, may God provide the strength and assurance that all will go well.
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    Mar 2010
    Land of 10,000 Lakes
    fcvan, thanks.

    Also, below is a more in depth update, I wasn't going to go into all these details (the hassle of typing it all out), but I was encouraged to do so, on my FB page, so I figured I'd cut n paste here too.

    As I previously posted, I opted for surgery cancelation and a cortisone shot. BUT, my initial option from the Hospital was to postpone this surgery until June, (which would likely just be postponed again for obvious reasons.) I told them I was NOT willing to have this surgery during what is predicted to be the Peak of the flattened out curve of Covid-19. The Experts advising Gov Walz have predicted the peak, in Minnesota, of what will hopefully be a flattened out curve to be 14 weeks from now.

    Could you imagine catching Covid-19, even if I were to just have mild flu-like symptoms, while trying to recover from surgery and trying to do the PT, with occasional visits to the Hospital PT department...Do you think those visits would even happen?
    So my decision to get a shot, to tide me over until a farther in the future surgery date, was a NO BRAINER.

    Also, I prefer the recovery to be during a season that isn't Summer. I will pursue the surgery in 9 or 10 months, depending on many factors ...I also hope my attempt to lose more weight by then, will have some success. I started watching carb intake a month ago (because of this surgery), and while I only have seemingly lost a couple pounds, considering the lack my of activity due to MN Spring icy conditions and a untrustworthy knee, I probably would have gained 5 lbs in the last month without doing the no/low carb diet.

    As to my exact condition, this left knee is Arthritic, as well as, misalignment, as well as, torn cartilage, as well as areas of scar tissue & a floating chunk of bone above the knee cap from previous injuries. So I likely have some bone on bone areas as well. So I will obviously not procrastinate the surgery for any old reason.

    So now I'm 21 hours into the cortisone shot, a HUGE improvement, me knee feeling great, but is still clicking some. ...And yes, I know there is the pain numbing agent in that injection that lasts 1 to 2 days ...and the cortisone really doesn't take effect for one to 2 weeks.

    My many thanks to all of you who are concerned and have offered info and personal experience, as well as the many prayers.
    Last edited by JonB_in_Glencoe; 03-26-2020 at 01:24 PM.
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