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Post by ONTARIO on Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:23 am

In case I don't get a chance to get back on here today....

Good luck tomorrow! I hope all goes well and you are up and at 'em again soon!

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Post by Narrowminded on Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:31 pm

Thinking of you today Rig as you go through your last prep prior to tomorrow. Prayers for wisdom for the docs and a quick recovery.

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Post by tomi1000 on Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:53 pm

You'll do great! Smile I've seen amazing results, and very quick recoveries from this type of surgery. Smile Blessings to hands that will be doing the work.
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Post by Meant2Move on Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:14 pm

Thinking of you!
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:06 am

Best wishes on your surgery. May it go well and a great start on your recovery already underway as soon as you read this.
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Post by perennialpam on Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:46 am

Know you'll get thru this phase like a star. Hope the pain is manageable and that you had that chance to train your wife on mowing duties. Smile
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Post by Narrowminded on Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:45 am

Praying now Rig.
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Post by Pedidoc on Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:53 am

Sending thoughts and prayers for a successful surgery and quick recovery.
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Post by Rig D on Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:42 pm

My knee replacement surgery Thursday went extremely well, It was at at 7:30 AM and they had me up and walking on it at 1:30.
On Thursday I was on a clear liquid diet, but this morning shifted over to a regular diet and had a very good omelette this morning, and a mediocre sandwich for lunch.it tasted great, but the 2oz roast beef was sadly lacking in volume. I was discharged and home around 4:30 today (Friday).

My pain level is quite low, less than what I experienced in my knee replacement last year, and I seem to be well ahead of where I was last year in terms of knee range of motion.

Once again Kettering Hospital's staff was amazingly good, helpful and friendly across the board.

Thanks for all the prayers and best wishes.
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Post by The Walrus on Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:50 pm

So good to hear!
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Post by tomi1000 on Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:48 pm

Glad you're home and the healing is well under way!
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Post by perennialpam on Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:11 am

All sounds good Rig. Very good indeed considering an increased range of motion

Glad you are home in your newly painted livingroom.
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Post by Rig D on Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:16 am

I spent the night getting about one hour sleep, then going to the bathroom to pee.  The good news here is that the lowered knee pain I'm experiencing reflected in much easier ability to doze off.

I weighed this AM, and oh my, what a shock, I was at 257.5 up 17 pounds from last Sunday's reading. That is a lot more than I added last year. But I did nothing for 2 days but consume fluids and have an IV drip going non-stop. Hopefully I'll see the water weight move out of my system rapidly. And my bowels need to start performing again, all the meds have constipation as a side effect, so am trying to address this, but no success yet.
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Post by Narrowminded on Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:06 pm

Rig it’s so good to hear all went so well. I’m wondering if the extra exercise prep ahead of the surgery this year has helped with the entire process.

I’m sure that 17 is all water and will be gone quickly.

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Post by Rig D on Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:26 am

Week 24 update Weight: 248 Up 7.5
Ok, I'm not counting this week. Considering that on Sat after coming home from surgery on Thursday I was at 257.5, that means that all the non-stop potty runs yesterday saw me lose almost 10 pounds of water. I can believe it, And my bowels finally started getting back to normal, so all is good.

My leg is pretty swollen, and expect it to stay that way for some time. I have better mobility in It and I think I'm about a week ahead of my last year's experience. My range of motion was 0 (straight leg) to 86) bent, so that is all good. My stomach has felt lousy since getting home, but making a couple of big bathroom runs has helped and I'm hoping to see my appetite return to something like normal. In general, I feel better than I did last time around, I'm not as physically exhausted and not needing to sleep as much.
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Post by Narrowminded on Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:18 am

Rig all very good news. I´m sure some of that 7 is in your leg. It will disípate soon enough.

I definitely think you were in better shape going in this year. You had cleaned up your diet and were losing prior. Every little thing like that helps.

I´m thrilled at your progress this far. Smile
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Post by Rig D on Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:32 am

NM, I think you are probably on target, and I'm happy with progress os far as well.
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Post by perennialpam on Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:33 pm

All sounds good Rig!
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Post by The Walrus on Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:03 pm

Glad all is well!
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Post by Annieh on Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:59 am

Good news Rig. All the best for continued excellent recovery.
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Post by Rig D on Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:39 am

My weight continues to fall rapidly as the fluids flush out. This morning I was under 244.

I had a home nurse here over the weekend as part of my follow up out-patient treatment and she is not happy with my blood pressure, which is up significantly post surgery. She contacted my MD, and he said to take an extra pill of my BP med, no big deal, so I'm watching the BP closer than normal and will continue to take an extra pill when dictated. I'm on a fairly low dose 2xday so 1 more pill isn't that much extra. I expect the BP will fall into line within a few days. Not concerned about it.

I should be getting my home PT started in a couple of days, I have requested the same PT that I had last year, I really liked him and he's still on staff. Hope my request will be met.

Pain and muscle soreness up a little this morning, my upper thigh is still quite sore from where they applied a tourniquet during the surgery.
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Post by Narrowminded on Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:34 am

Good news Rig. I’m guessing the BP will continue to come in line as the inflammation flushes out.

Hopefully you will get your PT request. Always good to have someone you like working with.

How’s the walking going?
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Post by Rig D on Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:11 am

I'm not doing anything specific on walking yet, just moving around the house a fair amount. All the med folks are advising not to overdue things early, that I can hinder long term recovery by overdoing things early on. But I'm much more mobile and moving around a lot more than I did with last yr's surgery.
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Post by tomi1000 on Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:34 pm

well, some of that stuff sounds really uncomfortable! I guess all things expected after a surgery such as this, right? I mean - you did have a major joint removed and replaced. But your attitude and outlook is so great! That has MUCH to do with recovery - so good for you!

Isn't it amazing how much fluid the body can hang on to? Must be nice to see the scale settling back down to pre-surgery numbers.
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Post by ONTARIO on Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:30 pm

Rig, I was thinking of you and wondering how you were doing while I was away this weekend (no internet). I am happy to read things are going well and your post-surgery issues are dissipating. I'm sure that once your BP settles and you feel more up to getting back to the normal diet and food consumption you'll be feeling yourself again. Pain meds are brutal on the digestive system. Maybe take more magnesium while you are on the pain meds.

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