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Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:46 PM

**Update on how I'm doing**

I've had a number of very kind people ask me how my knee is, and how I'm doing...

Well, today I saw my surgeon for my two-week check, and it's official: I'm doing great.

I've shed the knee immobilizers, and the walkers...

No cane either.

I've got good range of motion in the knee, and can now bend it to 110 degrees.

What little pain I have is hardly noticeable and only if it interferes with my sleep do I take any pain med for it.

And the best part? Now I no longer need to cover the knee with Saran Wrap to keep it dry in the shower! It's healed to the point that I can let the water run freely over it.

Every day, I'm a little bit stronger, a little bit more myself...

Thank you, all of you, for standing by me as I pass through this adventure!

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CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 OP
Old and In the Way Mar 2012 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #3
Moondog Mar 2012 #2
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #5
geardaddy Mar 2012 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #6
geardaddy Mar 2012 #7
lunatica Mar 2012 #8
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #14
hifiguy Mar 2012 #9
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #15
siligut Mar 2012 #10
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #16
easttexaslefty Mar 2012 #11
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #18
Arugula Latte Mar 2012 #12
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #19
WilliamPitt Mar 2012 #13
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #20
Taverner Mar 2012 #17
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #22
Taverner Mar 2012 #24
WCGreen Mar 2012 #21
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #23
Tuesday Afternoon Mar 2012 #25
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #26
ScreamingMeemie Mar 2012 #27
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #30
Bake Mar 2012 #28
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #31
applegrove Mar 2012 #29
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #32
a2liberal Mar 2012 #33
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #35
dimbear Mar 2012 #34
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #36
frogmarch Mar 2012 #37
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #47
trof Mar 2012 #38
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #48
Aristus Mar 2012 #39
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #49
Steerpike Mar 2012 #40
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #50
Dystopian Mar 2012 #41
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #51
MiddleFingerMom Mar 2012 #42
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #52
peacefreak Mar 2012 #43
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #54
pacalo Mar 2012 #44
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #55
Swede Mar 2012 #45
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #56
Leftist Agitator Mar 2012 #46
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #57
RiffRandell Mar 2012 #53
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #58
csziggy Mar 2012 #59
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #60
DesertFlower Mar 2012 #61
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #62
hedgehog Mar 2012 #63
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #67
sueh Mar 2012 #64
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #68
Xipe Totec Mar 2012 #65
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #69
MiddleFingerMom Mar 2012 #75
Generic Other Mar 2012 #66
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #70
UrbScotty Mar 2012 #71
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #72
UrbScotty Mar 2012 #74
cherokeeprogressive Mar 2012 #73
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #77
cherokeeprogressive Mar 2012 #80
BlancheSplanchnik Mar 2012 #76
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #78
Boudica the Lyoness Mar 2012 #79
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2012 #81
denbot Mar 2012 #82
6000eliot Mar 2012 #83
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DFW Mar 2012 #85
Scuba Mar 2012 #86
HopeHoops Mar 2012 #87
Gormy Cuss Mar 2012 #88
OmahaBlueDog Mar 2012 #89
AtomicKitten Mar 2012 #90
pacalo Mar 2012 #91
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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:49 PM

1. Good news CP!

Keep exercising that knee...if it gets a little sore, that means your making progress!

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Response to Old and In the Way (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:54 PM

3. My dear Old and In the Way!

Yeah, I have a little soreness, but I just massage it, and keep on going!

Now if I could just get rid of this pesky cold!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:53 PM

2. Sounds great.

I live in FL - the land of hip and knee replacements. I know at least a dozen people that have had this done in the last two years or so. Based upon their experience as related to me, it sounds as though your progress is first rate.

Congrats. Whatever you're doing - keep doing it.

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Response to Moondog (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:55 PM

5. Thank you, my dear Moondog!

Gentle thorough exercises...

Plenty of rest.

And the ability to laugh at myself!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:55 PM

4. I'm guessing you'll probably keep covering it in Saran wrap

You're kinky that way.

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:57 PM

6. My dear geardaddy!

I am not either kinky!

Well, not that way, lol!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:58 PM

7. lol

Glad to hear you're doing better.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:59 PM

8. I'm delighted to hear that!

Hugs dear CaliforniaPeggy!

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Response to lunatica (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:44 PM

14. Hugs back atcha, my dear lunatica!

Thanks, sweetie...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:12 PM

9. Good on ya, CP!

DU wasn't the same without you.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #9)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:45 PM

15. My dear hifiguy!

You mean, things were quieter, less crazy, fewer F-Bombs?

J/K!

Thank you, sweetie...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:14 PM

10. You certainly are doing great

You are a surgeon's dream. Wonderful that you no longer need the saran wrap, that is such an inefficient system and it never works that well anyway.

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Response to siligut (Reply #10)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:47 PM

16. My dear siligut!

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be doing this well after only two weeks...

I am amazed!

Thanks, sweetie...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:16 PM

11. Good job!!!!

Yay, you!!

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Response to easttexaslefty (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:48 PM

18. My dear easttexaslefty!

Aw, thanks for the great sentiments and smileys!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:30 PM

12. Fantastic!

So glad to hear it!

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #12)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:49 PM

19. My dear Arugula Latte!

Thanks, sweetie!

I'm glad to be able to report it!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:31 PM

13. Woo!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #13)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:50 PM

20. My dear Will...

Thank you, sweetie...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:48 PM

17. Awesome!

 

I knew you had it in you

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Response to Taverner (Reply #17)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:51 PM

22. My dear Taverner!

I sure as hell wouldn't have believed you if you'd told me!

Thanks, sweetie...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #22)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:56 PM

24. You're California Peggy! How could you not pull through?

 

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:51 PM

21. Good to hear,Peg....

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #21)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:52 PM

23. Thanks, Chris...

Your support means so much...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:01 PM

25. woot!

cos that's the way You roll, Girl

welcome back, Peg

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #25)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:04 PM

26. My dear Tuesday Afternoon!

I guess you know me better than I do myself!

Thanks, sweetie...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:09 PM

27. Keep up the good work!

Sign up for that half marathon now!

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #27)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:13 PM

30. My dear ScreamingMeemie!

EEK!

Uh......maybe not, lol!

Thanks for the good thoughts!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:09 PM

28. Fabulous! Glad to hear it, Bionic Peggy!



Bake

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Response to Bake (Reply #28)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:15 PM

31. Thank you, my dear Bake!

I appreciate your very good wishes!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:10 PM

29. So glad your bionic knee is doing great.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #29)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:16 PM

32. I thank you, my dear applegrove!

You and me both, sweetie...you and me both...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:28 PM

33. Yay!

glad to hear it, and no I'm not just posting for a "my dear" reply :-P

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Response to a2liberal (Reply #33)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:30 PM

35. Well, you're going to get one anyway, my dear a2liberal!

I greatly appreciate your good thoughts!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:30 PM

34. Terrific news, CP. From thinking about walkers to thinking about dancing shoes

in only two weeks.

That just makes me happy.

We always knew you would.

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Response to dimbear (Reply #34)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:32 PM

36. My dear dimbear!

Dancing shoes? Well..........maybe!

Thank you for your very good thoughts, sweetie!


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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:20 PM

37. So glad, Peggy!

It's wonderful to hear that you're healing quickly and feeling better and better all the time.

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Response to frogmarch (Reply #37)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:41 PM

47. Thank you, my dear frogmarch!

I can hardly believe my good fortune!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:22 PM

38. TADAAA!

Great news.

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Response to trof (Reply #38)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:42 PM

48. It IS, isn't it, my dear trof? Thank you!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:25 PM

39. Here's to CaliforniaPeggy!



And here's to her knee! It'll hold her up, but it won't let her down...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #39)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:44 PM

49. Thank you, my dear Aristus!

You're too funny!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:27 PM

40. Peg!

I'm glad your feeling better!

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Response to Steerpike (Reply #40)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:45 PM

50. Me too, my dear Steerpike!

Thank you, sweetie...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:55 PM

41. Joy!

Peggy...


So happy to hear that you're on the mend...
You're so uplifting and positive...it's an 'adventure!'

You lift others up when they're down...while going through your own adventure...
Precious.
Keep on getting better! (not that you can get better...I meant your knee! )


peace~

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Response to Dystopian (Reply #41)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:46 PM

51. My dear Dystopian!

Aw, you're too sweet!

Thank you...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:57 PM

42. Fantastic news!

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I once had to shower in a Hefty bag for 7 months, so I know what a bag, um... big deal
that is for you!
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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #42)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:48 PM

52. My dear MiddleFingerMom!

Seven months?

How awful for you!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:06 PM

43. Yay! Good news.

Now get over that cold & you'll be "in the pink"!

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Response to peacefreak (Reply #43)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 09:28 PM

54. Ain't that the truth, my dear peacefreak?

Right now, the cold is more trouble than the knee!

Thanks, sweetie...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:12 PM

44. This is so good to hear, CalPeggy!

I'm sure that your positive attitude has a lot to do with your progress.

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Response to pacalo (Reply #44)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 09:29 PM

55. Thank you, my dear pacalo!

I have been very pleasantly surprised!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:12 PM

45. Good news,Peg.

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Response to Swede (Reply #45)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 09:30 PM

56. Thank you, my dear Swede...I think so too!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:15 PM

46. I am very pleased that you are recovering quickly.

 

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Response to Leftist Agitator (Reply #46)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 09:31 PM

57. Aw, thank you, my dear Leftist Agitator!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:49 PM

53. Glad to hear it.

I'll be going through it eventually....all those years of skiing in NE took it's toll.

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Response to RiffRandell (Reply #53)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 09:33 PM

58. My dear RiffRandell!

I hope you had some great times wearing out your knees! All I had was arthritis and bony spurs!

Thanks for your good thoughts...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 09:35 PM

59. You are such a great inspiration, CaliforniaPeggy!

Way to go!

On the other hand, you're a hard act to follow. It's going to be hard to live up to your example of how to recover from knee replacement.

Just kidding - that is so wonderful I can't think of what to say.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #59)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 09:44 PM

60. My dear csziggy!

Oh, I hope nobody will be intimidated by my seemingly easy recovery...

I took it as it came, and did the best I could.

I will always encourage everyone to stick with the program and ask for help whenever it's needed.

Thanks for your kind words!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 11:04 PM

61. so happy to hear you're doing well.

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Response to DesertFlower (Reply #61)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 11:07 PM

62. Thank you, my dear DesertFlower...

We need to get this going for your beloved husband too...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 11:10 PM

63. I'm willing to bet that having to use the saran wrap has been

the most annoying feature of this adventure!

I have a theory about surgical recovery - that the itching from the last few stitches to be taken out on a doctor's visit next week tends to be as irritating as the initial sledgehammer of waking up sliced and diced!

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #63)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 01:41 AM

67. My dear hedgehog!

Well, not exactly annoying, lol! I always wondered if it would actually work.........and it mostly did!

Hell, the itch is no problem! I just scratch.....gently! No infections for this knee...

Thanks for your good thoughts!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:00 AM

64. Woo Hoo, California Peggy!

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Response to sueh (Reply #64)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 01:42 AM

68. Thank you, my dear sueh!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:02 AM

65. I'm glad to hear that Peggy is just your nickname....

I love you!


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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #65)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 01:43 AM

69. My dear Xipe Totec!

I am befuddled....

Huh?

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #69)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:05 AM

75. I think CaliforniaPeg-o'-MyHeart -- not CaliforniaPegLeg.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:35 AM

66. I think I may have to try this next

Will be interested to see how you heal. So far, so good!

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Response to Generic Other (Reply #66)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 01:45 AM

70. My dear Generic Other...

Remember that everyone has a different experience...

There's no telling how folks will react to this operation, or to the anesthesia...

Still, the information you glean from my experience may well be useful to you!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 01:54 AM

71. My dear CaliforniaPeggy!

Glad to hear it!

How much longer until you are able to kick someone's ass with that leg?

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Response to UrbScotty (Reply #71)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:02 AM

72. My dear UrbScotty!

Thank you, sweetie...

And my answer: Never. Skittles does the ass-kicking around here, lol!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #72)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:04 AM

74. Well, he does it so much, he better watch out

or he'll need to go under the knife too!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:03 AM

73. Dearest Peg! That is soooo cool!

Two weeks and you're doing so well? WOW! 110 degrees is good enough to ride a stationary bike, no?

This gives me the confidence I'll need to have my $.98 knees replaced when the time comes.

DO keep us posted!

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Reply #73)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:07 AM

77. My dear cherokeeprogressive!

Yes, 110 degrees is perfect for riding a recumbent bike, or so my PT guy told me today. I will be resuming that when I go back to the gym.

I really did not expect to be doing this well so soon. It was only a few days ago when I still felt very tired and sore...

Thanks for your very kind words!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #77)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:19 AM

80. I am so happy for you. You know... the physical therapy will leave you in better shape than

you've been in a long time. Heck, my last ACL reconstruct happened when I was in my 30's, and the PT+biking on weekends was the last best shape I've been in. I used to ride from Whittier to the Seal Beach Pier and back with a Walkman (how funny is that?) on Saturdays.

Get a good (really good) bike if you don't have one already. So much fun!

I'm so glad you're doing well... Keep up the good work!

Chris

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:07 AM

76. Don't forget to carry a can of WD-40 now!!






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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #76)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:09 AM

78. My dear BlancheSplanchnik!

Omigod, thank you for this very timely reminder!

I don't want to get rusty!



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:17 AM

79. This is fantastic.

It hasn't been all that long and all ready you are walking!

Four years ago (next week) I had my ankle totally replaced. After the surgery, I couldn't put any weight on it for three months and then it hurt so very bad. I thought it would never be okay. But it's great and I'm so thankful to my surgeon. I could not walk on my old ankle anymore...my insurance turned me down and called the surgery "experimental". My surgeon had to fight for me and we won.

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Response to Boudica the Lyoness (Reply #79)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:22 AM

81. My dear Boudica the Lyoness!

Wow, good for you, and good for your surgeon! I would have been scared to death in such a case. I can bet it hurt.

And I'm so glad your ankle is great now!

I think I was out of bed the next day, although I really don't remember. I was pretty out of it for a couple of days!

Thanks for your good words and your amazing story!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:49 AM

82. That is wonderful to hear Miss CP

Wow, you are already bending your knee, amazing.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 04:25 AM

83. It's great to hear you are progressing so well, Peggy!

Last edited Sat Mar 10, 2012, 06:16 PM - Edit history (1)

My Mother-in-Law had this done two years ago and hasn't regretted it since.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 05:15 AM

84. I'm glad you are getting better so rapidly CP

I've had both knee and leg surgery more times than I care to remember and I know the recovery process can either be relatively smooth or painfully tediously hard. It's great to hear that your recovery seems to be following the lines of the relatively smooth way and am very impressed by your rapid progress. Great to hear that everything is going welll

My thoughts, prayers, best wishes and positive vibes for your continued recovery and it's great to have you back on DU

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 05:38 AM

85. Not that I expected anything other than news this good.......

But it's great to hear anyway!!!!!!!!!

Keep your fingers crossed for my wife. She has tumors of what's left of her thyroid, and gets them (and it) taken out
in 9 days. If they're benign, then it's just a question of adjusting her thyroid medication. If they're malignant, well, it's
"here we go again," and the ugly stuff starts up once more. Let's hope not!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 06:19 AM

86. Glad you're healing Peggy; love your posts.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 09:19 AM

87. Go GIRL!

 

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 10:39 AM

88. That's good news, CAPeggy!

Knee replacements are really routine this days but that doesn't mean that the recovery is always easy.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:26 PM

89. Quit whining. None of us care.

(I was just seeing if you were paying attention)

I'm very glad to hear the knee is progressing well and that your mobility is improving.

We expect an epic poem on this to be forthcoming!

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Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:39 PM

90. Thanks for the update.

Glad you are recovering without incident. I'm looking at knee replacement in the not too distant future; I understand the incapacitating pain and locking. I've been rather apprehensive, but your posts have assuaged much of that anxiety. Thanks for that. I wish you a continued uneventful recovery!

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Sat Mar 10, 2012, 09:55 PM

91. Just want to give you a shout out, CalPeggy!

You're the absolute BEST.



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Sat Mar 10, 2012, 11:24 PM

92. I thought you'd be back tap dancing around DU in no time. So very glad to be right!



Now use that new knee to kick your cold in the butt!

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