Finally! I am going to be just as bionic as Tom....well, at least for a few months. The planning and testing and evaluating are done. I worked my last day, before the new year, today. Bag is packed, food is packed, the crappy knee chiller is packed and the cat litter has been changed.
This has been a long time coming. Five years ago our knee-guy said I was ready. And I said I wasn't. Bionic knees were lasting 12-15 years then. And with my family's longevity, I would be looking at, potentially, 3 replacements for the same knee. NO THANK YOU VERY MUCH! But these past months have found the knee more painful and less willing to be a supportive partner in my life. I don't walk like I should. I would enjoy walking with Tom and Sue everyday.
There have been changes in knee replacements. There are, now, gender-specific knees. A few years ago there was 1 knee available and it was modeled from a man's knee. Now there are boy knees and girl knees and they are interchangeable and they are lasting 20-ish years.
I will be in the hospital for 3-4 days and out of work for 6 weeks. I am nervous but excited. Everything I hear says I have a bright and skippy future ahead of me. Tom and Sue are worried and anxious. I understand that, but we all know this is going to have a great outcome.
I have been doing all of my PT exercises to strength the muscles. I have been off all arthritis medication for almost a week. I never thought they did much in the way of pain relief, but let me tell you......THEY SURE AS HELL DO!!!!! or did....and will again.
So hold a good thought for my family....they are more nervous than I am. I am sure Tom and/or Sue will keep you updated. As for me? I plan on enjoying the pain medication and doing my PT to the best of my abilities.
Talk to you all on the flip side!