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Monday, January 16, 2017

All I Wanted For Christmas Was Two New Knees - Did Santa Hear Me?

For the past 21 years, I have suffered with arthritis in my knees. I'm only 56, so that should tell you I was relatively young to be diagnosed with pretty bad knees. I was only 35. The orthopedic surgeon back then told me I was the unfortunate one in the family to get the bad knee genes. I instantly remembered my dad's mother being crippled up with bad knees. So much so that she could barely walk or get up out of a chair.

Since then, I've had 3 knee surgeries. Two were arthoscopic and the other was major. It was called a Makay Osteotomy. My shin was split lengthwise from the side then pulled forward a tad. This was to pull the kneecap away from the joint so it wouldn't rub and cause pain. A piece of my hip was then taken  to hold it back together after the crack was filled with bone filler. It was an awfully painful recuperation. I was basically bedridden until the bone healed.No cast was used. Just a soft padded brace. Weeks of pain, boredom and frustration. I was 41 at that time. The hope of this surgery was to give me relief temporarily until I was older and thus able to get knee replacements









It worked. I was able to walk fairly well, yet I could not climb stairs. I walked when I could and that was my form of exercise. Remember, this was just a temporary band aid. Now, 14 years later, it's clear to me that my temporary relief is gone. Both knees are extremely flared up. I am sick of the pain. I am sick of not being able to climb stairs. I am sick of watching life go past me and so I asked Santa Claus if I could have new knees for Christmas.

Santa's giving me my new knees on March 1st. It's dawned on me that I have lived with knee pain for so long that I can't remember what it feels like to have none. I can't remember how to climb stairs without holding on, doing one step at a time. I'm sure physical therapy will torture get me back there.

I'm ready. Ready for the fight. It's going to take some serious work on my part and there will be pain. I have to remember that I've done this before. This one is supposed to be even easier to recuperate from. I've got this!

Thanks Santa!

Until next time, remember...


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18 comments:

  1. This summer I played golf with a guy who told me he had just had double knee replacement six months before. He wished he had done it earlier.

    He was a pretty good golfer too. Hope your surgery goes as well.

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    1. Thanks for that info Joe. I'm very hopeful.

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  2. I hope Santa's gift does the trick and on recovery, you will be pain free. Are they doing both knees at once? I know someone who needed both hips replaced but the doctors did that in two surgeries about 6 months or a year apart.

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    1. In my case the doctor left the decision up to me as he does bilateral knees more and more. I just want to be done with it. One surgery, one bout of therapy and one recuperation time. I couldn't see going through it all over again a few months later.

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  3. Wow, so sorry to hear what struggles your poor knees have gone through over the years! With that said, I bet you won't miss them one bit once you have a shiny new pair that won't betray you constantly. We hope everything goes well come March!

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  4. Good luck! I have a friend who had this done a few years ago with success.

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  5. Oh, I'm sorry about the knee pain. Sounds awful. I'm happy Santa came through for you. Sometimes he gets it right :) Here's to new knees!

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    1. I'll drink to that! Lol. Thank you.

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  6. Lots of people I know- including my sis-in-law just recently- have had this done. She said her Doc showed her the new joint and she said, "You're putting THAT in me?" But she's getting along great.

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    1. So glad to hear that she's doing great. That's my hope too. When he showed me the new "parts" I asked if he could put them in right then!! Lol

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  7. I can't imagine what it's been like for you to live with pAin in your knees like that for so long. March 1st will soon be here - I'm sure that it will be awesome for you to get around so much better. Good for you, having both knees done at once , my brace friend. We're all here rooting for you ❤

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    1. Thank you so much This! I can't tell you how nervous, eager and anxious I am all balled up in one! Your support means the world to me! XX

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  8. My mum would love a couple of new knees, she has been referred to see a specialist but who knows when she will get an appointment and she doesn't have private health insurance so has to wait till she gets an appointment through the public system

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    1. I certainly hope your mum can get in to see her specialist soon and get on the list for her new knees. People shouldn't have to wait when they're in such pain.

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  9. when i was 38 my doctor told me that my knee and wrist joints will be expired when i will reach near my fifties ,i took medicines which gave started to keep me fainted and sleepy all the time though they we making difference but after few months i quit them and now i feel that stepping on stairs is so painful sometime i am thinking to restart my medicines .
    i am able to imagine your pain friend and really hope ,wish and pray from the bottom of my heart that may you soon feel better and live and walk like normal person amen.

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    1. Hello Baili. I guess you know exactly how I am feeling. I want to walk again and climb stairs. That's why I made this decision. So nice to meet you and looking forward to more visits.

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