Second TKR today at 11am!

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Hi!

Well right TKR op today & I was dreading it and almost cancelled it, especially when I had to have a large molar extracted a week ago today, plus the hospital rang me last Thursday yo say that I had a urine infection and to get antibiotics🙁

I really didn't want a spinal block as I didn't want to hear or see anything but the anaesthetist "sold it" to me but it was fine & I recovered really quickly with no sickness, grogginess etc only a bit of an itchy rash, but despite intravenous paracetamol an hour ago I am now in agony🙁😬 Will have to call for nurse but trying to distract myself as morphine makes me ill!

Apparently out of bed tomorrow! Dread it but at least this very tight bandage will be taken off!

In October 2014 I joined this site & you all got me through it, but it is one awful journey😞

Glenda (58 yrs old from Buckinghamshire, UK)

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    Wow. You made it this far you can do it again. Get those pain meds. You don't want the pain to get ahold of you. One day at a time one hour at a time one moment at a time. Whatever it takes. I am going to do it again in September. We are gluttons for punishment but it will be much better than what we were going through for years. You can do this. 🌺🌻🌹🙂
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    Way to go, Glenda. Mine is coming soon, May 4. Last year when I had my first one done, I like you, had two teeth removed a week before! And one right after. Have no idea why but they were cracked up. Lol. Don't do without your pain meds, take them regularly. There's no prize for enduring pain my friend. Keep us posted and good luck tomorrow for your first step. 
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      Hi! Yes, this molar had a cracked root one hour 45 mins to extract-horrendous! Still the little smouldering bonfire of infection should have gone now, and I I might actually feel a little better😷
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    Hi Glenda!

    Glad your surgery is over and that it went well. So sorry to hear that you had the molar causing you trouble. Urinary infections can sneak up quickly! Good that you got it under control before surgery!

    That first 24 hours can be a study in distractions! I had them bring me ice to eat and ice to put on my head just as distractions. I sent lots of text messages, drank tons of pitchers of ice water, and as a result was ringing the nurses every twenty minutes or so to bring me the bedpan and then heading to the bathroom later that night with an entourage of two nurses, an aide, and my pole of IV fluids. I prayed, I read, I napped, I called for more PAIN meds. I wrote in my journal. I cuddled in my polar fleece throw. Yes, DISTRACTIONS help!

    Each day will get better. Be patient. Listen to your body. Think forward thoughts about how good you will soon feel once things are healed.

    Sending prayers of calm, peace, and strength to you tonight!

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      Hi!

      I'm trying very hard to distract myself but the pain that I dreaded is there! I am very pleased with my left TKR now & even forget it's there nowadays but it is a long old journey getting to that stage-well worth it though👍😄

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    Congrats Glenda!! U r so brave to have the second knee done when u knew what it would be like!! I'm chicken. The right one bothers me, but it is going to have to be screaming for me to face this surgery again.

    glad the worst is over for you. Wishing u all the best on ur healing journey.

    i opted for a spinal, but they obviously sedated me as well, since I was totally unaware of went on. I did not get sick after and used codeine and Tylenol to control pain. Oh, just remembered, I started with dyloted, but I was mildly hallucinating , so they took me off of it.

    good luck, best regards, Damy

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      I was so dreading the op but as you already know it is worth it in the end! Mentally I don't think that I was ready for the second one but done now! Spinal block seemed to be worth it as very sick etc with the anaesthetic 🙁Thanks for responding😄
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      We're u awake and aware during the op?? Just curious.

      yes , I get very sick from the anesthesia and most of the meds. I did not want to be nauseous and in pain, so took steps to avoid that.

      good luck again, and keep us posted.

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      Sorry for late reply but felt like I'd been run over by a train yesterday morning and I was very tearful, but after a few hours sleep I perked up in the afternoon especially after the drain and catheter were removed! The physio arrived too, much to my horror and got me to walk around the room on crutches! Hurt like mad but anaethetist arrived later and seems keen to sort out my painkillers this time around-hooray!👍😄

      Anyway, no I didn't hear or see a thing as I made it plain that I didn't want that, so I was zonked out with more medication!

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      Good to hear from you. It's understandable that u r zonked out and tearful. I never had a drain or catheter!? 

      Glad to hear that u were u aware during the surgery. I'd be curious to know what pain killers that ultimately have u on. 

      Hooe u have a better day. These r the hard days, I'll be thinking of you😀

      Damy

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      Hi! I'll peek through the glass of the locked cabinet in the room & try to see! 

      Usual paracetamol,Ibrufen,Dabigatron (whatever that is!) and Codeine Phos.

      Hydro therapy session this morning which I enjoyed first time around so looking forward to that, then apparently I can go home this pm which I'm apprehensive about because last time I did far too much & the swelling took months to subside!

      Long way to go and no picnic but at least I'm past the operation part! 

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    I hope your walk to the bathroom goes well. I remember that I used the bottom of the iv pole to rest my operated leg. Hurt like heck to put it on the floor. Keep up with the meds and remember we are here for you.
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      My bags weren't on one of those pole things and the physio had to carry a very full Wee bag and drain bottle behind me! Hardly red carpet stuff but the TKR world is far from glam! Back to playing hoopla with my pants!
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    HI Glenda,

    Hope you are feeling OK today and not in too much pain ? I'm due for my second op on my knee on Monday, this time to remove my ACL which has locked it's self within my knee and to repair and clean up the damage in there. This is my second op in eight weeks and I'm not looking forward to it, as I've got to have an epidural and will be on a CPM machine when I come round, due to having very little mobility in the leg for nearly 5 months after an accident at an exercise class. Not looking forward to the pain and recovery!! x

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      You take care and try and be positive😄👍I wasn't ready at all for this second TKR as knees are terribly painful areas to be operated on. When I was 24 I my cartilage removed which was horrendous and then at 41 I had an arthroscopy on my other knee, then another one in April 2014 on the same knee, followed by a TKR on my left leg and now a TKR on the right leg😷

      Keep on this forum and everyone will help to get you through it as they did when I had the first TKR👍

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