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The Leg Bone’s Connected to the Knee Bone…

on 5 June, 2015

So, today I was finally given the green light for knee replacement surgery. Er, surgeries. The plan is to have both knees replaced and so the left knee is to be replaced first, with the right knee replaced the following week to ten days. I hope I am tough enough to handle the physical therapy that goes along with this, I figure it will probably be worth having both replaced at the same time and be healed and back to a more normal self than to drag this process out even farther.

Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 6.26.04 PMFunny thing, though, as I really believed that I would be happy to finally get the thumbs up from my doc. (I’ll call him Dr. K  for purposes of keeping his identify concealed. At least until I can ask him if it is okay to call him by name.) But somehow I don’t feel any better or hopeful in getting some kind of “normal” life back. I know that once this happens, I will be more physical and that will help shed some weight and at the same time, keep my back and neck from aching, as I know that compensation for the knees is what is triggering that lower back issue. And just the thought of doing something that will make my knees hurt that keeps me sitting in front of the television/computer/sewing machine. And those extra pounds from almost being frozen in place.

I mean, have you ever thought about what little about you physically when you’re working behind a computer screen or sewing or watching television. I consider myself one of those people who can’t do ‘nothing’ while I am watching television, but my activities even then are things that can be done without moving around much. Stuff like embroidery, hand sewing, crafting with clay, hand painting… do you see the pattern here?

Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 7.11.45 PMBut the thought of them literally cutting through two bones and replace the knee and joint with titanium just makes me breathless. The thought of my doctor sawing through my bones is mind boggling. I’m think of myself as pretty tough but I cringe at the thought of how much pain initially this is going to be. Both knees.

And seriously… are the scars really this bad?

I would love to hear from others that have had one or both knees replaced. Was it ultimately a good choice? If you could do it over, would you? Is there something that you did that you would do different? I’d love to hear everyone’s stories, good or bad and whatever in between.



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