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My CyberKnee! New brace, ice machine, and OnQ medicine ball for my femoral nerve block.

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Just got back from my post-op appointment. Everything looks good. He snipped away the torn bits of meniscus (which is the more common of the two options for the type of tear he found), but was able to keep most of it. He showed me the tears to the cartilage behind my patella, and suggested that'll cause problems in the future, but nothing to be done about it, now. (But that's old news, anyway.) The surgery itself went really well. He was very pleased.

I have PT appointments for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. He gave me the protocol and it looks like 21 weeks of very specific graduating program, 7 months of PT, and then another 5 months of "and keep this up until 1 year post-op". Looks like I'll get an electro stimulation machine, since that's going to be part of the protocol. We're both hoping that the school district PT will be willing to consult with me sort of on the side when she comes out.

I'm supposed to come back in 6 - 8 weeks for a follow-up, and then again in 3 months or so. We've agreed that the clinic health-aides can do the wound check in two weeks. There's really only 3 little external incisions to look at, anyway. As long as everything internal is good, there won't be much to check. And if everything internal isn't good, well, I'll know before the clinic appointment, and I'll head back to Anchorage.

I told the doc I wasn't taking any oxy and he gave me a very skeptical look and said I would probably need to, soon. I said I was going to try just the ibuprofen, first, but, uh, he continues to be skeptical. We'll see. I turned down the nerve block from 6 to 4 ml/hr. If that's enough for pain management, it'll last a bit longer. If I have to take the oxy, I have to take it, but I'd really rather not. Or at least keep how much I take to the bare minimum.

On the bright side, I got new bandages and I'm allowed to shower, now. (:

Date: 2014-08-02 02:51 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] mizkit.livejournal.com
Ted, who also Does Not Like oxy, suggests Motrin.

Date: 2014-08-02 03:55 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] aberdeen.livejournal.com
Motrin = Ibuprofen. Just a brand name. So, yeah. That's the idea. We shall see.

The surgeon said, "Well, if you can go with nothing but ibuprofen after having your tendon ripped apart, your bone drilled through... (I don't remember the other two things he included in that little litany, but that was the gist), you're doing great."

Date: 2014-08-02 11:39 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] penjudith.livejournal.com
Thanks for the details and pictures. Glad you're managing without oxy. I don't tolerate that stuff either. Sounds like you'll have you're work cut out for you making sure you nurse your bionic knee all through the school year. Your aunts Thelma and Marianne and my friends Maxine and Laurel all send you tender tendon healing vibes.

Where are your Amina's?

How will you fly with that brace?

All my love!
Mom

Date: 2014-08-02 12:15 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] irishkate.livejournal.com
Yup. I can think of nothing more to say than wow.

Date: 2014-08-04 04:17 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] tersa.livejournal.com
Just glad you're doing okay. <3

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