Wednesday, November 2, 2011

By The Way...

I've been very busy recently with work, but also I've been preoccupied with my upcoming surgery.

I'll be having a total knee replacement on Nov. 17.

Yesterday, I spent about four hours at the hospital for pre-op meetings with the anesthetist, the pre-op nurse and the internist, in addition to having x-rays and blood tests done. My BP is stellar, but I have a feeling (and the blood test will tell soon enough), that I am a bit hyperthyroid. I've got some mild, but clear symptoms and the internist felt that it was important to check my TSH levels. We'll see. In any case, this won't delay the surgery (at least no one said it would...).

During my talk with the anesthetist (I can't remember exactly what we were discussing at the time), he said something about not worrying about xyz because, and I quote, I'm "thin". Hello! Whatever...But it was rather surprising.

My last experience with joint replacement--my hip in 2003--was more like a nightmare than surgery. I won't go into the details, but it has left me more than a bit skittish about orthopedic interventions. But I'm not going to let this hold me back. As the internist said, it's not going to get better, so I must boldly go where a lot of people have gone before and trust in my surgeon's skill.

I'm not a praying person myself, but please don't feel shy about putting in a good word for me with the higher power of your choice.


  1. I will definitely send positive, healing thoughts out into the Universe for you.

    Hope all goes well!

  2. Hope this time goes much better. Knees are useful! Best of luck. I'm not much of one for prayer myself, but I'll be wishing you well! (I was going to say rooting for you, but then I googled it to make sure I was spelling it right, but it means something totally inappropriate in Australia, but cheering in the US. Not sure of Canada....)

  3. Thanks Kim and Julie. Good wishes are always much appreciated.

    Rooting for someone means the same thing in Canada as in the US. Now I have to look up what it means in Australia!

    BTW, did you know that "knocking someone up" means to wake them up in England. Doesn't mean the same thing in Canada or the States!

  4. Yikes! Sending many positive thoughts through cyberspace; hang in there!
    My own R knee is making the most alarming Rice Crispy sounds, but minimal pain unless I do something like try to get into Child's Pose in yoga ;-) Time for a follow-up visit to my own orthopod...