Health news alert!
Hubby is having total knee replacement Friday 2-19-10.
Yes, he is finally having this done after living with pain from a blown ACL 21 years ago. The years have not been kind- arthritis, no cartilage left and no stabilization. Still knobby but deficient.
So his knee goes anywhere it wants, not where he wants it too (ouch!). Nothing left to rebuild, shots can not fill the void were once was cartilage. For now it is empty except for some spurs and crunchy bits of bone that grind unremittingly against each other in a painful dance.... eeuuwwww!!
Knockouts, he has had plenty!!
He already has additional hardware in his body, and has gone through several surgeries for repairs of a multitude of body parts... Last April's third replacement of his ICD (implantable cardiac device) became necessary from the many tumbles took due to said wiggly knee, wires/leads were broke and sent signals to the ICD and Zap! Zap! to a tune of 6 times and a musical ride to the emergency room via ambulance sirens, not once but twice that day...
Shopping for knees is not something I would recommend. The artificial knee itself comes in many wondrous designs! Shiny titanium, specialize ceramics and oxidized zirconium, chrome and cobalt alloys. And then you add cement or not, and fancy plastics called polyethylene!! OOhhh!! I am sorry, but what could easily cost $50,000.00 I could have a brand new kitchen or whirlpool bath!
Where is that old box of LEGOs left over from the kids?
Maybe I can invent something!
My hubby is more than a Six Million Dollar Man,
and means more than that to me.
So I will be at the hospital most of the time, and once home (hopefully by Monday) we will be living in our lower walkout level so he doesn't have to try to navigate stairs with crutches... falling would not be a good thing! Admirably, I didn't stuff both of our sons old bedrooms with junk! I made a nice "Post-op Suite" and it has toilet facilities too!
Hopefully they will give him some good pain killers so I do not have to deal with Mr. Grumpy Pants .... Oh, and no sexy nurse outfit this time hubby, sorry .
I will be back to post a goodie or funny soon!
More health and knee news to come...
And if you are really good, some fun post-op photos!