Number Nine

Surgery number nine was yesterday. I thought the surgeon was going to clean out my knee arthroscopically so it would no longer catch and lock up. That was a good idea.Everything went as planned - including me being STARVING by the time we got there at 1pm after not eating since the night before - until I woke up after surgery. That's when I found out the bad news.Well its a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that the surgeon fixed my knee so it will no longer catch - which is amazingly painful when it happens. The bad news is the repair is more complicated than the original plan. Instead of a clean out, he repaired my meniscus. This surgery is not usually done on people over 25 but I think since the tear was where it was repair was better than removal. However, recovery is four to five MONTHS instead of four to five WEEKS. A'minor'difference.And I have a giant brace I need to keep on all the time except when showering (and I can't shower until tomorrow). This brace is so big it doesn't tighten up around my leg except near my knee. And, and, and, and, and, and,.....This isn't the best picture but I took it lying in bed with my leg out straight in front of me. You will notice the TED stocking I am supposed to wear every day as well. Its still drying from when I washed it last night. It might take a few more hours to dry.I will say this is the first surgery that I woke up to a'surprise'since Number One in 1981 where it turned out it wasn't a'goiter'and was'thyroid ca...
Source: Caroline's Breast Cancer Blog - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: aggravation changes crabbiness knee pain knee surgery recovery Source Type: blogs

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Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Future of Medicine Personalized Medicine cancer digital health cancer treatment digital technology oncology cancer research cancer care digital health technologies Source Type: blogs
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Source: Caroline's Breast Cancer Blog - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: doctors medical advice medications prescriptions Source Type: blogs
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Source: Caroline's Breast Cancer Blog - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: aggravation being a patient frustration limitations Source Type: blogs
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