Welcome to My Knee Replacement Journal.
The whole purpose of this site is to provide a bit of one stop shopping for information related to the entire knee replacement process from the patient’s perspective. The information will be provided by me as a firsthand account covering the pre-surgical, surgical and post surgical recovery process. As I have tried to do my own research in preparation for the surgery I was able to find sites that covered the many aspects of this experience but there was no one source to obtain a sense and understanding of the process purely the patient’s perspective- thus the inspiration for this site.
(ok- this isn’t me but I couldn’t resist)
50 years old
Married for 30+ years
Three grown children
Undertall, (or what some would call overweight)
I work a sedentary desk job in the financial industry.
I have two other blog sites here on WordPress that you can reference:
http://imway2fat.wordpress.com that is a site documenting my weight loss and exercise journey that sped up my need for a new knee,
http://onemanoneview.wordpress.com/ that is a just a personal site of mine for various writings and family and Church photos….
What you should expect from this site:
Probably not that much so as not to set the bar too high for me! What you will get is my first hand experience of the process. I will start with the process of the pre-operative appointments, insurance issues, family issues… and then post about the surgery and each step of the rehab & recovery process, tend not to take anything too seriously so there will indeed be humor in the writing as well as comical pictures that I strip off the internet that are related to this journey. When able I will post my own pictures and video clips… that may relate to this experience. As a starting point I am posting a link to a concise two-minute video that shows a knee replacement surgery. Not for the faint of heart- or those prone to fainting:
For fear of being sued I won’t name particular Doctors, nurses… by name. I’ll use fictitious names to help with the narrative of the story. I will tell you that the surgery will take place on August 10th 2010 at Mass General Hospital in Boston.
What I expect of you:
Please don’t let this be a one sided conversation. I encourage the posting of comments and your personal experiences as well. I hope to learn from others who are facing this process or have already experienced it. ‘d rather see this site become a resource for everyone’s experience- not just mine.
Tomorrow I will start to document all of this with a post about my required pre-operative appointment with my general practitioner- henceforth known ad Dr. GP.
So starts the journey….