Sunday, January 26, 2014

Knee replacement surgery

I really wanna blog about my knee surgery. I really do. I don't know if it's the pain meds that seem to be breaking my brain or what, but putting sentences together is a difficult task for some reason. So, I'll post pics for now and try to create an actual post later...!
Pre-OP legs. Top of the pic = knee that will be operated on. One day before surgery. 

Post OP-wrapped with compression. Nerve block was still working then so little/no pain here. Pic taken same day as surgery-Jan 22. 

My cryo cuff. Helps keep the swelling down. My best friend for the next little while. 

Post OP, sans compression tensor bandage. Swollen city. So swollen in fact that I had to remove the (baggy) pyjama pants I was wearing-They got too tight. Mega levels of pain here. 7/10 MINIMUM on the "how would you rate your level of pain from 1-10" scale. 

My knee 3 days post OP. I just peeled the bandage back so I could take a picture of what the staples looked like. Note my doctor/surgeon's initials written on my knee to make sure the correct area is being operated on! That's an "N" and an "M", FYI. 

I'll type more when I can :S

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

This time tomorrow..


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

First "Selfies" and Blood Harvest of 2014

Yes...I'm silly. I already know. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

The day is getting closer!

It seems like time is just flying by these past couple of weeks.  I've been keeping myself busy; I've been working a lot of overtime since around November. We're very busy!

My knee surgery date is coming up. I'm trying to get things in order before I am essentially banished to home (and my outpatient physio) for the next little while. I really want to get a pedicure before the surgery date, but the listed instructions do state that ALL nail polish should be removed prior to surgery. I could understand fingernails...but would a little pink on my toes make THAT much of a difference?? Oh well-I had better not risk it. I'd hate to have my lovely pink nail polish scraped off after less than a week. Maybe I'll just wait and treat myself after I have the surgery and I am sufficiently healed.

I'm not scared or worried about the surgery, especially since I've had many other surgeries. I'm more just looking forward to getting it done and healing properly. I cannot convey how much I miss going to the gym. I really look forward to taking up HIIT (High Interval Intensity Training) and incorporating it into my workouts. I look forward to spinning, and BodyCombat...and throwing some weights around. When it comes to HIIT, I had looked at it before, but there was much that I couldn't do because of my knee (burpees, etc). I'm hoping that after surgery I'll be more equipped to do such things. I also need to work on symmetry and building up my right leg muscles. I've had to favour my right knee during my weight training, and for that reason my left leg/thigh is much stronger, physically and visually, than my right.

After I had my hip replaced, I felt so much better and was able to do so much more. I look forward to the same results with my right knee. Now, my surgeon did say that physio was going to be a bit brutal and I'd have to make sure to really keep up with it. I'll make sure to push as much as I can so I can get stronger and heal well as maintain a good range of motion.  And, you know me..I'll keep up with pictures.

And yes, I know that Fistula Fridays and Stomach Scar Sundays fell totttally to the wayside. Blah! I'll post an update eventually...promise.  I DID see my plastic surgeon today and he's very pleased with the results. Now all I have to do is keep up with my silicone strips and get an awesome 6 pack so I can show off my now barely there scar! :)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Best Lupus Blogs of 2013

What a delight it was to check my twitter account the other day and to have received a tweet from stating that my blog had been voted as one of the best lupus blogs of 2013! That's sooo amazing!

It's great, because I blog just because I like to document my thoughts and feelings, through the good and the bad. When you do what you love doing and someone recognizes you for's just so rewarding!

Here's the link directly to my blog:

And here is the beginning of the list so you can check out some of the other selected winners!

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