The Dread of Another Operation.

I have not written anything on this blog in five years.  I couldn’t believe it when I pulled up this page.  We get sidetracked in life.  I was sidetracked by operations.

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Allow me to quickly bring y’all up to date.  First, in 2014, the doctor told me to get rid of the pain in my legs and back would mean a back fusion.  Have mercy.  I listened to him because I felt he was the expert.  Not all great doctors are as good as we think.  He never investigated to see if the pain might be  coming from another place in my lower body.

doctor deciding to try some new he saw on tv

I had a six-hour long operation where he fused 3 vertebrates together.  Bone was added in small pieces in hopes that they would grow together to strengthen my back. It worked.  However, I didn’t need that surgery.  What the real problem was my hip.  The socket was worn out from arthritis.  So, in 2016 I had the hip replaced. I was still weak from having the back operation.  There was a reason. The back surgeon told me to walk. I couldn’t walk because I was crooked and leaned to one side. My hip hurt so badly that I couldn’t stand it.  So, to make this short, I didn’t get any rehab.

I would like to give y’all a link to a guy on YouTube who is a physical therapies and also has a gym for people to work out.  He has some awesome exercised to use so that you may not have to have back surgery.  What He Suggest for Back Pain I wish I had known about this site earlier.  I am giving you only one link so, you may have to look around his site to find what is good for you.

Now, to the operating room to have my hip replaced.  I had problems with the meds they give when during the  ksurgery.  Like memory problems, being confused, and being forgetful.  I am claiming all of that as a result of the operation. ha ha…Sometimes, I had problems with those anyway.  Want to know what a hip replacement looks like?  Are y’all sure?  ha ha….nan..

Now, this time, the doctor gave me a shot in the back and I had the hip replacement surgery while wide awake. I always thought in my mind that the operating room would be nosey.  Not this one. Everyone was as quiet as a mouse.  Sometimes, a nurse would ask if I would like ice chips, which I did.

After the surgery, I started to physical therapy.  However, I wasn’t strong enough to handle it very well.  I never had a chance to get strong again after the back surgery.  Now, my hip feels fine but my back hurts like I have been hit by a shot-gun.  I just could not do certain exercises because my back hurt too much. Now, on to the next problem.  By the way, now, he is telling me now that I have a herniated disc.  A link to show exercises to help disc problems.  YouTube for bulging disc

OK.  He will not touch my back and y’all will see why if you click on the link I gave above.

My knee which I had replaced ten years ago has started to hurt so badly that I have a hard time walking.  It hurts when I go to bed at night.  I suppose one can say, it hurts all of the time.  I have seen one young doctor who has been doing knee replacements for only one year.  Nope.  He will not do it.  I plan to see someone with years of experience. Oh, I forgot to tell what he said. He told me that my kneecap had come loose. What?  Imagine.  I know that something is going on because my knee will not move sometimes.  Plus, sometimes, it swells.  I will find out soon.

NEWS BULLETIN:  I just saw a video on YouTube showing exercises that I may try before having the knee worked on. Yeah.

I frankly do not want to have another operation.  I am tired. I have had enough.  However, if I plan to keep living as active of a life as  I wish, it will have to be done.  I am just praying that nothing else is wrong and the knee doesn’t have to be done over again.  That would not be fun.  The wonderful doctor who did it the first time died last year.  I cried.  I loved that man.  Stuart Stephenson was his name and he was at U.A.B. Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.  God Rest His Soul.  He was wonderful.

My main purpose for writing this is to tell people not to take the advice of the first doctor y’all see.  Talk to your main doctor about sending you to physical therapy first.  There are a lot of things that doctors want to operate on a person which can be helped in many other ways.  If anyone is truly interested in knowing more about knee or hip replacement, just ask. I will be happy to tell anyone what to expect.  I have been there and enjoy sharing what I know.  One last thing. Always, always get a second opinion.

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