Beast belly, chapter the second
As luck would have it, today is a crash-house day for me as well. Checked in at 9 yesterday morning, and had a total knee replacement at noon (right knee, my kick drum side).
I’ve been bone-on-bone in both knees for well over a decade, and I decided that I’m too young to put up with the pain for any longer. I’ve spent the last couple of months doing pre-PT (stretching and putting in miles on the stationary bike) since the fire. Woke up after surgery, was given a Tylenol and a couple of Oxys, and then walked a lap of the floor with the PT person. Probably about 800 yards. Seriously. It’ a *big* building.
Coulda knocked me over with a feather.
Having had this knee carved on several times in the past, I know that the next couple of weeks are going to be painful and difficult. But never did I figure that I’d have 95 degrees of flexion and be within 3 degrees of full extension only 2 hours after the whittling session. My plan was to bust ass and get those results after the first 2 weeks… New goal is to make sure that I don’t lose anything, and try to get as much as I can in the first two.
Modern medicine is a racket, and the insurers and hospital admins are some serious lowlifes. However, and this a big, big however, there really are some good practitioners out there- I’d even call the outcome downright miraculous. It nearly restores my faith in (some of) humanity, and in human-focused technology…
Anyway, I’m a happy camper tonight, and I surely didn’t expect to be. Your mileage may vary- and everybody be safe out there!