Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Off to surgery

I had surgery less than 12 months ago. So, when am I officially Borg?

They are going to have to remove a portion of the meniscus, as it is torn beyond repair. That may bring some arthritis problems as I get older, but the doc said he'd do what he could, to save what he could,. The dislocated knee? They will adjust and I start PT on Friday for that.

Just a word of advice. If you've spent 30 something years running, carrying big back packs, flying jets, rock climbing, dodging trouble and giving a cat a bath, do NOT try and walk your 90 pound lab down an icy sidewalk when a female golden retriever is going the opposite direction. Just saying.

I've a post saved to come up later if I'm on line. If it does not, do not worry. I've friends staying with me through Sunday to take care of Barkley and myself, He is sticking by my side, not knowing what happened exactly, but knowing that Mom is not doing her best.

Brigid and Barkley (aka "the mangler")

57 comments:

Keads said...

Good luck today. Take care and we will be here when you return.

Rob's Bunker said...

Prayers to you dear lady, and to your speedy recovery. Pets seem to know when you are not at your best.

Sherry said...

Hope all goes well. Take care.

bluesun said...

I expect drug-addled posts daily!

Get better!

PISSED said...

Good Luck! :)

Tango Juliet said...

Best of luck!

Midwest Patriot said...

A Golden Retriever? Well, can ya blame the boy? ;)

Get well Soon!

Tombstone Charlie said...

My wife had most of the latera meniscus removed from her knee over 20 years ago (blew it out in dance class-overdoing as usual). So far no significant arthritis! Do ALL your PT. Follow Doc's instructions.
Doc says that her lac of arthritis may be attribuable to the fact that she walks "balanced" and with excellent posture (she was a dancer).
God Bless-you are in our prayers.

Harper said...

Luck to you from a frequent lurker and fellow knee-gimp. I wish I had a picture to share of my ortho doc - his duck hunting boots also serve as his surgery shoes. He told me that the ground conditions are often similar! Take care.

Rev. Paul said...

Prayers for you on the way; speedy recovery. (Why am I suddenly hearing Mr. Rogers?)

North said...

C-3PO: You must repair her! Doctor, if any of my circuits or gears will help, I'll gladly donate them.

Guffaw in AZ said...

Prayers are with you! Take good care!

ProudHillbilly said...

Good luck. Funny, in a non-funny way, that the worst injuries can come when we aren't doing anything that is generally tagged as dangerous.

Kirk said...

Prayin for ya. I'm afraid to go see the doc about my knees (that whole running every day thing, apparently my body decided that 20 miles at one time is enough, 26.2 is waaay over the limit).

Oh, and when you're going in to the surgery, make sure you specify that when its all said and done, you want to have that really cool "n-n-n-n-n-n-nah" sound effect when you run. Bionic Man was such a cool guy!

Mrs. S. said...

Don't think it qualifies as Borg if they keep taking parts out and putting no new ones in. Good luck and prayers that all goes well.

20-20 hindsight, perhaps it would have been simpler to let Barkley say hi to the girl dog. Maybe if you had used a black ninja dog story at the ER, they might have believed it.

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Good luck to you friend! Barkley and I insist on a speedy recovery! Don't let us down ;)

Kirk A said...

Best wishes for a speedy and strong recovery.

julie said...

Yes, good luck with your surgery, and prayers for a swift recovery. And may this be the last for a good, long while!

doublebhomestead said...

Good luck, and best wishes. We will be waiting with baited breath for an update. My day is not complete without your posts!

nate.mckenzie.aouc said...

Hope all goes well for you. Is this a type surgery you've had in the past?

Lois Evensen said...

All the best. I hope all goes well. See ya when you get back....

RichD said...

Good luck and hope for a quick recovery. The guy I work with just went through the same type surgery. He said he felt better right after the surgery. With the modern surgery, the insisions are small and he said he was up and about right away. He was out for about four weeks, but that was because our job requires heavy lifting and the doctor wanted to make sure he was healed up enough before doing that. Hope you recover fully and quickly. Take care.

Borepatch said...

"We can build him better. We have the technology."

Hope you're leaping tall buildings in a single bound soon.

GreyBeard said...

Heal quickly!

GreyBeard said...

Heal quickly.

Alan von Altendorf said...

So sad about this.

HossBoss said...

Sorry you're hurt, Brigid. Dog wrecks are probably about as much fun as horse wrecks. Sorry you're facing surgery and physical torture ...er, I mean, physical therapy as a result. I can attest to the 'problems when you get older' part. But you're a long way from older, so don't waste your youth worrying about it.

I hope you have a miraculously speedy recovery and I know that if Barkley could talk, he would say he is VERY VERY SORRY for mangling you!

: )

drjim said...

Hope all goes well.

Unknown said...

Sending prayers and healing vibes your way... Ya can't blame Barkley - from what I could see with my ex, it's normal male instinct to be distracted by a cute blond! --giggles--

Anyway, you just get thru this, and know you got a whole passel of people on this side of the keys pullin' and prayin' for ya.

Sus

Unknown said...

Sending prayers and healing vibes your way... Ya can't blame Barkley - from what I could see with my ex, it's normal male instinct to be distracted by a cute blond! --giggles--

Anyway, you just get thru this, and know you got a whole passel of people on this side of the keys pullin' and prayin' for ya.

Sus

og said...

You all are always in my prayers. I cannot WAIT to see the drug induced posts you make after surgery.

Wild Deuce said...

Wish you the best. I walked the path you're on back in 2007. I can't wait for the arthritis shoe to drop. In my line of work, it will not be any fun when it does.

Sassy said...

Prayers for your full and speedy recovery. My lab and kitty, G are both lovin' on me through my surg pain & recoup. They make us feel so good. Take care, as you have a bit of a haul ahead of you.

Larry said...

Get well soon!

DaddyBear said...

Good luck!

Hat Trick said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery. I'll be thinking of you.

You're not a Borg until they start installing non-biological parts that aren't a replacement for the worn out ones. :-)

joated said...

Best wishes for a swift recovery and a healthy future.

Brighid said...

Best to you...and a hug to Barkley as I'm sure he is worried about you.
The youngest grandson just got a chocolate lab pup and is in love...now the adventure begins for them.

45er said...

Good luck, we'll be here waiting.

NYEMT said...

Good luck - break a leg and all that. Careful around The Mangler. He may go for the ankles next.

D'you suppose he's just trying to make sure you stay home with him? ;)

Greyhawk said...

Sorry to hear you've banged yourself up. Even more sorry to hear how bad it is. My prayers are with you.

LauraB said...

Was thinking of you earlier today...glad to read you are home and, I hope, asleep in your bed.

Get well soon!

neanderthal said...

Heinleinienne

Been away a few days and just read about the surgery. I hope it all went well and glad you have good people in your corner.

That extra stuff in your knee that sticks and flips may snap crackle pop but it eventually acts like the backup claxon on a truck--all the noise tells you your knee is bending.

I can vouch for the fact that a pet toy is the quickest route to the Achilles heel of a newly remodeled knee.

Peace and Tiger Balm


PS Forgive me, Brigid for I have a Jennings. I do not like it but I have it. It was an expedient and better than nothing but only better by a very little bit.

doubletrouble said...

Thoughts & prayers your way; get well soon!

Graybeard said...

Best of luck!

FWIW, I had that done a few years ago. One of the best things I've ever had done in my life.

I was like a teenager again. In the sense I was buzzed on narcotics and surfing the web for a few days solid.

Rode a bike in four days at PT, and was riding my own bike nine days post-op.

ASM826 said...

Hope surgery goes well and you're pain free soon.

Chad Solivais said...

Get well soon!

CoolChange©© said...

Prayers that things went well. Heal quickly.

DirtCrashr said...

Get well soon! I'm all aching just from this "quick-and-easy" bathroom remodel project - when do I get surgery? ;-) That whole "took an arrow to the knee" meme is way past my gametime. I shoulda done hit that when I was dirt-riding but I missed it my millimeters.

Raven 61 said...

I am praying for you to have the same outcome that I am experiencing. In 1978 I had my right meniscus repaired the old fashioned way. I am currently 52 years old with 20.5 years of military service accomplished since the surgery; I am pain and arthritis free. Listen to the Doctors and Physical Therapist, do what they tell you and stay active.

Milo

westofthewest said...

((((( healing vibes )))))

stbaguley said...

My own dodging of surgeons is becoming less and less nimble. Not looking forward to the inevitable. Be nimble be quick, be well! (Soon!)

David said...

Had the same thing myself about 4 years ago...tore the meniscus while training in aikido. After a relatively short recovery and a little PT, I was back on the mat (still am).

Important safety tip: no matter how good you feel when you go to bed, take your crutches with you. My first night after the surgery, I felt so good that I left my crutches downstairs when I went up for bed.

Flash forward to sometime in the "wee" hours, and I awoke really needing to pee, but the pain meds had worn off, and my crutches were downstairs! Yikes! Fortunately, my Mom had come to stay the night, and was able to retrieve the crutches before I wet myself! Close call, though...

Darren said...

Heal well. I am recovering from aortic valve replacement, I got a mechanical. I am now borg, seems alright so far. Love reading your blog and recognising the pics from NI. Keep your iron levels up with the blackstuff. Doctors orders.

Brigid said...

Darren - get well yourself. I love the area, and will have more photos hopefully soon.

Rova said...

Ain't PT fun? I'm just getting into the rebuilding strength bit after +3 hours of a doc with a Dremel working on my right shoulder a couple months back. And I get to look forward to having the other shoulder done before long - ah, goody!

At least there's not much pavement up here; but the ice build-up on unmaintained roads gets exciting at times when there are no guardrails. . .

Take care out there - and you officially deserve a kick in the shins for that Guinness Chocolate Cake!

Cheers!

Brigid said...

Rova - welcome! Yes, PT is no fun, and I went back to work full time this week on top of it. Granted I'm doing something I can sit down at for a couple of months, still it's been very tiring. Cake helps and friend is coming down for the weekend.