By Iroquois Latest Reply 2010-01-16 19:48:55 -0600
Started 2010-01-09 18:13:12 -0600

Hi guys, just got home from hospital last night. I have missed you all as you are my support and always keeps my spirits up. My ortopedic Dr. said surgery went well. Was in hospital a day more than scheduled but good to be home. I am on my pain pills. I walked a ways from my living room part way down hall to the bathroom just a minute ago but sure made my leg hurt. But no pain no gain as the saying goes. Maybe next time can walk further WITH my walker of course. Physical therapy suspose to come in next week to start excercise and I am to see my ortho next week and my GP for my diabetes. My BS was 94-106 to 156-198 so I got insulin at times. So maybe next week can get better handle on things. Good to be home and back on DC with all my friends. So I will just hang in there and do best I can and hopefully this knee will do good. I just pray it will.My husband has to give me leveinox injections in my belly to prevent blood clots but only 9 more to go. I hate shots of any kind. So all happening right now. Talk to you all later. Kathy

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BeckyJ 2010-01-16 16:13:15 -0600 Report

Happy to hear that you are doin so well. Funny that my Aunt had knee replacement on the same day as you did and she is not doing nearly as well. And she isn't diabetic so doesn't have that holding her back! I have the same problems with tape as you experieced and have to use paper tape or the self sticking wrap. After my last surgery I had welts all along my arm where they messed up and used plastic tape at the IV site. As long as it is not too near the incision site here are some home remedies that I found work pretty good. If it is surrounding the stitches DON"T do this as it may get into the open stitches .I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin so I get welts or red spots pretty frequently if I'm not careful. I make a past of baking soda and water (enough water until a thin peanut butter consistancy) to ease the inflamation, leave on no more than 15 minutes then rinse the area with a solution of cool calmomile or rose hip tea made with distilled water and diluted to almost clear. I use 1 tsp leaves to 1 cup water and steeped for 3 minutes then add ice to cool. Follow up by cleaning the are with a mild soap (I use Dove) then pat the area dry with a soft towel and some cornstarch.Gently wipe off the cornstarch after about 10 minutes and you should feel a lot of relief. You can then follow up with a light coating of Cortisone cream if you have some itching still or some triple anti-biotic ointment. I use this remedy a lot and my neice( who has a severe heat allergy) uses it every summer. This was my Grandmother's treatment and it works great. May all be mental but I have used this since I was 3 and it works better than any of the creams the dermatologist gave me.

BeckyJ 2010-01-16 16:23:56 -0600 Report

IF you don't have the tea or want to skip that part you can use water just make sure that it is cool. I feel that the tisane in the tea is what helps with the inflammation but it's not 100% necesssary. You can also use regular tea bags if you don't make tea the old fashioned way like I do. If you go that way you can just place the tea bag on the area bothering you and let the water leak out over the area. Again just make sure it has cooled. Heat makes the welts more painful.

Iroquois 2010-01-16 16:37:54 -0600 Report

Thank you so much for this information and I will try it. Anything is worth a try right now. Does it work on the big big blood filled raised blisters,too? I have 2 of those which I have never had or seen like them before and he said they will go away but wish I could get them away sooner. Thanks, honey, Kathy

BeckyJ 2010-01-16 17:07:23 -0600 Report

It works on everything! I had some on my legs that were about 1-2 inches wide but about 2 inches high I did this and they healed in 2 days! Just be sure to be very gentle. As an added step on those type I put the triple anti-bac on and cover with the lint-free bandage squares and tape down loosely with either paper tape or the self sticking wrap for about an hour after applying the salve. This allows the salve to seep in slowly without rubbing off accidentaly. You can also use Ice packs on the area to get the swelling to come down and help with the pain, just make sure it's a soft pack. Hold it over the bandaged area for about 15-20 minutes then remove. If they do open up skip the baking soda step as this can be a little gritty and cause more discomfort. Instead rinse with cool tea or water then carefully clean with the mild soap, rinse again thouroughly with cool water, pat dry with soft towel then apply cornstarch, brush that off ( I use a make-up brush) and apply the salve. The cornstarch soaks up the extra moisture but you want to brush it off to keep the area clear. Most welts heal up better if exposed to air but if are concerned about infection you can keep the bandage on until it heals just make sure the bandage is not too tight. Hope this helps.

mamaoak 2010-01-11 19:29:45 -0600 Report

well hope it heals qickley it will be pain full for awhile but doing the exersise es for it will strenthen it take care you will be better soon.

Iroquois 2010-01-13 15:43:09 -0600 Report

It is painfull. Got to see Dr. today and he said I have very sensitive skin as my leg is red with blisters from the tape but not hot so no temp or infection. The tape did leave two bubbled up blisters that I have to watch careful that they don't accidently get opened up or I will be in trouble for infection. Had my husband cover them for extra protection. The disolving stitches will take care of themselves. Finally got approved for in-home therapy 3 x a week. I did get a work out today going down my ramp and back up it with my walker and to Dr. and back but resting it now for a while. Kathy

AddassaMari 2010-01-13 22:00:27 -0600 Report

Sorry about your blisters, Great on being able to start physical therapy.

Iroquois 2010-01-15 17:49:10 -0600 Report

Thank you so much. I get a whole 3 times for in-home so hope I learn how to get into my van after that to continue with my regualar outpatent physical therapy. Thanks, Kathy

jayabee52 2010-01-16 01:09:52 -0600 Report

will home therapy PT teach you HOW to get into van on your own?

I used to do home care as a CNA and the RNs were supposed to teach their home care patients how to do what needed to be done. I've never worked with homecare PTs though. Wouldn't hurt to ask!

Prayers for your continued healing and strengthening! ~James~

Iroquois 2010-01-16 15:47:58 -0600 Report

My ins. only ok'd 3 in-home phys. therapy visits. I have last one Tues. which he will show me how get in and out if that is possible?LOL. My bending went from 30% in surgical knee now to 60% and from 30% in other knee they broke scar tissue loose to 70% since I left the hospital. My Dr. did tell my phys. therapist that the way my diabetes heals in my legs that best I will be able to bend in both of them is 90% but I can live with that. Anyhow my therapist says I am doing really well and it makes me fee good. Thanks, Kathy

BIRDY 2010-01-10 14:47:19 -0600 Report

welcome back Kathy and I'm so glad you are back home.
Take care…

Iroquois 2010-01-11 19:14:39 -0600 Report

I am glad to be back and you guys are so thoughtful and really help raise my spirits when I really need them. Thanks again, Kathy

ptsparkle 2010-01-10 14:44:06 -0600 Report

Glad you are back and things went well. Take the physical therapy seriously, or we will have to call you "hop-a-long kathy" LOL Speedy recovery to you.

Iroquois 2010-01-11 19:13:37 -0600 Report

No, I plan to work hard so I can walk good again. Just don't look forward to the pain but the saying No pain No gain is so true. Thank you, Kathy

salmanda 2010-01-10 07:37:11 -0600 Report

I'm so happy to hear you are doing well after your surgery. You will be back to your old self before you know it. Take it easy..don't try to do too much too soon. I have done that after surgery and "paid" the price later. Take care,
Sal :)

Iroquois 2010-01-11 19:10:54 -0600 Report

I am not going to hurry things but get what I need to do so I can sleep in my own bed again and walk. Thank you, Kathy

salmanda 2010-01-11 19:13:04 -0600 Report

Glad to hear you are going to take it slow enough to heal and fast enough to remain sane. :)

Hinboyz3 2010-01-10 07:22:32 -0600 Report

Im so glad things went well for you and your back home and back on diabetic connect with all of us, we've missed you. Keep the Faith things will get better for you and you will be back to yourself soon too!

Iroquois 2010-01-11 19:09:50 -0600 Report

Glad to be back and you all are my support system and boy do I need you all right now. Thank you, Kathy

hbkunkel 2010-01-10 05:11:22 -0600 Report

I am so glad that you are home and even though you have a long, hard road ahead of you, I know you can do it. Good luck with having a great PT who will gently yet firmly push you to regain the total use of your knee without the pain. Good speed for a good recovery now!

Iroquois 2010-01-11 19:09:03 -0600 Report

Thank you so much. If my insurance will cover in home therapy - they will start next couple of days. I do hoope this one comes out better than other one and can't wait till it is done and healed. Hopefully won't take a year to heal. Again thank you. Kathy

jayabee52 2010-01-10 00:37:54 -0600 Report

Jem & I are so glad to learn of your progress. Will continue to pray for further healing and strengthening ~James~

Iroquois 2010-01-11 18:57:23 -0600 Report

Thank you James and Jem. Progress is slow and even though some pain - I know it will get better. Just really upset now with my daughter (Dee) being put in hospital tomorrow on heroien as her lymph nodes and all inflamed. I just have to think positive but right now it is really hard for me. But thank you guys. Kathy

jayabee52 2010-01-13 16:47:39 -0600 Report

Heroin? Did I read that right? Is that a medicine they're using now?

AddassaMari 2010-01-14 11:55:13 -0600 Report

Pharmaceutical grade heroin, has been used for years in the UK to treat pain because it is faster acting than morphine.

Iroquois 2010-01-16 15:41:09 -0600 Report

They are using it as last minute for pain for cancer patients now but found out she doesn't have to do that as they are going to put in a port, do a pet scan, and start her on two strong chemos for 5 months. She will lose her hair this time but so what as she says it can grow back so better news and I feel better. Kathy

salmanda 2010-01-16 19:48:55 -0600 Report

Good news Kathy. Glad you are feeling better about it too. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Sal :)

ginarb37 2010-01-10 00:27:26 -0600 Report

SO happy that you are doing well. ;) Will keep up the thoughts and prayers that your recovery is speedy and your able to walk without pain. ;)

alanbossman 2010-01-09 21:20:51 -0600 Report

Welcome back hope everything goes well for you.

Iroquois 2010-01-11 18:51:45 -0600 Report

Thank you so much. I am glad to be home. Still moving slowly and pain still not all way in control but working on it. I was able to walk from bathroom down a long hallway, past kitchen and to my chair in living room. I have done that last couple of days. Again TY. Kathy

spiritwalker 2010-01-09 18:45:01 -0600 Report

welcome home!
It sounds as if things are going well. Keep your spirits up,
and keep us posted on your progress. Hugs!

Iroquois 2010-01-09 18:49:04 -0600 Report

Thank you for the hugs - GREATLY appreciated and feel so warm. I just hope my knee heals and no complications in next few months. Thank you again for your kind thoughts and those hugs. Seems like I needed one. Kind of depressed since I got home. Friends always, Kathy

tabby9146 2010-01-09 18:43:01 -0600 Report

Glad to hear it went well. Hope recovery keeps going well. I know that is very rough.

Iroquois 2010-01-09 18:47:04 -0600 Report

THANK YOU SO MUCH. Knee replacements aren't fun and this one is acting quite a bit different than my other one. When I put full weight on it - there is about a 2 inch band across the knee cap that burns like fire and never had that before. My Dr. said he has never heard of that. When that feeling quits - I will be happy. Again, thank you for your kind thoughts. Kathy

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