In November of last year, when I was still in surgery for my knee replacement, I asked my doctors to write me a letter.
I’d been to surgery twice in the past two years.
I hadn’t had a knee surgery since I was 17 years old.
I was a little nervous.
My surgeon, Dr. John Wray, told me that he was looking for something that he could tell me in two months.
He said I could be the first patient in the world to get it.
When I got home and got to the office, I was in tears.
I knew right then and there, I’d be the one who would need a knee replacement.
I remember getting up and taking off my shoes, and going into the office.
I walked in and the doctor was looking me in the eye.
He told me, “I think I know what’s wrong with your knee.”
He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “It’s not normal.
Your knee is different.”
My knee was in perfect shape.
But, when my doctor went to the other side of the room, there was a patient who had had a similar procedure.
He was the first person I saw.
I wanted to ask him if he was ok, but I couldn’t.
He looked down and said it was ok.
The doctor then took the patient and walked over to the front desk.
He opened the door, walked to the counter and said to the guy, “Do you want to see this?”
I said, Yes, sir.
He turned to me and said “Your knee is not normal.”
I looked at him and said,”You’re a doctor, right?
What do you think?”
The doctor said, I don’t know, I can’t tell you.
I thought, I want to know.
He walked over and looked at the other patient and said the same thing.
I said to him, “You’re not the only one here.”
He said, No, I’m the first one, and I’m going to tell you what the procedure is.
I got a phone call the next day from my surgeon.
He wanted to get the doctor in touch with me, so I called him and asked if I could talk to him.
The next day, the surgeon called me and told me he was going to go to a new surgery and he needed a replacement.
The patient had a bad reaction to the anesthesia.
So he needed to be on the operating table a couple of hours later.
I sat there and cried for a few minutes, just talking about it.
I felt a little guilty.
It’s a shame, because my doctor is a very good surgeon.
The other thing is that I can get back to work.
The procedure took about 10 minutes, but that’s how long it takes to get an MRI.
You don’t get a lot of time to recover, and there’s a lot to think about, so you get anxious.
I started working out, doing exercises, doing pushups, lifting weights.
I think I’m doing better.
I’m really glad I went for the procedure.
The pain is gone, and now I’m feeling better than ever.
But I still don’t feel right.
I can still do the work I need to do, but my knee feels better, but the pain is still there.
I don’s feel comfortable lifting heavy things.
I get a little dizzy when I walk.
I need my medication to ease the pain.
I’ve had to use other medications, too.
So, the doctor said I had to go back to the surgery to have it repaired.
It was a good decision, but it’s not what I was looking to do.
The surgery is not for the weak.
If you can’t do it, you shouldn’t be doing it.
So now I can work out again, I have some strength and I can run.
But the pain has never gone away.
I want a new procedure that won’t require a lot more surgery and won’t take forever to get through.
If the surgeon says you can have a knee restart, you can.
But for me, I think it’s better to have a pain-free procedure.
I do think I’ll be back to my old self soon.
I hope that makes sense.