I know we all think our bodies will last forever, I sure did. But here'a thought... they don't. I admit I'm overweight, and I did a lot of physical labor while raising my kids so some parts are going to wear out faster. However, I never thought, even once, about knee replacement. Now, having gone through this with both knees, I'd like to warn everyone about the joys (not) of having to have this done.
When we hit our mid '40's we notice the knees are a bit stiff in the mornings, or after sitting for a while. No problem, take an ibuprofen. That release from the stiffness will not work forever, and sooner or later you're going to realise, like I did while standing in the shower sobbing because of the pain, this has to be fixed. So you toddle off to see a ortho surgeon. By the time I had had enough, I was bone on bone in both knees, yeah, that bad.
When I had the surgery, I thought i was pretty tough... I worked in a max prsion for 20 years, and have had my nose broken, my eye socket shattered, broken fingers &sprained wrists and ankles, so I wasn't afraid of pain. But I can honestly say, there is no words to describe the first two weeks of knee replacement. I did one knee at a time. Pain??? Oh honey, I hated taking pills for pain, but it was the only release. The pills don't help the pain as much as help you ignore it. The physical therapy will make you cry, I sure did, but in the end it's worth it. After two weeks, you actually 'turn the corner', the pain begins to calm and you can see where you're getting better. After 6-8 weeks, you can actually walk without pain.
Fair warning, I had complications 3 1/2 years after the first surgeries, and have had both knees repaired at once because the dr thought I had an infection, which as it turns out, I do not. I'm still hooked up on IV therapy and heavy duty antibiotics. No idea why, dr says it's 'protocol'. It sucks. First two weeks, strict bed rest, which was fun for the first two days, then it sucks. My ceiling needs repainting, lol. Walking is coming along, but seriously hurts like you can't imagine. Pain meds discontinued after two weeks (bastard), ibuprofen (which really doesn't help), and staring at TV for hours... I hate HLN, and I loved it before.
Sorry for the long post, but my friends, you helped me keep my sanity when all I can do is cry, made me laugh and let me know life is going on. Thank you.