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    Posted: Aug/10/2015 at 11:58am
I passed all my pre surgery tests and I am now scheduled for right hip replacement on September 9th. If I were McGyver and had a shape butter knife, I would have already done it.
Five knee surgeries from 1970 to 2000. Knee replacement in 2000.Spinal stenosis surgery in May of 2002. Diagnosed with Pseudogout in 2005, effecting hands, knees, and shoulders. Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007. Retired early as a high school principal. Recently, have had trigger finger surgery on both hands as well as surgery for severe bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel disease.
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Guess it's a good thing you're not McGyver then LOL
 
I hope, the feeling is a lot stronger than that, that this surgery will be textbook for simplicity, recovery and pain relief.
 
Behaving yourself once you get home will be the biggest hurdle I imagine. But I'll wait till then to start lecturing you about doing too much Wink
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your hospital has a great record on making people hippies. i know youll smoke this challenge....besides sept 9 is a lucky day....pal pete
parkinsons disease.men1 genetic disorder. endocrine tumors in pituitary gland and pancreas. carpel tunnel syndrome. spinal stenosis.sleep apnea.vast knowledge of crutches and wheelchairs.borderline diabetic.gerd. both hips replaced. spinal stimulator. 7 spine surgeries/fusions. pain pump trial.Thrombocytopenia. no spleen.
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GREAT news, Dick.  But, I know that having to wait it out now for almost a month is the toughest part of this whole ordeal.  But, oh my------I too am awfully glad that you're not McGyverLOL



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Dick, I have the perfect parking sign for you...
(Was given to me as the other meaning for hippie)


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Dick, see if you can get one of the new digital hips with remote speed control.

Then if a hacker gets into your frequency it will make a great utube.

Good luck?

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L1/2 Mild bilateral facet astropathy. L2/3 same as L1/2. L3/4 ditto. L4/5 Disc bulge indenting anterior thecal sac. Bilateral facet astropathy. Mild canal and left foraminal stenosis. L5/S1 Severe disc narrowing with extensive osteophytes. Broad based disc osteophyte protusion indenting anterior thecal sac and resulting in a right foraminal stenosis. Exiting L5 nerves intact. Osteophytic contact with descending right S1 nerve root. Conclusion_ Severe degenerative disc changes L5/S1 with disc-osteophyte protusion. Moderate disc bulge L4/L5 Moderate central spinal stenosis with obileration of the epidural fat and distortion of the thecal sac. L5/1 Decreased disc height and signal. Super Ventricular Tachacardia. (SVT) Type 2 Diabetes, Arthritis knees and hips.
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Hmmmm...home self surgery is not advisable. Lol I saw a show once about a person drills holes in his skull for some "medical" reason. I don't think that would be real safe. Step away from the pocket knife.
Best of luck with your surgery!
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Good luck with your surgery, Dick.  I know you will do fine.  Its the waiting for it that stinks.  You'll do well.  Just don't overdue it when you get back home.
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Good Luck Dick.
Will be thinking of you.
Hardest part is the wait.


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1st injured Feb, 1997. Was told it was "Soft Tissue" and sent back to work - no X-rays
Late 1997 attended 1st Rehab Program to strengthen back. Mid 98 PCP took me off work. Tried going back to work over the next couple years, mostly off work due to pain.
June 2000, met with OS for first time. Did MRI , damage was L5-S1 totally blown out. Surgery done Jan, 2001.
Another Rehab program late 2001, attempted to go back to work early 2002. Slipped on water, fell flat on back screw fusion broke.
Went to 3rd Rehab program summer 2002.
Oct 2003 - 2nd Surgery, due to broken screw, had to operate from the front.
No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
March 2006, had 3rd Surgery, this time fusion and instrumentation from Si to L3.
June 2008 Surgeon finally admitted I had Failed Back Surgery.
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The only part of my hip replacement that I regretted was waiting so long to have it.  You'll do fine and you will be amazed how fast you get on that hip and walking.  Best of luck and will be praying for you.
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My Sister Wendy agrees with this. She was in the hospital 2 1/2 days and she was up and walking the same day. She wasn't asleep for the procedure but had an epidural. So she was awake for everything.

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1st injured Feb, 1997. Was told it was "Soft Tissue" and sent back to work - no X-rays
Late 1997 attended 1st Rehab Program to strengthen back. Mid 98 PCP took me off work. Tried going back to work over the next couple years, mostly off work due to pain.
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Another Rehab program late 2001, attempted to go back to work early 2002. Slipped on water, fell flat on back screw fusion broke.
Went to 3rd Rehab program summer 2002.
Oct 2003 - 2nd Surgery, due to broken screw, had to operate from the front.
No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
March 2006, had 3rd Surgery, this time fusion and instrumentation from Si to L3.
June 2008 Surgeon finally admitted I had Failed Back Surgery.
August 2009 WCB Finally put me on Long Term Disability
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you're one hip cat
In head-on car crash in 2006. Smashed kneecaps, broken hip, head injury,and other fractures. Daily knee pain (just a 2 or 3 or 4 on a scale from 1-10, so I feel like a wimp). Can't jog, walk long distances or stand for a long period of time. Surgery to remove bone growth on pelvis (2017). Ongoing hip pain, possibly trochanteric bursitis.
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No kidding!

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Late 1997 attended 1st Rehab Program to strengthen back. Mid 98 PCP took me off work. Tried going back to work over the next couple years, mostly off work due to pain.
June 2000, met with OS for first time. Did MRI , damage was L5-S1 totally blown out. Surgery done Jan, 2001.
Another Rehab program late 2001, attempted to go back to work early 2002. Slipped on water, fell flat on back screw fusion broke.
Went to 3rd Rehab program summer 2002.
Oct 2003 - 2nd Surgery, due to broken screw, had to operate from the front.
No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
March 2006, had 3rd Surgery, this time fusion and instrumentation from Si to L3.
June 2008 Surgeon finally admitted I had Failed Back Surgery.
August 2009 WCB Finally put me on Long Term Disability
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Hippie parking - anyone else will get stoned - really John!!!!
 
I wish I had thought of that
 
All the best for that date in September Dick - now I get it with the bread and butter knife. I had to wait to long for my shoulder decompression it fixed itself - but before that I was ready to do it with my Swiss Army Life - but it's my right shoulder and I'm right handed
 
Glad I waited though - so forget the digital hip and butter knife and
 
All the best for that great day in September -
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Dick,
Leave the surgery up to the surgeons. :-)

I know this has been a long wait for you to have this surgery. I am sure you are going to do well. I am hoping for a surgery with no complications and a quick recovery.

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Hi Dick,

The day is very quickly now approaching.  How are you doing?  All of the pre-op stuff out of the way?

Do you know how long you'll be in the hospital?  Will you be able to take a laptop with you so you can let us know how you are when you are up to it?

Please know that I've been thinking about you and Nancy and that I'm praying with everything I have that this will be a quick, successful surgery that will help you with the incredibly painful time you've been enduring.

Hugs and love, good friend. Hug

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Thanks Stevie. I'll get a call Tuesday afternoon telling me what time to report to the hospital. It'll be 6:30 or 8:00a.m.. I'm hoping its 6:30 because that means its the first surgery. As for the length of the stay, I have been told one night by the doctor going home late Thursday afternoon. I was told two nights by the pre-surgical intake nurse. Hopefully, I'll make a post by Friday letting you know how I'm doing.
My sons are ready to take care of Nancy no matter how many days I'm in the hospital and for the few weeks post surgery. I'm planning on taking care of myself.
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Sending you only happy and positive thoughts for Wednesday, Dick, and I'll be watching for your post as soon as you are able.  Huge hugs, good friend.Big smile

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Best of Luck Dick!

My Sister had her hip replaced on Dec 2nd last year and is walking just with a Cain. I was with her through her whole recovery and she did great. They had her up and walking the same day also she didn't go under as she had an epidural. So she was awake through the whole ordeal.
Again, Good Luck Dick. 


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Late 1997 attended 1st Rehab Program to strengthen back. Mid 98 PCP took me off work. Tried going back to work over the next couple years, mostly off work due to pain.
June 2000, met with OS for first time. Did MRI , damage was L5-S1 totally blown out. Surgery done Jan, 2001.
Another Rehab program late 2001, attempted to go back to work early 2002. Slipped on water, fell flat on back screw fusion broke.
Went to 3rd Rehab program summer 2002.
Oct 2003 - 2nd Surgery, due to broken screw, had to operate from the front.
No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
March 2006, had 3rd Surgery, this time fusion and instrumentation from Si to L3.
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Good luck with the surgery Dick, I have heard notjing but excellet reports from people who have had it done.

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L1/2 Mild bilateral facet astropathy. L2/3 same as L1/2. L3/4 ditto. L4/5 Disc bulge indenting anterior thecal sac. Bilateral facet astropathy. Mild canal and left foraminal stenosis. L5/S1 Severe disc narrowing with extensive osteophytes. Broad based disc osteophyte protusion indenting anterior thecal sac and resulting in a right foraminal stenosis. Exiting L5 nerves intact. Osteophytic contact with descending right S1 nerve root. Conclusion_ Severe degenerative disc changes L5/S1 with disc-osteophyte protusion. Moderate disc bulge L4/L5 Moderate central spinal stenosis with obileration of the epidural fat and distortion of the thecal sac. L5/1 Decreased disc height and signal. Super Ventricular Tachacardia. (SVT) Type 2 Diabetes, Arthritis knees and hips.
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All the best Dick - you can see we are all waiting for you to have that surgery and look forward to your post as soon as you can get your hands on your computer
 
It's great that your sons are looking after Nancy - that's fantastic
 
And by now I am sure you are up to more than cooking water and burning toast -
 
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Best wishes on your upcoming surgery.
I will be thinking of you on Wednesday.
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Dick----

Do you have your time? Sorry if you've already posted as I'm on my phone and have a hard time scrolling up.

Thinking about you. Hoping it all goes well and we will all be thinking of you tomorrow. Huge hugs.

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Good morning Hippy Dick

I'm thinking of you and along with all your CPS Family hoping and praying for a super successful surgery(say that 3 times fast :) a smooth and simple recovery.

Here's hoping you'll be out strolling with Opal and Sparky in no time.

Healing hugs and wishes for far less pain.
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I think you should be out of surgery by now. I hope they keep your " normal" pain controlled and that you're feeling well enough to tease the nurses in no time.

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I also have been thinking of you all day, and hope that you now have a new hip and will be home and recovering very soon.  Huge hugs, and give the nurses a break hippy Dick. Shot  Well, maybe just a tiny break.  LOL

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Hope everything is going smooth Dick and hope you will be home soon to start recovering.  Thinking of you.
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yah...whats going on?    i thought youd be walking by now....hope all is well...pal pete
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Hoping all went well and would like photos of the hot nurse, not your hip.

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L1/2 Mild bilateral facet astropathy. L2/3 same as L1/2. L3/4 ditto. L4/5 Disc bulge indenting anterior thecal sac. Bilateral facet astropathy. Mild canal and left foraminal stenosis. L5/S1 Severe disc narrowing with extensive osteophytes. Broad based disc osteophyte protusion indenting anterior thecal sac and resulting in a right foraminal stenosis. Exiting L5 nerves intact. Osteophytic contact with descending right S1 nerve root. Conclusion_ Severe degenerative disc changes L5/S1 with disc-osteophyte protusion. Moderate disc bulge L4/L5 Moderate central spinal stenosis with obileration of the epidural fat and distortion of the thecal sac. L5/1 Decreased disc height and signal. Super Ventricular Tachacardia. (SVT) Type 2 Diabetes, Arthritis knees and hips.
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Hi Dick - we are all wondering what you are up to
 
I hope you are chasing those hot nurses around and not just ringing the bell because you need them to come to you
 
We are all concerned Dick - I guess we will hear from you soon - we hope we will hear from you soon -
 
Actually- we know we will hear from you soon - and but just how soon we don't know
 
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so now i'm worried...4 days is much too long to be on the table....pal pete
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I think his surgery was We'd morning and best case scenario had him going home after 1 night, more realistic after 2.

Hopefully you're on your way home, unless you're enjoying yourself so much you decide to spend the weekend.

Either way, let us known asap Dick.
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Yes, surgery was on the 9th, and he thought he would be home and able to post to us possibly today.  So, Dick-----we are all here-----waiting and hoping for some good newsHug

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Thanks Stevie - and yes Dick - we are hoping to hear the good news soon
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Just got home. Surgery went well. Hip was a real mess. Doctor said he had to use some screws to anchor hardware into the femur. My hospital stay was a nightmare. I didn't eat didn't sleep and found out that quick acting Ocycontin caused me heartburn and nausea . Now starts the rehab.
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Darn it all, so much for a rest.

I'm glad you're home Dick and sorry you had yet another nightmare. It's time for some good dreams.

Please follow dr's orders and let yourself heal. I'm just finishing rereading The Shining, hope you've got some good reading material. And pain meds.

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So, so glad you are home and back on your own pain management agenda.  I have no idea what fast acting Oxycontin is, but it sounds awful.

Now, take good care, and watch that hip and the extra hardware you now have-----between the two of us we could probably build something of national security.

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Aw Dick - I can't imagine how that must have hurtErmm - it sounds like that book Bailey was reading - "The Shining" - that guy was chewing something called Excedrin - I think that was an imaginary pain killer but it sound like a really horrible time in hospital - would you not have liked a short time having a gentle nurse wiping your sweating brow and soothing you to sleep with a massage - or something else that stopped you from sleeping and eating and having different drugs that gave you a worse pain like heart burn that feels like your gullet is filled with acid - which it is.
What will your rehab be - and when does it start? Do you have to wait until the screws in your femur have to set into something like special bone cement
 
I guess you are more than glad to be home and I hope the pain eases up for you - I wish you had an easier time - I am so sorry
 
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as i recall my hip surgeon told me to avoid a few positions after surgery. unfortunately since then my memory has slipped a bit. i do think one rule was dont cross your legs. so follow rules to avoid any dislocation....glad youre home....pal pete
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Morning all and good it is. I slept in my recliner and slept like a log. Sleep is underrated. With sleep comes strength and energy. After I loosened up I got into a standing position by myself walked to bathroom, using a walker of course, stood end washed up, and got dressed with minimal assistance. I am very encouraged.
Merlin, the PT plan is as follows- two weeks at home, than see the surgeon to be evaluated, and than four weeks outside the home.
Pete, crossing legs is a big taboo and along with turning you foot to the inside or bending your knee above the hip. All could cause a dislocation.
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You sound like you again Dick.

Without sleep comes disaster, glad you got some good z's. I see Mr King has a new short story collection coming out soon, though by then you!'ll be out running marathons and won't need reading material.

Sleep, rest, repeat.

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90 degree rule.  I didn't dare go past 45 degrees out of fear.  I talked to someone who displaced their hip.  But back then I was a wimp compared to now.

Never heard of putting screws in the femur.  Got any xrays to see what you are talking about?  Sorry you had such a rough time in the hospital but glad to see you made it through nonetheless.  Glad to have you back with us!

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Sounds really good Dick----it's so nice to be home and out of the miserableness of the hospital.  You're going to need a lot of sleep-----one thing I couldn't NOT do after my fusion was sleep.  Sorry about the lousy grammar----you can give me a "D" in for that but an "A+" for caring. Hug

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Good to have you back on deck Dick. 

I agree about sleep, it is the most powerful medicine of all and in the middle ages was used a lot more for treatment. Patients were often given a sleeping draught of some sort.

Following the surgeons instructions and not rushing things will result in a very successful operation and those marathons will soon be on the agenda.  In the meantime take it easy.

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So glad you are home and hospital surgery and stay is over.  Now the mending can begin.  That's great that you are up walking with the walker so soon.  Don't overdue it and follow doctor's orders please. 
How many weeks does your rehab last, Dick? 
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Great to have you back up on deck Dick - well - perhaps not doing anything on deck but at least able to do your own bathroom therapy - important that -
 
I am glad you can do some of your rehab at home - that must mean someone comes out to get it started - I don't know what they have to do -
 
And Ken - yes - I have heard about those Middle-Ages sleeping draughts - sleep is vital for recovery - and these draughts often contained nothing but plants - very potent plants
 
But sleep - I can remember the night after my hysterectomy when I felt that if I could have found a dictionary the world "sleep" would have been deleted. I had nurses in and out all night long doing something or other - and near dawn one of them said "Tonight will be the worst night" which is my dazed state I thought they meant the coming night - not just the night that had passed - which was the worst
 
Sleep - wonderful stuff - and has anyone ever noticed if they are disturbed they were always in the middle of the best dream they ever had?
 
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 If you had asked me 2 days ago if I shouldn't have had the surgery, I would have agreed with you. Hospitals today have certainly changed. Nurses are still great but due to insurance regulations and all the damn infections you can get, the hospital wants you out asap. If you aren't ready, you are moved to a rehab/nursing home. That's where I was headed if I didn't have Alex and Aaron, my sons,  home. They have been fantastic.
 
As for me, doing better every day. I got almost completely dressed this morning except for my right sock and shoe, I'm not allowed to bend that leg past 90 degrees. I had another great night's sleep. again in the lounger. I tried a nap thing in the bed but it became uncomfortable quickly so lounger it is for awhile. I can get up by myself from the chair and move around pretty well with the walker. Very shortly, I'll be performing a Redneck River Dance routine.
 
PT comes 3 times this week, OT twice, and the nurse will be here Tuesday. My pain levels are dropping everyday. All in all, I made the right decision, just didn't make it sooner..
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Glad you are doing well. Follow those postoperative instructions. You do not want to dislocate that New hip. Sorry the hospital was bad but glad you are now home. Home is always better!
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It's great that you have had that done - my ss had one and said it was brutal surgery - I guess it was a bit more brutal for you getting screwed - I means screws in your femur - that was an added extra you didn't ask for.
 
That rehab programme sounds reasonable - I hope you have enough pain medication - that's one thing about shooting you out of hospital so quickly - you might need more pain medication -
 
I was in hospital of a fortnight after my first shoulder operation - a decompression in 1986 that went badly - and they were giving me shots up until the day I left - and this went on for years - the pain not the shots-  but the second operation in 1994 was a reconstruction and I was out in 4 days had little pain
 
But apart from that I can hardly wait to get out of hospitals - I have walked out at times -
 
From what I have heard the bacteria that they find in hospitals that cause so much illness love clean surfaces and grow there abundantly - but tough if you still need to be there for the care - I am so glad your sons can help - and great names - I like the names - and they have to be good sons with you for their Dad
 
All the best with your recovery - and glad to have you back 
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It all sounds really great, Dick and know you are happy to be home.  That is where we all belong ASAP.

I know you are doing everything you can to recover from this and will continue to do well.  Out of the hospital, NOT in rehab, and HOME----------well, there is nothing better than that combinationDog

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