Ankle Replacement Surgery

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  1. Steve North

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    My wife, Annmarie is going to have her left ankle replaced on the 7th of November in Sudbury, Ontario..
    She had a serious accident 28 years ago and it finally flared up with arthritis to the point that there is no other option other than a replacement.. She cannot walk much, and is in pain most of the time..
    She first saw her specialist a few weeks ago, had a cat scan, and is now scheduled for the replacement a few weeks from now.. She has her pre-op scheduled for the 31st of October.. Now, that's very fast !!!

    I bought her a knee scooter for her to get around after the surgery.. She cannot weight bear for 6 weeks after surgery.. I will also have (borrow) a wheel chair for her to go out of the house in.. This week, I am having a ramp built for our front entrance to make it possible for her to go in and out.. We have a stair lift in the house for the past 8 years which she uses daily to go up and down the stairs..
    I will have my hands full being her caretaker but I will succeed as she will need as much help as possible..
    Remember, I am just getting over my shoulder replacement myself and I am not 100% yet..

    Just to let you know what is going on in our quiet household.. never a dull moment !!!!!!!
     
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    Sounds like a busy time ahead for both of you, @Steve North . Hopefully, your wife’s ankle replacement will help her get around better once it has healed, like your shoulder surgery did for you.
    At least you have a little more time to be healing up yourself first, before your wife has her surgery.
     
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    Yvonne..
    I feel like I am OK to take full care of her..
     
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    Here is a picture of the knee scooter I bought her..


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    I wish Annmarie a successful surgery and quick healing, @Steve North. I hope she heals as well as you have.
     
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    We never get tired of caring for our spouses, do we @Steve North? That always makes the difference. Love carries us through many things. You and your lady are blessed. You take care, and I hope your wife’s recovery is swift and of little pain. :)
     
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    I rented one, paid for by insurance company, when hubby had foot surgery this year. Come in handy for them. Hope all turns out well with her surgery, keep us posted :)
     
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    I also looked into renting one for my wife, but they wanted $75.00 a month for the rental.. The problem is in Sudbury there are only 3 units for rent and they are always out on rental, so if you need one, you must put your name on the waiting list and hope you get one before you need it.. At present, there are NO units available..
    She will probably need it for about 3 months or so, and it is nice to have it before, to get used to it and get to know how to handle it properly.. That would cost me about $225.00 (plus tax) ..
    I bought it on the internet.. it was originally $500.00 but reduced to $240.00 (plus tax) and FREE shipping.. She now has it about 3 weeks before her surgery to get used to it.. This one has a basket, swivel knee pad used on both sides, disc brakes, and folds down for transportation..
    After she is fully finished with it, I will sell it for about $200.00..
    Although only paid $240.00 for it, it is still a $500.00 machine.. There is a big demand for those scooters..
     
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    Today Annmarie has an appointment in Sudbury with a lung specialist to check out her breathing, making sure she can go through the operation without any difficulty breathing....
    She already had her heart test, and that came out perfect..
    All this is part of her pre-op.....
     
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    Wow...they wanted $50. a week here...glad insurance paid for his. Least you did get to buy her ine...it will come in handy.
     
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    Annmarie went to see a lung specialist on Tuesday to be tested for her breathing before the operation..
    Everything turned out perfect..
    Her heart is OK... her breathing is OK... Her diabetes is under control... Her blood pressure is OK...
    Her blood work is OK ...
    Looks like it is a green light for the 7th of November...
     
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    Don't forget the decorations...:)

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    Hoping things go well.
     
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    Thanks Tim..
    I was looking for the flowers on the knee scooter...
    The knee pad sure makes it more comfortable to kneel on.. She uses a small cushion..
     
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    BREAKING NEWS

    My wife's surgery was today postponed from November 7th to December 12th..
    Evidently the doctor will be away for a month and that is why the postponement..
    We have NOT heard from the hospital yet concerning her pre-op.. Perhaps they will call soon with another date.. Usually it is about 10 days before the surgery..

    Actually, this gives us a bit more time to get ready for the big day..
    I will be in better physical shape to take care of her..
    The drawback is she will spend Christmas not weight bearing.. Also the snow will be another challenge..
    We have agreed to cancel both Chanukah and Christmas this year..
     
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    Oh my, I know in one breath it is a relief and in another it brings other drawbacks. It is a shame that you will not be enjoying the holidays as usual. Maybe you can go to a loved one’s holiday celebration, or maybe someone can come to your place to help with your’s. :oops: :)
     
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    There is NO way that we can have our family over here for the holidays,, They all live way too far away for example, we are in Northern Ontario while some are in New Zealand..
    We won't be in any condition to receive visitors while Annmarie will be off her foot.. That will be for about 6 weeks or so..
    Best thing is to just forget the holidays this year.. Both Chanukah and Christmas..
     
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    @Steve North " Best thing is to just forget the holidays this year"

    I, too, have been postponing some important things, all the while wondering: will next year show up for me?
    Frank
     
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    Frank..
    As long as we can keep on living healthy, what does it matter if we celebrate or not.
    Naturally it would be nice to be able to enjoy both Chanukah and Christmas, but if we can't, we can't......
     
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    My dear wife is all prepared and ready to go to the hospital for her ankle operation which is on December 12th..
    The house is also ready with a knee scooter, a walker, a transfer bench for the bathtub, and a ramp to come into the house.. We already have a stair lift which avoids stairs..
    Hopefully I will be finished with my physio by then.. I think so ......
    She will be going to physio for several months after surgery which means, on the highway during those awful winter days.. I will definitely do it for her..
     
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    I'm not sure if this goes here, but it is about my wife's surgery, so.............
    She wanted me to get a laptop computer for her so she can use it while sitting in the living room in her recliner chair.. At present we only have a desktop in the 2nd bedroom upstairs..
    I bought her a laptop and was very surprised..
    It is only about one inch thick.. compared to my other one, it is a joke.. This one weighs nothing and is easy to handle.. Just fold it up and it looks like a small tray.. I think it has a 14" screen..
    Well, on my desktop I thought it was a powerful unit with 500g of hard drive and 8g of ram...
    This laptop has..... 1 (one) terabyte of hard drive and 10 gigs of ram... Talk about being outdone by a one inch thick computer.. The only thing is my monitor is bigger than the laptop.. otherwise, it is just as good as mine if not better..
    She is having trouble using the built-in mouse, so I got her a mouse that is separate one and she likes that..

    I still like my desktop better, but I also enjoy using the laptop..
     
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    Looks like your wife might have gotten an early Christmas present with that new Laptop even though y'all won't be celebrating it this year @Steve North. :) I love my touch screen laptop.

    I was curious as to whether your Health coverage includes in home assistance if you and your wife should need this once she is home from having her ankle surgery?
     
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    She will be getting (like I did) some nurses to come here 3 times a week to give her a shower..
    She will also get (like I did) a physiotherapist come to the house to get her going with some simple exercises..
    She will also get (like I did) someone to come here to make sure we have everything necessary for her to function such as a walker, cane, shower seat, safety bars in the bathroom, proper sleeping accommodations with access to the bed, access to the toilet, and so on.. Should there be something lacking, they will have it installed or supplied or modified..
    She will also get (like I did) a dietician come here to make sure she is eating properly ..

    All of the above is part of our health care system and is at NO cost to us......

    Hers isn't a touch screen but just a laptop.. It is an ..... ACER....
    I don't know if it is a good one or not, but it seems to be OK.. it doesn't have a slot for inserting a disk which isn't important to us anyway..
    Bottom line is, she is happy with it...
     
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    Just a quick thing about my wife, Annmarie ....
    She has been on low carb for the past 6 weeks and she has lost 24 pounds so far..
    This will help with, the "learning how to walk again", after her surgery..
    Her diabetes has improved drastically.. Her numbers are down..
    She has reduced the amount of insulin she takes.. She generally feels much better with more "get up and go"...

    Monday she has an appointment with her surgeon and the following Monday we will be in Sudbury as her operation is scheduled for Tuesday the 12th at 8:00am.. Must be at the hospital for 6:00am on that day..
    I will be spending the week there, and I will be at a hotel near the hospital in order to spend lots of time with her while she is there.. Operation on Tuesday and scheduled to be released on Friday..

    I will be taking her laptop with me to the hotel, and I will keep you up to date as what is going on ..
     
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    How far is the highway drive Steve to take her to Physio. This is the one thing that has always prevented us from moving up to Northern Ontario although we had considered a larger city such as Thunder Bay.

    A friend of ours used one of those scooters when her Achilles Tendon tore...it helped a lot, she said she just had to watch corners in making a turn.
     
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    The operation is in Sudbury which is about one hour drive from our house..
    The physio is in the hospital in Espanola which is a 30 minute drive from our house..
    Physio will be (hopefully) on Monday and Friday.. Now, we MUST do our food shopping in Espanola on a Friday anyway, so physio will save us a trip there..
    It really isn't that bad if you consider living in a large city and travelling about 30 minutes across town to go to the physio.. This way it is all highway with NO traffic..

    I bought her a knee scooter about a month ago and she is slowly getting used to using it.. It is not easy to use but with some practice, it isn't that bad.. I had a ramp built to get into the front of the house.. Only 2 steps, but now we have a ramp..
     
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