Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Counting down the hours for my young husband to be back....

As many of you know, Jay has had 3 knee surgeries in the last 12 years.  Well, he was recently told that he could finally get it replaced.  His surgery is tomorrow, he is both excited and scared, but from what we are told, he will no longer have any pain once it has healed and will actually be able to do all the things he has not been able to do for the last 12 years, walk, jog, hike, ride his bike without pain, and get this, bend his knee!!  I attended a class with him this morning that went over what to expect before, during and after.  Amazing, I cannot believe what they do.  The surgery will take 1-2 hours and he will be in recovery for 1-3, in which time they will get Jay up and walking on his new knee with full range immediately.  In the hospital he will be staying from 3-5 days in which time he will start with a walker and leave on crutches.  He will have to exercise right away from day one and should be walking with a cane withing a few days then on his own within around 2 weeks.  He hasn't been able to walk easily for the last 12 years, I am so excited I can't believe this!!  I saw the prosthetic knee, it was made of titanium and plastic and moved as smooth as butter.  He will forever set off airport alarms but I will now have a bionic husband.  I am so happy for him, he is only 40 and has been handicapped for half of our marriage.  We are looking forward to being able to do things together that we haven't been able to do for a long time.  His leg is deformed now and this will straighten it back out to normal which will also alleviate his back pain and hip pain from over compensating by favoring his good knee.  Aah modern medicine...isn't it amazing?

3 comments:

madre adoptiva said...

It is amazing what modern medicine can do for a person these days. I'm really excited for Jay (and you!). I hope it all goes perfectly and he recovers quicker than expected. :D

Mom said...

Just amazing! Eventually he can go on our dog walks with us! If he wants to that is. Chyla would be so excited to have him along. Does insurance cover the whole thing?

Bubba said...

No insurance only covers 80% which is still good, so our out of pocket is approximately $5700 for the hospital and not sure about the physical therapy yet....