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Going under the knife againPosted Friday, December 4, 2009, at 1:02 PM
I must be a glutton for punishment and pain, but as the old saying goes, "no pain, no gain".
Well it's only been a little over 12 weeks -- actually 95 days -- since I had my left knee replaced and it's feeling pretty good on most days.
For sure, I'm not ready to run a marathon or jump on a pogo stick, but I can honestly say the revision surgery has left me feeling much better.
Hey, I'm an old pro at this knee surgery business. I had my first knee replacement more than six years ago and sadly, it didn't turn out so well.
So on Aug. 31, I was under the care of a different surgeon -- a really fine guy named Dr. Michael Berend M.D. -- and the results so far, are very encouraging.
Early tomorrow (Friday) morning, I'm going to dive in and get the right knee replaced in hopes of becoming much more mobile during the next few months.
My sights are set on playing golf and actually walking more than a few yards without pain by early spring.
I'm even praying to be up and around before Christmas and possibly back to my job here at the Greene County Daily World.
I'm going to miss the daily deadline grind here at the office, but I am leaving my duties in capable hands for a couple of weeks.
Some of the folks around the office have been teasing me about just wanting to take a little pre-Christmas vacation, but I can tell you if Nick wanted to go on a vacation, it would not involve cold operating rooms, needles, back-less hospital gowns or pain-killers.
It would be somewhere warmer than December in southern Indiana. I'd be holding a fishing pole, a cooler of cold beverages and a fired up grill would be nearby as would a beach and my family.
There would be no clocks and no cellphones.
I'd probably have to take my laptop along just to feel still connected, but I think you get the picture.
Going into surgery is never a picnic, and with this particular kind of surgery the required post-operative physical therapy is pretty rough.
But I've done this before, so I am hopeful that my physical therapist might guide me along with a stern, but understanding outlook and not make me cry like a big baby too much.
Technology is sure amazing and it's hard to believe that there are skilled doctors who are able to routinely pop in new body parts with the greatest of ease.
I'd be a fool if I didn't admit to being a little apprehensive about being cut on again, but I have faith and trust in my doctor, who works out of the Center for Hip and Knee Surgery at St. Francis Hospital in Mooresville.
The place is rated one of the best in the nation, so I know I will be in good hands.
I covet your thoughts and prayers in the next few days.
I also ask that you say an extra kind word for my surgeon and ask God to give me a steady hand and clear mind as he does 'his thing' on me in the morning.
I'll be back writing real soon. I promise.
Nick is the assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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