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Going under the knife again

Posted 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 schneider.nick@gmail.com .


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GOOD LUCK! I'M ONLY 29 YRS OLD. I'VE HAD 29 SURGERY'S ON BOTH OF MY LEGS. I HAD MY RIGHT KNEE REPLACED IN 2006 AND IT WENT WELL. THEN IN 2007, I HAD MY LEFT KNEE DONE, BUT IT DIDN'T GO SO WELL! I HAD A EXTRA BONE GROWTH BEHIND MY KNEE AND WHEN THE DOCTOR WENT TO BUST THE BONE SO HE COULD BUT THE FACK KNEE IN HE DIDN'T KNOW THAT MY MAIN ARTERY AND MY S-NERVE WAS INSIDE THE BONE AND WHEN HE BUSTED THE BONE IT TOOK THE PRESSURE OFF AND MY ARTERY BUSTED AND, I BLEED TO DEATH AND MY S-NERVE GOT CUT INTO. THEY HAD TO CALL A HEART DOCTOR IN AND HE PUT 3 STINT'S IN MY ARTERY THAT RUNS DOWN ON THE INSIDE OF YOUR LEG. I HOPE THAT YOU HAVE A VERY FAST RECOVERY! I HOPE THAT IT GOES WELL FOR YOU.

-- Posted by mom 09 on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 2:17 PM

Good Luck Nick. Looking forward to seeing you out there on the links. I pray that all goes well and for a speedy recovery.

-- Posted by #1LakerFan on Wed, Dec 9, 2009, at 3:27 PM

Praying for your quick recovery.

Great timing getting "all fixed up" before Harry Reid calls the shots. For all you know, you might have been put down instead of "rescued".

:-)

Merry Christmas!

-- Posted by cow rancher on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 10:28 PM
Nick Schneider's response:
That's very true and was one of my considerations. After today's vote in the Senate it looks like it will be easier to get an abortion, than a knee replacement...very sad, don't you think?

Good luck Sharon you know men can be worst than a newborn ha ha.

-- Posted by LT on Sun, Dec 6, 2009, at 12:30 PM

Wow, hope your recovery is as smooth!

-- Posted by changeitup on Fri, Dec 4, 2009, at 5:45 PM

Bet your glad you have health insurance.

Good luck with the surgery.

-- Posted by Gene Hall68 on Fri, Dec 4, 2009, at 8:12 AM
Nick Schneider's response:
Yes, I am thankful for health insurance and a talented medical team. Surgery went well...only lasted about an hour. AMAZING. A new knee in 60 minutes. Hope to be out of here in a few days.

Wow Nick!! You're going through this again so soon. I had my surgery on Oct. 20. on my 6th week..still in therapy. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. Take care!!

-- Posted by Hoosit on Thu, Dec 3, 2009, at 9:18 PM

Nick,

You are such an asset to the paper and the citizens of Greene County. I hope you get back soon, but please take care of yourself and get better.

God bless

-- Posted by jeffcoilyr on Thu, Dec 3, 2009, at 9:12 PM
's response:
Thank you so much. I love my job and the Greene County community. I am truly blessed with both.


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