PajamasShoes with good support
A generic sweatshirt for when the room gets chill
Ah, yes...it's the list-making time of year. And while Christmas is just around the corner, this isn't a Christmas list. This list also contains a walker, a shower chair and anti-bacterial soap. My bunkmate is getting new knees next week and we need a list to keep track of all we have to do/line up/take care of before then.
This isn't a new problem; Wayne's knees have bothered him for a long time. The right one is particularly bad. So much so that he'd fallen into the habit of keeping it sort of stiff and swinging it around, earning him the nickname of "Chester" from his golfing buddies. Some anti-inflammatory medicine made it tolerable for a while but as we all know, bad joints just aren't going to get better on their own. When the pain made him give up his twice-a-week golf game, he decided it was time to do something about it.
And that something will be bilateral knee replacement surgery. I don't think Wayne went into it expecting to do both knees at the same time but the doctor said given his good health there was no reason not to. He'll be up the day after surgery whether it's one knee or two and while it won't be easy those first few weeks, his total recovery time will be cut in half since he won't have to have two surgeries two months apart. He'll likely go into a rehabilitation facility for two weeks or so days after his hospital discharge for some extra therapy before he comes home. And, of course, there will be outpatient therapy from there. One thing we don't have on our list is a wheelchair. The doctor made it plain he wanted Wayne walking, not rolling.
So we have plenty to accomplish before next Monday. And while I'm not normally a list-maker, at least in a written form anyway, I'm taking a cue from Santa and making a list so I can check it twice...and probably more times than that.
Wayne's so ready to get this surgery done so he can be back to doing the things he has had to give up because of his bad knees. I think we might have to make this list-making thing a habit and start another one: Things To Do With New Knees. That sounds like a lot more fun.