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About sylviaratlifftrappio

Mental Health Nurse with an early critical care nursing background. MS in Nursing Admin with Healthcare Educator Certificate. Blogging about specific health issues I experienced.

Orthopedic Equipment, Anyone?

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I’ve got all kinds of orthopedic equipment in my house:

  1. Walker
  2. Cane
  3. Crutches
  4. Loaner Wheelchair
  5. Shower Stool
  6. Shower Suction Wall Hand Holds
  7. Knee Stabilizer Brace
  8. Cast Handle
  9. Dynasplint
  10. Loaner Potty Chair

Some of it was already here from my neck surgery last year and some is from this year.

Loaner wheelchair

Loaner wheelchair

My walker

My walker

Dynasplint for my knee

Dynasplint for my knee

WebMD Pain Coach App

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Have you heard about this?  I saw it today while perusing the WebMD site.  This is an app for your iPhone or Android smartphone/device.  http://www.webmd.com/webmdpaincoachapp

 

Designed Specifically for

WebMD Pain Coach App

  • Back Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraine
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Diagnosed Chronic Pain Management

 

Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/webmdpaincoachapp 10/5/14 8:12pm DST

Life After Patellar Tendon Repair

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While it needed to be done, that 3rd surgery really tested limits in my house!  My husband is retired and became my full-time nurse after the first two surgeries.  Just as we were getting used to my increasing mobility–walking around the block with the walker,

R knee in Knee Stabilizer

R knee in Knee Stabilizer

I had this new surgery which set me back 3 weeks.

I became less mobile, since I couldn’t straighten my R leg.  I was on more Oxycontin and became ROYALLY CONSTIPATED.  I lost my appetite, couldn’t be left alone because I was a ‘FALL RISK’  and I couldn’t sleep well and neither could my husband!  We had just graduated back to our bed, after 2weeks of sleeping on the recliner (me) and the couch (him).  I had been able to go up and down the steps, taken my first shower and *SNAP*–just like that, it was all taken away!  Bird baths, AGAIN.  This time for six (6) weeks!

Now, whenever we went to physical therapy, to the pharmacy, to the doctor’s office, I had to ride across the backseat of my car, while my husband drove me.  My left knee got pretty strong, because it had to do all of the work that my right knee couldn’t.

Knee Surgeries 1 & 2

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On May 29, 2014, I had my double knee arthroscopies.  That’s right, BOTH knees were ‘scoped.  The Right knee had a lot more going on with it, than the left.  Older problems since I was 12 and a lot more was done to it, including removing a plum-sized bony growth between my knee and thigh!!

On May 29th, around 7pm, during a 2nd trip to the bathroom, I ruptured (tore away) the Patellar Tendon.  That kept me from being able to lift my R leg.

This is my knees a couple of days after surgery–you can see the bruising around the knee.  This lasted for weeks!

My knees after  Arthroscopy

My knees after Arthroscopy

 

 

These are my knees wrapped in Ace Bandages!

Ace Bandage-wrapped knees

Ace Bandage-wrapped knees

 

 

 

This is me walking with my walker during the two weeks after these surgeries.IMG_0754

 

 

 

My Sciatica Symptoms

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What is Sciatica anyway?  Before it attacked me in 2010-2012, I thought it was something only old people got, like lumbago (yes!).  I’m not ‘old’, am I?

Electrical, burning pain that sears its way down the path that this very large nerve travels, from your spinal cord to your toes!  Here’s more…about my story

INSOMNIA REMEDIES

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What keeps you up at night?  Pain, worries, noise, light, medications, cold feet (literally) can all contribute to insomnia.  I’ve created a whole resource page with helpful hints on improving your nighttime (or whenever you get most of your) slumber.

Sometimes, just getting some intermittent relief is better than going nightly without sleep, week in and week out. Hopefully something here has been helpful to you in the past. If none of these have worked for you and you have found something that has worked for you, please let me know in the Comments section below. I’d like to add them to the list. Thanks for following me!