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My Soon-to-be-Bionic Wife

Today I’ll be driving my wife to the hospital for knee replacement surgery. This should be fairly straightforward, and will hopefully alleviate at least one piece of the pain she’s been dealing with. (Eventually I suspect we’ll be going back to do the other knee. You’ve got have symmetry, right?)

Also, it’s one step closer to her becoming a cyborg, which is pretty cool.

So please don’t expect much online activity from my little corner of the Internet for a few days.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Nov. 21st, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
Good luck and good health to her. Thank goodness those are routine these days. (My stepmother had her second knee done by the team doctor for a major NBA franchise.)
Nov. 21st, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
*hugs* We're sending our love and good thoughts.
Nov. 21st, 2012 02:43 pm (UTC)

I wish both of you safe transitions and fast healing. :)
Nov. 21st, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
Best of luck for your wife. I hope it goes smooth and easy.
Nov. 21st, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
Sending good thoughts for your wife.
Nov. 21st, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
Good luck!

But if she doesn't come back running with that cool 6-Million-Dollar-Man/Bionic-Woman sound... they didn't do it right. ;)
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
Maybe they could get it as a ringtone... :)
Nov. 21st, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
My very best wishes to her and to you and your kids. It will be frustrating for the first few weeks, but in the end, it'll be worth it! (My best friend had her knee replaced about two years ago, and she says it was worth every bit of the pain of the first weeks after surgery since she can walk and move so much more easily.)
Nov. 21st, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
Best wishes and good thoughts!

Two of my friends have recently had knee replacements. The improvement in quality of life for both of them is utterly amazing.
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
Well, that's a *different* way to celebrate the holiday. I hope the surgery goes perfectly (and I vote for the Bionic Woman noise too...). I'm a big fan of "less pain."
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
Best wishes for the recovery!
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
My housemate has knee issues and needs similar surgeries.

I wish your wife an easy surgery and a speedy recovery. I also wish added sanity for you as you assist her.

It's easy to think PT stands for Physical Torture, but it gets easier with time.
Nov. 21st, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)

Good luck to your wife, and a speedy recovery.
Nov. 21st, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
Sending good juju for a successful surgery and a quick recovery.
Nov. 21st, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
Best wishes to you and your cyborg-to-be!

They've gotten good with knees.
Nov. 21st, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
Best wishes to your wife as she recovers and to the rest of your family as you help her in her recovery. I've known several people who've had knee replacement surgery and they've all been very happy with the results.

Of course, she may have to get through some pain before she sees the good results; but if she can look to the future, it'll be so bright she'll have to wear shades.
Nov. 21st, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
Robotic is not half bad : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NzArlTkwCN8 via John Scalzi

My best wishes for a quick and complete recovery.
Nov. 21st, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
The friends I know with kne replacements are Extremely Pleased.

Best wishes for a smooth procedure and an easy-as-possible recovery.

Nov. 21st, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
May she heal quickly and well, with as little stress for you all as possible.
Nov. 21st, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
Best wishes to her.
Nov. 21st, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
I've had both knees replaced, and in my experience and that of everyone I've talked to about it, for the first week after the surgery the feeling is, "Why the hell did I ever do this?" Thereafter, it's "Why the hell did I wait so long to do this?"

Stick with the physical therapy--it's really important. But she'll be up and around again by Christmas with a huge smile on her face.
Nov. 21st, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Speedy recovery to her, and all the best to both of you!

I have lots of articles about recovery after knee replacement that I send you links to if you need something potentially useful but really boring to read...
Nov. 21st, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
The folks I know who've had knee (or hip) replacements have been very happy with the results. Rehab is a must, but pain-free movement is such a joy. May your wife's experience be just as good!
Nov. 21st, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
May all go well. And yes, PT is decidedly hard to do but important for the doing - I say as the daughter of a PT.
Nov. 21st, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
My best wishes for her safe recovery.
Nov. 21st, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Best wishes!

I know two people personally who had this and were delighted with the outcome.
Nov. 21st, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
My mom recently had a knee replaced, and was so pleased she's thought about getting the other one done.
Nov. 21st, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
Good luck. I hope it goes well.
Nov. 22nd, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
All the best to you both and a speedy recovery to her! My mom broke her elbow a few years ago and wanted to know if she'd be able to stop a truck with it.

(Good question for the surgeon!)
Nov. 22nd, 2012 08:36 am (UTC)
I have been corrupted by Facebook. I looked for the "like" button on this response.
Nov. 22nd, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
Best wishes to her and to you, too.
Nov. 22nd, 2012 08:35 am (UTC)
Total or partial? I ended up with a total.
Nov. 22nd, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
Total. She had a partial on the other knee, and that led to four or five follow-up procedures, and still hasn't worked terribly well.
Nov. 22nd, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
I feel her pain. Although the total, for me, mainly worked to stop a searing bolt of pain from shooting up my leg when I stepped. I'm still ambulatory with a cane, nearly two decades later.
Nov. 25th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
Belatedly wishing her a speedy recovery, and best results. I know my knee surgeries, though less drastic, had a huge positive effect on my life. Wishing you as caregiver a gentle convalescence as well.
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