Smokey update.

Smokey’s second try at knee replacement surgery went much better than the first one.

The surgery was Tuesday morning. I spent the day at the hospital (United in St Paul, for those of you keeping score) knitting, surfing the net, listening to an audiobook*, and chatting with the occasional neighbor in the surgery waiting room. Talked to the surgeon when he came out of the operating suite; he reassured me that all was well and even made a joke.

“No problems with the anesthetic, not that that has ever been a problem.”

He had his computer with him for amusement, and on Wednesday he went shopping online.


Is this perfect or what?

We chatted on the phone multiple times on Wednesday, and on Thursday he came home. Getting in and out of the car was a challenge, and it was a long, slow walk from his hospital recliner to our car in the ramp across the street, but he had his fancy-schmancy walker so he could take a break from walking when necessary.


Today, Friday, he is walking faster with a traditional walker. Pain is manageable, and (yay!) the painkillers haven’t made him sick (yet; knock on wood).

I am off to the grocery store now with a list of his requests. Once again, yippee!


* The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukharjee. Very interesting; a bit less so because of the narrator’s occasional dip into vocal fry.

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8 Responses to Smokey update.

  1. Chris says:

    Yay – glad he’s doing so well!

  2. Diane Nelson says:

    So good to hear – was just about to email you when I saw your post. A good thing to have completed!!

  3. Oh, I am so glad to hear things went well!

  4. Kym says:

    So glad to hear the surgery was a success — and recovery is moving right along! Sending much healing juju! XO

  5. Mary Jo says:

    Congratulations to Smokey! I love the hoodie! What could be more perfect? I plan to look online for it. Forty years ago, I worked orthopedics in a Kansas City hospital. Things have really changed for knee replacements. I hope Smokey does great with his therapy.

  6. gayle says:

    Yay, Smokey! Congrats on not scaring the bejabbers out of everyone again!
    And that hoodie is perfect for him. Perfect. 8)

  7. Ruth says:

    Wish him well from me!

  8. Melissa says:

    Glad to hear that this was a much calmer surgery than the last. Hope Smokey continues to heal well.

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