Caution: danger ahead.

This is A knee, not my knee.

The title of this post came to me in a flash of not-so-brilliant brilliance. Pay no attention to it. There is no danger ahead (unless you live in eastern Ukraine; then all bets are off).

I am writing this on President’s day to tell y’all there may or may not be posts this week. Tomorrow (Tuesday) I am having my left knee replaced. (Yay!) Same ortho doc that did both of Smokey’s knees. Only an overnight in the recovery space, which is a converted hotel (!) We have to be at the surgery center at 5:15 am, which I believe is a damned pinko commie plot — no way should we have to get up in the middle of the night, especially since the surgery center is a 1.5 hour drive. And there is snow in the forecast, <1″ on Tuesday and 5″ on Wednesday. Smokey will have fun navigating through that to bring me home.

Today was the day to get ready. Saturday I had a (negative) covid test and MRSA test; the latter kinda baffles me — if I had a MRSA infection, I think I would know it. The test was negative, of course. Other preparations: wash my bedding so I sleep on a freshly washed sheet and under a freshly washed comforter. Shower tonight with special top-secret, germ-killing soap (Hibiclens) from neck to toes, do same thing again tomorrow morning, Dry myself with freshly washed towel both times. Apparently, the surgeon/medical staff are death on infections. But there is nothing in the instructions about what I should wear — I guess they assume I put on freshly washed clothes every day. Heh, not.

It seems a bit overboard to me, but what do I know? If they want to put me through extra work to avoid an infection, I will do the work. Not gladly and with a certain amount of bitching, but I will do it.

See you on the flip side!

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13 Responses to Caution: danger ahead.

  1. Kathleen Walsh says:

    I hope all goes well and you have a successful road trip there and a successful surgery.

  2. Silvernfire says:

    I, too, wish you a successful surgery. Yeah, the last couple of times I’ve had surgery, they gave me all these instructions for fresh bedding, antibacterial soap, and so on. Yet no instructions that the person giving me a ride totally disinfect the interior of her car? Tch. 😀

  3. Ellen D. says:

    Best of luck! Hope all goes well and you heal quickly!

  4. Ellen D. says:

    Best of luck! Hope all goes well and you heal quickly!

  5. Shirley says:

    Wishing you well!

  6. Kat says:

    i hope all is going exactly as planned and you are home safely and tucked into that clean bed! 🙂

  7. Mary Jo says:

    My very best wishes to you for a successful knee replacement, lots of ice, good pain pills, a wonderful therapist, and a supportive husband. I have had both knees replaced, but surgery was only 10 miles away. I took that first shower at midnight and broke out in hives. The phone number to report any problems went unanswered. At 5 AM the phone was answered and using Dial was just fine, no problem. So, wishing no problems for you, too.

  8. Heal well! I hope the snowy conditions are kind to you.

  9. Rhonda B says:

    I would feel the same about all that washing. May you remain infection-free..43

  10. Ruth Flanders says:

    Good luck with the surgery!

  11. gayle says:

    Wishing you all the best luck! Let that Smokey of yours take good care of you!
    Maybe all the special washing instructions were just to keep you busy and distracted as the minutes ticked down? (Was there any mention of spinning around 3 times clockwise, then hooting like an owl?)

  12. k says:

    But SNOW! Well, you must be nearly through it by now and getting ready for dinner. Be sure to tell me how easy it was!

  13. Ann in NJ says:

    Hope all went well!

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