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Second day after my major knee surgery on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Just about 48-hours because the ‘what had been outstanding‘ nerve block catheter was running out of juice — exactly as they had told me.
I couldn’t get in and out. I was stuck in the car. Then I saw this apparition in the rearview mirror. Couldn’t resist.
Yes, thanks to the miracle of modern surgery and aftercare — in particular a nerve block catheter and an ice pump for the knee — I am, very thankfully, pain free right now.
But, life would have been difficult and rather painful without some of these gizmos.
The raised toilet seat is a must. Please trust me on that. When one of your knees has been immobilized lowering yourself is not easy and can be very painful. Those 5″ make all the difference. And the handles will also help you navigate the bathroom even if you don’t plan to sit down.
The sock aid is so cute that I am using it even when I don’t have to. So clever. You will love it
You have to have a long handle shoehorn — unless you live in warm climes and get by in sandals.
The two ‘dressing’ sticks are very handy and you can use one to lift your leg onto the bed.
Alas, I was not told about these mandatory devices by the doctor or the hospital — even though I called about them 3-days prior to surgery.
Insurance will typically cover part of the cost — if not all!
Not in my case because the doctor did not order them. I just paid. The best $104 I have spent in weeks.
Please do not think about knee surgery before you get these and have them in place.
I lucked out.
I Have Never Had A Tetanus Vaccination — And I Was Told, In My 40s, That I Probably Didn’t Need One.
Growing up in third-world Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) 1950 — 1967 we did not get many vaccination. The only one I know, for sure, that I got was the oral (i.e., in a sugar cube) polio vaccine c. 1962. As I have chronicled many times on this blog, we, the brown kids of Ceylon, unbeknownst to us were used to try out the vaccine. Well, we did fine (thank you). My maternal uncle was the then Director of Health for Ceylon and this probably was his doing. He was far thinking. I, alas, never got to talk to him about this.
As I child I caught and suffered through measles & mumps — and, quite memorably, typhoid from drinking some unboiled water before my adoptive mother could stop me. I caught chicken pox from my elder kids when I was in my late 30s — and nobody told me that it is pretty serious in adults. All I knew was that my doctor did not want me to come in!
Now to tetanus. Never was vaccinated for it in Ceylon — and as a raggamuffin who played a lot of street cricket I got plenty of cuts and scratches. I probably had some exposed injury every day. Vaccinations also were not big in the U.K. in the 1970 – 1980. I don’t recall anybody asking me whether I had had a tetanus vaccination in the UK.
The question as to my tetanus shot only started to come up in the U.S. — particularly after the mid-1990s. I would get asked at my physical. I would decline.
Eventually, over the years, I had two conversations with U.S. doctors — who were friends of mine at the time. They both said that it was probably pointless for me to get a tetanus shot post-40. According to them my body probably had built up enough antibodies to tetanus over the years. “If you haven’t had tetanus by now, and you grew up in a tropical country … you are probably safe by now.” That made sense to I.
So, I am just sharing this for the record.
Also, for the record, I have nothing against vaccinations. All the kids have had all the required vaccinations and a FEW optional ones. Yes, I have said no to a few that seemed superfluous. And for the last 6 or 7 years, I and the two youngest kids, have also got the flu shot every year — without fail. Last year, upon turning 65, I even got a pneumonia shot. So, do not accuse me of anything. Just stating the facts about tetanus.