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Knee Surgery In 2019 — Near Miraculous!

by Anura Guruge


The Two Pumps.

The nerve block pump is in the black ball-shaped bag
— hanging down.


The inputs to the ice cooler around the knee.



The Nerve Block Pump.


Post Surgery Ice Cooler.


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I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery, yesterday, at ‘Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ — performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics‘.

So, far, so good. Actually pretty blinking bloody amazing (though my use of ‘bloody’ is kind of ironic since there is just a minimum of blood that I can see)!

Nearly 24-hours later NO PAIN. Maybe a slight twinge, but no pain per se.

Have not taken taken any of the opioids they gave me as yet — and that is consistent with the v. precise instructions I got.

First Tylenol, then Aleve and if that doesn’t work opioids. I am cool with that.

But, I am well and truly bionic. I have two pumps attached to I as well as my trusty DonJoy X-Act ROM knee brace (which fully immobilizes the damaged knee).

One is a Nerve Block catheter attached high up on my left hip. I knew about that.

They kind of semi-knocked me out before inserting that. I had been told about that too. Did not expect them to be using an ultrasound unit to locate the vein. Pretty cool. The staff at Frisbie were pretty amazing and the anesthesiologist was very cool. I have been told that the Nerve Block should work for about 48-hours. Maybe longer. It is a ‘balloon’. When it is totally deflated I am supposed to pull out the catheter. That might be interesting.

What I was not expecting was the ice cooler pump for my knee. That is so COOL and that is not a pun.

Never knew they existed. As the ads for it say (when I went and checked them out yesterday night) they sure beat a bag of frozen peas or traditional ice packs.

Between the two pumps I am doing ‘OK’.

Can’t put any weight on the leg and it is weak.

We live in a 4-story house with 3-staircases. I have to go up & down the staircases on my bum. I had not realized how weak my shoulders were. I guess I don’t exercise them enough. But, they are sure getting a workout now and I am ASHAMED to admit that I have to take a break when climbing up the stairs with my shoulders. For someone who averaged 56 floors a day, climbing stairs was a pleasure. It is now embarrassing! When I am better I may split my floor climbing — some by foot, other by shoulders.


Dr. Charles Blitzer who performed the surgery is said to be outstanding. I met him fleetingly prior to surgery and when I was recovering. Both times I was under the influence. He seems very nice and had the air of quiet confidence. I had read about him and liked what I read.

This is what caught my eye: “Dr. Blitzer has been recognized for his humanitarian work as he regularly travels abroad to provide orthopedic services to the disadvantaged in the developing world”. Anybody who has that mentality and commitment has to be pretty decent. I liked that.

I will meet him properly next Tuesday. Looking forward to that.


So, far, 24-hours into this all I have taken is three 325mg Tylenol. And that was because I felt feverish.

That is my story for now.

Yes, it could all turn on a dime. I am not totally stupid as I repeatedly point out. Just partially stupid. I know I am not out of the woods. When the Nerve Block wears off I could be in significant pain.

I hope I didn’t bore you too much.


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Unsolicited Validation Of ‘Brain Meditation’ By An ER Physician Assistant (Certified).

by Anura Guruge


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From page 61 of my 2016 “Quick Guide to Brain Meditation”. Click on image below for more details on book.


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As you may have read, here & here, I busted my knee, well & truly, last Thursday morning, when I fell awkwardly while shoveling snow. There was an almighty crack. Left knee was at a funny angle and there were things pointing out from it. I couldn’t get up. Finally hobbled into the house. Knee was in bad shape. Managed to pull on a knee brace onto it and that made a big difference. I could at least now drag the leg along.

Made it to the ER at ‘Frisbie Memorial Hospital’ in Rochester (NH) by noon — about 90-minutes after I had done the damage. I was in some pain, but I was doing OK. I hadn’t taken any pain medication and declined the first batch that was offered to I.

Once I was horizontal on the ER bed most of the pain, if not all of it, went away. I could just lie there with no pain to talk about. That is par for the course for I. {Sorry!}

They did a X-ray and a contrast CT Scan (which required the insertion of 2 IVs, the 1st apparently not large enough for the contrast dye they wanted to pump into I).

They diagnosed that I had completely ruptured (i.e., seperated) my Quadriceps Tendon.

I needed surgery, to reattach it, within 10-days. (Surgery is scheduled for tomorrow.)

They gave me some acetaminophen (Tylenol) about 2-hours into my stay and a shot of morphine before I left.


But, as I was being discharged the female Physician Assistant (Certified) (PA-C), from Maine, who had taken care of me throughout my 4.25 hour stay came to check up on me.

After going through all the formalities, she said: “So, what is your secret? Mind-over-matter? This is fairly serious injury and you coped with it like it was not too bad“.

BINGO!

I told her about my ‘Brain Meditation’.

If you look at the top picture I had spelled all of that out, as a ‘Reward’, 3-years earlier.

So, here was proof.

Ability to: module pain, coping with lifestyle change and continued serenity.

‘Brain Meditation’, as I spell it out here, has served me well over the first 6-days. I am basically pain-free. Just taking 2 Aleves a day — and that is mainly as a precaution.

The Physician Assistant’s was going to check out my book. As she said, it certainly seemed to be working.


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I Am Finally Bionic.

by Anura Guruge


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Right now, for the first time in my life, aged 65, I am CRIPPLED!

Totally tore my main Quadriceps Tendon this morning. I slipped and fell while shoveling snow.

There was an almighty CRACK and my leg was at an unusual angle.

I, from all my dry-slope skiing in the U.K. and rugby am a veteran of dislocations. Thought I had dislocated my knee. But, it was more serious than that. I could not bend it or put much weight on it.

Eventually, with help from wife, went to the ER at ‘Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ in Rochester, NH.

They initially suspected that I had broken my knee cap. Yes, they took X-rays. Knee cap was fine but something else was wrong.

So, off to a CAT Scan with contrast. They also checked my entire leg artery for possible damage. Artery was fine.

But, Quadriceps Tendon was totally separated from the knee. It was flapping around …

Yes, I need surgery and they were going to do it tomorrow! That was too FAST. I needed some time to recover and get my head sorted out.

But, I already met with the Orthopedic team! That was pretty impressive. 6-hours in ER and then being able to meet with the surgery-group the same day.

Getting surgery next week.

Will not be running for a few days — at least. Definitely no skiing in March.

Something that TOTALLY bummed me. Running is a major cause for this injury. You just can’t win.

Well, I will keep you posted.

I am OK. The morphine IV helped.

Smile.


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