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Unread 11-17-2001, 06:27 AM
Taken out of my hands!

Well, I have an update on the story from here. I have blew out my ACL in my knee and my ortho and my gyn/onc have decided to gang up on me so this is what is going to be done. On December 10th, I will go into the hospital for ACL reconstruction on my knee, and then 1 week later on Dec. 17th I will go back into surgery for the BSO vaginal cuff repair and bladder sling. I made the huge mistake of telling my knee dr about the cancer and he immediately called my gyn/onc and they mutually decided that if they do the knee first then it virtually guarantees that I will take it easy after the BSO etc... My friends told me I brought this on myself as I was not a very good patient with thte TVH in August so the dr's are just trying to ensure a speedy recovery and since with my knee surgery I will not be able to ambulate for about 6 weeks the gyn feels confident that I will recover "nicely" from the procedure. If you have read my previous post then you already know that I am very unhappy about this and having the control just kind of snatched away from me has made me very unhappy. What makes it hard is that they have my husband convinced that this is for the best, so no sympathy from him and I know how the ladies here feel as well and I know it needs to be done I just wanted to decide on my own not be forced into it. Anyway there you have it my sob story for the day
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Unread 11-17-2001, 06:57 AM
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Do you have to have the ACL repair? I tore my ACl about 6 years ago and just expected to have it repaired. My 3 kids have totaled 5 of these surgeries. It is not an easy recovery. My orthopedic surgeon recommended that at my age (about 40 at the time) just to rehab, unless I planned on competing or water or snow skiing. I water ski but haven't since my injury - haven't had time and I don't really miss it. It was a moderate nuisance at first. The knee gave out from time to time. But the rehab builds up your quadraceps which hold the knee firmly in place. Now I don't even notice my knee although I do know that I don't have the take off speed I once had (it wasn't much to start with).
Anyway I can't imagine trying to recover from both at the same time. My kids had intensive physical therapy for weeks following surgery.

Maybe you could try the rehab thing. It is not bad at all. I recommend it. However if there is more damage than just the ACL, you may not have a choice.
Unread 11-17-2001, 06:59 AM
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Hi Dawn,
Well, I am sorry that you are unhappy about this turn of events but I really am glad to hear that you will be having this surgery to rid yourself of these bad cells. You will be so much better for having this done and everyone here who has been very worried for you will also feel better.

You know.....I have said many times I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and I think perhaps your knee problems occurred at this time for reasons beyond our knowledge. I think perhaps your guardian angel had a hand in this too maybe eh?

Hang in there Dawn you will be in and out and home recovering by Christmas. Line up your help now for the holiday season, so you can rest, relax and supervise from the sofa!!!
Keeping you in my thoughs and prayers Dawn!!
You will do just fine I think.
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Unread 11-17-2001, 01:06 PM
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Dawn , sorry to hear about all of this , I am sure you are stressing real bad about it all. Remember what you said before "someone get me out of this surgery" well like Maria says, it all happens for a reason. But after both surgeries , you must remember to rest. You take it easy and do let us know what is happening. lots of hugs x x
Unread 11-17-2001, 04:57 PM
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Dawn, I know you are very unhappy about being forced into
these two surgeries so close to Christmas. I have a confession.
I feel so relieved that you are having surgery for your
cancer so soon before it can progress. You had some
sisters here praying for you. It may be a rocky road to
recovery for six weeks, but then I pray you have perfect
health and a very, very long and happy life!!!!!!What you
may see as bad news right now, I think will end up being
a big blessing for you in the long run!
Unread 11-18-2001, 03:52 PM
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I'm another one who is relieved that you will be having your surgery soon. I agree with Maria's and locki's posts that things happen for a reason.

I know it's not what you wanted, but the sooner you get it over with, the sooner you can get back to your old self.

I read an article in the "Rosie Magazine" that made me think of you. The woman didn't have cancer, but she was bedridden a couple of months before her baby was born due to premature labor. She had all these plans for the holidays that suddenly became unimportant. It turned out to be her best Christmas ever. If you get a chance, you might want to read it. If you don't have access to a magazine (it's the one with John Travolta on the cover--reason enough for me to read it), just e-mail me and I'll send it to you.

I'll be thinking about you and keeping you in my prayers.
Unread 11-18-2001, 04:26 PM
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Oops, sorry. The article was in the December Good Housekeeping magazine.
Unread 11-21-2001, 05:06 AM
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Dawn I really do feel that you are doing the right thing! I know that two surgeries are mind boggling, but if you need to rest, you might as well get them both out of the way at once! You will be back to yourself a lot quicker than if you took them one at a time and a few months apart.

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