Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Diana's Knee Surgery Is Complete! Hooray!

This is Ginny, Diana’s daughter. I’m on strict orders to update my mom’s blog with her status now that she’s out of surgery. So without any further adieu…

Diana made it through surgery and is doing well. In fact, she’s doing better than expected, according to her nurse. I don’t know quite what that means (did the nurse not expect she would do well?) but it sounds good to me.

Just how well is she doing? Well, she called me just two hours after having her knees replaced! She sounded upbeat on the phone (though tired and her voice was scratchy). She said she felt better than she sounded. I’m guessing that’s attributable to the adrenaline and the drugs. 

Isn’t it incredible to think that you can wake up in the morning, go to the hospital and have two of your knees replaced in roughly three hours? I mean, in the time you can pop that long movie “Avatar” into your DVD player and watch it from beginning to end you can have two new knees?! How insane is that? Thank you, modern medicine!

But now the hard part begins. Physical therapy. She has to find the strength to bring those two new knees to life. My mom is tough as nails. Truly she is. But this isn’t going to be easy. 

I know my mom will be reading this in the hospital soon. So please leave any well wishes and words of encouragement that she can reflect on as she prepares for the next step in this exciting and scary transformation.

Thank you for your support!

25 comments:

Sharon said...

That is so good to hear! I was wondering how long it would be before she could let us know how it went! Thank for letting us know! It is amazing how fast they can do things now and how much faster you heal! I am tickled.

Get well, Di and get back to us! (after the required exercises, that is)

:-) XXX!!!

Lois Evensen said...

Horray! I'm so happy to hear the good news. Thank you, Ginny, for the update. And, Diana, we are all out here pulling for you!

Huge hugs and lots of love,
Lois :)))

Rebecca said...

Thank you VERY much Ginny. I've been on pins and needles waiting for this word!

Di, rest just a bit before all the hard work of therapy begins. PLEASE!
So thrilled the surgery is behind you.

Teacher's Pet said...

Thank you, Ginny, for posint the update about Di's surgery.
I'm so glad that Di is doing well.
I'm expecting that she will be up and about and doing a happy dance very soon!!!
Good on ya, Di! I'm so proud for you and of you. As you read this, know that I'm thinking about you...giving you the thumbs up from here to there....and look forward to talking to you by phone very soon. Until then, kick butt my sweet friend. Recuperate...rest well....take your meds (hear me!!) and do what the docotr says. I know that you are among the toughest women I know...with a heart of gold, and with those two combinations going, you will be dancing or jumping or whatever you want those knees to do very soon. Prayers of thanksgiving go up right now for you, Di. "Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for being with Di, the doctors and nurses and Di's family through her knee replacement surgery. Thank you, dear Father, for taking care of her, watching over her every single second... As she heals, Father, I pray that you continue to give her strength and more strength. Thank you again, Heavenly Father for taking such tender care of Di. Amen."
Love to you, my dear friend.
Hugs,
J.

Sandi said...

Wonderful News! Be sure you follow doctor's orders!! Especially the Physical Therapist's orders!!
I can't wait until you are able to give us a personal update! Take care of yourself and allow yourself to be pampered by one and all!
Cheers! Sandi

Tranquility Speaks said...

I am so glad, the day finally arrived when Diana goes through her knee replacement surgery. I am glad it was successful. She will make it through. She sure is strong and has a will made of steel. May God be with her and give her all the physical and mental strength. Loads of love

Gail said...

HI DI - "YAY" "HALLELUJAH" I am so relieved it is over, the surgery was a succcess and you can now get on with the business of defining your stride :-) I emailed you earlier, I love you and I will continue to pray for your speedy recovery.
Love Gail
peace.....

Wanda..... said...

Thanks Ginny for the wonderful update on your mom.

Glad all went so well Di...just think of how much better your days are going to be...once you master you new knees with the physical therapy. Wishing you the most comfortable recuperation possible.

Erik's RV Blog said...

Awesome news! You can do eeeeeeeeeet Diana!

Erik

Jilda said...

good news of the surgery success! prayers and loving energy for continued good health, healing and a PT who will push you as hard as needed, but will also wrap you in kindness.

Brenda said...

Great News! Now the healing can begin. Everyday will get better. Thanks for your report, Ginny. You are right--amazing! in just three hours! Diana, take it easy and obey all orders.

Lynilu said...

Oh, thank you, Ginny! I've been wondering about your mom, but I knew it would be a few days before she was on the 'puter, and I didn't want to clog her email box. I'm so happy to hear this news! Give your mom my love and tell her I'm keeping her in my prayers!

Bonny said...

That is wonderful news. I'm so glad to hear this. Still praying for you Di! Heel quick!!

Jerelene said...

Diana,
I am so happy to hear that the surgery is over and you are mending nicely. :)
It was so sweet of your daughter Ginny to let everyone know how you are doing..
I will be keeping you in my prayers..Just think of all the wonderful things you are going to be able to do now :)
Maybe you can take a trip over to E-ville and we can take a walk through the mall and have a coffee together:)
Hugs from me to you...
I'll be praying....(It's my turn to pray for you now:) Love you,
Jerelene

Me said...

bravo

jules said...

I'm so glad it went so well! I thought of you a few times yesterday. Now it's time for your new life to begin....

Rob-bear said...

Thanks, Ginny, for the thoughtful note.
Glad to know, Diana, that your first adventure towards becoming a Bionic Woman went so well. Physio is not easy, but I'm sure you'll catch on to it fairly soon, though we won't sign you up for a Marathon just yet.
Blessings and Bear hugs!

Danielle said...

Oh Di, I'm so grateful that you were able to have this done, and even more grateful that you are doing so well afterwards!
It's not an easy thing to have both knees done at once, by any stretch of the imagination! You must be tough as nails to be able to "walk" through this, and you will be!
I'm praying that you will have the courage and the strength to push even harder when it hurts to much in PT, or in those little moments when you might wonder if it really was a great idea lol...Now you have the ability to LIVE your life, be in the driver's seat again, and make some wonderful memories, with your two new knees!!!
Love you~

Danni

Barb said...

Thank you, Ginny for the update. I've been thinking of Di, hoping all had gone well.

Di, now your part in the miracle of new knees begins - the PT! I know you'll be up and around doing the high kick soon. In the meantime, rest and recuperate.

Anvilcloud said...

Way to go Diana!

Break a leg.

Uh ... maybe not ...

Talin's Corner said...

That's great news. Wish her the best!

Linda Higgins said...

OK! that is wonderful news! DI if you are reading this that means you are at least sitting up! But you will probably re-read all your well wishes 2 or 3 times because you read them the first time while on some really nice pain killers! hehehe, and OH how are the toes? make sure you tell the nurse to give you a tender foot rub...that is what they are paid for ya know! hehe and oh tell them to rub some of that wonderful cocoa butter vaseline on them since you can't really bend your knees quite yet in the position you need to...HOPE YOUR DOING OK! prayers are being said in your behalf! hugs...linda

Cinner said...

I am so glad that Ginny posted for us to see how you were making out. 3 hours is amazing, you must be superwoman. I know the physio will be hard, just keep the faith in what you will be able to do after wards. sending big hugs to you. I am praying for a swift recovery and knees that work better than you ever imagined.
hugs.

Joy said...

Been thinking about you, Diana, and said a prayer. Take it easy now... perfect excuse to do plenty of blogging. Sounds like your family is very supportive. God bless.

naida said...

I was wondering about Diana and her surgery. Thank you for updating her blog!
Glad to hear she is ok.