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Date: 11.05.2016
From: Colin W

Subject: total knee replacement

see consultants today at our local fracture clinc , well after considering all the health problems & drugs I am on , they are going to do a full knee replacement , but need to wait a few months for my leg ulcers to clear

good news realy as I cant walk & then only one step at a time + my knee is drifting at a strange angle outwards + cant straighten my knee or put full weight through it , gonna be fun here as we are still nursing my mother-in-law who has suffered a major stroke last summer but would like her to go into respite when I have this done

hope u guys are ok
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Date: 11.05.2016
From: Lois

Subject: Re: total knee replacement

Hi Colin, sorry to hear you are in so much trouble with your knee. I hope the leg ulcers clear up soon for you and the op can be done to ease your pain.

You will need some time to get well and how ever hard it might be respite would be a help for you and your wife.
It is difficult I know only too well. My GP talked me into respite for my Mum so I could have a break as I was having so many problems my self. I know she wasn't very pleased at the prospect but she enjoyed the 24 hour attention she received and all the things they laid on.
She has happily told me to book a two week holiday this year and book her back into respite again. I am in the process of doing just that for a break in July. We are taking her on a weeks holiday in May as normal so she can see her sister that lives in Suffolk.

It is hard but sometimes it is for the best. At the end of the day if we are to unwell how can we take care of our Mum's? Your wife will need to be with you knowing her Mum is being well cared for. You can both go and visit the respite homes and decide which one would be better for her.
I hope this helps you both come to a decision on what to do for the best, Good luck with it all.
If you want any advice if I can help I will.

Take care best wishes to Mrs Colin.
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Date: 11.05.2016
From: lucy

Subject: Re: total knee replacement

Hi Colin, We never want to have to have any operation but if it's going to improve your mobility then it is probably a good thing. I have heard many people say that they have been so much more mobile and the pain much less since having it done so I wish you well.

I think you may have to insist that your mother-in-law does go into respite for a short while, perhaps if it's explained to her that it wouldn't be fair on her either as you and your wife wont be able to look after her properly when you are recovering and she may understand, or is there another family member that could help out? I know it's often left to one member to do it all.

Take care and keep us updated xx
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Date: 12.05.2016
From: Suz

Subject: Re: total knee replacement

Hi Colin,

I feel for you so much, I am suffering from leg ulcers as well and have been wearing compression bandages for long time, do you wear compression bandages to help your ulcers heal up.

Take care
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Date: 13.05.2016
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: total knee replacement

hi guys , thanks for the messages ,

Suz I have been in compression bandages since last august , they are getting alot better but still got one ulcer on my toe which is causing problems , if I can get this healed up , then they would bring the replacement forward , its looking clean & showing signs of healing but still will be several weeks

as for my Mother-in-law , looks like she has vascular dementia but there is no point having a scan to prove it , she cant remember her husband owning a motor garage in Weston Super Mare for years , but they cant see pass what they need , we have got sitters coming in to help but she wont talk to them or do anything & pretty much refuses to consider respite , all she wants is my wife caring for her all the time

anyway I will be please to be able to walk a little bit again & just happy they agreed to do the replacement , boilogic will have to wait until after the opperation because of the risk of infection
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Date: 13.05.2016
From: lucy

Subject: Re: total knee replacement

I was a bit worried when I broke my hip with being on the rituximab but luckily I didn't take any infections but it is sensible to delay it until you are on your feet again. x
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Date: 14.05.2016
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: total knee replacement

Lucy , couple of years ago , my left hip played up & could not move & endded up in hospital , they opened it up three times looking for a infection as my CRP was 240 & said there was no way it could have been caused by RA

for some reason some biologics (golimumab) causes our RA to go mad , Rhona had something similar , but have done well on rituximab & now with leflunomide my last CRP was 4 , so hoping can wait for my ulcers to clear up & get this done
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Date: 15.05.2016
From: Lucy

Subject: Re: total knee replacement

Sorry for the confusion, Colin, I am Rhona, lol. some of us had a name change a wee while back. I hope it isn't too long until the ulcers clear up, I remember the bother your had with your hip, you deserve a break from it all now. Take care (Rhona-Lucy) xx
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Date: 15.05.2016
From: Suz

Subject: Re: total knee replacement

Hope everything goes well for you Colin!

Oh Rhona pleasse come back on as 'Rhona' it suits you so much better and I love reading your posts they are very comforting and understanding.

Suz
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Date: 15.05.2016
From: Colin W (Saddo)

Subject: Re: total knee replacement

lolz hellllllllllllllp !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

no idea who is who or even who I am , may change my name to IdIot or SaDOlDGiT

as for rituximab they are going to let me have it every four months which hoping will they be able to get my steriods right down to maintainance dose
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Date: 15.05.2016
From: lucy

Subject: Re: total knee replacement

Aw thanks, Suz, I hope the leg ulcers clear up soon for you too. xx

Colin, Marlene is now Lois, bsk is Sabine and Willis is Lara and you are no Saddo so you can stay as Colin lol. It will be good if you can get the steroids cut right down. xx
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Date: 15.05.2016
From: Suz

Subject: Re: total knee replacement

Thanks Rhona,

Hope your doing well as well.
take care both xx
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Date: 18.06.2016
From: Denise

Subject: 424742

Hi Colin
Haven't been on here for a while, I guess perhaps Rhona, because of the name changes and I got totally confused about was who. Anyway, Colin, have I got the right Colin that had his ankles fused a while back. Basically had an op on my wrist in October for severed tendons and consultant has now suggested that long term I might have to consider having my wrist fused. Did it help with your ankles ??
Thanks
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Date: 18.06.2016
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: total knee replacement

hi Denise , dont sound good what you had to have done , for several years I had little movement in my left wrist , & having it fused will help you alot & that is what I would opt for , the ankle fusions has worked out well & would recommend it
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