639. Update on knee surgery…

So I go in last week to do the pre-op for my knee replacement surgery which was (notice I said was) scheduled for next Tuesday, February 17th, and they call me the next day to say that my EKG was abnormal and that I need to see a cardiologist.  Thankfully there were able to arrange an appointment with the cardiologist for today.  This quote in the photo below seemed to be just right for an update about all this since it talks about the heart and left and right issues.

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The electrical impulse that moves from the right side of the heart to the left should create a simultaneous spark or beat or whatever they call it, and mine isn’t.  There’s a split second delay between the firing on the right side and the firing on the left side.  The good news is that the cardiologist said it wasn’t a long enough delay to be serious at this time and that sometimes it happens as we age.  He went on to say that more than likely it would not require the insertion of a pacemaker.  But just to be sure there is no heart disease that might be causing it, he wants me to have a stress test and the quickest that it could be scheduled was next Tuesday the day I was supposed to have the surgery.  Thus, now pending any negative results from the stress test, the surgery has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 26th.  In the meantime the pain in my knee (actually now it’s pretty much my entire left leg and foot) has increased significantly.  That’s why I’ve not been able to read many of your posts and have been slow to answer comments and emails for the last several days.  I hate that and sadly with this increased amount of pain, that may continue right up until the surgery.  So please forgive me and keep those prayers a comin’.  I am going to try however to keep up with a daily post as that helps keep my mind off the pain, the tedium, and the anxiety.  I know the Lord has a reason for everything and I trust that He is watching over me and guiding these events, but the going is still very tough at times especially since this and another health issue have plagued me for over a year and both are exhausting.  Hopefully, I will be back some day soon.  Much love, Natalie

**Image via Pinterest

78 thoughts on “639. Update on knee surgery…

  1. Keeping you in my prayers. Hope everything goes on well & you feel better soon. Just focus on your health without worrying about anything else for now. Once your health is fine, other things can be taken care of & I’m sure you’ll resume your love for photography & everything else back soon. Sending your way lot of positive vibes…Take care 🙂

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  2. Natalie, I’m so sorry to read this. I know how much you wanted to get this done. I really can’t believe they can’t get you in earlier so you can have your surgery. That never makes sense to me. Never. I’m sorry to hear you are in so much pain and I hope these issues get resolved soon. You do whatever you have to do and we will all be here waiting for you. I loved all of your red posts. Enjoyed them so much:) Thinking about you and wishing you well.

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    • Thanks so much, Gigi. It’s so comforting to know that my WP family will still be there when I get back. I do so appreciate all your support and kind words. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my red “frenzy.” It has been fun to do. Hugs, N ❤ ❤ ❤


  3. So sorry to hear all of this is happening. I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. And looking forward to your posts – as I always do – and of course understanding when you’ll need rest. This too shall pass.

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  4. Don’t worry about comments and emails, we all just want you to get better so you just take care of yourself and stay brave and that is all we want from you 🙂 ❤ I am sending you a whole herd full of angels to look after you! ❤

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  5. Well, that pretty much answers all the questions from the e-mail, so you just take it easy, and try your best to keep your mind off that pain. With 57 people before me already praying and sending you well wishes, you’ve hopefully got a head-start on it anyway. So all the best for now, and we’ll talk to you later. 🙂

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  6. Natalie, I had bilateral (both knees at once) done in 2005, and last year had one replaced due to loosening. I know the pain. I know the worry. I also had to do the chemical stress test. Mental attitude is key. I’d love to email you privately to share some things I learned that helped me. My email is: a.poet.in.time@gmail.com. I think i can offer some practical guidance from one who has been through this. Email me if you’d like. Sending you prayers and loving kindness. Best, Mary

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  7. So sorry to hear about your knee and the heart condition that has thrown a
    monkey wrench into plans. Sometimes all you can do is to go with the flow and as they say ‘hurry up and wait’. Hang in there and don’t give up. Sometimes wonders can be achieved. I’ve been away for two months and am so pleased to be back again. Take care of yourself. You’re in my prayers.

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    • Well, the heart condition turned out to be no big deal and I had the surgery last Thursday and am now on my way to healing. Thanks for the prayers and I pray all is well with you. I’m glad you are back. Hugs, N 🙂

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