Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Return to work

I have returned to work and after 1 day at work, I have elected to work at home tomorrow :-). Here is a record of my last few days:-

22nd April, Day 1 home (from hospital):- arrived back to home around 10am; sat at computer for most of day, intermingled with some watching of the Hitchhiker's Guide to Galazy (original BBC series - wow it is weird!);

23rd April, Day 2 home:- knee bit sore in morning, post shower though able to bear weight and walk to MCG; watch the Hawthorn Hawks lose; walked home from the MCG (around a 1km walk). Went to bed at 9pm, ran a temperature; started taking pain-killers again at 6.00am after being unable to sleep;

24th April, Day 3 home:- unable to walk; bear any weight on affected leg; put leg sock back on; painkillers every 8 hours;

25th April, Day 4 home:- unable to walk; bear any weight on affected leg; observed bruising on left foot;

26th April, Day 1 work:- unable to walk; bear any weight on affected leg; observed bruising on left foot; very taut calf muscle; bloated left leg, including left foot. Surgeon contacted me, believes there has been significant bleeding in the leg; require time to heal, need to stay off right leg.

Sunday, April 24, 2005


Well, it is now 6 days post-operation and well I am confused in regard to the recovery that is taking place. I continue to be in no pain (when I am not moving), however, I have noticed that, what I like to call transitions are extremely painful. That is, when moving the leg from one state to another - so standing up is painful, stretching the leg straight from a bent position is painful, and in general any movement with the leg makes it painful. It is interesting but the entire left side, and back side of my right knee are now heavily bruised, so therefore, I do not know if the pain induced from leg movement is related to the surgery itself, or extraneous movement post-surgery (which may have led to the bruising). Moreover, I am confronted with variations in my right leg's ability - so at time I cannot even weight-bare, however, at other times, I am able to function almost-100% (eg. I was able to walk home from the MCG after seeing my beloved Hawthorn Hawks which equates to about a 1 km walk).

As a result of this, I have now reutrned to pain-killers (2 Panadeine) twice a day. I have another day off tomorrow and then I attend work on the Tuesday, so I will continue to monitor the state of my right leg.


Well, I am back after four days in hospital, post right-knee synevectomy. Ok, so this is what happened:-

18th April, Day 1 post-operation (in hospital):- arrived back to room around 4pm; received pain-killers and anti-inflammatories and as a result no pain; felt slightly woozy 4-5 hours post-operation, informed that I had lost 800ml of blood from knee (drained via a knee shunt); nurses checked blood pressure, temperature every 4 hours; revealed that there were now 6 arthroscopic holes in my knee.

19th April, Day 2 post-operation (in hospital):- received continuous passive movement therapy; first attempt at standing post-operation; unable to bear weight without significant pain; blister on knee from bandages.

20th April, Day 3 post-operation (in hospital):- received continuous passive movement therapy; physiotherapist instructed on various leg strengthening exercises; able to walk slightly; significant bleeding occurring as a result of walking, and knee shunts being removed - discharge postponed another night.

21st April, Day 4 post-operation (discharge):- able to walk strongly (with the assistance of cruches); no bleeding; bandages re-applied; knee very inflamed; still on pain-killers; arrived back home

Monday, April 18, 2005

Knee surgery

The day has arrived.

Ok, I am scheduled to arrive at the Mercy Private Hospital today, just past 12.00pm to have a total right knee synevectomy. Oh - can't wait! I must admit that having waited now for about 5 months for this surgery that I am somewhat relieved that it is here and I can now have the surgery and get into recovery mode. I have the next 7 days off work, so post-op I have planned:-

(1) watch a lot of DVDs
(2) read 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy'
(3) prepare a presentation for work on the 29th April
(4) update my resume

So bring on the pain management - oh and a disclaimer - the next few blog entries may be under the influence of pain killers!

Monday, April 04, 2005

PVNS - knee ailment

Ok, I thought I would start up my web-blog again as I am going to have some time on my hands. So what am I talking about? well on the 18th April, 2005 I am going to partake in right-knee synovectomy. This is the treatment for pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) which I have been diagnosed? with for the last 6 months. Ok so what does Google say about this? Well here are some links below:-



Great diagnosis because according to the links, PVS is very rare, benign condition that affects 1 in every million people - surely I can't be that lucky, or should I say unlucky ;)