Thursday, May 19, 2011

D-Day = knee day

D-Day, the allied invasion of Europe was on June 6, 1944, and the tides of WWII turned. On a much lesser scale, June 6, 2011, I will have my left knee surgically replaced. I don't expect a sea change, but I do hope for less pain, more mobility, and a speedy recovery.

I'm filled with dread, fear, trepidation and I'm scared shitless. But, I gotta do it. One of the wonderful benefits of this decision has been the outpouring of offers to help and support us while I'm incapacitated. And I'm going to take full advantage of them! On the calendar at this point, Kevin will be with me the during the surgery and for the first few days. Sister-in-law Kathy will come around the time I'm released from the hospital and stay for a week. Friends Sharon and Lois have volunteered to stay with me for the few days after Kathy leaves. That will get me to the second post-surgical weekend. I'm hoping I'll be feeling well enough that the boys can take care of themselves and anything I might need. I'll still need to call on some folks for transporting the kids, picking up groceries, etc. I have some volunteers, and I hope you know who you are, because I plan on taking you up on your kind offers. I'm so grateful to all of you who have stepped up!

As luck would have it, my first full week at home, June 13-17, will be a very hectic week for the boys. Both have summer school, Logan has football camp and Ben has band camp. The Maples boys' shuttle will be running from 7:00 AM till 8:30 PM every day. Meals will be impossible to plan. But, with a lot of help from my friends, we'll get through it.

Today I had my pre-op physical and on Monday, I go to a joint replacement class. Then it's just counting down till Knee-Day.


  1. Got you covered! I too would be scared shitless but I think you will be amazed at how well it goes. I'll be available when you need help. I do hope someone loves early morning runs because that's not my favorite time of day but I can manage mornings if needed. I'll be glad to offer daytime help when the family is gone.

  2. Thanks Sharon -- fortunately, I have a couple of early morning specialists who aren't available later in the day!