Sunday, September 13, 2009
On Thursday, September 10th I had my 3'rd knee surgery!!! This time I was getting my Meniscus repaired which I tore while at work back in April. I was pregnant with Miss Brooke at the time so I was not able to get an MRI to see exactly what I had done to the knee. About a week after I had Brooke I went in for my MRI and they concluded after review that I had a Bucket Tear on my Meniscus as well as some other cartilage damage. My Meniscus had torn in a way that there was a flap of Meniscus flipped over and out of place. The doctor was concerned that since I had been walking around for 5 months with this flap hanging in the wrong spot that he would not be able to salvage it. In that case they would just need to cut the flap off and I would be missing that part of my Meniscus which would cause arthritis earlier in my knee and more knee pain on a regular basis. He wanted to do the surgery as soon as possible to increase the chances he would have of saving my Meniscus flap. So..... 8 weeks after having Brooke I headed in for my knee surgery. I was not too nervous about the surgery aspect of the day but of the result being that they could not salvage the material. I was also nervous about how I would be able to still care for my little girl while recovering from knee surgery. I was sad as well because I would have to pump and dump my breast milk and have Brooke on a bottle for a good 2 days. Brooke has already been having issues with the desire to breast feed so this made me nervous that the bottle feeding for a few days would make her not ever want to go back to the breast.
Well the results are in:
~The doctor said that the surgery went very well! They were able to salvage my Meniscus and put everything back into place which is a GREAT THING!!!! The recovery is going to be a bit longer than if they had just cut off the Meniscus but the long term result will be SO MUCH BETTER!!!
~I came out of my anesthesia quickly and without getting sick at all.
~The doctor has ordered that I put NO pressure on my leg at all for right now and I go back in on Monday for my post op appointment where I will learn more about the recovery and what not's!
~I looked at the incision points last night and they are not bad at all. They went in in 3 different spots and I think that the incisions are pretty small. SO yeah, I have 3 more scars to add to my leg :)
~My family has been taking wonderful care of both Brooke and I, Brooke is in no way being neglected so that makes me feel good.
~The bad news is that Brooke is totally refusing to go back to the breast. I have also learned by pumping and dumping that my breasts have not been producing nearly as much milk as they need to be producing. I think part of the reason she has been preferring a bottle to my breast is that she can get full from a bottle but hardly gets anything from my breast. I did not realise how little milk my body was producing. So I am pumping a few times a day to make sure she still gets some breast milk and feeding that to her along with formula to fill her up. The situation is in no way what I ever wanted, but I am trying to keep a positive attitude and do what I can for my little girl. I wanted to breast feed her up until she was 1 year old or walking but it looks like she will be a bottle baby with some pumped milk as well as formula. I hope that I can do better with my next child :(
Here are some pictures we have taken in the last couple of days. I just got knee surgery so that is why I look SO BAD!!!
The day of the surgery!
My baby girl and I!
Makenna, Brooke, and I all hanging out!
I am shocked that with so much love from little ones and them being so stinkin close to my leg, that I have not gotten further damaged :) The kids are being very gentle and Makenna is quite interested in the idea that my knee got cut open to get fixed on the inside. She wants to see the cut's SO BADLY!
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