Knees of Vienna

The knee jointThis morning at the crack of dawn (EST) Dymphna will go into the hospital to repair the damage caused by her little argument with the ladder and the fig tree back in September.

It will be arthroscopic surgery, the kind where the surgeon drills a hole in the side of the knee and inserts an optical device. Even though it’s an outpatient procedure, she will be under general anesthetic, and the whole thing will take a while. Afterwards she will be off her feet for a few days, and will be waited on hand and knee by the devoted Unspiek, Baron Bodissey.

As a result, Gates of Vienna may be missing in action for a little while. Please keep Dymphna in your prayers. Or, if you’re an atheist, kind of hold her in your mind. Picture her as a fey Irishwoman wielding a sword…

No more knee-jerks for her!

Update: We just got back from the hospital, and everything went fine. Dymphna is all doped up and asleep right now.

But her new laptop was waiting for us on the porch when we got home! So you all may hear from her before too long…

15 thoughts on “Knees of Vienna

  1. It takes NFL players several weeks to come back from this sort of procedure, but I’ll bet Dymphna is back in a few days!

    Doing the praying and the positive thinking for good measure.

  2. Hope everything goes well. I’ll get the whole a4g crew working on the prayers– the ones from 2&4yo’s are especially powerful.

    However, judging by Dymphna’s profile image, I would have expected a bit of spackling and paint to be sufficient to patch any such problems. I’m getting the sneaking suspicion that that may not really be her…

  3. a4g — so you sussed her out, eh?

    The surgeon took some cool photos of her knee joint from the inside during the surgery. I’m trying to persuade her to let me scan & post one of them so people can see the “real” Dymphna.

  4. Really glad everything went well. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Be glad you’re living in an era where arthroscopic surgery greatly diminishes your recovery time and greatly increases the surgery’s success rate.
    Use a little bell to bring the Baron running for your every need and maybe just to see him run.

  5. Echoing all the above, get well soon.
    File under free advice:
    Following up surgery with a good physical therapist can have long term benefits, as well as possibly hastening recovery (from one who’s been there).

  6. I had arthroscopic surgery in 1993 to repair damaged left knee cartilage. I second the previous post, physical therapy (aka “PT”) is extremely important for a full recovery. I was amazed at how fast leg muscles shrink and become weak after a knee injury and/or surgery, the PT counteracts that. I continue to do my prescribed exercises at my local health club. Unfortunately, some surgeons seem reluctant to order all the PT their patients need, probably something to do with restrictions imposed by health insurance and the $50-$100 bill per PT session. Hope you can tolerate NSAID’s, they’re pretty important in controlling pain & stiffness as you recover. If not, mention it, don’t suffer in silence.

  7. Concerning PT —

    Our problem is our location — we are in the middle of nowhere, true redneck countryside. There is one PT location in a little town about 16 miles away; we’re looking into it.

    Dymphna is hoping they can give her the training for home exercises. We’ll see.

    Thanks to all of you for your comments. It’s great to have the good wishes of all these people we’ve never met!

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