Thursday, September 09, 2010
A doughnut but no caffeine
I faced my fears knowing that having this scan is necessary for the MAKOplasty® surgery. However, I should not have worried as the scanner is a doughnut (see photo) and was not a noisy claustrophobic barrel like an MRI. The scan for the knees is feet first so my head never entered the hole. It was a smooth ride back and forward while my right knee was scanned. All is now ready for the robot which will be used for the surgery on Tuesday. I said a cheerful farewell to the technician and .... I will see you soon for the left knee. Suddenly I was very brave.
No caffeine (not even decaf)
I had a pre-op exam on Tuesday with my Internist. There was a blip on the EKG, there is always a blip on my EKG, and there has been for thirty years. You need to see a cardiologist, I protested, but no she told me, you must as no surgeon wants a surprise on the operating table. So OK off to a cardiologist.
Yesterday I saw the cardiologist and had an ultrasound of the heart and tomorrow I have a Stress Test. I hate having Stress Tests to be told that basically nothing is wrong with my heart - your heart just misses a beat now and then. Well that's me, I can never stick to the beat, one reason why I don't dance. Hence, I am now on twenty-fours no caffeine, well okay then that doesn't matter because I drink decaf.
Oops, read a little further, NO DECAF.
The next 24 hours sucks.