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Desert Captain

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We have been planning our dream trip for several years now. For the first time since we retired this was to be the summer we could finally get away from May first through September. We were planning on a clockwise trip in our 22' TT around the western half of the lower 48 starting with a month in Utah, on to Northern California and Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, the Dakotas etc., you get the idea.

Last October I had full knee replacement surgery at the Tucson VA. We were told to expect 3 months to recuperate. After 5.5 months of intensive, excruciatingly painful rehab/physical therapy I simply was not getting better. The knee remained swollen, tender, painful and most of all very warm to the touch. I suggested to my surgeon in January that it would seem that the knee was infected but he assured me there was no infection and urged me to continue PT/rehab. After another month with no improvement I implored him to consider treating the infection (that I did not have according to him), and again he examined the knee and while he agreed something was wrong he had no idea what.

After another month of getting jerked around I finally got him to agree to a second opinion. On April first I finally see a second surgeon. He looks at my knee, makes a very unpleasant face, lays his hand on it and says "You have a nasty infection going there". Hooray I thought, now they can give me antibiotics, the infection along with the swelling goes away and I'll be good as new in a couple of weeks. Still have time to meet our May first departure.

Then he explains that the knee has to come out and the sooner the better. Mere antibiotics won't do it and since the infection has been present for at least 3 months it will take at least that long to clear it out. It gets better... they cannot put in a new knee until the infection is gone so they will remove the first new knee, put a "spacer" in to take its place and immobilize my leg for the three months. Then they will do a second surgery to remove the spacer and put in another new knee followed by at least 3 months of rehab/PT. Bottom line, I am looking two additional surgeries with a recovery period something north of 6 more months. All the pain and misery I have been through over the last 6 months have been for absolutely nothing and have left me far worse off than I started.

The trip has disappeared and due to health concerns my bride has, may have been our one and only opportunity to ever go. The point being getup, get out and go. I should have found a way last year or the year before but let the little things like time and money get in the way, my bad! I should have made this trip a higher priority and foolishly may have let it slip from my grasp. Maybe next year, maybe.

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Posted: 04/04/13 04:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My sympathies with you. Went through that many years ago with my late wife. Doctor insisted there was no infection in her knee replacement too. Funny tho, all the health care folks around her referred to it as the "septic" knee. He never did admit it. The Lord called her home through cancer before it could get repaired. God speed to you. One bright spot. Time flies when you get old. Hopefully you'll get that trip.


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Sorry you've had such a rough time. Life sometimes just isn't fair.

But to your point: right on! Just tonight, I saw in the paper that a former neighbor died. Didn't know she was even sick. Just 51 years old. This is the THIRD neighbor/former neighbor that has passed too quickly. And one, a few years back, was so looking forward to retirement, talked about it all the time. Finally, he retired and was doing the planning finishing touches on a big retirement trip all over the U.S., and his wife was diagnosed with cancer. A few months later, and she was gone and so was the trip.

Don't wait for retirement. Don't wait for the right weather. Just get out and enjoy life, you never know when it'll all come to an end.

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Not a "whiney rant" at all. You certainly don 't fit my description of "whiney" by any means.

Rather you sound like a brave person who put his trust and faith into a surgeon who apparently doesn't deserve to be in any kind of medical practice at all.


I could go on, but just let me say that I wish you a full and speedy recovery and hope that you and yours can finally get started on your dream trip very soon.

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Posted: 04/04/13 04:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Excellent advise!

I wish you, and your other half the best and the opportunity to one day make that trip!


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I agree 100%. Travel and do what you want while you can..
You don't know what tomorrow will bring.
I wish you the best of luck with your knee. Please keep us updated.

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Posted: 04/04/13 05:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wishing you a speedy recovery and hoping you get the wheels turning as soon as humanly possible.


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Sorry to here about the knee problem.

A friend had knee replacement and had similar issues, swelling, pain, etc. Turned out he was allergic to the nickel in the knee replacement. May want to verify what the knee was made out of and if you're allergic to any of the components.

Good luck. Hope you recover soon.

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Glad you finally found a doctor that understood infections. My doctor has taken on a lot of these kinds of cases. I agree with your point to not put off trips and especially surgery. I knew one guy that needed a replacement for years then developed serious heart issues and no doctor would touch doing the joint replacement.

For people on Medicare and the likes have even more reasons to get surgery done. It was in the news today and one guy that I know just last week had to watch his wife be turned away from a cancer clinic because Medicare max payment was below the medicine cost.

So anyone that is not a cash customer I suggest you get needed joint replacement surgery done now. Joint replacement is moving into the 'elective' surgery department it seems to lower health care cost in the USA today and going forward. There is only one way to cut health care cost in a meaningful way and that is to cut services rendered. The medical industry will cut services rendered when they are paid below their costs it seems.

We have to address health care costs for sure. Which there was a better way.

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Posted: 04/04/13 05:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

we are about in the same boat no trips until I am better

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