Sunday, July 24, 2022

Yep...I'm Still Vertical!

 I've received several emails recently from folks concerned about my health as a result of the dearth of posts on It's heart warming to think that you care enough to shoot me an email. When I started this blog, I made myself two promises. no politics and no belly aching about personal health issues.

I made the mistake of posting one topic that could be construed as political and learned my lesson; no more politics. My immobility problems have worsened as a result of a combination of osteoarthritis and Crohns disease induced poly-arthropathy. Thankfully the intestinal Crohns nonsense has been quiet lately. In 2009 I had both intestinal symptoms and multiple joint arthropathy, not a good combination when you have to double time it to the bathroom! 

Anyhow, I'm finally having a left total knee replacement on August 3rd so I can hobble about my little hovel.  I've been occupied with lots of pre-op testing and clearances from a plethora of medicos and everything seems to be all set!

Meanwhile, I hope some of you can enjoy some of my old posts. The 2 all time most read posts are "Not On My Backtable" and the one on that dreaded operating room nemesis, perineal fallout. You can be sure the first thing I'm going to check out when I'm wheeled into that OR is that rubber bands are in place around the distal portion of everyones' scrub suits. I'm also having this done under spinal anesthesia so I can keep an eye on the goings on!


  1. I was about to say that it hasn't even been that long since your last post...and then realized said post was up in May. That's my excuse for the lack of posts on my end, too. Long time, indeed - time seems to be flying this year. Sending you lots of good wishes for your surgery and recovery!

  2. Nurses, as we know, can be the best or the worst of patients when you know what goes on behind the curtain. We can smell bullshit from a mile away, and have little tolerance for lame half-truths when a simple "I don't know, but I'll find out" will suffice. You must be your own advocate of course, but with kindness and a sense of humor, traits I know you have in abundance Oldfoolrn. Best wishes for smooth sailing, heal quickly and we'll see you on the other side

  3. Thanks for your advice and kind words EDNurseasauras. My wife will be there for my recovery and will keep me in line. She is an ex-psych nurse who knows how to deal with my foolishness.

    I hope you are having a wonderful retirement!

  4. By now you will have had that knee replacement OF - and I hope all went well and you are on your way to full recovery - and mobility!
    The Crohn's etc sounds like an absolute pest too.
    Hang in there, and we look forward to a new post from you when you are up to it. Rest up - I've been following your blog for a while now and I'd miss you if you didn't keep it going mate!
    Glad your wife is there to take care of you. Cheers! Sue