Miracle Mom

My mom had double knee replacement surgery on July 22nd. On July 24th she went to rehab. And on August 1 she went home. The pain was awful but man was she a trooper. She did her 4 hours of rehab and occupational therapy each day and she’s home. I’m so proud of her. Although she did tell me … Karen, don’t ever need this surgery. You won’t survive. Yes, mom has much more pain tolerance and stamina than little old me. :hidingunderchair:

How’s your pain threshold? I really do have none.

32 thoughts on “Miracle Mom”

  1. I actually have a very high pain threshold. Have RA so have had lots of practice! Hope Mom is better! XO

  2. my mom had surgery for broken hip (had 7 screws). wanted me to care for her (miss her bridge games!!). had to go to “nursing home” for rehab. not happy camper. she was 87. was told at her age 6-8 weeks. talk about feisty. told her if they say do 5-you to 7; etc. well two, not typo 2, weeks later i was wheeling her out of the rehab place to take her home. would you believe a 90-yr old man, who just got there a day earlier, made a pass at my mom!! after listening to his tale, she told him to get his ass out of the chair and do what the nurses tell him (he refused to “work” at it) and then he can come visit her!!! she is the strong one who i admired til the day she passed a year later.

  3. sorry, hit send too fast; so glad your mom is doing well. in the long run, am sure she will be happy with her decision. she will be out and about so much, she will have to call you “when she gets home”!! go get another calendar to keep track of her whereabouts!!

  4. I have a pretty high threshold for pain and can usually suck it up before having to take even Advil. My son at 23 has even a higher one – doesn’t like to take meds even when he should and they’re prescribed. He’s had two broken wrists – one at age 4 and the other on his 13th birthday, a week before his bar mitzvah and the rabbi thought he was joking and told him to lose the sling. He also broke his collarbone while in college in St Louis – we live in CT – and didn’t want me to fly out. He and his friends handled it and after being at the ER, getting the sling, stopping at the pharmacy for the pain meds he and his friends went directly to a professional hockey game. He didn’t even miss a class!

    • Glad your mom is doing so well. That’s great that she is doing what she needs to in order to get well!

  5. That’s amazing! She has a definite drive and desire to be healthy and “normal” again. Good for her! I’d say I’m a weenie but I did live with a non-functioning gallbladder for 3-4 months before surgery. They could figure out what was wrong, I had allergic reactions to meds and they thought I had leukemia. I didn’t and spent most of those months curled up in the fetal position and not eating or drinking much of anything. Thank goodness that’s all in the past!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I had one knee done on July 1. I had rehab Monday-Friday from the 7th to the 23 and went home on the 24th. I am going to PT 3 days a week.

    I find trying to find a good position for sleep is the hardest.

  7. Every woman that has given birth and raised children has a high threshold of pain both physical and emotional. Some just more than others. :coffee:

    • :pan: I have a very high pain tolerance. My Mom does also.
      I hope everything continues to go well for your Mom. It isn’t easy.

  8. I have a pretty high pain threshold, but do want lots of sympathy. :crying: ๐Ÿ˜ฅ :cry2:

    Glad your Mother is doing so well

  9. I use to have a good pain threshold.. but the more I try to push through the more it pushes back… But I keep trying..

  10. I have a high threshold for pain, but when I do have pain, you know it’s bad. My problem is I have too many working parts so when I am in pain, I’m working to make sure everyone else is taking care of, rather than me.

  11. Glad your mom is progressing quickly! yay!

    I have a pretty good threshold for pain. It helps if I know how much longer it will last. If they tell me two weeks, I can count down. It’s the unknown that sucks.

  12. LOL! Pain tolerence? I have built up so much over the last 36 years….starting with knee problems…. I’ve since been diagnoses with not only Osteo-arthritis, but Rheumatoid arthritis as well. Had a single knee replacement 4 years ago and did fairly well – until they had to ‘manipulate’ the knee or ‘break my adhesions’ – due to being rear-ended 4 weeks post op. ๐Ÿ˜› I work every day, run my ‘very needy’ 15 year old daughter around. Travel up & down the roads between Newark, DE and central PA (my fiancee and my vacation/retirement home on the Susquehanna, nestled in the mountains). As well as the beach, etc. It’s all relative. People always ask me, ‘How do you manage?’ Some days, I don’t…sometimes, I just need down time due to the fatigue. But, EVERY day, you make a choice, you can get up and move or lie in bed and whither away. Gotta keep moving and ignore the pain! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. I actually have a pretty high pain tolerance although my mom always swore that I could tolerate nothing painful. I surprised her.

  14. Glad she is doing well! Most people I know, including my MIL, are doing one knee at a time. I have a medium level I guess. I tough it out when I need to, but gladly take my meds! I am just glad I took ibuprofen this morning before I had my mammogram and then ultrasound on the left. That little wand hurts after pushing down for awhile!

  15. I have a very low pain threshold. I mashed my finger on Saturday helping my husband load sound gear. I was pathetic the rest of the day ๐Ÿ™

  16. Mine is pretty good. My Mom had hip surgery at the age of 81 and broke left arm surgery at age 85. She did really well with the left arm part, I had to go there a little with her on the hip part. Both her mastectomy one at 69 and the other at 82 she was a real trouper. She will be 87 in Oct, so I hope she has finished with the surgery part.

  17. Pretty high. I try to go to a “happy place” in my head — no, really, it’s the best way to describe it. Of course, my mantra is also “this, too, shall pass!” ๐Ÿ˜€ But I keep at it. Glad your mom is hanging in there!

  18. Rock on Mom!! Both at the same time, yikes!! Hope you are out jogging soon! Of course, I’d rather be shot than jog .. just sayin’ .. I have a fairly high tolerance for pain, natural childbirth twice – both over 8 pounds…

  19. Don’t under-estimate yourself but I hope you never have to find out what your threshold is. I hope your mom feel back to normal soon.

  20. I don’t like pain and will do whatever is necessary, i.e., 3 shots and prescriptions to avoid it. Yes, indeed I will.

  21. I live with chronic pain every day so my threshold is very high. Every time I have to have pain meds after surgery they find out that I’m allergic so after my last surgery when I was having a problem with the meds in the pain pump I was just given Motrin.

  22. ๐Ÿ˜› I have a high pain tolerance. My Mom does also. Don’t know how so many people have such a low tolerance. I think when everything wasn’t so available people had to grit their teeth and get on with it.

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