Recovery Matters Blog

Business Consultant, Knee Replacement Patient

RECOVERY MATTERS – a BLOG about Knee Replacement Health We are pleased to present Part I of a series of articles written by our first guest blogger.
Merlin

Merlin TKA, 2014

Merlin’s Story: Part I

My name is Merlin and I am a Management Consultant to the small business sector. I live in a small town in Western Maryland and have managed arthritis in the right knee for about 25 years and the left knee for about 15. I finally had a right knee replacement after several months of debilitating pain that severely curtailed my daily activities.

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Merlin Part II: Preparing for Surgery

RECOVERY MATTERS – a BLOG about Knee Replacement Health This is Part II of a series of articles written by guest blogger, Merlin.
Merlin

Merlin TKA, 2014

Preparing for Surgery

Living alone and facing knee replacement surgery poses some unique challenges that could impact the recovery process. This cannot be underplayed since recovery is largely dependent on the support of a network of people, both professionals and social. While we might assume that there are professional networks in place into which we can be linked through – doctors, social workers, and in many cases insurance companies, unless we have a wide network of family and active friendships – people who live near you and whose schedules allow an easy inflow of support – there can be problems.

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Merlin Part III: Managing Pain (A)

RECOVERY MATTERS – a BLOG about Knee Replacement Health. This is Part III (A) of a series of articles written by guest blogger, Merlin.
Merlin

Merlin TKA, 2014

Pain Management

Portrait of a Recovery Derailed
Perhaps I need to begin this article with a reminder that this is a personal journey and I make no claim that my conclusions are based on empirical research. Pain Management is possibly the most crucial aspect of the recovery process with any surgery. Effective pain management is the first layer of building that trust relationship that allows the patient to be an active partner in their own healing from the inception.

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Merlin Part III: Managing Pain (B)

RECOVERY MATTERS – a BLOG about Knee Replacement Health. This is Part III (B) of a series of articles written by guest blogger, Merlin.
Merlin

Merlin TKA, 2014

Patient Trauma

Through the haze of pain and sleeplessness that first week-end at the rehab center, several things happened in my head. The first is that I developed an intense fear of the rehab process, and secondly, I lost any sense of trust in the people around me and consequently in the entire healing process as outlined by the facility.

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