I am sitting here three days after keyhole surgery to sort out rigidity in my knee caused by deterioration in my cartilage. I do hope the spell check is working on this.
I practise a philosophy of life that I refer to as realistic positivism and despite my current feelings I hope in due course to return fully to that attitude.
Right now though I am wondering if I have in fact made the right decision to have had the surgery at all. Bearing in mind that I have been a PWP since 2007 and am now an OAP. To put that in perspective since diagnosis I have still managed 18 holes of golf twice a week for approximately 45 weeks a year. This year has been different. By Feb. this year, I was finding it impossible to play at all due to extreme pain caused by my knee swelling up. I found that after stopping for four weeks the swelling went down and I was able to play once a week. If I played twice the swelling returned and that was it for another fortnight.
Golf is important to me. It is my sole form of exercise. It keeps me focused and competitive. It is one of the cheapest forms of sport becoming ever more cheaper the more often you play. It also assists me in my fund raising activities.
So I went to my GP and he diagnosed general deterioration due to excess calcium build up. I was referred to a surgeon and we discussed cleaning up the knee. I made them aware of Parkinson's but it was not deemed an issue. To be honest I did not consider it either.
On Monday at 10:30 I was administered a general anaesthetic and the next I remember was waking to a voice saying you are back in your room. Time is now rather vague but I would estimate that I had the compulsion to dress within fifteen minutes. With no one else there I dropped the gowns, donned my shirt and under pants and was up to the knees in my trousers when I started to pass out. I lay down and after an interval finished dressing. I was scheduled for release at 3:30. That did not happen because the rest of the day until 7:30 was taken up with BP checks every half hour. My readings were all over the place. Rocketing and plummeting to the point where I could not care less as long as they let me sleep. Anyway, things calmed enough for me to go home and I don't remember anything until the next day. I think though it is fair to say that my meds reacted badly with the general anaesthetic. Is it naive to think that they should have known about this or at least the possibility?
Here I am now three days later and my leg is sorer than it has ever been. The bandages came off yesterday and The wound is healing beautifully. What I don't now know is, will the knee recover to the point where it will no longer swell and will I know any different because of the Parkinson's. I know there is no gain without pain and right now I almost wish I had not gone ahead. The next six weeks will tell me one way or another. One thing I do know is that is the last time I will have a general anaesthetic other than for DBS.