Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Yesterday was an alarming day for me.
I drove myself some fifty kilometres to the hospital where I am due to enter in two weeks.
They are very thorougher in their pre-op education.
It's very strange being the patient instead of the nurse.
Being the one who needs help instead of the one giving it.
I was given another ECG, and... my silly heart is still in Bundle Branch Block.

Because of this, my anesthetist has decided a Spinal Block will be my safest form of anesthetic during the procedure.   I am to have a Total Left Knee Replacement.

I was so grateful that he was open to listening to my requests.
"No morphine for me please, I'd rather have fentanyl...."
There is nothing worse than having a patient who knows all the answers.
The Occupational Therapist came to assess my home for hidden dangers today.
Is my bed, seat and toilet high enough not to cause knee strain??
She was lovely, relaxed and re -assuring.
Next I go for a blood test for a group and hold, in case I need a blood transfusion.

I cannot say I am not a little stunned over the whole affair because I am.
We never understand anything until we experience it ourselves.
How many times have I comforted someone else getting ready for surgery..
This is not my first time to be the patient, yet usually I have colleagues working close by.

The one thing I do know is that, I am never alone... Jesus is always near.

I love His promise.
Hebrews 13:5


  1. In good and bad HE is always with you - and I'll be praying - have it written down! Hugs.

  2. Praying for you and your upcoming knee surgery. I've never really thought about how it must be for medical folks to have's great that you know what to ask for!

    I found you on Debs (Jeremiah 29:11) blog. Hope you don't mind me stopping over and getting acquainted. It is strengthening to find women who love the Lord!

    New Follower! Hope you can stop by for a visit.
    Thanks, Becky Jane

  3. Hey dear sister,
    I believe it is hard for you to be on the other end. :) Not a fun thing to have to go through but I am thankful Jesus will be right there with you.

    Praying for you and for your heart to go back to the way it should be, but praise God there are other options available for you.


  4. Wow, it must be a very different experience to be on the receiving end of the same care you usually give! My mother has had both knees totally replaced. It has been life changing for her! I am sure you'll do great! Especially because the Lord is with you.

  5. I wish you well and a speedy recovery! Blessings.

  6. Sorry to hear that you need the surgery, but I'll be praying for you.

  7. Praying for you, sweet blogging friend! HOPE that your recovery is swift and with very little pain, since you have so many lifting you up in prayer!

  8. Praying for you ....envisioning you strong and well very soon!

  9. Hi Crystal Mary,
    I will have you in my prayers for your surgery. Amen, He will never leave or forsake us! This is awesome.
    God bless,

  10. WOW loving your new blog look and also know that I will lift you up in prayer ..there is no greater source of peace or help than our Lord. Praying for a safe surgery, quick recovery ...

  11. We've known a few people who've had TKR and it was a blessing. Though the journey will not be easy, there are many praying for you. We have many friends who are are nurses and they always say their big draw back is they know too much.

    Thank you for stopping by on Thursday. Am still fighting it. Not able to take garlic orally, but am doing Miracle Rub, which has garlic oil and cinnamon in it. Beautiful picture!

  12. Eventually, I, too, will have to have a knee replacement of some sort. What symptoms did you have and how bad did it get before they decided on a knee replacement?--If you don't mind sharing that information.

    God be with you, Crystal.

  13. May you continue to know the over-ruling and control of God though all this, Crystal. Will continue to pray for you - as from one nurse to another too!

  14. Hi Crystal Mary! I just said a prayer for you and will continue to remember you in my prayers. Thanks for the advice you gave me concerning my sister's panic attacks. I passed along the reminder to breathe in a paper bag.

    About four years ago I was told I had Right Bundle Branch Block and "not to worry about it". The next year it did not show up and they said sometimes it disappears. I still don't totally understand what it is, exactly.

    Take care and keep us posted!


  15. Praying it all goes well. xx

  16. I love you all, you are so special to me!!
    Thank you so much for your prayers.
    Bundle Branch Blockage is when the two electrical firing points in the heart don't connect properly between the two nodes.
    Often it does right itself, mine still hasn't and I was so stunned to see my ECG (EKG).However, God is so good and healed my heart many times in the last thirty years. It has only been three years that I have actually taken meds. Blessings to all.

  17. Praying for you, sweet Crystal Mary. So thankful our God will be will you every step of the way.

  18. I think surgery is generally the last resort any of us would choose - - and some aspects of it may be easier and/or more difficult since you have been a nurse. Many of my friends who have had total knee replacement are extremely happy with the results. Here's praying for a speedy and uncomplicated recovery for you!

  19. I can feel your concern and anxiety through the written word. I know it is trite to say but God will be with you, and the thoughts and prayers of family and friends; including your blogging buds! Hugs. xx


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