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Another New Knee II by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Im finally beginning to feel like  myself again. It’s been eight days since my second total knee replacement. It’s been a rough week but Im finally emerging from the fog ... Read on »
Physical Therapy-Guest Post by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Why Physical Therapy is Important There’s nothing more painful than an injury that requires a surgery, except the actual surgery and the recovery process of course. ... Read on »
Another new knee by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I had my second total knee replacement Monday. It’s been a rough week. And……that is a huge understatement. There were some serious pain control issues during my hospi ... Read on »
I can walk. by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I’m moving around so well. Even with one good knee. It’s been four and a half weeks since my total knee replacement. And just a few more days until my next one. My li ... Read on »
Relief by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I had a follow up appointment with my Rheumatologist today. Everyone was so excited about my knee! Im on week eleven without my R.A. meds with the exception of Prednison ... Read on »
The Next Knee by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I had my follow up appointment with my surgeon. My knee is looking great. I’ve been getting around without the walker and now I’m back to my trusty cane. I looked lik ... Read on »
Mothers Day 2009 by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis This September it will have been a decade since my mother passed away. Ten years…. I cant believe it’s been so long. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one can understa ... Read on »
Reflections IV by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis So I have this voice in the back of my mind whispering that the worst is almost over. But if four years of battling rheumatoid arthritis has taught me anything it’s t ... Read on »
New Knee Part 2 by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I keep catching myself grinning when I get out of bed and walk. Every once in a while a small giggle escapes. I have even stood in the middle of the room and balanced on ... Read on »
New Knee Part 1 by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Im at home and recovery nicely. I was only in the hospital from Monday through Wednesday afternoon. So….overall……this has been the best thing ever! The actual surgery ... Read on »
The beginning by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Well there is less than twelve hours left until my surgery. I think I have everything taken care of. My bed is still too low, but other than that, my apartment is comple ... Read on »
Pre-Registry by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I pre registered for my total knee replacement surgery yesterday. Just six more days! They drew some blood, took some xrays and sent me on my way. There seemed to be ... Read on »
It’s a go by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Ok, everything is set and my surgery date will be April 27th. They will be doing my left knee first. My right knee is actually a bit worse, but doesn’t hurt as much a ... Read on »
Check, Check , Check by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I’ve been making my way down the pre-surgery check list. Every time I get one thing checked off, it seems like another item is added. Wednesday I had a dental appoint ... Read on »
Soon…. by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I watched my friends leave tonight to go out. I, like always, stayed behind. Maybe this will be one of the last times that happens. Nothing has ever been worth the pa ... Read on »
This one hurt by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I really didn’t want to do this, but I need to take a little time to respond to this last comment someone left me.                    Sorry, but you are wrong. I reme ... Read on »
Yes by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I had an appointment for a second opinion with another orthopedic surgeon today. And he said yes! I was completely prepared to fight for these new knees, but I didn’t ... Read on »
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Religion II by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis   Ok, I’ve broached this topic a few times in the past. Religion and Rheumatoid Arthritis So there are these people in my life who every time they see me, cant ... Read on »
Now we wait by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I dropped my medical records and X-rays off to another doctor. He wants to look them over to see if he even wants to bother seeing me. If afraid he’s going to take on ... Read on »
I’ll just try again by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Ok. Now that I’ve managed to drag myself out of bed and stop the crying I’ve a bit of progress today. Im going for a second opinion. I made an appointment with the do ... Read on »