The Bee’s Knees

Hi you guys! I’ve got some good news: soon I’ll have the bee’s knees!

What does that mean, you ask? Well, I had surgery on Thursday, August 4th to fix up my knee alignment. It’s been hurting pretty bad off and on since I tore my ACL back in the fall of 2009 (In a typhoon. In Tokyo. Long story for another time!)

I thought the doc was going to go in and just clean it up and remove some loose cartilage — nothing too serious. Instead I ended up having major surgery. (He said that there was a very remote chance that I’d have it.) It’s called a tibial tubercle osteotomy. Check out this video that explains what it is — don’t worry, there’s no blood or guts, ha ha! Basically the tubercle is a bump on your lower leg bone. The doc cut through the turbercle, leaving the ligaments and whatnot still attached, picked up the bone piece, and then used screws to put it back in where it should be so that everything lines up.

Tomorrow I go back to see him and find out what my recovery time will be like. Hoping that I get to take the brace off, or at least get to bend my knee. The brace goes from just above my ankle almost the whole way up to my hip, whew.

In the meantime, I have a nifty device that J has nicknamed The Ice Robot to keep me company — it’s my new best friend! See those tubes up there that are coming out of the brace? Well, they go to an ice pack that is under all the bandages on one side, and the other side goes into a cooler that pumps ice cold water over my knee area. Ahhhh, I love technology! Yay!

And! Doctors used to use a cast for this kind of surgery instead of the brace. So glad I have the brace, but that means that there’s no place for people to sign it! So, I’d love it if you could virtually sign it by leaving me a little comment — means so much hearing from all of you! (Thanks to everyone who emailed to ask why I haven’t been posting — that really means a ton, too!)

I’ll let you know what the doc says tomorrow! But I have a really great feeling in my heart that everything will all work out and my knee will be great in no time. Can’t wait.

54 Replies to “The Bee’s Knees”

  1. I’m so sorry they had to go in and perform major surgery! I’m certain it’s killing you being off your feet for so long (or it’s a blessing in disguise)! I sure hope you make a swift recovery and that you’ll get to try out those bee’s knees soon :) SUPER BIG HUGS!
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  2. Oh my goodness, Lisa!! I can’t imagine what you’ve been enduring these past few years with your knee! Really hope this is the end of the pain and that you will be back to the norm with your leg! Sending you a very speedy recovery!! Big hugs from Cali!
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  3. Hello Bionic Woman. Hope you’ll be back on two legs soon and back on the bike.
    Your bestest England pals
    Julie & Alan xxxx

  4. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
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  5. Ok, I’m signing it with a bright blue marker-get back on your two feet soon! Hugs!!!! Meghan

  6. Yipes…sooo sorry to hear about your surgery:( Hope that you are on the road to a most speedy recovery!
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  7. Hope you are feeling better soon! I recently started reading your blog and have been missing your fabulous creations.

  8. I’m glad the surgery went well. I hope you’re back on your feet soon! Take care, love, r

  9. Signing with glow in the dark marker with glitter — ” 100% recovery ; look forward to hearing about the first PT that includes cycling! ”

    Best wishes on your recovery.

  10. Bless your heart! Feel better soon! I bet you’ll be hobbling into your craft room any day now, Lisa! You can stamp sitting down with your leg propped up, and bring your buddy Ice Robot with you!
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  11. i think that it the most update announcement of surgery ever :) Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  12. oh goodness… I meant UPBEAT! (not update:( )

  13. AH, Lisa! i had a feeling you just weren’t hoppin’ around like you hoped. Good girl forhaving the courage to get it fixed! You will be dancin’ on tables in no time! We have missed you! Hugs!
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  14. Hey, Lisa! I have been a fan of your blog for some time. I had knee surgery myself on Aug. 3rd- ACL reconstruction/meniscus repair. I’m glad I did although I am realizing the recovery period might be a bit longer than I had planned on…but I’m doing well and started PT yesterday. I know we will both be back to back to doing what we love eventually and be feeling better than ever! Best wishes for your recovery-hang in there!

  15. Hi Lisa. I hope you are feeling better already after all these days and you are back to your normal activities! Lot’s of hugs from your Greek friend.
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  16. I was wondering about your absence…now I know the reason. Hope you are feeling better. I wish you a speedy and full recovery.

  17. Oh my Lisa so happy that you can get this injury behind you soon…I hope. Crossing my fingers for you!! I know you were in so much pain at CHA so hopefully once this is healed you will be pain free in the future.
    Sending healing hugs and happy cupcake dreams for you. So honored to meet you and spend time with you at CHA. Looking forward to more moments like that.
    Hugs, Kathy

  18. Hope everything goes well for you. I so enjoy your posts on stamping but also on any number of your varied interests. Take time and take care.

  19. Just saw this – hope your knee feels better SOON!!! :) BIG hugs!!!
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  20. Wishing you a very speedy recovery Lisa! Love great technology!

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