I was a contractor, building houses and working at construction sites. I worked my knees pretty hard and just wore them out. I had to have them replaced, and chose to do them one a time.
The Joint Replacement Center was great. They made me do everything on my own from day one, getting out of bed, getting dressed, everything. I live alone, so I definitely wanted to be independent. That was the best thing for me, being self-sufficient right off the bat.
I really liked the group atmosphere; it brought out my competitive side. You can see how others who are in the same boat as you are doing, and you want to keep up. I don't like to lie around; I like to get it done.
They were so great to me at the Joint Center. But the true test was when I got home, was I prepared to be at home? Yes, I was. I didn't even need the walker once I was home. My sister had a similar surgery at another hospital, and she was stuck with that walker for nearly two months! I couldn't be tied down with that. There was dancing to do and I didn't want to be left behind!
I don't have any pain, they feel that good!