Posted by Shannon Clodfelter on 14 December 2011
I had viral meningitis when I was 5 1/2 years old. I spent 4 months in the hospital...2 of those were spent in a coma in ICU. After a long rehab, I was able to walk and talk and get mostly back to normal. I have always had orthopaedic issues since. I have several surgeries as well as the bladder and kidney issues. Two years ago I had an Interstim Neurostimulator implanted because of the nerves and muscles in my lower back did not allow my bladder to empty. Kidney infections became a norm. Thankfully that has stopped! I am facing a knee replacement and am having a hard time making the decison to do it. I am seeking advice from any others that have had a replacement. I am turning 40 soon and would like to have my quality of life back. My activity level has been decreased for the last 8 months...drastically! I dont want my fear of surgery and outcome to limit my life. This is such a great place for info and sharing. I have read a few stories that sounded just like me! That is amazing to me. Thank you all for sharing.