My Grandma's Total Knee Replacement

My Grandma's Total Knee Replacement

by Kendall Slutzky

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My Grandma's Total Knee Replacement by Kendall Slutzky

The book is intended to provide knowledge to children on total knee replacements. When my mother had a hip and knee replacement, I could not find any type of children's book to provide to my daughter that could explain what her grandmother had experienced. Being in the field of hip and knee replacements, I decided to write this book to explain the basics in order to help a child understand the concept of a hip and knee replacement. Due to the increase in total hip and knee replacements each year, I feel this book will be very valuable for those needing these procedures to explain the experience to their children or grandchildren.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449066307
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 01/28/2010
Pages: 16
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.04(d)

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My Grandma's Total Knee Replacement

A Children's Educational Book on Total Knee Replacement
By Kendall Slutzky

AuthorHouse

Copyright © 2010 Kendall Slutzky
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ISBN: 978-1-4490-6630-7


Chapter One

"Taylor, we are going to go see Grandma today," said Mommy. "She is at the hospital. A hospital is where people go to get better when they have boo boos or are sick."

"Why is she at the hospital?" asked Taylor.

"Grandma has a boo-boo on her knee. She had what is called a total knee replacement."

As Taylor and Mommy arrived at the hospital, they got on the elevator to go up to the fourth floor, where Grandma was being cared for. Taylor knocked on the door to her room and saw Grandma lying on the hospital bed and Grandpa standing next to her. Taylor looked at Grandma and was a little unsure about what was going on.

"Hi Taylor!" said Grandma, who was very happy to see her.

"Hi Grandma! I have missed you bunches and bunches!" said Taylor.

"I missed you too," said Grandma. "I am so glad you came to the hospital to see me. You made my day!"

Taylor, who was still a little unsure of what was going on, asked, "Grandma, what are all of those strings that are attached to you?"

"Those are not strings. They are tubes attached to my body that give me medicine to make me feel better. This is what you call an IV. When I go home, they will take the tubes away."

"Why do you need medicine, Grandma?" asked Taylor. "Do you have a cold?"

"No, sweetheart. I just had surgery on my knee, and the medicine will make my knee feel better.

"What is surgery, Grandma?"

"There are many kinds of surgery. In my type of surgery, the doctor took out my old knee bone that hurt a lot and gave me a new one that won't hurt after it has healed. It is called a total knee replacement."

"Then I stay in the hospital for about two to three days, and the doctors and nurses take care of me until I can go home," explained Grandma. "Look, here comes one of my nurses. Her name is Ashley, just like your middle name!"

"Well, look who came to visit!" said Ashley, the nurse. "What is your name?"

"Taylor; T-A-Y-L-O-R!" said Taylor.

"What a pretty name!" said Ashley. "That is so wonderful how you can spell your name! My name is Ashley. It is so nice to meet you! Your grandma is doing great! She will be able to come home and play with you really soon."

"I hope so; I miss her so much!" said Taylor.

"Would you like to see my boo-boo?" said Grandma. "Ashley is going to change my bandage."

"Yes! Is it like the boo-boo on my elbow from when I fell the other day?

"No, not quite, sweet girl. However, both boo-boos will get better-just at different times."

"I want to see it, Grandma," begged Taylor.

Ashley took off the bandage so Taylor could see the boo-boo.

"What is that?" Taylor said with surprise, looking at Grandma's knee.

"This is called my incision. It is where the doctor cut through my skin to put in my new knee."

"So when can you come play with me and take me to the park?" asked Taylor.

"Well, my recovery time is about three months, depending on what my doctor tells me. I have to do my exercises every day in order for my knee to get better. My new knee will need some help for about one month, so I will use what are called crutches or a walker when I walk. Then I will be able to walk using a cane for another few weeks. However, there are lots of things we can still do together, such as read books, color, and put together puzzles! Once my boo-boo is all healed, then I will have what is called a scar, which shows where my boo-boo was, but it won't hurt anymore," explained Grandma.

Ashley changed Grandma's bandage and finished up. "Well, my job is done for now," she said. "Taylor, I brought you a little ice cream treat since you are being such a good girl-if it is ok with your mommy."

"Sure, Ashley," said Mommy. "That is very kind of you."

"Yummy!" said Taylor. "I love ice cream! Thank you very much, Ashley. You are very nice."

"It was very nice to meet you Taylor," said Ashley. "When your grandma can come home, make sure to take really good care of her!"

"I will. Thanks again for the ice cream!" said Taylor, as the nurse left the room.

"Can you pick me up, Grandma?" asked Taylor.

"I would love to, Taylor, but I can't do that for a while, because the doctors and nurses told me not to so I don't hurt my new knee. Since I can't pick you up, would you like to come sit next to me on the bed?"

"Yes, please!" said Taylor excitedly. "Why did your knee hurt, Grandma?"

"Well, there are many reasons why people get total knee replacements, but one of the main reasons my knee hurt was because of something called arthritis.

"What is r-thr-eye-tis?" asked Taylor.

"Arthritis is when the cushion between the bones of my knee joint wears out and my bones rub together when I walk," explained Grandma.

"I am going to show you some pictures of the bones in my knee," said Grandma. "They are called X-rays. The doctor took pictures of my knee bones before and after he put in my new knee.

"Here is a picture of my knee before I had surgery. The cushion between my bones has worn away, and that is why I couldn't play at the park with you."

"Is that what you call arthritis?" asked Taylor.

"That is exactly right," said Grandma.

"This is a picture of my knee replacement after my surgery. Now my bones do not rub together, and my knee will not hurt anymore. So, now we can go play at the park together."

"Those pictures are really neat, Grandma! Now I know what a knee actually looks like inside our body!"

"Okay, Taylor," said Mommy, "Grandma needs her rest. We can go over to her house when she comes home from the hospital."

"I will come over any time you want, Grandma, and help take care of you. We will still have a great time together while your boo-boo gets better. Maybe Mommy and I will bring cookies next time! How does that sound?"

"That's sounds great," said Grandma.

"I love you, Grandma," said Taylor.

"I love you too," said Grandma.

(Continues...)



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