Thanks for your good wishes, George. If you know my history, you will understand my challenges.
My biggest worry is that my age and muscle weakness, etc. will make it difficult to restore my knee flexibility. My leg was badly damaged by the terrible doctor mistakes in the 1980 prostheses surgery. It effected my spine as well as my leg. It resulted in the lower part of my knee turned to the right instead of forward. My tendons were stretched so badly that my right leg is nearly one inch longer than my left leg. I had to have my shoes fitted with a lift to avoid spine damage and pain.
The Kaiser Hospital doctors finally gave up and said they couldn't do anything more to correct the damage. I sought other opinions and was examined by specialists at Stanford University to learn what could be done to correct my leg damage. The surgery was very primitive at that time and they determined it was too risky to attempt removing the prostheses and redoing the surgery. So I struggled to be able to walk for 32 years, even when the pain got worse through the years.
I had to change my profession eventually to have a job that didn't require a lot of walking. I was the architectural administrator for 14 years at Harbor Bay Isle in Alameda before I retired in 2002. It was a great job for me. I could ride 1/4 mile on my scooter to my office. My 1990 Volvo today has only 56,000 miles on it because I used my scooter so much. I take good care of my Volvo and it will probably still run long after I'm dead.
Now that I live in Albuquerque, my scooter it hardly ever used and I have to drive every where. Now that my daughter Butrflynet came to live with me, she does most of the driving and other things I no longer can do. I hope the new surgery will change my abilities.
I've been trying to lose weight to improve my new prosthesis results. I'm down to within 20 pounds of my desired weight. So I'm doing my best to be able to walk again.