Saturday, September 07, 2013
Well, the surgery is over, and it was a great success. I worked so hard in the hospital, that I was able to come home on Friday, after having had surgery on Tuesday.
I just kept telling everyone I was going home and Friday, and then I kept showing them that I could go home on Friday.
Have had a good Physical Therapist here 3 times a week, and I am doing very well.
Was so excited yesterday because instead of just going back and forth with the pedals of my recumbent exercise bike, I was able to go all the way AROUND! Shocked me so but I was just thrilled. Did it 7 times, and then decided to stop so that I did not get sore or do too much.
Today, did my morning exercises, and my morning routine. Did just 5 times around the bike, so as not to push it before I was warmed up sufficiently
Then about noon went downstairs and took my shower, letting the warm water run all over me. Felt so very good.
Came back upstairs and got back on the bike. I was able to go forward for 20 turns, then backwards for 10 turns, and then forward for 20 more. Boy, I am feeling so very accomplished.
I am tired tonight, but I generally am in the late afternoon and evening.
Morning is when I am at my strongest, so am getting my stuff done in the mornings and early afternoons
Not much pain anymore, a bit of stiffness and soreness, but still that is pretty good for having surgery 3 weeks ago this coming Tuesday.
Another few weeks, and I will be up and around again. Then about 2 weeks later I will have my right knee done, and do it all over again.
I am so glad that this has been such a positive experience, so I have no issues with doing it again.
I credit my Dr for telling me that I was young and strong, my nurses in the hospital who encouraged me and praised me for working so hard, my hospital PT's and my home Pt for all of their good advice and encouragement. I am so glad that I had the courage to tackle this issue. Now in about three months, I should be in great shape.
if I had not done this, those three months would have passed in all of the pain I was having anyway, and I would just be getting worse.
Great thanks to such a good and caring Dr and staff. Also for my Spark friends for their support.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Three more nights until my left knee is replaced. Two more days.
I am ready. I know there will be a recover period and then have to have the right knee replaced after that. But, I am counting on being able to become much more active once I am recuperated.
So tired of not being able to do things because of the pain.
I thought after I had my back surgery, and it was so very successful, that I would be able to do so much more. I was for awhile, then the knees went.
The surgeon has told me that it is not surprising that the knees are bad. They had adapted to the very crookedness of my back, and now after the surgery that it is so straight and good, they can't adapt back.
I am thanking God for all of the advances they have made in modern medicine.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
I am having my right knee replaced on Tuesday Aug 20th. Hoping to rehab well, and then have the other one done.
I have been having just way too much trouble, so I went to the knee surgeon. I have no cartilage in the right knee at all, and very little in the left.
I am so looking forward to being able to do things again.
It has been a bit tough, and I know it will be painful and hard work, but it will be so worth it.
Monday, July 01, 2013
I see that I did not write a blog at all in June. Guess the summer is just going to fast for me.
Have been able to spend a good amount of time in my pool for the last two weeks, lately between the raindrops. However today was a terrible day, cold, windy, rainy and very depressing.
Took myself out to a nice lunch and out to a movie. Saw the movie "The Heat" with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. It was one of the funniest movies I have seen in a very long time. I laughed so much, I was coughing! Loved it.
My sister in law Gloria arrived yesterday for two weeks. She was to see her son today, so I just took a day for myself. Had an appointment with my therapist and then had my fun day.
I am up and down a lot emotionally. Having a lot of trouble with food, but am getting more exercise.
Have been having some pretty good days, but then a tough one every so often. This too shall pass.
Did have a lot of trouble with my old computer for the last month or so, it has been bad for quite a while, but became much worse.
Bought a new tower, mouse and keyboard. Seems to be much better now.
Hoping to be able to keep up with my threads, and my blogs better with this new equipment.
I am thinking warmth and sunshine!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
On Tuesday, I confessed to my friends on both of my threads how badly I was feeling, mentally, physically and emotionally. I have been trying to keep up a good front, trying to "fake it until I could make it". Wasn't working very well.
I was simply living in a state of denial and depression. Pain, both emotional and physcial was ruining my days.
Since I have unburdened myself, I am feeling better. I committed to eating more fruit and vegetables. Have been doing that. Have been getting a bit more exercise.
But, I think the most important thing that I am doing is going back to basics.
About 5 1/2 years ago when I began this journey, one of the first things I did was work on getting rid of the "guilt" that I had associated with food and eating for so much of my life.
I began listening for the negative messages that I was giving myself, and worked to recognize them for what they were, all lies.
I do not have to be fat. I do not deserve to feel badly about who I am because of food or weight.
It was working pretty well. I had lost 70 pounds.
Then, 2 years ago, my back went out so badly that I was in terrible pain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I could not concentrate on anything except how terrible I felt. I had 5 herniated discs in my lumbar region.
In Oct of 2011, I had a 4 level fusion in my lumbar region. When I woke from the surgery, I was sick from the drugs, but the pain was so much less that I was so happy.
It has been a struggle since then. Ups and downs. I lost some of the weight I had put back on and was exercising.
Suffered some personal loses, death, illness and once again pain, not as bad, but still pain. The rest of my body had adapted to the snake like shape of my back, and so now that it was straight, and I was working on moving it, many parts of the body had a difficult time adjusting.
I am better, but still have some issues in my knees, and some in my right s/i joint.
I am now 30 pounds over my lowest weight, having kept off 40 pounds of the 70 I had lost.
My knees still hurt, but I am beginning to exercise a bit. Slowly so that I don't cause more injury, but I am doing it.
I am meeting my commitment to eat more fruits and veggies. I have been tracking my food. It is not "perfect" but much better.
I actually think that eating more veggies is helping to release some of the fluid in my body, so that my joints will hopefully get better as the time goes on.
I begin again. One day at a time, one small step at a time.
I have to begin to love me again, or nothing will change.
Thank God for this place and the people who have supported me no matter what.
It has been a tough couple of years, but I will come back. I HAVE to.
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