Friday, March 23, 2012
For those of you who have followed my knee saga, it IS getting SLIGHTLY better, SLOWLY. sigh. I'm just not very patient; but I did pull out my resistance bands and am using them to exercise my leg. Also, following dr's recommendation, I'm using my treadmill a little. I keep it at zero (flat) level, and a not-fast speed, and only spend a little time on it. But since I increased the speed to 2.5 mph and time to 24 minutes the other day, I spent the next two days with increased pain. I'm going to try it again today to see if that's what caused the pain.
I've added a couple of pictures to my gallery. They are of various flowering shrubs and trees in my neighborhood. It's so beautiful right now, but I can't spend much time outdoors due to allergies.
I started knitting a sweater recently, and will eventually post a pic of it....I may or may not be in it. I made a mistake when I bought the yarn over a year ago: I bought 3 hanks, not sure what I was going to do with them. I left the shop, decided I wanted to make a short-sleeved sweater and when I got back to the yarn shop 2 weeks later, found that color was all gone (WHAT did I THINK was going to happen?!!) I picked up the same yarn in a couple of other colors, and am incorporating them. We'll see how it all works out.
I hope y'all have a beautiful, wonderful, fulfilling weekend.
Friday, March 02, 2012
I live in PA, where several groundhogs determine whether or not we'll get six more weeks of winter. Ok, they don't really, but they do play an important part of 2 February. The temp has been up and down all winter; overall it's been plenty warm, for winter. Today it got up around 50 degrees, and will start a downward trend, until Monday's high is expected to be 39 degrees. Yep, the groundhogs were right - six more weeks of winter. LOL
Today I walked around the grocery store instead of riding - wasn't toooo bad; but after I put groceries away, I iced my knee. Still, I'm glad I did it. Little by little (baby step by baby step) my knee is getting better. I'm planning to spend up to 10 minutes on the treadmill, at the lowest speed and zero incline. That will be the first time on a treadmill since November. My neighborhood is too hilly to walk outdoors, even if it weren't too chilly/cold.
Tuesday morning my youngest called me, crying so hard I couldn't understand a word she said. As I got her somewhat calmed down, it came out that she's just finished her state boards (for LPN) and was convinced that she'd failed it......after all, the computer shut off after just 85 questions. I talked with her, reminding her that she's very smart, and I think she'd done better than she thought. I prayed with her before we hung up. I don't think she was convinced.
Her older sister (an RN in another state) called us and told us that the machine will shut down as soon as it figures out that you passed or failed. She believed her sister passed, and explained how HER state boards had worked.
Thursday afternoon we got another call from the youngest....she HAD passed. : ) Obviously 85 questions (out of almost 300) were all that DD needed to pass.
Finally, if you read my blog "God is GOOD", you'll realize I'd gained quite a bit of weight over that past year. I now weigh almost exactly the same as the most I ever have. BUT! My DH is helping me not snack ("don't buy that - it's a snack and snacks are no-no's") and I plan to start exercising. I'm also trying to get completely, permanently past the "all or nothing" mindset, and accept the fact that it's going to take time, maybe lots of time, before I get down to where I want to be. Re: snacking - I'm trying to work out healthy snacks, since evening snacking is going to be hard to stop altogether.
Thank you for your encouragement and good thoughts towards me. It makes a HUGE difference in my every day outlook.
Friday, February 24, 2012
We did it! We traded in the convertible and brought home a Mazda3 for our running-around car. Little Blue has until the end of the month when her state inspection runs out.
My knee is healing, I think. I say "I think" because while I can take the stairs in a normal fashion (but slower), I still have a good bit of discomfort and sometimes pain. I'll be talking with the dr about that when I go back in a couple of weeks.
I went from two crutches to one to a cane, and now I don't even use that. Not too shabby for 3-1/2 weeks from surgery.
Our weather has been warm (up to 60 a few days) but that changes today as the cold front comes through. The high tomorrow is expected to be a more normal 42 degrees. Brrr! After enjoying those abnormally warmer days, the next few days will be hard to take. But it won't be long until Spring, so I guess I can manage.
I hope each of you has a wonderful weekend.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Way back when, we bought a 1990 Grand Am - she had to be named Little Blue - no other name would do. Blue had 7 miles on her when we got her, and we put 4 of those miles on test driving, so yeah, she was brand new.
Blue had seen us to and from work and stores, and elsewhere, including a move from the South to Pennsylvania - she's been our run-around car; and has almost 198K miles under her engine.
A few years ago we stopped putting money into her looks, but kept up her mechanics. Consequently, Little Blue's clear coat started peeling off; then she began to develop those ugly rust spots.
A few months ago we decided that Blue deserved to retire, but we wanted one last winter from her. Alas, it's not to be. Our mechanic told us a few days ago that Little Blue won't pass state inspection without hundreds of dollars of work. That's money we're not willing to put into the old gal. So DH and I have started looking at economical compact cars to replace her.
I'd say 22 years is respectable amount of time to expect a city-driving car to last, wouldn't you? So I'll wipe away my tears and put a brave face on for when Little Blue actually departs our property.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
I went back to the dr today to have the stitches removed. He showed me pictures he took of the inside of my knee - interesting. I found out that arthritis looks like you took a cotton ball and pulled and pulled it out until it was a fringe. I also got to see the flap that he removed (that had been torn from my meniscus.
My dr is pleased with my progress, but some swelling remains, so he wants me to continue the ice packs awhile longer. Also, there were a couple of other 'instructions' and I'm to go back in a month for another 'review' of it.
I'm using a single crutch, but not even that for much longer. I can straighten my leg completely, and bend it quite a ways, but not nearly far enough due to the swelling.
Bottom line: I'm healing nicely and can do so much more than I could a week ago, and I'm so pleased.
Thank you for praying for my healing, and for sending good thoughts and wishes my way.
My second grader grandson is singularly unimpressed with the fact that I have two little (healing) holes in my knee. His comment: "My Dad has two screws in his leg." Well, he's right. A few months before the little guy was born, my s-i-l flew over the handlebars of his mountain bike and broke his femur. But Tyler put me in my place. LOL
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