I was almost asleep when I heard the storm siren go off and right after that the satellite t.v. went off. We went into the basement and couldn't get our "emergency radio" to work. Water started pouring in the window wells in the basement and we decided to go back upstairs. Flash floods on highways and in basements occurred. Ours was minor, thank goodness.
I got a bit concerned as my husband had a temper tantrum when the water came in the basement and I tried to get him to calm down. After we went upstairs and realized the storm was over, he was able to relax and go to bed. I am still a bit wound up and decided to spark. Our hail was so small it all melted before I had a chance to go see it. Not very far away (10 miles?) there was hail 4 to 5 inches across.
I felt that I have lost ground in recovery due to increase pain and trouble sleeping. I decided to ask for more physical therapy and got drs office to fax (they wanted to mail) prescription yesterday and have already gotten my evaluation for today (this afternoon). I am thrilled. I feel I got short-changed on my therapy as compared to last year when I had my other knee replacement. The main problem right now is increased pain and trouble sleeping due to the pain. I was able to go around the block (1/2 mile) daily until a few days ago when that caused great aggravation of the pain and so I spent a lot of time icing and resting. I woke up at 3:00 a.m. today and never got back to sleep.
I have been up 2 hours now and have done some light work in the kitchen straightening up and decided to "spark" while having my breakfast.
I hope the therapy helps get my pain under control and helps me get more strength in the operated knee and surrounding muscles.
I am so anxious to get back to pool exercises and that isn't for about 10 more days. I know that will be helpful and I think the 1:1 therapy at the Sister Kenny Institute will be helpful as they have excellent people there.
Had a lazy day yesterday and paid for it during the night with knee pain and generalized discomfort and problem sleeping.
I plan to go around the block at least once and do 10 to 15 minutes on my recumbent bike. (Had planned twice as much this morning but am having severe pain, probably due to my inactivity yesterday.
I started out the day by filling the dishwasher and plan to do at least 2 loads of laundry for myself and change my bed sheets.
I have plenty of paperwork to take care of today and need to give a status call to my supervisor to let her know I plan to be back on the 5th of July since everything is going according to plan with no complications.
Guess I have plenty to keep me busy...just don't want to be lazy like I was yesterday.
I am doing extremely well with my recovery. Tomorrow is the 21st of June and will be 1 month exactly since TKR (total knee replacement). There is still pain, which is expected but I am able to go 12 to 16 hours between pain pills and am feeling quite well and optimistic about returning to work in about 2 weeks (total time off work 6 weeks).
I am so excited to be able to go swimming and whirlpooling in 2 weeks, also, and that activity had been my main exercise before my surgery, and I am looking at my strengthening and range of motion exercises as preparing me for returning to my favorite activities in the water. I am glad to realize that weight bearing exercises will be possible for me now with two completely new knees and marvel at modern medicine and what a difference this will make in my life from this point forward. I have to rededicate myself to weight loss to at least a normal weight range to make my new bionic knees last a maximum amount of time. I was told they could last 20 years and that would make me 84 when I might need re-do knee replacements (obviously this is something I am not looking forward to). The point is they will last less than 20 years if I don't lose at least 50 lbs and for now that is my goal to help them last as long as possible.
This blog is a reminder to myself to take care of myself and my new knees.