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Final PT visit today...I am doing great 3 months after knee replacement...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I can walk up and down stairs pretty well (slow but steady) and my knees are doing great. Therapist agreed I could do a home program. I also am doing water aerobics tonight for the second time this week. I am going to try to go to the swim class 3 times a week at my gym. I am a little frustrated trying to find a chair yoga class locally that meets in the evening or weekend (I guess they are geared at retired people). I need to try out my new videos I purchased last week..... emoticon

  
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1AVERY 8/27/2010 6:04AM

    That is Great your knee is coming along well. I feel alot better since my knee replacements. Going up and down the stairs it has been 2 years since my last one and it was just the other day I thought wow it is so much better getting up and down off the toilet. LOL. You will really notice the difference over time. Teri

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DJS-DEBBIE 8/26/2010 8:35PM

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Glad you are doing great!

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Halfing a nice day...woo hoo!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I get to work a half day today, got to sleep a little later and will only work 8 to 12. I get off early to do to PT. Was planning to swim before work but had trouble sleeping so decided to sleep in instead. This morning am taking 2 hours to get going so will definitely get on the recumbent bike and do my PT exercises. Yesterday I did a few flights of stairs (slowly and hanging onto railing, but I did it and I didn't plunk down but it is getting smoother. I noticed going down is the hardest which seems backwards but gravity tries to take over and so the quads have to work hard to make the muscles work to make a smoth gliding movement when supporting myself with the new knee. I have no recall of having a problem with stairs last year when I had my other knee replaced but apparently I had a textbook recovery without a hitch. This recovery has been slower. My handicapped parking permit will expire at the end of August but I really don't nee that any more so I will not ask for an extension. Since I missed swimming in the therapy pool this a.m. I will go to the water aerobics class at 6:00 p.m. today. I found even though I wasn't able to keep up with all the exercises I do think I got a good work out and it was nice to talk to the other ladies after class while we are warming up in the whirlpool.

  
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CATLADY52 8/26/2010 3:42PM

    emoticon on the half day, and have fun at PT.

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VXWALL1942 8/26/2010 12:14PM

    A half day is better than no day at all! LOL Enjoy yours. Exercise you're doing is impressive.

vicki

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GRAMAJMG 8/26/2010 10:06AM

    Enjoy your half day! emoticon

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Was running late this morning so forgot to blog..

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I am still having less pain as a side-effect of the steroid burst for allergies and that is great. I will be swimming again tomorrow morning before work and so probably won't have time to blog in a.m. tomorrow, either. My sleep was a little interrupted but not as bad as the night the itching drove me crazy. I am hoping when the extra meds are gone the knees will stay good...one can always hope.... for now I will just enjoy the good feelings....and hope for the best...tomorrow after work I will be having physical therapy and might actually get on the leg press again (over a month ago just trying to lift my leg up to get on the leg press is when I tore the quad muscle, so I have been gun-shy and afraid up until now to get on this equipment.)

I am having great expectations... emoticon

  
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DJS-DEBBIE 8/26/2010 5:26AM

    Good luck with the leg press!

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Looking forward to another good night's sleep...soon

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Making this short....I had a nice side-effect from the steroid "burst," my knees felt wonderful today and I walked pretty normally without pain. I am still having difficulty walking up and down stairs as the quads are still weak but I stayed in the pool this evening for a whole hour for water aerobics. I think that was a good choice for my painless knees and I got a good workout..... emoticon

  
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CATLADY52 8/25/2010 1:56PM

    Water aerobics are great for all. Hope to hear that you had a good night's sleep.

Comment edited on: 8/25/2010 2:04:10 PM

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DJS-DEBBIE 8/25/2010 6:44AM

    Pool sounds like a great idea. Hope you had a good night's sleep.

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NANCYRUBIO 8/25/2010 12:29AM

    Honor that you can walk. Those of us you can't are happy for you. Now take good care of those legs.

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Dr recommended 2 OTCs and 1 Rx...feeling better and slept well last night

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The minute I laid down to sleep my feet started itching again so I gave them a spray of the antifungal spray but did it under the sheet to keep from breathing the fumes this time. I got a Medrol dosepak (steroid burst) and was told to take a double dose of loratadine (Claritin) and 150 mg 2X a day of ranitidine (Zantac). I feel improved but not 100%. Yesterday I tried to make up my missing time at work from going to see doctor but couldn't make it all up so have to work an extra 1.5 hours today. I finally cried uncle when my fingertips became painful from tenderness (probably overused them with all the scratching...leave it to me to find some twisted humor in this situation....at least there is some humor to me.). I told my supervisor part of the "comedy of errors" and she commented that I shouldn't be left alone, she said it in a humorous manner and I did not take offense. She said at least I didn't have trouble breathing this time like back in May when I was taken away in an ambulance. emoticon

  
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VXWALL1942 8/24/2010 10:01PM

    So glad you are feeling better. And it is a good thing that the meds are working well enough for you to be able to sleep. Take care!

vicki

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MARPET44 8/24/2010 8:59PM

    Hope it gets better soon. I believe that you have been through enough already. emoticon

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CATLADY52 8/24/2010 6:53PM

    Thank heavens for the relief. It is hard to not scratch when something itches. Your supervisor sounds pretty nice. emoticon not emoticon.

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LUCKYGRANNY2 8/24/2010 6:13PM

    Allergies are awful - my niece has to take shots and she's now 24. Glad to hear that you're feeling better and continue to take care.

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DJS-DEBBIE 8/24/2010 12:39PM

    Glad you are feeling better!

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NJMATTICE 8/24/2010 10:14AM

    Glad to read that you are on the mend.
-Nancy

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NANCYRUBIO 8/24/2010 9:50AM

    Do you know what is causing this itching. Is it just allergies? Carry something with you at all times to prevent it from getting to this point.

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