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Wednesday, 1/16, Recovery Week 4--A Mixed Bag


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hi all,

Today has been a thoughtful, thinking, thinking, thinking day for me. I have been working on that job application. They will ultimately hire about 80 people from about 800 to 1000 applications. It will be a tricky competition. I know I am a very good candidate, but I am going to have to write it all correctly to be considered. I have to be thoughtful, undoubtedly.

I am noticing improvement in my hip and its functioning. I am so glad. I can get my own leg in and out of the car without help these days. I can do a lot for myself except for the shoe and sock on my right foot. I can walk through the store with only a couple of stops to sit and rest. I did a lot of new exercises in therapy today, but...

The therapists are new to me and I think they have a goal to have me walk unassisted. I didn't realize that until today when one of the guys attached a gait belt to me and we went for a walk with the cane. (I have two of my own canes and have used them in the past.) I got about the length of the gym and my back started heaving and that was that. I lost track of my rhythm and had to grab hold of the first available thing--a big exercise machine. He was kind and caring about things and waited out the spasms and helped me to walk back, realizing that I had started holding my breath and doing a number of inappropriate personal behaviors. He got me to my chair and he said for me to rest and to breathe... I was embarrassed and I don't know why. I wanted to walk--my hip is more than ready for that, but my back, grr-rr the problem of my adult life--got in the way.

The other thing that is bothering me is my right knee. It aches and it aches and it aches. It is constant and annoying. My PT finally suggested that I talk with the doctor about it because even he must understand that this isn't just using a part that has been sitting idle for a long time. I know that that isn't so because I know what my workouts prior to my surgery did and I didn't leave any part of my legs and unused. It is where my biggest source of discomfort is right now. (I am icing my knee as we speak.) My hip gets tired after I have done a lot of walking or whatever, but it comes back pretty quickly after I rest. My knee starts the day a bit rough and grows more and more painful all day long--and by now, heading towards bedtime, I am quite upset with the whole deal. Grr-rr, I had my hip replaced, my knee replacement was about 9 years ago or so and hasn't had much pain for some 8 years. I sure hate feeling this again for whatever reason.

That's about it for today. Lady is finding ways to mutilate that cone today and we have had to rescue her once and the cone twice, ha ha. I sure hope that the vet takes her out of it tomorrow or Friday rather than leaving her in it another week. She is getting pretty owly over it.

Take care of yourselves. Time is flying by so quickly that I'll be back at work before I know it.
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia
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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 1/18/2013 3:04PM

    IF it isn't one place hurting it's another..It sounds like your hip recover is going great. I'm not suprised about the back spasms. You are adding more stress to it during therapy. Great that it recovers so rapidly with rest, Idon't like the knee bothering you so much but it is hopefully just because you are putting more on it right now while hip is improving. I surely would have the doctor check it out. You don't need any more problems with it. Keep working on your resume, I so hope you get the job It would be great.

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_LINDA 1/18/2013 1:21AM

    That is great news your hip is doing good, but sure is worrisome about the knee -so it is the one you had replaced only nine years ago that is giving you trouble. Sometimes when you get one area fixed another comes to light you were unaware of. I hope this Dr. will listen and investigate the problem thoroughly. Sorry that it seems like your back will be getting in the way of your recovery efforts :(( Just can't win sometimes, can you???
I so hope you can get that job, if anyone can, it should be you!!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/17/2013 9:51AM

    It would be so nice if you could get that job.

It sounds like they are really pushing you with the P.T. and that you are progressing. Maybe they can find out what is wrong with the knee andget that corrected.

I hope Lady can get out of that cone and that Sadie leaves her ears alone.

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