BJUMPINGFORJOY's SparkPeople Blog BJUMPINGFORJOY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Short steps. I decided to try very hard and get to where I can walk a block with out my cane by January 5h, 2015 when I go back to work after being off for the holiday brake from work. I know it will be hard. I have to work on getting my stamina to be longer at a time. My next goal will be to get into the pool when we go back to work. I know it will take time but I know that one day at a time I will get there. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:33:03 EST Orthopedist again this week. I had to see my orthro again this week. I have pulled the big muscle in the back of my left leg. It is very painful and makes it hard for me to walk. The DR put me on a steroid in Thursday and it is doing better today. I told the DR that it seems since I had my knee surgery that I have taken one step forward and 2 steps back ward. Next week I only work 3 days then off for 17 days for Christmas break. It should be a lot better when I come back to work. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 20:42:09 EST Trying to be patient. I know that with everything that I have developed since having surgery it will take time for all of these areas to heal and I am trying to be patient but it is hard. It could take a few more weeks before I can get back into the pool. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 15:32:09 EST Ortro visit last week. Not only do I have a plantar fasciitis I also have rotor cup tendinitis in my left arm due to a flu shot and they both will take time to heal. I have to roll my left foot with a golf ball. I also have started shots in my right knee as it is getting bad. So here I go again on the road to another surgery but hopefully this time I will be in better shape. The last few days this week have been a little slower and restful back to work on Monday and hopefully the pool will be open. I hope everyone ... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 18:20:30 EST Glad for a week off next week. Where I work will be closed for Thanksgiving for the whole week. I am so ready for this. I am going back to see the orthro next Tuesday as I am having trouble on the bottom of my heal on my left foot. They think it could be plantar fasciitis. My daughter and I went a bought a pair of shoes from skechers shoe store. They were recommended by the orthro nurse. So here we go just getting there one day a time. I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:38:12 EST Discouraged We all become discouraged at one time or another. It is easier said than done that we must just get up dust our selves off and keep on trying. It seems to me that I am dusting myself off a lot lately but I know that eventually I will get there one day at a time as well as those that are finding them selves in the same situation. I know we can do this one day at a time and we will. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 17:10:15 EST Trying week. This week has been a trying week. Changing to doing pt on what is call aftercare and it has been challenging and different. I am still finding it hard to do 2 things one is balancing on one leg and the other is stepping over cones. I am slowly getting off the cane and some days are worse than others. I am getting there one day at a time. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 20:28:45 EST Interesting day. This morning my daughter and son decided to burn something outside and low and behold we ended up having to call the fire dept. The fire was getting away from them but before the fire dept got here they got it under control. I have been telling them all day you tried to burn my house down. They both inhaled a lot of smoke and have been coughing a lot. My son singed his eyebrows some by getting to close to the fire trying to get it under control. On the good side on Monday I will start what is... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 21:10:01 EST Moving forward I went to see my surgeon on Tuesday and he release me. Just have to finish my Physical Therapy. At pt they told me they would be upping the amount of weight on my leg on Monday, so here we go just one more step to getting better. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:10:28 EST Seeing surgeon on Tuesday. I will be seeing the surgeon this next Tuesday. There are times when I have to use the walker and then there times when I use the cane now I am getting to where I can walk some with out either one but not very far with out the can or walker. I am getting there slowly but I would like to be further along than I am. I am so tired on the day I have PT that I don't feel like getting into the pool on the next day. I hope to make a change in that very soon. I have had people tell me that are doing... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:32:33 EST 12 week post op It seems to have been a long 12 weeks since I have had my total knee replacement surgery. The dr says I need to have the other knee done but I am going to wait for a little while. I know that the older I get the harder the surgery will be and it will take me longer to get to where I am now. So I have a lot to think about. I am having trouble with gaining weight during this time. I know I will get it back off but it will take time. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:30:33 EST It is slow going. So it goes slowly with rehab. I know with time I will not need a walker or cane to walk with since having my surgery but right now it seem like it is never ending with building my stamina and strength. I come home from work and physical therapy 3 days a week feeling so drained that all I want to do is lay down and rest but I know that I have to keep on trying to do a little more each day. There are some days I feel like I need more help from my son but he has his own health problems. The othe... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 15:35:57 EST Week of ups and downs. On Monday I did pretty good on my PT but as the week went on I didn't do as well. I did get to go get into the pool on Tuesday and did too much on Wednesday it was a long day with 3 hrs in my car helping my daughter and grandson paid for it on Thursday but when it comes to family you find the strength to go the extra mile. By Friday I was very tired so tired that I went home early from work. I slept for 10 hours except to get up and go to the bathroom. Today I went to Walmart grocery shoppin... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:07:12 EST Better Week. This week PT add 40 lbs leg press. It was hard on Monday but got easier by Friday. Still have a lot of days with lots of hard work but one day I will get there. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:08:35 EST Learning to step over cones. This week in pt they added cones for me to step over. I still have to use my cane doing this but one day I will be cane free and walking normal. I am struggling with trying not to gain weight since I still can"t workout like I was used to. There are days when I am struggling with my feelings and there are days when I know I am getting there slowly. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:21:21 EST Hard week Last week was my 1st week of 8 hours a day plus pt 3 times and it was hard and I was very tired at night. PT has me walking more with the walker saying I need to use it when I am shopping in the store and not use the riding cart the stores have, so I went to the store 3 times this week and that wore me out after work. I am getting there slowly. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 16:06:58 EST Having to learn not to over due after sugery. This week was my 1st week of working 5 days not all day but 5 hours next week I will be trying for 8 hours except for the days I have pt. I am finding that I need to move up my time for pt because I am so tired when it comes time for pt I can not do as well as I would like to. On Thursday and Friday I over did with helping my family that by my pt time I was so tired that I was in tears not from the pt but from doing too much. So I am going to have to say no and only do what I can do. I know I... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:14:23 EST Dr visit and back to work I went to the dr on Tuesday and he was very happy with how I was doing with my knee replacement. He said I could go back to work full time but by boss said no now for a little bit so I have been working 5 hours since Wednesday. Wednesday was hard work then pt I was really tired. I can get back in the pool. He said I have to get a flu shot since I had the surgery and my immune system is weak. I wanted to go to the pool today but I was too tired so I will try next week. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:06:56 EST Week 5 of recovery This week has been hard trying to get used to using the cane and not the walker. It seems like it takes me 2 times longer to get to where I want to go. PT added another new exercise on Friday so it kicked my butt that day. Resting today. Will see the surgeon on Tuesday, maybe he will let me go back to work half days. You can only watch so much TV, read, and be on the commuter before getting bored. I hope everyone has a good week end. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:48:47 EST Cane In rehab they are working with me on using the cane. It is so hard and wears me out. But with time it will become easier. Just have to keep on working on it one day at a time. Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:32:42 EST 26 days post op As of today I am 16 days post op. It has been hard. I have been told that having a total knee replacement is more painful than having a hip replacement. I know that from my personal experience that it has been an emotional up and down. One minute I feel like I am making progress then the next minute I am in tears. I know that it takes time but sometimes we all get impatient and think we should be where we were before needing surgery or rehab. So here I am taking one step one day at a time. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 15:28:30 EST 1st post op drs visit I went to see the surgeon today and they pulled the staples. They hurt some but I feel so much better with them out. Now it won't be as hard for me to walk. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:11:12 EST Surgery done now rehab I had my total knee surgery on Monday and now am doing 1st outpatient rehab. I did rehab while I was in the hospital and boy did they work me hard. I get real tired easy now but I know that as I got further along I will get stronger. I am doing what the drs and therapist tell me to do. It is hard as I get lots of muscle pain in my butt ox. I am getting tired so I will write more later. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:48:07 EST Surgery My knee surgery is scheduled for Monday July 7th at 11:00 a.m. I know have haven't been on lately because I have been sick and lost 7 lbs this week. I will post as often as I can to let everyone know how I am doing. I hope everyone had a good 4th of July. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 22:07:17 EST Rain It has been raining here so much that the grass is getting so tall. I had a friend come over and mow 4 lots with a brush hog mower and it looks like I will have to ask him again. I really hate doing that. He is such a kind person. I am so ready for it to stop raining for a little while. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:58:30 EST Getting nervous As my surgery date is getting closer I am getting a heavy feeling in my stomach. I find that I am second guessing myself. Asking questions like can I do what it will take to get back to walking and working out. I know that it will be hard with the rehab. I am in the process of trying to figure out how I am going to get into the shower and into bed. I have such a large mount of excess skin on the lower part of my stomach. I have to lay on the bed and use a fan to finish drying before I put pow... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:58:17 EST Not a good week. Started the week out being sick and then got to hurting very bad. Getting ready for the knee surgery by getting things I will need. I hope next week will be better. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 21:30:26 EST Knee surgery. Last week I was hurting so bad that I did not do much posting. So I am here this week with some news. I went to see my new orthopedists on Tuesday and he said I needed to have as total knee replacement, so I am scheduled to have surgery on July 7th. I will be on SP as much as I can but the 1st week will be a new challenge with having to learn how to do things a little differently for a while. If everything goes well I should be back to work in 6 weeks. I went and got me a new bed. It is one ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 21:58:13 EST Dr appointment is getting closer. On June 3rd I hopefully will be closer to finding out what is wrong with my knee. I am so tired of not being able to walk very much and when I do my knee hurts so bad. Sat, 24 May 2014 21:21:27 EST Twisted knee. I twisted my left knee on Monday and the pain got so bad that I couldn't get into the pool and work out. I have spent more time crying this week because of the pain. I called the new orthopedist and moved my appointment up to June 3rd. I hope something good come out of this. I am so tired of the pain. Sat, 17 May 2014 21:25:45 EST Graduation week and knees hurting bad Where I work was graduation on Friday and the guys in my department were so busy with doing maintenance and setups for the different groups that had activities going. They found them selves coming and going. On Wednesday my boss came to my office in the afternoon and caught me crying because I my knees where hurting so bad that he said you need to go home and rest. I told him I need to be here to take care of this side as I am administrative assistant to 2 departments. He said no you need to... Sat, 10 May 2014 17:53:51 EST Knees My knees have hurt me so much this week that they even hurt when I was working out in the pool. I called my dr and told him that I needed a different ortho dr. So I am scheduled for June 11th to go see a new on and see if he will take time to answer my questions and tell me where I am headed with my knees. Sat, 3 May 2014 22:24:50 EST Decisions we make effect our lives The decisions we make effect our health, families and friends. It is like throwing a stone in a pond starts out with a small ripple then gets bigger. You have the decision about how you are going to eat, workout, be a couch potato, or stay on the computer all day. Whither you realize it or not. You children see what you do and they will do the same. So if you want to be an example get up workout, eat right and move away from the computer and TV. I know it is hard as I have had to make some de... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 17:52:24 EST Easter What does Easter mean to you. Is a time to reflect on your life and see where you have come from and where you are going or a time to make an excuse to get off track? I know we all have families and this is a time to get together and enjoy watching your kids or grand children have fun hunting eggs. I hope every one had a good day to day. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:01:28 EST Good days and bad days This week I have had some good days. Pain less in my knees and could walk easier then on Thursday my knees started hurting more. Friday went to help my son get his CPAP machine and then went to Walmart then took my grandsons girlfriend to work then 45 minutes went and picked him up and took him home. I was so tired that I could even go to the pool and work out. I am optimistic about my knees getting better as the weather gets warmer. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:14:55 EST Dr Visit with report I went to the dr yesterday and he said I was doing just fine. Since I the last time I had seen him I have lots 14 lbs. I am still not down to where I was before I had my surgery 3 years ago but I am getting there. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:42:18 EST Four days off and missing the pool. We have been on Spring Break this week and the pool has been closed for 3 days and of course it is closed on Sunday, so by the time I get to get back into the pool it could be five days instead of 4 days without the pool. I sure will be glad as this is about the only thing I can do to help my knees. Hopefully I will be able to do other exercises one day and be able to walk a 5 k again. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:44:55 EST 5 times in the pool. Had a good week got to get into the pool 5 times this week even with it being busy. Down side next week spring break pool closed for 3 days. Will be find other work outs to do. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:19:22 EST Legs have been hurting a lot this week. Monday ice and snow work was closed, Tuesday was a little better but with not being able to work out in the pool for 3 days made my knees jurt a lot there was one day when I hurt I was crying. This shot the dr gave me 3 weeks ago is not working and besides that my knee still has a bruise on it where he gave me the shot. I will get there one day at a time it will just take me longer. I hope next week is a lot warmer. Sat, 8 Mar 2014 22:21:51 EST Started loosing again. I have gained back some weight since having my surgery 2 years ago and with the other health problems but in the last two weeks I have lost 11 lbs. The new exercises I am doing seem to be helping along with swimming. It is back to cold weather and possible ice. Come on Spring ready for some warmth. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 21:44:22 EST Adding to my work out. Besides being in the pool 5 days this week. I have add a yoga work out that seems to be working. It is not one that is here on SP but it gives you a work out and you are sweating. It seems to be helping me but this only my first week and it has made me sore. I have lost 4 lbs of some of the weight I gained from not being able to work out much. I have had a good week. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:37:28 EST Warm weather woohoo. The week here started off cold but the last 3 days it has been a lot warmer and I have been back in the pool for 3 days now. Tomorrow will be a rest day for me. I am going to try another type of fitness to add to my swimming and I will see how that works. It is supposed to be very good. Time will tell. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 21:48:31 EST Time for the cold to go. OK the cold weather can go. I have only been able to sweep one of my floors in my house this week because of the cold. Hopefully by Wednesday next week I will be able to get back into the pool. The weather people are saying we shouldn't have any more snow for a while and it should hopefully warm up some. I can't wait. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 21:31:25 EST Wow I didn't think I could but I did it. Several months ago I couldn't work out that much because of falling and hurting my knee and back but I worked out in the pool 4 days in a row. I used to have to do 1 day skip 1 or 2 days before I could work out. Now I just can't wait until I can get back on the tread mill for 30 minutes or more just like I am doing in the pool. It feels so good. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 21:04:58 EST Interesting week. What started out as a cold first part of the week turned in to being busy. Where my son works have changed his work hours on a couple of days so this makes it hard for him to ride with his sister since they work in the same building but not for the same employer. So he had to get a vehicle. When he started looking he thought he could only qualify for a cheep car well it turns out that he came home with an almost new pickup. And you will never guess that it is the same color as mine but differ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 21:18:58 EST Working out more This week I got 4 days in the pool. I did 2 days in a row and tried to do some strength building with my legs but found out that did not work on Tuesday my legs were hurting very bad especially my knees. So I will be working on exercises that I can do with out bending my knees when standing up. That seems to make my knee pain worse. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 20:07:22 EST Back to work Back to work and it has been a busy week. I did go workout in the pool 3 days this week and will be aiming to add more next week. I was so tired Friday evening that I could not finish everything I wanted to. I know I will get stronger time goes on. So lets to this together one day at a time. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:26:13 EST OK vacation is over. OK it is back to work for me after being off for 2 weeks. I am slowly building my strength back after being sick and not being able to do anything much for most of that time. I had lots of things planed to do around the house but GOD knows what I need to do and will give me strength to get there one day at a time. I have missed my co workers as most of them are very easy to work with. I go back to see my orthopedists on Friday and see what will be going on from there. I am going to try and g... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 15:39:00 EST Sick through Christmas. I was sick during Christmas and still not doing well. I still went to my daughters home and had a nice day. We had a good time together. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:33:57 EST I will do it. OK I know it is the first day of winter but I am so ready for spring already. Cold, Ice , snow are not my friends. They make my arthritis in my wrist and knees hurt a lot. Where I work is closed for 2 weeks to I will be trying other types of exercises to do so I won't loose the energy I have gained by working out in the pool. Got to get back in to the habit of saying I can do it, I will do it. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 17:19:16 EST