BJUMPINGFORJOY's SparkPeople Blog BJUMPINGFORJOY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Drs visit I went to see my orthro on Wednesday about my left knee. It had a sunken place on the top of my knee. They sent me to have a CT scan and then on Thursday called and wanted me to come in on Friday. I went and they put a brace on my left knee. I have to wear it at work and do more exercises with my left leg. I have to go back in 3 months to see how well I am doing. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 20:53:28 EST Learning to walk without walker. I am trying to walk more without a walker and it is very hard. I have depended on the walker so much that I am having to get my back stronger. I know it is going to take time and I have to be patient. So here I go one day at a time. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 20:53:54 EST Frustrated I am not getting to where I want to be with my walking without a walker. I know it takes time but with everything that I have had go wrong with my body I know it will take time but right now I am very frustrated. This weekend all I have done is lay around and rested. I guess my body is needing it but in my mind I feel I should be able to do more or be further along. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:33:19 EST Rough 2 weeks I have been in the ER 2 times with the second time a hospital stay. They had go give me 2 pints of platelets and 5 pints of red blood cells. I had lost that much blood. They did a upper and lower GI. For the lower GI I had to drink a gallon of MiraLax and that is not fun. The only thing they told me new was that I was starting to develop ulcers. I am now having trouble with a bad chest cold and it hurts so bad when I cough. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 19:59:09 EST Sciatica hurts I have been having trouble with sciatica in my right hip and leg all week. It really hurts and makes walking harder. I will be seeing my ortho on Tuesday and will be talking to him. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 20:46:46 EST Stressful week. This week has been very stressful. Some of my friends have lost their jobs where I work and not knowing if I will have a job for the next year is playing with my head. Sat, 13 Jun 2015 20:19:38 EST No therapy this week. I hurt my back last Saturday and have not been able to go to pt any this week. When I was not at work I was laying down in my bed. Back is better hopefully will be able to do pt next work. Sat, 6 Jun 2015 20:40:06 EST One day at a time. The sun has been out for 2 says now and it feels so good. I have been shopping 3 times this week and by the end of the day I am very tired. There were times that I was crying because my leg hurt so much by the time I went to bed. But with the help of some pain med I was finally able to get some sleep. It is still one day at a time to get to where I can walk with out aid of any kind. Sat, 30 May 2015 21:01:03 EST Rain rain go away. Rain can go I am so tired of it my yard and driveway is a muddy mess can't get out of vehicle with out it being muddy. I am so ready for the sun. Sat, 23 May 2015 21:00:18 EST Pug and fleas Today has not been a good day. My pug has fleas and we have done several things to help get rid of them and nothing seems to be working. We are waiting on some spray to come in so we can spray our yard. I hope that helps him. He is so miserable and I don't know what else to do. I have just lost one pug due to old age I don't want to loose him. If spraying the yard doesn't work then I will take him to the vet. Sat, 16 May 2015 20:13:51 EST 8 weeks out from knee surgery. Sorry I have not been around very much but I have been sick. It seems the pain medication I am on caused some problems for me. I am beginning to get them worked out. I am slowly tapering off the pain medication and using Tylenol more. I missed a couple of half days at work in a week. I am felling much better now but not completely yet. My knee that I had surgery on still hurts and I am having to do my therapy at home as I have not heard back from my Dr about more PT. It seems that it has rai... Sat, 9 May 2015 14:12:40 EST 6 weeks after surgery This is the end of my 6 weeks from surgery. We have had lots of rain and my knee hurt a lot with having therapy 2 days in a row then skipping a day and having pt again. The last time they upped the amount of weights that I am lifting with my leg. Today I finally when to the store and went in. It was so nice. I am finding that even though it is hard recovering from 2 knee surgeries and having bouts of depression that is still a journey of one day at a time. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:31:50 EST Very hard week. I know I have not been on SP very much this week. It has been a crazy week. My therapist changed my appointment times. I had pt on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday in stead of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. plus going to see my orthopedist on Tuesday, The dr said my leg was looking good, On Thursday I had to put one of my Pugs to sleep, That was so hard to do. She had a lot wrong with her. I had her for 11 years. It is very had for me trying to recover from 2 knee surgeries in less than a year.... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:42:40 EST Hard week This week was very hard with pt from my surgery. They are starting to help me walk with a cane. This is hard since I am only 8 months out from the other knee replacement. I was so scared that I was shaking, but on the good side I am now able to do full rotations on the recumbent bike in pt. That is a small step. I go to see the ortho again on Tuesday. I know I will be going back to work full time and that will be hard but I know I can do it. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 21:09:55 EST Back to work My dr said I could work 4 hours a day to start with, leg is doing better. I am getting stronger slowly. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 20:55:18 EST Dr's visit last Tuesday I went to see my orthro last Tuesday and when they pulled the stitches out they said my leg looked a little red and put me on an antibiotic. They said they thought that it was a skin infection. I will be going back to see the dr on Tuesday. Hopefully the antibiotic they gave me to take has cleared it up. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:44:04 EST Second knee replacement I am almost 2 week of recovery from total knee replacement. On the second night from surgery I almost fell getting out of the bed to use the restroom even with help getting up. That was very scary not to mention on the day I went home the PT wanted 105 on knee rotation even though the day before it was at a hundred. He pushed it so hard that the nurses had to give me a massive amount of medicine to take the pain away. I have had 4 days of pt where I work and could only reach 90 degrees on my... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 20:59:14 EST Upcoming surgery On Monday I will be having total knee replacement on my other knee. About 4 weeks ago I was at work and when I stood up I could not put any weight on my right leg. My co workers call an ambulance and was taken to the emergency room. They gave me pain and muscle medication that caused some problems for me. The next day I went to see my ortho in a wheel chair. He said that my right knee was very bad and I had to have the surgery. So here I go with the PT and all the fun things that go with it ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 15:48:47 EST Snow and Ice We have gone from bitter cold to snow and ice this week. Where I work has been closed for 2 days because of the weather. I will be so glad when the weather gets warmer. I am tired of having cold feet. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:21:12 EST Very rough week. It seems that I caught the stomach flu. I also think some of the meds they gave me at the hospital has messed me up also. I went from being constipated to diarrhea with stomach cramps. I am getting so tired of these set backs I want so much to get back on track with my fitness. I hope everyone has a good week end. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:35:24 EST Total knee replacement on other knee On Tuesday I was at work and when I got up out of my chair I could not put any weight on my right leg. My boss called an ambulance and so off I went to the hospital emergency room. All they did was give me a muscle relaxer and pain medication. The next day I went to see my ortho and he said that the other knee was very bad and that he couldn't tell me how long he could give me even with shots in my knee that my arthritis in my knee was very bad. So here I go again with another surgery soone... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:00:49 EST Sciatica really hurts. It seems that I have developed sciatica on my left side now and so I am in therapy for that. I have had 3 sessions so far and hope my left side gets to feeling better soon. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 20:31:31 EST Ortho I went to see my orthopedist again the muscle I pulled was not doing much better. So now it is what is called massage therapy. He is wanting to do this before doing an mri on the muscle. I hope this helps my muscle. It is very painful. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:28:36 EST Knee recovery no no. I did a no no on my knee recovery. I became lazy and didn't do my exercises so my recovery has slowed down. I started back yesterday with riding my recumbent bike, walked on the treadmill, and did my leg exercises. Yes I am sore but I am working through it. I was reading on the web and it said that a lot of people that have had a knee replacement gain about 14 lbs in the first 2 years after surgery and yes I can tell I am gaining weight. So I am getting back on my exercises and adding a litt... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:06:58 EST We can't give up There are days that I say it is too hard with recovery from knee surgery and want to give up, then I think about our wounded warriors and how long and hard they work on getting to where they can walk, talk, or even have piece of mind. That is when I say to myself I can't give up and to gather we and do this and not give up. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:08:11 EST Back to work after Christmas break. I will be going back to work on Monday after being off for 17 days for Christmas break. I have been bored and letting the big muscle in my left leg heal. I did not make it 1 block with out the cane but I will keep on working on it. Next week will be very busy, the phones will be ringing a lot. I am hoping that I will feel like getting into the pool more than I did since having my knee surgery. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 19:41:30 EST Family and getting better. Christmas day was a very good day for me. I enjoyed the time with my son, daughter, and grandson. By the end of the day I was very tired and sore from all the walking I did with the cooking. It seem like it is taking me longer that I had expected for me to get back to where I can walk better after my surgery. I am almost 7 months out and there are days I still have to use the walker in my house. So to all of us who have had total knee replacements we will get there together one day at a time. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 20:59:39 EST 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. 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