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Focus on what I CAN do

Tuesday, February 10, 2015      2 comments

It is so easy for me to get stuck thinking about the things I can't do: I can't walk very far without pain. I can't participate in martial arts. I am too tired to do the things I want to do. When I focus on those obstacles, I lose sight of ... Read more

I joined a gym. What was I thinking?

Saturday, May 03, 2014      1 comments

I tend to be frugal. Spending money to exercise when there are so many free fitness opportunities has never seemed like a good use of money to me. Why pay to exercise when I live close to a park with running and walking trails? Why pay to exerci... Read more

I feel so much better

Wednesday, April 23, 2014      3 comments

I know it is trendy, but going gluten free has made a great difference for me. Actually because it is trendy, I resisted going gluten free for a long time. My daughter's chiropractor suggested it when I accompanied her to her first visit. W... Read more

4 Months After Knee Surgery

Tuesday, February 11, 2014      4 comments

I wish I had this surgery several years ago. Last Sunday, I noticed that I can stand for all the verses of the songs in church without pain. I can walk from my car to my office without feeling exhausted. I can enjoy shopping. I ca... Read more

No amount of food will change the facts

Sunday, December 08, 2013      8 comments

I know I tend to be an emotional eater, so I know the next few days or weeks will be very challenging. My mother died last night. No amount of food will bring her back. I cannot eat away the grief. The tears will stop someday, but toda... Read more


Saturday, November 09, 2013      2 comments

In weather, 95 is hot, in knees, 95 is not. But 95 is much better than I could do when I came home from the hospital. The booklet says patients should be able to bend the knee at 110 now. I guess I'm not the ideal patient. I am making... Read more

4 weeks after knee replacement surgery

Thursday, November 07, 2013      2 comments

I am making progress, but the progress is not in a straight line. Some days are better than others. The pain is more manageable, but I am having problems with swelling. The problems with swelling limit my ability to bend my knee. Still I ha... Read more

Day 22 after knee replacement

Wednesday, October 30, 2013      2 comments

I know that physical therapist actually want to help. If I didn't know that fact, I would think they are all sadist who enjoy seeing people experience pain. I know the pain is for a good cause: greater mobility. But therapy is hard. Hard work th... Read more

Walking - Correcting bad habits

Friday, October 25, 2013      0 comments

Wednesday the physical therapists pointed out that I don't bend my knee naturally. I lift my foot off the ground and swing it forward without bending. I didn't consciously develop this gait, but nevertheless I started doing it in the year(s) bef... Read more

My scale is playing tricks on me.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013      4 comments

When I weighed this morning, I thought "wow! almost another pound down." Then I went back to bed and slept for two hours. I weighed again. "No way! 3 pounds down!" Better check again. "Wowsers! 5 pounds down since yesterday, no way!" S... Read more


Tuesday, October 22, 2013      3 comments

Two weeks ago, I had surgery. Although progress has been slow, I can tell a difference. The pain has diminished somewhat. I'm walking better. I still sleep a great deal more than I did before surgery. After breakfast this morning, I took a 3 hou... Read more

Bending and mending - day 14 after surgery

Monday, October 21, 2013      1 comments

Today the therapists had me walk out to my mail box. This little trip involved going up and down the steps from the sidewalk to the porch. My degree of bending is 93 degrees today. My knee feels tight and swollen. The therapist remind... Read more

Knee replacement surgery and recovery

Sunday, October 20, 2013      4 comments

I have had problems with knee pain since my early 30s. I've had physical therapy a number of times. Each round of physical therapy seemed to help for a while until the last round 2 years ago. When I finished that set of PT, my knees didn't feel ... Read more

Wow! 6 pounds in 6 days

Saturday, October 19, 2013      4 comments

I've lost 6 pounds since I came home from the hospital. That sounds amazing, but I gained 6 pounds in the hospital from all the fluids I was given. I can't exercise that much because my knee is still swollen and sore from the joint replacem... Read more

Knee update

Friday, October 18, 2013      4 comments

I got my stitches out today. I was able to reach 90 degree angle today. The therapist was pleased with the way it is healing. I want to feel better now. It's hard to wait. Therapy is challenging, but I'm seeing improvements.... Read more

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