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Monday, April 27, 2015      2 comments

Before I had knee surgery, I was at my highest weight ever. Then after the surgery, my weight was still high, probably because of all the IV fluids. But as I became more mobile, I dropped 12 pounds in 3 weeks. Dropping the weight so fast gave me... Read more

Getting more flexible every day

Friday, April 24, 2015      0 comments

Physical therapy is making a difference. It is very hard at the time, but the benefits very much outweigh the discomfort. When I first came home, ordinary things such as getting in and out of bed were challenging. Now, for the most part, su... Read more

Six weeks

Monday, April 20, 2015      1 comments

I can definitely tell the difference in my mobility since I came home from the hospital. I rarely use my cane, and I barely take pain medicine. I still tire easily, and have difficulty bending my knee or straightening it completely. My... Read more

Day 33

Saturday, April 11, 2015      0 comments

The evenings seem to be the worse. The swelling gets to the point where I can barely bend my knee and the pain seems more bothersome. However, I can tell I'm making progress by the reduced amount of pain medicine I need.... Read more

Day 32 after knee replacement

Friday, April 10, 2015      1 comments

At my primary care doctor's office today, the nurse didn't notice that I was limping and seemed surprised to hear that I had knee replacement surgery in March. I remember that after the last surgery, I didn't really appreciate it for about ... Read more

Day 29

Tuesday, April 07, 2015      2 comments

I've made a lot of progress, but I'm glad that I have only 2 knees to be replaced. The healing process is so slow and entails enough pain that I am glad I am not a quadruped.... Read more

Day 27 - Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 05, 2015      1 comments

Resurrection Sunday is a special day. I wanted to attend the worship service at my church, but I did not think I could manage the standing or sitting without propping my leg up. But I can look forward to participating in the future.... Read more

Day 18

Saturday, March 28, 2015      0 comments

I don't push myself as much on days the therapist doesn't visit. Am I slowing down progress? possibly. Some of the exercises I can do without difficulty. Others are very difficult. I am looking forward to being able to move without bei... Read more

Day 16

Thursday, March 26, 2015      2 comments

I had physical therapy today. Before PT, I got the waterproof bandage off. My knee was swollen before, but after PT the knee is so swollen that it feels as if I have a blood pressure cuff around it. Before PT, the pain level was 2-3. After PT, t... Read more

Day 15

Wednesday, March 25, 2015      1 comments

I feel fine during the day, but at night I can't get comfortable for sleeping. Although I can get around fine during the day, I miss having family staying with me.... Read more

Day 14

Tuesday, March 24, 2015      0 comments

I have to remind myself to be patient. I want to progress faster. I want to be past the slow phase. I want to be past the take pain medicine on schedule phase. I want to be at the walk normally without pain stage.... Read more

Knee Surgery Day 13

Monday, March 23, 2015      0 comments

Today is the day the staples (28) come out. I took my second trip upstairs since I came home from the hospital. Today's trip was so that I could take a shower. Standing in the shower combined with going up and down the stairs was exhausting... Read more

Knee surgery day 12

Sunday, March 22, 2015      0 comments

I feel as if I should be progressing faster. But 10 days ago, I was requesting pain medication every hour. Now I can go a little past the scheduled time without noticing pain if I am just sitting around. If I'm up and about, I have to stick clos... Read more

Second Knee Surgery

Saturday, March 21, 2015      2 comments

I had my right knee replaced in October 2013. I had the left knee replaced March 10, 2015. I know I will be glad that I had the surgery, but right now I am having the post-surgery blues. I wish that my legs worked better. I wish that my kne... Read more

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

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