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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Things have changed a bit since last I spoke to whoever might be reading this. Just a few days after my last blog post, as I was leaving a pet store trying to get some Kitty Cosequin for Miss Peaches, the sidewalk disappeared out from under me and the parking lot came up and kicked me in the left knee. Hard.

Actually, I wasn't paying attention and ran out of sidewalk and landed on the parking lot, on my left knee. HARD! I went to the ER that night and they x-rayed it but otherwise didn't examine it. The good news is that I didn't actually break the knee, just sprained it some. Check back with my regular doctors in a few days, do I want crutches or can I manage with the cane I had brought with me, good night, good luck. Ahhh-kay then! emoticon So, I called the clinic, got a follow up. This kid examined it, (wow, that's some impressive bruising, almost clear down to the ankle!), did a flexibility test ("pull the leg back as far as you can. Now extend it. Yeah, it's swollen") and then proceeded to tell me that they'd refer me to my preferred physical therapists, no, we don't need to test further, though we might want to do an MRI in three months...(THREE MONTHS? What's your hurry, Dr. Pumpkin? Yeah, I got all freakin year.) And I waited. And waited. And waited. For almost another month, because these guys can't always get it together, but then pull their own fat outta the fire just as I start getting really annoyed. Then I called. Then I got ticked and called Patient Relations, after I was told that, no, there was no referral anywhere for me, did they give me a written one, blah, blah, blah. emoticon Then they FOUND the allegedly non-existant referral, but it was to THEIR PT department, not the one down the road from me where I don't have to drive 30 minutes, pay for parking, etc. NOOOOOO! I swear, that place is an administrative NIGHTMARE, full of people who don't know their collarbone from their coxyx. So, lucky for me, the intern that wrote the faulty referral was there, as was the really good nurse who doesn't mind kicking butt on behalf of her patients. She sat him down, explained where he messed up and made him write a new referral. A few days later, I get TWO letters of referral from them. One to the place I wanted to go for PT to begin with and the other for, check this silliness out: a colonoscopy! Wait, who had whose head up whose butt? Not me, that's for sure, there, Skippy! I ignored that one.

Finally, FINALLY, at the beginning of May, I started seeing the physical therapist. A little pokin, a little proddin, a little ice, a little heat...and she came up with a regimen for me. Stuff on machines that are almost the same as at my gym. And she added a new machine once in a while, for me to add in when I go back. Mostly lower body stuff, since that's where my injury was. But then, she suggested the ARC trainer. It's sorta like an elliptical, but not. Usually, I steer clear of the ARC and the elliptical because they tend to get away from me and then my heart rate goes too high while I'm moving too fast for my own good. Well, they WERE getting away from me. When she had me get on the elliptical today, during our last session, I went 6 minutes at a nice, easy pace, without it trying to take off out from under me. emoticon

Now, here's the really great news. In that two months where I couldn't do as much exercise as I wanted to or even thought I could or should, I managed to lose 12.8 pounds! And I did the math, calculating from when this profile picture of me was taken, 3 years ago, I've lost 30 pounds! emoticon
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    Actually, SHERILIEGH1969, given how I landed, a break might have meant surgery. Noooo, thank you! Their beds are like concrete slabs. When I had my appendix out, the bed caused a flair-up of my sciatica, among other things. 2 weeks waiting for the incision to heal and 6 weeks at the chiropractor...

    I actually asked my physical therapist why the knee was still swollen in the way that it is. She said I bruised the bone pretty bad, which adds to the sprain. It's not as painful as it was, it just looks...swollen. But, she still cleared me to go forth and work out. And I'm doing just that. I did my 30 or cardio, going 20 minutes on the recumbent bike hill program, lvl 10 and, after the lower body stength work, TEN minutes on the elliptical today (Thursday). At minute 7, I was ready to give in, but I didn't. I finished correctly, on time and without dozing off in a corner.
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  • LISA0517
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    Congratulations on your loss! That is great!
    2573 days ago
    What started out as a rough one turned out to be pretty good in the end! I'm glad things ended on an upbeat.
    You said:
    The good news is that I didn't actually break the knee, just sprained it some.
    Actually, doctors I've had, and I've had a few sprains in my adult years, have said that it is actually better if the bone breaks because a break will heal completely whereas a sprain never heals fully.
    I hope they can help you and that you will have no lasting bad side effects of your fall. Hopefully you will be mindful of where you are going next time. Like many of us, we sometimes walk in a haze, unaware of where we are or where we are stepping. Do take care and heal well!!! emoticon emoticon (eyes always forward :) )
    2574 days ago
    Good for you! As a nurse in a clinic, I cringe when I hear stories like yours. We try not to drop the ball like that but I can't say it's never happened. I hope your knee rehab goes well! keep up the good work emoticon
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  • SAPNA.
    You have had a very hard time and I am so sorry for that. But losing all that weight is just wonderful. Well done you!
    2575 days ago
    Sorry you had to go through all that, but congratulations on your patience and achievements!
    2575 days ago
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