Going Back to Work

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I enjoy my work-however returning to work after the knee replacements gave me a weee bit of anxiety. My biggest fear is falling or getting knocked over. I work in a high school-sometimes the students are rowdy in the hallway. I should probably have my walker there as a visible sign to stay back. Yesterday, a student who was angry with me, was reckless as she exited my room and slammed into my right knee- I was so upset by this. I had explained to the class about my situation and my need to have them be careful around me. At this point I've spent too much time, money and energy in recovery to be knocked off a stool by a student. I didn't fall, but my knee was sore later. (I'm seeing my ortho tomorrow.)
I'm trying to think of strategies to be safe in the world until I'm more healed.
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    Well that's just terrible. How rude of her to 'bump' into you because of carelessness! I also have banged my knee and wow -- it does smart! But no damage was ever done -- usually just iced it and it felt better. Hope you've settled into work and no more incidents have happened!

    2390 days ago
  • MEME102
    Hi -- being a fairly newly retired teacher - I can feel for your apprehension. I think Kathy's advice of a cane might be a good one -- you can kind of use it as a barrier to keep the students at bay (but in these days of lawsuits who knows!) I have 2 dogs and I would use it as a way to keep them from jumping up on me right after my surgery (after the walker was gone) So I'd think you could do the same thing with kids! Let us know how it goes. But really the incision and the knee are stronger than we think -- but I'm glad you're going to your dr. .
    2409 days ago
  • KATHY024
    Sorry to hear of your students rudeness. If you have a cane, or walking stick of some kind can be of help as an indication that you have a problem and they should respect your personal space. I took my walking stick on a few tours and a company picnic and it worked very well for that. I've hit my knee against things a few times too and while having the incision smart it hasn't done any damage to the replacement or the surrounding muscles. Hurts just the same though and ice is a good friend. emoticon
    2409 days ago
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