Thursday, 1/31 Recovery Week 6-Lots to Consider
Friday, February 01, 2013
Today has been a somewhat sad day for me--I think the frigid temps here are having something to do with it. I know that I am feeling a bit blue and that the pain in this knee has gotten on my nerves today.
I putted around and did a lot of quiet things around the house this morning. Then, I left to run a couple of errands and finally, I went to the pool. It was a tough experience for me. I knew that I would have to back down from the intensity and types of activities I was doing before my hip replacement surgery. I started with walking around the pool and quickly found out that all I could really do was regular walking--no marching, no side sliding, and definitely no lunge walking forwards and especially not backwards. That hurt my knee more than anything I can describe. I tried some arm exercises and the one foot work is also totally out right now. I did some of the kicks I have been doing in therapy and they went okay. I couldn't swim either, but I really enjoyed just floating around and relaxing in the pool. I guess I didn't realize how hard I had been working out, but I now know that I am going to be taking things slowly for a while.
While I was at the pool, Sadie managed to get the remote to our Direct TV equipment and chomped it seriously. That cost us $25.00 because somebody left it down where that silly puppy could get it. She is getting so big and she weighs at least as much as Lady, only is 3 times as tall. She is sleek and slender, but is all puppy. I have to remind everyone that she is just barely 5 months old and does puppy stuff--she is just as big or bigger than many adult dogs which is hard for them to notice.
I don't even want to admit this, but after not having made it to WW last week, I went tonight and gained 4.2 pounds. That seems pretty unreasonable, but I also noticed that my hip and knee are swollen like crazy tonight. I did a bit of crying over this knee because my husband brought me one of our "hard" ice bags that wouldn't sit on my knee, let alone relieve the pain and that left me feeling pretty frustrated. Oh well, now that it is said, I can get to the task at hand, of losing this post-op weight. I have tried hard to be active while I have been home, it is just that I am not working with the intensity on balance, endurance or strengthening like I was doing. I have been working on mostly functional movements. It's important activity, but hasn't helped me with weight management or loss.
Throw in some of the typical squabbling that can go on in a family, especially one the size of ours and that makes my day completely off-whack for me. (for example, I decided we would have chicken for supper--oh my, I think they should be glad they had good food to eat--and no, we haven't had chicken for 5 days. I try to balance things out so we eat a variety of things without repeating. It is my guess that pizza would have made them happy, but I won't allow that more than once in a week. I get to make those decisions and that's that!!)
Anyway, it's colder out now than when I started writing this. Lots of schools are starting late and I will probably keep mine home. I don't trust the bises enough to let my kids go on them when it is at a below freezing temp like -20 or whatever they are saying. It will be my loss, more bickering, no doubt.
Stay warm today...Happy Friday!!