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Letting Go of the Cane in Recovery

Monday, November 21, 2016

Friday morning, November 18th (16 days after knee replacement surgery): I ventured out alone and carried my cane with me, but not using it for weight bearing. The weather was so nice that I took my jacket off and carried it. Pushed myself by deciding to go around the little circle the second time.

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Saturday morning, November 19th (17 days after knee replacement surgery): I had a spark of an idea to ask my DH if he would agree to drive me into campus to use an indoor track. The weather changed, first snow and temperatures dropped from yesterday's warm ones. I found my ID card and VIP pass to get in to the Student Activities Center, I carried my indoor shoes. Only to find upon arriving, the parking lots were filled near to being full. I called the staff counter before venturing out of the car, only to find that the indoor track was closed due to a special weekend event. DH asked me, "Now what do you want to do?" I said, "Let's go downtown to the club, they have an indoor track there." As we drove up the parking garage ramp, I waved to the woman who subbed for my Saturday morning yoga class so it must have been around 11:45 a.m. My fitness buddy, IUSBDEB was still at the club. She joined my DH and I and the three of us walked around the indoor track. The sign posted there states 9-10 times around equals one mile. I pushed myself and walked 13 laps around which I figure is close to 1.25 miles. After the first lap, I leaned my cane against the outside wall.

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Sunday afternoon, November 20th (18 days after knee replacement surgery): I asked my DH if he would agree to drive me downtown so that I could walk, the weather is still cold and I am recovering from a sinus infection as well. DH walked with me. This time I left the cane in the car and I walked around the track 14 times, pushing for one more lap than yesterday's accomplishment.

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