Monday - staples out and some relief at last
Monday, August 10, 2020
Went first thing today to PT. They did an assessment to send to my surgeon. My flexion and extension were at the eventual goal levels - I can straighten to zero degrees and bend to 120 degrees. They started me doing two new activities and were kind enough to give me tape strips for me to tape my knee after the doctor's appointment because it would have needed to be removed at the doctor's office and I wouldn't have it until Friday's PT session.
Next stop was hospital for X-rays. They only have one entrance open and I needed to go way over to the other side of the building so I got a friendly escort who got a wheel chair to take me to where I had to go. Got to the X-Ray area and they took several X-rays including one of BOTH my knees side by side. Trying to be silly, I looked at the technician and with a straight face mentioned that she hadn't even asked IF I was pregnant. The look on her face was priceless and she quickly realized I was teasing her. She came back and asked like IF I am pregnant. Put a smile on our faces and then headed off to the doctor's office.
I got there early and had a big book with me to read. During previous visits, I have waited for several hours so I was prepared. One minute after my appointment time, I was being seen and 15 minutes later was leaving the building. The doctor was very pleased with my recovery so far but a bit concerned about the pain that has been plaguing me. He asked me to describe the pain and show him exactly where it hurt and what type of pain it was. He looked and poked and proceed and then told me that it is most likely due to bruising from the from the tourniquet they had used during the surgery. He explained that there was a lot of bruising on the outside and probably also internally. He offered me several pain med options and there was one that I have used about ten years ago for about two years. I had no problems with it in the past and hope that it will provide significant relief.
After the shock of being seen so quickly, my darling son treated me to lunch at Arby's. Then we went to a friend's house and I returned her walker as I am not using it. She then loaned me her little pedaling machine. We thought it might help improve my mobility and maybe reduce the pain. On our way home, we filled my prescription and stopped at the farmer's market and got fresh peaches, and other produce. Ed just learned that once a market is okayed to a new state-wide program, any produce he buys, will essentially be free - each dollar spent gives him another dollar to spend. This market is waiting to be okayed so even though he couldn't benefit today, they gave us a decent discount.
When I got home, I was really tired but then Ed brought out the treats he had bought me. He found me four new books (he called them the August books - released new this month) knowing I wouldn't have already read them. He is incredibly thoughtful. I have been incredibly cranky for the last couple of weeks and he has been super busy with all of his other people for whom he has been working. I had a meltdown on Saturday telling him I wasn't complaining BUT I was feeling a bit neglected because he hadn't been around at the very moments I needed a bit of extra help and attention. He has been going over and above the past two days going out of his way to be extra attentive. He is very supportive and thoughtful but this has been a super busy time for him and it didn't occur to him that his very independent mother was feeling needy.
Well, I think I will head to bed and get a good night's sleep.
Be blessed and count those blessings regularly! Kindness, love, and generosity of spirit cost nothing to share but could change someone else's life for the better.