F Simple and Serene Living: an outing 09 10
Thursday, May 31, 2012

an outing

Today marks the two week anniversary of the birth of my new knee. Like most newborns, it has its good moments and its not so good moments. Sometimes it is all smiley and happy and giving me lots of love, and at other times it is just downright cranky.


I have been very proud of myself for getting by on tylenol and ibuprofen. No one thought I could do it, but I am made of pretty tough stuff. Well, that is until I get to physical therapy and even there, until today I have been able to grit my teeth and bear it. Today was the breaking point. My physical therapist made me cry. It was spontaneous, couldn't stop myself, crying. I mean, I didn't wail or gnash my teeth, but I did cry. My sister, who was waiting for me heard it and started to jump up and deck someone. Thank goodness she restrained herself. 


Physical therapy after knee replacement is never fun, but they usually tell you to take a narcotic pain killer an hour before the session. As I can't take narcotic pain killers, I am going in there with my gloves off, so to speak. So, I will be working really hard at home over the next three days to get my knee to bend more. That way I can cry in the privacy of my own room.


My sister and I decided I definitely needed an outing and decided to have lunch out. (my favorite thing to do)




Oh yum, Saul Goods here we come.  I really am on my way. I'm just a little slowed down because of the walker.


Yes please, I'll have the grilled tuna salad wrap with seasoned fries.




Ahhhh!!!! I am feeling like a human being again, but I think this has been a pretty full day and I hear a nap calling my name.




 

17 comments:

  1. Hi Laura, just reading about your knee exercises and made me wince.. about three years ago, walking across our top landing in the house, my knee went and I cried out in pain.. for the next few weeks, back to docs etc etc until it was agreed that all the cartlidge had gone and a knee op was neccessary.. then two months to the day, my other knee went!!.. I had the first knee op in Sept and the following feb the other knee was done.. I can honestly say that it was good to have done, and I walk well now... slower than before but well... so you will benefit from the op, even though at the moment you doubt it.. I know I did find the flexibility movements hard, but by 7 or 8 weeks had got most angles back and could walk up and down stairs easily... so hang in there, you are surely brave doing them without the painkillers is harder too, but probably helps as I didnt need as many of them as the docs thought... hugs from across the pond.. janzi

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  2. I'm so glad you were able to get out and go to your favorite place for lunch. You've made it two weeks and it will get easier. Physical therapy is no fun but keep working at getting that knee to bend and it will all be worth it.

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  3. Well, I am glad you had at least one bright moment in your day- lunch out. I can't take narcotic pain killers either (unless I want to end up all wonky and weirded out). I know what you are going through- Blessings- it DOES get easier. xo Diana

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  4. Ouch! I know the physical therapy hurts. You are doing great! Glad you got a lunch out!

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  5. I haven't been keeping up with the news lately and I was just delighted to learn that you have your new knee!!! I know quite a few people who have had hip and knee replacements and they have told me that once you get that joint moving the pain becomes a distant memory, I hope that is true in your case as well! Sending you good thoughts and energy. Xo's

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  6. Girl, you are a brave woman!! is all I can say. I'd be saying where are the drugs... I feel for you and hope that things continue to get better and better. Sounds like you are off to a brave start. I am so glad your sister is there to help and that you have a wonderful lunch. That always makes things better.

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  7. Hang in there Laura, it gets better! Helped my mom through a double knee replacement a few years back...now there's no stopping her! You'll get there
    xo Cathy

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  8. You deserve that time out for that great lunch. Physical therapy is never fun. Good for you for avoiding the narcotics. I was told to take two every four hours. I took 1/2 once every few days. With determination like yours, you'll recover faster than what is typical.

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  9. Your lunch looked yummy. I never ever think of taking pictures of my food at diners, restaurants or semi-fast food places... but, I should. My husband and I went out for lunch today and we had fish tacos and quiche lorraine. We split it. I had one of his taco and I cut the quiche in half. The tacos were better than the quiche.
    and...
    I have had PT for a bad hip/back muscle spasm, cramp thingy. Oh My Googemoogadee! I cried! You can't help it. It just emotes the cry out of you cuz it is so dang PAINFULLLLL! You cry all you want girl! Cry it out!!! :)

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  10. Slow but sure you will win this race! Glad you had a little reward for all of your hard work!

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  11. I' m so glad you were able to do something fun! Hope you continue to feel better each day.

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  12. Hope your recovery goes well. No pain, no gain?? Glad you could enjoy a nice lunch out.

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  13. YUM, now I want fries. That's great you spent some time out getting some fresh air (and good food).

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  14. So glad you had the chance to get out with your sister and have a fun time! I can't even imagine the pain you feel going thru therapy. I can handle alot of pain too, but not sure about something like that. Best wishes!

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  15. It will all be worth it! Glad you got out for some lunch! Have a nice weekend!

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  16. Keep it up, I understand it can't be easy...but the benefits are so much more in the end. I only wish that my Dad would do a little more after his hip operation...he needs to move.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  17. Oh you poor thing! Good luck with the PT.

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