Sunday, July 12, 2015

I'm B-A-C-K!

Six weeks has made a big difference.  I think my main problem was the pain in my knees.  Believe it or not, I got in to see an orthopedic specialist last Thursday (usually takes MONTHS!!!) and after looking at my xrays from June, pronounced it is indeed time for replacements.  Both knees!

The constant pain, and my feeling like I was just being a WHINER, took a toll on me.  He said he was surprised I was not using a walker (I do lean on the grocery cart for that reason) and immediately gave me a cortisone injection in my right knee.  Surgery for the left knee should happen in 4-6 weeks.  Wow, what a difference being half pain free is!

Some pals joined Weight Watchers with me so I can start to get rid of this excess weight.  Down four pounds in two weeks and I'll be so happy if I can lose one pound a week .... for the rest of the year.

Now I am thankful I am living with my kids.  Besides the built in companionship and the love of little boys, I have the help I might need after the surgery.  Jesse is going to put up grab bars in the guest bathroom.  They already do all the cooking and cleaning (even laundry, although I enjoy the folding and organizing).

Such a relief to know I will be getting some relief!  I never knew arthritis could degenerate my joints so quickly.  Wish me luck!

3 comments:

  1. You won't be sorry for the surgery! Do all the leg and arm strengthening exercising you stand between now and the surgery. It will help speed up your recovery and make it easier.

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  2. I know how that kind of pain can tear you down physically AND emotionally. The pain is constant and always with you--it even gets difficult to keep in "the present" when talking to people. Everything is just so darn difficult and tiring! Yay for the surgery being so soon.!!!!

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  3. Now let's hope the recovery goes great and quick! Maybe I can put off the other knee for longer. And the cortisone is working pretty well. I feel HUMAN again.

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