Taking The Night Off

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After a nine-hour car trip home from Chicago yesterday and a late-afternoon appointment with my sadis … er, physical therapist today, I’m worn out.  I’m going to sit in the easy chair, put an ice pack on my knee and watch the Olympics.

The swelling in the knee is finally receding — I see the outline of a kneecap now — but I’ve got a ways to go.   Same goes for range of motion:  better, but a long way to go.  The physical therapist told me this is the critical period … people who don’t do their exercises at this point in the post-surgical recovery are the ones who end up with frozen knees.  Having lived through a frozen shoulder (courtesy of a totally incompetent physical therapist in California), I won’t let that happen to the knee.

Now off to the easy chair.

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20 thoughts on “Taking The Night Off

  1. Walter B

    I just noticed the “You’ve been fed a load of baloney.”

    Actually, if the American people had been fed a lot more baloney, we would be better off. Ah, baloney fried in lard.

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  2. Walter B

    I just noticed the “You’ve been fed a load of baloney.”

    Actually, if the American people had been fed a lot more baloney, we would be better off. Ah, baloney fried in lard.

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  3. Jean

    All it takes is one frozen shoulder to know you never, ever, want to go through that again. Hope the recovery continues to go well.

    Yeah, that was miserable. After a year of not being able to use my arm much (pre-surgery, surgery, frozen shoulder, forced manipulation, recovery) my upper body muscles atrophied to the point where they looked like a pre-pubescent boy’s. It was depressing.

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  4. Jean

    All it takes is one frozen shoulder to know you never, ever, want to go through that again. Hope the recovery continues to go well.

    Yeah, that was miserable. After a year of not being able to use my arm much (pre-surgery, surgery, frozen shoulder, forced manipulation, recovery) my upper body muscles atrophied to the point where they looked like a pre-pubescent boy’s. It was depressing.

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  5. Kathy

    Missed you!

    So glad you didn’t have hand surgery. Don’t know if I could do without your humor and insight while that healed, but the knee? That’s why we have laptops!

    Seriously, take your time and take care.

    Thank you.

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  6. Kathy

    Missed you!

    So glad you didn’t have hand surgery. Don’t know if I could do without your humor and insight while that healed, but the knee? That’s why we have laptops!

    Seriously, take your time and take care.

    Thank you.

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  7. Carrie M

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!! Take care of that knee … I know (from experience) how painful the “therapy” can be – but if you keep at it, you’ll be just fine!

    I’ll keep at it. No way am I letting this knee freeze on me.

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  8. Wolverine

    Two days after my full intestinal transplant, the doctors told me to get up and walk or the bowels would not work correctly. Talk about not feeling like doing what the doctor said to do. I was the only patient on the floor to follow the doctor’s order, as painful as it was (I was gutted from sternum to crotch), of course I was one of the only patients to survive also – so I guess the doctor was right.

    I’m sure that a frozen knee sucks, but being dead sucks a little more. Get well.

    Compared to that, stretching a knee doesn’t sound so bad.

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  9. Carrie M

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!! Take care of that knee … I know (from experience) how painful the “therapy” can be – but if you keep at it, you’ll be just fine!

    I’ll keep at it. No way am I letting this knee freeze on me.

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  10. Wolverine

    Two days after my full intestinal transplant, the doctors told me to get up and walk or the bowels would not work correctly. Talk about not feeling like doing what the doctor said to do. I was the only patient on the floor to follow the doctor’s order, as painful as it was (I was gutted from sternum to crotch), of course I was one of the only patients to survive also – so I guess the doctor was right.

    I’m sure that a frozen knee sucks, but being dead sucks a little more. Get well.

    Compared to that, stretching a knee doesn’t sound so bad.

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  11. BawdyWench

    Hoping you start feeling better soon. Keep working on the range of motion. I had a total knee replacement in 2010, and the surgeon and the PTs said I’d get to probably 110 degrees of flexion, 115 to 120 if I was really lucky.

    I decided luck was going to have little to do with it, but that hard work would win out. Yup, today I have about 145 degrees of flexion! Keep working it and you might be surprised how quickly the flexibility returns.

    The PT measured the flexion in my other leg at 140 degrees, so that’s my goal.

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  12. BawdyWench

    Hoping you start feeling better soon. Keep working on the range of motion. I had a total knee replacement in 2010, and the surgeon and the PTs said I’d get to probably 110 degrees of flexion, 115 to 120 if I was really lucky.

    I decided luck was going to have little to do with it, but that hard work would win out. Yup, today I have about 145 degrees of flexion! Keep working it and you might be surprised how quickly the flexibility returns.

    The PT measured the flexion in my other leg at 140 degrees, so that’s my goal.

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  13. Poke

    Im so glad you blog! I watched Fat Head last week, and now I’m watching it again with my husband. After adjusting my diet (just a week ago!) I’m already losing weight. After months of trying low fat high grain yadda yadda and seeing no progress, a week of high protein high fat low carb and it’s dropping off me. And my acne is also clearing up. Amazing. Thank you. Get well soon 🙂

    You’re off to a great start. Keep it up.

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  14. Poke

    Im so glad you blog! I watched Fat Head last week, and now I’m watching it again with my husband. After adjusting my diet (just a week ago!) I’m already losing weight. After months of trying low fat high grain yadda yadda and seeing no progress, a week of high protein high fat low carb and it’s dropping off me. And my acne is also clearing up. Amazing. Thank you. Get well soon 🙂

    You’re off to a great start. Keep it up.

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