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Relax and walk

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by Doug, Mar 3, 2008.

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  1. Doug

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    We have all shared the trials of our rehab efforts, ROM, etc.
    I'm starting to think that we keep stressing ourselves out too much with our efforts.
    This morning, I decided to change things just a little. I went to one of our malls and just walked. Took a cane for just a little assistance but I relaxed my body, practiced not limping, and really enjoyed myself.
    The mall allows folks to use it as an indoor walking track before it opens. It is 1.1 miles around the circuit. I was able to do it twice. Now don't even think it was close to a speed walk. But I made it. I was limping towards the end and questioning my sanity.
    I'm home with lots of ice, exhausted, on dope, and smiling. But I will consider it a successful day anyway.
    Give it a try for a change. It made me really realize I made the correct decision in having the TKR.
     
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    Good job Doug. I do think it is good for us to realize how far we've come sometimes. Patience is hard to come by. We all tend to to think of this as if we should be 'good to go' by now, regardless of how long its been since the op. It takes around 10-12 months, so I've been told, to completely recover and we get bent outa shape at a few weeks. Might have to re-think this thing, huh?
     
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    I spent 1.5 hours yesterday walking around the gun show. Because I was focused on the guns and people, I didn't get nearly as tired. We do need to have fun now and then.
     
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    Good for you Doug, I think when you can just get out of the same 4 walls, you feel better in yourself. Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip out to the gun show Skeet. You're right about being focused on other things than just being at home thinking about our knees.

    I am looking forward to next weekend, as Kevin and I are going to the Bass Pro store just to look around, it's supposed tp be an awesome place. We both like to fish when we go to our trailer up north in the spring, summer and fall, but apprently there are all kinds of other stuff there too. Then we are going for a meal at Dave and Busters and maybe go to the fun side too, if I can manage it.

    Enjoy the rest of your day, Sue
     
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    If you're going to the Bass Pro shop, you'd better have a good balance on the cards. That place can make you hurt your wallet real bad.
     
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    Douglas....the relaxing is the key. We think too much! This morning I got out of bed and honestly didn't think "knee"....(was actually thinking PEEEE....sorry...it's just patti being patti) and as I was walking it hit me....this knee actually feels GREAT....gliding like greased lightning.....it felt so good.
     
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    The "PEEEE" hit you??????
     
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    Morning everyone.....glad to see everyone is well and walking with their spirits high!
     
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    Where you been,man??? (Aren't you in New Jersey??...you didn't, by any chance, steal a Mastiff yesterday, did you??....cuz one is missing!..just saw it on the news)
     
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    Sumthin goes missin and everybody blames the 'biker dudes'. I gotcha back bro, don't take no mess offa PattiPEE.
     
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    Patti,
    Since you opened the subject, I passed the pee barrier last night. Prior to the surgery, when I got out of bed, I had to hold on to a dresser for a couple of seconds until my leg would straighted out.
    Last night I just got out of bed and started walking. No limp, no pain. What a great pee it was!!!!!!!!!
     
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    The pictures you all paint are SO interesting!
     
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    No Mastiff here, lol......I have 2 kitty cats that take all my time....How have you been Patti and Gatiger? Hope all is well. Going outside for a while to "exercise". Hope you all have a great day!
    Respects,
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    Today is my best "knee" day so far. I feel horrible with the migraine, but I'm almost giddy about my knee! Earlier, before Mikey left for work, I put his hand over my non op. knee and bent it a few times to let him feel the "scrapies"....then he put his hand over ol' bessie that's been through hell and back...bent it a few times...SMOOOOOOTH as silk. I probably have 2-3 years until my left one will have to be done....I will NOT hesitate! 8 weeks isn't even a blink in time when it comes to you health and well being. We Alllllll know how we've had to plan our vacations or holidays around our KNEES!!!!

    yippppppppppideeeeeedooooo
     
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    You be careful girl, can't tell what that knee rubbin might lead to.
     
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    O.K., now my pride is hurt. The heck with relaxing.
    I just got back from my mall walk. I made it 1 1/2 miles. The problem was, as I was going along on my merry way thinking I was doing really well, I got passed twice by little old ladies with white hair!!!!!
    I couldn't even come close to catching them. That hurt. Now I'm home iced up, and licking my wounded pride.
    I'm buying some new walking shoes. I'm going into high gear. Give me a month and I'm going to smoke em. Turn around and smile.....
     
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    You go for it Doug!! maybe those shoes the kids wear with the wheels built into them?
    Just kidding!!
     
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    Oh God, the heelies, my granddaughter broke her leg on her birthday with her new birthday gift of heelies. But she is right back on the darn things. That is fearless for you.
     
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    Just letting you guys know that I'm missing playing with yawl like I did yesterday on our "play date".....back at work, today, and have to sneak ever so often. Everybody Okay?? Anything I need to be aware of????? I NEED to be in the KNOW!!! Everybody go their legs shaved and their ears clean?? I like clean peeps!!!
    toodles for now....
    sneakyfreakydeakypattipoo
     
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    Oh Patti, you are missing my crown and tooth breaking off yesterday, only to find out that my previous dentist did a lousy job on my root canal and I have big old "monkey" as you would say infection in my jaw! Today I have to go for oral surgery, actually leaving now, on antibotics and they may have to postpone my knee surgery for next week on the other knee. I had a total crying breakdown last night and lucky for me this forum is here, Josephine, Nursepair and Carolyn came to my rescue.
    I will be back this afternoon. Wish me luck, I am more afraid of this then the knee thing. So scared about the infection part.
    Talk later, check in when you get home. Hey on the leg shaving thing, getting better, but I accidently stumpled onto a stretch that feels good while shaving my legs. Had to do a quickie before PT and just put my foot up on the side of the tub, I was so happy I did that much, didn't even think about it, anyway I found that if I put my foot up on the tub or ottomon something that height and lean into my knee it really helps the bend. Be careful though, don't do it on a slippery tub. Tried in when in the shower, works nice with the hot water running on the back of your knee, but I have decided that may be too risky. I have enough risk at the moment. Okay over and out until tonight.
    Hope your headache is better.
     
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