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Published: November 22nd 2020
Things are a’changin! All for the better. Yahooooo.
I finally went to my first post-op visit for my new knee. It went just fine. They X-rayed my knee with its new device inside of it. Snappy...huh? The little, dark, oval piece you can see close to the artificial knee is my original kneecap (patella). I thought they would replace that but no....only if it had been highly diseased....mine was good....they did shave off the backside of it and put a button in the center. Hope I don’t lose my button! Button, Button..where’s the button? The pretty blue device is an example of what is inside my knee. The blue represents my bone. Our son, Tim, said it looks like a dust-buster! Haha. If I could kneel, maybe I could suck up the grime on our floor. I’ve been instructed to not kneel again....might break the pins/prongs in it. Eeek! I promise.....I won’t kneel. I couldn’t skip before and now I can’t kneel. Such is life. They gave me a new shirt to wear...I love it! The woman holding it is my Physician Assistant, Christa. The man is the X-Ray technician. He is super nice. I was prepared to have my
stitches (zip ties) removed. It took 2 Tylenol before this visit. I thought Christa would cut each end of each tie and yank them through my skin....owwwwwww. Nope! This was unbelievable. She simply unrolled the clear bandage straight down the incision and all the zip ties came along with it! Unreal and best of all: No Pain! Hallelujah! I did a real close up shot of these zip ties so you could see they were actually imbedded into the incision. The dark spots on my incision are dried blood (scabs). Christa put steri-strips over the incision and said they would eventually fall off during showers, etc. I go back here on Dec 23rd for another check up. They will X-ray my right knee and see what needs to be done with that. Through all this, it actually seems better with minimal pain. We’ll see. If it needs surgery, I’m game.
I’ve posted a photo of me wearing my new shirt along with Dr. Johnson who did my surgery. Note how easy on your eyes he is! Of course, I only see him with a mask on.
This same afternoon, I went to my first Physical Therapy appointment. It
is located inside the Celebration Hospital. That visit was the easiest because it was a lot of Q&A and assessment of my ROM, etc. Our good friend, Art (my knee surgery cheerleader), recommended Miranda for my physical therapist. Cory arranged for that to happen. She is as great as Art said. She has a student working with her right now, Kwoh, but after a couple visits.....he has moved on. He was super nice and very good....he will do well in his future.
As I will confess and you can obviously see, I am, and never have been, an athletic buff....far from it. When my following appointments took me into the big exercise room, I was awestruck. What do all these complicated machines do? So far, so good. I warm up on a pedal like machine...not up and down...more a back and forth motion. Remember how “bicycle man” just about killed my hip? This machine moves my arms, too....praying it will shrink my bat wings! They measure my ROM of my knee. I have gone beyond the norm with bending my knee back. I am only 3 degrees from being able to have the back of my knee touch the
table I’m on. They are impressed with my progress. So am I! Some machines/workout equipment I like better than others. At the end of each session, they ice my knee. I like that! First time they took the big, leg pillow away and I went to sit up, unladylike, I let a big “toot”. What can you say except “sorry” and move on. Of course, they all know me now. I have 1 hour sessions twice a week all the way through December. Going from a coach potato to a gymnast is quite a life change for me.
Cory is far more active than me. He takes a daily walk. Sometimes to the grocery store, Publix, or up through Old Town. He took some photos for me to see some of the new additions up there. It’s looking good. They opened a Shoney’s restaurant that we went to. That was very nice and a good addition to the area.
Our foursome of Sam & Sandy and us took a golf cart ride up to Old Town to see some of these new sites. Cory went through the drive through at Burger King so we could get lunch. He
found a picnic table at Old Town to pull the cart up to. Half way through our meal, security came and told him to move out....not allowed to have our golf cart in this area. We must be on the police blotter for Old Town. Remember last year when the policeman chased us down through the Main Street in his police golf cart....flashing lights and all. Certainly our mug shots are plastered up somewhere.
Our friend, Art, who is a friend and helper to all in our park, demonstrated his many skills once again. Sam & Sandy had to buy a new TV. They wanted it to fit onto the frame that the old one set into. None were available in the stores so along comes Art. Yup....he made an adaptation to their frame so this new TV would fit perfectly. Yeah for Art. His magic fingers and brilliant mind worked again making Sam & Sandy very happy and grateful. I can’t even begin to tell you about all the folks he has helped out with many different problems.....just know: Art is one in a million!
One pleasant part following my physical therapy sessions is that Cory and
I usually stop somewhere for a meal. This week we went to The Town Tavern in Celebration. We sat inside as it was so windy. We had a nice, cozy booth. Cory had their meatloaf stacker and I enjoyed my favorite calamari. Of course, Cory really enjoyed his Maker’s Mark Manhattans. I had a virgin Tropical Sensation. We do have different tastes! We saw the huge Christmas Tree that was in the middle of the Main Street. Hopefully, they will soon fill the roadway around it with the fake (but nice) snow.
Well, that’s all folks! For now, anyway.....never fear....In the words of The Terminator “ I Will Be Back.”
Happy Thanksgiving !
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