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Sunday, August 21, 2011

I've been MIA off & on for several months - when I could sign on, it was for such a limited time, I'd post on the Chat Room for one team, log my water intake, & sign out (or lose connection!).

First I didn't have Internet. So I'd try to get on with my BlackBerry, which didn't always help, or once in a while I'd head to a local WiFi. Then I moved, & had Internet with my rent, but I never managed to ask my landlord for the key when I'd see him.....

Then came lots of pain - I've known for a while that I would need my left knee replaced, & my left shoulder was diagnosed as a 60% torn rotator cuff (both were advanced a lot by the multiple falls I had at my mom's house, but praise God, I haven't fallen since November!). My doc ordered a brace for my knee, which helped make it much better, so I started planning to have my rotator cuff repaired, which would have ended up with little ability to post much again, since I've typed by touch for over 50 years, & I have a real problem when I have to pick with one hand!

Unfortunately (for my pain level), my doc wouldn't do the shoulder first - he said I'd be totally unable to use my left arm for at least 2 weeks - that I wouldn't even be able to put my knee brace on, because it takes 2 hands (I live alone, don't have anyone who could come over & help me get dressed every day). So I scheduled my knee surgery.

Surgery was 6/28 - I was in the hospital for 3 days, & transferred to a nursing home with a rehab unit for 15 days. I didn't have inpatient rehab with my right knee almost 9 years ago, so I didn't know personally what was in store for me (though as an RN, I kinda knew what would be.....). All I can say is WOW! I didn't get started on intense PT immediately, since I got there on Thurs. evening before the 4th of July (I won't make that mistake again!). I did some therapy from Fri. through Sun., but it started in earnest on Mon. It took a couple of days to get assigned to the same therapist (who, by the way, was a tough taskmaster!), & she really pushed me. By the time I left there & went home, I had already almost met all of my goals as far as bending (flexion) & straightening (extension) my knee!

I came home on 7/15 & started outpatient PT on 7/22 - they were impressed at my progress, especially since I went a week without therapy (though I kept doing my home exercise program). In fact, my doc had ordered PT 3 x weekly - but I was so far along, that they only had me come 2 x weekly (or the insurance wouldn't have paid them, since I didn't need that much help). I had a total of 4 weeks (9 visits), & was released on 8/19 with instructions to continue my home exercise program.

I'm now 8 weeks post op - I put my walker in storage 2 weeks ago, & now I only use my cane when I'm out in public, etc. I haven't used anything at home since I returned home (of course, Iive in a small efficiency, so there's no room to be able to fall! lol), & I don't use my cane going to & from the car or at church, etc. - only when shopping. Of course, I still use an electric cart when there's one available at grocery stores, etc., because my knee still gets faatigued if I walk very far. Several people at church have been telling me for weeks that I shouldn't be doing this well!

I give God the glory for my rapid recuperation - He provided me with a fantastic surgeon & excellent therapists. I only wish I could have had such good provisions when I had my right knee done!

But there's one other reason for my progress - my 50 year high school reunion is in exactly 2 months, & I want to be able to dance when I go! I don't see me having a date, but maybe I can still find a dance partner or two sometime during the party!

So to get back to my being MIA, I now have the key for the Internet at home, & I don't have problems getting online. And no more surgery for a while (though my shoulder is extremely painful, I'm going to schedule it for the week after I return from my reunion - I don't want a broken wing when I go. So at least for now, only pain will prevent me from doing things).

As a result, I've started doing our team prayer emails for the Christian Women with Chronic Pain, etc. again - & I now get online basically every day. I want to be a leader in every way again, so I hope not to be MIA again for a while (of course, I'll probably skip a few days for my reunion, & I was just reminded by a weather update that there's a tropical storm headed for S. FL, which could also interrupt things).

I'm also trying to be better about my eating program - I lost weight while I was in rehab, & I hope to keep that train going!

Thanks for reading my blog - be blessed, my brothers & sisters!

In Him,

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    This is so late but I read your blog and want to say PTL for His divine wisdom with the drs. and nurses who cared for you. If you continue to exercise and do what you are supposed to, then you will heal mightily!!
    God bless you, my friend.
    Peace and blessings,
    Vicki and Jimbo, too
    2997 days ago
    Praying for your continued healing that it will be complete and things will get easier for you. Glad to see you back...praying that Irene bypassed you and all is well.
    Blessings and hugs,
    3202 days ago
    Praise the Lord!!! I am so glad your recovery has been so speedy!! I'll continue to keep you in my prayers with regard to your shoulder.

    As for Irene . . I think she will skirt the east coast of Florida and head north . . at least that is what all the hurricane models are showing here :-}

    Glad to have you back!!!
    God bless,
    3205 days ago
    So glad you are back and doing so well. Praying for continued healing. Take care with Irene bearing down on FL.
    3207 days ago
    So glad you are on the mend. Glad you had a speedy recovery. God is so good! I pray your shoulder surgery goes really well. May you have a blessed time at your reunion. :o) Go dance your socks off! May the pain of your shoulder be relieved for that evening.

    3208 days ago
    WooHoo! God is so Good. He takes care of His Kids. Have a blessed day Sis!!
    3208 days ago
    Hope your recovery continues as well as it has so far. Keep logging in to SP and let us know how you are doing. Just 10 minutes a day may help you stay motivated and on track. Praying that Irene will bypass us all. (get your supplies ready just in case)

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    3208 days ago
    Glad to read about your success. Sending Hugs
    3208 days ago
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