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In case you are wondering where I have been, I haven't floated off the planet in a morphine cloud, at least not yet. Three weeks tomorrow I had my right knee replaced, and according to the doctor, his PA and my therapist, I am doing phenomenally well.
By two weeks, I was no longer using a cane, having ditched the walker by Friday or Saturday after the surgery on Monday. They threw me out of the hospital in two days, and I was very glad to be home. You cannot get any rest in a hospital. (Like when they wake you up in the middle of the night to give you some vitamins! The nurse said, "If you want to sleep you need to go home.")
Sweet Husband has taken good care of me, and now I can do some light cooking and household chores. I do get tired very easily, and a simple thing like changing the sheets calls for a rest period. Mostly I have read a lot, napped a lot, and tried to fiddle with this blog some, still adding friends to the blog list. I finally figured out how to get books on my iPad, and that has become a new addiction, catching up with the newest whodunits.
After the first week or so, I was not having any really terrible pain. Not until the staples were removed last Tuesday, that is. All of a sudden, that area of the incision which had been kind of numb, suddenly became very painful, and still is. I have a lot of drug allergies and sensitivities, so I have not been able to take a lot of heavy-duty narcotics. We finally hit on a drug combo which seems to take the edge off, but does not make me pain free. The ice-pack and exercise are my best friends.
My therapist is German, and he is a great motivator. He comes to me three times a week, since I am not supposed to drive yet. My doctor says that when it is the right leg, your reflexes are affected, and he prefers that you don't for a while. Sweet Husband has been driving me around most of the time for the last couple of months anyway, because that knee was so sore.
This week I hope to get to a couple of small projects I have lined up out in the studio. I haven't posted over the last week because I just haven't had anything very interesting to share. It seems that I run out of energy before I get to the fun stuff in the afternoons.
A lot of you have asked about the new knee, so it is easier to post an update here than to write a lot of individual emails.
For more info about the total knee procedure and the prosthesis itself, if you are interested and this might be in your future, go here.
These pretty images you have been looking at while skimming through this tale of woe are from an album I have assembled over time of pink things I just happened to like. I have no idea where they came from or who they belong to. If any of them are yours, let me know, and I will attribute.