On this day at this time (December 5 at 1 PM) I was home or about to be home after a breast lumpectomy and node removal. I don't recall ever wondering during that time whether I'd still be around in a decade. Even though that wasn't a thought back then, here I am now, 10 … Continue reading Celebrating 10 years cancer-free
Yeah, I'm a bit superstitious, so I'm hesitant to share my good news about acupuncture. But here goes, jinxes be damned! First, my background with acupuncture. Seven plus years ago I had several rounds of acupuncture during my chemo treatment time periods. I think it helped, but since I didn't have a "normal" baseline, I … Continue reading Acupuncture: I’m afraid to jinx myself, but . . .
A year ago I was finishing my week in a rehab hospital after having both my knees replaced. I thought that by now I'd be healed. I was only partially right. I don't have the excruciating pain of a year ago. But I'm also not pain-free. And I'm certainly not walking well - especially when … Continue reading One year after double knee replacement
Taking a walk used to be one of my deep pleasures. I'd head out to Chickamauga Battlefield and walk to my heart's content. I walked there year round. Clear, crisp spring days like today meant there would be lots of walkers and runners and bikers out enjoying the weather with me. But gradually my knees … Continue reading If walking is easy for you, be grateful!
When I signed up for double knee replacement, I didn't really think about how it would affect my gait when I walked - and therefore, my body's alignment. I'm finding that along with my decade life transition that I wrote about in my last post, my body is making its own type of transition. It's … Continue reading New alignment
Pain has been my nemesis throughout my bilateral knee replacement recovery. Especially weather-induced pain. If you've read any of my previous knee-replacement blog posts, you'll know that every change in the weather (especially big rain fronts) has caused extra pain for me. Several clear, sunny days in a row have been heaven. On those days … Continue reading Double Knee Replacement: Breakthrough!!
The short answer to my title question? It depends. Yeah, that's not the answer I want, either. What I've found after two surgeries this year and cancer treatment (two rounds of chemo, surgery, radiation) six years ago is that the doctors will give you the best-case scenario. But they will also say, "It depends. Everyone … Continue reading So . . . how long does surgery or cancer treatment recovery take?
Because I'm a little superstitious, I've waited a bit to share this news: I've started turning the corner after bilateral knee replacement! A clear sign that my healing was taking a turn for the better was two or three weeks ago when my taste buds returned to normal - and my appetite also returned. The … Continue reading Double Knee Replacement: Starting to turn the corner (finally!)
Before I had this surgery, this double TKR (total knee replacement), I thought that I'd be walking pretty well and almost pain free at this point. Nope! Though I am improving and don't usually need a cane around the house, I still do better with the cane when I'm out and about. The cane takes … Continue reading Four months after double knee replacement
I didn't quite know what I was in for when I said okay to a double knee replacement. I thought that by December (my surgery was mid-September), I'd be much more mobile than I am now. And I for sure didn't expect the pain to be persisting to this degree. But here I am, hobbling … Continue reading Three months out from double knee replacement. And another scar to add to this year’s scars.