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 . . .
One year after double knee replacement
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
Double Knee Replacement: Starting to turn the corner (finally!)
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!)
Four months after double knee replacement
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
Double Knee Replacement: 5 weeks out
I'm going to be honest. I didn't know that this double knee replacement would be quite this tough. When I was planning it, I thought about my other surgeries. I had a lumpectomy to remove a breast cancer tumor, and just this spring I had a hysterectomy. In both cases, pain meds controlled the pain … Continue reading Double Knee Replacement: 5 weeks out
Double Knee Replacement: One month out
Here's a somewhat quick update of my double knee replacement. Last week was rough. Really rough. At the suggestion of two physical therapists, I only had physical therapy (PT) twice instead of three times. I took a day off for healing. And I cut back on the exercises I do. My sister had planned to … Continue reading Double Knee Replacement: One month out
Knee Replacement: How was I so unaware?
I'll give the quick update first. If you read my post last week, you know I was seeing an orthopedist about my knees, anticipating that he'd say I need replacement of both knees. And that's what happened. I'm scheduled for double knee replacement - that's right, both at the same time - in the middle … Continue reading Knee Replacement: How was I so unaware?
Intuition and Fear: How synchronicity stepped in to make things clear for me
Although I try to follow my intuition (because I know it's very wise), sometimes I confuse myself and don't know what to do - or not to do. This is a story of just that: I was scheduled for a biopsy last month, one that could be very painful. I had not felt comfortable with this … Continue reading Intuition and Fear: How synchronicity stepped in to make things clear for me
The Curse of What “Should Be”
I suppose it's human nature to create a script of the way it "should be." You know, as in: "If I exercise and eat healthy, I'll be healthy. And I'll die in my 90s or even later, a happy little old woman." And: "If I do well in school and work hard, my life will be successful. Which means … Continue reading The Curse of What “Should Be”