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
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!!
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.
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
I'm on the proverbial road to recovery after double knee replacement on Thursday, September 14th. I graduated from walker to cane today at physical therapy (PT). Well, I'm to use the cane only for indoors right now, but it's nice to have a hand free for carrying things from one room to the other. Getting … Continue reading Double knee replacement: 2 & 1/2 weeks out
I'm in a perfect storm of overwhelm. My double knee replacement is nine days away. This day, the Tuesday after Labor Day, is the sixth anniversary of my breast cancer diagnosis. And I cracked my phone screen this afternoon. It's September, isn't it? The challenging month in my life! I feel so behind in getting … Continue reading September is the cruelest month
I've been feeling that I'm caught in some kind of limbo, the one of "limbo" definition c. from Dictionary.com: an intermediate, transitional, or midway state or place. This current here of my now feels like a transitional place, affected partly by my trip to an orthopedist a couple of weeks ago. I thought I was a candidate … Continue reading My time in this limbo
If you want the short version of this post, here it is: My hysterectomy on March 7th went well. My doctor found fibroids which looked benign. The pathology verified that they were benign, as was the endometriosis. Here is the longer version . . . My sister came down a couple of days before my … Continue reading Surgery & Gratitude