I’m baaack! Also, furry Friday, 3/11/22.

The sweatpants of despair, so called because I wore them day and night for two weeks and two days. Hey, they said to wear loose clothing, and this is all I had that fit that description.

First of all, thanks to those of you who emailed me to see if I was okay, given that I hadn’t posted for days, unlike my usual 5-day-a-week blathering. Your concern made me smile. Also, I am going through my Gmail inbox to clear out the hundreds of messages that came in during the last two weeks. Thanks to y’all that commented on my last post and send healing juju my way — it seems to be working!

The knee replacement surgery went perfectly, the aftercare facility was comfortable and caring, the physical therapy has been somewhat painful as it is supposed to be, and I am kinda sorta back to normal. I still use the walker if I need to leave the house, but as of today I am sworn off it at home. And I am wearing jeans from this day forward — buh-by, Sweatpants Of Despair.

It feels sooo good to just stand up and walk to the kitchen for a snack or to fetch my iPad from the bedroom. Smokey has been a great nurse, patient and thoughtful, but I have always been one to Do It For Myself If I Can. He says he welcomes this opportunity to do things for me. (It helps that it was for only two weeks.) He is still in charge of my meds, mainly because he has been doing it for two weeks and has the schedule down pat, and if my knee gets overworked and painful he is in charge of strapping on the ice packs.

Two things I learned: physical therapy is the thing (besides having an experienced and skillful surgeon) that makes the difference between having a lasting impairment like a stiff leg versus being able to walk pain-free and have full range of motion in that knee. The other thing is how much pain relief ice packs can offer when the knee and leg are hurting, particularly after a PT session or after doing the exercises at home.

Well, enough about me. Let’s check in on the animals.

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8 Responses to I’m baaack! Also, furry Friday, 3/11/22.

  1. Ellen D. says:

    Glad to hear your surgery went well and you are doing great. My sister had knee surgery a few years ago and she always said the PT made all the difference. Keep doing those exercises. 🙂
    How nice that you have a sweetie like Smokey to take good care of you.
    Thanks for the furry, funny laughs!

  2. Kathleen Walsh says:

    Welcome back!

  3. gayle says:

    Thanks for the Furry Friday fix! (The Clydesdale is priceless!)

  4. Ann in NJ says:

    Welcome back!

  5. Kym says:

    As always, love Furry Fridays and I appreciate your putting it together (again) for me. 🙂 (And that Clydesdale shot is perfection.) I’m so glad you’re healing well. And you’re so right . . . PT is a key (maybe THE key) part of the getting-back-to-movement process. Bravo to you!!! XO

  6. Kym says:

    As always, love Furry Fridays and I appreciate your putting it together (again) for me. 🙂 (And that Clydesdale shot is perfection.) I’m so glad you’re healing well. And you’re so right . . . PT is a key (maybe THE key) part of the getting-back-to-movement process. Bravo to you!!! XO
    (If this comment posts twice . . . or more times . . . it’s because I got error messages when I tried to post.)

  7. Mary Jo says:

    Great to read you are doing well. The photo of your knee really makes me wonder. I had a lot of bruising with my first replacement. My second replacement turned my entire leg purple. I like the look of your leg so much more. It’s been 2.5 years and I have decided knit pants are my thing. I used to be blue jean person, but knit pants are so comfy on the knees. Like everyone else, the Clydesdale photo is #1.

  8. I’m glad you’re healing well! The kitty in that very first picture looks SO FLUFFY I love it.

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