Time marches on, and so do I…

…with my walker. Yesterday I walked nearly the entire length of the house without my walker — I needed a hat to compare to the one OTN, clearly an urgent and critical need — but I don’t want to do it again for awhile. Too painful. Short distances, say <8 feet, are okay. Longer ones need support.

I haven’t left the house since the surgery, and given the snow, sleet, and freezing rain we have had, I don’t plan to leave the safety of my bed and recliner until everything melts (June) or I have a PT appointment, whichever comes first. Seriously, as important as PT is, I am not confident I can get from the house to the car, even in a wheel chair. Maybe we can do Zoom PT?

I am reading Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Shelby, Jr., probably the the worst book ever to read while recovering. From a reviewer: “Selby’s amplifier goes to eleven, not ten like everyone else’s. His book is a white hot shriek of pain. It is awful.” Even so, I cannot stop reading it. It is like Lolita in that way. Horrible subject matter, but compelling nevertheless.

I finished watching New Amsterdam on my iPad in bed. What to watch now? I started Kunk in America, which is okay. I am not sure I have the attention span for anything. Which is too bad, because we just got three months free of Apple TV; I used frequent flier points to get a new iPad. What is good on Apple TV? Sing out in the comments.

Somewhere in the pre-surgical instructions was the recommendation to board any pets for a few weeks after returning home to avoid possibility of infection. WTF? Not happening. I need my furry nursing crew for comfort and support. Percy snuggles under the covers tightly to my left leg (the non-surgical one) and Jonesie the Little Blind Cat sleeps on a pillow next to mine. I think this surgeon should be more realistic about infection and less concerned about addiction. Humph.

Now that I have bored and depressed you, it is time to check on the laundry. I need my Sweatpants of Despair. Til next time, keep yer stick on the ice!

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11 Responses to Time marches on, and so do I…

  1. gayle says:

    Ted Lasso on Apple – best TV I have ever seen. NOT an exaggeration!

  2. Chris says:

    Glad you’re improving! And I really don’t blame you re the possibility of online PT – it’s ridiculous out there! Might need to break out my Microspikes if I have to go anywhere.

  3. Kathleen Walsh says:

    Yes, stay home and safe util you can maneuver safely to the car. Physical Therapists often do give exercises for you to do at home. She could teach you them on zoom and supervise you doing them until you get them correctly. You can have heat and cold packs ready for use. All you will be missing is some of the hands on stretching that the terrorists, whoops, therapists do to us. Keeping out stick on the ice is an excellent exhortation for balance and stability!

  4. Ellen D. says:

    My friend had the PT come to her home at first but I think your zoom idea is a good one too. It is important to start doing that right away from what I hear from my 3 friends that have had their knees done. Best of luck!

  5. Julia in KW says:

    I second Ted Lasso…excellent show. I also enjoyed Slow Horses, the Morning Show and am enjoying Shrinking.

  6. k says:

    Zoom was available during the – oh, wait, the ongoing epidemic. Depends on your insurance, I think. Smokey can show you, can’t he?

  7. Kat says:

    Stay safe… with your furry nursing crew! (I mean wtaf doctor… pets are crucial for physical and mental health!) I think Zoom PT sounds perfect considering the volumes of snow you all have (I noted your Currier and Ives images on IG yesterday!)

    Also, I don’t know if you have Acorn… but they have 12 seasons of Vera right now. Just saying.

  8. Kym says:

    Ted Lasso. Definitely. White Lotus (it’s unusual, but intriguing in that Lolita kind of way. . . ) Abbott Elementary. The Morning Show (season 1 = good, season 2 = meh). But definitely watch Ted Lasso. There are 2 seasons, and season 3 begins in mid-March. XO

  9. handeyecrafts8306 says:

    PT is the worst. The. Worst. Crossing my fingers for you.

  10. I’m glad to hear you’re healing and have plenty of help from your pets! I hope you can stay inside while it’s so snowy and icy out.

  11. Jane says:

    Hang in there. I think PT via Zoom sounds like a good idea given all the ice and snow in your area. Keep that walker handy. Hopefully the healing continues.

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