Last week was painful. I was experiencing a lot of pain in my right knee the last couple of weeks. But last Tuesday it was so bad I thought I had damaged something.
I made an appointment for Friday morning with the same Orthopedic Surgeon who performed Michele’s knee repairs. I was apprehensive that my walking/jogging was going to be interrupted with 2-3 weeks of surgical recovering. Dramatic? Not really I could barely walk on it.
X-rays and exam later…I am old. I have severe case of arthritis in my right knee. Only way to fix it- replace knee. However, it doesn’t have to happen anytime soon.
Doctor says to do the following: keep losing weight, no more jogging, no leg extensions in the gym and finally no rapid lateral movement. Working backward I have never in my life ever tried rapid lateral movement, so there is one off the list. No jogging-no problem. And finally, when I get in the gym (whatever that is) I will be sure to remember-no leg extensions.
Then came a shot in the knee with a needle I am sure was designed for a horse. Right in my knee. I couldn’t believe that needle didn’t come out the other side of my leg. Before the day was over the knee was feeling pretty good. I am scheduled to go back in 30 days.
Michele and I had planned a weekend at the coast, so off we went. Within four hours I was poolside drinking a Pina Colada and everything was perfect. The next two mornings I walked on the treadmill in the hotel fitness center with little pain. Monday I spent 25 minutes on stationary bike at home and Tuesday I split time 15 minutes bike and 15 minutes walk.
Final result, Doctor says to keep losing weight, walk as much as I can, ride the bike and use a treadmill. It all depends on me as to when I can’t take the pain any more. But the more weight I lose the less pain and the easier it will be to recover from the knee replacement surgery. Hey apparently I can’t mess it up any more than it already is….
Just a small setback for a week, but now the beat goes on!
Happily Married to Michele and living in central Texas.