All about bowlegs, arthritis, pain managment….

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What does it mean to invest? Most of us invest in some way whether through a 401k or individual retirement account (IRA). We invest in these things so that we reap dividends as well as have a secure financial future. But what does invest mean? To invest means:
Expend money with the expectation of achieving a profit or material result by putting it into financial schemes, shares, or property, or by using it to develop a commercial venture. Some synonyms for invest include: put money into, provide capital for, fund, and buy into.

We don’t think of total knee replacement or any other surgery as an investment but it actually is one. Just like financial investments secure your future, total knee replacement helps to secure your future. With financial investments, we pick funds that do well in the market over time. Just like a market investment TKR investments take time.

We spend money initially with the hopes that we will reap dividends in the years to come. Total knee replacement too requires you to spend money upfront with the hopes it pays off. Initially you spend money for the surgery. You pay for the doctors and physical therapists time and service. The cost of your hospital stay covers your room and board and the cost of the artificial knee.
However, TKR reaps a different kind of dividend. It is different in that it is not monetary however it has a huge impact on your life. These dividends affect the quality of your life. The dividends you get are

1. You can walk with no arthritis pain
2. You engage in activities you gave up due to pain
3. You engage in new activities
4. You begin to social with family and friends again
5. You can play with your children or grandchildren
6. You can stand for more than a few minutes
7. You can walk through the airport instead of using a wheelchair
8. You can attend concerts and other events without worrying about parking
9. You can walk on the beach or any other surface
10. You can do your own grocery shopping
11. You can get in or out of the bathtub
12. You no longer need to wait to use the handicapped bathroom stall in public places.

The list goes on and on.

The one time investment (or in my case two-time investment for both knees) continues to pay in ways that are immeasurable. The initial investment with TKR is the pain, frustration, irritation and sadness that you feel while recovering. The first investment lasts for several months. However, the dividends you get lasts many years.

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Just like the financial market to make lots of money you have to “play big”, take calculated risks and know the timing of the market. “Playing big” with TKR means that you trust the process when it doesn’t feel or look good. Taking calculated risks means you use the walker and cane to walk on your new knee until you are strong enough to walk without them. Knowing the timing of the market means for TKR means you act when the time is right. That means that you don’t wait for 15 years to get the surgery. Playing the waiting game with TKR affects your end result and the amount of damage you do to other parts of your body trying to compensate for a “bad” knee.
To reap the dividends with TKR or other joint surgeries we must buy into the process. Buying into the process means that you follow your prescribed regime of physical therapy and walking, not giving up even when you feel down and trusting that the end benefit (dividend) exceeds the initial investment.

Make investments in you that allow you to win big! TKR is an investment in your future. Invest in you!

Live Joyfully
Kimberly

For more information on arthritis, preparing for total knee replacement and what to expect after TKR check out my books. Available at Amazon.com. Click the link to go directly to books.

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Aretha Franklin was definitely onto something when she sang the lyrics TO Respect. “All I’m asking is for a little respect…”

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As a respectful adult I think other adults are respectful too. That is not always true. While at the hospital recently I saw a disrespectful adult. His behavior stunned and appalled me.

The man was across the hall from the person I visited. Every time he wanted or needed something he yelled incessantly until someone came. The nurse calmly explained to him how to use the call button. He retorted, “I’m not using no (expletive, expletive) call button. You’ll come when I say come.” He spoke to the nurse with vile words and a hostile tone. She calmly asked him not to use such language and to use the call button because yelling was disruptive and disturbing to the other patients. He said, “I’ll do what I damn well please.” His behavior blew me away. He had no regard for the hospital staff or other patients.

When you are in the hospital for surgery (whether for total knee replacement or any other surgery), you depend on nurses, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and various other people for everything. To treat people caring for you, administering medications, and nursing you back to health with such little regard is wrong and quite frankly foolish.

You want the staff to help you with personal care, bring you meals, help with bathroom visits and give pain medication. They do all of things regardless of how you treat them. However, people are at their best when they feel appreciated and valued. Yes, you are in the hospital and you might be in pain and feel vulnerable but that does not give you the right to treat people poorly. They do all of those things because it is their job, but you certainly won’t get their best. When you are kind, considerate and appreciative people caring for you become vested in you.

It doesn’t cost you anything to treat people well but it can cost you if you don’t especially when you are in the hospital.
It shocks me the way some patients talk to receptionists, nurses and even doctors. You want them to make your care their top priority but you treat them like servants. Yes, it is their job but they are not servants and shouldn’t be treated like servants.

Being in pain especially long-term chronic pain is frustrating and irritating, but that doesn’t justify bad behavior.
Treat people you meet with respect and courtesy. You never know what impact it may have.

I remember calling my doctor’s office for a pain medication re-fill a few years ago. I typically called in the morning and picked the prescription up on my way home from work. On this occasion I went to the pharmacy only to discover that the prescription had not been sent. I frantically called the Dr.’s office praying to get through before everyone left. I felt relieved when the receptionist answered. My heart dropped when she said everyone was gone. I was in a tremendous amount of pain because of my arthritis and I needed that medicine badly. Before I finished telling her my dilemma she said hold on Ms. Dixon. I heard the phone receiver hit the desk. I patiently waited for her to return. When she finally came back on the line, she apologized for cutting me off and explained that she ran outside to see if the nurse was still in the parking lot. Luckily for me the nurse was and after hearing my story she came back in the office, signed back into the system and called in my prescription. I thanked her. She then stated that I was one of their best patients and that she would do anything to help me. Kindness pays in ways you never expect.

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Everyone was gone for the day and the office was technically closed yet she ran outside to get a nurse to help me. People go above and beyond to help when you are kind, appreciative and respectful.

Treat doctors, nurses, receptionist and other staff members with respect. As your caregiver, they deserve it!

Are you the patient everyone loves or the patient everyone hates to see? Behaving poorly leaves a bad impression of you. Don’t be that patient.

Live Joyfully
Kimberly

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It would seem that the purpose of a total knee replacement (TKR) or knee angioplasty is self-explanatory. However, it recently came to my attention that it is not. After a lengthy conversation with my orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist, I learned that some patients expect something different after knee replacement surgery.

So lets clarify the true purpose of a total knee replacement.
The purpose of a total knee replacement is….(drum roll please)

1. Reduce pain
2. Restore function

Reducing pain is the clear aim of joint replacement surgery. Arthritis causes mild to excruciating pain. It also causes snapping and cracking noises, knee buckling or giving way, stiffness, burning sensations or a dull ache. Replacing the natural knee with an artificial one eliminates the pain associated with arthritis.
Arthritis pain interferes with your ability to do everyday tasks such as walking, climbing stairs, getting in and out of bathtub, shopping, house cleaning and other every day task. Restoring function means that after TKR your ability to do such tasks greatly improves.

Here’s what TKR does not do.

1. It does not make you feel like you are 20 years old again. It does not do that because you are not 20 years old. Whether you are 45 or 85 years old, nothing exists that transforms you or your body into that of a 20-year-old. It just doesn’t happen. Improving your lifestyle (diet and exercise) improves the way you feel and look. However, even it doesn’t make you feel 20 again. Don’t expect TKR to make you feel 20 years old again. You are disappointed if that is what you expect.

2. It does not turn you into a world-class athlete. Your ability to do many tasks greatly improves. Walking, getting in/out of the car and bathtub, shopping, attending outdoor events and festivals are all possible after TKR. The fear of not having a parking space close to the door leaves. TKR restore your ability to do everyday tasks.

Problems arise when patients expect to suddenly start running marathons. Patients that were athletic and involved with sports prior to surgery may be able to return to such activities afterwards. However if you had chronic arthritis many years do not expect to be able to run or do other high impact activities and sports. It is possible that you may but truthfully that is not the purpose of TKR and many orthopedic surgeons do not recommend you prefer such tasks even if you are able. During activities such as running and jumping, both feet are off the ground at the same time. When you land, your knees feel 3-4 times your body weight on impact.

Squatting is another activity you may not be able to do. Squatting involves the knees but it also requires a lot of hip and ankle strength and flexibility as well as balance. Don’t expect to squat in a few months. If you couldn’t squat before TKR, don’t expect to afterwards. If that is your goal, then work towards it by doing wall squats and gradually go deeper as your strength and flexibility improve. Do your physical therapy faithfully and set goals that move you closer to your desired result.

TKR can transform your life in many ways. It rids you of the constant nagging pain arthritis causes and it offers you greater mobility and ease. It deeply saddens me that some patients are unhappy with their results and quite frankly upset and angry with their surgeon and physical therapist because they had expectations of a different result.

Prior to TKR every step I took was excruciatingly painful. Today, I no longer experience any kind of arthritis pain. I am grateful and thankful for that! I walk with no pain and can climb stairs for the first time in many years. I attend outdoor events. I park at the end of the parking lot intentionally and I smile inside and out every time I take a step. I used to avoid any activity that might involve prolonged periods of walking, standing or sitting. Everything increased my pain so I did nothing. The days of doing nothing are gone.

I am completely happy with my results and my life after TKR.

Be grateful for the reduction in pain and focus on what you can do instead of what you can’t do.

Accentuate the positive and the value of your artificial knees increases. Accentuate the negative and the value of your artificial knee(s) decreases. Celebrate you and the newfound freedom you have. Enjoy every moment of every day.

Live Joyfully
Kimberly


Have you ever asked yourself, Now What?

Inevitably in life there will be challenges. Some challenges are minor while others are major. When we experience those major challenges, it has a profound effect. In most circumstances things settled down and normal life resumes. Unfortunately, things down always go back to “normal”.

What happens when that challenge is ongoing or permanent is an entirely different situation. You find yourself asking yourself, God and those around you, now what? What do I do now! What am I supposed to do with this new situation, this new diagnosis, or this ongoing pain that is part of my life now.

We often ask this question when we reach the end of the proverbial rope. We feel backed into a corner. We feel afraid, lost and alone.
I know about these feelings because I struggled for years with my own now what questions. I struggled with feelings of loss, loneliness and fear about my arthritis, my pain, and my future.

I created the Now What? book series to help answer some of the questions, to dispel some myths and to empower, uplift and inspire chronic arthritis suffers.

Physical pain has more than a physical manifestation. Pain slowly seeps into your soul and spirit and will literally rob you of you, your dreams, your goals and your life. It even has the power to steal your joy if you let it.
I created the Now What? book series to help people by sharing part of my story and the lessons learned through 35 years of arthritis pain and 11 knee and leg surgeries.

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I Have Arthritis, Now What (Ways to Manage Arthritis Pain) takes a holistic approach to arthritis pain. Discover some of the medical interventions available as well as other ways to ease arthritis pain while healing your mental and spiritual pain.

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I Need a Knee Replacement, Now What (How to Prepare for Knee Replacement Surgery) walks you through the steps you need to take before surgery. This book fills in the gap between the medical profession and the health insurance industry. These steps are taken before surgery but no one shows you what to do or how to do it. This book is your guide to help you get ready for surgery from a physical, financial, and psychological perspective.

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I Had a Knee Replacement, Now What? (What to Expect After Knee Replacement Surgery), walks the patient through the recover process. It teaches what to expect in terms of pain, physical therapy, recovery experiences and reconnecting to life.

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I Had a Knee Replacement, Now What? (Six Week Companion Journal) is designed to use during knee replacement surgery recovery to record your thoughts, physical therapy sessions goals, water intake and medication schedule. Take pain medication for a few days, every 4-6, 24 hours per day and you will forget what time your last dose was. This journal takes the guess work out of it for you.

Use the Now What? book series to take back your soul and your spirit. Don’t be a victim be a VICTOR.

Books are available on Amazon.com

Purchase for yourself, family or friends that have arthritis or need surgery.

Live Joyfully
Kimberly


After having bi-lateral knee replacements, I take advantage of this gift given to me.

Walking without pain is a gift. Being able to go outside any time I want is a gift. Living life is a gift. Because of these beautiful gifts given to me, I made a decision to say ‘yes’ to life and to take full advantage of new opportunities and experiences.

Are you saying ‘yes’ to your life? Whatever stage your life happens to be in at this moment are you saying ‘yes’ to it? Saying ‘yes’ has a different meaning for different people. The important thing is to say ‘yes’. Figure out what it is that your heart truly desires and go for it. Don’t let weather or anything else prevent your from pursuing your heart’s desire.

I am an outdoor person. I remember sitting on my sofa crying one day simply because it was a beautiful day and I wanted to go outside. However, my knee pain was so severe that I could bare stand. It saddened my heart to be confined to indoors.

Getting my knees replaced gave my back my freedom. Today, I take advantage of every opportunity I get to be outside and in nature.

Going camping when the forecast called for heavy rain all week-end is my yes. I want to live life out-loud regardless of what the weather is like.

I went camping twice in 2016 this far and each trip was a wonderful experience! Learning to fish, camping and hiking through the woods on knees that don’t buckle, burn, or ache is a great joy.

Watch the videos to get a glimpse into my camping experience and my ‘yes’.


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The free e-book is available on www.amazon.com in the US and UK.


It’s been a while since I posted anything, but I wanted to let you all know about this great book I just published.

“I Need a Knee Replacement, Now What?” is a self-help book designed to help you prepare for total knee replacement. Preparing for surgery can be a daunting task. Let this book guide you through the surgery preparation process while it motivates and inspires you.

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It prepares, motivates. and inspires you by giving you, the reader a first-hand account from a bi-lateral knee replacement recipient as well as check-lists and questions to prepare you physically, mentally and spiritually for surgery.

And just for you, my readers the Kindle e-book is available for free (Sat March 19 and Sun March 20) this week-end only on Amazon.com.

Share the link below with your friends and anyone you know facing knee replacement surgery!

Here’s what readers said:

Kimberly fills in the gap from Health Professional to Patient. She has carved out a niche that will give ease to the patient who has to decide and go through the process of knee replacement. Powerful firsthand experience and a life testimony that will help anyone with chronic pain!

Rev. Angel Onley-Livingston, NBCC, LPC
House of Abba Family Outreach Center LLC
Author of Healing While Grieving

A friend gave me Kimberly Dixon’s I Need a Knee Replacement, Now What? just as I’d started thinking I needed a knee replacement, but didn’t have the first idea where to start. This book gave me the frame of reference I needed to think about it and make a plan. I’m very thankful for the excellent information, shared experiences, and faith-based approach!

Louisa W. (prospective knee replacement recipient) Mystic, CT

Great book! I found it to be very informative and useful. The advice you give is absolutely crucial in every phase of surgery, including pre- and post-surgery. I missed some of the steps that I should’ve taken for my knee replacement surgery. This guide would have benefited me greatly. I especially liked the financial planning section and support system setup for after surgery. It’s extremely difficult immediately after surgery and up to a week or so. This is a must-have for those facing knee replacement surgery.

Malcolm D. (knee replacement recipient) Winston-Salem, NC

Kimberly’s thought provoking, straightforward; approach to a total knee replacement is both nail-biting and invigorating. I’m grateful that Kimberly has chosen to share her life changing experience. Her courage, strength, and positive attitude will change the lives of others.

Kyre Ward Osei. (caregiver of TKR recipient) Woodbridge, VA

Happy Reading!
Kimberly


Physical therapy is an integral part of recovery from orthopedic surgery. Don’t do the physical therapy (PT) and you run the risk of not regaining full function.

Total knee replacement surgery is no different. The day of most surgeries is spent lying in bed. However the day of total knee replacement the physical therapist comes not to visit but to put you to work. And work it is! First let me say, in my experience (for both knee replacement) there was no pain. The joint is stiff and I still felt the effects of the anesthesia.

As a patient there is also an element of fear. Fear it hurts, fear of falling and uncertainty in your ability to walk on the new knee.

Most of these videos were shot during my first PT sessions in the hospital. Keep watching to see the first sessions.

PT continues once you are released from the hospital. Typically the first 2-3 weeks is in-home PT. You are expected to do PT every day, 3-4 per day. A good therapist pushes you to do your best. Honestly, you do not want the one that allows you to get away with excuses why you did not do the prescribed PT. It only hurts you and your recovery in the end. Personally, I want to regain as much function as possible so I do the exercises when I fill like and when I don’t.

After 2-3 weeks of home PT most physicians transition the patient to outpatient PT. Outpatient PT allows exercise bikes, treadmills and other equipment to be incorporated into the recovery process. You work hard at every session, grimace a time or two and make audible sounds of discomfort especially when the therapist ‘assists’ you in gaining more degrees of flexion and extension. It is worth the hard work ultimately.
See the videos below to see a few of my PT sessions.

Live Joyfully
Kimberly

The information contained in this blog is for informational purposes only. It does NOT constitute medical advice and should not be considered as such.


In 2015 I had three surgeries
Total right knee replacement March 24, 2015
Incision revision of total right knee April 7, 2015
Total left knee replacement December 29, 2015

This post is a compilation of helpful tips after having surgery especially orthopedic surgery.

1.Make a clear path, remove all trip hazards

You use a walker the first couple of weeks after having total knee replacement. It is essential to clear a path throughout your home to accommodate the walker. Slide furniture (chairs, desk, and tables) that jut out into walking space place back. You do not recognize the small directional changes you regularly make while walking but you will recognize every directional change with a walker. When you drive a car you make a 180 degree direction change by making a 3 point road turn. With a walker it takes a 112 point road turn. Ok, so that is a little exaggeration. However when you first start using a walker it is an adjustment so making a clear, straight path is super important.

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It is also imperative to remove ALL area and throw rugs (including the front door mat and bathroom mats). They are a major trip hazard. Again rugs are one of those things you do not notice but get your walker hung on a rug and you will take a nasty tumble. Save yourself the pain and possible injury a fall causes by removing the rugs. Once you are steady on feet and no longer use any assistive devices put the rugs back. Your safety is the most important thing. Under normal circumstances you prevent yourself from falling by quickly adjusting your feet and body for the stumble. You will be unable able to do that in the weeks following surgery. Do not risk breaking your leg or hip because you tripped over a rug.

2. Pre-cook meals and get friends to make meals

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I am single woman with no children and I live alone. My first few days home my best friend stayed with me but after that I was alone during the day. Alone or not a girl must eat! Before all the surgeries I recruited several friends and family members to make meals that are freezable. When I am ready to eat, I pop a meal from the freezer into the microwave. Viola! Lunch is served. Breakfast is typically instant grits or oatmeal. Again I stocked my cabinets with food that is easily prepared. After a few weeks your stamina, strength and endurance increases so you can prepare other meals. But for the first two weeks at least opt for easy.

3.Set out needed supplies

Put your daily supplies out on the countertop. I am admittedly a little obsessed with clean, neat spaces. I do not like clutter. I do not collect anything because no matter how cute it is, it all looks like clutter to me. However after major surgery, I take ease and convenience over neat little spaces any day. Currently, my bathroom counter is full. Everything I use on a daily basis sits on top instead of in the drawers it is normally stored in. One side of my counter has:
Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Comb
Deodorant
Lotion
Facial wash
Moisturizer

The other side of the counter has stacks of loose-fitting lounge wear. Each weekend I get a friend to put out a few more sets for the week or wash what was previously worn so I keep clean clothes easily available. I emphasis loose-fitting because I learned the hard way, comfortable is not always loose. I wear a lot of yoga pants. Yoga pants do not feel tight but they are not typically loose-fitting. My leg was so swollen the yoga pants made my leg feel like it was in sausage casing. The pressure from the pants was painful. After about 15 minutes I changed into something more comfortable. Until the swelling is gone shorts or loose pants are best.

I am also a self-admitted hot tea and coffee addict. My morning does not start without 1-2 cups of good coffee and I drink tea throughout the day. In my living room on an end table is a mini coffee and tea bar. The bar has a coffee and tea maker, coffee, tea, creamer, stevia, disposable cups and spoons. I sit on the sofa and fix a cup of coffee or tea at my leisure. Everyone may not need or want this but when I first came home I still experienced the post-surgery blood pressure drops upon standing. Setting the coffee bar up in the living was a small measure to help keep me safe when alone.

4.Continue a daily routine each day

This means get out of bed and get dressed (in your lounge wear) EVERY day. Change your location throughout the day. Do not stay in your bedroom during your entire recovery. It seems very minor. But practicing good hygiene boosts your mood, increases stamina and helps prevent infection.
If someone is with you, take a shower. If you are alone take a sink bath. I know some of you are screaming in disguise but I promise you, you will not die from missing a shower or 2. The main goal is to stay safe. Therefore showering when no one is home is not a good idea. Take the sink bath, stay fresh, stay safe and no one else is any wiser.

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DO NOT WET YOUR INCISION while you have staples or stitches. The incision needs to completely heal before it gets wet. To take a shower during the first 2 weeks, simply wrap your knee with plastic wrap and secure it with water proof tape. Your incision stays perfectly dry!

5.Polar Care Use

A Polar Care is a device that circulates cold water around the joint. It is already in place when you wake up after surgery. It helps with post-operative swelling and pain. It goes home with you. You continue to use it for many weeks. Swelling is the body’s normal response to injury. It goes down temporarily but often returns after standing, walking or physical therapy (PT).
The device is a small cube that is filled with ice and water.

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In 2010 when I had my ACL reconstruction, this little device was a God send and a major headache all at once. Trying to change ice and water while on crutches resulted in a big mess every time. (When ice melts it creates water so before you add more ice you must remove some water).
The remedy to this problem is …..FROZEN BOTTLED WATER! (Did you hear the angels singing)? Frozen bottled water is the answer to this problems completely!!

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Simply freeze eight, 12 or 16 ounce bottles of water. The Polar Care holds 4 at a time. Freezing eight make sure you always have some frozen bottles available. When 4 thaw, remove them from the water and put into freezer, then insert the frozen ones into the water. The frozen bottles typically last 8 hours. Ice and water only last about 2 hours. Save yourself the heartache and work and use bottled water. Some people suggest using frozen cups of water. For some reason unbeknownst to me, the frozen cups of water last longer. However, when ice melts it creates more water so you have to empty the extra water before you add more ice. Save yourself or your family the extra work, use frozen bottled water.

Warning TMI (too much information) about to be shared!!
6. How to relieve the big C…..Constipation

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Every surgery requires some type of pain reliever. Painkillers do a wonderful job of keeping you comfortable but they bring an unwanted guest, opiate induced constipation. Opiate induced constipation is a beast. It makes you doubly miserable. There is nothing worse than the feeling that you gotta go, wanna go but can’t go. It is like sitting on the highway in a traffic jam. You need to get to exit 110 but you are sitting at exit 1. Traffic is not moving at all.
Opiates lock the bowels up. There is no way around that but there are ways to help get traffic moving again.

a. Implement a daily routine that includes
i. Stool softener
ii. Fiber – fresh fruit, flaxseed, or powered fiber to add to juice
iii. Water, lots and lots of water
iv. Use a good probiotic.

Honestly everything above except the stool softener should be a part of your healthy lifestyle already…right 😉 But if for some reason this is not your regular routine, start it several days before the surgery. I cannot stress enough how important this is. Constipation is no laughing matter!!! Go several days without a bowel movement and you will want to cry.

The above is my routine and I still needed more help. I added a teaspoon of olive oil with lemon juice to the routine each morning before eating anything. The olive oil stimulates the digestive system and get things moving through your system (plus olive oil is a healthy fat). The lemon juice also stimulates the digestive system and enhances the flavor of the olive oil. You can take either alone but I wanted something to work and work quickly.

Now that I follow this complete routine (Stool softener, fiber, water, a probiotic and olive oil and lemon mix) I am back to normal. Miss any part of this 1 day and the next day the traffic jam returns.

Keep constipation at bay by implementing a plan and sticking to it.

The last tip is…..
7.Be patient with yourself
Pain makes you impatient with yourself and others. The truth is there is no getting around the pain. It is a part of the process. But once you get beyond the pain you have an opportunity for a new life.

During the process be patient.

You feel happy, sad, mad, glad, frustrated and irritated. Did I mention that this all occurs in an hour? One minute you are happy you had the surgery, then you feel sad because you cannot go outside yet, then mad that you cannot reach that jar in the back of the refrigerator, and overall irritated. The frustration is the worst. You get excited because you reach 90 degrees flexion today in PT but then wake up the next day at 70 degrees flexion again. This happens over and over.

Be patient with yourself. Recovery is a long process. Over the coming weeks the stiffness in the morning decreases. In the beginning it is a daily occurrence. Be patient.

I know this because I had at least 8 surgeries that required physical therapy. So put your measuring stick down. You know the stick you measure yourself against. Just be patient.

When I started PT in 2010 after ACL reconstruction, there were 2 other people in PT that had the same surgery. They were in PT 4 weeks, I was there 16. I was so sad. I was disappointed and a little mad at myself because I was not doing better. I talked to my therapist. That talk made me realize that I could not measure my progress by someone else. The other 2 patients were teenagers, I was 40. They had otherwise healthy joints, I needed both knees replaced. There was no way I could recover at the same rate they did. Yet I expected too and beat myself up horribly when I didn’t.

I made up my mind to do the best I could and let that be enough. My leg got stronger and it healed, it just took longer.

Be patient with yourself.

I hope this helps you along your journey.

Live Joyfully
Kimberly

I am not a medical professional. This post is not and should not substitute medical advice.


Tomorrow I embark on the next phase of my journey. Tuesday December 29, 2015 marks the end of one journey and the beginning of another. Tomorrow I get my left knee replaced. I waited over 10 years to get my knees replaced. Every surgery prior to this year were to allow me to holdout a little while over.

It feels surreal to know the wait is over. The recovery process still requires hard work but I am so ready for this.

After my right knee replacement, I video the recovery process. With the left knee I will make videos while in the hospital to offer a view of what the first few days are actually like. In addition I will video the recovery as I did before. Every surgery is different so there are different challenges and struggles.

Stay tuned for updates!

Video shot: December 28,2015

Live Joyfully
Kimberly


  • Contact email: kimberly@bowlegsandarthritis.com
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