Lessons I have learned in the past four months
7. Have a support system - I was very lucky to have the support of family, friends and neighbours. Local friends and neighbours phoned, texted and brought food and groceries when they visited. Others like my sister and good friends lived far away but still texted and messaged and phoned. I appreciated it all and can't even imagine going through this on my own. I'm not even going to start listing off names because I will forget someone. You know who you are. As I said in my previous post you sure find out who your true friends are...The fact that people reached out to me was invaluable. For those first few months I didn't feel like reaching out as I really had nothing to talk about unless you wanted to hear about my physio therapy session or hear me whining (okay I confess..it was full scale bitching) about how bored I was and what a black hole my life was. Oh yeah and my rotten bend...they heard all about that too. They rejoiced when I texted or messaged my latest bend number and consoled me when it wasn't good news. My friends and family came through for me and I will love them forever for this.
8. I still fantasize about icing my knee. Yes after a long walk it is all I can think about while on the homeward trek..while I'm not icing nearly as much it still feels SO good! Who knew?
9. I'll probably never be able to soak in a bathtub again. I used to love soaking in a bath but it got more and more difficult to manoeuvre in and out of. Getting out involved rolling onto my knees and hauling myself out. Once you have a knee replacement you can no longer put your knee on a hard surface. As much as I am diligent about doing my squats I don't think my knees will ever be strong enough to lift myself straight up out of a tub. Then again one of the last exercises physio wanted me to do was kneel on my bed or a soft surface with my legs dangling over and pull them up - luckily I left physio shortly after and that exercise was promptly dropped from my regime. I try to do new things most days and am gradually increasing my walking distance. Simple things like crossing a major street before the pedestrian light turned to 0 had me pumping my fist in the air and yelling "yes". (which got me a few strange looks) I have walked twice in my beloved Wascana Park with friends and it's been fantastic. I've been out for meals and events with friends. I turned 65 a couple of weeks ago and I didn't go quietly. Slowly but surely my life is coming back.
Yes, life is looking good. I am going on a short getaway next month with some walking buddies. In mid September I am finally off on another holiday. Yes!!! My travels will take me to Toronto/Hamilton, Buffalo, New York, North Carolina, Detroit and area and Chicago. I will be gone just over a month visiting family and friends which is a gentle way to introduce Thelma into our life of adventures and see how she behaves. I will be going to two Paul McCartney concerts so I've been working on Thelma's boogying skills. They do need some work. The day I booked my first flight of the trip you would have had to slap me to get the grin off my face. However, my dream of traveling in Asia next winter remains a dream at this point. I will do it but it will have to wait until I feel confident I can handle it. It all seems a bit daunting at the moment. That doesn't mean I don't have a stack of guide books from the library for Sri Lanka and South India that I peruse now and again and dream. I am a champion dreamer. It will happen - I'm just not sure when. The upcoming trip will help to determine whether I am ready or not. As soon as I am ready I will be off.
|My first walk in Wascana Park since last year - and on my birthday! (the cane was sitting by a tree - I was showing off! )|
So to quote my favourite band: "I have to admit it's getting better. It's getting better all the time!".