|Girls in the wheelchair ready for me to use!|
The first week I had meds in me...lots and lots of meds. I was a good patient, taking them every 4 hours as prescribed. I "signed" an agreement with my orthopedic surgeon that I would listen to my body and not do much. I iced every 90 minutes for 60 minutes, and still am icing, A LOT! The icing is good since it makes me sit down and "chill"...no pun intended. I hadn't felt the urge to push it and exercise; I was overly focused on being a good patient and having a strong recovery. This is a surgery that affects not only my knees for doing competitive sports; but my livelihood being a personal trainer and fitness business owner, my anxiety through healthy stress release in exercise and my ability to partake in many of our fun family active adventures. While it seems frustrating, I know it is temporary. It is interesting though, I had friends and family asking daily how I was holding on. They know me way to well and have been phenomenal! They were supportive and kind, curious if I was jonesing yet to take off and "go". I felt ok until Christmas Eve.
|Emerson riding to help pass out bread- She "Believes"|
Day 6 had me eager to move and get out of our house. We walked to Pappo to help at the Christmas Eve soup kitchen. The girls rode their bikes and I was able to walk holding onto E's bike's handle bars. We had planned on helping out for a long while and knowing it was only 1 mile to Park Street, I thought I'd be ok. It felt SO GOOD to be out and helping other people. TO help those in need and give them a smile. I may have been hobbling a bit from table to table, but the girls enjoyed it and knew they were fortunate. While I may have been healing from my surgeries, I knew that we healed from being supported by family through jobloss related relocation or Makenzie's long term hospitalization last year. Those we were helping aren't so fortunate and many, the girls found out, don't have families to love them. Yes it hurt when I got bopped while turning to pass a plate, or squeezing by a family to sit down. But the message of how blessed we are was needed by all of us.
|Icing in the office at Pappo- small price to help others 12.24.11|
After Pappo my knees were a bit sore so I pulled back my walking. Christmas was full of fun, presents, painting and enjoying family. I stopped the intense pain meds since they were to much on my system. Thus I enjoyed some needed wine. Dad's wine tasting was much more appreciated because yes, it did help with some of the pain. We celebrated how far we have come and grateful we all are for the little things, with my brother, Tyler, throwing in some funny and lame comments of course, but reinforcing again that the double knee surgery is temporary.
Day 10- feeling pain. My post - op appointment was rescheduled by Dr. Z on account of jury duty and is now scheduled for January 4th. The eagerness to move has started to grow. Reading all the Facebook posts by my peer personal trainers to their clients, mapping out my own goals for my clients and the desire to focus on New GOALS for 2012 has started the bubbling to burst even bigger in my belly to train hard. And yes, I do have a little belly now from not exercising for 11 days over the Holidays. Your body can shift, remember that peeps! Use it or lose it! This little tummy is temporary too, I do know, but the excitement for training has me excited and nervous. Thus...the words Definitely and Will.
|The wise bicycling Makenzie- Age 7.5 Dec. 29, 2011|
|Makenzie's serious COACH face. "Definitely WILL"|