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Wednesday Ramblings

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I was pleased with my healing when I saw the doctor for my hand on Monday. it has been 9 weeks since I fell and broke my arm. It will be another month before the bone is totally healed. It will be 6 more months before the nerve is healed. I don't even want to think about what will happen if I don't get the feeling back in my fingers in 6 months. I don't want to borrow trouble so I am thinking positive thoughts about that!

I am not so pleased with the hip, thigh and knee. The muscles have strengthened some since I began PT in August. The pain has rotated all around the area. This is not good as these things go. Currently, my knee keeps trying to buckle. The huge bruised area has been throbbing horribly. I still have a walnut sized hard lump and several very tender areas around the knee from my fall on July 29th. This is cause for concern. I have a partial knee replacement on that knee and they only last about 10 years. Mine is 7.5 years old and the fall seems to have really messed it up. The doctor has been watching it carefully because the lower part of my leg isn't tight enough and can wobble. Being on bed rest for so many months with an bad infection might have finished me off. This has not been a good year for me.

I have a doctor's appointment this Friday with my knee specialist. My gut reaction is that he will want to replace the whole knee. I wish I would have been able to do strength training with my legs to tighten up all the muscles and support the replacements. Yes, replacements. I have a full knee replacement on the right knee that is over 13 years old. The doctor has been watching that knee too, because the post isn't straight. Perhaps that is due to the excess weight I am carrying around.

I feel like I am in a vicious cycle. Since I am hypothyroid, I need to exercise to trigger my metabolism. I do okay with exercise for a while until I either get sick or injured or both. I end up on steroids which causes weight gain and we go round and round. (I have an aspirin allergy so I can't take that for inflammation)

Okay, enough of ranting. I will continue on my program and do my best with the hand I've been dealt. Tomorrow has got to be a better day!
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  • L*I*T*A*
    am sure you will get better soon........
    it can be very discouraging and frustrating ......
    i know you can do this...........believe you can and you will!!

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    1741 days ago
  • VEG954
    Feel better soon!
    1741 days ago
    Hang in there - you are making progress and that is what counts!
    1741 days ago
    I know this seems insurmountable, but YOU CAN DO THIS.

    I have two knee replacements, and just fractured my knee this year. I had to have screws put into it to keep the knee together, and have had them in since January. I got them taken out last week. My knee has hurt the entire time, and I did have nerve problems. I am just starting to feel part of my lower leg.

    I don't think the knee replacement would be a bad thing. It has certainly helped me, and the pain afterward was nothing compared to the pain before.

    Keep plugging away. I am glad you are going to a Physical Therapist. I think mine saved me after my replacements AND my fracture.

    Tell the PT about your concerns. Make sure she/he understands that you are a bit worried and that you hurt. Perhaps a few of the exercises are too much for you right now.

    Keep us posted. Don't lose hope. I am glad I didn't!!!

    Spark on.
    1742 days ago
    Hope you get well soon and continue with the good attitude. emoticon
    1742 days ago
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