Daily Bread #79
I am back up on the horse. Um, back up on the bike. It was really rough for a few weeks after my knee replacement surgery, but now, a full month later, I definitely feel like I am on the mend.
I was able to bend my knee 129 degrees last week, only 3 weeks post surgery. The end of rehab goal is 120 degrees so I am already there. My home physical therapist was amazed and impressed with my progress, particularly because I had a very hard first week with 3 E/R visits and passing out twice. I am now using a cane rather than a walker and am starting to wean myself off of the heavy-duty pain pills. I even go on the exercise bike 15-20 minutes a day in addition to the 6 specific physical therapy exercises that I do 3 times each day. My life is awfully routine. Wake up, eat, take pain medications, exercise, ice and elevate, a little time on the computer, repeat and repeat again. Read for awhile, maybe watch a little TV, and then bedtime. I also find time to take a shower each day, mainly around when Anne is how to make sure still I don’t fall – or I guess so she can call the paramedics if I do.
It all feels so much better, though. I have turned my Fitbit hourly movement reminders back on, and try get the 250 steps per hour in for 10 hours of each day. I still have some significant pain, especially after doing the exercises, but it is becoming more manageable. I am also now doing out-patient physical therapy, including being scheduled for a “knee class” which involves using gym type machines to strengthen my leg muscles.
I really miss the weekly group meetings and hope to get back in another couple of weeks when I can drive again. On-going support and accountability partners are so important to this lifestyle change.
I am back to what feels like easy losing. My exercise is increasing and I have been keeping my calorie intake to a reasonable level. I am not feeling hungry, but look forward to when I am burning more calories each day and am off the pain pills. Then I can indulge in an occasional martini again. I really miss the olives!
L’Chaim! This week’s stats: I am drinking about 96 ounces of water most days. My Fitbit report shows 6634 steps last week for less than 3 miles. I ate approximately 8827 calories and burned 10752 for a deficit of 1925. I am down 2.24 pounds for a total loss of 144.4.