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the story of an invisible girl
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Cats in the Window
My sister was driving us up my driveway. I looked at the window of my house and commented, "There are cats in the window."

She didn't respond, so I started free-associating. "With a silver spoon. Little boy blue, and the man in the moon."

She walked around the car and handed me my crutches. "That's not how it goes.... is it? No, wait, the cradle. It's in the cradle. Not the window."

"No, look." I gestured with a crutch. "Cats in the window." The cats hopped down from the windowsill to greet us as we walked in the door.

So ended my first adventure in the Real World since my surgery last Thursday. Aside from spending a couple of minutes standing on my porch breathing the outside air, I have been trapped in my house since I got home Thursday afternoon.

Fortunately I've spent a good portion of that time sleeping, so it hasn't felt all that constrictive. In fact I'm still pretty tired, and I will probably go take a nap when I'm through writing this. My body is working hard to heal its knee, and it doesn't have a lot of energy left over to keep me awake for very long.

I visited my surgeon this morning for a followup, and he was pretty encouraging but unspecific. They took out my stitches and took an x-ray. He says everything looks good. He told me I should keep it straight as much as possible, that it was important.

It is not very comfortable when it is straight. But then, it's not really very comfortable most of the time. I'll try to keep it straighter. He also said I could start putting weight on it, ease my way off the crutches, whenever I'm comfortable -- although he also said some people take as long as 2 or 3 weeks. I tried to ask for details about a timeline and stuff, but he was vague. "No running or jumping yet," he told me.

He also gave me a prescription for physical therapy, which I will start tomorrow morning. I am sure my new PT will be a lot more specific and helpful as far as what I should do when, how often, and how long this recovery process will take. I suppose in his eyes, his work his done. He did the surgery, repaired the knee. Now it's somebody else's job to get me using it again.

So I have no specific restrictions, other than no running or jumping. ("He didn't mention skating," my sister pointed out.) Try to keep it straight. But until I see the PT tomorrow, I'll stick to what feels good. It still feels best if I elevate it and ice it regularly. I think I'll go do that now.

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greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: March 29th, 2004 10:21 am (UTC) (Link)
No skating either! My sister decided to go rollerblading 2 weeks after she had knee surgery and ended up needed a more indepth knee surgery a year later. She used the same idea that doctor didn't say she coulnd't go rollerblading so it must be ok. The doc didn't say she couldn't let the family take turns whacking the knee with baseball bats either, but for some reason she opted not to do that.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 29th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yikes, scary! Don't worry: I have no intention of rollerblading or skating. Given that I can barely move it or put weight on it, I don't think that'll be a problem. (:

I'll be good, I promise!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: March 29th, 2004 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
silly silly! don't go doing anything you shouldn't be doing yet! we want you as healthy as possible!!

glad to hear you're feeling better and on the mend (:
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 29th, 2004 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't worry, just kidding. (: I want me as healthy as possible too!!!

I'm mostly confused because I'm not clear on what I should or shouldn't do. Hopefully the PT tomorrow will help.

Thanks! Maybe I'll even be up to watching some dancing thursday night, hopefully.
lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: March 29th, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can recommend an excellent physical therapist if you haven't already settled on one.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 29th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well I have a recommendation, but if I don't like her tomorrow I may ask, yes. Thanks. In/near Troy?
lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: March 29th, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sterling Heights, on Van Dyke, near 17-Mile.
nishar From: nishar Date: March 29th, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Heal

Heal up quick so you can go for walks in the fresh air and not be cooped up getting cabin favor. Good luck on getting well soon.
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