Yep. That's a lot better. I had to have
that ring off for a few days due to my recent
knee surgery. I took advantage of that to have
it re-sized at Honeycutt's Jeweler's in Southern
Pines, where Judy bought it for me 39 years ago.
Now it fits, but not too loosely, and has been
re-engraved and nicely burnished.
It's back where it belongs.
So that's better, and so is my knee!
Since most of you have family or friends
with plenty of surgical experiences (and
quite possibly yourselves), I won't bore you
with a journal type review of my own experience.
But I would like to say I thank God and the people
He has placed in my life that have made this a time
of learning, healing, and thanksgiving.
First, my surgeon, Dr. Jason Guevara, is a Christian,
and member of Judy's church, Grace Church. So is
Dr. Lupkus, who in spite of still recovering from his
own knee surgery, came in on his day off to be my
anesthesiologist. Other Christian friends have been
there for me at every turn.
The very best part of all is that I wasn't sent to a
rehab center. I was sent straight home under the
care of Moore County's best caregiver and cook,
She's still in the midst of helping me with 21 one
days of sponge baths, washing hair in the kitchen
sink, and making sure I get my meds and ice on time.
My appetite has been good, but not big, so our left-
overs are lasting longer. But every meal since I
woke up from surgery has been a pleasure, and I'm
thankful for that.
They give you plenty of pain meds, and I'm gradually
being weaned from them. The leg muscles were
strong before surgery, and thanks to the wise
guidance of home therapists from First Health
and now Dr. Teri Walsh of Appalachian Physical
Therapy, the muscles are coordinating better and
better to make the new knee function naturally.
Teri says I should avoid tennis and running or
shooting basketball layups. Anything with great
impact is a no-no. But hiking is a YES. She even
said I'll be fine to teach the grandkids Four Square
when the time is right. I need to ask her about
jump rope tricks. I know that's high impact, but
perhaps with a cushioned mat I can at least show
the kids some cool tricks when they're about 8.
So I'm thankful, excited, and hopeful about a full
return to my favorite activities. Surgery on the
second knee awaits, possibly by mid-summer.
If it goes as well as this one, by fall I truly will
feel like I'm liberated by my new healthy knees.