Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Limping Along

This morning I awoke to a painful, swollen knee.

Today was the start of my third week of physical therapy. My knee is supposed to get better, not worse. And it was getting better.

The therapist and I reviewed my weekend. We could not pinpoint anything for certain that could have caused it. My stretching exercises may have been performed a bit too exuberantly, perhaps. Maybe I should not have moved that loveseat to vacuum behind it on Saturday. Yes, I did go out Friday night with friends, but no, I did not wear high heels. Never do I wear high heels. And yes, I have done the ice massage twice a day as prescribed.

Grr. Taciturn thinks the PT is a waste of time; he is not persuaded that PT works at all. He has encouraged me to quit going, especially after he heard that my knee was swollen again. But what is the option if I do? Limp the rest of my life?

I refuse to roll over that easily. Walking, hiking and other exercise is a huge part of my life and I’m not about to give it up without a fight. Although I am limping today, I’m reassured by words I used to speak to my patients quite a bit: “Tincture of time. Things usually respond to tincture of time.”

Tincture of time and PT. I’ll go back tomorrow.

5 comments:

MadPriest said...

Just a suggestion. But, could it have been activity ON the loveseat that caused the problem. We do have to be a bit careful at our time of life.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I'm so sorry to read this. Saying a prayer.

Arkansas Hillbilly said...

Ask them if ultrasound therapy will help. It did wonders for my knees when they acted up...

Prayers ascending

Jim said...

I am learning that walking and hiking can be done while limping. I may get another new knee soon, but nothing will help the peripheral neuropathy in my calves and feet. I limp, but I have not stopped.

Keep on keeping on!

FWIW
jimB

Grandmère Mimi said...

Lauelew, I had 5 weeks of PT for my knee and my foot (fasciitis), and it really helped, especially the foot. Ultrasound is what seemed to work best on my foot. My knees still act up, but at least I'm not limping. I don't have any advice, but I will pray for you.