Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Celebration



It's a Celebration!!!!!

A One Year Anniversary Celebration!!!!!




For it was one year ago on July 7 that I went from . . . .




this



to this!!!!!

While I'm not exactly running marathons (or running for that matter -- it's a no-no) but one year ago on July 7, I began a journey which literally changed my life.

Although I was not using a walker or was in a wheel chair, I had bad knees -- very bad knees and my first surgery was on July 7 last year.

Once both were done and I had three months of recovery from the second one, I noticed a marked difference in things I could do. At the six months mark, even more -- little things, things we take for granted.

And then we went to England for two months and I must have walked a million miles and climbed thousands and thousands of steps (most were size 6 steps which made it harder for my size 9 feet to navigate).

Because of my surgeries, I really missed the summer of 2010 for I was inside and on the couch for most of it but . . . . summer of 2011 finds me gardening for hours at a time, being able to really clean house, taking Ollie for both morning and afternoon walks, and not minding where Husband Jim parks when we go shopping. (In fact, I often park at the end of the parking lot so that I have to walk further).

It was truly a life changing experience . . . and although my experience was not typical (a pain free recovery, being able to walk without walker or cane 12 days after surgery, and driving 18 days after surgery (I forgot to ask, it was easier to drive the 4 blocks to PT and we live in a very small town) for both knees.), if your doctor is recommending knee replacement surgery, I suggest that your strongly consider it. It will truly change your life!

If you live in my neck of the woods, I would recommend my physician -- Dr. J. Christopher Banwart -- he's wonderful!!!!

How will I celebrate my first anniversary? With two miles on the treadmill!!!!




19 comments:

afternoon tea said...

Happy Anniversary! And what a wonderful thing to celebrate. When I was in my late 20's I had an operation on my left leg that left me handicapped until my muscles healed (the thigh muscles were all cut, right to the bone). It left me with a permanent appreciation for the difficulties faced by people with mobility issues. I'm so glad your operation was a huge success and that you're able to pursue the things you love.
Hugs, AT

Mary said...

What a wonderful anniversary to be celebrating. I'm so glad the procedures went well for you. Have a wonderful evening, Martha. Blessings...MAry

From the Kitchen said...

Happy one year post-op! So glad that you are back to doing the things you love to do including that fabulous idyl in England.

Best,
Bonnie

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

You are doing awesome. Isn't it amazing how much one can change and progress after a "set back." You go girl!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a blessing and an answer to prayer. We take so much for granted and then we have a little set back and it really make us appreciate great health. I am thrilled you are doing so well. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

Hurray for you, Martha. It feels good to be our best self. I don't know you, but I can say I am proud of you!

XO,
Jane

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Congratulations to you!! How wonderful for you that it worked so well and made such an improvement in your very busy life!

defaziolinda said...

Dearest Martha! Happy Anniversary! I also have had been knees replaced, makes me feel very "bionic" HA! Actually, they work wonderfully, but I unfortunately still am carrying around the weight I had gained. Never-ending story.... Our health system is fabulous, otherwise I don't think I would be walking at all now. Blessings, Linda

SavannahGranny said...

Congratulations!! I remember when you had the surgery. That was before I was blogging but I was stalking your blog. LOL!
So glad you are doing well and living life to the fullest.
Ginger

Pondside said...

Happy Anniversary, Martha - what a wonderful milestone. You're sure to be an inspiration to anyone out there who is suffering but holding out of fear of the surgery.

Rose H (UK) said...

What a wonderful celebration Martha! The wonders of modern medicine...and you're the proof :o)

Babs said...

Happy Anniversary! That is so exciting and certainly a blessing and a testament to your doctor's skill and care. How wonderful that you can be so active in the garden, not to mention a trip to England. Thanks for sharing your wonderful anniversary.
Hugs,
Babs

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

It's wonderful to hear success stories like this one. Congratulations on your first year of brand new knees! You certainly do have a lot to celebrate.

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope this will be me in a year........I REALLY need two new knees and am not ready to give up my life just yet! Thanks for the inspiration!

Bernideen said...

I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU MARTHA! Celebrate big!

Gram said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Maybe that means we will have more of "Lines from Linderhof!!!

The Norwegian said...

VERY happy for you. The personal triumphs you have experienced add so much to your wonderful home centered posts. This is an anniversary to celebrate!

Marlis said...

This is just fabulous news. I just love happy endings. I'm so glad it all worked out and that your quality of life has moved up so many notches. Bravo!! Many blessings, marlis

Scribbler said...

Thank you so much for this post. I have terrible knees (it seems to be hereditary), and have been wondering how long I need to wait. I understand the prostheses are much lighter and longer-lasting now. My mother had to go through this three times. The first one was shot after 11 years. I am going to be looking into this for sure.