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