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Quick Check In


I decided it was time to check in with my blog readers regarding my new knee. The surgery went very well and I came home the next day. Coming home was a bit daunting. I had such an incredible nursing team at Kaiser. Mr C has been doing a fantastic job helping me through this time. My daughter, Stephanie, brought us enough food for a few days – quiche, chicken pot pies and soup. I have been doing very well in physical therapy and have exceeded the goals that were set for me so far. Next week, I start working in the Kaiser Total Knee gym. Right now I am allowed to only bend my knee to 90°. Next week I will increase that and will be able to use the bicycle in the gym. These are my helpers, the walker and the icing machine that circulates ice water around my knee.


I have to stay on my back at night and I am having some weird pains in my thigh as the numbness dissipates. So, my biggest problem is being a bit tired and low on energy during the day. I do a set of exercises 3 times a day followed by elevation and ice. Here I am doing one of the more passive exercises: passive extension.


Next week I can start using a cane when I am in the condo, but still have to use the walker when I leave.

So all in all, my experience has been very good. The staff at the hospital said I was the poster child for knee replacement!!

Up at the top is the postcard for the SAQA Oregon show at the Rogue Gallery in Medford. I always love to have my work on the publicity!!

5 Responses to “Quick Check In”

  1. Anita Lay says:

    Hope the rehab is going well. I’m following your journey because I think I’m going to have to do the same, probably sooner rather than later, and will probably have the same CPAP issues.

    Sounds like all is well with your family. Take mega-care. We are leaving FL for Schenectady next Wednesday. Spending 8 days for a 3 day trip. We like to take our time. Ken says he’s not going to make this drive much longer, so we have to see all the intervening sites we can. Then I guess it will be the auto-train for awhile.

  2. JOY says:

    Just found your blog. Congrats on the new knee. Been there, done that. It was overwhelming in the beginning, but so glad I did it. Love your blog.

  3. Connie Rose says:

    So glad it all went well! When do you start dance lessons?? xo

  4. Mary Helen in OR says:

    WOW!! I am really impressed. Home the day after? You will be ready to walk in the rose parade at that rate. So very, very glad that all is going well for you. I’d love to see “the real thing”. Hope for an exhibit in Portland.

  5. Jeannie says:

    You rock! Keep up the great work. I really wish we had a trip scheduled west so I could see your show.