Tuesday, June 23, 2015

in the blink of an eye


Our plucky heroine is now broken. This morning I was on my way home from brunch with friends, and bent and twisted my knee in just the WRONG way getting back into their car! There was what felt like an audible "pock" and I was suddenly in intense pain. After spending most of the day at Urgent Care, have been told I have a torn meniscus. It hurts a lot, but supposedly will may actually heal if treated appropriately and not re-injured. That involves a lot of rest and ice, and likely not doing any of my housekeeping jobs, and that camping, with all the walking on uneven ground, is verboten. The rest of the summer is looking a lot less financially sound and a lot less fun. This is, at best, not a quick recovery, even though the injury was quick almost instantaneous... at best 8 to 12 weeks, if I am very lucky.

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  1. Oh no, what a total horses ass. I am so sorry to hear this. It is truly the business of a moment to hurt one's knee. You have received good and sensible advice, though. Ice. Rest.

    I wonder how many embroidered and embellished garments you can hand sew in 8 to 12 weeks. . .

    Take care of yourself! You are worth it!

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  2. Thank you for your good wishes Claire.This injury has definitely played hob with both my plans and my everyday life of work and art. There will definitely be garments sewn, as I am currently seeking commission work to make up for my normal work which is now verboten, plus I will likely be able to sew things for me as well. My hope is that I will be able to be upright and moving/working for say fifteen minutes, with time off every hour to ice my knee and to rest.

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  3. So sorry to hear this. I've been through the torn meniscus route and did avoid surgery. After the initial ice and rest period, my doctor told me to ride the exercise bike 3 times per week, 30 minutes per day. He also told me to work on strengthening all the musculature that supports the knee - especially the quads. I workout with a personal trainer every week and her knowledge with invaluable in getting me through this. If physical therapy is a possibility for you, I would strongly encourage you to pursue that.

    Make sure you keep on top of the pain with whatever pain reliever works for you. I purchased a neoprene knee brace at the drug store that I wore to bed (when I experienced the most pain) to support and stabilize my knee. Almost 3 years later my knee is probably about 95% and fully functional for me. Best wishes for your recovery.

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    1. Lois, thank you! It is very encouraging to hear of someone being successful at treating and recovering from this, particularly without surgery. I do have a request in for physical therapy, and will be looking into what is possible. I was told that a knee brace is contra indicated for me since it would exacerbate my lympehdema, but I am managing to stay reasonably pain free at night so far, by using extra pillows for positioning, and by icing just prior to bedtime

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  4. Oh poor you! How craptastic. Do be good and rest and ice. Been through something similar (but not as bad as knee meniscus) with my hip recently and learned the hard way to behave myself! It's a lot better now - though long walks are still out. It's amazing how easy it is to hurt yourself and how long it takes to recuperate! Thinking good thoughts for you, Alison.

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    1. Thank you for your good wishes and encouragement Louisa! I know it seems like one little moment of inattention can have horrid consequences... I hope that in time you will be able to return to your long walks, I know that for me walking is both mental and physical recreation

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  5. Oh no, especially the part about the work which brings in the income :-( Hope you heal well.

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    1. Thank you Ruthie! I am going to do my best to both heal well and to use this time to think (and act on) about possible ways to shift my income stream. I have some ideas already. I have been cleaning houses for over thirty years and it might be time to switch over entirely to my more creative and teaching skills instead, if I can make that work

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  6. Oh horrors. That sounds truly unpleasant. Please do use painkillers - you can't heal if you can't rest....

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    1. Thank you LornaJay - I do balance out the need for anti-inflammatory meds like ibuprofen with the rather horrible side effects I get from them, but have been taking some every night to help reduce the damage and to help calm things to aid my sleep. Plus I am lying down every hour to ice my knee while awake, so that helps - I do set an alarm, as I tend to also fall asleep lying there with the ice pack, which not only numbs my knee but feels really good in our hot weather!

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    2. I know you said it was hot, but I still can't quite imagine falling asleep with an ice pack. Brrrr! Sending good wishes for a straightforward recovery.

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    3. I have no tolerance at all for warm or hot weather... my preferred comfortable temperature is somewhere between 60 and 65 F. We are having daytime temps in the mid 80s to mid 90s, with triple digits forecast for the weekend. I know that compared to many places this is still quite temperate.

      Thank you for your good wishes, I am hoping that in time I will be more mobile again

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  7. I'm so sorry for this painful episode. I keep thoughts of you in my heart.

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    1. Thank you Carol! The thoughts, kindnesses and prayers of my local and online friends are an encouragment, in the literal sense of the word! I will get through this somehow, as I know I have LOTS of practice in being determined and moving forward despite setbacks

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