Aging: A New Stage of Opportunity for Strength

Saludos Amigos  y Amigas!

As you already know from my first blog post I’m not a Spring chicken anymore!! Yikes!!😦  even though they say that 50 is the new 30 or even 40….whatever! Lol!  I am 51 years young, YES…you read right,  YOUNG, and thoroughly enjoying and loving this time of my life.💕 I can attribute my healthy life style to my healthy eating, vitamin supplementation, and daily exercising coupled with ENJOYING WHAT I LOVE to do,  which is “no matter where you are or who you are with,  you better have fuuuunnnnn!  Life is toooooooooooooo short to not enjoy yourself.

So as you all know, I did have a partial knee replacement and here she is pre-surgery! My knee, swollen and pudgy due to the bone on bone and no cartilage. I felt as though my knee would give out on me.

So I chose this blog’s title because I wanted to share my surgery experience with you.  If you have ever experienced surgery or will be getting surgery, I hope that my experience will get you through it and give you hope and peace of mind. Feel free to ask your questions or for any helpful tips and advice.

So on June 21st I had a partial knee implant to my right knee.  Before I had the surgery my doctor told me I was too young to have this surgery.  He asked me “what kind of lifestyle to do live?”  I confidently and boldly replied “well, I have been exercising all my life, since I was in elementary school, I’m hard core,  I wake up at 3:30 am Monday through Friday and by 4:00 am I’m at the gym killing it.”  He listened and understood, but that didn’t stop him from telling me I was too young.  Frankly,  I don’t see my surgery as a negative thing.  I see it as a new stage of opportunity for regaining my original body strength as now I will be able to perform the barbell squat, use the leg press, and do my favorite exercise the deadlift!  I am so excited and can’t hardly wait to be released to go back to the  gym! 💪✌👌👍

This was 3 days after the surgery.  I couldn’t do much of anything. I switched from sitting up on my bed to sitting on my recliner in the den.

My beautiful chauffer-daughter was commissioned to drive Ms. Daisy (me, haha) to and from my doctor appoinments…it did fee nice to be driven around!!
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I’m at my doctors office and I just got called in to get my knee X-rayed.  Let’s do this!!
Yikes!!  In the waiting from, doctor is about to come in  and see the      X-ray results….

Eighteen days have passed since I had the surgery.  Thinking back of day 2 and day 3, I so wanted to cut my leg offffff.🤕😭😨 The pain was so excruciating that I even broke down in tears…I wasn’t so bad ass then!  I had to quickly organize myself and schedule my pain meds, hydrocodone and motrin. Those were my best friends!! Lol! As the days progressed, probably on day 6 that’s when the pain and inflammation began to subside.  Finally, I began to feel better.

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This picture was taken 3 days after my surgery.
I had to do daily exercises using an electric therapy machine. I used this machine 2-3 times each day for 2 hours. This was a great device to use to the the knee to bend to a specific degree.

The physical therapist started coming in 3 times a week and began working on my leg. He gave me specific exercises to do and tips for moving my leg.  Fast forward to today…I have been released from the PT home visits. Yay!!  I’m scheduled to go to the doctor to remove the “ever clear” tape that covers my suture in 3 days and will continue my therapy at the doctor’s office. Smooth sailing is in sight.

4 Staples were removed from the thigh and the tibia..
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This is what my knee looks like today.  I still have the everclear tape, it will be removed in 2 more days.  Yay!

All in all, I can honestly say that I have had a very positive recovery as I am ahead of schedule,  per my physical therapist (he was awesome!). My goal now is to have full range of motion, such that it’s comparable to my left knee.  I can do this!  It’s all a mindset,  tell yourself that you can,  and you will and can… for damn sure!👍

This was my first lunch outing with my children, Erik and Erika and my beautiful mom.  I was not nice to get out of the house and see the sunshine!

Good luck to you if you will be undergoing surgery soon!  Stay positive and only speak positive words and phrases.  All the positivity that you think and speak will manifest itself in a successful recovery!  Remember to “enjoy what you love”.

 

 

 

 

 

Author: enjoywhatyoulove

I'm a mother of 3 young adults, 2 children still at home working on college degrees. I have been married for 30 beautiful years. I live in El Paso, Texas and love everything about the city that I live in. I have been in the education field for the past 18 and love and enjoy my current jobs as an assistant principal. One of my passions is putting in the hard work in the gym, getting a good sweat and learning to be the best version of me. I have a "can do anything" attitude and I firmly believe that there is a solution for any dilemma that may arise. I believe that I am a natural motivator and attract positive like-minded people into my life.

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