How time flies! Here I am at 10 months post new knee.
It has been an interesting journey to date.
Here are the knees. They have never been pretty; they’re the knees of an Amazon.
I’ve been snowboarding!! I am still loving going to Joint Class at the Harry Jerome Rec Centre. It is such a great resource to have. The staff are amazing and the other joint folk are very sweet. I thought I’d share some views of the area and my current favorite machine.
I made this worse as I was protecting the new knee
Lately, I have had some pain. We had nearly unprecedented amounts of snow here in Vancouver. I managed to injure myself. NOT my knee. My left low back took offence and has made life painful for a while. With the help of my amazing massage Therapist (Soma Massage Therapy, North Vancouver), and yoga I am making gradual improvement. I think I made this worse as I was protecting the new knee while I was shovelling. Moral of the story……get someone else to shovel.
My knee continues to gain more bend as the swelling decreases. Recently I have noticed that it is also straighter than it has been for decades. Possibly straighter than I was abe to achieve after the original sports injury all those years ago. It is a bit disconcerting as my brain tells me the knee is hyper-extending. The mirror says that is not so. The muscles around the knee are also complaining as they have not had to work in this position for a long time. Even though there is discomfort these are all signs of progress.
Compression Hose is a must!
I do have some advice to share. Compression hose!! Wear it on planes. In September I had a business trip to Utah and did not wear or bring my compression stockings. My knee was puffy and my ankles were absurd. It was not comfortable. They ached constantly. In February, my son and I took a trip to Toronto (Sightsee Toronto). For that trip, I wore the stocking on the plane and for long walks. What a difference!! As we age our circulation in our extremities becomes less efficient. It is more difficult for our bodies to manage the fluid in our tissues. The low pressure in the plane cabin makes the worse. It is one of the causes of DVTs (clotting on the veins of the legs) due to air travel. My experience in the past was that the swelling was in my ankles. After the knee surgery, there was noticeable swelling in the knee too. It is not surprising given the manipulation during the surgery. It may not continue to be an issue but why take a chance when there is a solution? I wear the lowest strength and they work so well. As you can see from the photo they look pretty good. No passion killers here.
Feet First Foot Balm – Love it!
I still massage my knee on a regular basis. I have a new favorite for massage. Zija International’s Ameo launched a super product called Feet First. It smells amazing and regular use has made my amazon feet petal soft! I also use it on my knee as the scar can always use some love. There are serious amounts of essential oils, Vetiver is the top note. The first ingredient is Moringa Oil which is enormously beneficial. Check it out on my Zija Webpage. Give it a try. You will love it.
It smells amazing and regular use has made my amazon feet petal soft!