Sunday, December 8, 2019

Upgrading Tired Parts

    Monday is the day I have the inner workings of my knee replaced — original living bone alchemized to steel.  Bone that began as a microscopic cell and continued to grow and replace itself to meet needs and demands I made on it since I was born.

  
  Until I wore it out.  

  
  I love this knee for giving me so many years of faithful transportation, for carrying me all the wonderful places my life has taken me.  This knee and I have crawled, walked, skipped rope, climbed trees and mountains, danced, hiked, kneeled, kicked, skied, pedaled, run.  A hundred thousand miles on it would be a conservative estimate, multiple times the distance around the world! 

  For all that, I am beyond grateful.  

  And very reluctant to say goodbye!

The original model 👉


 
Anyway, thanks for the memories, and here’s to the new one — the 2019 model!  It won’t have to last nearly as long as the original, and I’m looking forward to all the new adventures we are going to have together.  




  


23 comments:

  1. What a wonderfully creative way to introduce us to your impending surgery. Well done! I hope that everything goes well and that you are up and at 'em in no time at all, ready for new adventures.

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  2. I agree with David.

    Getting my knees replaced was the best gift I ever gave myself and I was SO scared with the first one. But the pain level was so much less the day after the surgery than it had been for years and just kept getting better from there. Do you know if you'll be able to kneel after you're healed? My doctor says he doesn't recommend it and it feels so weird to do it that I can't. I'm just wondering if they've improved since mine were replaced.

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    1. My doctor said I “should” be able to kneel but it will take about a year to reach comfortable kneeling. Thanks for the encouraging thoughts.

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  3. Before you know it you'll be doing all the things that had become difficult for you. Don't take shortcuts with the PT. It will make all the difference if you do what they prescribe. Happy Healing!

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  4. DO your physical therapy exercises faithfully!!! Definitely pays!!

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    1. It sounds like you might have been through this yourself. Thanks for the good advice.

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  5. You have the BEST outlook on things like this. Aren't you happy to be getting it over with before Christmas! I will sure be thinking about you tomorrow. Oh, and I love your post about the knee replacement. Bet your new knee will be just as cute as your old one. You sure were a cutie.

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    1. Oh, thank you, Henny! Thanks for thinking about me tomorrow.

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  6. Good luck with your surgery. I like the way you say good bye to your knee.

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  7. Loved the pix of the original knee and its match. What a lovely child you were! May your new knee take you all those places you yearn to visit.Best wishes on the surgery, recuperation and physical therapy.

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  8. Thank you so much! I’m off to check out your blog, LC.

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  9. Prayers for a good outcome on your new parts! I will be thinking of you!
    My Cousin's Son in Law was one of the Minnesota Guard Soldiers killed in that helicopter crash near ST Cloud MN. So very sad .

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    1. Oh, no. I’m so sorry to hear that. I was wondering if they were flying out of Camp Randall.
      Thanks for thinking of me.

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  10. Good luck. You'll be a new person with this replacement.
    I can see you racing Mason and Co over 100 metres. I'll put my money on you.
    Plus of course you'll be able to caddie for Paul?????? Is that likely?
    Colin

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    1. He won’t even let me drive the golf cart, ha ha! I’ll have to work hard to beat Mason.

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  11. It has done you good service and now it is time to say goodbye and welcome your new superduper one. I hope you have your next adventures sorted as I'm sure you will be raring to go once the physio has done its job. Thinking of you.

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  12. Thanks, Marie. You’re right — I have LOTS of plans!

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  13. It's Monday afternoon down here so you haven't gone as yet.
    Good luck hope all goes well...you just won't know yourself after a bit :)

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  14. I hope all goes well today. I've never really thought about my knees, which must mean they are working OK. I'm sure that you'll soon be able to not think about your new knee too much.

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