Saturday, May 24, 2014

First Outpatient Physical Therapy, Dave and Marcia, Memorial Day

Thursday, May 22nd:
  
I went for my first outpatient physical therapy appointment; and, it turned out to be the same physical therapist who I'd seen last summer just before I left for my RV adventure.  Aimee, P.T. had told me at that time that I should make arrangements for the surgery; but I wanted to head out so put it off.  Now that I've done it, I realize I could have avoided lots of pain if I'd had it sooner. Oh well, live and learn.

Aimee was impressed with my abilities to both bend and flex my right knee.  She did, however, 'scold' me for doing so much walking.  I'd been doing more than a half mile a day walking around the neighborhood, during which I felt fine; but suffered later in the day.  She said to get back to spending most of my time sitting or lying with ice on my knee.  She reminded me that there's only a small window of opportunity (6-8 weeks) for recovering full functionality of the knee; but there's lots of time (later) to build the muscles back up.

After the PT appointment I drove to a nice restaurant in Roseville to meet Dave and Marcia, my great RV and Blog friends.  We had a great lunch ('thank you,' Dave) and a super visit.  They're going to be here in the Sacramento area for several more weeks; so we'll have more opportunities for get togethers; next lunch is my treat!

Saturday - Memorial Day weekend:

Since I've been more diligent about the rest and relaxation of this rehab, I've been really taking advantage of my Netflix subscription.  I'm really not sure that Netflix is worth the monthly fee while I'm out on the road.  My Jetpack doesn't stream movies well and wifi coverage in RV Parks is a little iffy.  But, here I have fantastic wifi and can stream movies and TV shows to my hear's desire.

Yesterday, I watched "Emperor,"  a movie about the end of WWII in the Pacific; when Douglas MacArthur and our military moved into Japan, as conquerers, to round up war criminals and rebuild the Japanese government.  I'm a history buff and loved learning a lot about a segment of history I knew very little about.  My dad spent his WWII time in the Pacific theater and gave my brother, Jim, and I lots of history lessons about his experiences with General MacArthur during the war; but nothing about after the war.  MacArthur is played by Tommy Lee Jones.  Matthew  Fox played General Bonner Fellows, who was tasked by MacArthur and President Truman, to investigate and determine whether Emperor Hirohito (the emperor was, at that time, considered a 'god' by the Japanese people) was personally responsible for Pearl Harbor and the declaration of war on the United States.  I won't give away the outcome.  Suffice it to say, I found the movie interesting and fascinating.

Today begins the Memorial Day weekend so it was appropriate to watch that movie at this time.  Kari's house will be a beehive of activity all weekend.  Their whole family, except Addison, will be here within minutes.  There are lots of activities planned and it should be lots of family fun.  They've rented a power boat for all day tomorrow for tube-water-skiing on Folsom Lake (about 9 miles from here); I'm going to pass on that activity I think; or, maybe I'll go for a short time, then drive my car home and not be out there all day.

There's food to plan, who's doing what when?  Should be lots of fun.  And, I hope all of you will also have a nice memorial weekend.

Thank You to all our military, who make / have made it possible for us to enjoy our wonderful Country and this wonderful weekend.

27 comments:

  1. I'm glad that you're recovering well and that you had a nice lunch with Dave and Marcia. It won't be long until you're all healed and on the road again... :-)

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    1. If you haven't visited their blog, they are a great couple living life to the fullest.

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    2. She's lucky we didn't break her camera! lol

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  2. Great advice from your therapist. Hang in there!

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    1. Hi Contessa:
      Yup, one more time I need to be put in my place; I usually err on the side of doing too much. Slow and steady wins the race.

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  3. Yep, you need to take it easy and not push it, which is what I think my Dad did and now he finds that he still has pain.

    Enjoy your long weekend, whatever you decide on.

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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  4. I know you're right; and, I'm trying a little more diligently to resist weight-baring, like walking all over stores, etc. But I am doing some very short sessions on the exercycle - that's not weight-bearing - and it makes me feel like I'm getting back into some kind of shape. So, next it's Korea for you two - I'm envious again. Are you planning to camp, RV, etc.?

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  5. Good advice, let the leg heal a bit more before you beat it up

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  6. Looks like you ate lunch at Brookfields

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    1. Yup, that's where we were. A new find for me and it was really good.

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  7. I'm happy you seem to be healing well, and am glad you were able to get together with Dave & Marcia!

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  8. Hi Mary-Pat, thanks for your encouraging words.... I'm glad that you are getting closer to being fully healed but be patient with yourself. You will be as good as new in no time.

    Blogging takes lots of time and sometimes I don't have enough time to do all the blogs following either. Just concentrate on getting yourself all mended up and don't feel guilty.

    Having some family time is extra special even if it's tiring at our age.

    Sending you some healing thoughts.

    Hugs,
    JB

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