It’s Memorial Day Weekend, a three-day holiday for many people, and since I live in a beach community of Florida’s Gulf Coast, this means our island will be invaded by throngs of sun lovers. The boys you’ll see at the shore are nothing less than beautiful in their boardshorts. They toss Frisbees and footballs, play cornhole or sand volleyball, and they drink beer. Lots of beer ….
Sadly, I won’t be able to soak up the sights this weekend, as I am quite immobilized by my recent total knee replacement surgeries. I arrived home from the hospital this past Tuesday, and I have been housebound ever since. I don’t like it, of course, but this is all part of the recovery process.
Someone wrote to me via this site to ask, “Why dd you do this to yourself?” Well, I have been physically active all my life. I started surfing when I was fourteen, distance running when I was twenty. I played basketball (not very well), tennis, and soccer. And I love hiking in the wilderness. All of these activities took their toll on my knees. They were completely shot — and I mean useless — before my surgery; I couldn’t do any of my favorite sports.
So, I elected to have both knees replaced with artificial knees that will enable me to pursue any activity I want to again, for many years. The downside is I have to undergo two months of rehab and a good deal of pain before I am fully recovered. That’s where I am at now. Now, I am not whining. I asked for this, and fortunately my health insurance is paying for most all of it, which is no small amount of money. The surgery went off without a hitch, no infection, no blood clots, nothing. I have my lovely boyfriend who has been a saint over the past two weeks, looking after me. So, I am lucky to be where I am at, and looking forward to the day when I can run three miles again.
Right now it’s a little past 10:30 AM, and it’s time for my morning physical therapy session. (Oh, boy ….) So, I will close this post by wishing everyone a wonderful holiday weekend. Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen, guys. It’s important.