8/12/09

MOTIVATION TO MOVE

Home! It's good to be home, but the hospital stay went very well..... except for the bed pan part.

Since my room had no paintings, I felt obligated to provide a little visual enhancement of the area yesterday afternoon - notice the toes with the lovely foot stocking wrap.

Bed pans have one very good purpose - to prompt patients to get out of bed in order to use the toilet. I'm a slow learner, but after the third bed pan, I decided that getting out of bed, no matter how much pain was involved, was the best way to go.

Today I walked the halls a couple of times, put my full weight on my new knee, and bent that precious knee to a 90 degree angle. Without that bed pan motivation, I might still be laying there.

The doctor did an excellent job, and I feel very blessed to be in such good shape only 56 hours after surgery. Time to paint! And maybe it's time to sell Jewish Hospital some paintings for their walls, too. If only I were motivated to market my stuff.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. MUCH appreciated.

16 comments:

Vicki Greene said...

Good to hear that you are doing so well and still have a sense of humor. God bless.

Dawn said...

yeah your home! glad you did so well, keep it up and you will be out and about in no time!+

Chris Beck said...

Glad to hear you're home and doing well. I hear you on the use of bedpans as a motivational experience!! They're one of the worst things about hospitals - like something straight out of the Dark Ages!!

debwardart said...

I see you painted your toe nails in celebration of the new knee!!! And now you will be able to keep up with the grandkids better!

shicat said...

Hi Sandy, sorry to hear about your Knee.Wishing you a speedy and painfree recovery Maybe you will be able to paint once your feeling stronger,can't wait to see.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words. I did shorten that ultra long toe before I left. The hardest part was reaching over to get the sign from where it was taped. The toenail polish was artistic license since it was a no no for surgery. They'll be painted again soon, tho.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

So glad it all went well and you are home again - what a wonderful word (home) that is filled with comfort, love and personal treasures. A place and base we all want to be when coping with life's difficulties. Did not realise it was to be a full knee replacement - my isn't medical technology fantastic. We art female bloggers could all end up as bionic woman with a paint brush permanently attached to our hand!! See a cartoon coming on here starting with the lovely sketch of your foot. !!... Must stop whittering on. BTW thanks for all your charming comments on my blog - do appreciate your thoughts on my efforts.

meera said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery! and best wishes for stronger, happy knees!

Ces said...

WHAT! WHAT! I missed a lot. Oh my. You were at the hospital! Oh I hope you had a good nurse to take care of you. I hope you are doing well now. I am sorry I missed coming here. Take care Sandy. Get well soon.

Oh yes, bed pans are atrocious. I hate giving bedpans, they always leaked!

linda Schuler said...

You didn't mention the very male nurse! Glad your home and ready to paint.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thanks again for the many posts and best wishes for a speedy recovery. I walked today without the walker - shhhh, don't tell. I had it in my hands suspended in mid air in case I needed it. Thanks, Linda, for reminding me about the 20 something good looking male nurse. All three times, too. He was very professional and gracious. My care was really top notch!

Kathy Sarlo said...

Hi Sandy - I am glad you are home and can comfortably set your tushie where you want (ie, no bedpan). Keep focused on recovery and we will see you soon! Tuesday class will need to have a "back to class" party! Kathy S.

Ann Buckner said...

Hi Sandy, so happy to hear the surgery went well and you are even sketching! Will be waiting to hear how the knee therapy goes. Keeping my fingers crossed you ace it!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

A friend had a knee replacement and it hurt so much that he didn't want to do it again. No way, No HOW!
BUT, after the new knee healed and he could compare the pain of the old one, he ran to have it done and is happy. He had the surgury at 70 or so.

Boy, you have guts and of course, humor :D

freeartist said...

I am a month ahead of you with a new knee. Waiting to hear you next comments about rehab. Ouch, but oh so necessary. Keep the paint flowing.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Hi Free Artist!
I hope you're recovery really well and doing as much exercise as you can stand. Walking again without pain is such a pleasure! Painlessly going down stairs as well as riding a bike, etc. are to be so appreciated after several years of misery.

I just got home from my '2 week' check up - at 18 days after surgery. I've been to 2 out- patient physical therapies this week, too. The doctor told me I was doing so well - no more pt therapy needed, and I am released to drive, swim, work, etc! AMAZING. I'll see him one more time in 4 weeks for a check up then want to schedule the other knee asap according to what he recommends.

The knee replacement I had was a rotating platform knee that's cobalt and chromium (we paint with those colors!) It was put in using computer assisted technology so that no muscles or tendons were cut, making recovery remarkedly fast.

I did all the exercises plus 10% more most of the time and could walk unassisted by the end of the 5th day. I haven't used a walker or cane since the 10th day and have had no pain except for in the hospital about 18 hours after surgery. I took a vicadon in the mornings for about 5 days for stiffness over the course of the first week after I got home, but none since then. I'm still on Celebrex for inflamation and on coumadin until Monday.

I decided this week that I'd much rather have this surgery again than a bad cold. Seriously. I feel so blessed and thankful for the amazing results. My surgeon, Michael Swank, was the 1st in the US to perform this type of knee replacement and teaches about it internationally now.

Let me know how you are doing. Are you painting? Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Thank you, EVERYONE, for all your caring. I am so thankful for each of you and look forward to visiting your blogs often, too. Keep those brushes moving.
Sandy

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