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Answers finally

I finally got an answer, and I've been working on that for a few weeks. I've been having pain off and on, but I really thought it was the knees, and so did the rheumatologist. He said come back in six months, and oh, get an X-ray of your back. He decided it was my knees and my weight. Well, I got the x-ray of my back, but didn't get the results. I asked my chiropractor to look at them, and she shared them with me. Basically I have osteoarthritis of my lower back. The chiropractor has me on a decompression machine which isn't making it worse, and we should see results until next week. The rheumatologist is frustrating but I do sleep better with the gabapentin he prescribed. I'm going to talk to my primary care physician and see what he suggests next. I'm considering going back to physical therapy.

So what happened with the leg?

I haven’t said much about it because I am so discouraged.

On May 2, I was getting ready for a dog show and fell hard.  I literally couldn’t get up and had to crawl to a chair and pull myself up.  Husband brought me the crutches and I just couldn’t use them.  It was late in the day and I was in denial so waited and did xrays the next day.

Good news, nothing was broke and it wasn’t any thing an orthopedic surgeon could fix.  I got a Physical Therapy appointment as quickly as possible, and worked with them from May until mid July.  I stopped when I wasn’t making any more progress.

At that point, I was walking with a limp which wears me out, or using a walker.

On the good news front, I’ve found a walker that looks good and I can show Obi with.  I have good and bad days. Yesterday I walked into the gym and Nordstrom’s — today I used the walker.  

My orthopedic surgeon wanted me off anti-inflammatories, but my primary care physician wants me to do them for another month.

At this point I am planning to go to the National Specialty and the dog is entered, but it depends on how the regional speciality in Iowa goes.  

Fall Recovery

I fell on May 2.  I'm still going to PT and we think I have 3 more weeks to go.

Yesterday I had Physical Therapy at noon, and then went to conformation class with Obi.  Everything was easier but 6" steps and standing are still kicking my butt.

I was able to move Obi well enough on the down and back, but I'm still slow moving him around the outside of the ring.  The Dallas shows are the first weekend of July, and  I am planning on taking my walker, as it's easier to sit and position him than it is to squat and position him.  

The day after PT, I'm doing the pool.  I find that I just ache the next day, and being in the pool helps.  I do as many of the at home exercises I can in the pull, especially balance and standing.

Fall Recovery

Still have lots of odd pains in my leg.  Most my butt, the band of tissue above the knee, and knee pain when I'm tired.  Unfortunately about 5 steps makes me tired.

I'm learning to take the afternoon off after PT, and to take the next day off.  Today, I am starting to work hard on standing since I can't stand on the right leg only.

The good news, is that I have now met my maximum out of pocket, and I was pain free working out on the bike yesterday.  I was having pain when fully extending that leg.

Also, I was able to do all the exercises that the PT people threw at me on Friday.

Every day is a bit better.

Fall Update

This should be 5 weeks since I fell.

I went to dog agility.  The drive didn't bother me as much -- some of the rougher roads as I got close but not like last time.

I parked halfway between the PortaPotty and the door to the barn.  EE had lots of chairs spread out, which was really nice.  We started out by sitting and talking and ended that way.

We did some nice distance work but man, does Summer have trouble focusing there.

I can just imagine what will happen at a trial.

The best news:  I was almost walking!

Don't go to Eyelab

I will admit some serious frustration with the office staff at my optometrist office so I dropped into an EyeLab  

Is remote optometrist a thing now?  She could have been in India.  The video connection between us was working but the actual device wasn't and I had trouble making people understand that.  

After an hour of their game, I left, let them know I would not be back. They better have not filed an insurance claim.  

Healing is frustrating

I’m almost walking, and I’m walking just a bit better each day.

I’m doing 5 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes on the recumbent bike, and all the exercises the PT people have me do.

I am going to PT twice a week.  Each time I go in, they tell me I’m doing better.  Then they give me something I can’t do and I get frustrated.  They send me home, aching, and aching the next day.  Two days after, I start feeling good again.

It’s been a month — seems longer, I was thinking it was 6 weeks last week.  

The last time I used assistance to walk was to go to dog class.  I knew that walking through the building would wear me out.  I was able to do about half of class, so that wasn’t bad.  

I give myself a major walking goal most days.  

I feel better, writing this, as I just realized it wasn’t as long as I thought.

Fall - after week three

It’s been three weeks and three days since I fell.

I’m walking but it wears me out and I limp badly.

I did 5 minutes on treadmill today.

I’ve had days when my knee ached, and that makes me scared I need a knee replacement.  Most days, I have pain in my glutes, and the muscle just about my knee and below, but not the knee itself.

I’m faithfully doing rehab exercises.

Here’s the deal.  Each day, I get about 10% better than the day before.  Note that doesn’t add up to 100% better.   But since I’m 10% better, I do 10% more effort, leaving me tired and frustrated at the end of the day.  

Rinse, Shampoo, repeat.

I have to ask the physical therapists if I am better, because I don’t feel it.

Fall - 11 days later

I went to physical therapy on Friday.

We came up with a plan for the dog show.  Basically, I’d use the rolling walker (rollator) when I was setting up the dogs, putting them on the table, etc. but lose it to show their gate.

Apparently I did way too much.

First, they wanted Summer to be shown by a junior but she was not having it and went into full blown snit.  I ended up going in the ring with her, because we didn’t have time to let someone else show her.

She did make friends again with Martha—owner of Summer’s father.  

On Sunday, it was decided that Martha was going in with Summer and Ann was taking Obi in.

Good news, we got the same result.

I was exhausted, and wasn’t up to arguing with anyone, but did manage to move both dogs around at the same time with the rollator.

On Saturday night, my knee was itching and most of the day Sunday. I woke up today with it aching.  Cleaned out the car, got to the grocery store and picked up two easy meals, did lunch and went to physical therapy, iced and rested it the rest of the day until dinner time.  I managed to make dinner, though it wasn’t hard.  Salmon in the oven, veggies in the microwave.

I’m the best I’ve been now which is great because I was totally discouraged during PT.


Still here - Fall experience

Yes, the blog is still here, just haven’t had a lot to say.

I fell last Thursday.  Was cleaning, pant leg got caught on a dog cage and I went down, hard on my knee.

One of my Facebook / beagle friends wanted to know why I didn’t go to the ER.  Well, I have to be bleeding before I enter that particular hell.

And bleeding uncontrollable.

I fell in the late afternoon, it got where I couldn’t walk by the time the doctor’s office closed, so I waited until the next day.a

Okay, I was hoping I would wake up and be fine, but I was worse.

Went in, had xrays, nothing broken, an injury an orthopedic surgeon couldn’t fix.  He ordered physical therapy and I had to wait until Wednesday.  

I was slowly getting better but still wasn’t walking by the time of the appointment.  

Great visit, did a lot to help and I’m walking but limited to a few steps.  Even using the rolling walker means short distances.  I still hurt.

I didn’t mention this, but I should:  husband brought me crutches and I took one look at them and realized it wasn’t happening.  I sent him to Walmart for a rollator (rolling walker) and it does rock.