Sunday, September 12, 2010


Well, that appointment with the surgeon was rescheduled until this next Friday afternoon. He had an emergency surgery. In the meantime, the still healing top of the incision looks like it might open up yet again. It's collected some blood under the skin. It hasn't opened yet, though, and it seems to be better than the last time it opened up. I called the office and they said that if it opens and there is drainage, I will need to get back on antibiotics to prevent infection. So I am hoping it doesn't open. It looked good tonight.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Three and a Half Month Check-up

In the morning I have an appointment with the surgeon who did my knee replacement. There will be an X-ray as well. I am expecting a good report.

Tonight I am up way too late. But that's normal for me right now. I am always up way too late. I should be asleep. I want to be asleep. Because my appointment is in the morning, I won't get much sleep tonight. But it's okay. I've done it before.

My knee is doing very well, I think. There is still some swelling, but nothing like it was. When I sleep or get very relaxed, after awhile I get achy. Nothing that can't be taken care of by some of the physical therapy exercises I was taught to do, or just getting up and walking will take out the kinks.

The one issue has been the area of the incision that didn't close properly. It had finally healed up and then soon after, opened up again. So after another couple weeks of following the doctor's method of cleansing it, it finally is closed up and looking good again. Hopefully it will continue to stay healed this time and not re-open. We'll have to see what the doctor says about it.

I am hoping to get weighed in the morning and hopefully the weight loss will have continued. I've been trying hard to do what I need to do. I've learned a lot following the "fishy vegetarian" eating plan. However, I am not following that plan any longer. Yes I still eat mostly the fish, but I have chosen to include all other meats as well. But this time, I am going about it in a totally different way than I have ever done in the past. I am relearning how to cook. You see, all my life I have cooked for a small army and always lived on leftovers for the following day. I have never really known how to cook just for one person before. But I've been learning. Following the vegetarian diet and also watching the calorie count has been good for me. This month when I got my groceries I was in an excellent frame of mind to make sure all the meats were packed away into the freezer only after I had reduced them all to individual portion first. With the vegetarian plan I had learned how to cook a lot of meals and only cook for myself. So I am following the same style but keeping the meats to low calorie portions and still using the fruits and vegetables to fill up on. I don't use high calorie sauces so the veggies are lightly seasoned and either steamed, baked, or microwaved. It's still baby steppin it, but I am hoping it is working. Slow weight loss is the best for me. And a slow weight loss is much better than a weight gain...or even staying where I am now. It's not easy. But God is helping me and with God all things are possible.