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Old 08-29-2014, 10:25 AM   #21379
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And to Barbara, my hat is off. Rehabbing two new knees at once ... Well, all I can say is

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Thanks Mel! My surgery was Feb 5th and the GC@CL was starting on April 24th. I didn't have the time or patience for 2 surgeries and recoveries. That and both knees were so bad I wouldn't have been able to do a decent job at rehabbing the first.

It was REALLY tough for the first week, but got easier everyday. I know that rehab is 10% exercises and 90% attitude. The "Honey get me a pain pill while I, OUCH, prop my knee on this pillow" types stay disabled. If you decide you want your life back and work thru the pain it goes away faster.

I'm left foot dominate and my right knee has lagged behind the left. At my 6 week check up with the surgeon he told me the right one was on target, the left was just way ahead. I still try to stop and switch to climbing stairs with the right first. Now I'm climbing stairs like a grown-up again which is good because I'm doing it about 30 times a day now.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:28 AM   #21380
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Time to MOTATE!

Getting ready to pull the jacks up and slides in. Heading for Monticello, IN for about 3 weeks of time in my brother in law's summer home while the coach is at the goodies shop for a new floor. ETA back on the road is the 18th of September.

Not sure how much internet we will have so catch ya'll when we can. SAFE TRAVELS to all!
Hmmm... Motate.... for consideration in RV Mutant Phraseology and Lexicon...

Motate - the art of moving or traveling while mutating. MOTATE.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:33 AM   #21381
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"If'n it wasn't so late in the year I might take you up on that. Haven't planned for it. No equipment like cell phones that wouldn't cost an arm and leg to use in CA. Withdrawal pains for a week or so would be tremendous."

I hear ya! Last summer when we crossed the border at Sarnia we stopped in Port Huron on your side to get a pay per use phone and a Verizon Jet card hotspot for wifi internet. Worked great, but when we got home we discovered there was absolutely no way we could keep them active or topped up until our next visit because even the USA visa card from our bank associated with our USA dollar account was tied to our Canadian address, so we could not pay, no way. They had to use a "fake" USA address to set up and activate them and we used visa for that, but once back over the border we could not do anything. Spent a lot of time on the phone about it! But there was no way we could be without high speed for weeks! My name is Tina and I am an internet addict.
That is what I have heard. I have used my VISA in Canada and I don't remember what the charges were. I might give them a call if I decide to go across. I resemble the remark on internet addict.

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Yeah, pretty much learned all that after rotator cuff surgery[...]
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After two acl's one rotator cuff it was knee replacement time. You know that part during PT that you lay on your stomach, put a strap around your ankle and pull it to your buttocks? Well, I put the strap around and pulled one time - then I called the 90 pound therapist over and said, "I can't do this as it hurts and I'm not sure I could get benefit if I don't pull they way I should, can you help me?" She grabbed my ankle and said "sure" then put her 90 pounds on it - or so it seemed. They could hear me whimper like a puppy in the next building. Each PT session I asked for the same help. I don't have the flexion that I should have, but I can walk on it.

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A little more from the kids' house before we left for Southampton this morning:
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Lucy in her walker, ready to show off for us.

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Such a deal!

The remotes on our Sleep Number bed were analog and the displays had died... they were hard wired and needed to be replaced.

Called Sleep Number and for $120 we have a new pump, hoses and 2 new digital / wireless remotes on the way.

That was a surprised. I thought it would be more.
What happened? Did you run out of "Hot Air?"
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:05 AM   #21382
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Thanks Mel! My surgery was Feb 5th and the GC@CL was starting on April 24th. I didn't have the time or patience for 2 surgeries and recoveries. That and both knees were so bad I wouldn't have been able to do a decent job at rehabbing the first.

It was REALLY tough for the first week, but got easier everyday. I know that rehab is 10% exercises and 90% attitude. The "Honey get me a pain pill while I, OUCH, prop my knee on this pillow" types stay disabled. If you decide you want your life back and work thru the pain it goes away faster.

I'm left foot dominate and my right knee has lagged behind the left. At my 6 week check up with the surgeon he told me the right one was on target, the left was just way ahead. I still try to stop and switch to climbing stairs with the right first. Now I'm climbing stairs like a grown-up again which is good because I'm doing it about 30 times a day now.
You've got it right about the attitude part! I joke around a lot and my therapist and I take turns with the jabs at each other. We laugh a lot. But, I believe in PT 110% and am faithful to do me exercises and do them as instructed.

Congrats on the grown-up stair-climbing! That's a huge deal. Right now, the thought of climbing stairs makes me almost pass out! But I know I'll get there. Gotta be able to climb into a MH so I can test drive it! And I want to do that sooner than later.

I expect that when we meet up on the road somewhere or at a future RVM conflab, you'll be flitting around like you never even had surgery! Two brand new knees. Wow. You're the bionic woman! (Kate tells me I'm Frankenstein. HA!)

Take care, Barb. Hope to meet you one of these days!

AND, to all my Mutant friends, I'm signing off for a few days. We're headed to our mountain home in NM for a long weekend. I think I can travel in the back seat with my bum leg up. I'll throw my wedge pillow in there so I can lean against it on the back car door. If the knee starts to ache, we'll stop and I'll get out with the walker and stretch it out a little. It's 4 hrs 15 mins. But I'm so ready to get outta this house, I'll chance it.

At least at the mountain home, I can sit on the deck with a glass of wine, watch the deer and wild turkey and hummingbirds and occasional black bear, listen to the whir of the breeze through the tops of the pines, and enjoy the amazing views. We have no internet connection there, which was Kate's request -- so she is assured of having my full attention.

I'll be back on the forum next week.

Take care, safe travels and may the wind be ever at your back!

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^^^ I sure feel for you folks with knee and leg problems. Must be tough. 😐 You are an inspiration!
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:24 AM   #21384
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^^^ I sure feel for you folks with knee and leg problems. Must be tough. 😐 You are an inspiration!

Steve, you are a character for sure...... Not having met you, they will not unnerstan this remark......
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:27 AM   #21385
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:42 AM   #21386
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[QUOTE=Wayne M;2204347]

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Do they understand your accent, or do they say "What?" a lot.

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They know me well enough by now! DSIL is from up north in Yorkshire, so sometimes I have to ask for a repeat. DD speaks more what you'd hear on telly (yes, they really say that!), also known as BBC English.
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Mel....be careful and enjoy your adventure to NM.....say hello to the deer and the antelope...
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Old 08-29-2014, 03:31 PM   #21389
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Such a deal!

The remotes on our Sleep Number bed were analog and the displays had died... they were hard wired and needed to be replaced.

Called Sleep Number and for $120 we have a new pump, hoses and 2 new digital / wireless remotes on the way.

That was a surprised. I thought it would be more.
Had to replace mine but only got one remote that operated both sides. Removing the wiring for old remotes required pulling a lot more apart than I wanted, so, they are still in unit just tucked away.

For you or I it was a tight squeeze, for Annie, no problem!
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Had to replace mine but only got one remote that operated both sides. Removing the wiring for old remotes required pulling a lot more apart than I wanted, so, they are still in unit just tucked away.

For you or I it was a tight squeeze, for Annie, no problem!
I may pay guy who gets paid to fit into such spaces to do it.

They offered me the "newest" single control that opetates both sides. I asked about the getting two and and they said sure - $20 for the second. I have noted that Annie adjusts hers in the middle of the night and I have been know to as well. Told the lady I think mine is old man Syndrom. What felt right at bedtime was to firm 3 hours later when my neck, shoulder, arm, back... etc started to complain.

What was surprising wad that since I bought Bonita from a dealer - not an individual - the warranty / pro-rating was in effect - saved me a bunch of money...
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A CHARACTER? Uhmmm... yeah, he knows it too Miss you steve! Hope to see you again soon!
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Hey any RVM's in the Smokey Mountain Valley right now? This one is.

This is "the kids" checkin in. We are doing fine 1000 miles from home in the Smokeys on the way to New Jersey.

Fished Lake Douglas today, not a bite one! Tomorrow = the rapids of Pigeon River. The dogs are fine, the wife is asleep from days of getting up at 5am to go fishing, and I have a bottle of scotch and a gorgeous place to sit for 5 days

All is well.
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