Virtual 5k’s

When I started my weight loss journey I was participating in 5k races.  I usually came in last, but I kept trying and was determined to improve.

Finally, I was able to get weight loss surgery.  I was excited, because I would be able to lose weight faster and increase my odds of winning in my category (females aged 45-49).

Unfortunately, I injured my knee.  The meniscus was torn in two places, the kneecap was damaged, and there were other issues.  I had surgery to repair the damage and was hoping for a full recovery.

However, the doctor said I shouldn’t run or do any high-impact activities on a regular basis.  My knee will always be sensitive and prone to injury.

I was depressed by this whole situation, until I discovered virtual 5k’s.  Basically, you register for the event online and complete the run on your own.  It can be done outdoors, on a treadmill, or even on an elliptical.

The elliptical is low impact and will not damage my knee, so this is great for me.  You can even get cool prizes for every event you complete.

Once again, I am excited to have something in which I can participate, get prizes, and feel proud of achieving.

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Having Surgery and Feeling the Love

Yesterday, I had surgery to repair a torn ligament in my knee.  The surgery went well and now I am home recovering.

A few days ago, I told Gwen I was actually looking forward to the surgery, because I am tired of my knee hurting all the time.  Gwen responded, “I’m looking forward to the surgery too, because I am tired of hearing you complain about your knee hurting all the time.”

I’m feeling the love.  LOL

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Surgery Season

It seems to be surgery season for me and my family.  First on the list was our dog Ben.  The doctor repaired Ben’s knee and torn ligament.  Ben is doing much better and is scheduled to have his staples removed on Wednesday.

Next was Mom and Dwayne.  They both had surgery on Friday and both are recovering well.

Today it was my turn.  The doctor fixed some issues I was having with the veins in my right leg.  The surgery went well and I am now resting at home.

Surgery season has been a success, but I think we should refrain from doing this again.

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Baby Ben Update

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Ben had knee surgery yesterday.  The doctor stabilized the knee, so it will not pop out of place anymore.  He also repaired a torn ligament.

I picked Ben up this afternoon and brought him home.  He is doing as well as could be expected.  His leg hurts and he limps a lot.  He also spends a good deal of time crying.

I took the above picture about 30 minutes after he took his pain medication, so he was in a good mood.

I put tie-down stations around the house and in the back yard.  This will allow Ben to walk around, but prevents him from getting on furniture and from running.

The other dogs have been great with Ben.  They each walked slowly up to Ben and sniffed him.  They come and check on Ben from time to time and gently lick his face.

Ben’s brothers are all behaving well; however, Ben is not allowed to be unsupervised around any of them.  I don’t want any of our other dogs to accidentally hurt Ben or to mess with Ben’s stitches.

I know the next few days are going to be hard on Ben, but his family loves him and we are all going to take great care of him.

Poor Baby Ben

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Baby Ben’s knee is dislocated and he will need surgery to repair it.  Apparently, the knee would pop out of place and then pop back into place.  This explains why the regular veterinarian didn’t see it on the x-rays.

I took Ben to an orthopedic veterinarian, Dr. Newman, and he was able to diagnose the problem and said the only way to fix it was to surgically stabilize the knee.

Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday and then he will need six weeks of rehabilitation to ensure complete healing of the joint.

We are all praying for a quick and full recovery.