Post-Surgery: Five Weeks

Welp, it’s been five weeks (plus a few days) since my ACL reconstruction, meniscus repair.  I go back to the doctor at the six week mark… so we’ll see what he says at that time. I hope it’s a better visit than the one I had at two weeks post-op.

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Swelling is significantly reduced (no more bruises)

According to my therapist, I’m doing well and progressing right on track. We’ve been adding new exercises each week. I’m actually a little sad that my PT visits now drop down to once a week… just as we started adding exercises that I can’t do at home.

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Almost flat!

Last week we added some treadmill work, in order to work on my gait. Plus some other exercises like standing toe raises and single leg stands.

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Scar is healing up!

This week we really kicked it up a notch by adding weighted leg press, ab/aducter (standing), step ups, and wobble board.

Tuesday night’s PT session was almost two hours long. Immediately following I had a little endorphin rush. An hour later I was exhausted. And the next day… so, so, so very swollen!

On Sunday, I went to CrossFit Open Gym. I played around on the rower. Did a few pull ups, push ups, sit ups, ring dips. And capped it off with my PT work while Gregg finished his workout. It feels so good to have more energy in my day. I tried to get PT approval prior to rowing… she didn’t quite understand so we took this quick video. Pretty clever if you ask me!

I also went to the pool on Sunday! Did some water walking. It was strangely chilly (for late July) but I didn’t care. The sun felt so good.

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Going to the grocery store this week was another big accomplishment for me. So my fridge is full of delicious fruit, veggies, and what not. Time to turn my eating back around! Clean it up!

By the way, I have this cool app on my phone “Timehop”. It shows me posts from all social media outlets posted “on this day” 1 year, 2 year, 3 years, etc…. Five Years ago, Bella joined out pack. My how time flies! Here she is, the day we brought her home, this past weekend, and a hike last fall.

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Results!

Benign. That is the best word I could have expected to hear last Friday. 

I’ve had the news for about a week… and I realized (after getting a few notes, comments, and calls) that I should post my results. I did not mean to be a drama queen by any means.

The biopsy for my mole confirmed (pathologically) the visual cues that my dermatologist observed. Although the mole is benign, there were several atypical attributes. On the molecular and cellular level. Boil it down, the mole was in the process of biologically changing. Next month, after Thanksgiving, I will return for another biopsy. The atypical cells were all the way to the edge of the biopsy and the doctor wants to make sure they go and remove further out, to get a clean cut. Remove all atypical cells in a preventative move.

That news Friday was some of the best news I could have received. It also proceeded a really great weekend that included a wedding (renewal of vows) of some friends of ours Friday night. Fire pit Saturday night. And hike Sunday morning! 

Gregg, Groom, Mother of the Groom, and grade school friends

Gregg & Friends

 

Car Ride!

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Gregg & Bella

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Me & Tucker!

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By monday I felt re-energized for the week.

Then, on Monday… I got to have dinner with one of my best friends in town from Chicago. And I got the new iPhone 5 delivered to my house!

 

So many fun & exciting things to write about!! But alas, work was hectic. And I ended up going on a spur of the moment biz trip to San Diego Thursday & Friday!

EARLY flight, watching the sunrise. And the most bizarre hotel gym. All the equipment around the pool?! 

Funny how I am always more motivated for early morning workouts in hotel rooms… 

 

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Now it’s Saturday and I have a full week of relaxing with my little family planned.

we’re going on a walkie

my little bella girl needs to loose weight. 

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no, her neck is not broken…. she’s just a strange monster

bella is our little rescue pup. she lived next door to one of the fire stations my husband worked at several years ago. the family left her chained up in the backyard 24/7. she had an igloo, but that was about it. majority of her food & water came from the firemen or mother nature.

g has a heart of gold and couldn’t bear to see a living thing hurting like that. so after having a conversation with the family… he picked her up one morning as we started making arrangements to deliver her to stray rescue. stray rescue is a local, no-kill (!) shelter in the st louis area. they are a wonderful organization. check them out by clicking on the pictureLogo

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i guess because it was the weekend… or perhaps it was meant to be… we couldn’t seem to get through to have someone come pick her up. 5 years later she’s an integral part of our pack.

 

tucker is younger, healthier, and much happier with her around.

IMG 2507all that being said, bella has some food issues. she still eats faster than she should (we have a special bowl to try to slow her down) and she eats more than she should (she seems to be famished every minute of the day).

this last weekend, at the vet, we weighed in. t is 58 lbs (maybe a pound or two heavy) and b is 72 (!!!!!) pounds. 

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b is going on a diet. we’re going back to carrots as treats and daily walkies!!

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