Knees, Knees, Knees!

New knees, old knees, sore knees……feeling better knees.

This has been a week of knees for us at our house.  My husband and I both decided it was time to get back into our Orthopedic surgeon to see what could be done about the knee pain we both had been experiencing.

John hasn’t complained a whole lot about his knee pain, though it’s been there.  Me, on the other hand…… yeah.  I’ve been complaining!  My knees have been so painful since I finished my chemo treatments its been awful.  Sitting for long periods of time, even with my legs elevated was still hard on them.  Walking or standing for any length of time was also painful.  It hasn’t been fun.  The rest of me has recovered really well since the chemo, but the joints have been painful.i-stock-knee-pain-shot-2

John had his left knee replaced about 10 years ago and thought maybe it was time to see if the other one was in need of replacement.  We shared an appointment with the Doctor to have him take X-rays of our knees to see where we were at after 8 years and see what our alternatives were for the pain.

He gave us both choices.  He told John he could try shots but that it wasn’t going to be a long term solution for him for playing ball.  Since it’s off season for Softball he decided he wanted to go for the replacement now so he would have time to recover and get it back in shape for softball in the Spring.

My choices were to try the shots; to try to see if scoping them would help again; but ultimately, the doctor feels that I need both knees replaced.  I’m bone on bone on my right knee (have been for 8 years or better) and my left knee cap is shot.

Since we are trying to sell our condo and move into a home within a month or two…. surgery was not an option for me.  (Silly me…. I was thinking it wasn’t a great time for John either…..)  I decided to give the shots a try, since I’d never done them before and had heard some good results with it.

Wednesday, I had my first shot in my left knee.  My insurance company won’t let me do both knees at once.  I guess they want to know if it’s going to help first before they pay for the other one.  The doctor wanted to use the Euflexxa gel on me but also gave me a little cortisone with the first shot.  Man!  What a difference it has made!  I can’t wait to get the approval to have the other knee done now!  I’ve been surprised at how having less pain in my left knee has helped my right knee feel better.  Even my neck pain has lessened.  I find that quite interesting!

I have two more shots in the series to go in the left knee, then hopefully we can do the other one right away.  I have felt so much better!  It will make trying to move and pack a whole lot easier, for which I am truly grateful!

John had his replaced yesterday.  He is doing remarkably well considering.  He is determined to get it functioning good as soon as possible.  All most to a fault.  I hope he doesn’t push it too hard!  Hopefully 4 or 5 weeks out from surgery, when we are hope to be moving, will be enough time for him to recoup to the point that moving won’t be too much of an issue.  And yes….. I am going to hire movers this time.  Even my boys told me I needed to.  We will still have plenty of work to do even with using the movers.

I’m grateful his surgery went so well and that he will have time to get himself back in shape for softball.  He may not be running the bases next year (they do allow substitute runners in Senior ball), but as long as he can play first base and hit the ball he’ll be happy.

It’s amazing what they can do for your knees now.  I’ll take my temporary solution of shots for now with the hopes that I can hold off a few more years with the surgery.  Maybe by then, they’ll even have better solutions!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?

Almost Perfect Weather

We’ve been in Laughlin, NV – Bullhead City, AZ area the last few days for my husband to play softball again.  The weather has been beautiful and sunny, but not super warm.  At least not by my standards.

If it wasn’t for the wind down here, the temperature would be perfect!   But the wind chill makes you need a jacket and sometimes a blanket.   But mid to high 60’s is still pretty nice! It occurred to me this afternoon while I was kind of complaining about the wind making it much colder than I’d like, that I really have no room to complain!  How lucky am I to even be here!ColoradoRiver_Laughlin_NV

I’m very lucky that my husband is retired and that we are in a position to be able to travel on occasion and enjoy warmer weather.  Especially since we got a phone call from our son back home this morning who was dealing with brushing the snow off his car! While my bed is calling me, the snow is not!

But I’m grateful I could enjoy this almost perfect weather for a few days!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?

Home Movies

When was the last time your broke out the old home movies and sat back and had a good laugh or cry by watching?  Probably not recent enough, right?

I’m so grateful for those home movies that have been captured on film….. even though many of our movies are on a format that’s not as easy to view anymore, or the cameras that took them don’t work anymore.  We need to find a way to get all those transferred to digital format.  My husband is working on that project.  He’s been assigned a couple of big things that he has to have transferred in the next couple of weeks.

His Mom asked him to transfer a VHS tape she has of old family movies and photos.  The funny thing is…. when it got transferred to VHS format we thought we were in fad city!  We were watching a little of that VHS the other night and it was so fun to see my hubby at a younger age.  Most of the scenes we were enjoying the most was footage of softball games with his brothers.  They are a very athletic family.  It’s fun to see that footage of him playing ball at the age where my boys are now.  At least they can get an idea of how he played back then and know that he was once as fast as they are!

He still plays softball and does really well…. but he’s definitely not as fast as he used to be.  I think he’d be the first to admit that.  But, now our boys have visual proof of that instead of just ‘fish’ stories!

The really big assignment my hubby has been given is to transfer the Hv8 tapes that my sister made interviewing my Mom about her life.  We are celebrating her 90th birthday in a couple of weeks and thought it would be nice to make an iMovie of her life including pictures from her past and present.  It’s going to be a big job….. but we will do our best to figure it out.

We have box loads of family movies of our own that we need to digitize someday too.  I know it will take hours of time…. but I’m grateful they are there!  I look forward to reminiscing about our children’s lives!

I’m not sure this generation understands or appreciates how much easier and convenient it is for them to capture home movies!  There are many things that I’ve missed filming over the years…. which I regret….  but it took a very conscious effort to think about it and plan to get the camera out to capture those moments.  Now….. people can just pull out there smart phone cameras and spontaneously capture those moments!  Not just pictures either….but video.  How lucky they are!  I haven’t quite converted to a smart phone that does that…. yet…… still hoping that will happen soon.

Many of you probably have no idea what it was like to film some of the old movies that our parents took.  The huge cameras and the enormous lights they had to use to light the area they were filming….. plus…. nothing was wireless, so you had to have power everywhere you went.  Definitely something most people just did at ‘home’ because of the power issue.  I have very strong memories of those huge lights glaring in your eyes while you were being filmed!

The good old reel to reel movies that we would play for our family home movie night….  so much fun, but not very convenient!  As a matter of fact….. now that I think about it…. I think I may have some of those in storage somewhere!  They need to be converted too!  Crazy!

But how lucky we are to have had that technology… even the old stuff!  At least it’s documentation of our lives!  Before the old cameras were invented….people had nothing other than photographs for memories.  How blessed we are that it’s so convenient now and so easy to share!

I am Grateful!  How are You?

Done for the Season

I’m not gonna lie…..  even with as much fun as we’ve had the last few weeks….. I’m glad to be done with Softball for the Season.

Probably the biggest reason I’m grateful right now is because John has been having back problems the last s

everal weeks.  Three straight weeks of ball tournaments with several games a week, including several games the same day, can be rough on an aching back!

It was painful watching him play today.  I knew he was in a lot more pain than he was letting on to be, but since they had no extra players…. he had to hang in there and just get the job done.  Though he wasn’t able to play to his full potential…. I think he still did pretty darn good considering the pain he was in.

I’m grateful we have a few months to get his back in shape for next year.  He just needs some down time to get the inflammation down and get some therapy going on it.  He’s determined to stick with therapy so he’ll be in shape to play next Spring.  He loves this game and I know will play till he absolutely can’t anymore.  Which I predict will be a long way off!

We’ve had a great time the last couple of weeks.  We have some great friends on the ball teams and have a good time socializing outside of the games.  Though the guys continue to pretty much talk sports the whole time…. the women find other things to talk about!

I’m glad I’m able to support him in his love of Softball.  It’s made me some great friends and let me meet some people that I wouldn’t have otherwise met.

One in particular that has become a dear friend to me.  We are almost like soulmate sisters.  Even though we are different in so many ways, we are also alike in so many ways.  It’s just great fun to be with her…  and it’s the ball tournaments that bring us together

since she lives in Arizona and her husband only plays with us in a few tournaments a year.  Love ya, Lyn.  Good times.

Now, it’s time to take a breather, work on getting in better shape and be ready for more when Spring rolls around.  It’s been a great season of Softball.  March will be here before we know it!

I am Grateful!  How are you?