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Carol Perkins: Knee Deep in Recovery

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By Carol Perkins

One month after knee replacement surgery and I am wondering if I'll ever be back to normal. However, as I told my physical therapist, I want to be "normal" as I was in my forties when I could kick up my heels and bounce up a set of stairs. He gave me the look that said, "How about we shoot for fifty." I'll take fifty.

For many years I have suffered with my right knee, avoiding the inevitable. I tried shots and more shots in the knee, which helped for several months at a time and for a few years until the knee was beyond help. I researched stem cell injections and decided to shell out the cost of four cruises (insurance didn't pay) and for a short while, I was able to move around more readily without much of a limp. However, for me, it wasn't the answer. I do know it works for others, but my knee was too far gone.

I made up my mind to schedule surgery in July, giving me time to complete all my flower projects, take a trip to the beach, a trip to Texas, and clean my house! Naively, I looked forward to this procedure and never anticipated the recovery process.

I thought I was a stronger person than I have turned out to be. I'm nothing more than a weakling when it comes to pain, rehab, patience, loss of comfort, and a slow recovery. What has been the hardest part (other than the pain and swelling that will go away I'm told) is the loss of independence and the feeling of never getting better. "Give it time," my friends tell me. "You will forget all you've gone through when you've healed." I hold on to their advice.

What I know for sure is that no one has the same experience with knee replacement, yet all have similar situations. Some bounce back quickly with no pain or swelling while for others the recovery takes longer. I should focus on how far I've come instead of how far I must go. When I feel I can drive again, my wings won't feel clipped. I appreciate all those who have been encouraging. We all need it many times in our lives. This is my time.

Carol's most recent book, based on a true story, The Case of the Missing Ring, is available through Amazon, both paperback and ebook. You can contact her at

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