Monthly Archives: February 2016

Time For Another Knee — And Don’t Forget to Vote

DSCN1363That’s right. I’m headed back to the hospital, this time to have the left knee replaced. Who said retirement can’t be fun. I did the other knee seven weeks ago and it’s kind of boring the second time around, I won’t bore you with the details. Read the first story.

This also means that I will spend Super Tuesday watching election returns in a pain-killer haze. Go Hillary! Ginny & I have already voted. You all should too.

And while we’re at it, remember the Alamo.

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Foggy Night, Full Moon. San Antonio, Dec.28, 2015

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February 16, 2016 · 12:59 pm

Local Man Gets New Knee — And You Won’t Believe What Happens Next!!

OK, ignore the click-bait headline. It’s not all that unbelievable. But I find it pretty fascinating. After all, it’s my knee.

Things that happened after surgery:

  1. I walked with the help of a walker only a few hours after surgery. But then, almost all total knee replacement patients do.
  2. I could walk unaided — or with minimal use of a cane — three weeks after surgery. And also drive a car.
  3. I am taller. The surgery corrects a life-long set of bowed legs that has gotten only worse with my worn-out knees.My right leg with the new knee is now between a quarter-inch and a half-inch taller than before. The left leg will soon add similar height when I have the other knee replaced February 29.
  4. The new knee does a much better job of letting me know when a cold front is due, when it might rain or when the barometric pressure is dropping.
  5. How’s the pain? It’s OK. The new joint is a little achy and stiff at times. And it’s still only flexes or bends back about 110 degrees. The surgeon would like 120. But it’s straight and holds weight and stable. Should have done this years ago.

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