I’m starting off the New Year with a new knee! There is not a good time to have a total knee replacement so I opted for a winter recovery! Here are a few things I've learned during the process:
- Hospital gowns in the operating room can be warm! It had been a long time since I was in surgery and I have to tell you that the warm air (temp controlled) hospital gowns are wonderful.
- After surgery, I had a reaction to a medicine and threw up. That’s not so uncommon, I know, but the long plastic pocket they gave me to use was so much better that a pan! Especially in the physical therapy room!
- There are several different exercises for physical therapy that work the same muscles. Some hurt worse than others. Finding the right therapy and therapist is important.
- My fear of what might be is worse than reality and holds me back from doing my best.
- The success of the operation depends on me! Am I willing to do the prescribed exercises the required number of times? Am I willing to go to Physical Therapy and do my best? Am I willing to ask for help and accept it?
o No matter what I do, having the right tools, overcoming fear and being determined to do my best will go a long ways toward my success.
It’s been a while since I've been working in my studio and I’m missing the creative process.
To get me started again, I've signed up for Hadar Jacobson’s Tucson February class using her new clays and learning some new techniques at Lyle Rayfield’s delightful studio. I’m told I should be dancing by then!
This spring I want to review some of the ideas and techniques I've been collecting in my files. I’m fascinated with combining metal clays and polymer in jewelry and sculpture. It might be the time to try my hand at sculpting figures. Hmmmm!
Looking forward to spring walks and hikes and flowers blooming. But first the winter snow and rehabilitation!