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    Neil, your progress is astounding. While I progressed from hybrid to road bike on the trainer, I had developed a severe fear of falling that kept me off the bike outdoors for a lot longer than I planned. Although, by 7 months post left knee replacement, well, I think we've seen my jump off the ATV plenty by now. While the 3' drop didn't hurt, it helped me with my fears of falling.I do know, when my other knee needs replacing, I won't be afraid or hesitate. I still know its not original, but I don't give it much thought from day to day. Its part of me now, and its little clicking when I shake it while dangling it is sort of amusing as those that hear it cringe.

    With my back injury, I'm just not pushing the envelope at all. I've healed well, but I want to be painfree in my old age. So, no coloring outside the lines. The things I will do, have been approved by my surgeon and therapist, even though I'm done with therapy. Having him as a friend is proving helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zjrog View Post
    I think we've seen my jump off the ATV plenty by now.
    No, we can't have it enough...


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    Quote Originally Posted by zjrog View Post
    Neil, your progress is astounding. While I progressed from hybrid to road bike on the trainer, I had developed a severe fear of falling that kept me off the bike outdoors for a lot longer than I planned. Although, by 7 months post left knee replacement, well, I think we've seen my jump off the ATV plenty by now. While the 3' drop didn't hurt, it helped me with my fears of falling.I do know, when my other knee needs replacing, I won't be afraid or hesitate. I still know its not original, but I don't give it much thought from day to day. Its part of me now, and its little clicking when I shake it while dangling it is sort of amusing as those that hear it cringe.

    With my back injury, I'm just not pushing the envelope at all. I've healed well, but I want to be painfree in my old age. So, no coloring outside the lines. The things I will do, have been approved by my surgeon and therapist, even though I'm done with therapy. Having him as a friend is proving helpful.
    zjrog, thank you. I work very hard to maintain good progress, and I'm pleased someone who underwent a knee replacement recognizes that fact. I'm not about to do anything rash that might cause a setback, but I'm not about to think I'm a victim. I'm glad for the positive, supportive post. I've been getting poisoned with negativity lately.

    As I wrote, the PT gave his approval to begin riding outside. The surgeon, IIRC, did as well - I'm sure I mentioned it to him, but we covered so many topics I don't remember. I will exercise care, but I will be awesome too.

    As for the idea the implants aren't secure in place, both the surgeon and the PT guy say they are. The PT even manipulates my patellas when he does manual work on me and he says I'm in good shape. Everyone involved in this process knows I'm an outdoorsman and I can't help but be one. BTW is this the place to tell you I'm going kayaking the week after the CASA ride?

    http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/Calendar...&Location=List

    BTW, for the CASA ride I'm going down Friday, riding Saturday, and driving back Sunday. The driving will be broken up to allow time for walking every hour or so. A long way from last summer when I drove 8 hours to Stoutdog's place with only one stop....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    zjrog, thank you. I work very hard to maintain good progress, and I'm pleased someone who underwent a knee replacement recognizes that fact. I'm not about to do anything rash that might cause a setback, but I'm not about to think I'm a victim. I'm glad for the positive, supportive post. I've been getting poisoned with negativity lately.

    As I wrote, the PT gave his approval to begin riding outside. The surgeon, IIRC, did as well - I'm sure I mentioned it to him, but we covered so many topics I don't remember. I will exercise care, but I will be awesome too.

    As for the idea the implants aren't secure in place, both the surgeon and the PT guy say they are. The PT even manipulates my patellas when he does manual work on me and he says I'm in good shape. Everyone involved in this process knows I'm an outdoorsman and I can't help but be one. BTW is this the place to tell you I'm going kayaking the week after the CASA ride?

    http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/Calendar...&Location=List

    BTW, for the CASA ride I'm going down Friday, riding Saturday, and driving back Sunday. The driving will be broken up to allow time for walking every hour or so. A long way from last summer when I drove 8 hours to Stoutdog's place with only one stop....
    My dance card is filling up. My first scheduled hike will be a one mile "ADA Accessible" event at a local state park May 26. I joined in a couple of years ago and had a good time.... although I felt humble in the company:


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    Lake I'll be kayaking on....


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    Incision at six weeks....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    Incision at six weeks....

    That looks really good! Can't wait for the ride report from your first ride this week.
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    That looks really good! Can't wait for the ride report from your first ride this week.
    Might be Monday or Tuesday. Today and tomorrow have variable weather and I have a full dance card.

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    Looking and sounding good Neil
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    Just some random stuff....

    While I am taller my clothes don't show it. Which either means the increase in height is either less than some of us thought at first or it's a posture correction. Or both. I need to be photographed next to someone I''ve been photographed with before - for example Sayre Kulp or Chefisaac or Stoutdog - so we can see how much I've gained.

    Weather here is bad for the next few days so riding outside is going to wait. In the meantime I might schedule the refitting on the bike for the next few days.

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    I would guess posture, also make sure you check your self in the morning as you are shorter at the end of the day.

    That looks like good progress on the healing .
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    You are an inspiration. Love your positive attitude. Enjoy kayaking, my other passion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    I had in mind the seasickness.
    Well, that too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sayre Kulp View Post
    Well, that too.
    That's a big "too" when you are taking a drug that causes stomach distress.

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    You are an inspiration. Love your positive attitude. Enjoy kayaking, my other passion.
    I have little choice but to be positive. If I'm not, then no one else wants to be either.

    That said, today is a bad day for me. I feel creaky, my stomach was so upset I postponed both scheduled PT and the weekly blood draw, and I've been sluggish. I told a friend who had both knees replaced a decade ago I felt like I made a mistake having the surgery, and she reminded me I'm still early in recovery from a major life-changing event, so what would otherwise be whining is acceptable. You might have noticed I've stopped encouraging other posters.... that's not just because of sniping from a couple of windbags here, but because I need to keep my positive energy at home. Yes, my progress has been amazing, outstanding, impressive, etc, but I still need a bench to shower, it still takes me forever to climb and descend stairs, and I need to nap constantly. I have to stop and remind myself that I used to ride a bike all day, hike, row, work out at a gym, etc. In short, I used to be the man who impressed both novices and experienced riders with something they called "Awesome", and at the moment its missing. Tomorrow the power might be back on, but its out now....

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    You can inspire people even if you're totally incapable of doing something yourself. If you got hit by a truck and would never walk again you could still inspire people that they, like you, can change from someone the wrong side of 400 pounds to someone who hikes, rides, rows, works out etc.
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    http://schuylkillcanal.org/Default.a...e=EventDetails

    Might turn out to be my first hike, this weekend. 3/4 of a mile, but mine own.... I've never attended a shad festival before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    That's a big "too" when you are taking a drug that causes stomach distress.
    What sort of distress? Nausea?

    If so, try some ginger, as in the crystalised form. I wouldn't have believed the effect it has on eliminating motion sickness until Machka started taking small squares of it. We have to drive over some fairly windy roads through the mountains around here, and she almost couldn't bear to travel them. Then we saw a Mythbusters episode that dealt with solutions for motion sickness, and ginger came up trumps. It has come up trumps for us, too -- the transformation has been remarkable.

    YMMV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    I used to be the man who impressed both novices and experienced riders with something they called "Awesome", and at the moment its missing. Tomorrow the power might be back on, but its out now....
    Sorry, but from the outside lookin' in, I still see the Awesome you exude. Keep the desire burning for the things you want to do, and you will do them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    What sort of distress? Nausea?

    If so, try some ginger, as in the crystalised form. I wouldn't have believed the effect it has on eliminating motion sickness until Machka started taking small squares of it. We have to drive over some fairly windy roads through the mountains around here, and she almost couldn't bear to travel them. Then we saw a Mythbusters episode that dealt with solutions for motion sickness, and ginger came up trumps. It has come up trumps for us, too -- the transformation has been remarkable.

    YMMV.
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    Lousy past three days. I postponed PT and my INR blood draw because I had a, ahem, stomach problem. I had it come out again today when I finally got done my blood draw. As I was prepared to cross the street to my car I had to duck into the closest place to use the loo (note proper Australian useage for tergal's sake). It was a pizza place....

    "Do you have a bathroom?"

    "Yeah, but its for customers."

    "I'll have two slices of Sicilian and a Diet Coke. I'll be back for it in a few minutes."

    That out of the way, I decided to get my grocery shopping done. As I entered the supermarket I glanced at the motorized scooters, and then at the ordinary wheeled carts. I said, "I have to do it sooner or later", so I grabbed the push cart. 25 minutes later I was checking out, tired, wobbly, sore, but pleased. I had walked longer than I have since surgery, and perhaps before.... I'd not been doing much shopping prior because I found it so painful to stand.

    Tonight I hurt enough to take a Tylenol tablet, but I'm happy. I can walk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    What sort of distress? Nausea?

    If so, try some ginger, as in the crystalised form. I wouldn't have believed the effect it has on eliminating motion sickness until Machka started taking small squares of it. We have to drive over some fairly windy roads through the mountains around here, and she almost couldn't bear to travel them. Then we saw a Mythbusters episode that dealt with solutions for motion sickness, and ginger came up trumps. It has come up trumps for us, too -- the transformation has been remarkable.

    YMMV.
    Yes, nausea oftentimes. This weekend it was worse, but most of the time just nausea. I've been drinking ginger ale, which is what many mothers used to give their children to settle upset stomachs. My local natural food store has ginger. I'll check it out. My doctor is fussy and probably wants to know if I'm taking it so he could adjust the Coumadin if need be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post

    That out of the way, I decided to get my grocery shopping done. As I entered the supermarket I glanced at the motorized scooters, and then at the ordinary wheeled carts. I said, "I have to do it sooner or later", so I grabbed the push cart. 25 minutes later I was checking out, tired, wobbly, sore, but pleased. I had walked longer than I have since surgery, and perhaps before.... I'd not been doing much shopping prior because I found it so painful to stand.

    Tonight I hurt enough to take a Tylenol tablet, but I'm happy. I can walk.
    Nice!

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    In addition to the stomach problems, I had a possible withdraw problem as I've now gone off Lyrica on my surgeon's instructions. I was very depressed and had panic attacks for a day... it could have been the horrible rainy weather and the digestive upset, but I've learned Lyrica in Europe is given as a script for anxiety. In the US its approved for nerve damage and Restless Leg Syndrome, but obviously its a psychoactive drug. I feel better now that its gone from my system... now I can stop having horrible dreams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magohn View Post
    Nice!
    I win no prizes for walking, as Wfournier will tell you. I lurch from side to side and I'm so intent on proper posture I have the stiff-legged stride of the Frankenstein monster. This will improve with PT and practice. Also my balance is off, since I suddenly have legs that are straight and are the same length.

    At some point I'll need to address my flat feet .... either with commercial insoles or a new set of orthotics. Also, many people recommend replacing all your shoes, including cycling shoes, because of the old wear patterns. At the moment I'm using a pair of Nike Air crosstrainers, some cheap boat shoes from Wal-mart, and an old pair of loafers that would ordinarily be too large for me but fit now because of the swelling. None have any obvious wear pattern on the soles or heels.

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