I’m doing the exercises designed to prepare my knees for the double knee replacement I will have in five weeks.
I do them while sitting in my favorite chair in the corner of our bedroom where I read, watch TV and sometimes inadvertently take a little nap. (If I feel one of those little naps sneaking up on me, I push the DVR button to record the rest of the show I’m too tired to watch. That DVR is a wonderful invention!)
Most of the exercises are pretty straight forward, but I had to get a little creative for one of them.
For the “knee extension stretch” the instructions read, “Prop foot up on a chair. Place towel roll under ankle and ice pack over knee. Put 5-10 lbs. of weight on top of knee (a 5-10 lb. bag of potatoes or rice works well). Do for 20 minutes per knee two times a day.”
I didn’t want to bring the dirt associated with a bag of potatoes into the bedroom for the weeks I would be doing the exercises and I didn’t find rice in bags, so I got dried beans. But I got 1 lb. bags of beans because I wanted the ability to adjust the weight.
So what could I get to hold the eight small bags of beans in some kind of fashion to be able to keep them on my knee?
I cruised the store’s bedding and clothing departments looking for a solution, and I found one — the long, heavy gray men’s socks with red heel and toe that they use to make sock monkey’s!
So this is what this looks like. I put the rolled up towel under my ankle on the foot stool. Then I put a hand towel over my knee. Next is a bag of mixed frozen vegetables that have been in the freezer for a long time that can just be thrown away after they have served their purpose by being slightly thawed and then refrozen many times over the next few weeks. And on top of all that goes the three socks full of beans. Twice a day I have to do this for 20 minutes on each knee.
Not pretty, but it works. And, as a plus, I see warm feet and lots of bean soup in our future!