My socks, beans and mixed veggies therapy

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!

One sock will only hold three of the 1 lb. bags, so in order to use 8 lbs. of weight I have to use three socks.  I put the bags of beans in and then knotted the top of each sock.

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!

10 Responses to My socks, beans and mixed veggies therapy

  1. Chrissy Witt says:

    Great idea!! Looks like it’s working out well! Praying your double knee replacement goes as planned!!!

  2. Sandra says:

    Thanks so much, Chrissy. 🙂

  3. C. Beth says:

    That, my friend, is STYLIN’!! 😉

  4. Sandra says:

    Why, thank you, Beth. I thought so too. I thought the isolated circle of tan on the top of my foot was particularly festive! The other one has exactly the same spot — it’s because I wear golf sandals. More info than you really needed? I tell you that because I just realized it may make my foot look DIRTY — and that definitely isn’t “stylin'”! 🙂

  5. Linda says:

    This looks like a major effort, to get both knees exercised this way twice a day. I’m sure the effort will pay off, though, with quicker healing following the surgery. Hang in there. I think of you every time I feel a twinge in my knee while we’re hiking. 🙂

  6. carlahoag says:

    What a creative solution! Clever lady.

  7. Hilary says:

    If I ever had any doubt about just how clever you are (and I didn’t) this would certainly have proven me wrong to doubt you (which I wouldn’t). I did notice the tan on your foot and tried to imagine what sandal style would create such a mark.

    I’m sure your exercises will help for when you need to have your surgery. I expect you’ll do great!

  8. Sandra says:

    Well, Linda, I got my second opinion yesterday, so I guess the surgery is definitely on. I hope these exercises will help it go smoothly.

    Thank you, Carla. 🙂

    Hilary — You always look at me in the best light — thank you friend. 🙂

  9. Barb says:

    I’m going to remember all this info…bags of beans…monkey socks, as I see knee surgery in my future… I’ll be watching your postings regarding the surgery and recovery. I hear that these exercises BEFORE hand are very important, so I’m betting that things will go well for you. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  10. Sandra says:

    Barb — Thanks for the encouragement, friend. I’m certainly going to work very hard to make this a success story!

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