Progress: High Heels, Low Kneels and Sweat

Small milestones make progress noticeable.

On Sunday I wore heels to church for the second time.  It’s now confirmed that I actually can wear heels for a few hours without falling off of them, turning an ankle or having my knees become painful — that first time wasn’t just a fluke.

When we take communion at our church, the lines of communicants walk up three steps to the level of the communion rail with a padded kneeler in front of it.  Without thinking, for the first time I walked up the steps without holding on to the hand rail on the side of the steps.  But when I got to the communion rail, I didn’t kneel.  I haven’t knelt on my knees at all since the surgery, and I didn’t think at the communion rail was the place to find out that kneeling created horrible pain that made me scream in agony.  So I stood for communion, but after the service I asked Hubby to go up to the communion rail with me again, and I tried out kneeling.  No problem at all, including no problem getting down and up from the kneeling bench, so I’ll be prepared next time.

And yesterday, I did another first.  I went back to the gym with Hubby for the first time.  I had no idea how my new knees would handle my routine of tread mill, followed by 12 reps on nine different Nautilus apparatus, followed by the Nu-Step (a version of a stationary bike).  It went really well.  I shortened my time on the treadmill and Nu-Step, and lessened the weight on the Nautilus machines that involved my knees, but was able to do all of it without pain.  It actually felt good to work up a little sweat (although I prefer to think of it as a “glow”) again!

The road to recovery is made more tolerable when you see a sign of progress here and there along the way.   And I think I’m beginning to actually see my destination of complete recovery on the horizon.  Hooray!

18 Responses to Progress: High Heels, Low Kneels and Sweat

  1. Cheryl says:

    Congradulations on this step in your recovery…. sounds like you are “recovered”. It’s so nice to attempt another phase of recovery and find out how wonderful it feels!!!
    Especially nice this time of year when we can’t go outside and exercise!!!!
    Great job! 🙂

  2. Cathy says:

    Wow! kneeling and heels! (Love the title – Sounds like a book!)
    I only have my mom to compare to, but I think you are doing great! Love your attitude throughout.

  3. Linda says:

    For me, the wearing of heels is the most impressive step so far. I can’t wear them, and I haven’t had knee surgery. But the kneeling and then rising again is pretty impressive, too. The gym will do wonders to help you along the way to completely forgetting that there was ever anything wrong with those knees.

  4. Sandra says:

    Thanks, Cheryl. The time frame of my recovery has turned out to be perfect. I think I can be “raring to go” by the time the golf courses open! 🙂

    Cathy — I do think part of the reason my knee surgery has been pretty positive is that I am younger than alot of people when they have it. What I saw in rehab was that people older than me many times had other health problems that complicated not only the surgery itself but then the recovery. I’m very glad it worked out that I could have it when I was pretty healthy otherwise.

  5. Sandra says:

    Linda — You are right — I think regular visits to the gym will just polish off my recovery.

  6. Debbie says:

    I’ll be looking at that choice in the next few years. You give me hope.

  7. Sandra says:

    Good, Debbie. In case you haven’t read my other posts about the surgery, let me pass on the BEST advice I received — DO THE EXERCISES THAT ARE SUGGESTED FOR THE 6 WEEKS BEFORE THE SURGERY!

  8. Hilary says:

    Excellent to hear this Sandra. I’d have to say that Kneels on Heels is the best thing since Meals on Wheels. 😉

  9. Sandra says:

    Only you, Hilary. Thanks. 🙂

  10. Vicki says:

    Glad to hear you are recovering so well. Slow but sure is the best way–

  11. Sandra says:

    Well, Vicki, the slow part gets a little old, but I’m sure you’re right. Spring’s coming! 🙂

  12. Katharine says:

    It’s wonderful to be able to share your joy! Happy healing!

  13. Sandra says:

    Katherine — Thank you. It’s always nice to have friends to share good news with. 🙂

  14. Margaret says:

    How wonderful looks like you are truly on the road to recovery… I’m so happy for you!

  15. Hi Sandra

    Good to hear from you, (your email is still bouncing back)!

    My hubby is coming to New York on Monday next and will pop your copy of Infinity and Beyond in the post.

    Great news about your knees – and aren’t heels a boost for the soul?

    God always speaks to me through movies – and books – well, and most things really, if I remember to pay attention!
    Many times He has to repeat Himself before the message sinks in, but He never gets impatient with me, thankfully.
    One day, we will be like Him it says in my Bible – and I am presuming the changes will all be on my side!

    always Love

  16. Sandra says:

    Thank you so much, Margaret. 🙂

    Lynette — I’m looking forward to receiving the book! Wearing heels seems like such a small thing, but it is one of the “normals” that I was striving for.

    I agree with your presumption — I imagine WE will be the ones who change. 🙂

  17. C. Beth says:

    I’m so happy to see how well you’re doing on your recovery!

  18. Sandra says:

    Thanks, Beth. When I went to communion yesterday, I knelt and it didn’t hurt!! I’m getting there. And even though we just started back to the gym last week, I can already feel that my knees are much more limber. Hooray!

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