My knees are almost completely healed from their replacement last November … except, they still don’t bend quite as far as they should.
A friend had her knees replaced in May, but has just had an additional little procedure done by the doctor that broke up scar tissue that was keeping her knees from bending as well as they should.
So, that made me wonder if I had missed the boat by not asking about that procedure soon after my surgery. I was thinking I might make an appointment (I haven’t seen the knee doctor since December) just to see what the doctor had to say about my flexibility.
Then the other day (a very hot morning) I was watering flowers on the deck barefoot (which I don’t normally do) and discovered that that composite decking apparently really holds the heat, because it was reallllly hot on the bottoms of my feet, so I hurried to the two steps down to the yard to get off the deck.
But being distracted by hot feet and hurrying I missed the first step, lost my balance and fell, huge plastic watering can and all, face-first into the yard. (The picture flashed through my mind of people sitting behind windows in homes on the other side of the lake, sipping their morning coffee and chuckling at the free entertainment.)
I can’t decide if having the watering can in my hand was a blessing or not. On the one hand, it may have broken my fall because it hit the ground first. But, on the other hand, if I hadn’t been holding it, I might have done a better job of catching myself with my hands. My knees hit first (oh-ohh) and then I went down on my face. Luckily the grass somewhat padded the fall.
I immediately got up not wanting to entertain the neighbors any longer than necessary, if they were watching (ahh, vanity)) and was relieved that my knees still worked! But I was also surprised that while the fronts of my knees had some small abrasions, it was the backs of my knees that really hurt! So I went in the house, took a couple aspirin, and waited to see if they would get better or worse as the day went along.
They never felt any worse. In fact, the next day they didn’t hurt at all! And the big surprise is … they seem more flexible than they did before the fall!
So, I’m thinking my little unexpected fall may have done for me what my friend’s visit to the doctor accomplished. And my version was free! That seems to have turned out to be a very fortuitous fall.