Friday, January 2, 2009

I Can Walk!

I can walk here!
For several years now I've been dragging my painful arthritic legs around behind me, feeling as though my life had somehow ended way before it should have. I spent a lot of time either sitting or looking for places to sit down, since both standing and walking made me very unhappy. I discovered that people limp, not, as I might have thought, because their legs were different lengths (!) but because their legs hurt them. It was a good lesson for me--not one I asked for, but one that made me mindful of how many people suffer. There were huge mental adjustments to be made, as I faced my limited mobility.

Over the past two years I have had a series of three surgeries, with all the attendant recoveries and rehabilitations and sleepless nights. Stay with me, now, the whining is about to end.

And now I can walk! I can walk without pain or whining or crabbiness! I have ventured out rather cautiously around the neighborhood for the last three mornings, taking my new knees with me and...they work! I've gone from careful stepping to longer striding to a certain jaunty zippiness. I walked first to the nearest stop sign and back, then around the nearest block, and am mapping out routes that will be longer each day.

I can walk there!

Thank you to my family, for putting up with my whimpering and my inability to move around. Thank you to my sister, who acted as nurse and housekeeper and driver for months at a time. Thank you to my surgeon, who is as pleased with my latest x-rays as I am. I feel like I've been given another life.


the7msn said...

Now that's a way to start a new year! Claire's got her groove back. You go, girl.

Margie's Musings said...

How wonderful! I am happy you are mobile again.

Sylvia K said...

I am so very happy for you! I have crappy knees, too, but not enough income for surgery. I'm just grateful I can get around as well as I do. I would say I really miss dancing -- but get real, at 75 that's pretty dumb begin with. Well, at least that's what I keep telling myself. So, run and play and have fun, I think it's wonderful!

Jean (aka Auntie Bucksnort) said...

The Zee Can Go West! The Zee Can Go East! The Zee Can Go North & South!

Way to go, Princess Bluebird. And it was my pleasure to care for you. Trust me, I've been repaid in so many ways.. not enough room to list them. And trust me, you'll have your turn to tote me around at some point.

Happy Knee Year!!

Judy said...

How wonderful for you! I am so happy you are able to walk without pain and longer distances each time. I know you are so excited and thankful for the technology that has allowed this to be possible. It is always so nice to hear that something good has happened to someone. Too many times, we just hear the bad things.

June Saville said...

Wow Claire - I am so pleased for you - and yours! What a great team effort. You have guts girl.
June in Oz

Rain Trueax said...

How encouraging to read and I know others who have hips or knees replaced with the same results. It is an awesome thing to face but certainly seems worth it to those I have known. Congratulations