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January 19th, 2014 at 07:47 am

My visit with the physical therapist yesterday was eye-opening. She told me she sees lots of issues, lots to work on, but believes we can make a great deal of progress. My biggest problem right now is the pain in the back of my knee, and she wants me to baby it, which means cutting back on the walking and stair climbing for two weeks.

Well, I can manage to cut back on walking by driving to work, but the stairs are a problem. She suggested that I take baby steps on the stairs, but even that hurts. I started to take my laundry down this morning and quickly changed my mind. I have decided to just stay in my condo for the whole three-day weekend and see if that helps. Maybe I'll do some hand-washing. Maybe I'll even get wild and try doing laundry in the shower!

Anyway, she gave me three different stretching exercises to do, and scheduled me for six weeks of therapy. While this is daunting, I am feeling encouraged that I might really be able to shake some pain that I've suffered with for a long time.

She gave me an exercise band to use for my exercises. She told me I could buy a yoga strap, but actually this freebie seems to work quite well.

She is not a fan of ACE bandages; feels they can hurt as much as help by inhibiting natural movement.

On the way home from the therapist I stopped at the grocery. I spent my $25 gift card and then spent $34 above that. Only 16 items, too, but some were expensive -- I got a big bottle of Advil, and a 4-lb package of boneless chicken breasts.

I hope the groceries will last me a while because I don't want to shop again until my knee is better.

I paid $2 for parking. I hope that the succeeding appointments will be shorter, so I can stay within the one-hour free parking window.

On Friday I picked up my vacuum, which cost $22. I picked up a free book at the used book shop next door. Then I went to Goodwill, where I bought a pair of jeans for $5 and a big pottery bowl for $3. I'm going to give the bowl to my friend whose bowl I broke. It isn't the same bowl, but it's similar in size and color. Since her bowl is no longer in production, I think she'll understand -- especially since she insisted that I didn't need to find a replacement at all. She is a Goodwill fan and will not be offended by a second-hand gift.

Back to the jeans. They are LA Blues and seem brand new. I was down to one pair of jeans and felt I needed a back-up pair.

I also spent $1 on a cutting board.

So it's a quiet weekend for me. Not exactly what I'd planned on, but I'll make the best of it.

6 Responses to “Grounded!”

  1. littlegopher Says:

    Hope your knee feels better soon!

  2. snafu Says:

    Advil does a terrific job of masking pain but the injury remains. I hope you'll follow therapist's instruction and baby your injured leg.

    I presume the bowl you bought to replace a bowl is in pristine condition so wonder why it's necessary to mention where it was purchased. Would you ordinarily say which retail store if it were from Macy's or Penny's or Costco for example?

    There are smaller, apartment sized, portable washing machines that can be wheeled to kitchen sink for hook-up and stored wherever space permits. Would that help long term to reduce flights to laundry rm? There are some drying lines that attach to wall and snap back into their own holder when not in use. I've seen some that attach to ceiling and are pulled down only when in use.


    Wishing you a speedy recovery

  3. Rachael777 Says:

    I shop at Goodwill too. excellent for books and some of the clothes are brand new. Smile

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Hope your knee feels better!

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Sorry about your knee. Your Goodwill shopping was a success. Glad you found s bowl for your friend.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    The bowl is in great condition, but there is a slight stain on the side. I'm not sure if it will come out -- I haven't tried scrubbing it yet. Anyway, for most people I would not mention that I got it at Goodwill, but she will probably ask! Because she loves to find bargains, too.

    I don't have room for a portable machine. If I want a permanent hookup, however, I can sacrifice one of my closets for a stackable unit. This experience is making me think more seriously about that.

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