Moving to a different part of rehab

I have pretty much plateaued out with the post-op rehab exercises, and I’m now moving into the harder yards of weights and stationary bicycle.  These are needed to get more flexing done, that will get me to 130 degree bend.

Worked out on a leg press, and Matt was rather impressed with my flexibility. I had to have the seat moved fairly close to the foot rest to get a knee bend that felt like I was taking it as far as I go.

Then, same thing with the stationary bike, but more for smooth movement and flexing. 

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Something more than ‘Thoughts and Prayers" needs to be done.

“Evil is evil and will use the weaponry that is available.” Senator Cruz. Exactly! So, stop making guns readily available!  All these mass shootings have been done with AR 15s and similar weapons that have NO business in civilian hands. They used to be banned, but thank GOP for letting that ban lapse. Ever since, the mass shootings have been increasing the body count.

People use Drunk Driving is illegal but it doesn’t stop drunk driving. Red Herring/strawman argument. Drunk driving laws & penalties have reduced the number of drunk drivers/drunk driver fatalities. Just because it doesn’t stop 100% of them doesn’t mean those laws/penalties should be gotten rid of. Schooling, testing licensing, registration and insurance. If you have to have this for vehicles, which weren’t specifically designed for killing things, then the same criteria needs to be applied for guns, which were specifically designed to kill things/people. Universal background checks. Closing the gun shows/private sale loopholes on background checks.

A lot of people are trying to claim it’s a mental health issue. Not always. Sometimes it’s an anger issue. Texas shooter was angry at his ex mother in law. Orlando shooter was angry about his own sexuality. One of the college shooters was angry that women kept saying no to him. Another was angry that his professor was failing him. Even it it was mental health, OTHER countries have mental health issues too, but they don’t have mass murders with AR 15s or similar weapons. Why? Gun Control laws!

Even if it was mental health, then contact you Republican rep, as they are the ones that orchestrated removing the ban on people with mental illness history from buying guns.

“A well regulated militia”.. that is the part that is ignored from the 2nd amendment, compliments of NRA propaganda. (go read up what Chief Justice Warren Burger said regarding the scam the NRA did regarding this)  You want to be part of a militia? Head to a recruiters’ office.

Australia used to have the same “Guns are part of our lives!” attitude. And the same weak gun laws that varied from state to state. ONE mass shooting, Port Arthur, in 1996 is all it took to change gun laws nationally.  It wasn’t easy, but it was done. And yes, the same complaints about “our rights!”… screw that, what about the rights of the people being slaughtered? “The right to LIFE, liberty and pursuit of happiness.” 

And before someone lays “You’re just a gun hating libtard!” or othersuch…I enlisted and was in the Army. My DD214 says Honorable Discharge. I see no need to tote an AR 15 or ANY weapon into a McDonalds

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With the last Adobe product going subscription only

Now that Lightroom has gone subscription only, no longer offering a stand alone, many people are looking for alternatives again. 

So far, I find AlienSkin Exposure 3, On1 Photo Raw, and Topaz Studio to be the strongest contenders.  Exposure 3 and On1 have a feature that Topaz doesn’t at this time. The ability to have different versions, virtual copies, of the same image, with different edits, without filling your HDD with multiple image files.

On1 had more tools/Effects than AlienSkin, but AlienSkin works faster on older computers, or with machine with only 16gb of memory. 

All three have plugins that work with CS6 (there is a way to get them to work with CS5. Download trial version of Photoshop CC, install On1/Alienskin/Topaz, and then copy/paste the plugins from the CC plugin folder to CS5 plugin folder. If you get any error message about a specific DLL missing, copy it from the Photoshop CC directory into the CS5 directory. Nothing says you have to uninstall the CC trial version, so leave it there to install updates)

My personal favorite is On1 Photo Raw, followed very closely by AlienSkin Exposure 3. I do like editing my RAW photos with these two, and then in Photoshop, using the Topaz Studio/Labs plugs to add extras.

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7 weeks post op Physio visit

Although I didn’t go backward, not much improvement this week.  Discussion was regarding how the skin/scar over the knee was painfully tight when trying to bend it as far as I could, and how the hamstring on the right side of the back of the knee was still stiff.

Matt looked, and my knee is a bit swollen, but nothing to worry about. As he had said before, progress is an up and down thing, and can be affected by the cold (Photo session under the Narrows Bridge at night, in the rain), and other things (like dipsy woman opening her car door without checking her sideview mirror for oncoming traffic, making Wing slam on the brakes to prevent her car door from being taken off, jamming my knee from the sudden stop. NOT HIS FAULT!)

Matt worked on the scar area, and also moved the lower leg, getting the prosthetic to slide a bit easier. The good news is, not as much ‘clicking’ when I walk, meaning the muscles/tendons aren’t getting caught on anything.

He said overall I am progressing well above average.

Have been given a few more things to do to help with both the tight scar and tight tendons. Go back again next week.

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Form two lines, please

On the left, those who have compassion for the pain I’m in because I followed physios’ instructions.

On the right, those who want to nag me about doing too much, again.

There was a Canon Collective event yesterday, and since the Shelly Jetty is a flat area, easily walked (as both my physio and surgeon recommended I start taking meandering walks). Wing brought a chair, so I wouldn’t have to stand the entire time. But that got rained out, so we went to the Narrows Bridge to at least be under cover from the rain.

Unfortunately, the wind coming off the Swan River was cold, and the scar over my knee stiffened up in the cold. Followed by the hamstrings.

This morning, it was (no joke) torturous to do the bending of the knee, sliding heel back as far as possible. I did all 10, but I was biting my lip to do them.

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It always hurts the day after

My knee always hurts more, and I’m a bit unsteady, the day after appointment with the physiotherapist.  He worked in the scar dead center on my knee cap, because the scar is a bit drawn and tight.  While he did it, and the rest of yesterday, it felt so much more flexible.

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This morning, oh dear. I was hobbling and limping like I was doing a few weeks ago.  I know the treatment of the knee is necessary, but dayam it hurts afterward!

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Six weeks post op

Saw the nurse practitioner first for a quick check. Mostly to make sure I was handling the recuperation. Checked the scar, pronounced it well healed. Then out to the waiting room.

Was called in by Dr S. He was quite impressed with my recovery to date. Discussed pain management. All doses have been reduced by half (yay!), except one of the anti-inflammatories. Will use those until they’re gone. See him again in six weeks.

Last, but not least, time to see Matt, the physio. Asked me where did I feel binding when I bent my knee. Showed him the area on top of my knee cap, and the tendons on the right side. The scar is a bit drawn on top of my knee cap, so Matt worked to stretch it out a bit. Did the same with the tendons. Matt said have Wing take me somewhere the walking surface is flat, with light pedestrian traffic, and start taking meandering walks for the next stage of rehab. With and without the crutches as soon as I feel confident enough to go without them.

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