Hello everyone. Any one who has been through a total knee replacement knows that it takes a lot of recuperation and hard work. (That’s an understatement!) Sometimes it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to get any better. This is where gratitude comes in handy.
I regularly hear from readers who express frustration about the tkr recuperation process. Know that you are not alone. If you’re not frustrated, something is amiss – in my opinion. It is important to always remember gratitude. Here is a story that needs sharing…
While going through physical therapy, I was put on the stationary exercise bike. This was very difficult and extremely painful. I downright dreaded it and every moment involved. You will likely feel the same. The experience was two-fold, though.
I dreaded it since I knew what a hard time I had with it. I could not make a total revolution without experiencing immense pain and discomfort. My knee was too stiff. On the other hand, I wanted to do it since I knew how helpful it was for my recuperation process.
One day, as I was bicycling, I was griping up a storm. Life was miserable, I was in pain, and I hated that damn machine. Gripe, gripe, gripe. Then, I turned and looked at the lady laying next to me on the workout mat… She had no legs. Both of her legs were amputated at the knee.
To say I felt awful and self-absorbed, is an understatement. How could I possibly complain about my one knee when someone else has no legs? Wow… Reality hit hard that day. It’s strange how the universe works. Suddenly, things were put into perspective.
This isn’t to say that I don’t complain (who? Me?) about the tkr recuperation process still being difficult and painful, I just think more often about how much worse it could be.
So, be grateful for what you have every day. Yes, I know, sometimes it is easier said than done. However – Gratitude works wonders. This is especially true when we look around. 🙂
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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.
The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.