She had a long life, a beautiful life and a tough life but she made the entire world a better place for her being in it.
She had so many little qwips & sayings that could make the toughest person stop & ponder, re-think their actions and even think period before speaking. She was a gift to all of us
Thank you Ms. Angelou, thank you. You made me a better woman, person, human being. Rest well.
My "bad knee" is only 7 degrees behind my good knee on flexion and all of the swelling seems to be gone, except of course when I'm at work and on my feet all day. What a gift to have this kind of technology.
It feels soooooooooo good to have my life back without pain. One of my biggest pet peeves happened at work, during a class last week though. What is is, you might be asking? Well, here goes.
I entered the room and saw my friend there. I was quite happy about that. However, I heard someone say I'd recently had a replacement and a woman said to me, " We'll have to compare scars." I said sure, we can if you like and went on my business of setting up the class. As the class progressed and she got to a station where she had to get down onto the floor, she said she couldn't do that. Get down on the floor, I mean. So I said "Oh, okay. When did you get your knee done?" Her reply, "5 years ago." WHAT! I just wanted to scream it out. Seriously? Get on the freakin' floor! I know it was painted all over my face. But at least I didn't say it!!!!!
I know, I know, very few people recover as fast as I did. I realize that, but 5 years?!? Get over it, move on. What the hell did you get the knee replacement for then? To lie on a couch better? Okay, okay, thats rude but it just burns me up inside.
She did say that its uncomfortable to be on the floor and/or on her knees. Well, yes, its true, it is but you need to get down there to practice getting back up.
With all of the empathy I could muster, I told her to start working on it. How necessary this movement is. To be able to get down & up from the floor when you're healthy will make it easier to when you're not. There was a pretty cushy mat there but she was trying to say it was still too hard. People, you have to use your body, new parts and all. The way the body is supposed to work. Don't hider yourself or make excuses. Get to it and get through it. You'll be all the more ready when you get tossed a curve ball some other time.
Okay, okay, I think I'm done ranting now.
I took a belly dance class again yesterday. It feels so great to move again. I actually broke a sweat dancing again. My teacher, Kathryn Ferguson, said she noticed my hips moving freer again. She even told some of the other participants that I was such a beautiful dancer when she first met me and then how my moves changed as the pain took over and that now... I'm dancing as I had before. I almost cried. What a wonderful day it was.
Next week, I'm going to start discussing the need to stay hydrated again. It's that time of the year here in Tucson. Our temps are 3 digits already and there are plenty of dangers associated with it. So, I'll chat with ya'll later.