About four weeks ago, I had partial knee replacement surgery.  I knew the rehab would be long.  I knew it would take about a year before I felt “normal” (at least where my knee is concerned).  I was determined to be tough…get off those pain meds…get moving as soon as I could tolerate it.

Until today, I was using this on shopping journeys:

In physical therapy this week, I was told that it would be good to start walking for about 15 minute stretches to build my stamina back up.  What did I do?  I went to WalMart with Little AoA and actually WALKED to do some shopping!  I didn’t last very long though.  We made it around about half the store, then I was done.

This was the first surgery I have ever had on an area other than my back or abdomen.  In this picture, the red part is very important.  Even though there is a shiny new piece of knee where there was pain, what had to be done in order to give me that shiny new piece, is the tough part.  I found another picture that showed a surgery in progress, but it was just too painful to look at.  All of those beautiful muscles are sliced through.

I understand why I am in pain.  

Thank you WalMart, for the indoor walking therapy.