The other day I was treated to an outdoor event that had me walking and climbing stairs. It was a bull riding event at the local fair. That’s right…bull riding! Yeehaw!! It’s especially cool when the bull tosses off the bull rider, snorts, stares at the audience and then struts himself around the arena. That’s entertainment, in my books. 🙂 And…we cannot forget those taut cowboys. Oh myyyy… I’ll stop and get back to the purpose of this article.
Anyways, the day started with me squeezing into the back seat of a low riding sedan. Fine and dandy, no problems. Walking around the fair was fun. Checking out the animals was cool. And…there were exotic animals like zebras. Hadn’t seen that in a fair before. Cool..
Then, time came to go to the bull riding event. Tickets were in the grandstands. I didn’t give it much thought until I saw the steps. Yikes. I couldn’t climb over the rows like your average bear. So, I needed to go to the main step thoroughway and walk my way over. And, as someone stood up for me to pass, they didn’t pick their wive’s bag up. So, I needed to lift that ten pound purse on my own. It was so large, I couldn’t step around it. (I figured her back must be crying on a regular basis).
As the event ended, I walked to the main thoroughway in the bleachers again. Then, I looked down at the step. Yikes again. Gulp. It was steeper than any step exercise (or curb) I had maneuvered. And, there were no railings. I regaled a story about confronting a similar size step. It was fascinating to me but I’m not certain whether my audience thought so. My friend offered to help me, but no…I’ll do it myself. I’m no weakling. (I have this inability of thinking I can’t do things myself). I ended up going down those stairs sideways. My tkr leg just couldn’t bend enough to handle it “the regular way”. Bummer..18 months post tkr.
Getting back into the car was another interesting fiasco. Even with the front seat up for driver comfort, my leg was crying since it was pressing against the back of the front seat. Yikes again. It could have been worse, though.
As I got home, getting out of the car would have made a great YouTube video. It was butt first after many attempts for a “normal” departure.
When I got into my place and prepared for a night of relaxing, I noticed that my tkr leg was swollen around my tibia area. This has happened during tkr rehab, but not much since. The swelling was noticeable from my tkr (I keep using that for search engine happiness.) knee to mid-region. The swelling stopped about half way between my ankle and knee.
It did not hurt, however. Interesting. I forgot to ice it. Note: If figured I had walked about 6 hours that day.
I got up the next day (yesterday) and the swelling was gone.
Thought I’d share this in case anyone else is going through the same thing. Thanks for listening.
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