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Military Update

Oh oh..I’m supposed to be working. I just looked at the clock and realized I’ve spent 35 minutes watching the 5 minute video. Oh well. Can’t get enough of those good old military songs. God Bless America. 🙂

Hoping you have enjoyed it as well.

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Gene Simmons Military Tribute

Today I received a link via email for a YouTube video. I usually don’t watch many YouTube videos since, frankly, I’m not that interested in watching most of them.

That is, until today. Today’s video is about a military-oriented concert paying tribute to all of our Armed Forces. It is lead by Gene Simmons. There’s a military band, rock band and vocals. In fact, it’s the best sing-a-long I’ve ever seen.

Hope you enjoy it as well…

If the above link doesn’t work (Word Press doesn’t work all the time), here it is:

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Heart Be Still! Modano in Detroit?

Mike Modano is a free agent. Dallas is not going to re-sign him. There has been talk about how cool it would be for him to play for the Detroit Red Wings. He’s from Westland, MI (or Livonia, as some websites say). There is a hockey rink named after him there. Etc…

When I first heard of the talk…how exciting?!! Then, today I open up my Facebook page and BOOM!! An article posted on the Detroit Red Wings site about Mike Babcock believing Modano will sign. HEART BE STILL!!

The link won’t work on WordPress. So:

http://redwings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=534537

Taking Care of Your New TKR

I found an interesting article while doing Internet research. I found it on a popular physical therapy site known as The Physiotherapy Site. Here it is…

Your new knee replacement will give you years of good service if you look after it.
These are a few guidelines so you can cope more easily and get the best out of your
knee in the long term. For more detailed advice refer to your physiotherapist.

Sitting
Use a chair with arms to help you stand up and sit down more easily.
Get up regularly and have a short walk about to prevent stiffness and promote
circulation.
You may need to keep your leg up at times to prevent swelling.
Lifting
Do not lift heavy objects.

Riding in a car
To get in, sit onto the seat by putting your bottom in first, then move your legs in
afterwards. Reverse the process to get out.

Returning to work
• A sedentary job may be possible four to six weeks after surgery.
• A more demanding job involving prolonged activity may need to be delayed for
three months or longer.
• Some jobs are unsuitable – using ladders, roof work, building jobs
• Pushing, pulling or lifting heavy weights is unwise.

Sports
• Suitable, depending on circumstances: walking, bicycling, swimming, bowls, golf
Not suitable: jogging, running, jumping, racquet sports, football.

Personal care
A walk in shower is recommended and a shower stool or chair may be helpful to sit on.
You can have a bath as you are able as long as the operation wound has healed – if it
has not, do not put the leg under water. It may be useful to have someone to help you at least the first time you do this, and they may need to help you wash and dry your feet for a
time.

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Babying My Non-TKR Knee

It’s happening. Yikes. I wrote previously about how my “good” knee is showing signs of wear and tear. I’ve had other readers mention the same thing. Now…I find myself doing things like I used to do with my former “bad” knee….Before I start, let me say that I am grateful for everything I have. I know it could be much worse. I am not feeling sorry for myself. I am very blessed to have two legs, etc….

I walk up and down stairs one at a time on many days. That used to be the technique for my “bad” knee. Sometimes stairs are too much to handle. I don’t go outside.

As much as I may believe that it’s mind over matter, I wonder how this applies to arthritis. My “good” knee is exhibiting symptoms of developing arthritis. I don’t know how thoughts can control that. Do you?

I do not go up and down steep hills like I used to do for exercise purposes. My “good” knee becomes inflamed and painful far too easily afterwards.

The crunching is getting louder and louder. That’s just downright creepy.

Depending upon the day, etc…my knee can slightly swell after exertion along the perimeters of my kneecap.

My knee joint can become painful just by applying weight on it. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it does happen.

My knee is beginning to not look or feel like a “normal” (I don’t like using the word normal, but I don’t know what else applies here) knee from the outside. That’s creepy.

(As I’m writing this, I’m hearing an 18-year old singing to “Dancing in the Streets” by David Bowie. How cool is it to see and hear music transcending age groups? Too cool…)

Back to my story…

It’s been 2 years and 5 months since my tkr and I do not want to go through another one. I don’t and I won’t.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing…

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Bob Probert Dies…

Such as sad and surprising story. He’ll always be a Detroit Red Wing in my memories. What a great player..

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Happy Fourth of July!

To all of my readers living in the great nation of the United States of America….Happy July 4th!!
Celebrate Independence Day safely.

In addition to enjoying fireworks, great grub..er, food, I highly recommend watching one of the best movies ever made..Yankee Doodle Dandy with James Cagney. Cagney won an Academy Award for his portrayal of George M. Cohen in this movie. It’s a Fourth of July tradition.

Enjoy! Have a hot dog with mustard for me. 🙂