This week, my friend Marj had a second knee replaced, just ten months after her first knee operation. She is coming home today just two days after the surgery. Amazing. There is no dilly-dallying these days when it comes to hospital recuperation time. They expect you to get in, get out, and back on your feet the very same day as the knee replacement.
Marj went into both knee replacements with conviction and commitment that she would bring her A-Game. She exercised, changed her diet, went to Physical Therapy before and after the surgery of the first knee, and has been disciplined to make sure all goes the same with the second. And thus far, the results have been stellar! Less pain, more strength and mobility, and the ability to get to those events that make Marj’s heart sing – literally. Singing makes her heart soar!
Marj is committed to her well-being, enough that nothing interferes with her appointments with herself for exercise, PT, and other aspects of her health practices. Yes – appointments with her self. In her heart, she knows that she wants freedom and flexibility, so much so that she is totally dedicated to doing whatever it takes to bring that to her. Is she scared that there are risks and discomfort? Yes. Does she know for a fact that the outcome of the surgery will be amazing. No. However, the outcome isn’t the trajectory. Being present and bringing her All to every exercise session and PT appointment, sticking to the regiment required by the hospital – the completion of each aspect of her recovery program, is what matters – not missing one single knee bend.
Marj didn’t “try” to do her exercises, get to PT, and eat different. She totally committed herself to getting the job done and getting back into her life as quickly as possible, and with as much ease as came naturally. I’m impressed!