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Offline Jennifer

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Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« on: July 21, 2002, 01:51:45 AM »
I am grateful for my ortho problems because I found the Kneeguru site.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I can stay home on snowy days.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I can teach my students that you can be productive and pleasant when in pain.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I can beg out of social engagements with ease and at the last moment.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I have found out who my true friends are and how much they care about me.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I have learned to prioritize my life better (ironing is often optional).

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I have learned to ask for help.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I have an excuse to take a long bath.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I get to stay in one place longer.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I have met some wonderful doctors.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I have learned to question doctors.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I don't have to wear stylish (ugly/painful) shoes.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I can get an upper body workout with crutches/canes.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I  can leave the outside Christmas lights up all year.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I don't have to carry heavy things far (someone always grabs it from me).

I am grateful for my ortho problems because people come over to my house more often.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I get to rent lots of movies.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I get to read.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I am able to hone my research skills.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I can baffle an ER staff/Urgentcare staff/assorted GPs.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I can wear long skirts.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I can freak out the other members of the gym at will.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I can terrorize my boss with the possibility of long term sick leave.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because little things can become big accomplishments.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I don't ever have to bungee jump.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I don't ever have to jump out of a plane.

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I don't ever have to go on a roller coaster again (especially ones with a g-force).

I am grateful for my ortho problems because I don't ever have to roller blade again.
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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2002, 02:17:14 AM »
I WAS thankful for my ortho problems because NOW I can finally go on Ragbrai the summer of 2003.

Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.
http://www.ragbrai.org/

WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO I can't wait...
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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2002, 06:15:20 AM »
Can't say that i am really greatful at all, but i'll give it a try anyway.....

i am greatful for my ortho probs because:

1) i have a reason to sit on my butt and spend extra timedoing wedding stuff

2)i have a reason to ask others to get me things....another part of not getting up

3) shows how much my fiance really cares....he listens to me complain and forces me to do things i am supposed to but don't want to

4) i have gotten to know my OS who really is a very nice man

5) gotten free tickets to first spring football game...OS is the team doc

6) taken more than my share of long hot baths

7) found guru and met some amazing and wonderful people

and last i think this is forcing me to try and think more positivly about things.

thanks for the topic and making me think       -grace-
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plica excision/ shaving 6-10-02
5 months of agressive physical therapy
modified Fulkerson and lateral release 5-13-03
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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2002, 07:46:15 AM »
I dont have alot to say on this just a few thing:

1) I am gratefull for the handfull of WONDERFULL friends I have made on kneeguru.

2) I am gratefull that though I wnet through so much with my 9 knee ops and they finally worked that the expereince helped me become a stronger person that  now I have seen is the only way I have been able to fight the evil RSD.

3) I am gratefull for the most wonderfull OS in the world who never lied or sugar coated anything and made sure I had the best Dr. in NYC to treat my RSD.

Cari
open lateral release 10/85, various scopes 1994-1998 for debridement, medial release 11/98,  TTT(Fulkerson)& lateral release 11/30/99, screw removal 6/27/00, tibial repair 2/13/01, dx RSD 6/25/01

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2002, 06:45:39 PM »
Great idea!  Nice to bring some positive out of our situations!!

I'm greatful for my ortho problems because:

-I've learned how to be patient.

-I found KNEEguru and all of the caring, truly special, people using it.

-I've learned the true meaning of endurance and tolerance.

-I can sympathise a lot better with other peoples predicaments.

-I don't have to go to LONG and BORING and POINTLESS school assemblies :D b/c I can't sit on the floor.

-On family trips I get the front seat ;D

-I've made DARN GOOD USE of dad's insurance plan.

-I've learned that no DR, despite what he or she may think, is God and does not know all of the answers all of the time.

-I've learned how to be my own DR and stand up for myself in the dr's office.

-I've learned how to search the internet for medical research as well as finding a certain email of a certain well respected Canadian knee OS which resulted in me getting an appt while bypassing the painful and often dissapointing refferal route.

Those are all mine right now!  I hope everyone isn't feeling too lousy.  

Take care!

rhea
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Finally found wonderful OS(#4)!
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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2002, 01:04:03 AM »
I am gratefulfor my knee probs because:

I got tickets to party in the park on the basis of my bandaged knee.

I get loads of chocolates

I've made great friends on KNEEguru

I share the same physion & surgeon as the welsh rugby team!

And most of all....they've made me a stronger person.

Iona

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2002, 03:57:55 AM »
1.  I'm grateful I live in a place that's hotter than the surface of the sun, because then it doesn't feel too weird to have an icebag on my knee all day.

2.  I'm grateful to have the best medical care available and doctors willing to 'tackle the mystery' of my knee.

3.  I'm grateful my dog has matured enough that she's not a complete spasm because I haven't taken her to the park....

4.  Horrible as it sounds, I'm glad I'm not alone in this.  I wish nobody else had ongoing knee problems, but am really glad to have support while I go through this.

Heather
Scope #1: LR, part. menisectomy w/cyst, chondroplasty
#2-#5: Lysis of adhesions/scar tissue, AIR, patellar tendon debridement, infections, MUA, insufflation
#6: IT band release / Z-Plasty, synovectomy, LOA/AIR, chondroplasty
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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2002, 02:34:22 PM »
I am grateful because now I know why my knee hurts the way it does, and what I can do about it.
I am grateful because the physio is helping me to lose weight / get back in shape.
I am grateful because sitting at home with my leg up, I realised that work isn't that important ;)

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2002, 10:26:44 PM »
I'm grateful that I live in a country that doesn't have a war going on.

I'm grateful that I live in a technological society where OS can do arthroscopies, MRI's and such like stuff

I'm grateful that I have found a new and wonderful OS - Mr Strover from the London Knee Clinic

I'm grateful that I have knee pain - at least I have legs - some people don't

I'm grateful that I have the KNEEguru site and you guys for your support

I'm grateful for being alive and for just being ME!!!   ;D
Past History of L&R Knee
Bilateral OA
Medial Meniscal Tears
Lateral Releases & Medial Reefings
Ruptured LCL, MCL & PCL
Adhesions in the interconylar notch of ACL removed
Suprapatella plication
Debridements/Lavages
Deep chondral fissure in crest of patella
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TKR - RK

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2002, 04:53:54 AM »
going to add to what i said earlier:

glad to be living in the country that is facing war....there is a song that says this and i think it is the best thing in the world...."we'll put a boot up their a-- that says american made"...we are a strong country i would ever live anywhere else

greatful for my mom....she is being so nice about all this...even helping pay for stuff now

greatful for all 8 of my brothers and sisters and for their spouses....i have been bombarded with encouragment

greatful for my fiance....he is doing someof the freaking out for me now...think i need a break

greatful for my savings account...not working right now, so i am living off it


greatful i am being discharged from PT friday...its only brought me pain and grief


i know this has not been all positive...but thats life, right?
Hope everyone is fine and healing well!           -grace-
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plica excision/ shaving 6-10-02
5 months of agressive physical therapy
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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2002, 12:11:59 AM »
This is a wicked idea

I am greatful for the following;

The wonderful man i call my boyfriend

Two parents who have faught so hard to keep me and bring me up

Not having a life threatening illness/disease

Being able to go to university because of the government loan

Being able to work part time for a company that are understanding and dont make me do stuff thats bad for me

being papered by my family, (ive had every uk magazine for women for the last 8 weeks)

Finally getting rid of the bledscoe brace that caused me nothing bu sleep deprivation

feeling happier about walking

The advice i have recieved from this site and the people on it

my ability to forget everything (i always have an exuse)

Luv and hugs

Puzzledbubbles :D
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3 years post-op still suffering and now thinking about surgery on my right knee

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2002, 03:37:24 AM »
I'm grateful that my sister-in-law, who worked in the WTC, got out alive and well.
I'm grateful I have a wonderful PCP, OS and PT, who treat me with respect and who've given me their cell phone #s and beeper #s.
I am grateful that my knee/chronic pain issues brought me new  friends who are willing to listen to me, just as I listen to them.
I am grateful Bruce Springsteen is touring, even if I couldn't get tickets (I'll get them when he comes back to NY/NJ next year.  the plan is for 30 shows in all, and I'll manage to see at least one.  ;D
I'm grateful to my employers who have accomodated me and my disability beautifully.
I'm grateful for air conditioning in the heat we've had so far this summer.
I have used the KG forum for three years (since it first started, along with Cari): I've not posted much lately but my situation is status quo, and it's hard to repeat yourself a lot, but this new format makes it easier.

Deborah
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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2002, 08:00:09 AM »
This is a really good idea! It forced me to think positively even though it's hard to sometimes. I'm grateful because:
I have found this website and other people who really understand what I'm going through and are there to listen and give advice.

I have a wonderful boyfriend who is always there for me and does whatever he can to make me happy.

I have wonderful parents who love me and are there for me no matter what.

Even though I haven't had the best of luck with OS's, I've managed to wind up with the best PT's.

I've learned that problems can't always be solved as quickly as we want them to be.

Now that I'm stuck in the house after surgery I finally have the time to study for my teaching certification exams.
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LR-5/99 & 9/01
Distal realignment and LR 7/02
TTT revision 6/03
screw removal/MUA 10/03
d/x with severe patella baja
7/05 patellar tendon replacement w/piece of quad tendon
4/07 OATS

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2002, 05:49:29 PM »
I like this idea... Well here goes....
I am greatful for my ortho problems because....

I now have more time to relax

I now have more time to read

I have more time to visit Friends and have friends visit me

I have met some very nice people in my pain managment clinc who although they had different problems could relate and understand

I am greatful for the internet and for this site to keep me upto date on research and developments and to keep in contact with others who understand.

I am greatful that my partner (fiance) understands (as much as anyone who isn't going through this can) what
I am going through and why I get moody/ depressed and short sometimes.

I am greatful for my beautiful Dog Tess (a 4 yr old Norwegian Elkhound we have had since she was 7 weeks old) because no matter how bad I feel she is always there tolisten and love me.

I am greatful that I have the time to keep in contact with friends that i could have otherwise lost contact with

I am greatful that I have time to enjoy life for lifes sake not for the sake of anything else.

I am greatful (in a way) that my injury occured at work (otherwise there is no way Ic aould afford treatment)

I am greatful that I still after 7 years get a weekly wage from Workers Comp eventhough I haven't worked 1 hr since my injury. (and likely never will)

I am greatfult that I met my fiance and am planning to wed hi next Aussie Winter (July 2003) in a simple but elegant small (<50 people) ceremony and reception

I am greatful that I have an excuse to wear ballet slippers for my wedding and never have to wear uncomfortable shoes or high heels.

I am even greatful for the pain and other problems as it let me understand a little of what my Mum went through before she passed away (this mothers day May 12th) from Cancer and I could relate and she felt comfortable talking to me about her pain etc as I have had chronic pain for so long
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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2002, 10:25:02 PM »
Yeah, this really is a superior idea!  I'll add my thoughts:

I'm grateful to have a wonderful, supportive husband and three 20-something kids who have seen me through the last year of knee pain and surgery and have waited on me hand and foot without complaint.

I'm grateful for a wonderful dr and PT who have made this as easy as they can and have reassured me all throughout this grueling process.

I, too, am grateful that my struggles are merely knees and not something far more devastating or life threatening.  My daughter is epileptic and her issues will have a much farther reach throughout her lifetime.  

I am also grateful for KNEEguru.  I wish I'd found y'all much sooner than this spring, but, better late than never.

LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, I'm grateful for my orthopedic problems because I DON'T HAVE TO WEAR PANTYHOSE THIS SUMMER!!!!  LOL! ;D
7 arthroscopies on both knees since 1991; many torn menesci and plica syndrome; TTT 5/23/02 for maltracking patella.  Screws removed on 4/16/03!!!

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2002, 11:03:02 PM »
Today i am looking back on all the things i have gone through concerning my health (not just knees) and i am greatful none of things have killed me, though i had two close calls.

I am greatful for my lil' sister, Amanda!  She and i may argue and have had the occasional fist fight.....but she has come through for me since this all started...especially at the doc's yesterday

i am thankful and greatful that the company employing my fiance offshore lost the contract and had to send my hunny home.  He worries for me alot of the time now!

Thankful for my lil' sisters boyfriend because he has been a driver for me and even invited me out to hang out with he and his friends to take my mind off all this (while my fiance was offshore.....her boyfriend and i are the same age and great friends)

I am thankful for the diagnosis and paln of treatment i got.  I may have a wealth of knee problems and they may have suggested surgery, but i am a tough cookie and i don't intend to have surgery unless there is no way to avoid it.

I a thankful for the support i get here from people like Lori, Melilssa, Cecelia, Ross, Heather, Helen, Wendy and all you other folks who have ragged me on and not let me give up when i wanted to.  Ya'll helped me see that if i give up and do nothing no one else is gonna do it for me and its my responsibility and my fate.

I am thankful that i am spending enough time resting that i have learned to appreciate the things around me...like the damp air at night when i sit on the deck, the ability to get completely lost in a good book, long hot baths, havign the time to cook myself a good meal and not just eating things like high sodium canned soup, the joy of being able to take the day to clean up and surprise my fiance when he comes over after work, the calm that comes from being able to go to chruch in the middle of the afternoon and just sit in silence and that strange safety i feel there............if i keep up this list it'll go on forever!!

I am thankful for my future mother in law who can be really annoying but is goodhearted and genuinely concerned for me and concerned for her son whom i have claimed.

i am thankful for my upcoming trip to Chicago....it'll teach me not to be scared of what happened on the 11th and not to fear flying....everyone does it and it is sooo much safer now, than before.

i am thankful for my surgery which taught me that there really is nothing to be scared of if you are in capable hands and you trust those hands.

Last, i am thankful some of you have gotten this far down my list....it shows someone is as bored as me!  I have my knee taped the hardest my PT has ever taped anyone and i can't bent it past 45 degrees!!!

hope all are well - Gracie
8 months of continuous physical therapy
plica excision/ shaving 6-10-02
5 months of agressive physical therapy
modified Fulkerson and lateral release 5-13-03
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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2002, 11:38:34 PM »
I'm grateful for meeting such wonderful friends who understand my knee issues

I'm grateful I have a beautiful son

I'm grateful for still being able to drive my car

I'm grateful for my PCP who has done so much for me

I'm grateful I'm still able to work (albeit with accomodations)

I'm grateful for the American with Disabilities Act

I'm grateful for my PT, Rick

I'm grateful having a wonderful sister

I'm grateful that my staff makes me look so good

I'm grateful that my boss understands or tries to ...

I'm grateful for Bruce Springsteen's  and the Doors' music

I'm grateful to have grown up in New York City

I'm grateful for the Internet

I'm grateful we're getting a thunderstorm right now ... we need the rain

I'm grateful for ice

I'm grateful I have Monday off

I'm grateful for the Gap

I'm grateful for irony

Manip arthro adhes 1/02; TKR 10/01; vmo rep, med reef, chondro, LR 11/00; pat resurf LR 2/00; arth let meisc (80%)1/99; TTT, chondro 8/98; LR(open), med menisc, chondro 6/97; arth med men, OCD les rem

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2003, 10:12:14 AM »
I am just grateful for being a stronger person because of this!

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2003, 11:13:36 PM »
I am grateful for my knee problems because...

1.  I learned from a young age to sympathize with others in pain, to know that you can't always see the cause of pain, and to be understanding of handicapped people.

2.  I get extra time with my hubby at home thanks to all of the doctors appointments and snow days (when I decided I'd better not chance trying to walk, let alone drive, in iffy wintry conditions).

3.  I've learned physical self-awareness... knowing when I'm in pain, tense, or uncomfortable, and where.

4.  Strangers hold doors for me and sometimes offer help.

5.  I've learned to accept help.

6.  I've made new friends on the KneeGuru site and found people who give me encouragement, who need my encouragement, and who can relate to the kind of pain I've had in my life.  Also, it puts things in perspective to read posts here and know that it's not as bad as some people have it.

7.  The conductor saves me a special seat on the commuter train so that I don't get bumped or cramped.

8.  My husband finally replaced that stair railing in our house that we tore down 2 years ago!  ;)

9.  When my husband vowed "sickness and health", he really meant it.

10.  I've made good use of the insurance I pay so much for!

11.  I caught up on "Trading Spaces" and "While You Were Out" :).

12.  I've had lots of time to sit still and think... maybe I'll even get around to writing poetry again.

13.  My problems aren't in my driving leg, so I can still get around.

14.  I've come to appreciate little things like strolling around a mall and walking outside on a beautiful day.

15.  I have enough leeway at work to take a rest whenever I need to ice and elevate my knee.

16.  I'm blessed with pain that will get better over time... pain may come back from time to time, but I'm not on a downward spiral.

17.  I'm learning to be strong about pain.

Since 17 is my magic number, I'll stop there!

Cheers,
Barb :)
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01/91: LK scope-flush. lingering pain
12/02: LK cortisone injection
3/03: LK scope-plica excision, partial synovectomy
11/04: L big toe cartilage/bone repair (fell)
now: L middle toe (broke; lingering pain), RK pain/swelling, neck pain/swelling

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2005, 04:26:49 PM »
Hey everyone,

I found this posting in the archives from a long time ago, but I though that it was such a awesome idea that maybe we could bring it back to life.

So, here it goes..  I am grateful for my knee problems because...

1.  It has taught me how to be strong in times of pain and trial.
2.  Six weeks on crutches taught me how to be patient, how to slow down, and how to enjoy the little things in life.
3.  It has taught me to never take the ability to walk or do everyday tasks for granted.
4.  It taught me never to stare at others with disabilities, not even to glance at them.  I never stared before, but I think I did glance without realizing I was doing it.  I learned that all the glancing and staring really makes one feel self-conscious and is quite annoying.
5.  I am grateful for my awesome surgeon and PT!!.
6.  I am grateful to have learned who my true friends are and I am so grateful to have friends who took care of me while I was NWB. 
7.  I am grateful for my mom who has patiently listened everyday about my knee problems for the past year.
8.  I am grateful to live in a country that has a good medical system and that I have medical insurance.
9.  It has taught me how to encourage others who are having similar problems and how to be more sympathetic to others who are in pain.
10.  I am grateful for the Kneeguru and this site and all the helpful info that I have gotten from this site.
11.  I am grateful to be able to talk with others who are going through the same thing as me.
12.  I am grateful for the new friends that I now have through this site.
13.  I am grateful that my knee problems have drawn me closer to God and has taught me to trrust in Him more.
14.  I am grateful that six weeks of NWB has taught me how to keep my house neater because when you are on crutches you just can't let eveything go or it would be way to big of a task to clean it up all at once.
15.  I am grateful that I got a nice vacation from work and a renewed passion to return to work.   I am also thankful that I can work.
16.  I've learned that it is important to offer your help to others and not just wait for others to ask you for help.  I've learned that when someone verbally offers their help to you, it makes is so much easier for the person who needs the help to receive it. 
17.  I've learned that someone picking up the phone and calling you and asking how things are going is so much more meaningful than an email.
18.  I've learned the importance of not trusting evey medical professional that you come across and that second opinons are always a good thing.
19.  I've learned that even though I am young, I am not invincible and to stop taking life for granted.
20.  I've learned never to rent an apartment on the top floor again and to never purchase a stick shift car again. Steps and clutches are not good for knees.     :)

Well, I'm sure there are some other things that I am grateful for that are just slipping my mind right now.  I look forward hearing what others are grateful for.

Casey :)
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LOA on left knee 3/18/07
ACI and HTO on left knee 10/22/07
scope of right knee on 6/21/07
microfracture left knee 3/18/05

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2005, 05:03:29 PM »
Good idea Casey, we should start this up again..

I'm Very greatful for Friends, for Family, For Adam my fiance' for Parents who love me, for a brother who has survived lifess struggles. For my HORSE who sometimes is the only one I can talk to ... for so far avoiding many of the genetic dissorders that run in my family... ;) Course at 24 that boat hasn't sailed, but at 24 so far so good...

I'm greatful for fresh air, green grass and baby cows to remind me just how precious life is.

Greatful for this life

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2002 LR RK
2002 Scope and hematoma evac RK
2004 LR LK
May 06 Fall from Horse, partial ACL tear and meniscus injury, Tibial plateau injury
2007 Scope, Plica Excision and Debride LK
2009/2010- Possibly Ankylosing Spondylitis?

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2005, 09:46:40 PM »
Can't say that i am really greatful at all, but i'll give it a try anyway.....

i am greatful for my ortho probs because:

1) i have a reason to sit on my butt and spend extra timedoing wedding stuff

2)i have a reason to ask others to get me things....another part of not getting up

3) shows how much my fiance really cares....he listens to me complain and forces me to do things i am supposed to but don't want to

4) i have gotten to know my OS who really is a very nice man

5) gotten free tickets to first spring football game...OS is the team doc

6) taken more than my share of long hot baths

7) found guru and met some amazing and wonderful people

and last i think this is forcing me to try and think more positivly about things.

thanks for the topic and making me think       -grace-



I am grateful too for the wonderful ness of my fiance. Heh mine is forever helping me out. I think his fav. task is timing me on the bike.  Also the extra time for the wedding stuff is bliss...dang there is alot to do!! WHen are you getting married grace?

opps, Didn't see the date was from like 2002/03 on Grace's post. because I didn't have my glasses on.  I am now grateful for my glasses which help me read the fine print.  :)
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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #22 on: May 01, 2005, 03:46:10 PM »
What my knees have taught me:

1. I have the most caring friends in the world who would do anything for me
2. My parents really do want whats best for me
3. Not all OS's know what they are talking about, you need to have trust in people in order to feel comfortable with them.
4. It has taught me that you should never take walking for granted! lol
5. It was taught me how to be strong and realize there always is a light, as dim as it may be, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel
6. Taught me to appriciate the little things, like taking a warm bath, or sitting outside under a treee with a friend. Stuff I would never have done if I wasn't moblie.
7.Given me a new appriciation for all the people with disabilities. Think about how much more effort they ahve to put into just simply pouring a cup of juice..and do you ever hear them whining?
8. I am greatful for my Mom who is the most understanding person and will just listen to me about my knees and then give me positive advice.
9. I am greatful for my Dad who understands where I am coming from when I say some doctors aren't smart lol.
10. It has taught me how important every little function in hte body is. If one goes haywire, the rest get affected.
11. It has taught me to be sympatheic of people in pain, before my injury if someone would have said I tore my ACL, i would have been like oh thats too bad. But now I actually understand what it is and how much it affects your daily life.
12. If it wasn't for my knee, I would have never found kneeguru and the wonderful people and support group it brings with it.
13. It has taught me that everything happens for a reason
14. It has taught me to have patience
15. It hs taught me to have strength
16. I am thankful for a teacher at my school who i would have have been able to get along without.
17. I have learned that the people who call you when your not at school because of your knee, are the people who actually CARE about you and genuinly and wondering how your doing.
18. I am thankful for all the people that ask me everyday, 'how your knee today?' It lets me know they care and are thinking about me.
19. It has shown me to always be positive because ebing negative only makes things worse.
20. Most of all, it has shown me you can't rush things. Things will happen the way God want's them to and thats the way it shall be. If it's ment to happen, it will.
21.It has shown me how big a part of my life soccer was, and to never give up on your dreams.
22. I am thankful I only have one bumm knee and not two.
23. It has taught me how carful you have to be with taking care of your body.
24. It has taught me how many life lessons you get from sports
25. It has given me SO many life lessons in itself. Learing to be patient, take time for yourself, talk about your problems, push hard during times of doubt, and most of all just put trust in God. If you do your part in getting better, he'll do his.

i could go on forever! I LOVE this idea. I really, truly believe that everything happens for a reason and tho we may not see it now, we probably will some day. I mean if we are all honest with ourselves we can't say that our knees didn't teach us some really valuable lessons.
Kritsa
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Left Knee:
Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

May 26th/06-Torn ACL(RK)

June 14th/06-(LK)ACL graft recon, screw removal, menisectomy

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2005, 02:09:36 AM »
I am grateful because this experience has taught me I can make it through anything that comes my way intact (not the same, but intact).
I am grateful because not all character building is fun, but I am a much better person for it.
I am grateful because I have re-evaluated my priorities, and we all come out ahead.
I am eternally grateful to my kids who have been my rocks, and they were lucky enough to have the experience helping when their mom is down, and when everyone else bailed on me, they were always there.
I am grateful to learn if I loose a job because of my leg, other better ones turn up, and my job is not the root of my existance.
I am grateful to be able to lean on my higher power and trust that every little thing is going to be alright.
I am grateful for my church meal program and all the strangers who didin't know me and helped anyway
I am grateful because I am at peace with all of this
I am grateful to learn that everything is fleeting, including my body, and to appreciate the parts that work and heal
I am grateful to see my OS smile for a job well done.
I am grateful my skiing accident only blew out my knee and it wasn't worse.
I am grateful I have learned to laugh instead of cry at life's curveballs.
I am grateful to have had a healthy strong body for 32 years.
I am grateful my PT loves to push me because I can see my improvement.
I am grateful to my mom/ friends who helped me
I am grateful for the friends who tried to help, even though they couldn't handle it and eventually bailed on me

Sharon
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Scope 05/04- meniscus cleanup,femur,tibia and patella cartilage shaving, femoral cartilage degeneration
MCL Strain (Healed Long)
ACL hamstring reconstruction (healed long) - 4/21/05

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2006, 12:53:02 AM »
I haven't really been around for a while  ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)  I was playing with some of the newer features and found this thread again and realized I had missed some of the replies and they were awesome  ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)  Thanks everyone...

Jennifer
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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2006, 11:55:21 PM »
I am grateful for my two little boys who give me all the hugs I need when I need them.

I am grateful for my drs who have tried everything in their powers to help me all they can.

I am grateful that i have found out how strong of a person I have become through all this and for the friends that have pointed that out.

I am grateful that my ex husband and his wife have been so understanding and for all their help with everything. They have really been awsome!

I am grateful for my parents who have allowed me to come live with them AGAIN!

I am grateful for all you guys who have listened to my complain when I felt that no one else was there and could understand. Thanks guys!!

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #26 on: April 19, 2006, 12:51:13 AM »
I am grateful that I can challenge myself daily. I am greatful that I have internet access at work.  I am greatful I have decent insurance. I am greatful that my OS is a good listener. I am greatful that I have learned to look at life a different way. I am greatful that I can put myself in another shoes when they say they are in pain. I am greatful my OS made me do PT three times a week and also greatful that I have no co pay. I am greatful that I have handicapped parking. I am greatful when people ask if I need help .. I am greatful in accepting help.. I am greatful that I have not lost my mind.. I am greatful I get to read about other knee people experiences on this site and found a way to research a few surgery options prior to my actual need for the surgery.. I am greatful  i can work my upper body strengTh if i have to be non weight baring for two months again .. I am greatful that i have embraced my own fears at times. I am greatful that I know I have an inner strength i never thought i had. .I am breathing.. no heart problems no breathing problems .. no blood problems.. cancer free and do not smoke.. I am greatful god has given me a chance to see illness with out fear

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #27 on: April 20, 2006, 06:17:06 PM »
I can't say i'm grateful for the problem in my knee... but because of it, i've slowed down a bit... By being less of an exercise nut, i'm actually HEALTHIER now than i was before.  Because of m knee, i don't feel guilty that i'm not out running and i don't feel so bad about not being in martial arts (the knee made me stop, but i don't know if i would go back if i could).  Through it, i've gotten to see my family doc at his finest - battling insurance company for me, shipping off MRI scans at his own expense to the best doctor either of us have ever met... getting to be put back into regular contact with that very good very special doctor... having done most of the work for rehab on my own, and been responsible for it all myself, i feel a sense of accomplishment... there are things that feel almost as good as climbing a mountain (like RUNNING from the car to the house.  It hurt, but i could DO it! and rollerblading, even though i have to go slower and be gentle).  SO i guess my list is short, but i did find SOME things.  And here's the MOST IMPORTANT thing... I have been able to once again see my God get me through a trial, and make sure i got stronger in the process, all the while taking the opportunity to remind me that He'll NEVER leave me.
1998 - dog vs. human accident, torn MCL, subluxed patella
1999 - plica removal, chondroplasty. 
2002 - skating accident, subluxed patella, torn LCL, bone bruising
2005 - skiing accident, torn MCL, torn meniscus, stretched acl, torn medial capsule
2007 - plica removal, synovectomy

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #28 on: May 01, 2006, 01:56:17 AM »
Wow, it's really great you found this thread.. it's old.. lol..I remember Grace..

I am greatful for my husband who no matter what supports me and loves me and makes me believe in myself.
I am greatful for my horse who never talks back, just listens, carries me on great adventures when my legs cannot and gives truly free love.
I am greatful for friends and family who are there in the good times and the bad times... who stand by me always un wavering in strength.
I am greatful for parents who understand that i'm not perfect and realize they are not either.
I am greatful for the sun the green grass and puffy white clouds.

I am greatful to be alive.
1997 Scope RK
2002 LR RK
2002 Scope and hematoma evac RK
2004 LR LK
May 06 Fall from Horse, partial ACL tear and meniscus injury, Tibial plateau injury
2007 Scope, Plica Excision and Debride LK
2009/2010- Possibly Ankylosing Spondylitis?

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #29 on: May 02, 2006, 01:47:12 PM »
I am grateful because I have found out who my real friends are......
I am grateful as this has made me think of others more......

Sez :)
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ACL op L. Knee 04/06 
(Yes went and did the other knee too - skiing again!)
Had enough of knees now!!!

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #30 on: June 03, 2006, 02:25:44 AM »
This is all so wonderful...  Really inspiring
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Scope 05/04- meniscus cleanup,femur,tibia and patella cartilage shaving, femoral cartilage degeneration
MCL Strain (Healed Long)
ACL hamstring reconstruction (healed long) - 4/21/05

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #31 on: June 03, 2006, 02:36:55 AM »
Exactly what I thought when I first read this chain  I want to surround myself with positive thoughts and actions.  Take healing to a greater level.


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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #32 on: June 04, 2006, 10:15:26 AM »
this is a fantastic idea for a thread! i'm new here and reading through everything i can find....

have you seen this site? http://www.gogratitude.com/

it's a 42 day experiment all about gratitude. they email you once a day for 42 days with different ideas, thoughts, poems, etc.  i've been doing it for a couple of days and i love it. it's a little different, but i'm getting into it. i think you will too

anyway, i'm very grateful that i've stumbled upon this site, because i have learned a lot, and i feel much better about what i'm going through, just by knowing i'm not alone

i'm grateful for;

my family and friends who love and support me in so many ways
my wonderful boyfriend who really knows me
finally paying the may mortgage yesterday, and i have a whole 13 days to find money for the june payment. (i am not grateful for disability checks being so small)
my health, other than the knees
my health insurance, that pays my bills
my physical therapist
burning man
not having to go to work
that eating ginger is helping my pain


thats all my befuddled brain can come up with at 2 am

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #33 on: June 07, 2006, 07:05:31 AM »
Excellent idea Jennifer ..... well here goes.

I am grateful that I finally got to meet PATIENCE for the very first time
Which is strange considering I've been friends with her twin IMPATIENCE for as long as I can remember.

I am grateful for my religion and to GOD for healing me

I am grateful for my family who love and support me

I am grateful cause I have found out who my true friends are
 
I am grateful that I am able to walk again (even with a limp)

I am grateful that I got my OS to smile

I am grateful that I am alive and haven't lost my sense of humour 

I am grateful that I have learned not to leave things for tomorrow, cause tomorrow might never come

I am grateful for finding this website and other people who really understand what I'm going through and are there to listen and give advice.
 
And I have learned that when faced with any situation, not to be too quick to judge and to always remember that life is a test ( the good and the bad). There is nothing that happens for no reason, our brains are just not gifted enough to understand these reasons yet. 

 :) Rosa

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« Reply #34 on: June 10, 2006, 07:57:36 PM »
I am grateful for the people in my life who have given me such amazing support, but physically -- meals and rides to work and doctors appointments and electronically -- yes, all you guys. 

I am grateful for a PCP who thinks I am funny.

I am grateful for an understanding partner.

11/1/05 clean patella fracture
12/12/15 shattered patella, emergency surgical repair
2/06 to 4/06 attempting to convince them something was not right
4/26/06 recheck with surgeon: original break not healing and wires from surgery broken
5/26/06 Second Surgery
8/16/06 no more brace

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Re: Let's start a gratitude journal of sorts...
« Reply #35 on: June 30, 2006, 02:46:43 PM »
I am grateful for knee problem, because without it I would never have got to the bottom of my ironing pile for the first time in about three years, found some stuff today I'd forgotten I owned. Found some stuff belonging to my daughter with age 9-10 on it, she's 12 very soon!!! lol  :-[
I know I'm a slut but i bet i'm not the only one out there.

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Some problems with rehab post op, but now things are looking up.