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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-
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
currently in limbo

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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
7 yrs of knee troubles (maltracking, maybe plica).  
Finally found wonderful OS(#4)!
Diagnostic scope+biopsy schduled for sept 23,2003  
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Chronic joint pain,subluxations,microtraumas...

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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
Awaiting MRI - LK
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-
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 #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
Knee probs for 5 years before my first surgery of an Elmslie Trillat and a latera release.
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.
Left knee:
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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