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Offline Heather M.

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What is your dream?
« on: October 30, 2002, 01:49:09 AM »
Linds and I were chatting today, and talking about how we don't want to let our knees get in the way of our dreams.

So I wondered what everyone else's dreams are--both realistic and not.  I think it's important to hold onto both types of dreams as we try to get knee solutions we can live with.

I would like to backpack around Africa and trek in the Himalayas, especially to Everest Base camp.  Those don't seem terribly realistic *right now*, so I'm focusing on being able to do a flat hike in the beautiful red rocks of Northern Arizona. And being able to play tag with my toddler nephew and walk my dog whenever she goes to the front door and give me 'that look.'

And for totally unrealistic...I'd like to be one of the first people with a knee replacement to ever climb Mt. about dreaming!!  :D

In the meantime, I'm trying to keep my spirits up as we all deal with the inevitable pain that changing seasons bring.  So I invite you to share your dream and give us all something to pull for, and remember WHY you are seeking to get better.....

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Re: What is your dream?
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2002, 03:43:26 AM »
Dreams and goals keep us going!   :-*

My very realistic dream is to play baseball with my kids...and go for walks with them.  Hopefully the tkr will lend itself to that...

My other dream is also pretty realistic--to get my day to day life back--get my house back the way I want it, to get off the toilet in a reasonable way, to sleep all night without either being exhausted or medication induced...

I don't think I want a lot...Sylvia
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Re: What is your dream?
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2002, 03:52:10 AM »
I am in the same boat as Sylvia...i don't want much.

I have dreams that i will get my degree before i turn 200 years old....i will marry the man i love and we will build a lovely life together....dreams that my knees will allow me to live a nomal life, or at least closer to normal than i have now.

And if we are shooting for unrealistic...i want to go to the gym tomorrow morning a play a few matches of volleyball and tomorrow afternoon I'll play in a  softball game, it'll be a huge win..the other team will have no runs!  Maybe i could go dancing with my fiance later..haven't done that in a long time.

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Re: What is your dream?
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2002, 05:09:35 AM »
Well, since Heather and I were talking about this, I felt it only right that I post my dreams here...
First of all my dream is to make it to Everest base camp..I think people that actually try to climb the mountain are insane, but the base camp atmosphere is something I think I crave. Another dream is to have my horse bussiness and marry my farmer and live happily ever after.  I want to breed and train quality affordable horses for people that deserve nice horses, but can't afford the 80.000$ dollar ones. ;)
I dont' have any really unrealistic dreams at this point, well maybe being an OS but it ain't gonna happen so I don't even think about it. Having a pain free week or so would be nice.
Take care Thanks for the sharing Heather, always makes life more bareable
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Re: What is your dream?
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2002, 05:22:52 AM »
My dream is to be able to run again, get back to a 15:30 two mile again.  I don't if I can consider that a realistic or unrealistic.  With the way it feels today, I don't think that will ever happen.  

I also want to be able to play softball again and become the orthopedic surgeon I have wanted to be since I was 6.  Maybe I could be that surgeon that doesn't blow off her patients.  

These are my real dreams, I don't know which categories they fit into.

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Re: What is your dream?
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2002, 06:19:44 AM »
A big dream of mine is to be able to ski again. I don't know if that's a realistic or unrealistic dream. Judging by the way I feel now it seems to be pretty unrealistic.

My realistic dreams are to get a teaching job that I will truly love, get married and have a family and just be able to live a normal life that isn't run by my knees and how they feel.

Thinking about my dreams keeps me going on the bad days!

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Re: What is your dream?
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2002, 04:20:04 PM »
Knee dreams:
Wow, wouldn't I love to be able to go hiking again and not having to think about every step whether the knee is going to hold out or not.  Ditto for skiing.
The other one is being able to get down on the ground and crawl around with my grandson!!!! Now that would really be fantastic.
Let's hope all our dreams come true--and then I'll join you all at the Everest Base Camp.  Shouldn't we make a Kneeguru expedition???  I bet we could get all kind of brace companies to sponsor us!!!!

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Re: What is your dream?
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2002, 05:45:17 PM »
Well first off I want to be able to go bowling again!!  I haven't bowled since January and I miss that so much...I've been bowling since I was in the second grade and it was so hard for me to give that up!!  Next I want to be able to be able to get use out of the season pass I'm thinking of buying for the next season at a local amusement park.  I bought one this year and I only got to use it for the beginning of June and then I had surgery.  I want to be able to spend the entire day at that park...not just the couple hours that my knee might hold out for.  I want to be able to hang out with my friends and go around the mall and just do whatever I want without saying no because my knee is hurting too much.  I don't want to have to dread going to school because it hurts my knee so much.  As for my future...I want to be a Physical Therapist Assistant but I don't know if my knee will allow for that.  I had never even considered it because I hated PT so much until I finally foudn the perfect place that is so amazing because the people there truly care...and this was the fourth place I had been.  Only 1 out of 4 I felt honestly cared about my knee and any pain I was experiencing.  And I think that sucks and I wanna change that!!  So I don't know how many of these are realistic and I didn't realize how long the list was until I started writing!!
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Re: What is your dream?
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2002, 06:50:40 PM »
Oh dream again :)  ::)  Well my "dream" is to be able to train my mini poodle in agility and fly ball.  There is nothing that would make me happier than taking her through an agility course.  The way she soars over jumps, she'd kick doggy butt at flyball.  I don't know yet if this is a realistic dream or not, but that is a definite knee fantasy of mine.

What I hope to be a realistic dream is to be able to go for long walks again.  Nice strolls around the neighbourhood, or a gentle easy hike up the trails.  Heck, even to be able to turn the clocks back 2 or 3 years would be great.  

Okay, enough dwelling on what I can't have right now.  To help make life more bearable I've kind of improvised.  Instead of training my dog in flyball, I throw a tennis ball from the couch down the hallway.  Instead of long strolls or hikes my mom takes me to the waterfront where I can sit on the bench and admire the gardens and the lake.  Right now I make the best of what I have.  But I still have my dreams. ::)  


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Re: What is your dream?
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2002, 03:40:24 AM »
My dream is to be able to walk without go to the go on sit through a football take my dog for a go up and down stairs foot-over-foot. On my first visit with my rehab doctor, he asked what I would like to do for recreational activities. I said it was so far from anything I could imagine, I didn't even think about it anymore. He said we would have to change that. I almost cried. However, six months later, I still have my basic dreams of walking, sitting, stairs, etc. I hate to sound so down, but those activities are still dreams for me.

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Re: What is your dream?
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2002, 04:32:15 AM »
I will be the Orthopod and you can be my physical therapist and we will call it something along the lines of"We truly Care,"  That would be cool.  Just thought it was cute.

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Re: What is your dream?
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2002, 08:34:54 AM »
Nice idea for a subject!

Before I had surgery last month, I had huge dreams.  My reason for surgery was to fix my knees so that I could get back in shape again.  My goal was that in 2 years I'd be back in shape and would try out for a WNBA team.  Lofty goal, I know, but I was dreaming big!

After the complications I went through, my dreams have changed.  I get excited to see the sunsets and the fall leaves and to breathe the fresh air.  My dreams are to be able to do normal life functions again - walk around the grocery store without getting winded, do laundry (washer and dryer are in the basement), go for hikes to see the hidden treasures at state parks, go bowling with friends...

And one of my (hopefully) realistic dreams is that when my recovery is complete, I will be a LR success story.
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Re: What is your dream?
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2002, 01:12:05 PM »
My dream?? I'd like to go skiing in Austria sometime, but according to what my OS says it isn't realistic, so... :( I'll keep on dreaming. I planned a skiing trip in Jan 2001, but due to my LR dec 2000, I had to cancel it. Shame :-/, I'd like to try it.

Other dreams (who seem more realistic) is play badminton (haven't played since june!!! but I don't know if I'll play again this season), and skate. Think it's more likely I can do these things again.

Good question Heather and Linds ;)

And Chica... I went bowling last friday with my brother and his girlfriend (being 2 months post-TTT), and I really enjoyed myself. OK, my knee felt stiff and painfull, but I bowled  (I even won! Imagine that...) so... you're dreams will come true!

Keep believing everyone ;)


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Re: What is your dream?
« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2002, 04:40:01 AM »
I'm striving to get better so I can get back to what weren't dreams but simple habits, realities, just 2 years ago--hiking every weekend in the summer, going on more extended backpacking trips, etc.  While I would love to be able to ski again too, I am actually willing to give that up--I skied with passion, and so it kind of surprises me that I feel I can do without it.  But hiking is different--it's a solace for me, and I really want to be able to do it for the rest of my life.  

I used to see old people doing the same hikes I was doing--they were my "model old folks"--exactly how I wanted to end up...I am still hoping!  I am starting to walk up and down this steep hill in my neighborhood again and hope to gradually increase my laps on that hill--training!  Yesterday I saw an old couple walking up the same hill and just couldn't stop thinking about how they could do it at age 75 while I am struggling to at age 25!  

I will find other ways to enjoy the outdoors even if I can't keep backpacking.  But it's a dream that I still can't believe is now a dream rather than a reality, and I won't say goodbye to it yet.

As for Everest--NO WAY would I ever want to try climbing it (of course, I said that about 14ers--14000 ft mountains--as a teenager, only to find out they were just great hikes like all the others, a few years later!  Daily, I look at a picture of myself atop Colorado's Mt. Yale just 3 months after my first surgery.  If only the second surgery had turned out so well).  I especially don't want to climb Everest after reading Into Thin Air!  Honestly, I think I'm too wimpy for that.  BUT, base camp sounds fun--I'll meet you guys there, and we'll see Heather off to the top!!

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Re: What is your dream?
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2002, 04:48:14 AM »
My dreams are pretty simple.  To walk, run occasionally and live my life without pain and not having to disappoint my friends and family by needing to cancel outings at the last minute.  I would love to have a child eventually and be able to chase after them!!!  
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