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Rosy

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Thanks! I started stretches using a stationary bike last night, and slipped and snapped the knee AGAIN, waaaay past 90 degrees. Swelled up huge, but I'm pretty sure it was just internal scarring breaking loose again. That's one way to do it, right? :eek::p I got back on this morning and kept going. It's going to be several times a day between exercises and icing, so if I disappear, I'm just busy. Lol And exhausted. This is the last bad phase, I hope, over the next 2-3 weeks. My anxiety is high but managed, I think. I'm not coming apart (yet). I have a feeling that will come later. Lol
Here's hoping you didn't do any damage. I don't think so. It isn't that fragile or you could not start Pt. Use the ice. They always told me to use ice. I'll be thinking of you. Let me know how you are doing when you can.
 

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Here's hoping you didn't do any damage. I don't think so. It isn't that fragile or you could not start Pt. Use the ice. They always told me to use ice. I'll be thinking of you. Let me know how you are doing when you can.
I do ice with the leg above my heart three times a day. I had a lot of swelling today, but have been working hard at getting it moving. I'm beyond exhausted...
 

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I do ice with the leg above my heart three times a day. I had a lot of swelling today, but have been working hard at getting it moving. I'm beyond exhausted...
I can image how exhausted you must be. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day with less pain and less swelling. Get some good sleep tonight and no more accidents. lol lol
 

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I can image how exhausted you must be. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day with less pain and less swelling. Get some good sleep tonight and no more accidents. lol lol
haha - I was literally afraid to get on the bike again tonight because I was so tired. I spent the day stretching and bending the knee - under tables, in a vehicle, getting on and off the bed...so I feel like I got my workout in either way. ;) This afternoon I got my parents to chauffeur my son and me - there is a little town near where I live that has a pond where dozens of trumpeter swans migrate south every winter. Swans are not native to Arkansas, and this flock evidently came here by mistake years ago because of a storm, and liked it so much that they just kept coming back. So every year, they come to winter at this little pond, and people drive up and feed them cracked corn. So we went up today just to visit them - we went around dusk so they were coming back from foraging for food in groups of four or so, and they were just so LOUD - it was fantastic. So that's my happy thought for today...
 

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That's great you got out today and had a good time. I bet that helped your anxiety. I know it would mine. I bet your son had fun. You should sleep good tonight. Hope you feel good tomorrow.
 

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That's great you got out today and had a good time. I bet that helped your anxiety. I know it would mine. I bet your son had fun. You should sleep good tonight. Hope you feel good tomorrow.
Definitely helped the anxiety, yes - and helped me not kill my kid. LOL!!!!! He was having a particularly wild day - just like he can't turn his battery off. I've been trying to explain ADHD to him, which is hard because he's only 5. I read somewhere that kids can understand it like a "race car brain." Your brain is super powerful and smart and fast - you're creative, and passionate, and have great ideas. But sometimes you need to put the brakes on. He couldn't find the brakes today - he literally spun and ran in circles and yelled at the top of his lungs from 7AM until he went to bed at 8PM. So it was good to take him outside where he could honk at swans and jump on rocks and throw corn at them. :p (they didn't seem to mind...they're quite domesticated at this point...) Hope you get a good night's sleep, too...we should BOTH go to sleep.
 

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Hope you are having a good day. Mine isn't that great. Anxiety for no reason at all. I wanted to have a nice peaceful Sunday. Hope this attack leaves soon. Took my meds so that should help. Your son is 5. That is a good age. He is old enough to understand some things you try to tell him. My grandkids are all grown with families of their own and now we have great grandchildren. They are too little yet to understand much but I love them dearly.
 

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Hope you are having a good day. Mine isn't that great. Anxiety for no reason at all. I wanted to have a nice peaceful Sunday. Hope this attack leaves soon. Took my meds so that should help. Your son is 5. That is a good age. He is old enough to understand some things you try to tell him. My grandkids are all grown with families of their own and now we have great grandchildren. They are too little yet to understand much but I love them dearly.
You have great grandchildren? :) That's WONDERFUL! You're a young great grandma! My husband has a grandmother who is only 74, and it's the hugest blessing for our son - I barely knew my great-grandparents because they were elderly and died when I was really young - I think I was around 9 when the last one passed away. I've always wished I could have known them better...I am an older parent (just turned 40, and he's my first), so I probably won't have the privilege of knowing my greats. But that's okay - everyone's path is different, right?

I'm SO sorry you're having a bad day, @Rosy - it's just the worst when you wake up that way, and there's no obvious explanation for it. Is there anything that helps you feel better when you have days like this? Like a cup of hot tea and a good book? That's what I feel like doing today, but I am doing knee stretches and exercises, and menthol massage, and my son is sliding around the house in a blanket while wearing fake vampire teeth and belching. :D That's my peaceful Sunday....
 

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Hope you are having a good day. Mine isn't that great. Anxiety for no reason at all. I wanted to have a nice peaceful Sunday. Hope this attack leaves soon. Took my meds so that should help. Your son is 5. That is a good age. He is old enough to understand some things you try to tell him. My grandkids are all grown with families of their own and now we have great grandchildren. They are too little yet to understand much but I love them dearly.
Hi Rosy....I'm having a tough day too. My morning "mind fog" as Hurt calls it just hasn't gone away. I've got to bring my truck in today to have the driver's door latch fixed so I'll be driving without it fully closed and ready to swing off its' hinges going around a turn if I don't remember to hang onto it. Tomorrow I go the 30 miles to the tax accountant, something I've been dreading for weeks. I know, I know, minor stuff for normal people and not even close to being without water. Sure hope you feel better soon.
 

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II hope you feel better soon too. It probably won't be till after your trip. I know the feeling you get when you have to go somewhere. I am fine in a car now but at one time it wasn't like that. I could not even drive for a while. You will feel much better when you get back and know you conquered it. I always feel better after I accomplish something I thought I couldn't. If anybody can make that trip with our kind of problem, you can. I'm rooting for you. I had to wash clothes today. I was even too tired to do that. At least I had water. lol
 

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You have great grandchildren? :) That's WONDERFUL! You're a young great grandma! My husband has a grandmother who is only 74, and it's the hugest blessing for our son - I barely knew my great-grandparents because they were elderly and died when I was really young - I think I was around 9 when the last one passed away. I've always wished I could have known them better...I am an older parent (just turned 40, and he's my first), so I probably won't have the privilege of knowing my greats. But that's okay - everyone's path is different, right?

I'm SO sorry you're having a bad day, @Rosy - it's just the worst when you wake up that way, and there's no obvious explanation for it. Is there anything that helps you feel better when you have days like this? Like a cup of hot tea and a good book? That's what I feel like doing today, but I am doing knee stretches and exercises, and menthol massage, and my son is sliding around the house in a blanket while wearing fake vampire teeth and belching. :D That's my peaceful Sunday....
I don't see my Great grandchildren that often. But it is nice when I do get to see them. I never knew mine either. Keep up those exercises and ice. your son sounds cute. He'll keep you occupied. lol Having children later in life is good. My mother was 30 when she had me and she was the greatest. My kids were in their 20's when she died. She got to see a great grandchild and even babysst him once or twice.
 

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Hi Rosy....I'm having a tough day too. My morning "mind fog" as Hurt calls it just hasn't gone away. I've got to bring my truck in today to have the driver's door latch fixed so I'll be driving without it fully closed and ready to swing off its' hinges going around a turn if I don't remember to hang onto it. Tomorrow I go the 30 miles to the tax accountant, something I've been dreading for weeks. I know, I know, minor stuff for normal people and not even close to being without water. Sure hope you feel better soon.
Ugh, I know how exhausting that must be for you, @triceps . Rosy's right - you will feel better once it's done - just got to gt through it. I'm feeling a little better today (emotionally, anyways), so I'm sorry you're both struggling. Are weekends sometimes harder?
 

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I don't see my Great grandchildren that often. But it is nice when I do get to see them. I never knew mine either. Keep up those exercises and ice. your son sounds cute. He'll keep you occupied. lol Having children later in life is good. My mother was 30 when she had me and she was the greatest. My kids were in their 20's when she died. She got to see a great grandchild and even babysst him once or twice.
Yeah, it has its advantages and disadvantages. I don't have the energy of a 25 year old mom for sure - I was 34 when he was born. Most of the other moms at his school are much younger than me and very trendy and have no gray hair. lol Oh well....BUT - Being older, I was completely over worrying about what others thought about my choices, and we were financially established, had good jobs, had been through several crises by that point. That part was definitely good...
 

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It doesn't matter how old you are when you have kids. Look at our grandparents. A lot of them had what I call 2 sets of children. I had 2 aunts who were only 6 years older than me. We were more like sisters than aunts and nieces. My father was old enough to be their father. lol
 

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I'm happy to report that I did 30 minutes of stretching my knee using the incumbent bike tonight (can't do full rotations yet for a while). I did NOT fall off this time, AND I did NOT hear any snapping noises. LOL (you're welcome, @triceps ). My knee is about the size of my head and has the consistency of a potato. But it's bending. I'm scared of what the sweet little PT is going to do to it in the morning, but we'll worry about that tomorrow. Tonight, I am proud of myself for pushing it. I'm feeling encouraged a bit...
 

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I'm happy to report that I did 30 minutes of stretching my knee using the incumbent bike tonight (can't do full rotations yet for a while). I did NOT fall off this time, AND I did NOT hear any snapping noises. LOL (you're welcome, @triceps ). My knee is about the size of my head and has the consistency of a potato. But it's bending. I'm scared of what the sweet little PT is going to do to it in the morning, but we'll worry about that tomorrow. Tonight, I am proud of myself for pushing it. I'm feeling encouraged a bit...
Hurray for you. Proud of you. Let us know how PT goes tomorrow.
 

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@triceps how did it go today? I thought about you this morning

I survived today. Gaining some flexibility (90 degrees today) and strength - lifted my leg today! But the swelling and edema are pretty bad, and I'm very nauseous during PT and home exercises - I spent a lot of time today trying not to throw up. It will pass, but bleh - ready for the next phase. So so so tired. Today marks three weeks since surgery.
 

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Sounds like you did great at PT today. Glad to hear it. I used to get nauseous too at PT. Probably anxiety and pain. lol Get a good rest tonight. You deserve it. Let me know if you hear how Triceps' day went. Was thinking of both of you today. Well it's my bedtime. lol I hope we both have a good night.
 

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@triceps how did it go today? I thought about you this morning

I survived today. Gaining some flexibility (90 degrees today) and strength - lifted my leg today! But the swelling and edema are pretty bad, and I'm very nauseous during PT and home exercises - I spent a lot of time today trying not to throw up. It will pass, but bleh - ready for the next phase. So so so tired. Today marks three weeks since surgery.
Hi Hurt and Rosy. It's kinda scary how fast three weeks went by since the surgery. We're all getting older....fast. Sounds like you're progressing well Hurt, let's see if you can continue without losing that good bacteria.
As usual, I made it through the day with a lot of wasted anxiety but my wife had to drive me to the accountant's. You would think having gone through so many scenarios where 1) the situation isn't worth worrying about in the first place and 2) the situation works out just fine, that I would be able to not get so wildly anxious about the whole thing, Rationally, objectively and through repetition you'd think my mind could just tell me whatever is coming up will be just fine. But that's anxiety for you, effects each of us differently creating paranoid, negative thinking.

I hope everyone has a better day than yesterday.
 
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