Hi!! My name is Karen. My anniversary is January 20 & my birthday is February 28. I am 42 years old & live in NC. I have been on Blingee for 7 years now and I am more addicted than ever!! Now with Blingee Plus I am having a blast with all of the effects and new stamps out there! By the way, I want to thank all of you out there who create these awesome stamps!
I hope to make friends here that are mature people & that love to make blingees as much as I do!
I love my hubby, friends, and family. I love to make jewelry. I love animals, fantasy creatures, and good movies.
6-26-12: I fell at work on a wet floor. I fell on my left knee and my kneecap was broken in half. I had surgery on July 5. I will be out of work for a long time, and will be having physical therapy for a long time afterwards. I have to wear a knee brace along with using crutches and a walker. I'm going to physical therapy twice a week and trying very hard to bend my knee.
As of 10-3-12 I have been able to bend it up to 56 degrees. I'm still having problems with the kneecap not growing back correctly. I can walk much better now, but still not without help of my crutches. I'll be using a special chair soon to help my knee to bend, I hope it helps. Thank you to all of my friends here who continue to ask about my knee and to all of you who made the beautiful get well wishes. I loved them all & saved all to my faves!!
I am eternally thankful to my best friend Denise (seastar) for being there for me since day one. She has been so wonderful to take care of me and get me to physical therapy (PT). THANK YOU DENISE!! :)
UPDATE 10-27-12: Hi everyone!! Thanks for all of your get well wishes & gifts!! Just letting you know my knee has been able to bend to 60 degrees now!! I received a mechanical chair from a company called ERMI that helps me pull my knee closer to me. I have to use it 3x per day for about 3 mos. then I go back to see the dr. The only problem I'm having at this time is that my patella (kneecap) is being held together by fiberwire and a large screw. The doctor said he may be able to remove the screw & wires after 3 mos. on the chair. He said my patella hasn't completely healed yet. I'm happy with my early progress on the chair, so I'll continue to use it, so please bare with me if this makes me run behind in challenges and making comments. I always rate 5 stars & almost always leave a comment.
UPDATE 12-4-12: Today I went to PT & was able to bend my knee 75 degrees!! My chair at home is definitely helping me!! I'm walking much better now with just my brace and gave up the wheelchair (rental) about 2 weeks ago. Feeling better each day, even with the wires still in. It still doesn't look or feel right, but I'm just waiting to hear from the dr. in Jan. to know if he'll remove the screw & wires. If he does, then I'll have to start this all over again, but hopefully my range of motion will greatly improve so I'll be all for it.
UPDATE 12-28-12: I went to PT today & was able to bend my knee to 95 degrees!! I was very happy to hear it, although I felt some pain to achieve it. It's still not looking very good, still swollen in some parts, not sure why. It's been 6 mos. & workman's comp is trying to approve less PT sessions than the dr. is prescribing. I'm going back to the dr. on 1-16, but I still have no idea what he'll say about my progress, since it hasn't fully healed yet. I still have the chair at home for now, so I'm using it like crazy. For now, I'm happy to be at 95 degrees!! I thought the day would never come!! :)
UPDATE 1-16-13: My dr.'s appt. went well today, he's happy with my progress & wants me to keep the chair I use at home for another 3 mos. I go back in April. The wires & screw need to stay in 1 yr longer. (maybe 9 mos.) He liked the x rays, said it's getting better. Still at 95 degrees, but the most you can bend is 130 degrees. I hope by the end of the next 3 mos I will be there!!
UPDATE 2-5-13: I went to PT today & my therapist measured my bend to 112 degrees!! The chair I'm using at home is really helping me, & I'm hoping to keep it another 2 months. I'm walking more at home without my brace, but when I go out I wear it for support & balance. I hate the brace, but I still don't trust my knee. Well, that's it for now, but I will keep you all posted with my progress!! Thank you for your support!!
UPDATE 3-24-13: I have now been able to bend my knee to 125 degrees!! Just 5 more to go for full range, YAY!! Still feeling unbalanced sometimes, but working on that and strength in my upper left leg. I've lost a lot of muscle & now I'm trying to build it back up. I still can't go up a step on my left leg. I hope in the next few months I'll be able to. Walking is still hard without the brace, every step is different. I still have the wires in place, they are ugly bumps under my skin & they still hurt at times. Thank you all so much for thinking of me and checking on my progress!! I love my Blingee friends!!
UPDATE 4-18-13: I went back to the dr. yesterday, 1st time since Jan. He said he's proud of me being able to bend my knee so well. I'm still not at a full 130 degrees, but last time it was measured I was at 125. He said he's ready to remove the screw & wires. It's been 10 mos since I fell. I still can't walk very well, but I try. I've gotten rid of the brace (for now). This should be the last surgery I'll need. (I HOPE!!) Thank you to all of you out there who have been my support system & for the sweet blingees you've made me during my recovery. I love & appreciate you all!!
UPDATE 5-4-13: My doc called & said the new surgery has been approved.
UPDATE 5-14-13: I have chosen June 19th for my new surgery to remove the screw & wires from my knee. I'll have to go see the doc on the 12th for pre-op. I hope this is my last surgery!! I'll be going back to PT after that, but for now I'm done with it until my new surgery. Thank you to everyone who has continued to support me!! Your kind words always make me feel more at ease about my whole situation. You are true friends & I love you all!!
UPDATE 6-17-13: First of all thank you to all of my friends for your very special get well wishes!! I am a bit nervous as the days wind down to my surgery date. I hope to be in much better shape when this screw & wires are taken out of my left knee. I'm supposed to have the stitches removed on the 26th, & I start PT again soon. The doc says I'll only need my crutches, so yay, no wheelchair needed!! I also won't have to keep it straight like I did before, since my range is still 125 degrees, it should improve to the full 130 soon. Thanks to everyone who has stuck by me this past year!! I love my blingee friends!! :)
UPDATE 6-21-13: My surgery went well. I'm using my crutches again in the house, hobbling along. The doc even gave me the screw, LOL!! Starting PT next week so I hope that helps me get back to normal. Thank you so much to all of you who sent me new get well wishes!! I love them all!!
UPDATE 8-18-13: I'm doing a little better now but I still can't do certain things. I have full range in my knee now so I can completely bend it, but I still feel pain around my knee. I can't go up & down stairs correctly but I'm working on it. I'm walking better than I was but still not perfectly. Still going to PT 2x per week & it's helping. I go back to the doc in Sept. Learning to cope with a physical disability is hard, but I am trying.
UPDATE 10-3-13: I went back to the doctor in Sept. During the exam, he used his fingers to put pressure around my knee & it hurt. I asked him if he thought it could be possible if my patella has moved to the side a little since I feel like it is twisted inside. He gave me a cortisone shot but it only ended up hurting more for the rest of the night. No more of those!!
UPDATE 11-21-13: I went back to the dr. for another checkup. He said my movement was really good & he explained why he didn't give me a knee replacement. He said the knee cap had to be in one piece to do that & it usually is done on patients with really bad Arthritis. Since my patella was broken, he couldn't do it when I fell. He said it should be a last resort for me. It's more like re-surfacing than replacing. I asked him about my permanent disability rating (PDR) & he said there are many tests that need to be performed to get that rating & he may get that started in Jan. when I go back. He wants me to go back to PT. So I guess in Jan. I'll get tested. That test is called an FCE (functional capacity evaluation). Thank you again for all the support!!
UPDATE 12-3-13: I finally just got 12 more PT sessions approved. My leg muscle needs to be worked out in order for my knee to stay straight, which I don't think it is right now. I just hope these sessions work for me & help me get stronger. I lose my balance sometimes & still have a hard time going up & down stairs. Thanks again to all of you who are keeping up with my progress, it means the world to me!!
UPDATE 12-28-13: I have my FCE scheduled for 1-16. I hope it goes well but I know it's going to hurt. I don't have the correct equipment to work out my knee at home, but I can do some exercises that will help somewhat. When I bend my knee I hear noises. I put my hand on it & can feel it when it makes the noise. I'm happy that I can bend it, & sitting in a chair doesn't hurt, but putting weight on it to go upstairs still hurts. My upper leg muscles are still weak but I'm working on it. When I walk, I feel every move & every step is different. I'm working on my gait pattern & my therapist says it's getting better. That's it for now, but I'll be sure to let you all know how the testing goes. Thank you again for all the comments & reassurance, it really helps!! Love you all!! Happy New Year everyone!!
UPDATE 1-24-14: I took my FCE test. It hurt my knee on a lot of the tests, but they weren't just tests for my knee. I had to push, pull, carry weights, use a treadmill, walk up & down steps, & do some hand tests. I did well on the hand tests, but the others were on the low scale. The tester rated my performance on each test. My doc saw it & said he was closing my w/c case, but I can reopen it any time within the next 2 yrs. if I need anything. He told me the feelings I have in my knee come from having Arthritis. (My knee isn't twisted.) I'll still continue to keep my w/c. Now I'm going out of my medical phase & entering the vocational phase. Dr. has set my permanent work restrictions to sit down only (light duty). I don't know if I'm ready to go back to work yet. I definitely don't have to go back to the place I fell, thank goodness!!
NEW UPDATE 2-5-14: I just received my PDR from my doctor, he says 10%. I feel like this is a wrong rating, considering my knee was broken in at least 4 places, he couldn't even put one piece back in during my first surgery since it was so small, & all the hell I've gone through since my fall. I'm quite upset about this, but I'm going to talk to my lawyer about this & get his opinion. I do understand that I'm not 100% disabled, but it surely feels like more than 10%. I may go see another doc to get a 2nd opinion. I can't run, take my dogs for a walk, go up & down stairs correctly (I use my right leg), or do many other things that normal people can do. I'm glad he said in my permanent work restrictions that I can only do sit down work, but this is ridiculous. I'll be like this for the rest of my life & he only gives me 10% disability. My Arthritis is really bothering me. It makes crunching noises when I stand up & hold my leg out to bend it. It also crunches when I bend it in a standing position. I'm scared to see how this will develop in my future. I've seen older people with Arthritis & it's not pretty. It can twist your fingers & swell up so much you can't even write. I'm so worried this will happen in my knee. My doc prescribed Celebrex but the WC ins. co. is trying to deny it. I know it's expensive but if I need it, I need it. My lawyer's trying to help this go through. I'm so upset. I'll write more as I find out what's going on. Thank you all for continuing to care about my situation & helping me get through the horrors of it all. You are true friends, & I'll always be thankful for having you in my life!! Love you all!!
Groups I'm in:
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