Thursday, March 20
Mom continues to do very well. The kids (my niece and nephew) came over after school for their weekly babysitting afternoon. Dad picked them up and when they burst through the door they ran towards Mom. I thought it was so sweet that they were so excited to see her. Once they had said their hellos and were convinced that she was fine they asked to see her "leg machine". Turns out they were most excited to see THE LEGASUS (as seen above). The Legasus is the contraption Mom has to put in her leg in for 2 hours a day. It exercises her leg at regular intervals and measures the degree/angle of the bend of her knee. She is up to a 95 degree angle. Not bad for only a week after surgery. My brother claimed he was going to tell the kids that Grandma had to wear The Legasus permanently, just to mess with them, but I don't think he did. (We tend to regularly mess with kids in our family.) Anyway, the kids ran to visit The Legasus but seemed disappointed that Mom couldn't just jump into it for their entertainment. They've started calling Mom "The Bionic Grandma". It's sort of true. She's got two titanium knees after all. There are tracks from Mom's walker on the carpet throughout the house these days. I call them Gayle's Trails. The cleaning ladies came yesterday so Mom had to cut a whole new set of Gayle's Trails. When she opened the door to let them in she said I got a new knee! Want to see?" She then pulled up the leg of her sweats and showed it off. They looked on in ESL horror. Some things just don't need much translation.
We're all very happy with Mom's progress. You should see her incision. It's amazing. Her Doctor did a great job and I don't think she'll have much of a scar to boast about. She says it looks like a ham. Gross! I think it looks pretty dang good considering what went on in there just a week ago. One of these days I'll see if I can pin her down and get a picture for you. Ewwwww!
Posted by Lucy at 4:45 PM