As you might guess from this post title the knee is doing much better. I saw the orthopedist yesterday and had the stitches out. He was pretty satisfied with how the knee is coming along, although he does think that at least a couple of physical therapy sessions would be helpful. I'm having a little more difficulty, compared to what most people experience after this type of surgery, straightening the leg. He said I can do a couple of sessions and then evaluate whether to just do whatever exercises/program they give me on my own or whether it would be better to keep going for a full course of 10-12 sessions.
The most satisfying part of the visit was having him go over what he'd done and getting his opinion that going back to running (slowly after building up with a walking, then jogging program, plus the rehab) at any level I choose to should be no problem. Crystal and I are signed up for our second Danskin Triathlon (end of July). I'm confident that I'll be able to do it.
Patches and I celebrated this good news and kicked off triathlon training yesterday with two 15 minute walks up and down our closest dirt road. This morning we were really ambitious and walked a full two mile loop. Now we're reaping the benefits- Patches is asleep on the couch and I just feel BETTER. Gus and Wendy had a walk too, but a shorter one, kicking off the start of their canine weight loss and fitness program- sorely needed after this past winter of not getting nearly enough walks, between the weather and my knee problems. It was so great to get out in the sun and enjoy the signs of spring that are suddenly showing themselves everywhere- sprouts of green coming up on the roadsides, budding trees, ducks on the ponds. Today we saw mergansers- can't remember if they were the hooded or common. Yesterday on one of our walks we saw two piliated woodpeckers. For more on our local birds see Crystal's blog.
*I just checked Crystal's bird photos. It was the hooded mergansers we saw- on Rebecca and Michele's pond.