Knee Surgery Recovery Tips

On October 10th, I had knee surgery. I have been dealing with this bad knee since I was 12 years old. I’ve dislocated it a few times over the years and really did a doozy in July of this year. It finally became apparent that I need to do something about the knee. In talking over things with my surgeon, he came up with a very good surgical plan. Despite all of that, my nerves were shot the day of surgery. I was nervous as all get out! Hopefully these knee surgery recovery tips help you!

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About the Knee Surgery

Like I mentioned, the surgeon had a good plan for my surgery. Since I deal with very little cartilage, the first thing he wanted to do was clean up my kneecap and take a biopsy of the cartilage. That biopsy will then be sent to a lab so they can grow more of my own cartilage! Unfortunately, in doing that procedure, it means that I need to have a second surgery. During that second surgery, I will have the new cartilage implanted and then the surgeon will use donor tendons to reconstruct all of my tendons so my knee is more stabilized.

Since I had my gallbladder removed in January of this year, my deductible was gone and my out of pocket was nearly gone. In working with me, my surgeon made sure that my surgery was the last of his day so that in case I was not a candidate for the Maci procedure (the biopsy), then he could go ahead and do the tendon reconstruction at that time.

 

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The Knee Surgery

Everything went well. I woke up very weepy and freezing, but the nurse told me that is very common. The pain I had was a bit much more than I thought it would be at that time, but they gave me something and covered me with some sort of heater thing. I warmed up quickly and thankfully, the tears stopped! Other than that, I felt amazing. I had no anesthesia “hang-over” feeling like I did with my gallbladder surgery. The nurses kept remarking how good I looked. I take it I had a good anesthesiologist! I ended up being a great candidate for the Maci procedure so I will be having a second surgery some time in 2019.

Knee Surgery Recovery

Knee surgery recovery has not been that bad. I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised. Friday (two days after surgery) was the worst day. I could not get comfortable to save my life and I took the most pain pills that day. Other than that, I haven’t really needed the pain medication.

So…What have I been doing?

I am, by no means, an expert, but here are the knee surgery recovery things I’ve been doing that has helped me tremendously over the course of the last for days.

  1. One of the things my surgeon told me to do, was take Tylenol three times a day. If I need a pain pill in between taking the Tylenol, then take it. So that’s what I did from day one. Total, since surgery, I’ve only taken four pain pills.
  2. Another thing the surgeon recommended is that I take magnesium. Apparently there are studies that taking magnesium with the Oxycodone will help prevent the patient from needing to up their pain pill dose due to tolerance.
  3. If you are having surgery and your hospital does not send you home with an ice machine, ASK for one or BUY one. I have the DonJoy Iceman Clear3knee surgery recovery and it is amazing. For the first four days after surgery, I was able to continuously ice my knee. It really helped with pain and swelling.
  4. Do your exercises. My surgeon gave me a list of four exercises that he wanted me to start the very next day. Do them. Even if they hurt…do them. It will get better, but it will help the recovery process.
  5. Take Colace. Trust me on that one. Take it. The last thing you want is to be laid up and constipated. Pain medication will constipate you.

Aside from those five knee surgery recovery tips, I have been keeping myself busy by reading and watching Little House on the Prairie. I have to say, after being as busy as I am on a daily basis, it is rather nice to be able to sit back and taking it a bit easy for a little while!

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How to Dry Soccer Goalie Gloves

There are a lot of things in this world that smell really bad. But…let me tell you, there is nothing that smells worse than my daughters soccer goalie gloves. Especially when they are soaking wet. Last weekend, my daughter had a soccer tournament. I’d love to say it was sunny and warm, but it wasn’t. While the temp was warm, it was like a monsoon out there. Not. Even. Joking. It was the hardest rain I have seen in a long time. She was soaked; her gloves were soaked; she had puddles IN her shoes; and the smell on the ride home was horrendous. We needed to dry those soccer goalie gloves quickly…she had another game that day.

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Do you see how soaking wet that child is? Thankfully we had a waterproof stadium blanketdry soccer goalie gloves in the car for her to sit on. By the time we got home, there was probably about 3/4 of a cup of water on top of that stadium blanket! Her goalie shorts have pads in them…so you can imagine how much water those shorts were holding!

How to Dry Soccer Goalie Gloves

We needed to figure out how to get those goalie gloves dry as quickly as possible. We got home about 11 am and she had another game at 5:20 pm that evening. If you haven’t purchased soccer goalie gloves before, they are expensive, especially since she moved up to the adult sizes. So, going out and purchasing a new pair was not really something we wanted to. Not to mention, they were bound to get all wet all over again in the evening.

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So…What Did We Do?

In the past, we have used a glove dryer that sits on the heating vent, to dry her gloves. It’s as gross as it sounds, but you do what you need to do. However, the temperature was one that the air or heat was not needed. What does my husband do? He rigs up something with that glove dryer to not only dry her gloves, but her shoes too!

Guess what?? It totally worked! Her gloves were completely dried in no time, as well as her shoes. I hate to see what our electric bill is going to be with running the shop vac like that for a little bit, but it was worth it. There was no way we could send her to her 5pm game with wet shoes and gloves.

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So How Did They Do In the 5pm Game?

They did so well. Unfortunately, the monsoon was back and it dumped on these girls again. The field was already squishy from the rain earlier and the game ended up getting called early with about 20 minutes left to play. It was unfortunate, but this girl played her heart out and saved an amazing penalty kick!

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Those socks she is wearing in the picture were bright white when she started the game! This glove drying rack is something everyone should have. Not only does it dry soccer goalie gloves, but it is excellent to use in the winter time with snow gloves and hats!


How to Freeze Egg Muffins

One thing I make every single week is my egg muffins recipe. If you haven’t tried them yet, you need to! They are not difficult to make and they give you a quick and easy option for those breakfasts on the go. What if I told you that you could freeze egg muffins to make your life even easier?!? You totally can!

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How to Freeze Egg Muffins

In exactly one week, I will be having knee surgery. My husband will be taking over ALL of the day to day duties. While no one makes my life easier with the crazy schedules I deal with, I do want to make things a bit easier for him. Not only will he be working still, but he will be taking care of me, getting the kids to school and doing the other day to day jobs that I won’t be able to do for a bit.

 

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One of those ways I want to help him out is by making a bunch of things and having it in the freezer ready to go. As you know, I am following Weight Watchers (WW) right now and I want to make sure I have my food ready so I can stay on plan while I am recovering. These egg muffins will help me stay on plan! Having the ability to freeze the egg muffins will really help us both out!

When you freeze egg muffins, you want to make sure you follow the steps below to a T. Not following them may give you results you don’t want (chewy, rubbery eggs. Blech).

  1. Allow your egg muffins to completely cool ALL THE WAY after cooking.
  2. Once cooled, individually wrap each egg muffin in plastic wrap and then wrap in tin foil.
  3. Freeze for up to 3 months.

 

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Reheating Your Frozen Egg Muffins

I will be completely honest…I was very skeptical that the frozen egg muffins would reheat well. In fact, I almost asked my son to try it first before I did! However, they tasted excellent! I think the key is to reheat them while they are frozen. Simply unwrap the foil and plastic wrap and place in the microwave. Reheat for about 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Enjoy!

Travel Bucket List Free Printable

One of the things my husband and I like to do is talk about our future. Don’t most married couples do that? For example, one thing we’ve always said is when my husband retires, we are going to sell our house, get an RV and travel the United States. Right now, we don’t travel a lot due to the kids crazy sports schedules, but believe me, I have a travel bucket list ready! Do you?

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Travel Bucket List

If someone were to ask you what your dream vacation was, what would you say? For me, my dream vacation is not some exotic, foreign country. While it would be nice, I really, really want to see all 50 states. I want to see all the hot spots; all the must see places in my own country. That’s not to say I wouldn’t be thrilled with a vacation to Iceland or something!

Print your Travel Bucket List FREE Printable HERE!

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The nice thing about this FREE Travel Bucket List printable is that you and your husband can sit down and fill it out together. If you really wanted to make it fun, each of you fill out your own sheet, have your kids fill one out and compare lists. Do you have similar tastes in vacations? I know my list will be filled with places in the United States, whereas my husbands would be filled with countries all over the world. As for the kids, I am sure their’s would  be filled all the locations their YouTubers have their videos!

My Favorite Vacation

Like I’ve said before, I prefer to travel within the United States. I want to see all of this country we live in. One of my favorite vacations was when my husband and I took our kids to Arkansas to visit Crater of Diamond State Park. It was the one vacation that, as we were driving home, the kids asked if we could go back again the following year. If you haven’t been there…GO! It’s a 37 acre park where you can dig for diamonds! Whatever you find, you can keep! The kids (and us parents too) had a blast!

Please leave me a comment telling me about YOUR favorite vacation ever! I’d love to see where you all have gone and maybe add another place or two to my list!


What to Do About Ugly Appliances: 5 Ideas

In almost every home, at least one appliance stands out like a sore thumb. While upgrading seems like a daunting task, it’s no longer necessary to invest in new appliances for a kitchen makeover. Old, ugly appliances can get a facelift with a few simple tricks. The following innovative ideas can give a new look to those appliances and bring sparkle and fun to the home.

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Remember, it’s extremely important to keep appliances such as furnaces accessible for repairs. Even with various types of upgrades, you’ll still need to keep major appliances in your home maintained so that they can remain in peak performance condition.

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Apply Colorful Paint

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For as little as $20, appliances can get a new facelift. You’ll have a few options for painting appliance, and, of course, painting depends on the type of appliance and individual preferences. Epoxy paint can be sprayed or painted on, and it normally has self-priming built in, which makes it easy to apply. Use regular spray paint and apply a layer of enamel gloss protective spray. If the appliance heats up, such as an oven or radiator, make sure to invest in a specialty heat-resistant product.

Create a Magnet Board

Collect old photos, cartoons, or other images, and grab some magnetic strips to make easy refrigerator magnets. Laminate the pictures to make them last longer, then get ready to get creative. This family activity can enable you to get your kids involved in the fun. What do you do if you don’t have any old photos? Use a Polaroid camera for a photo shoot or order prints of Instagram photos for this design idea.

Use Chalkboard Paint

Available in a full rainbow of colors, chalkboard paint will totally change the look of an appliance and give it a new functional dimension. Go with classic black or white and provide a few chalk options nearby. It will become an accessible option for writing grocery lists, reminder notes, or inspirational quotes.

Hide Them

You can discover plenty of innovative ways to subtly hide a radiator, washing machine, or other appliance. Room dividers can be folded to a 90-degree angle and used to block the view of an appliance. Hanging a sliding door, or track door, can create a beautiful hiding space. This approach works great for exposed water heaters as well. However, be sure not to cover up any of the important mechanics and leave it easily accessible for repairs.

Sticker It Up

Try colorful masking tape or stickers to create a new style. Washi tape (similar to masking tape, but with designs and colors) has recently risen in popularity for home kitchen makeovers. Add stars, polka dots, or stripes for a more geometric design and pop of visual interest.

While you can explore endless ways to add color and flair to old ugly appliances, the ideas presented above are some of the best. Whatever the DIY upgrade, remember to regularly service you appliances. Keeping them safe and well-functioning is more important than appearances alone.