Life in LADA land

Living Philippians 1:6 with type 1.5 diabetes


on May 17, 2015

I had a knee replaced 12 days ago.  I now have more artificial parts of my body than I ever expected – a little metal pump that functions like my pancreas, and now a plastic/metal joint that eventually will work with less pain than my old flesh and bone knee.  Medical technology is truly amazing, isn’t it?

However, the transition to the little metal pancreas was a piece of cake (well, sugar-free cake) compared to adjustment to a new knee. This past two weeks has been the hardest that I can ever remember, physically and emotionally.  I have experienced more pain than ever before.  A friend asked me how this compares to childbirth and I think I just laughed. Childbirth was so much easier, even without drugs the second time around.  The hardest part is that the pain is mostly self-inflicted, as I push myself through PT and the  exercises I have for homework.  It is the only way this surgery will be successful in the end.  The one piece of advice I got from everyone who has had this surgery was “DO THE EXERCISES!”.  Before surgery, I wondered why they emphasized this so much, since I don’t consider myself a slacker and could not imagine why I would not so something so simple as that.  HA!  Doing the exercises is an exercise in self-torture 3 times a day, pushing a joint to bend when that is the last thing it seems to want to do.

All of this has me wondering how I am going to come out on the other end of this process.  Compared to knee replacement, the challenges of diabetes now seem to have shrunk in my estimation.  Coping with blood sugars throughout this recovery period has definitely been a challenge, don’t get me wrong. I have been running my pump at double the usual basal dose most days, and have had to dose more for food than usual as well.  But BG management has taken a backseat to pain management and rehab.  Part of me hopes that this ability to put diabetes in the shadows will continue.  It had taken such a front-and-center role in my life the weeks prior to surgery, and that was so discouraging.  I would like to think that the struggles of knee replacement will pay off with some kind of new perspective that will allow me to manage my diabetes well, without its becoming the beast that distracts me from the rest of my life.

I’m still chewing on the lessons I have learned in the past 12 days.  A big lesson is on expectations, and I will write about that soon.  I am also learning that the limits we think we have might not be the limits we actually have.   I am not through this yet, but I can see the light at the end of this tunnel.  That is encouraging, because even two days ago, I felt like I would never actually return to normal life.  God is good, and is strengthening me each day to meet the challenges He has set for me.


2 responses to “Rehab

  1. Colleen says:

    Hope your recover is going well!

    • Colleen says:

      Thanks Colleen! It is indeed going well, though still hard work to get this new joint to move better than the old one did. At least my blood sugars have returned to more normal – whatever that is – levels, for the most part.

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