Pen and Moon

from the writing nook of Theresa Jarosz Alberti

Category: Life Lessons

Recovery, and Life’s Little Circles

Greetings from Day 10 after my knee replacement! I’m learning that recovery after a surgery like this is not for the faint of heart. I knew going in that it was going to be hard and take time, but now that I’m actually in it, I’m understanding it in a much deeper way. The new knee itself hurts, and yet you HAVE TO use it, walk on it, do your PT, if you want it to get better and have a good range of movement. So suck it up, Buttercup; it will pay off before you know it. Continue reading

An Update, and Good News!

It’s been awhile since I did a health update. I get asked about my knees all the time when I run into people. Now I have some news, so it’s time to share.

The last posts had been on the procedures I had this last winter/spring. After months of pursuit, I finally had radiofrequency ablation done on each of my knees– a procedure where they insert three needles and burn out the nerve endings. It’s supposed to give pain relief, and for some people, it gives them a couple of years of increased mobility with a big decrease in pain. Unfortunately, for me it only gave me a little pain relief and no increase in mobility. For each procedure, I had to go through a whole painful pre-procedure to do a test of the needle locations. It was quite discouraging to not get better results from all of this.

My next plan was to go back to looking for a surgeon for knee replacement surgery. You may remember that a year ago I’d been rejected for surgery by a few surgeons because of my weight. While I understand they have concerns and that there are increased risks of infection with larger patients, I knew that I was a pretty good candidate for surgery anyway… Continue reading

My Dumbass Theory

I developed my Dumbass Theory at a four-way stop. You know the story, everyone takes their turn, depending on which car showed up first. Usually it all goes smoothly, but this was one of those days when That Guy rushes in and takes his turn before me. Hey, I was here first! My irritation flares up. I honk and he doesn’t even look. I spent the next 10 minutes fuming in my head, angry and tight.

Or I’d get so pissed off at that lady who cut me off in traffic that I’d tailgate her for a few blocks. Jerk! I’ll make sure you know what a shitty thing that was to do.

I started being troubled by this mini-road-rage of mine. I had a hard time just letting it go. Why did it bother me so? Why couldn’t I just shrug on move on? I wondered if it could escalate someday into a worse scenario… I didn’t want that. Continue reading

The Price of Beauty… (Cheap & Natural, For Once)

This weekend, I spent several hours with mud on my head.  Well, to be honest, it’s henna, which looks and feels like green mud, and smells like fresh hay.  I do this every few months.  Call me crazy, but I’m in love with henna—  it gives my brown hair slightly reddish tones; turns all my white hairs to red; is non-toxic, as opposed to commercial hair dyes; is cheap; is an easy do-it-yourself project; and it actually strengthens and protects hair, making it healthy and shiny.

I’ve been using henna for many years now, ever since Continue reading

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