Decades ago, I realized that injuries are tied to an active lifestyle and that it’s important to resume normal activity as soon as possible. While this philosophy is sound, it doesn’t necessarily relate to all orthopedic issues. Sometimes the body responds slower to treatment or a therapy simply doesn’t work. In other instances, it may take longer than anticipated to obtain a medical opinion. Occasionally, an unexpected setback occurs. Meanwhile, activity levels dwindle. As frustrations mount, a heavy dose of perseverance needs to surface.
When unforeseen obstacles get in the way, one needs to push forward without worrying about a timetable. Long ago, Confucius stated, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” The cumulative effect of daily rehabbing will hopefully lead to a better outcome. In some instances, days of rest may be warranted. However, not choosing to move forward after being advised to do so is counterproductive.
One goal should remain constant—to return to one’s prior activities. If your goal isn’t defined, it will be impossible to reach the final destination. When obstacles arise, procrastination and excuses will flood your emotions like a tsunami reaching land. Positivity needs to prevail. Instead of reevaluating the goal, steps need to be taken to adjust the strategy and the timeline.
Laughter and patience will need to enter the equation. Without a good sense of humor, frustrations equal tears. Ralph Waldo Emerson had great insight when he wrote, “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
I’ve had decades of experience dealing with orthopedic injuries. I have frequently remarked that I had some type of Cat in the Hat syndrome. I’d get rid of one issue and it somehow migrates to another joint. It’s just like the characters who try to eliminate the stain in one area and it appears elsewhere.
This past year was the first time that I coped with two issues simultaneously‑ foot and knee pain. My mobility was curtailed. I hobbled. My husband became my chauffeur. I was unable to ski.
I tried months of physical therapy, endured painful cortisone injections, eventually elected to have surgery, and then did the necessary post-op physical therapy. Yes, this process was longer than anticipated.
Did I occasionally have a psychological meltdown? Absolutely. Did I rebound? Yes. My determination led to a resumption of my active lifestyle. I wasn’t going to let anything affect my goal. I would hike, bike, ski, swim and ride a horse again.
In order to accomplish these objectives, I took control of my recovery and persevered during the tough times. Yes, I agree with Zig Ziglar. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”
Meaningful Anniversary (hip replacement)
Sandra Bornstein is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer. She shares her experiences and recommendations on this blog and on other websites. Check out Sandra’s second website, https://thetravelingbornsteins.com.
Sandra is the content coordinator for Golden Living, a Best Version Media publication. In addition to writing family and business feature stories, she contributes a monthly travel tip column. She also writes for Fareportal’s online sites—One Travel Going Places and CheapOAir Miles Away.
Sandra is the author of MAY THIS BE THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE. This memoir highlights Sandra’s living and teaching adventure in Bangalore, India. As a licensed Colorado teacher, Sandra has taught K-12 students in the United States and abroad. She also taught college-level courses.
Sandra’s memoir was a finalist in the Travel category for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the 2013 International Book Awards, the 2013 National Indie Book Excellence Awards, 2013 USA Best Book Awards, and an Honorable Mention award in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category for the 2013 Global ebook Awards.