I don't have a weigh in this week. I forgot to hop on the scale when I got up on Sunday. I don't anticipate much of a loss this week, but I'll be happy just to maintain what I've already achieved.
A week ago I was walking up my front steps and my knee decided it wasn't going to hold me up. I grabbed the side of the house and didn't fall, but I was totally unprepared. I've never had an issue with my knees before. I figured I'd been overexercising, so I decided to stay off the elliptical trainer for a couple days and just walk the flat streets around my neighborhood.
My knee got worse.
I gave up the fitness walking altogether. I did a little online research, and decided if the swelling didn't go down by Wednesday I'd go to the doctor. Tuesday I was in so much pain I figured there was no way to avoid that trip to the clinic. When I got home from work in the wee hours of Wednesday morning I took two ibuprofen and went so sleep in Walker's recliner. I slept like a rock and woke up pain free at 4o'clock that afternoon. The swelling in my knee? Completely gone.
I wasn't really sure where to go from there. I don't want to re injure my knee, but I also do not want to lose the momentum I've built up over the last several weeks. Walker suggested I order a knee brace, so I did, but I would probably benefit from some physical therapy. In order to get my insurance to pay for physical therapy, I have to get a referral from a physician. So it sounds like I have to wait to see if it swells again, and if it does, I have to hightail it into the clinic.
We got our new roof last week, too. It's not easy being a night shift worker when there is a crew banging around on your roof for three days. We both managed to sleep through some of the racket but we got pretty wiped out by the time it was done. I'm glad to have that project crossed off the list.
So this week, I'm going to restart my fitness walking, but on a more relaxed schedule than before. I'm going to stay off the elliptical until I get in a couple of regular walks on the dodgy knee. My sister, who has ties to a medical school, hooked me up with a student in a nutrition services program. I get to help this young lady with her class project, and she's going to give me some nutrition counseling. It's a win/win, bay-bee! Hmmm, maybe this nutritionist-in-training has a buddy in the physical therapy program........