Wow, getting up out of bed in the morning can be a tall order. Right then, negative thoughts creep into my mind that say, “Lordy, will this knee ever get loose!” It’s at that very moment, my hands want to reach for my iPad and Google information about other people’s experiences with knee replacements. And it’s also at that very moment where I resist the urge to do so, push through the stiffness and make my way into the living room for my morning tea.
I wasn’t born in the information age, that’s for sure. Back when I was a kid, we had phones with a dial, and we couldn’t go into a private spot to talk unless we had a phone in our own room. I remember hearing about kids that had phones in their rooms and I always thought that sounded so luxurious!
A computer was put on my desk for the first time in the early 80’s, and I thought to myself, “What on earth am I going to do with this thing?” Well, it didn’t take me long to figure it out and 30 years later.
Unfortunately, what this means is that information is sometimes too easily at my fingertips (although I will admit I use voice activation for most everything). Sometimes we can get into trouble googling things. Like with my knee replacement for example. It has been soooo tempting to look up information on how long it will be before I can get rid of the cane, or how long will it be stiff in the morning, or what is the general recovery time before one can drive, or a whole host of other questions mulling around in my mind.
But one thing my physical therapist said that always stuck with me. DON’T GOOGLE! Number one, everyone is different. And most people that get on those forums are people who have complaints, so you’re really not getting the whole picture. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no saint, and have twice looked on the internet for a couple of things, especially during my CPM debacle but I’ve been pretty good about resisting that temptation since. It’s probably best I live in my own little knee replacement world.
So here I sit after my morning exercises and a bag of ice, and I once again have resisted the urge to compare myself to people who I don’t know and have successfully maintained my focus on moving forward. I guess you can say ignorance is bliss!