Stitches of a different kind

At my house we have stitches of a different kind. It has been keeping me from my knitting.


My husband has had a knee replacement. My admiration to anyone out there that has had one. It is a lot of pain, work and time.

I originally took two weeks off to be his “coach” (because now hospitals can charge a whole group of patients physical therapy and have one or two PT’s and a family member helping out), it was hard for me to see him in so much pain. But he has done well, above photo is after the bruising and swelling went down, in fact, the day the staples were coming out. I decided maybe he needed a photo of what he had been through.

It is a month post-op and I am still taking extra days off to take him to PT, and other appointments, and keep him going.

Originally, I thought I would get great amounts of knitting done during this time. In reality, it was quite a bit of work for me, and a lot of work for him. Little TV, reading or time or anything. I didn’t realize how much I depend on him until he was down for the count.

So, not much knitting. A little dyeing. Mostly trying to stay caught up with the house, yard, and cooking, and running for ice, drugs, food and a lot of dog walking.

I did follow a cardinal raising some chicks in a bush in our yard.

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I think we are really turning a corner now, and I hope to get some knitting done soon!


May your knitting needles fly as fast as dragonflies….


  1. You never realize how much the other person in your life does until he stops. Hubby's back precludes him from doing a lot of things and I have re-learned how to do those things. Some things like don't put the paper on the pile on the floor because he can't bend over to pick it up. I read the paper last now, and I just put it in the recycle pile.

  2. OUCH!!

    I know it probably doesn't hurt right now but it looks so painful.

    You're a workaholic, woman! How great that you can help him out.

  3. Oh Vicki, that really looks painful. Hang in there. I have heard that it takes a long time to recover from knee surgery. Don't forget to take a little time out for yourself.

  4. Yikes! My best wishes for a speedy recovery for your hubby's sake .... and yours!

  5. Whow!!! That's so scary!!!
    I am so following my doctor's orders to exercise my knee now. Wouldn't ever want my injury to ever have to resort to such a thing...
    Anyway, keep strong! ::HUGS::

  6. So sorry for pain in your household. It can only get better now, right?

    Looooove the bird photos. I did not like having a nest of nasty mean birds on my bedroom windowsill (and really did not like when one fledged into our house).

    However, cardinals are beautiful and sing well, and these clearly knew that trees/bushes are better than houses for nesting. Good all around. Magical. Thanks for sharing the photos.

  7. Goodness, that looks awful. I hope it will heal soon and be better than before the surgery. Kudos to you for being his nurse-maid. I'm sure it wasn't easy all of the time.

  8. EWWW!! Thank you for taking that photograph! I want to save it to share with anyone who thinks they might want a knee replacement because their knee hurts sometimes!!! I hope your husband is improving daily ... and that you'll have lots of time for knitting soon!


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