Oh boy, am I suffering today.
When I got back from my walk yesterday and made my peace with Maggie, I was in some serious discomfort with my knee and ankle, so I took a couple of pain killers and rested up (read lazed about for the rest of the day).
It took a while to get comfy in bed last night, but I managed to sleep OK, Maggie curled up at my feet in ‘her corner’.
Hubby was up early again this morning, but left me to doze for an hour or so, then nature called and it was time to start everybody’s day for real.
I pulled back the duvet and what looked like a small tennis ball had replaced my knee.
It was tender to touch and a little puffy, so I decided to have a hot shower and then apply some anti inflammatory cream I’d used on my hands which would do the trick.
Oh, the bliss of the shower rose spraying hot water directly on my knee and nowhere else (for like twenty minutes) .
I got back to the boat, applied the cream and we had breakfast.
The ice pack is still in the fridge should I need it and we have an elastic bandage if I need added support.
Two and a half hours later, the swelling has reduced and pain diminished, so I don’t have to take any more painkillers.
I shall be taking it easy for the next day or so, and Hubby has kindly offered to lend me one of his sticks (though I don’t think I’m supposed to hold it like this) .
Guess I know my limitations now.
I can walk up to the High Street and back with no problems.
I can walk to the Supermarket and back with no after effects.
But I cannot do both on the same day.
Rice is definitely on the cards.
R = rest
I = ice
C = compression
E = elevation.
Exercise is good for my arthritis, so Maggie will still get her walks.
At least we’re all compatible in that we can plod slowly!