Jan 19, 2020

I got snipped

Here is it Sunday night and I still haven’t posted anything from Thursday.  So I am going to start this post backwards with sunset photos from Thursday.

Magnificent sunset Thursday evening.

Colin even got up on the roof of the RV to take this one.

In addition to giving my knee ultrasound, Octavio added TENS this past Friday. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS or TNS) is the use of electric current produced by a device to stimulate the nerves for therapeutic purposes.  He also  continues to supervise my upper body exercises as well as addressing a neck issue.

I have a large hard lump on the right side of my neck. Somehow I think it might be with me for life.  So he massages it each time he is here ( twice per week ) and I try and get Colin to do it at east once per day and then add Icy/Hot.  I add heat a few times per day as well.

I had a 4PM appointment with my surgeon Friday.  He was delayed about an hour due to an emergency.  We did not come prepared with the iPad nor the laptop so we just sat and waited and people/patient watched.  As you can see we are returning the cryotherapy machine.

This is where Dr. Cervantes snipped off the remaining stitches.

Despite having a backup of others waiting to see him, I was given as much time as I needed to ask questions and discuss ongoing treatment.  The doctor said that my knee looks great, that there is no swelling and that I am good to do what I would like within reason ( which is not a lot as I get tired ) but to be guided by my how my body feels.  It will be at least a month or more before I can walk the beach. We asked and were told that I have at least 90% left of my right knee meniscus, likely more. Great news 😀  He gave me four exercises to do.  The first three are difficult to do even with my good knee.  Totally unable to do the fourth one.  So at the moment I am doing approximately 290 total reps per day 😯  But I should be doing 382, I will eventually get there.  Rather curious as to what Octavio will be suggesting that I do.  I did not want to wait until Tuesday to start knee exercises which is why I asked my doctor for some suggestions.  290 reps times three days equals 870 reps that I will be ahead in my recovery therapy.  I won’t lie, it is not easy.  But I love the part where I get to sit with the heating pad wrapped around my knee for ten minutes three or four times per day.

We are still using Uber as I can stretch out my right leg by sitting in the front seat.  Uber here means small cars but there is no space to stretch my leg in a pulmonia.  We decided to celebrate my “freedom” by heading out for dinner.  Caught this out of the corner of my eye.  The first monigote I have seen for this years Carnival.  ” Papiermâché is commonly used for large, temporary sculpturessuch as Carnival floats. A basic structure of wood, metal and metal wire mesh, such as poultry netting, is covered in papiermâché. Once dried, details are added. The papiermâché is then sanded and painted.”

Here is the monigote at the Plazuela Machado.  Very tall and colourful.

There is a staircase up to the drum area so that folks can get that up and close Kodak moment.  I am looking forward to seeing the other statues along the malecon once they are placed.  I believe that this is going to be a very colourful Carnival.

We stopped at a new to us restaurant at the Machado, La Famosa.  Friends Carol and Rod had stopped for a lunch last week and I got a report of a good shrimp burger so we decided to try it out.  I love the light and the streamers.

They also had a 2 for 1 special on margaritas so I tried a mango margarita. This was great in that it was not too sweet.  But I did wonder what all that red was.

Turns out that is is an almost tasteless additive purchased at the candy store.  We tried it and Colin thought it tasted a bit like cough syrup.  Interesting way to add color to the drink.

Lots and lots of shrimp, nicely grilled with seasonings and not overcooked but very tender and tasty.  There was some Mexican cheese added. Colin rates it a 6 as opposed to a 10 regarding Tony’s shrimp burger.  It was very good.  I think if they grilled the bun longer so that it did not fall apart and added many more condiments such as tomatoes, onions, shredded lettuce and that special mayo/guacamole sauce that it could easily  become a 9!  There certainly were enough shrimp in the burger.

However I just found out yesterday that we had the wrong restaurant 😳  El Cielo is where Carol & Rod had their wonderful shrimp burger.  We will try that next time we want a shrimp burger.

It was a lovely outing made even more special by seeing former Tres Amigos RVers and blog readers Jackie and Rolf who stopped by for a quick visit while we were eating. I really enjoyed getting out and seeing all the activity and feeling the energy of the Machado but I was more than happy to get back home early.  I think we were in bed just before 10PM.  I was worn out but a happy camper.



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12 Responses to “I got snipped”

  1. Deb says:

    Glad things are moving along well. Hopefully the improvements continue and you are soon back to doing the things that you enjoy. Love the sunset photos!!!

    • contessa says:

      Thanks Deb. Those great sunset shots as you know from your own great photography is only as good as Mother Nature lets us get a glimpse of.

  2. Carol says:

    good to see you out and about and leg continuing to improve. don’t over do it though. that is the hard part.

    • contessa says:

      I truly do promise to not overdo. I never ever want to have to go thru this again. Exercise is my new mantra. Yuck……

  3. I’m glad you got to leave the house. Thank goodness the shrimp burger was decent, not Tonis but decent. Things are definitely looking up!

    • contessa says:

      Yes, things are looking up. Just wish thatI was walking the beach but at least the surgery is done and anything from hereon in will be an improvement.

  4. Maxx Trails says:

    So happy you were able to get out and enjoy dinner, even if it was the wrong restaurant 🙂

  5. Looks like good news for your knee. Just remember to keep doing the exercises even past the recommended time. It will build the endurance in the knee that you need.
    Be Safe and Enjoy your freedom.

    It’s about time.

  6. greg says:

    Though accurate in context, I’ll bet a lot of your male readers, myself included, cringed a little at the title of this post. . .

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