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That one one tough physio session, but with a lot of Q&A.

Turns out the twitching of my leg at night is normal, as there's always nerve damage during the surgery. The feeling of rug burn on one part of my knee is over-sensitized nerves. To get it calmed down, I have to rub it with cold, warm, and textured things at different times.

Bending: Didn't have much improvement at all, but when Matt worked on the knee, I showed him the only place it was 'catching'... directly on top of the knee cap. Off to the leg press, and gave it 20+ weighted bends to as far as I could go. (Pain level 4). Then was shown new exercise, 'Split Bend'.. right leg curled behind me, foot resting on a surface, while holding onto a stable surface, bend knee and slightly sit back with the hips to increase the degree of knee bending. Was not fun, but I went from 114 degrees of bend to 120. Matt is still aiming for 130 for my next review.

Here's hoping!

Current 'Tude: sore sore
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The "Car Accident Insurance" scammers are baa-aaaack?

Wing answered the phone the first time, but they were speaking with such heavily accented English, he ended up hanging up.

He headed out to his mom's house to check to see why the DVD player wasn't working right. 5 minutes later, the scammers called back.

"Hello, I am calling from the Automobile Accident Insurance hotline, about the accident you have a few years ago.."

I replied, LOUDLY in an anguished voice "I was cleared of vehicular manslaughter! Thanks for f**king reminding me!" and before I hung up I heard her stuttering and stammering.

The scammers phone number is 02 9456 7122

Current 'Tude: devious
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Moving to a different part of rehab

I have pretty much plateaued out with the post-op rehab exercises, and I'm now moving into the harder yards of weights and stationary bicycle. These are needed to get more flexing done, that will get me to 130 degree bend.

Worked out on a leg press, and Matt was rather impressed with my flexibility. I had to have the seat moved fairly close to the foot rest to get a knee bend that felt like I was taking it as far as I go.

Then, same thing with the stationary bike, but more for smooth movement and flexing.

Current 'Tude: calm calm
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Something more than 'Thoughts and Prayers" needs to be done.

“Evil is evil and will use the weaponry that is available.” Senator Cruz. Exactly! So, stop making guns readily available! All these mass shootings have been done with AR 15s and similar weapons that have NO business in civilian hands. They used to be banned, but thank GOP for letting that ban lapse. Ever since, the mass shootings have been increasing the body count.

People use Drunk Driving is illegal but it doesn't stop drunk driving. Red Herring/strawman argument. Drunk driving laws & penalties have reduced the number of drunk drivers/drunk driver fatalities. Just because it doesn't stop 100% of them doesn't mean those laws/penalties should be gotten rid of. Schooling, testing licensing, registration and insurance. If you have to have this for vehicles, which weren't specifically designed for killing things, then the same criteria needs to be applied for guns, which were specifically designed to kill things/people. Universal background checks. Closing the gun shows/private sale loopholes on background checks.

A lot of people are trying to claim it's a mental health issue. Not always. Sometimes it's an anger issue. Texas shooter was angry at his ex mother in law. Orlando shooter was angry about his own sexuality. One of the college shooters was angry that women kept saying no to him. Another was angry that his professor was failing him. Even it it was mental health, OTHER countries have mental health issues too, but they don't have mass murders with AR 15s or similar weapons. Why? Gun Control laws!

Even if it was mental health, then contact you Republican rep, as they are the ones that orchestrated removing the ban on people with mental illness history from buying guns.

"A well regulated militia".. that is the part that is ignored from the 2nd amendment, compliments of NRA propaganda. (go read up what Chief Justice Warren Burger said regarding the scam the NRA did regarding this) You want to be part of a militia? Head to a recruiters' office.

Australia used to have the same "Guns are part of our lives!" attitude. And the same weak gun laws that varied from state to state. ONE mass shooting, Port Arthur, in 1996 is all it took to change gun laws nationally. It wasn't easy, but it was done. And yes, the same complaints about "our rights!"... screw that, what about the rights of the people being slaughtered? "The right to LIFE, liberty and pursuit of happiness."

And before someone lays "You're just a gun hating libtard!" or othersuch...I enlisted and was in the Army. My DD214 says Honorable Discharge. I see no need to tote an AR 15 or ANY weapon into a McDonalds

Current 'Tude: angry angry
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With the last Adobe product going subscription only

Now that Lightroom has gone subscription only, no longer offering a stand alone, many people are looking for alternatives again.

So far, I find AlienSkin Exposure 3, On1 Photo Raw, and Topaz Studio to be the strongest contenders. Exposure 3 and On1 have a feature that Topaz doesn't at this time. The ability to have different versions, virtual copies, of the same image, with different edits, without filling your HDD with multiple image files.

On1 had more tools/Effects than AlienSkin, but AlienSkin works faster on older computers, or with machine with only 16gb of memory.

All three have plugins that work with CS6 (there is a way to get them to work with CS5. Download trial version of Photoshop CC, install On1/Alienskin/Topaz, and then copy/paste the plugins from the CC plugin folder to CS5 plugin folder. If you get any error message about a specific DLL missing, copy it from the Photoshop CC directory into the CS5 directory. Nothing says you have to uninstall the CC trial version, so leave it there to install updates)

My personal favorite is On1 Photo Raw, followed very closely by AlienSkin Exposure 3. I do like editing my RAW photos with these two, and then in Photoshop, using the Topaz Studio/Labs plugs to add extras.

Current 'Tude: nerdy nerdy
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7 weeks post op Physio visit

Although I didn't go backward, not much improvement this week. Discussion was regarding how the skin/scar over the knee was painfully tight when trying to bend it as far as I could, and how the hamstring on the right side of the back of the knee was still stiff.

Matt looked, and my knee is a bit swollen, but nothing to worry about. As he had said before, progress is an up and down thing, and can be affected by the cold (Photo session under the Narrows Bridge at night, in the rain), and other things (like dipsy woman opening her car door without checking her sideview mirror without checking for oncoming traffic, making Wing slam on the brakes to prevent her car door from being taken off, jamming my knee from the sudden stop. NOT HIS FAULT!)

Matt worked on the scar area, and also moved the lower leg, getting the prosthetic to slide a bit easier. The good news is, not as much 'clicking' when I walk, meaning the muscles/tendons aren't getting caught on anything.

He said overall I am progressing well above average.

Have been given a few more things to do to help with both the tight scar and tight tendons. Go back again next week.

Current 'Tude: hopeful hopeful
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Form two lines, please

On the left, those who have compassion for the pain I'm in because I followed physios' instructions.

On the right, those who want to nag me about doing too much, again.

There was a Canon Collective event yesterday, and since the Shelly Jetty is a flat area, easily walked (as both my physio and surgeon recommended I start taking meandering walks). Wing brought a chair, so I wouldn't have to stand the entire time. But that got rained out, so we went to the Narrows Bridge to at least be under cover from the rain.

Unfortunately, the wind coming off the Swan River was cold, and the scar over my knee stiffened up in the cold. Followed by the hamstrings.

This morning, it was (no joke) torturous to do the bending of the knee, sliding heel back as far as possible. I did all 10, but I was biting my lip to do them.

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Current 'Tude: sore sore
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It always hurts the day after

My knee always hurts more, and I'm a bit unsteady, the day after appointment with the physiotherapist. He worked in the scar dead center on my knee cap, because the scar is a bit drawn and tight. While he did it, and the rest of yesterday, it felt so much more flexible.

This morning, oh dear. I was hobbling and limping like I was doing a few weeks ago. I know the treatment of the knee is necessary, but dayam it hurts afterward!

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Current 'Tude: sore sore
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Six weeks post op

Saw the nurse practitioner first for a quick check. Mostly to make sure I was handling the recuperation. Checked the scar, pronounced it well healed. Then out to the waiting room.

Was called in by Dr S. He was quite impressed with my recovery to date. Discussed pain management. All doses have been reduced by half (yay!), except one of the anti-inflammatories. Will use those until they're gone. See him again in six weeks.

Last, but not least, time to see Matt, the physio. Asked me where did I feel binding when I bent my knee. Showed him the area on top of my knee cap, and the tendons on the right side. The scar is a bit drawn on top of my knee cap, so Matt worked to stretch it out a bit. Did the same with the tendons. Matt said have Wing take me somewhere the walking surface is flat, with light pedestrian traffic, and start taking meandering walks for the next stage of rehab. With and without the crutches as soon as I feel confident enough to go without them.

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Current 'Tude: determined determined
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First full day without

Today is the first morning I have gotten up without having taken slow release pain medication before going to bed. I noticed I was more restless last night, as the pain was enough to keep me from sleeping as well as I had been the past few weeks.

Also, doing my morning rehab exercises... let's just say I had to grit my teeth more than once.

Had breakfast, and took morning doses. Took quite a while for the pain to start ebbing, but it's manageable now. I will be seeing Dr S tomorrow. Will see if I should just be on lower dose of the slow release pain meds or just daily supplemental pain meds.

Current 'Tude: sore sore
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5 Weeks (and a few days) post Op

It now time to work the scar on my knee. Using a skin moisturizer, I apply it to either side of the scar, and on it. Then I massage down the sides of the scar, pushing it gently to the left, and then to the right, making it shift at least 1 cm from center. Then I bend my knee until the scar turns white from the stretch, and then apply moisturizer directly on it.

The goal is to make the scar pliable, and have it stretch to give me full mobility.

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Current 'Tude: sore sore
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Another day, another physio visit

Saw Matt today, and I told him what happened to my knee after the last visit. He looked a bit sheepish and said "I guess we were a bit over enthusiastic because of your progress." He listened to what I said happened, and how many days the pain and swelling laid me up. He said that chances are that most of the adhesions I had under the skin and scar had been released and broken, which led to the swelling.

The good news is, even though I couldn't do much in the way of rehab exercise sets for almost 4 days, I haven't 'relapsed'. I was able to bend my knee, unassisted, to 105 degrees, and after some massage therapy on the tight tendons, and on the scar, I was able to bend it back to 109.

Oh yeah, Matt said my scar is marvelous. :D

I get to go back next week.

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Current 'Tude: contemplative contemplative
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Much relief

The swelling on my knee has gone way down, and the bruised coloring is fading. It's still more painful than it was prior to last Tuesday, but no where near as painful as it was Wednesday through Friday. I was able to do all of the rehab exercises, although I don't think I pulled my heel as far back as I had before Tuesday. And I slept better last night than I have for most of the week.

Current 'Tude: relieved relieved
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Yeah, it's bruised

It took a few days, but the bruise showed up on my knee. I really don't think it was Matt's intention to have my knee get swollen, sore, and bruised with that one manipulation, but I will request he not do that one again.

Have to go refill two prescriptions. Of course these two run out over a week after getting the OTHERS refilled. *sigh*

Current 'Tude: sore sore
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That might have been a bit much

But whatever Matt did to my knee on Tuesday, it still effin' hurts! I mean back to what it felt like 3 weeks post op. I slept for shit last night, and when I got up this morning, my knee was very painful and stiff. I've gone from doing 5 sets of exercises a day, to not being able to do them at all yesterday, to barely pushing through the pain to get 2 done today.

I think I'm going to request Matt not flex my knee to that point again. It doesn't do me any good if it sets me back half of my recovery time to date.

Current 'Tude: sore sore
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Ummm, ow

Physio appointment today. Did my knee bend, unassisted, to 104 degrees. Not bad, as I was told the mark we were aiming for was 100 degrees. After some massage, and acupressure treatment, I was able to bend it, unassisted to 108 degrees. I discussed the pain I get on top of my knee that comes and goes. Matt said that was probably due to adhesions that are being broken, but then reform, under the scar tissue. When the rest of the surgical sealing tape/bandage falls off, I can work on the scar to make it more pliable.

Then, Matt worked on my quads and hamstring muscles to loosen them up.

Of course now I am one hurting unit.

Go back next week at the same time.

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Current 'Tude: sore sore
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On1 2018 Beta

Yes, I know it's beta, and there will be bugs. And we have been asked to submit the bugs.

The stand alone loads noticeably faster than v2017. It now can do Panorama stitching. It does line up the images perfectly, and does stitch/merge them. However, it doesn't blend the edges. Even on photos that were taken on a tripod specifically to be stitched together. (Submitted this issue as a bug). When you click to make the pano, 7 images doesn't take a long time, but when I made a 360 degree pano, it took a long time for it to finish. (submitted this as a concern)

An old problem has reared it's ugly head again. Even though during the installation of 2018 it asks if you want to keep older versions, you really cant. You will get "Could not complete the Browse in Bridge command because Photoshop was unable to find the Javascript plugin." It also happens with other commands/scripts. I have found the only way to get rid of this error is to remove previous version.

Also, I still use Phototools Professional v2.6. Yes, it's older, but it has tools and overlays/textures I can't duplicate or replace in newer On1 products. In CS6 it will start to launch, but then close down. The only way to fix this is to remove ANY On1 Resizing plugin. Remove the resizing plugin, and it works. Since I can resize with Photoshop itself, or with Alien Skin Blow Up, this poses no great hardship.

Current 'Tude: nerdy nerdy
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Seriously, what the hell

I have Adobe CS5 Extended. I have had it for a long time. I upgraded it from Adobe CS3 Extended. For years, I have been using it without any problems. Although I have CS6E, I use CS5 to tutor those who have it, and to test plug ins to see if they will work with earlier versions.

Today, I started it up and it says "NOT A VALID LICENSE NUMBER". WTF? Ok, figuring it was a system hiccup, I get both boxes with the license/serial numbers. I put in the one for CS5E. All good. Then it wants the serial for qualifying product, CS3 E. Invalid serial number. I double checked to make sure I didn't mistype. Nope, but the interface still says invalid serial number. I type it in again, STILL invalid number.

I head off to Adobe site, to my account to check to make sure all my info is correct. Imagine my surprise when the ONLY product listed is ONE instance of CS6E. Bizarre considering I have CS6 Master Suite, too. And CS5, and CS3, and 4 different versions of Photoshop Elements.

Seeing no way to rectify this problem myself, I start up help chat. Was told it would be a 4 minute wait. Ok, no problem. Then it said 3 minute wait. Good, good. Then it jumped to 20 minute wait. Huh? Then an hour. Then down to 15 minutes. Then back up to an hour.

I don't have time to futz around waiting. Let's just say I got it working again. I look at it this way. I legally own my copies of CS3E and CS5E. If Adobe doesn't want it to play nice, I, like a good mommy, will MAKE it play nice.

Current 'Tude: cranky cranky
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Rehab exercises

I have 11 Post knee replacement exercises to do every day. The optimum amount would be doing the set 5 times a day. I normally get at least 4 of them done.

I have noticed that the first set I do is more for working out the stiffness. It's rather surprising how stiff I get just from sleeping. Subsequent sets are achieving the necessary bends and stretches.

This morning, my knee was both stiff and a bit puffy, so I put on the thigh to ankle compression sock, and it does help. I've gotten two sets done so far today. Hoping to get all 5 sets done today.

Current 'Tude: hopeful hopeful
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Date with the Physiotherapist

I went in at 4pm. As we were walking back I told him that I think I had been on my feet, without the crutches, a bit too much yesterday, as my knee felt thick and stiff around 6pm last night. After recounting everything I had done, it turns out I was on my feet for almost 3 hours without a break. Didn't do any damage, and I was still able to do the rehab exercises today, but my knee did feel thick.

I was asked to bend the knee back as far as I could. 95 degrees, unassisted. Matt gave it a massage to relieve the swelling in my foot (swelling is normal) and worked the knee joint and knee cap. He then asked me to bend it back again, as far as I could. Over 100 degrees of bend. For comparison, last week it was 85, then 94 degrees.

Was told to limit the amount of time I am standing without the crutches to 30 minutes, then take a break. Repeat as necessary.

Oh, and it turns out being able to put my own socks on actually is a milestone, as it shows more mobility in the knee. Who knew?

Go back next week, same bat time, same bat channel.

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Current 'Tude: contemplative contemplative
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