In Praise of the Walker

This looks like a depressing post- it’s not! I had a knee replacement almost a week ago and am doing great. I am very mobile with the help of the much made fun of WALKER. Like most people, I associate walkers with advanced age and decline, but I’m here to tell you that, for me, it is a pretty great little device. I hardly put any weight on it now and basically just roll it around in front of me as I walk. It is such an improvement over the crutches I had for my last surgery! I haven’t figured out yet how to carry dishes while using it, but since I know I will soon be using just a cane, I’m letting Lonnie do the dish carrying (as well as the cooking, pill management, icing, etc. etc. etc.). I am easily able to maneuver with my iPhone under one arm and my kindle under the other- my usual accessories.

What am I watching on TV?, you ask. It’s Hanna, an action/thriller series on Amazon Prime (I think).  It stars Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos, the stars of The Killing (I love this duo)- only this time they are trying to kill each other (instead of solving crimes and resisting being in love). Pretty good so far. What am I reading on my kindle? I just finished Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur. It’s a memoir of the author’s incredible relationship with her pretty narcissistic mother. I first heard of this from a podcast I’ve been listening to- Family Secrets with Dani Shapiro. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Next up is Suffer A Witch, a novel by my friend, Susan Lanning! Having some accused Salem witches in my family tree, I’m eager to get into this one!

I have several photos scheduled to post here over the next week or so and may also post more, depending on what I feel like doing as I recover. And a big thank you to all for the emails, texts, and phone calls- all much appreciated!

5 responses

  1. Bravo for you! Or should I say Brava? Anyway your assessment of the value of the much maligned walker is a refreshing take on aging. Or should I say reaching our prime? So glad you’re doing so well. Keep it up!

    November 17, 2019 at 9:33 am

  2. joan castelli

    Nice jammies and socks…..glad you are healing.

    November 17, 2019 at 9:39 am

  3. Georgia DeBaeke

    Definitely a new perspective 💕. So glad you are doing well. Sometimes the anticipation is worse than the actual event😉

    Sent from my iPad

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    November 17, 2019 at 11:53 am

  4. Susan Nelsen

    Loved my walker!!! So glad your recovery is going well and you have a caregiver at home😄!

    Sent from my iPhone

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    November 17, 2019 at 4:50 pm

  5. Nevin Valentine

    This photo has it all: Melinda recovering with her handy walker, tv show, books and a devoted husband! So glad you are doing so well!!

    November 18, 2019 at 7:58 am

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