Tag: knee replacement

Random Observations on a Cruel Winter, Pt 1

Random Observations on a Cruel Winter, Pt 1
I’m tired of winter. You are, too. I am WAY more fortunate than most because I don’t drive to work, park overnight on the street, or work in the elements. ┬áMy dogs scamper to their dog run, so I do not even have to walk them. I like to snow blow: I never complain about... Read more »

Summer Slacker

I am trying to make the most of the lazy days of summer, as my dearth of posts indicates.  I have been dutifully rehabbing my knee- or rather, the substrate of atrophied muscles and connectors that should be supporting the new knee.  The good news:  I have been able to walk without pain- even making... Read more »


I am recovering nicely, with some pauses for the agony of physical therapy.  I have made a decision to wean myself off of pain meds, and Tylenol is my new go-to for discomfort.  The last two days have found me a little mushy in spirit, and I figure that as soon as I am free... Read more »


Oh, the progress I have made since Dr. Collins gave me a new knee….. I have been home since Thursday afternoon, and every day finds me improved.  I am more independent; I can sashay with a cane, took two forbidden showers with the help of Press n Seal, and learned to take pain killers without... Read more »

On the other side

28 years ago I was at Hinsdale hospital with Steve, and at  10:13, I  welcomed Patrick Dahl into the world. It was a day that changed everything for me.  Now I am back at Hinsdale Adventist, and I have to tell you- there is no parting gift like a baby. I am departing tomorrow with... Read more »

On the Eve of Knee Reconstruction...

Had a swell dinner at Coopershawk with 4/6 of the family, and other than that I have had a very typical Sunday.  My kids distracted and amused me.  I am calm and ready.  I know that the hardest 3 hours of tomorrow for the Dahl family will be the Hawks game.  It is the one... Read more »

Cleared for Take Off

Yesterday I had a pre-surgical face-to-face with my orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Michael Collins, of Hinsdale Orthopedics.  I dragged Steve. Dr. Collins is all business:  I have seen him for four years, and my consolidated time with him would not add up to 30 minutes.  I am a knee to him.  He is God to me,... Read more »

Moving On

I know this is self indulgent, but consider it a service, because about 1 in 8 people will be shopping for a new knee or hip someday.  Or if you are like me, you will be begging for one. I can be your test pilot.  I am scheduled for knee replacement.   April 26th is... Read more »


I am having a nervous night. Tomorrow I will be seeing my orthopedic doctor, and I need to beg him to fix my knee.  I am unaccustomed to requiring medical treatment, and I have never spent a night in the hospital that did not involve childbirth.  I have had numerous Xrays, two MRI’s and an... Read more »

Paradise, Day 3

The next time I come here to Hawaii,(note the optimism)   I will have a new knee and less girth.  I am still on Chicago time, and so I rise in time to see the parade of joggers and runners starting their day with an ocean view and a healthy regimen.  I am feeling pretty... Read more »