the road to recovery | life update

today’s post is a bit different.  don’t worry, we still have an OOTD for you.  but i should say upfront; i’ve debated sharing this news for a couple of months now.  since the outbreak of COVID-19, it’s been our aim at style at a certain age to be an encouragement to you—a “fashion distraction” as we like to say.  i haven’t wanted to take away from that.  but as this pandemic continues, i realize that the rest of our lives also continue, in some form or another, and i hope that this post will be an encouragement to at least some of you. specifically, i want to talk today about how i dealt with knee surgery, and the road to recovery that i’ve been on. 

jumpsuit | sandals | similar tee

some history

the story starts about eighteen months ago after mr. style was diagnosed with liver cancer.  he had just finished two rounds of radiation to slow its progress. it was a challenging summer with lots of trips to Atlanta to see the specialists, have the treatments, recuperate, and give mr. style a bit of tlc. but above all, we tried to live our lives as normally as possible because we knew every day was precious. honestly, when you’re going through a trial you’re just putting one foot in front of the other each day, so you don’t even realize the stress you’re going through.

but one very ordinary day after the radiation treatments were behind us i stepped out of the shower and noticed my ankle was swollen. had i twisted it? banged it on a chair? it was definitely swollen like a balloon, but i couldn’t remember doing anything out of the ordinary to injure it. odd and perplexing, to say the least.

a trip to the Orthopedist was soon schedule but turned up nothing. the x-rays from both knees and ankles came back perfectly normal. so the Dr. turned me over to a Rheumatologist for more tests. mr. style, and i knew the Rheumatologist well as he had been treating mr. style for psoriatic arthritis since our arrival in Athens. needless to say, i was in good hands.

a battery of blood tests came back with negative results for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and a string of auto-immune diseases. are inconclusive tests good? bad? they’re somewhat frustrating. but one thing was clear. the tests showed my inflammation was off the charts. and though my swollen ankle finally subsided, the joint pain had just begun to creep into every bone of my body. there came a time when the pain was so severe i could barely get out of bed. all i could think about was that i needed to take care of mr. style, not the other way around. there had to be something i could do to help myself.

modern medicine intervened, along with a comprehensive medical plan from my Rheumatologist. soon i was taking daily doses of prednisone with a weekly dose of methotrexate. hallelujah! the pain slowly subsided, and i was able to resume normal activities again. but the doctor privately shared how worried he had been because my inflammation levels had been so very, very high.

so how and why was my body turning against itself? because that’s exactly what happens with inflammation. your body is getting mixed signals and begins to attack itself. i was already on my fitness journey in 2018 with Faster Way to Fat Loss and had started to learn more and change my nutrition habits. i can’t emphasize enough how fitness begins with food. how food and nutrients keep our bodies strong. how it acts like medicine. how nutrients that come from spinach, broccoli, salmon, eggs, feed our bodies, and keep us healthy. and so on and so forth. i devoured books about inflammation and how your diet can impact it. i learned the importance of supplements that fill in the gaps that food alone can’t fill. but above all, i listened to my gut – the microbiome that keeps our body and mind humming in tip-top shape. it’s an entire community of immune system cells living in your gut that are the gatekeepers fighting off harmful bacterias and viruses from penetrating your gut wall.

when 2018 turned into 2019 i was ready. ready to slowly wean myself from the medication prescribed by my Rheumatologist. the prednisone was first. followed by methotrexate several months later. but i still relied on tylenol or ibuprofen to ease the pain. my plan was working. nutrition was working and the supplements too. i had the energy and the resources to take care of mr. style, which had been my prayer all along. 

my knee surgery

so that’s a bit of backstory. but how and why did i need a total knee replacement? well, by mid-2019, my right knee began to deteriorate. i had trouble taking oscar for his daily walks, stairs became a challenge, and i couldn’t get up and down from a chair with the aid of my hands. very troubling for a woman who had been active and exercising her entire life. the symptoms crept in slowly but then began to pick up speed. but i also suffered another trauma that put my health on the backburner. in July of 2019 mr. style lost his battle with liver cancer. so there were other priorities to take care of besides a deteriorating knee. my mental health and that of my children were of utmost importance. the knee could wait.

fast forward to January 2, 2020 when i headed back to the Orthopedist for a check-up. guess what? the x-rays came back and revealed that my right knee that had been perfectly normal in August 2018 was now bone-on-bone. no wonder i couldn’t go up and down the stairs, had to forego Orange Theory workouts, and a Peloton ride consisted of rotating my legs not working them to the max.

needless to say, my doctor encouraged me to consider a total knee replacement. i was definitely on the road of no return. once the damage has been done to a joint the damage is done. after a few weeks of contemplation, i was on board. let’s schedule the surgery to coincide with my schedule. there were three conferences i would be attending in the next few months (all were canceled), so we finally coordinated a date to pencil in on my calendar.

my recovery 

so here i am post-surgery sharing my tale with you that a health setback can be challenging, but there’s hope. it takes a lot of hard work, lot’s of research, listening to medical advice, but always knowing that you are your own best advocate in any scenario that you’re given in life. the good news is that I’m now on the road to recovery. and i’ll be sharing lot’s more of my meal plans, workouts, and health tips that i incorporate to live a healthy and vibrant life. and i want to encourage those who have had similar health setbacks that there’s hope. but it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance. and I’m lucky that there was a solution to my dilemma thanks to advances in our healthcare.

three days after surgery. the first glimpse of my knee.

icing your knee several times a day for the first two weeks is key to your recovery. along with the at-home exercises your physical therapist gives you. there are two things you have to remember after knee replacement surgery: straighten the knee and bend the knee. sounds simple right? oh, how i wish it were.

off to visit the physical therapist with my walker. don’t wean yourself off the walker too soon as it helps you keep an even gait. if you transition to a cane too early in the recovery process, it’s far too easy to develop a limp. rotating between the walker and cane should do the trick.

a few of the machines my physical therapist uses to torture rehabilitate me. 

so far, the bike has been my biggest challenge. that first full rotation is a mental and physical victory!

waiting at the Dr.’s office to get my staples out.

on the road to recovery. two weeks post-surgery, and the staples are gone for good.

what’s next

as i said, there’s work to be done from here on out to regain the vibrant life i once had. but i’m ready to hit my home gym, lift those weights, hop on the Peloton for a sweaty spin class, and top it all off with Pilates when they reopen. I’ll check in with you from time-to-time to share my progress, workouts and a few healthy meals as i’m truly back on course for a healthy and happy life. let me know in the comments how you lead an active life. we can all learn from each other during the good times and the bad. right?! knowledge is power.

and for any of you health-nuts out there today on Instagram in honor of our healthcare workers i’m teaming up with a few of my favorite FASTer Way to Fat Loss gals to ramp up for the Healthcare worker round they are hosting on April 27th. we’ll be gifting  10 individuals with items to help YOU reach your nutrition and fitness goals this spring!!! the grand prize winner will receive a Peloton bike. trust me, it’s the BEST. additionally, we will give away a Nespresso, 2 LULU Lemon gift cards, and 6 brand new limited edition FASTer Way to Fat Loss items. head to Instagram to enter! there’s no age limit when it comes to style or fitness.

jumpsuit | sandals | similar tee

 

signature

shop the post

Affiliate links in posts may generate commissions for SaaCA. See my complete disclosure policy here.

104 Comments

  1. Nelda Pattillo wrote:

    I read your post with interest and understanding!
    I’m glad that you are in the mend, doing well and moving forward! I had a nasty fall in November and had surgery and hip replacement, so I completely relate to the long process. The illness and loss of your husband had to be just so difficult at that time! Thanks for putting on a positive face and moving forward! It is an inspiration!!😇

    Posted 4.22.20
  2. Becky King wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    It’s been 10 years since my knee replacement. I continue to be grateful for the doctor and therapist that made normal day activities, normal and pain-free to this day Therapy, though painful at times, gets easier. It really does! Knowing your commitment to health and well-being, rest assured that 6 months from now your new knee will begin to feel like it is truly your knee. Just keep on keeping on! Thank you for Sharing your ever-honest approach to life! And for bringing an uplifting message in every blog post no matter the topic. I wish you continued healing and good health.
    A fan from Indiana

    Posted 4.22.20
  3. Hi Beth! Thanks for sharing your journey through knee replacement surgery. My story is similar in that I went from a very active lifestyle to severe knee pain in a fairly short time. Thanks for being real!
    Bev

    Posted 4.22.20
  4. Amy Partridge wrote:

    Best wishes for a full recovery Beth! And you look fabulous as you continue to take on life’s challenges. Love the jumpsuit!

    Posted 4.22.20
  5. Jane wrote:

    Great post. Thank you for sharing.

    Posted 4.22.20
    • Diane Cardwell wrote:

      If you are busy, leading an active life, it’s easy to become complacent. I had my left hip replaced in 2011 and had a textbook recovery. My right hip was replaced in 2018, but it was the opposite experience, with three hip surgeries in seven weeks. I was bedridden for months and still don’t have all my mobility back. That is my motivation to walk every day. Joint replacements have become so common that we forget the body is a unique and complex machine. Take care of yourself and take your time to recover.

      Posted 4.22.20
  6. Good morning Beth,
    Sorry you had to have knee replacement. But,as you say,thankful there are options available.
    Its amazing after all you’ve been through you’ve managed to continue to encourage and inspire us with your posts!
    My brother in law recently had knee replacement and after a slow start he’s rebounded quite nicely.
    Prayers for a successful recovery .
    XOXO

    Posted 4.22.20
  7. C wrote:

    Congrats on a successful surgery. Had one of mine done a year ago. Yes, lots of hard work but know I no longer feel like I have something foreign in my joint, yay. I am still somewhat numb there so be careful shaving cause I skinned myself. Lesson learned, haha.

    Posted 4.22.20
  8. Cyndi wrote:

    Good to know that you’re on the road to recovery. I’m glad that you’re walking on your own and can kick that walker to the curb – it’s such a pain – no pun intended (I had to use one for awhile when I broke my ankle, and I felt like an old lady).
    I don’t have a home gym, but i try to take a long daily walk. I should dust off the weights and get back on that train – my husband is so good about doing his “indoor workouts” as he calls them – he’s so much more disciplined than I am. Who knows how long we will be locked down here in California, but I’m really getting bored with just walking – gotta figure something out.
    I look forward to your meal plans & Friday recipes – this is another area that I’m getting bored with – especially as the weather gets warmer, I’m always looking for new and tasty recipes.

    Posted 4.22.20
  9. Jeri wrote:

    Beth,

    It sounds like your recovery is going well. Don’t rush it – patience is important.

    I practice Pilates 5 to 6 times a week at home by following The Balanced Life with Robin Long. She is awesome and the whole program is very supportive and loving. She does have sessions on YouTube so I encourage you to take a look. I’m almost 72 and it’s made such a difference in my physical and mental health.

    Blessings to you and your family.

    Posted 4.22.20
  10. Clio wrote:

    Beth,

    I’m inspired by the style and grace (physical and mental), and positive attitude that you’ve addressed this with.
    Wishing you a quick recovery!
    Clio

    Posted 4.22.20
  11. Diane wrote:

    Hi Beth, i too had a knee replacement after becoming bone on bone. It was 6 years ago when i turned 50. Happy Birthday to me. Although its long been healed, i need another on on my left knee. Its a hard recovery so im glad you are doing so well! Keep up the good work!

    Posted 4.22.20
  12. Ruksana Talaksi wrote:

    so sorry for your loss. But so happy to learn you’re on the road to recovery. Keep your chin up high and forge forward. You’re doing so well for yourself! BTW . . . love your new hairdo.

    Posted 4.22.20
  13. Deborah Lane wrote:

    Thank you for this most relevant post! I am also dealing with inflammation and joint issues. Would you be willing to share what supplements you use and/or any of the books that you found to be of particular assistance?

    I am glad that the worst in now behind you and hope that each new day will be better than the last. Good health!

    Posted 4.22.20
  14. mosie wrote:

    Beth, WOW — you have had quite the challenging year. Just wanted to let you know that I had my first TKR six years ago, following the birth of my first grandchild and the realization that I did NOT want to “phone it in” with him. My second was the following year, shortly after the birth of my first granddaughter. I just found out this week that my sixth is due at Christmas — yup, the first “Pandemic Baby” that I’ve heard about, and in my own family! But as I have run out of knees to replace, I am considering other joints — of which I have many in need of attention.
    Really I just wanted to tell you that my TKRs were tough, but high on the list of “best things I have ever done.” I’m sure you will feel the same way soon…..and wishing you the joy of running after a golden grandchild. Also soon! Sending love.

    Posted 4.22.20
  15. Terry wrote:

    Beth, I must admit when I saw the words “life update” I was concerned and was hesitant to read on. I’m glad you are on the mend, but hate that you had to endure the pain and the unknown. Both my daughters and I are on the autoimmune bus so I can commiserate. Blessings for a speedy resumption to your life.

    Posted 4.22.20
  16. Pamela Elkins wrote:

    Your skin is glowing. You look amazing for all you have been through.
    What are you using to get the sheen om your cheekbones?
    Love your blog-never miss reading it every day. Pam

    Posted 4.22.20
  17. Julie Mycock wrote:

    Hi Beth, Oh my, thank you for sharing your knee replacement surgery with us all. What a tough time you’ve had this last year, I commend you for putting Mr Style and your family first above your own discomfort but it’s something we all do isn’t it. My hubby had a total shoulder replacement 3 years ago this month, he was in so much pain as it was bone rubbing on bone, he says he sympathies with you and doing the exercises is easier said than done but you have to do them. Use it or lose it be was told.
    Well good to know you are recovering nicely, and myself and all your followers know it won’t be long before you are 100% tip top. Xoxo Julie from England

    Posted 4.22.20
  18. Anne wrote:

    After all you’ve been through & have overcome, you’re an inspiration to us. Thank you for sharing.

    Posted 4.22.20
  19. Keep positive Beth! My husband has had 2 knee surgeries and is pain free and mobile today. This time next year you will look back with love and appreciation for your self care today

    Posted 4.22.20
  20. Kate wrote:

    Thanks for sharing this! I’m battling some health issues too – and am reading all I can about diet and inflammation to help my gut and liver.
    You’ve got guts and I wish I could hug your neck.
    Prayers,
    Kate

    Posted 4.22.20
  21. Claudia wrote:

    Sending good wishes for a complete recovery. I understand. I had back surgery in April,2018 just after my 2 granddaughters were born. I have a Lamincetomy (my calls it root rooter for your spine) In L 3 4 5 and S 1 and a fusion of L4 and L5. Recovery was long. A brace for 3 months and no pushing,pulling, bending, lifting or twisting. Then on to pt. But I wanted to be able to pick up my granddaughters and play with them. So here I am now.I walk an hour a day and attend fitness classes at the Y for “seniors”. So, hang in and it will get better.C

    Posted 4.22.20
  22. Pat Dickerson wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    You have been a trooper through all of this. I’m thankful you are now recovering well. I can relate to how long it can take to identify medical issues. Take care of yourself, and give us regular updates.
    I love your hair. Pat

    Posted 4.22.20
  23. Sharon E Mullis wrote:

    Thank you for sharing. It’s been almost 2 years since I lost my husband of 52 years to a long battle with lung cancer. I feel I neglected by health during that time. Afterwards I found out my blood pressure was out of control, I finally had the cataract surgery on both eyes then found out I have glaucoma as well. My B12 was off the charts but in the low direction so now take a shot each month. I stay home now at avoid the virus as much as possible but to need your encouragement to how live a more healthy active life. “We’re all in the together” right

    Posted 4.22.20
  24. Bonnie wrote:

    Thank you for encouraging words! Grateful for your care of Mr. Style and your knee recovery. God is faithful to be with you in the valley and on the mountain.🌹

    Posted 4.22.20
  25. Gail wrote:

    Beth I have had both knees replaced the key to recovery is definitely the physio. I feel
    like a new woman. It’s been two years since my second one and I am good as new. Only glitch is no more high heels. Thank gif there are so many beautiful flats now. Take care.

    Posted 4.22.20
  26. Terrylee wrote:

    Good job with the rehab Beth. The one thing I found that I love and kept up after I retired was water aerobics. It is a great workout and has made me very strong. I can’t wait to get back to class three times a week when things normalize. Between that bowling in the winter and golf in spring summer and fall I also am grateful for an active vibrant life. I am walking twice a day until then. Keep up that rehab!

    Posted 4.22.20
  27. MARY MEADOWS wrote:

    BETH, YOU ARE A TOUGH COOKIE AND AN INSPIRATION. I WAS RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER AND AM GOING TO STRIVE TO REMEMBER YOUR ADVICE OF RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY.

    Posted 4.22.20
  28. Kathie wrote:

    Beth, I read your blog every day. We have similar taste in clothes and stores. I had bilateral knee replacement in November. My recovery has been relatively easy due to my good health. I lost 15 lbs early on due to nausea and I am keeping it off with regular exercise. Good luck to you!

    Posted 4.22.20
  29. Georganne G wrote:

    Beth
    Thanks so much for sharing your story and I’m sure it will inspire many people that they can do hard things! I had both knees replaced in 2014 and 2017 respectively. It was a difficult journey but one that I never regret as I can now do all of the active things that I did when I was in my 40s! It certainly gave me a new lease on life and I know you will feel great as well.
    Keep up the physical therapy!

    Posted 4.22.20
  30. Deborah Robinson wrote:

    Oh Beth, you’ve had a hell of a year, my friend! You will continue to be in my prayers.

    Posted 4.22.20
  31. Lyn wrote:

    We love you.

    Posted 4.22.20
  32. Violet wrote:

    Sorry you had to have knee surgery, but glad you are on the mend. So many things going on in your life, you certainly deserve some brightness. You always look beautiful and I love the jumpsuit. Keep strong, we all love you!

    Posted 4.22.20
  33. Iris Speed wrote:

    Am 75 and have had both knees replaced.
    Yes it is hard work to get through the therapy but when its over what a blessing to be able to bounce up and down my stairs, ride a bike or go for a long walk on the beach. And all without the pain I was living through for so many years, just waiting to retire before getting the surgery. BTW I was 71 when I retired.

    Posted 4.22.20
  34. Marilyn Bornstein wrote:

    Kudos for you, Beth!
    Of course you had a double whammy, whAt with having to take care of Mr. Style. You are a strong woman. ❤️
    I had a similar experience when I broke my femur in half after falling off my horse going over a jump. But like you, optimism and good medicine got me through.
    Take care! Love all that you do! 👏🏻👏🏻

    Posted 4.22.20
  35. Beth B. wrote:

    Beth – Thank you so much for this informative post. My husband has needed a knee replacement for probably two years and just won’t do it. I’m saving the post as I know he will eventually have to give in and undergo the surgery. Again, thank you!
    Beth

    Posted 4.22.20
  36. Sara wrote:

    I can certainly identify with you in this journey, at the end of last year I moved to a new home, starting hurting in my knee, etc. I had always exercise, walked etc, went to orthopedic dr, X-ray showed bone on bone. I was shocked and very depressed concerning that I had always tried to take care of myself, so I scheduled the knee replacement for Mar 30, then the virus came, had to put that on hold, hopefully will be able to have the surgery soon and get my life back to normal.

    Posted 4.22.20
  37. Sharon Burkhardt wrote:

    Thanks for sharing this. I will pray for God’s healing power for you. Beth, you are amazing – an inspiration!!

    Posted 4.22.20
  38. Linda in Glen Ellyn wrote:

    Sweet Beth:

    I had TKR in February of 2018. It is the single best decision I ever made in my life. I regained options for exercising and with the support of WW, I lost 62 pounds and feel wonderful. My knee is sometimes still stiff and I still do the bending and flexing exercises my PT taught me. Hang in there – but be patient as it takes about a year to totally heal (good advice from my doc) so don’t despair if you dont feel 100%. Hugs…

    Posted 4.22.20
  39. Debbie von Bergen wrote:

    Hi Beth, thank you for telling your story – you have put such a brave face on your challenges that I would never have known.
    Both my sister-in-laws have had knee replacements, and they would say the physical therapy though hard is what has meant they have good mobility today. Do let us all know how the recovery continues – you are an inspiration to others

    Posted 4.22.20
  40. Judie wrote:

    Thanks for sharing! You’ve been on a challenging path for quite a while. Good luck to you for a successful recovery.

    Posted 4.22.20
  41. MollIe M. wrote:

    Beth you certainly encountered a tough year. So glad you are on the road of recovery. I have had a knee replacement and so pleased that I did. No more pain. Thank you for sharing your experience. Some people put this operation off and suffer through pain not knowing that recovery does not last long.
    Love your jumpsuit!

    Posted 4.22.20
  42. Heather wrote:

    Thanks for sharing your story and I wish you the very best for a full and speedy recovery. I am one week post emergency knee surgery fo ra massively torn meniscus that had my knee locked in the bent position. Like you, I listed to my body and knew I was in trouble and that gave me the push to persevere in finding an Orthopedic Specialist to see me. The MRI showed I was a mess and he considered it an Orthopedic emergency so was able to get surgery scheduled. My recovery is much easier that yours but still challenging and the week before surgery when my knee was locked and in serious pain was dreadful. But the worst is behind me and I am ever so grateful to my surgeon and his staff for their excellent care!

    Posted 4.22.20
  43. Lisa wrote:

    Hi Beth. I read your story with real interest since I have battled a chronic illness since my forties named sarcoidosis. It is a systemic disease of inflammatory nature. I’m thrilled your knee replacement went well, but did they determine why you had high inflammation levels?

    Just being nosey!

    Posted 4.22.20
  44. Sangita Madan wrote:

    Thanks for sharing your story. My mom had 2 full knee and and my dad had 2 partial knee replacements. I know first hand it is a long road but in the end it is worth it and does improve the quality of life. I hope you are doing better with each day. Love your OOTD and you look wonderful. Wishing you well.

    Posted 4.22.20
  45. alison j glapa wrote:

    Thanks for sharing your total joint story Beth. I had a total hip replacement on 1/27 and am feeling great. I think total knees are much more challenging to rehab. Keep up the good work, you’re doing great!

    Ali

    Posted 4.22.20
  46. Beth: I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Style, your husband’s passing. I enjoy your posts and fashion advice for mature women. It’s great to hear you are healing – not only your knee but emotionally as well. Stay well.

    Posted 4.22.20
  47. Gray wrote:

    WOW! First of all – you are so strong to be able to put it off so long. Secondly, you are lucky(?) to be in an area that is still allowing elective surgeries! The perfect time to heal and rest. I remember years ago, my mom was in her 60s and she had a DOUBLE knee replacement. The recovery really was torturous at times. That machine that moved her leg back and forth – yikes!
    Glad you are healing and modeling at the same time! Go girl!
    PS – your scar looks very good, if I must say! 👍🏻

    Posted 4.22.20
  48. Irene wrote:

    Well, Beth, you certainly have a touching story concerning the timing and events of recent years. My heart goes out to you, and I admire how you have still been able to put out your content! I was born with a misaligned knee and after many years of difficulty had a total knee replacement at sixty. My surgeon commented I was her youngest patient. Made me feel young for once lol. I know you will be diligent in your exercises, and that is definitely the secret to a full recovery . Thank you for sharing this, and know that you have a whole community pulling for you as you move forward. All the best for a complete recovery .

    Posted 4.22.20
  49. Rhoda Garcia wrote:

    Thank you for posting about this. I’m always interested in people who have been through this as I may need to do this soon also. I’m glad you are doing well. I’d also be interested in what books you read about inflammation.

    Posted 4.22.20
    • Wow Beth what a year you’ve had! I think getting the TKR will be just the ticket to get you truly “on the mend”. Take good care of yourself! I know your kiddos want to help you get back up to your usual busy speed. Give yourself time to heal. Be kind to Beth.
      Sincerely,
      Julie Marshall

      Posted 4.23.20
  50. Carol McKay wrote:

    Hi, Beth,
    I am in awe about how you’ve carried on these past months contending not only with Mr. Style’s death but your knee problems. It feels as though you haven’t missed a beat. Your courage and perseverance are amazing! I’m so glad you have had your family around you during this time!
    Carol

    Posted 4.22.20
  51. catherine wrote:

    I had both my knees replaced in 2012, one in January and the other in September (arthritis). It was by far the best decision I’ve ever made. My quality of life was horrible pre surgery, post surgery a complete 180. It does take time, and at first your hate your PT but at the end you love them working with you. I enjoy taking my dogs for their daily walks and I work hard to keep the weight off so not to add any further work for my new knees. Thank you for sharing, you are amazing!

    Posted 4.22.20
  52. Sharon A. Olsen wrote:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

    Posted 4.22.20
  53. Belinda wrote:

    Just looking at you, one would never know-had you not shared. You look radiant!
    “I don’t think of all the misery..but of the beauty that remains.” —Anne Frank 😔😇

    Posted 4.22.20
  54. Christine wrote:

    My goodness Beth , I never would have suspected your most recent challenge. You continue to inspire with hope and grace . I do have a silly question … are you still able to wear heels ?? I wish I could !
    Godspeed dear “blog friend” !
    ♥️🌸

    Posted 4.22.20
  55. MaryLynne wrote:

    Hi Beth
    Been there done that! I had both knees replaced in 2016. Everything went well until Sept 2019 when I developed an infection following varicose veins repair. I had to have a knee revision which is a very long painful process that I won’t go into here. I’m still not walking normally and don’t know if I ever will but I’m doing PT at home every day and riding the exercise bike My advice is don’t ever stop those PT exercises and take an antibiotic before any procedure that could possibly cause an infection even if your Dr says you don’t need to. I don’t wear anything that shows my knees any more. What do you think?

    Posted 4.22.20
  56. CHRIS ILLIUS wrote:

    Dear Beth,
    What a beautiful, stoic, and selfless human being you are! I had no idea, as I’m sure all of your readers didn’t either, at the difficulties and curve-balls life threw at you! You have such style and grace about yourself – you are truly someone to look up to and admire! God Bless you, and your wonderful family always!

    Posted 4.22.20
  57. Dora Renata wrote:

    Gentile Signora sono felice che il suo intervento si è risolto in modo positivo. Anch’io ho subito un trapianto d’osso nel piede sinistro però ho dovuto stare praticamente a letto immobile per tre mesi. Tutto ok sono di Bologna una città del centro Italia dove abbiamo l’ospedale Rizzoli di fama mondiale per interventi ossei. Grazie di averci reso partecipi di questa sua esperienza…. Siamo tutti umani ed è un aiuto aprirci a vicenda. Grazie e tantissimi Auguri di cuore. ❤️🍀

    Posted 4.22.20
  58. Lynn Jones wrote:

    So glad your surgery went well and you are on the mend. My husband had a knee replaced at age 50 15 years ago. Thankfully the knee is still going strong.
    Keep up the PT.

    Posted 4.22.20
  59. Karen wrote:

    I had hip replacement 3 years ago and TKR 2 years ago, the knee was definitely more painful, but I am not in pain and fully mobil. It was worth every bit of time spent with PT I still do the exercises every other day. You will feel like yourself again quicker than you realize! Best wishes for a quick recovery. I enjoy your blog and during the safe at home time it is one of the daily highlights! The newspaper and the mail being the others!😉

    Posted 4.22.20
  60. Ellie wrote:

    Hi, Beth You are amazing! To go thru what you’ve been thru and still show up to
    inspire others is a blessing! I found you when I was watching Nikol Johnson’s videos. She shows up too! I have psoriatic arthritis, had anterior hip replacement 2 yrs ago at 59! My advice don’t wait, have the surgeries & get back in the game. Glad you are doing so well and were able to get it done in GA!

    Posted 4.22.20
  61. BamaCarol wrote:

    Beth, best of luck to you. I have had both knees replaced. First one took 5 surgeries due to contracting a MRSA infection but it is in great shape now. I got the second one done in 2018 and it went like a breeze. I was at the physical therapist office 2 days after leaving the hospital. Took only a few weeks to get it in great shape. Having that one good knee helped as well as knowing what to expect. Hope you are up and riding that bike soon!

    Posted 4.22.20
  62. Linda Boyer wrote:

    Beth, so many of us have had knee replacements, in fact, I consider mine the ‘good’ knee’ now. My other one has begun giving me trouble, so I’m sure it’s in my future to have the left one replaced too.
    Once again, I applaud you for making your life so available to us, so that we may share your recovery and cheer you on. All this has been quite the journey for you and we all stand to support you. Many thanks for your wonderful blog and posts.

    Posted 4.22.20
  63. Julie wrote:

    I went through TKR in Oct! My first surgery ever at 60. I was scared! It has been a journey and I am happy to say that the hard work pays off at PT. It does get better and better as the weeks tick off! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Posted 4.22.20
  64. Carolyn wrote:

    You are an inspiration.
    I’m sorry you had to go through your knee pain when time with Mr. Style was so important. I am sending prayers and hoping your recovery goes well. I am looking at knee replacement also.

    Posted 4.22.20
  65. Marilyn DiLaura wrote:

    I had to have knee surgery in October 2019. I fell and fractured my knee cap. After 6 weeks of healing and then 12 rehab. sessions my knee is in great shape. Hope your knee replacement has gone well and walking is pain free. I find your post very informative and enjoy receiving it. Love Fridays with Oscar. Stay safe!

    Posted 4.22.20
  66. Sur wrote:

    Take advantage of this stay at home time to heal. It’s been a tough year, for sure. We appreciate your sharing your news, it’s just being real. I see it’s been warm enough there to wear shorts. You can do a post on clothes for a time of recuperation! So many of us can identify with your experience. Be well!

    Posted 4.22.20
  67. Thank you for this story. Glad you are doing better.

    Posted 4.22.20
  68. Carolyn wrote:

    Hi Beth… You look wonderful as usual and never would have guessed what you have gone through. I had total knee replacement surgery last summer. My knee bone-on-bone for many years, deteriorating from arthritis (which we all have). Doc said I would “know when”. Didn’t have defining incident like you did, manageable pain but felt it was interfering with my lifestyle (range of motion, energy level). Made decision, set surgery as soon as school out ( I’m 77, in good health, work 5 hrs/day as certified reading intervention specialist for ELA students). I like to tell everyone it is a very doable surgery. My experience was totally awesome with little pain and easy recovery. I did as I was told…drs. and PTs really good. I’m lucky I had only one bad knee but would easily do it again if I needed other knee. My best story…as I was prepping for surgery, anesthesiologist came in knelt down beside me and said “I’m going to be your bartender.” “Give me a double”, I said, and off we went. (Don’t they all look so handsome in those surgery caps?). Thank you for breaking down supplements. So much out there. One question…What highlighter product do you have on your cheekbones? Beautiful!

    Posted 4.22.20
  69. Andrea wrote:

    Sorry about your knee but happy to see you smiling again!

    Just a note, in case the other knee acts up, a friend of mine, in her 70s was also bone on bone, but her Dr. recommended the new stem cell therapy that regenerates somehow, and she is doing well. Ask your Dr. about it when you see him next.

    I went through a badly broken foot two years ago and still have the bolt to prove it…but the cars are almost invisible and I can dance again (I’m 70). You are right in that weight control, healthy eating, and therapy are key, but so is sleep. Our bodies regenerate and heal during sleep, so make sure you take lots of rest breaks and a good long nights sleep – Tylenol😜.

    The sun will rise again, and so will you.💝

    Posted 4.22.20
  70. Sharyn D wrote:

    Beth, Thank you for sharing your story. All the very best to you as you recover. I am amazed and inspired by your determination to share
    fresh ideas every day no matter what. Reading the blog is a bright spot in my day. Thank you for what you do and I hope you can take the time you need to heal.

    Posted 4.22.20
  71. susan cowles wrote:

    Beth, been there!!! I had both knees done three weeks about in 2013!!! I have to say my Dr made it easy!!! Take care!!!

    Posted 4.22.20
  72. Est wrote:

    Wow Beth! Wishing you a speedy recovery. Be well!

    Posted 4.22.20
  73. Gayle wrote:

    I am here today! I had a knee replacement on my left knee three years. Right knee, also, bone on bone. But the constant therapy strengthened my right knee. I could walk. I swam every day. Then covid…. my pool closed and no more 90 min, of warm water exercise. A bad cold, sinus infection, idleness and too much easy food. So I am feleling better so start walking. A bit further every day, but one day an off step and instant pain. Now a replacement on right knee! But not now..I look forward to reading your story theses next months. I hope hospitals will open by late summer for this type surgery. Sorry this is so long but coming to grips has been hard.

    Posted 4.22.20
  74. Hello Beth. We are now knee surgery sisters….plus a hip replacement for me. I appreciated your thoughts on before, during and after your surgery. It is so similar to my story. My knee was replaced 14 yeas ago and my hip 4 years ago, after my husband passed away. It was different through the surgery without his support.
    Luckily I have 3 sisters. Thank you so much for sharing your feeling. Good luck with that knee.

    Posted 4.22.20
  75. Maureen Donnelly wrote:

    Beth, hope you are feeling ok. My Prayers will be with you. Take care ❤

    Posted 4.22.20
  76. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    Oh, Beth, you continue to amaze. Follow recovery instructions so recovery is once and done! Inflammation wreaks havoc on our bodies when left unchecked. As always, you made a wise statement–knowledge is power. Trust all the Style sisters learn all they can about inflammation. The knowledge places us on the right path for our well-being!~

    Posted 4.22.20
  77. Cathy justice wrote:

    Thanks for sharing, I’m so glad you’re on the mend. You have a great attitude. I admire it and one reason I enjoy your posts.

    Posted 4.22.20
  78. Nancy A Reed wrote:

    I a so happy you are doing better. I am anxious for your upcoming posts regarding health and wellness.

    Take care!!

    Posted 4.22.20
  79. Kathy Kendall wrote:

    Hello Beth,

    My knee surgery was put on hold here in Florida due to the cancellation of all elective surgery. Your story is so inspiring and it’s wonderful you are doing well albeit with some rehab work left to do. I think it is amazing that you have endured the last few years never missing a beat with your blog and all the work that goes on behind the scenes. Thank you for sharing. You will never know how it has helped me think more positively about upcoming surgery.

    Posted 4.22.20
  80. Mandy wrote:

    It’s so good to see you on the mend. Just hate you had to go through that.

    Posted 4.22.20
  81. Suzanne M Smith wrote:

    Oh, Beth–I can completely commiserate with you. I’m glad that’s behind you. I have been there! In fact, with my RA, I had 5 surgeries in one year–2018, and I’ve had the two TKR surgeries. I just on April 8th had my (knee-2) knee-versary! So I’m at the point where I can do so much more than I could for 8 years with my RA-inflicted, horrible pain. My surgeon told me I had the worst knees he’s ever seen, and I couldn’t even straighten my knees pre-surgery. I had a 20 degree bend in my knees and couldn’t walk except painfully on my tiptoes. I am now extremely grateful for a new lease on life. Trust me–you will make progress because you have a great attitude, and you’re so strong. Hang in there–and if you ever want or need a shoulder to cry on, let me know–I’m a good listener and I definitely have empathy. You’ve been through so much and you’ve been a real trooper. I wish you all the best. Remember RICE–Rest Ice, Compress here and there, and Elevate. Ice was my best friend. And now I take long walks in nature which is helping me cope with the stresses we’re all now facing. I can honestly say, every day will get better. I’m living proof of how amazing a surgery this is. I have a life back. Every single day I am filled with gratitude. You will be in my thoughts, Beth.

    Posted 4.22.20
  82. This was so interesting. Thank you for telling this story. Stay well and strong. You look great!

    Posted 4.23.20
  83. Susan wrote:

    Hi Susan–hello from a fellow knee warrior! I had my left knee replaced on Feb. 25, 2020. I am at 8 weeks, and I am doing so well is oh so many ways, but this is much harder than I ever imagined. Three tips: This truly will take a year. I did not believe this going in, but it is true. 2. Join bonesmart.org–a forum for knee and hip patients, run by retired orthopedic nurse practitioners. And 3–join the FB Total Knee Replacement support group. Great advice and tips for comfort. I am thin, fit, worked out, age 65, and have lots of support, and this is a tough slog! Email me if you want a knee pal! hugs to you, and be well xoxo

    Posted 4.23.20
  84. Tricia wrote:

    Thank you for sharing your experience.
    I know a knee replacement is in the cards for me and it’s encouraging that yours seem to have gone so well.
    I’m a youthful 68. Relatively slim and keep myself somewhat fit by walking and doing about 20 minutes of Jane Fonda prime time exercise every other day.
    Stay safe!

    Posted 4.23.20
  85. Cynthia Johnson wrote:

    Congratulations on your recovery. I KNOW how hard it is to make yourself do something that is going to hurt before it makes you better. Like physical therapy. I has a hip replacement a couple of years ago, and 6 hours of spinal surgery in January. I am looking forward to your healthy meal ideas. It takes strength, wit, and humor to age well.

    Posted 4.23.20
  86. Laurie wrote:

    Hello Beth! Truly, you are inspirational, between following through on your commitment to post every day to courageously sharing your personal struggles to living/dressing with creative style. It is a joy to follow your blog. I lead an active life style during this quarantine with yoga, walks, dressing everyday, reading, craft projects and my faith.

    Posted 4.23.20
  87. Sheila Brooks wrote:

    Hugs, prayers, and well wishes to you during this recovery.🙏 I too, am dealing with knee issues and am looking at some type of surgery in the future.
    Thank you for sharing your story. I’ve been following you for several years and do so enjoy your blog and posts.

    Godspeed,

    Sheila S. Brooks

    Posted 4.23.20
  88. Arna wrote:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I was so moved by what you have gone through. My deepest condolences on the loss of your husband.
    Stay well! Keep healing, both inside and out.

    Posted 4.23.20
  89. Maureen Sugarman wrote:

    Thanks for sharing and you’re a brave, strong lady! Wishing you and yours well always!

    Posted 4.23.20
  90. Darla wrote:

    I had to read this twice, because so much of your health issues I have as well. I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and I have been on weekly methotrexate and daily prednisone for two months. Just recently starting to feel better, but no workout’s yet in how I used to workout last year. Thank you for sharing. ❤️

    Posted 4.23.20
  91. Katie wrote:

    Beth

    Wishing you all the best as you recover from surgery – be kind to yourself and keep using that ICE! It was my best friend during both my hip replacement surgeries. I look forward to hearing more about your progress.

    Posted 4.23.20
  92. Sharon Woryn wrote:

    Years ago I had emergency surgery and my room mate had knee surgery and was screaming from the pain especially when they had to get her up to walk or shower.
    Several years ago x-rays showed that both my knees are bone on bone. I still go to the gym and workout and I am doing 3 miles on the treadmill every day during this lockdown. I plan to keep going as long as I can. Thank you for sharing your story.

    Posted 4.24.20
  93. Vicki wrote:

    You are amazing Beth.
    Knee surgery is a journey for sure. I also had knee surgery and work ea day to improve mobility.
    Stairs are a great exercise and helpful for my knee . I want to get my knee to bend all the way back which so far has not happened but I will keep pushing a little each day.
    Take care of yourself . You are a great inspiration and such a motivating spirit .
    Vicki

    Posted 4.24.20
  94. shirley simkus wrote:

    take care!

    Posted 4.24.20
  95. Lori Feld wrote:

    Thank you so much for this Beth. Knee replacement is definitely in my future and I’m glad to see you are doing so well. Best wishes for continued healing.

    Posted 4.25.20
  96. Linda Byrne wrote:

    I am glad you are on the mend and I hope Mr. Style is as well. I, too, had cancer in 2016 and went through chemo & radiation. I stayed busy starting my real estate brokerage and helping others plus taking care of my family. Then in 2019 I broke the wrist of my dominant hand and just kept taking care of my clients and family. When I am thinking of other people then I am not thinking of myself. No time for a pity party! Stay well. – Linda

    Posted 4.25.20
  97. Eileen wrote:

    I,too, have had both of my knees replaced. It is challenging in the beginning but I have never looked back. We also have an Oscar who is my walking partner and now we both can enjoy our strolls. Thanks for sharing your journey. You have been such a bright spot in my day. Thank you for all you share.

    Posted 4.27.20
  98. Gina Lowe wrote:

    Hi Beth ! I was so sorry to read about the loss of your husband and on this, my 44th wedding anniversary. Not to be morbid, but it has occurred to me that we have more years past than ahead of us and what would I do when… we’ll, you can see where I’m going with this. Anyway, I do thank you for your you tube channel and vlog because they do inspire me. I am an RN in the Virginia Beach area.

    Warm regards,

    Gina

    Posted 5.1.20
  99. lynn wrote:

    Your blog is so refreshing (my first time here), and I congratulate you on your positive attitude. That can’t be easy with all you have going on. I am an active 66 year old and I recently have been experiencing a great deal of sciatic nerve pain. I dread having any type of operation, but the doctor is hinting (strongly, hinting) so I am sure I following your lead on the road to recovery. Thank you and be gentle with yourself.

    Posted 5.4.20
  100. Marybeth wrote:

    I am so sorry about what you had to go through with Mr. Style & your own health issues… you are brave & I appreciate that you shared… hugs, moi

    Posted 5.8.20
  101. Rosalie frawley wrote:

    I read your story on your knee surgery , when my husband had open heart surgery, which was unexpected, I too, started having leg problems, started with leg cramps, then went to the foot, I was told I had arthritis which Im not too sure about. Im going to try some of the suggestions you mentioned, to see if things will get better, enjoy your blog. thank you

    Posted 5.11.20
  102. Maryanne wrote:

    Just found your site and really can relate. I’ve had both knees done (10 years apart). It took a little while but now (5years out from the second), I can tell you it was the greatest gift I ever gave myself. Keep with the therapy. It is a life saver.
    Lots of luck.

    Posted 5.18.20

Comments are closed.

powered by chloédigital