I awoke a few minutes before 2am with excruciating pain in both knees. I had a small episode the night before last, so I wasn't surprised by this incident. It didn't help that I stayed on my feet most of the day, so that by the end of the night my left knee felt a little twitchy. My own fault, really.
I hobbled out to the kitchen and got the ice packs, but for some reason the weight of them on my knees made the pain worse. That's never really happened before. To put things in perspective, the weight of the blanket on my prone knees stressed them. I bit the bullet and left the ice packs on, but switched over to a lighter blanket. This was torture since the temperature had finally dropped to something resembling winter and I was deliberately applying ice to my legs. I'm one of those people who doesn't like to be cold while sleeping. Queen weenie, that's me.
This morning, it feels like my knees are grinding, so I've resolved to stay off my feet as much as possible. I did forget to mention that we discussed these intermittent episodes with my transplant doctor last week and she's under the impression that my knees are over-stressed and compensating for the fact that I've lost muscle mass from the steroids. She's suggested that I start doing low impact exercises to strengthen my thigh muscles and glutes. I'll add it to my list of things to do.
Overall, I feel really well and have no other complaints. The knees aren't so bad in the big scheme of things. The last few days have been trying. One of the cats became very ill over the weekend and had to be euthanized on Monday. The vet estimated that she was between 17 and 22 years old and Chris and I knew the day was coming, but I don't think you can ever really be ready for something like that. We had 14 great years with Squeeze and we'll miss her very much.
I'm going to install myself on the couch and try to finish knitting another baby gift. Thankfully, this one is for a toddler, so it's a bit bigger than some of the other things that I've tortured myself with. Maybe I'll remember to take a picture of this one to post. :)