Hand Soap at the sink
I think liquid hand soap is great...it
does away with the mess of soap bars, with them, the counter and the
soap dish looking dirty. And I like in counter soap dispensers like this
which I have in all the bathrooms and the kitchen (where there are two
of them, one for hand soap and another for dish detergent).
But...the scents are uninteresting...or come in small and expensive
quantities. The answer: Buy the lagest size (of the aloe vera
sort, not the anti-microbial kind!
) at the big box buying clubs, then infuse it with the scent you like by buying any one of a hundred or so different essential oils available from your health food store, Amazon or wherever.
I use lavender, which has a wonder scent and isn't expensive, but the choices are delightfully wide
You can do the same thing with bath oil, for which I use Deodar
Himalayan Cedar essential oil, which is cheaper instead of sandalwood
oil...besides not killing sandalwood trees which grow very slowly, are
endangered and can only be harvested by digging up the roots, whence
cometh sandalwood oil.
Coping with a Total Knee Replacement
- Recovery progress
I had no real idea of how long this would take, and the reality was
daunting. It was a month before the pain began to back off in the
slightest and I got much of any ability and mobility (albeit with
walker and the rest). A month and a half before I could do
without occasional assistance to enable my life. Two months before I
could realize begin to see light, to have every day show an ever so
slight improvment in my mobility and what it took to rouse pain in the
knee. Two and a half months, and I am beginning to get real
mobility/ability back...it feels somewhat like it did before the
surgery. Of course, it should continue to get better and anything
at this point is gravy, over and beyond how I was before the
surgery. The final reality is that it takes 6 months to a year
before everything is as good as it's going to get. I'm not doing
the other knee (which needs it, but not as bad) until this one is fully
A year and a half later, the pain is pretty much gone, but it doesn't
seem like I have the strength I once did...but that may just be being
[Update] 2 years down the road and my life is more like what it
was in my 50s....not constrained by pain the way I was. Total
recovery takes a while, but it's really worth it!
- Two knees or one
Having experienced one knee, I can't imagine how difficult doing both
at the same time would be. I met a nun who'd done both at the
same time; it would take that sort of supreme steely-eyed grit to do
- Cold packs
I've found two different types of good cold packs:
- The long (cold) lasting, (maybe too) colder, cheaper kind
with swappable gel packs... the complete unit may not be cheaper, but
you can get extra swappable slip in gel packs relatively
inexpensively...and keep the extras ready and waiting in the freezer.
- If your fridge has separate freezer and refrigerator
thermostats, turn the freezer thermostat all the way down, so the cold
packs will refreeze faster.
bought two elastogel extra large (I'm a big guy) knee packs, I took one
Solution Matrix knee pack home from the hospital *and* bought 2 (4
total) pairs of extra slip-in packs for it direct from Solution
Matrix. That was enough to keep in constant cold packs when that
- Reduced mobility/ability enabling