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What do knee replacement surgery rehabilitation and disciplining toddlers have in common?

What do knee replacement surgery rehabilitation and disciplining toddlers have in common?
Anyone who has spent time with a toddler knows there is little reasoning with a determined 2-year-old! Anyone who has had knee surgery knows there is little control over why and when pain occurs in the weeks right after surgery. I found that in both cases, the best coping strategy is a distraction. Just like a toddler who wants to play with a dangerous item must be distracted, it is important to distract ourselves from the pain and the monotony of rest and post op exercises and stretching. One technique I used was to tape the late-night talk show monologues and do my most uncomfortable exercises while watching and laughing at the jokes! Scheduling visitors, making plans to accomplish simple tasks like returning overdue phone calls, reading magazine articles, even cleaning out old photos off your phone are all good ways to keep your mind off the discomfort while providing a feeling of accomplishment. Making a post rehab daily calendar of small tasks that you can do and inviting people for short visits (especially if they offer to bring a meal) is an ideal way to pass the first few weeks post-surgery.  It is important not to overwhelm yourself but simply provide pleasant distractions from the discomfort. Just like toddlers, we all do better when we can take our mind off things that are negative and focus on positive actions.

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