The touring group of The Lion King is currently camped in Omaha's Orpheum Theatre for a couple of weeks. As a Christmas present to our manager at the kennel (our daughter) and her kids, and my mother in-law, we purchased 5 orchestra level tickets for the show. The reasoning being that Marilyn would take those 4 with her. The knee replacement required that I take them down in her stead. It was a great show. See it if you can if it comes to your area. The show completely engulfs the building at times. The costuming is fabulous as well as the singing. I suppose the highlight for all of us was the near full sized elephant that came down the aisle and up on stage at the start of the show. Two and one half hours. $20 for the souvenir program.
Marilyn has been in the dumps with her knee replacement recovery. Eleven days of sitting, and pain, and swelling, and some nausea, and not being able to get back to normal in a week and half had her feeling pretty blue. She has been worried about when she could start excercising and if she would have made any progress in the Doctors eye's. Well today at the check up which was to include removing the staples, the Surgeon and his Physicians Assistant entered the room. They both bent over. The assistant in front and the Dr behind her looking over her shoulder as they pulled the wraps off of the knee. They both sounded just like two grandmothers getting to see a brand new baby. "Oh Marilyn!" Right here we were both afraid of what was next. "It Is Beautiful." "Oh Wow, you are doing SO WELL!"
The sight of her knee would probably make some of you folks light headed. But this is proof that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The recent past had Marilyn feeling pretty old and sedentary so when the surgeon said, "We would expect someone as young and active as you to do well, and you are" it made the walk back to van a lot easier.
Marilyn also told them that many acquaintances had told her they had no trouble or pain with their knee replacement. Both professionals shook their heads and smiled and said, "They forgot about the pain, it's the same with child birth, no one remembers the pain." The PA said, "for two weeks after any major surgery...it's just going to suck." I like medical professionals who can speak on my level.