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Sinner's Pink Diamond Interview for August is Yours Truly!

Hello friends! Sinner here!  

I've decided to do something different for the August Pink Diamond Interview. Originally, I thought I'd pass on the August interview because I was concerned for Minnie who had surgery last month and I wanted to take care of her. 

She is one hard headed woman boy! Let me give you a taste:

She had double knee surgery on Friday, July 27th. On August 1st she was moved from the hospital to a rehabilitative center near her home. Would you believe she was upset she was put in a wheelchair?? She felt that since she had begun using a walker the day after surgery, that putting her in a wheelchair was a step backward. Whatever woman!  

When she arrived at the rehab facility, she demanded a walker. She was told she couldn't get one until a doctor had an opportunity to do a complete evaluation of her knee the next morning. That meant that for any little thing, she would have to summon a nurse. Well, that just didn't sit well with her as she was going to be there at least a week! She figured they better find out who they're dealing with early on and guess what? By that evening, she had her own walker.

So today, I'm going to attempt -- and I use the word "attempt" loosely because you never know what to expect with this woman -- to conduct an interview with her and see what's going on in her life. I'm actually a little intimidated, but I'll do my best!

My Creator - Minnie Lahongrais

Sinner, you are a pain! Don't ask me to do a guest blog, because this is MY blog! You only get to run it once a month ok?

Ok! Ok!! Can we get started now?

Go ahead....

Good. Now, tell us about your surgery. What happened?

Here's what happened: a few years ago, I was out dancing with my daughter and a few other friends. We were having a great time and this song -- the name escapes me -- came on and we rose as a group to dance. Well, I was droppin' it like it was hot when I felt something snap in my knee but it didn't hurt so I kept partying.

Ooh! Lots of alcohol, huh?

Shut up girl! 

Anyhow, my daughter forgot her jacket and since the place where we were partying was near my office, I offered to go pick it up. The management office was up a flight of stairs. When I tried to climb the stairs my knee went out and pain shot up my thigh. I went to see a doctor who told me I had a slight tear in my meniscus and because he said "slight" I figured I could wait before having surgery. I decided I would work on those muscles surrounding the knee and maybe I would be ok.

Fast forward 6 years, and the pain began to get worse and worse. I treated it with cortisone shots. Then I began to suffer from pain in the other knee and another doctor told me I had degenerative joint disease (DJD). The cartilage had begun wearing out in my good knee. He said I would eventually need to have knee replacement surgery.

Again, I resisted the surgery and instead opted for synvisc injections. This is a procedure by which a gel is injected into the knee via an extremely long needle to create a cushion where the cartilage would be. While the procedure is being done, you can't move so as not to risk having the gel go into the wrong place. I did this twice over two years.

These treatments only last between 6 months to a year and it was getting time to have another treatment. Also, by this time, there was hardly any cartilage left and it was bone rubbing on bone. I didn't want to have to do the injections every year, so I decided to have the surgery. I figured I'd be in pain for a relatively short, concentrated period of time vs. pain over a life time.

So, I had arthroscopic surgery on my left knee and a knee cap replacement on my right knee. I'm going to be setting off all kinds of alarms at the airport now that I am a bionic woman!

Ouch!! But I never doubted you were a bionic woman, I mean, really? You created me...

Yea, I created a monster. LOL!! Aw, Sinner, you know I love you!

Aw! I love you too! So, how are you recuperating?

A physical therapist comes to my home thrice weekly and we have 1 - 2 hour sessions, but those visits end this Friday and beginning Tuesday, I will begin advance physical therapy at a facility near my home. I am looking forward to this next stage in my recuperation. Those sessions will also be three times a week but will only be about 30 - 45 minutes long. However, I will begin electric stimulation treatment and I will be working with weights as well as a stationary bike. I will continue these treatments until I reach my goals. Can you say glutton for punishment?

Wow! Ok, so my next question is twofold: What are your goals and what are you doing when you're not pt'ing ... meaning having physical therapy?

To answer the first part of your question, my goals are as follows: 
When sitting down, I can bend the knee at 88 degrees vs. 90 degrees which is considered normal.

When sitting or laying down, I can hold my leg outstretched at 170 degrees vs. 180 degrees which is considered normal.

When bending the knee backward (as though I were to touch my butt with my heel); I can bend it at 88 degrees whereas functional would be 115 degrees and normal would be 135 degrees. This is the goal I want to meet. I want to be at 135 degrees or very close to it by the time I go back to my day job at the end of October.

With regard to what I'm doing when not pt'ing -- to use your expression -- I'm mostly editing/revising my sophomore novel, Divergent Lives -- which releases 12/12/12; I'm blogging at the Divergent Lives Blog, I'm reading, planning marketing strategies with Andi Reis of Ralph's Design and Deli or I'm watching dvr'd episodes of Criminal Minds from past seasons.

Divergent Lives! Yes! Adina and RJ ... I had to get used to having them around. Did you know I used to feel neglected when you first started working on that story? But, I felt better when you let me do these Pink Diamond Interviews. I don't think I ever properly thanked you. I do appreciate the trust you've shown me.

You're very special to me Sinner. You were my first and I will work with you again next year. I plan to whip you up into better shape with an updated story. Don't you worry!

Aw! That makes me happy!  So tell us a bit about Divergent Lives.

Well, I began researching this story July of last year. It has morphed in so many ways, but I have learned so much about writing, character development; not to mention psycho and sociopaths. 

This story, told in parallel, revolves around fraternal twins separated at birth. One remains with the biological parents and grows up in New York City and the other is sold on the black market to a family in rural Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Both grow up to be sociopaths; one grows up to be a serial killer. The twins never meet, but their paths do cross. 

For more info on the main characters and my process, click on the title below the image of the book cover above. 

Adina and RJ seem intriguing enough to me!! I mean, they're worse off than I was! Jeez!!

Needless to say, since I am always with you; always in your head, I know how this story ends. The rest of you will just have to wait until 12/12/12! Sorry about that folks, but that's just the way it is!

So, there you have it! I am excited for all that is in the pipeline for Minnie, my Bionic Creator, as well as for myself. I hope you will all hang around and join us on this ride!!

For now, this is Sinner, signing off!!

Thanks for joining me!!

~~ Sinner

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