Monthly Archives: May 2019

Aladdin, 2019 edition, movie review

Not sure why Disney keeps wanting to remake all the animated classics, but I, like most, was too curious to stay away. I was a kid who watched the animated Aladdin on repeat for an entire summer, and delicately watched the tv-spin off show.

So I was a bit bias going in and fully expected it to be horrible. I’ll say this, I was expecting it to be a -20 on a 1-10 scale… it came in at -15.

They did scenes that were exact replicas of the animated version. And those scenes seemed stiff. Like watching a high school play. But there were new side stories added and those scenes were amazing, even the acting improved.

The amount of auto tuning on the songs was also crazy. Will Smith is a rapper not a singer. He sang sometimes as normal him, which was horribly out of tune, then the auto tune would turn on, along with the instrumentals and he would be amazing. Same for the other actors doing their songs. There was only one new song which was split into two scenes, and it was obvious the writer of that song was not as talented as the ones who wrote the originals. The other songs are all copied from the animated version, but if you listen carefully a few lyrics here or there are tweaked.

The budget seemed small. The scenes all seemed fake. Like high school production scenes. Nothing was shot outside and it showed. I felt like I was in the studio watching them film on the sound stage. All the animals are CGI and done poorly in my opinion. The animals didn’t fit in the movie and it seemed like the directer didn’t want them in the movie but was forced to include them, so he rushed every scene or moment the camera was on them.

The genie had good and bad part parts. They added gold arm tattoos and gave him a glitter/sparkle touch, which was nice. But then they CGI’ed Will Smith’s blue genie version too much, making him look buff and such. He looked like a guy wearing a foam muscle suit.

**Spoiler alert**

Genie gets his own love story this time. And Jasmine wants to be Sultan. Its very heavy on the women empowerment thing. She gets to become Sultan at the end of the movie and then she can change the rules to marry whoever she wants. So poor Aladdin goes from being street rat to trophy husband. Cute man de-powerment moment.

Overall the movie seemed bipolar, going from exactly copying the original movie in some scenes, to abruptly branching off in its own direction in other scenes. It would have been better if it’d done one or the other, and since the acting seemed better in the new material, I believe that would have been the better direction to go. A female based movie about Jasmine.

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TTO Knee Surgery: 15 Days Post Op

Background: Prior to my surgery I found little information available online. Below is a journal of my experience. My list of logs can be found here.

I had a tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure. My procedure also included a lateral release. And my effected knee is the right.

Day 15 post op (Friday): Bending to 75 degrees and putting foot down while walking

I’m still non weight baring, but am now allowed to place my foot on the ground while crutching. It can only bare the weight of that leg, so the bulk of the weight is still on the crutches. I would advise to wait until your therapist shows you how to do this before you try. Sometimes its called “toe-touch” weight baring, which just means what I described above. You don’t actually use your toes. Emphasis to roll your foot through the motions of heel to toe walking, so your foot rolls naturally. The hard part is, the brace is still locked at full extension. So I’m walking a bit stiff legged.

Bathing is much easier now that I am allowed to get the leg wet. I am opting for baths, because of my non weight baring status. I don’t submerge the cuts. So I’m bathing in a few inches of water. But its nice to soak the sore thigh and the bruises. I think they are fading/spread out better now that I can soak them in hot water. I still leave the brace on when getting in and out of the tub. I take it off when I start adding water. The leg just feels so weak from the knee down that I don’t feel comfortable moving it without the brace.

There is a noticeable lump on the side of the knee where they did the lateral release, my therapist says this is normal. The attached photo shows the lump.

 

(Tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure, the tibial tubercle, the prominent bony insertion of the patellar tendon into your shinbone (tibia), is partially or totally detached and moved and reattached in a better position that allows the kneecap to track better in its groove)

*I am not a doctor nor am I qualified to give medical advice. I am simply sharing what I experienced. The content on my blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.


TTO Knee Surgery: 13 Days Post Op-Stitches Removal

Background: Prior to my surgery I found little information available online. Below is a journal of my experience. My list of logs can be found here.

I had a tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure. My procedure also included a lateral release. And my effected knee is the right.

Day 13 post op (Wednesday): 1st Post Op appt-removing the stitches

Not much to say here. Stitches were removed from the laparoscopic spots. And the string in the big cut was just trimmed down. Its supposed to “dissolve” but I’ve heard of people having issues with this. So we’ll see. I was given tape over the cuts and told to leave them alone to fall out on their own. I am now allowed to get them wet. Which makes bathing a lot easier.

Below are images of the X-ray and the before/after of the stitches being removed.

(Tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure, the tibial tubercle, the prominent bony insertion of the patellar tendon into your shinbone (tibia), is partially or totally detached and moved and reattached in a better position that allows the kneecap to track better in its groove)

*I am not a doctor nor am I qualified to give medical advice. I am simply sharing what I experienced. The content on my blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.


TTO Knee Surgery: 6 Weeks Post Op

Background: Prior to my surgery I found little information available online. Below is a journal of my experience. My list of logs can be found here.

I had a tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure. My procedure also included a lateral release. And my effected knee is the right.

6 Weeks Post Op: 2nd Doc check up

Another set of x-rays were taken at the doctor visit. Doctor was pleased at how my incisions looked and my minimal swelling. I was able to do a leg raise as high as he wanted and also do a leg bend to a 120 degrees, which is the amount the therapists want me to reach.

I’m allowed to start weaning off the crutches now. I’ve mastered using one crutch okay, but still use two when I go out in public or am at work. I am also practicing walking in just the brace, going sideways, forward and backward. All in an area where I can grab something to regain my balance. At home I do it in the kitchen so I can put my hands on the counter as I practice. The leg lifts are also back to being done while standing, to practice balance. I rotate and still do some laying leg lifts because the strain of standing is something I want to ease into and not overdo. Every day I can tell the leg is getting stronger.

I have also begun lifting the leg straight from a sitting position of having it at 90 degrees. I can’t do many and it is by far the most painful exercise.

(Tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure, the tibial tubercle, the prominent bony insertion of the patellar tendon into your shinbone (tibia), is partially or totally detached and moved and reattached in a better position that allows the kneecap to track better in its groove)

*I am not a doctor nor am I qualified to give medical advice. I am simply sharing what I experienced. The content on my blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.


TTO Knee Surgery: 11 Days Post Op

Background: Prior to my surgery I found little information available online. Below is a journal of my experience. My list of logs can be found here.

I had a tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure. My procedure also included a lateral release. And my effected knee is the right.

Day 11 post op (Monday): bending to 60 degrees

Bending the knee is a little too easy to do in my opinion. So when I went in I had the therapist measure and tell me when to stop. That way I reached the 60 degrees but didn’t go over. Same exercises as before. She had me start rolling a rolling pin, yes, like you’d use for cooking, on my thigh, to roll out some of the bruises that have formed into lumps around the leg brace.

I happened to have a cute mini rolling pin on hand that my sister had sent me. But any object that is roll-able will work should you encounter the same problem.

 

I did have a set back today. It was raining outside and after PT I had a crutch slip out from under me. I had to put weight on the bad leg to stop the fall. It hurt, like taking a hammer and slamming it into my shin. Pain was intense for about fifteen minutes. The rest of the day, and the next day, it hurt to flex my ankle, like roll my ankle around and point my toes different directions. So I let the ankle be immobile and I didn’t do my exercises the rest of that day or the next, so the bone could recover. 36 hours after the incident the pain was gone. Whew.

(Tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure, the tibial tubercle, the prominent bony insertion of the patellar tendon into your shinbone (tibia), is partially or totally detached and moved and reattached in a better position that allows the kneecap to track better in its groove)

*I am not a doctor nor am I qualified to give medical advice. I am simply sharing what I experienced. The content on my blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.


TTO Knee Surgery: 8 Days Post Op

Background: Prior to my surgery I found little information available online. Below is a journal of my experience. My list of logs can be found here.

I had a tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure. My procedure also included a lateral release. And my effected knee is the right.

Day 8 post op (Friday): 2nd PT Session and Initial Knee Bending

Second day of physical therapy. She did measurements and said my swelling was one centimeter, which to me was a minor victory, but she explained that most people on their second visit are more swollen than on their first visit. I was still like, whatever, until I spoke to a relative who underwent knee replacement surgery the day before me. She said she was two and ¼ inches more swollen today than on her first PT visit. So… that puts things in perspective. I now view this as good progress.

We also moved to leg lifts. To the right, left and up, not behind. And now we are doing them while laying. I was able to do them all with no support, which she did not expect. Most are unable to lift their leg with the full brace on at this stage. So another yay, I suppose.

It is way easier to get up on my own now, since I can lift the leg on its own.

We are also doing bending for the first time!! I am allowed to go up to 60 degrees, but at PT I could only do 25 degrees. I go back on Monday, so we’ll see if I can get to 60 by then. Considering the bend tugs on the tendon that is connected to the bone that was operated on, I’m in no hurry to rush things until they do an xray.

Of note, today is the first day I have actually felt like getting up and doing things. Even if they are minor things.

Brace has been adjusted to 60 degrees, but only for exercises. It needs to be locked at all other times.

Bruising is mostly on the outer and under side of knee.

(Tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure, the tibial tubercle, the prominent bony insertion of the patellar tendon into your shinbone (tibia), is partially or totally detached and moved and reattached in a better position that allows the kneecap to track better in its groove)

*I am not a doctor nor am I qualified to give medical advice. I am simply sharing what I experienced. The content on my blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.