Knee Replacement Journey Part 2

Here I am again. I’m now three weeks post surgery. To me, I’m surprised at the progress I’ve made. However, my doctors and therapist are pleased but not surprised.

I’m now able to get in my bed and the car without assistance. That’s in and out. I can also lift my leg while standing, sitting, and laying. My knee is bending at 106° angle! My doctor wants it 120°.  So I guess I’m getting there.  I always says small progress is still progress.  I’m still doing my physical therapy twice a week and doing my home exercises.

Now about some other things.  I don’t know if any of this is related to the surgery and the anesthetics, but I can feel my body going through some changes.  What kind of changes?  My sleeping is way off course.  Most nights I’m getting 2 hours at a time.  You talking about someone being way off balance.  I also can’t focus for long periods of time.  Normally my thoughts are going fifty miles per hour.  Now, not so much.  I’m told it will get better.  I hope so because I have things to do.  So, for now, I’m doing a lot of resting and doing some binge watching.  I do small projects here and there.  Doing some training and meditation to keep me going.

I’m so thankful for my mom.  She is giving so much of herself right now to help me get well.  For that, no amount of thankfulness will ever show how much I appreciate her and what she does.

People seem to always be amazed when they see me and my progress.  I’m sitting here like what?  I know everyone heals differently. I just be thinking my progress is so slow.  Then I hear stories of people that are at their 12 weeks and no where near where I am now and I’m surprised!  Before I had the surgery, I did so much research to ensure I was ready and prepared to do the work.  I know the pain would be there, especially that first week or so.  I also knew that it was going to take some serious drive to push through the pain.  I knew I’d be walking the day of surgery, knew I’d have to go to therapy the day after I got out the hospital.  I knew all this, was ready for it.  Maybe I’m progressing because I want it and I already knew what to expect, or maybe because I have a great doctor that explained everything in great detail.  When I look at things, it doesn’t matter how big or small the surgery I’m about to undergo, I take the time to research.  I may not know EVERYTHING the doctor knows but, I feel pretty good about what is about to happen.

So this is where I am right now.  I’m three weeks and one day post surgery.  The one thing that tickles me is how people want to see my scar.  They want to compare to theirs or a close family member.  I don’t have a problem showing them.  I know at first I was just scared to look at my own scar, but now, I’m good with looking at it.  It’s healing pretty well.

Have you or someone you know had a total knee replacement surgery?  If so, can you share how you were at three weeks?

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