Gratitude For What You Gave

I’ve been on medical leave since mid November. Because of my surgery I was dependent on a lot of things. I’m thankful for everything everyone gave me during my hardest first three weeks.

The most important thing is everyone’s time. Time to me is very valuable. My mom, sisters and even my niece and nephew spent time catering to my needs. Then I have the friends and family that took time out of their schedules to visit me. That warmed my heart each time.

Even though their time was the most precious gift for me to be thankful for, there are other things as well. I’m thankful for the food that was bought and/or cooked. That was great since I couldn’t stand that long to do it myself. I’m also thankful for the money and gifts I received as well. Everything was so thoughtful, it is still appreciated.

Being homebound and unable to do the simple things reminds you to be thankful each and every day.

2 Months Post Op TKR

I’ve reached my two month post op. I saw my doctor this week. I was pretty pleased with the visit. It was a short visit too. That made it even better.

I did address two issues, the pain in the back of my knee and still not sleeping through the night. I did get a few good nights, then it was back to about two hours. Y’all, when he pressed on my knee where it hurt, I almost jumped out the chair!!! I wanted to scream so bad. I didn’t though. He did give me some exercises to do and some steroids. I had to see my doctor about the sleeping issue. That was my plan anyway.

I do feel that I’m getting stronger. It was easier to get in my jeep. It was also easier going down the steps at my apartment today. So both of those are plusses. I was supposed to be done with PT, but he sent in a few more weeks because I was concerned about my strength with the stairs.

When I visited my general doctor the following day about my shoulder pain, he gave me something for sleep. Yea, it’s not working. I may have too many meds in my system too. Time to flush my system a little. When he looked at my shoulder he said I have a strained rotator cuff. Yep, more PT. I’m assuming it came from me pushing up with that arm during the healing process.

I have about another month to build my energy level back up before going back to work. So I’ll start a walking program. Overall pretty good progress.

Where are you in your healing progress?

Post Up Week 2 (TKR2)

I finally made it through well two. I will say this, I’m so glad this is a short week. Y’all don’t understand how tiring three appointments in three days are. I guess it wouldn’t be so bad if I was a bit more mobile.

I had my staples taken out at my two week follow up and two physical therapy sessions. My incision looks good. He said my knee looks good too. I’m currently bending at 91°. He thought that was great. In PT I was finally able to lift my leg while in a sitting position. Now to be able to do it laying down will be great. I’m hoping to be doing that by the end of the holiday weekend.

I’ve begun to enter the stage where my nerves are beginning to fire up. What does that really mean? It means I don’t want anything to touch my knee! It’s not full fledged just yet, only in spots. So I have to begin forcing my knee to accept touches. I do this by rubbing different materials across it. I normally just do a light feather like rub. It’ll hurt like crazy, but it’ll start to get better eventually.

My pain level has decreased significantly. I’m almost strictly on Motrin. Still major stiffness, but my swelling has went down too. If you are about to have surgery make sure you get those compression socks. I think those really help with my swelling.

One thing I found out about 15 minutes into the drive, I can’t do more than 15 minutes in a car yet. My doctor main office is 45-50 minutes out. Yes I decided to keep him when he stopped coming to here because he did great work on my other knee. When I tell you that drive had me all kinds of uncomfortable, it was crazy. I was practically laying in the front seat. Glad we didn’t have anyone with us.

Overall my progress is good. I feel my strength growing.