Total Knee Replacement…Final Chapter

Well, here I am, in my final chapter of my Total Knee Replacement. Well not final, final chapter. As I stated before, it takes a solid year to completely heal from this. As it stands, I returned to December fourth. Was I ready? Physically, yes I think so. My doctor thinks so. Mentally, don’t think I was.

On my last visit he tested my leg by bending it, stretching it straight out and the strength by having me do a squat and a one legged squat. Yes, that one legged squat hurt. I was a touch stiff as it was early in the morning and hadn’t completed my exercises that morning yet. He did tell me to to focus on those squats and lunges for strengthening my quads. So for the past month and half that’s what I’ve been working on. I’ve increased my steps. I haven’t done much walking due to the weather here. However, I’ve done some light workout inside on the Wii and Xbox.

The one thing I am still having slight issues with is my energy level. When I first went back to work I got winded after 15 minutes of a light workout. Needless to say, going back to work was tough. It’s great that I have some great co-workers and an understanding supervisor.

After a month and half of being back at work I’ve noticed my energy level is doing better. Some days I struggle, but overall, it’s better. I have almost no pain when I’m working and moving. I have some pain sometimes at night. I’m still working on strengthening my quads everyday. My knee only buckles when I’m extremely tired.

Overall I’m satisfied with the results. I don’t struggle through pain just to make through the day with tons of pain medicine. Do I recommend getting the surgery? If it is needed and there are not any other options, then, yes, I do recommend having the surgery.

Thank you for following me through this journey.

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Journey Through Total Knee Replacement Part 3

I’ve just about completed week 7 of my total knee replacement journey. To say this is a long healing process is an understatement. So this is where I am at week five. I am healing. Sometimes I complain, but I’m making progress. I am driving now. I did my first photo shoot for the Autism Speaks Walk. So I’m pretty excited that I was able to do it. Yes, I was so sore and a bit swollen the following day, but I did it. Now I wish I could take on the world. Yet, I know I have to take it in spells.

I still have some sensitivity to the knee. Just the other day I couldn’t let ANYTHING touch it except for sweat pants or my heated blanket. The sensitivity and swelling comes and goes. Not much swelling left, but was told it would take a year for complete swelling to go away.

I took my first road trip to SC. That was five hours both ways. The good thing about traveling with my mom and sister is we break it up and I was able to stretch my legs at stops. This was a good test. I only drove an hour, but I do think that was enough.

I’m still doing my physical therapy. Of course some days I just don’t feel like going, but I go because I know it’s helping. I’m bending at a steady 116° angle. I would complain, but my other knee only goes to 116°. However I’m still trying to reach that magic number of 120°! I should start doing more walking this well with the temps a bit cooler and everything.

I’m excited about my progress compared to were I was almost two months ago right after surgery.