Saturday, August 03, 2013
I'm a little late with this- I guess I'm going to have to shift my blogs to the weekend. Where did the summer go? We had Professional Development all week at work. I am only supposed to be working half days, but put in full days every day except Friday. On Thursday, we had PD in the morning, a 3 hour PD in the afternoon with our district, and then Open House. I ended up putting in a 12 hour day. While I was glad to meet my new kiddos, I was exhausted and hurting by the end of the day. I couldn't sleep and went to school Friday tired and hurting. So I stayed until lunch and went home. I don't think my principal was happy, but you do what you have to do. I also had someone tell me, "well my friend is a nurse and she had knee surgery, and I don't think it took her that long to recover and get back to work." Well yippee for her friend. My knee is MY KNEE, not someone else's. My doctor is happy with my progress, my physical therapist is happy with my progress, and I am happy with my progress. We are all individuals and we all heal at different rates and have different experiences. I'm just going to continue doing my exercises, and walking and swimming when I can. I've started going to a low impact water aerobics class and I love it. It's offered at my Y at a time when I can go by after work, so that's going to be my workout on M,W,F. Weekends will be lap swimming or aqua jogging. Since I have faculty meetings on Tuesdays, and handbell choir on Thursdays, those will be my break from swimming days. I have a plan! That's just a little bit scary lol. I am a creature of habit though, and once I get through the transition of back to work, I think it will work out well.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
2 months since my surgery! I feel like I hit a milestone. I still have one week left of PT. I will miss it when I'm done. Most of the exercises I can do at home, but there's a sense of security in having someone help you and measure your progress. I have been doing a lot of swimming (water walking, stretches, exercises, treading water, etc) at the Y and I think it's really helped. Yesterday I finally got to a 120 degree bend! That was my goal (although I'm going to keep working towards a better bend), and I was so happy to finally get there. I'm still at a -3 on straightening, but it's getting there. I saw my surgeon yesterday and he's really happy with my progress. He cleared me to go back to work, but only half days the first week since I teach kindergarten and am on my feet all day. I go back on the 14th of August and will probably be released for full time then, depending on how the first week goes. I'm relieved because I can start with my kiddos, but come home and ice and elevate my knee. I'm sad about summer ending. I spent my whole summer recovering from surgery, but I'm looking forward to a school year with my kiddos that doesn't involve constant pain like last year.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Can it already be 7 weeks since my surgery? In some ways it seems like it jut happened, in some ways it seems like it was a long time ago. I am starting to gear up for back to school, although my doctor has not released me and I don't know if I'll be able to start back on time or not. I am worried about being on my feet all day. I met my aide at school last Wednesday and we worked on rearranging the furniture (it all gets stacked and pushed to one side during the summer). Really, I mostly watched and directed. All the same, that afternoon I was in the most intense pain. Nothing seemed to help. I finally cranked up the water heater, sat on my shower chair, and held warm water on my knee until I ran out of hot water. Apparently my knee is not fond of the concrete floors at school.
On a better note, Mike and I went to the movies Friday. I was able to sit comfortably through a 2 hour movie with not too much swelling, so I am making progress. And I PUT MY SHOES ON LIKE A NORMAL PERSON! LOL this is a big deal. The back on my tennis shoes tends to fold down and I haven't been able to put them on without assistive devices since the surgery. My bend is now at 117- close to my goal of 120. That flex still doesn't want to happen, but I'm determined to get that bend to straighten out. I'm trying to prop my heel up to stretch it out. It's painful, but hopefully it will help.
One last thing. Last Friday, as I was on my morning walk, the birds were singing, the sun was shining, and a breeze was blowing. I realized how NICE is was to be out walking. A year ago I avoided all unnecessary walking because it hurt so bad. It's great to be able to enjoy a nice walk once again!
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Wow, 6 weeks already! Hard to believe it's been that long. I had a great session at PT today. They have increased all my reps on my exercises, added weights to some of them, and given me new exercises to increase flexibility. I think on Thursday they are going to measure my progress. I know I am getting stronger. I have been walking about a mile a day, doing my exercises, and have started swimming almost daily. Yesterday the pool got crowded, so I switched to the lap lanes and swam laps. I mostly do a kind of lopsided breast stroke - my knee doesn't always cooperate with what I want it to do, but I think the water is really helping. And swimming gives me a gentle all over workout. I've noticed that on days when I swim, I can SLEEP! It's amazing to go to bed and actually sleep for 3-4 hours at a time.
I'm still having problems with sitting. I went to the movies with my daughter and friends last Friday, and despite getting up and walking around a couple of times, I had a lot of swelling. I iced it when I got home, but still had swelling the next day. Not much I can do about it, except keep elevating and using ice. I am proud of the exercise I'm doing - I can feel myself getting stronger every day.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Wow, it's been 5 weeks since my knee replacement already! I feel like I've come such a long ways, but still have a ways to go. I'll be happy when the tightness leaves. At this point I still feel like I'm fighting a thousand rubber bands when I bend my knee. I've also felt a little stressed because I still can't fully straighten my knee. The therapist says it will come, and I do my exercise faithfully, so I guess that's about all anyone can do.
I am now walking around my entire subdivision every day, which is about a mile. And I started swimming! I got a one month pass to the Y and I plan on taking full advantage of it. It feels weird, but good to get into the water. I think I 'm going to check out one of the arthritis classes, Right now I'm enjoying swimming with my family, even if it's a bit awkward. Breast stroke is easiest, and even when I'm treading water, I'm bending my knee over and over.
One of the most annoying problems I still have is my inability to sit for periods of time. If I sit (like when we're out to dinner) my knee swells and gets stiff. But that's what ice is for, right?
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