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Back to work 7 weeks after knee replacement

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Yesterday was first day back after 8 weeks of being gone (1 week of vacation before surgery). My cubicle was increased in size while I was gone. There was a revamping of the floor plan while I was gone. Couldn't believe how many emails there were from 8 weeks. Lots of work flow changes, too. emoticon

  
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THENEWJOSIE2 7/28/2009 9:45PM

    Take it slow ... dont overdo it!

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MOTOMOMOF2 7/28/2009 1:24PM

    Hope all things are good for you. Take it easy

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MAXFOCUS 7/28/2009 9:59AM

    It is amazing how fast things pile up at the work place. That is pretty neat that your cubicle size increased - don't hear of that happening very often. Wishing you a good work week.

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NJDIETZ 7/28/2009 7:14AM

    Hope everything keeps going well with that new knee. It sure gave my father a new lease on like not having all the pain, etc. emoticon

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Back to work 7 weeks after knee replacement

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Thank goodness I am working only half days for now. Today will be my second day back to work. It was nice to see my old cubicle (they made it bigger while I was gone). Gotta get going so I am not late this morning. First day back went well. emoticon

  
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BIGT_56 7/28/2009 10:47AM

    Wow, they made your cubicle bigger...they must have really wanted you back! Are you glad to be back to work? I am sure it will be a little rough a first, so just take it slow and easy.

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6 weeks since knee replacement...doing great

Thursday, July 23, 2009

I am able to slowly use the exercise bike and get my feet all the way around. Though there is still pain with this, it is much improved. I am not using a cane or walker any more and can go up and down stairs normally, though slowly. I am so relieved that my motion is considered "normal" and I quit worrying about getting a frozen knee with scar tissue. I think I will wait until next year to do the other knee. I am feeling mentally better being almost completely off pain killers, even though I wake up every 2 hours during the night from knee pain. However, I realize that when bones are cut it takes quite awhile to be pain free (still have some discomfort from thumb joint replacements 1-1/2 and 2 years ago). I am grateful I have fantastic health insurance and reached my out of pocket maximum after only $500 of the $30,000+ expenses for this knee replacement. Hope my insurance is this good next year, too. emoticon

  
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BIGT_56 7/23/2009 11:04PM

    emoticon emoticon Teddy!
I am so glad to hear that things are getting back to normal. It does take a long time to get over knee surgery and I for one think you are making remarkable progress. Keep up the good work!

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KAT7457 7/23/2009 9:03PM

    thats great news you come along way. keep up the good work. congrads. hugs Kat

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5 weeks since knee replacement

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I am tired of having pain, but now my other pains (besides the surgical site) are beginning to rival the surgery pain so I guess that is a sign I am recuperating. Saw my internist today and she prescribed Celebrex, but pharmacy said they had to get insurance company approval. Hope that doesn't take too long or I might have to settle for a different drug (read "cheaper."). I got over tired today and took a 2 hour nap this afternoon. Now I have to force myself to go for a walk around the block to "loosen up." Gotta do those ROM exercises for my knee, too. Will probably be icing for quite awhile this evening. I find it amazing that I will be expected to return to work 4 hours per day in about a week from now. emoticon

  
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MAXFOCUS 7/15/2009 12:48PM

    Sometimes you just have to take a nap. I am glad to read that you are recuperating. I hope your progress continues.

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DOITALLMOM 7/15/2009 9:47AM

    I have been on Celebrex for a while now with pain. Because I am under 60 years old, BlueCross will not cover it. I know it is quite expensive, ask for samples. I have taken it for about 4 months now and have not had to pay yet. Due to Acid Reflux, I can not take any other anti inflammatory... so Celebrex it is, with Prilosec too! Good Luck!

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TEXQUILTMAMA 7/14/2009 5:52PM

    Hi,
Aren't those knee replacements so much fun..I am glad that I was not working and had to go to work after having one..It took me over 6 months to get over them..It sounds like you are doing awesome..Keep doing thos rom exercises as they really do help it from freezing up or scarring down..Take care I will be thinking of you, as one knee survivor to another..I have had both of mine done ..One is great and one is not..Keep moving..Hugs! Joyce

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KAT7457 7/14/2009 5:48PM

    Glad you are doing well. keep up the good work. hugs kat

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ALMMOM 7/14/2009 5:46PM

    Glad you are healing up well.

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4+ weeks since knee replacement...doing well

Friday, July 10, 2009

I won't say it doesn't hurt but it is getting better. I went swimming yesterday and didn't even bring my cane (wished I had it, though). I drove myself to the pool and the walk to the locker room was further than I remembered. I mostly walked in the water but did do a few length of the pool with back stroke and front crawl. Also did some ROM exercises at the edge of the pool. Next time I swim I will use the therapy pool where I work as I got chilled because I couldn't move as fast in the water as previously. The pool therapy will be a nice change from the boring walk around the block, but I plan to do that at least once a day, too. Plan to go to my workplace today to say hi to everyone (probably will bring my walker as it is quite a long walk from the ramp to my work area. I am supposed to go back to work in about 2 weeks half time. I have quite a ways to go and am having trouble getting that range of motion back in my knee but know I have to force myself past the pain. emoticon

  
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GAEA3070 7/11/2009 3:40AM

    I'm happy for you, Teddy.

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BIGT_56 7/10/2009 5:13PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am so happy you got to go back to swimming Teddy. That therapy pool will be better. Warm water is always a good thing for aches and pains.
Just keep doing what you are doing and you will be back to your full range in time. It takes a while to get everything back after that kind of surgery.

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