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.