I can go up and down stairs with a cane (up with the good and down with the bad). Eventually (I was assured) I will be able to walk up and down stairs in a normal fasthion and was told it "will come naturally in a couple of months." My therapist said she plans to "release me from her care on Friday." I am finding my recuperation easier than with my first knee replacement but was hoping to get a little more therapy than this. I guess my range of movement is excellent and my pain level is a bit high yet and at this point I am icing while I am waiting for a belated pain pill to take effect.
After I have breakfast and spark a bit, I plan to do my PT exercises. I actually can go around a few times on the recumbent bike (takes about 5 minutes to go nowhere slowly). I am looking forward to being more independent and losing that "surgery weight." (I gained 6 lb this week...probably fluid retention...)....
The therapist told me it was good that I took it easy yesterday. I actually showed improved range of motion compared to Friday in spite of taking it easy yesterday.
On Wednesday, the therapist said I will start practicing walking with a cane (instead of the walker) and hopefully I will be able to drive in a couple of weeks and return half time to work on July 5th.
I still have a fair amount of pain but am able to go longer times between pills. Overall, I am progressing faster this time with knee replacement than last year with my first knee replacement.
Thanks to all my spark friends for your kind comments and support!!!!!
I know it is normal to have a recovery graph which does not go up constantly and today was one of those days I felt I back-slid....didn't move around much and slept a lot. Forgot to take pain medicine for 12 hours and am still waiting for 2 pills to take effect (about an hour ago and am starting to feel less pain). I am cooking some noodles for dinner and plan to do my PT exercises after dinner... but not too close to bedtime like I did a couple of days ago (I was up almost all night long with cramps, etc).
I had some added stress today as I realized (after the pharmacy closed) that Target didn't give me my refill of Coumadin (blood thinner) and so I only had one pill left last night and was supposed to take 2. I got so worried about it (it is to prevent blood clots after the knee replacement surgery) I called the on-call doctor after Target told me they didn't have a prescription for the Coumadin. He called it in right away and I found someone to pick it up this afternoon. My INR is supposed to be 2-3 but has been running about 1.2 to 1.3 so when I wasn't able to get my full dose last night I got upset about that. Tomorrow morning I will be getting a new INR level drawn and hopefully this will go up this time. I will also have my first homebound PT session (1st one was actually eval). I am already tired of not being able to drive but realize I am not ready to do so yet. My hubby is upset that I won't drive him around and I think he really doesn't understand the pain and recovery I am going through right now. He has been pouting a lot about my behavior as he is used to getting his own way most of the time. I have to stay focused on my getting better but also am trying to not aggravate him and this is becoming a difficult balancing act. I have learned not to argue about things that don't matter and if he says something wrong I have to bite my tongue and just let it pass. As a former teacher and critic I find this difficult but will have to just pretend to agree in order to "keep the peace." This too shall pass.
Blood pressure 120/70, etc.... wound healing well... etc etc...nurse visit was very positive. She will take INR again next Monday and one more time next week and then I should be off blood thinner (Coumadin) shortly after that. My legs are still quite sore when I am sitting up with leg dangling in chairs, in the car, etc for more than about 30 minutes. This is better as last week I only could last about 15 minutes. So I am seeing slow and steady improvement.
Before I go to bed tonight I will do the 5 exercises I was directed to do 20 times each. The last thing I want is excess scar tissue to develop and have limited range of motion in the knee as a result. This did not happen with my left knee when I had it replaced last year and I am anticipating good recovery in my right knee, also.