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Wednesday: PT, short session....

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

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.

Slow and steady wins the race.



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SISSYFEB48 6/10/2010 1:10AM

    You are doing incredibly well! I had my right knee replaced two years ago and I still do not really go up and down stairs normally. The other one needs replacing, but the replacement is always stiff and tight, so I am not rushing the second one. Keep up what you are doing, because it is obviously working well!
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DJS-DEBBIE 6/9/2010 9:34PM

    Wow that therapy time does seem a bit abbreviated!

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MARPET44 6/9/2010 8:45PM

    I just got caught up with your recovery blogs. ou are truly amazing. Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon

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MSWEEZER 6/9/2010 7:42PM

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MUSIC66 6/9/2010 7:07PM

    that great.

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MSLZZY 6/9/2010 5:33PM

    Getting better every day! Great!

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Rainy day...

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

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...)....

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/9/2010 5:53AM

    I hate water weight...

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LUCKYDUCK2 6/9/2010 3:36AM

    I went back and read and caught up with you. Knee replacement! I have heard that can be a rough road for healing. I am so glad you are on the mend and wish you a full recovery. Hugs

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MUSIC66 6/9/2010 3:26AM

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CATLADY52 6/8/2010 11:30AM

    Keep up the good work and have a moderate recovery (don't know how else to say 'go fast slowly so everything heals well'). emoticon

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MAYBER 6/8/2010 11:29AM

    continued recovery and best wishes emoticon

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MINDOVERMATTER8 6/8/2010 10:07AM

    Sounds like you are doing great. Keep it moving and stick with those exercises. My TKR was April 7th and the thing that helped me most was my recumbent bike. I am now doing 15 minutes morning and evening with no resistance, of course. Hope we're both back to normal soon.

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BZYBOYSMOM 6/8/2010 9:32AM

    Speedy recovery to you! emoticon

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THINAGIN2 6/8/2010 8:58AM

    Good luck on your continued recovery! I will be in the same boat before long and sure hope mine goes as well as yours has. I am having second hip replacement on the 14 th.

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Much better day today...recovery going forward...

Monday, June 07, 2010

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!!!!!



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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/8/2010 4:16AM

    emoticon emoticon Slow and steady wins this one for you. Keep up the great work.
Prayers continue for complete healing for you.

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MUSIC66 6/8/2010 3:27AM

    thats great

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MSLZZY 6/7/2010 11:35PM

    emoticonWork at it slowly and you'll be back to normal soon.

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Today was a sleepy day and am a bit down...

Sunday, June 06, 2010

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.

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/8/2010 4:18AM

    Glad that you got your medication and moving forward. Praying for you.

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/7/2010 4:09PM

    Hope you've gotten your meds and are back on track.

What is INR?

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MS5835 6/7/2010 11:55AM

    So sorry to read that you had a bad day. Hopefully, you're feeling better today. Just keep focusing on your recovery. Hope you have a good PT session. emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/7/2010 9:58AM

    Just hang in there and take it one step at a time. Sometimes the ones who get most upset are the ones we don't want to have upset at all.

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CYCLINGSANDY 6/7/2010 7:13AM

    Why is it the wife can't take time to heal, but the hubby's get all the time that they need? That happens at least in my case too, much like your's. I imagine you are in lots of pain still. Each day will get better! How nice of the Target people to fix your problem with the meds too.
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MSLZZY 6/7/2010 6:57AM

    It is hard to always have to keep the peace and let things go. That is a lot of stress but it will get better as you recuperate and are more able to get around. It all takes time but soon you'll be back to normal and DH will be more content. Hang in there! emoticon

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MUSIC66 6/7/2010 1:57AM

    just take it one day at a time.

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KAYE454 6/6/2010 10:04PM

  Good you are taking it slow today

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Still recovering...each day a little better

Friday, June 04, 2010

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.

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ZACKLE 6/5/2010 2:56PM

  thank you for your comments. I wish you too a very speedy recovery. it is funny how the things in life we find so stressful and worrisome other people don't seem to even acknowlege. my mother sent me a beautiful orchid plant, and my husband sent me a fruit basket from work. I just want to feel better and be back on my excercise spark streaks again soon and put this chapter well behind me. I wish you again a very speedy recovery and prayers to you and your husband. Alzheimers is a very difficult diseasae to live with. make sure you have strategies and support systems in place. wish you he best. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/5/2010 7:49AM

    Wishing you continued success with your recovery!

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MSWEEZER 6/5/2010 7:25AM

    Glad the recovery is going well.

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    emoticon emoticon Glad you are doing so well! Sounds like you know what to do and are doing it!

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