Monday, July 04, 2011
My surgery went well. All the new parts fit and are in place. Now all I have to do is the rehab so I can get back to the activity level I was at before and then move forward.
Actually I got home last week, but was very surprised how much the surgery took out of me, and how much pain is involved. Today is the first day I have even sat at my computer long enough to write anything. I can't imagine how it would have been if I had not gotten myself into the condition I was before going in. I would probably still be in some rehab facility trying to get strong enough to go home.
I was in the hospital for about 4 days, then stayed with my sister and brother-in-law for a few days before I drove back home. The 180 mile drive was surprisingly easy!!! I did stop in Grand Forks (about half way home), which helped. I had to stop there at the bike shop to order my new one!!!! Ya, I'm a little crazy, but I just thought I would need a faster, more road type bike when I get all healed. I'm really looking forward to getting it and being able to really go riding!!!!! I'm already planning my goal for October. Since I won't be running a 5K by my 60th birthday, I have changed my plans and am going to work on a 60 mile ride on that day!!!!
Back to the knee. The Doctor said things went well although he had to put in a couple more screws than usual (something about a crack in part of one of the bones where the attachment was made). I started therapy the day after, and by the time I left the hospital I had 88 degrees of flexion in the joint. Now I am going to therapy here twice a week and doing exercises at home. The therapist says I'm doing fine (that makes one of us!!! LOL).
I still spend most of my time with the leg elivated and ice on the knee, but I think I can see some improvement daily. It wil be a week or two before I can go back to work and I still have trouble sitting at my computer for very long, but I will get back soon, I'm sure.
I'm glad it is over and I want to thank all my Spark friends for their prayers and well wishes. Knowing some one cares makes everything a lot easier.