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Six weeks ago.....

Friday, July 29, 2011

It has been six weeks since my knee replacement.
Everyone says I'm doing great, but I'm not so sure!!! There is still a fair amount of pain when I do therapy, I haven't been given the ok to ride my bike, and I can't completley straighten my leg or flex it as much as the Doctor wants. I am only able to straighten it to about 7 degrees and flex it to about 109 degrees (he wants me at completley straight and to at least 115 degrees for bend).
On the positive side, I am able to take Otto for short walks, make it to work every day, got rid of the crutches and cane a week and a half ago, and still doing therapy twice a day (once with the physical therapist and once on my own at home).
Maybe I'm just impatient, and expect more to happen faster. I will just keep working on it and time will tell.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
YJNANA 8/6/2011 10:30AM

    Hi, we miss you on Change is Good, Team.
Come share your experience with us. I agree, patience is a hard thing, but you WILL be 100% in time. Your a fighter and you will win this. How is your other knee doing?
I read someone mention YMCA, have you thought of joining the Y for the use of the POOL???
OR a local High School with a pool open to the Public.
think about it.

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SUNNYWBL 7/30/2011 4:42PM

    Impatient you are, just like the rest of us! No goal , however heart felt, arrives when WE want it to, but you will get there! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANDYINBC 7/30/2011 12:30PM

    Remember, your weight loss was gradual and the healing involved in this, is also gradual. You will be back and riding, walking, swimming with the best of them soon.

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CAROLANN27 7/29/2011 6:00PM

    I'll add my vote to those who say you're impatient, but you're keeping at it, and I'm sure you will be fully recovered in good time. Your getting yourself into such good shape before the surgery is really paying off now.

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TMW54812 7/29/2011 3:37PM

    Greg, if you are frustrated with your progress now, imagine if you had this before weight loss! You are way ahead because of your superb fitness level and you WILL be fully recovered soon. Keep up the great work!

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MEGA_MILES 7/29/2011 2:36PM

    My friend, you are impatient! Good for you, it only demonstrates your motivation to get better. Please remember though that your body/leg suffered allot of trauma to implant the new hardware. This will take time to heal and cannot be rushed along. Just like a fine wine or cheese needs time to reach it's potential, you will need time and continued therapy to reach your potential.

Keep up the daily work, and I guarantee you that it will get better and better.

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MRDPOLING 7/29/2011 11:25AM

    I am a slow healer. After my accident I kept having to remind not only myself but my doctors that I heal bones very slowly but eventually I exceeded everyones expectations for my recovery. But it was a year before I was back to some level of normal and over 2 more years before I stopped having 'PAIN' days.

Remember, right now you may be the tortus but even the tortus beat out the hare.

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DINGALLSTOO 7/29/2011 10:15AM

    PATIENCE!!! sounds like you are doing great.

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DIDMIS 7/29/2011 9:52AM

    Greg I had wondered about your surgery as I hadn't seen you on the team in awhile.
A friend of mine just had knee replacement. She just left the hospital and is going to a place for therapy. When she left our local TOPS group she said she should be back in two weeks. I thought that was pushing. I had hip replacment a few years back. Be patient, do all you can without hurting yourself and you will see yourself improving little by litte.
Thanks for stopping in.

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BARBARAROSE54 7/29/2011 9:34AM

    Just take it a day at a time. I think you are doing great !

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LADYANDREA2012 7/29/2011 9:21AM

    I agree with DAVEINSEOUL, I think you are impatient, and I really understand you. I had an ankle replacement, about a year and a half ago, and it took 9 months to start moving and bending it. Still I am in therapy at YMCA pool. It has help me a lot and I am doing much more better with them than with the doctors therapy because the water protects from injury and impact. But I really understand how you feel, and why you are impatient.

Take care do not push yourself, but please do not stop using your knee. Keep on with therapy and keep on with your exercise at home. Walk, walk, walk, and keep walking it will ease the pain and it will help your knee to go back to normal. For 6 weeks you are doing great, that is for sure, I can tell you.

I hope you will feel less pain soon and you will recover faster. Have a great day.

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ULTRAKING 7/29/2011 9:06AM

    I hope it really keeps healing quickly for you. Surgery is always difficult, no matter how "minor" it seems. Before you know it, I'll bet you will be back to burning it up on that bike. I hope you get better soon! emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 7/29/2011 7:50AM

    Yes, I think you are impatient. For six weeks out of surgery, I think you are making great progress. Don't try and rush it too much, or you'll set yourself back.

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