My Left Knee - Total Replacement Performed 11/06/12 - "It's the Bees Knees"
Monday, November 12, 2012
My Surgery was successful last Tuesday and I was discharged last Friday. It has literally been a whirlwind since then. I slept so little in the Hospital that I caught up on some over the weekend too - which is going to help for the week ahead. I have physical therapy and an in-home nurse visit later today, so I hope I get some rest. Therapy will be three times a week and nurse twice a week for the first couple-three weeks and we'll go from there.
Those of you that really know me well probably assumed that I researched knee replacements extensively and knew every possible make, model, procedure, recovery time, and expected useful life of the replacement parts - NOPE not this time. I did look up the brochure on the Stryker Triathalon Knee that my Dr installed - but that was it. I really turned the outcome of the entire operation over to God and my Medical team - which I am ever so grateful for. I hear horror stories of people with no primary care Dr or one that doesn't really "listen" - and people who cannot find a good specialist - and I feel for them. I tell you my experience because it's so rare that you hear about someone (ME) who is so comfortable with their Hospital and Drs that to me - it's just like getting another part of me tuned up. I plan to blog in much more detail about the Drs, Nurses, and other Angels in the hospital that cared for me so unselfishly and with compassion.
It's still very painful on this 6th day but I already know that the pain is worth it. In the hospital my pain was well managed - it's a bit harder to do when you're home but not impossible. The key is listening to what your body is telling you - and staying ahead of the pain, at least initially. Having to depend on my roomate for the simplest thing like getting out of the chair or off couch is not easy for the Captain of the SS Do It My Own Way Darnit! But I have to ask for help for now - took a while to get used to it. Now getting my knee range of motion and strength back so I don't have to ask for help is a real motivator.
I am soooo glad that I waited till I was near my Goal Weight to do this, I need to be able to move and build muscle during this final phases of my reconstruction. I am also blessed with a roommate and close friend who relentlessly make sure I don't skip any steps in my therapy because I think I am progressing ahead of schedule. I had to promise earlier that I would spend another hour or two on the CPM Machine when I lay down - it continously moves the knee, bending up to "#" of degrees which I adjust with remote control. The goal is to work up to 110 degree range of motion in two to three weeks. My last session I was up to 62 degrees already but each increase here on in is going to take longer to achieve. I even Iced my knee earlier after the CPM workout - and to my surprise, my knee stayed much more loose following the hour long workout it had.
I even walked a few steps around the house without the walker - I felt that confident about the strength I had gained. And frankly it's nicer to move than stand or sit still - this new movement is just the beginning my friends. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for Breakin' 3 - Sprinkin' Boogie Knee...
I haven't weighed myself in weeks, will do that as soon as I can climb the 17 stairs to my room and bathroom where the offical SprinkleScale resides. Should be later this week or early next week - and I know I will be in the 220s for the first time in 30+ years.
When I was at my worst point pain wise post surgery I had lots of people coming in and out of my room - and then there popped in my Spark EFFIEANNIE. I was balling my eyes out in pain and when I realized it was her, the tears of pain turned into tears of joy and gratitude. How cool was it to get to meet my Spark in person at them moment I needed to see a friendly face? I've learned many things since May - grown in ways I never imagined possible and achieved things which seemed like distant dreams - because I had a Spark.
What we do each day makes a difference - know it, live it, enjoy it. God bless you all - Your friend - "Sprink"