6 Weeks Post TKR
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Wow, 6 weeks already! Hard to believe it's been that long. I had a great session at PT today. They have increased all my reps on my exercises, added weights to some of them, and given me new exercises to increase flexibility. I think on Thursday they are going to measure my progress. I know I am getting stronger. I have been walking about a mile a day, doing my exercises, and have started swimming almost daily. Yesterday the pool got crowded, so I switched to the lap lanes and swam laps. I mostly do a kind of lopsided breast stroke - my knee doesn't always cooperate with what I want it to do, but I think the water is really helping. And swimming gives me a gentle all over workout. I've noticed that on days when I swim, I can SLEEP! It's amazing to go to bed and actually sleep for 3-4 hours at a time.
I'm still having problems with sitting. I went to the movies with my daughter and friends last Friday, and despite getting up and walking around a couple of times, I had a lot of swelling. I iced it when I got home, but still had swelling the next day. Not much I can do about it, except keep elevating and using ice. I am proud of the exercise I'm doing - I can feel myself getting stronger every day.