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8 Weeks Post TKR

Thursday, July 25, 2013

2 months since my surgery! I feel like I hit a milestone. I still have one week left of PT. I will miss it when I'm done. Most of the exercises I can do at home, but there's a sense of security in having someone help you and measure your progress. I have been doing a lot of swimming (water walking, stretches, exercises, treading water, etc) at the Y and I think it's really helped. Yesterday I finally got to a 120 degree bend! That was my goal (although I'm going to keep working towards a better bend), and I was so happy to finally get there. I'm still at a -3 on straightening, but it's getting there. I saw my surgeon yesterday and he's really happy with my progress. He cleared me to go back to work, but only half days the first week since I teach kindergarten and am on my feet all day. I go back on the 14th of August and will probably be released for full time then, depending on how the first week goes. I'm relieved because I can start with my kiddos, but come home and ice and elevate my knee. I'm sad about summer ending. I spent my whole summer recovering from surgery, but I'm looking forward to a school year with my kiddos that doesn't involve constant pain like last year.
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    Sylvia, thanks for the timeline. I'm still in the "my world revolves around my knee" stage. It is getting much better, and I'm looking forward to getting to the point where my knee is just a part of my body and I don't wrap my life around it. I know they told me that's the way it would be for the first 3 months, I just didn't quite believe it. It seems like such a long recovery, but then I have the rest of my life without dealing with debilitating pain, so that's a great trade off.
    1511 days ago
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    Congratulations on such a great milestone!

    I did one of mine in the summer, one in the winter, and then again in the spring due to my complications. The only thing that really made a difference is my fear of walking on the ice and snow.

    I remember reading research about TKRs when I went through it. The first 2-3 months is when. Your life is all about the knee. Up to six months, you are still thinking about it a great deal, looking out for it and having some regular health care. For the last 6 months of that first year, you stay aware of it m much of the time even though the attention is past n that you are managing it well. I thought having a time line help me with my own nervousness and anxiety about it.

    Keep on taking care of yourself, be gentle with your knee as you move into the coming school year.

    Gentle hugs,
    1512 days ago
    I am so happy for you!!
    1512 days ago
    What great news! So glad you can go back to work when school starts. That is perfect to be able to do half days. I think it will be good for you. Even though I sit all day at a desk, I think I should have done that the first week back too. It was really hard and I came back to work after being off only 4 weeks. Looking back I don't know how I did it. Just had to! Pure determination!
    Just pace yourself, don't try to do too much.
    1516 days ago
    1516 days ago
    Thanks so much! I'm really glad I had it done in the summer. I suffered all last year because I couldn't take that much time off work. And I'm glad I have several months to go before I have to worry about walking on icy sidewalks. I love hearing from people who've been through this- it makes me realize that my progress is normal, it does take time, and it does get better. Having the doctor say it is one thing, having people who've gone through it makes it real. :)
    1516 days ago
    It is a long haul (i.e. for you, the whole summer), but I can say, you chose the right time of the year to have the surgery done. I had mine done on 24 December 2007 (yup . . . Christmas Eve . . . no choice) and it is more difficult to recover in the winter, IMHO, and very difficult to get out if there's snow or ice for fear of slipping or falling on ice or snow. So, count your blessings. SO glad to hear of your progress. THAT'S what it's all about. I still do my exercises almost 6 yrs. later! So, keep them up. IT makes a difference.

    The leg straightening will come. I think it took about a year of steady work before I could straighten my knee totally. Don't get discouraged. It will come.

    1516 days ago
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