Next "Leg" on the Journey

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

In the blink of an eye, it's been 2 weeks since my total knee replacement surgery and I'm leaving rehab tomorrow. I have spent much of this time under the influence of some lovely pain meds, not a good thing to rely on long term, but they really help in this type of situation.
I wish there were vicodin in a creme or gel form so that I could just massage it into the painful places on my knee.

When I first left the hospital on the 3rd day after surgery, on a scale of 1-10, my pain was about a 14. Little by little I started using and bending my knee on my own and now the pain is down to around a 5 or 6 at worst. After a good workout, it will be a little more, but it calms down pretty quickly with ice. The PT's & OT's here work me fairly hard, which is really good for me. They keep you really busy here. I've met all my goals, including stairs and walking 100 ft with a cane.

Thanks to everyone who kept me in their prayers...

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    First of all, I laughed out loud when you said your pain, on a scale of 1-10, was a 14 when you left the hospital for rehab. I can so relate! My surgery was over a year ago, but the memory of the pain still lingers in the recesses of my brain. I honestly hope I won't have to go through it again. My pain is totally gone, but I still have some stiffness at times and even a little swellng depending on how stupid I was during the day. Other than that, I would say my surgery was quite successful. I wish you much luck in your recovery. Do those exercises, they really do help.
    2833 days ago
  • MEME102
    I loved the title of your blog!!! Definitely caught my attention - so appropriate! Yep that knee certainly looks familiar -- but after a year it will dissolve into a thin line and youll wear it as a badge of honor of NO MORE pain!! Thanks for keeping us in the know of your progress - I think you're doing great!!
    2865 days ago
  • DIANE7786
    As I scrolled through the blogs, I recognized that scar! My husband had a total knee replacement on 4/18 (13 weeks ago). He didn't go to rehab, but he had physical therapy for 90 mins three times a week for about 7 weeks. All the patients had the same scar--their badge of courage! Thought you might want to know that the pain eases with time. His knee straightens and bends well. He still has some swelling that the doctor says could take a year to disappear. He's golfing and bowling--much better scores than before surgery. You both are fortunate to live in a time when body parts are replaceable so you can have productive, relatively pain free lives.
    2867 days ago
    emoticon emoticon It's been 5 months since my surgery and I am totally pain free in the knee. Luckily I have a high pain tolerance so I seldom had to take vicodin.

    Keep up the PT you'll be up to par in no time.
    2867 days ago
    I forgot how awful my knees looked when I had my knee replacements which were done 2 years ago and 3 years ago.

    I am still having some difficulty walking on stairs but I had a major setback on my second knee replacement when I tore the quad on the incision line (interior tear) which did not require additional surgery as I thankfully did not tear the tendon, just muscle. It happened in therapy 6 weeks after surgery. My therapist did not realize how under-exercised and how weak my muscles were at the time as I had "home therapy" which consisted of a therapist coming to my home about 2 times a week. Of course, I didn't have enough equipment to do a good job and probably slacked off some without having real therapy in the office due to the fact that my husband could not drive me anywhere (his license was given up due to his Alzheimer's). I still need to strengthen the quads but I have devised a way to get down on the floor and up and again without any assistance which I finally accomplished about 1-1/2 years after the surgery. I had the added problem of not being able to use my hands after carpal tunnel and trigger thumb surgery last fall.

    I hope you don't have these problems. My surgeon said the tear would requre an extra year of recovery before I was 100% better and he was close.

    I also need to set up a regular walking program and have not done that. Hope you are more dligent than I have been because I have paid the price in pain and disability. Lately with the hot weather I have done less than usual amount of exercise (I could do it indoors) and my walking speed has gone down to about 2 mph whereas when I was regularly swimming and walking I was up to 3 mph.

    Keep up your good work and you will probably be 100% in less than a year from surgery.

    P.S. I have noticed people stare at my double scars at the pool and one guy stared so hard, I told him they were "my racing stripes." LOL emoticon
    2867 days ago
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