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What I Learned While at Home Recovering from Knee Surgery

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Some of you know I had a total knee replacement March 18th, 2013 so here's some things that I learned a long the way.

1. NEVER schedule any surgery the day after St.Patricks Day if you are Irish...(what the heck was I thinking?)

2. It is totally possible to gain a ridiculous amount of weight in a short period of time.

3. There are too many court shows on tv..I could have a degree in law I swear!

4. I could have easily re-addicted myself to World of Warcraft. Luckily I couldn't sit at the computer too long! Hehe

5. Always, ALWAYS, try on your work clothes (and jeans) periodically to make sure you can still fit in them. Not cool finding out the DAY you go back to work. Take my word for it!
(Some dummy I know wore gym shorts and sweats with the elastic waist band the entire time she was recovering--huh? what?!!)

6. Make sure your significant other knows how to cook. Nutrition is vital!
Mine knows how to pick up Blubber King on the way home from work. Cooking? Eh, not so much. Though he did make pretty good scrambled eggs for me once....who knew ??

7. Percocet is NOT your friend.

8. My FAVORITE days were when my family and friends came by for a visit, texted or called to check on me.
It was during this time of vulnerability, that I realized HOW important family and friends are and I'm so happy to have them in my life.

So there ya go...Some important observations and lessons learned for any future surgical procedures. Hopefully you will not have to go through any of this. Keep your parts for a long as you can! I'm finding out the fake ones aren't nearly as good as the real ones though I'm glad I finally had it done.
If you've had surgery and learned a thing or two while you recovered, feel free to post away. I love reading the comments !

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  • OOLALA53
    I was lucky. Everyone cooperated with bringing only smart food. I ate better that month than many in previous years. (Now I eat like that almost all the time, but it took a few years to get it right.) Plus, I live alone and it was just too hard to get up and down to eat! I don't want to depend on being in pain anymore to keep from overeating. The pleasure of hunger and satiety work just fine now.

    Hope your recovery is progressing as it should! Including lessons learned.
    1736 days ago
    1 my daughter had her pacemaker put in two days before thanksgiving no doctors or nurses around 2 you can gain quick without surgery3,4 lol 5 make sure dress clothes fit before you go to the funeral and cant breathe or move 6 before surgery if you can cook and freeze your own good stuff ,people only drop off blubber food.7 when I pulled my rib cage tripping on the dog the doctor only gave me a few Percocet and then no more ,He was my favorite doctor lol no he still is. even though I was still in a ton of pain that aspirin did nothing for . Here is one you did not list do not babysit someone's kid the day after surgery. and don't decorate the tree if you are not supposed to lift your hand over your head. lol. I am so glad you are doing better . fun important blog.
    1802 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I can definitely relate to some of your issues. I had a shoulder replacement after a nasty fall in 2011. Although my family was awesome with keeping up with cooking and laundry...I did find it extremely boring to not be able to get out of the house. I "lived" in a lazy boy for several weeks even sleeping in it because a bed was not comfortable. I woke up many times watching anything on cable including infomercials. I have not watched another one since regaining my mobility and strength.

    I didn't gain any weight because I felt so bad so often I did not eat much. Also, I only had one hand/arm to use so many times it was just too hard to eat. Although hubby did cut my meat, since I couldn't.

    I am so happy that you are recovering. emoticon
    1804 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/17/2013 12:20:36 AM
    emoticon Very Valuable Lessons, but I hope none of us NEED to use them any time soon, LOL!!
    1805 days ago
    I totally agree with no. 3, 6 and 8 of your blog! I had my first knee replacement three years ago and most recently the other knee on Dec. 10th.

    I actually lost weight, so my clothes were fitting great when I went back to work, but I sure did gain that back fast!

    I had both my surgeries done in Dec. right before the holidays, it was best for me because I didn't have to take as many sick days, but I sure was depressed, all of my friends were enjoying the holidays and I was holed up in my house by myself in pain. Very depressing!

    Another thing I learned was that pushing yourself to get back to work after only 4 weeks just isn't worth it, I could have used another week or two if I had had the days to spare.

    My dh can't cook, so I froze a lot of meals before I went into the hospital and he brought home a lot of fast food too unfortunately.

    I also realized that even though I had the same surgeon each surgery and recovery was totally different.

    The best days were not having to wear those darn socks anymore, getting the staples out and the day that I could drive myself somewhere!

    Hoping I won't have to go through this again. I enjoyed your blog and it made me giggle! Thanks!
    1805 days ago
    LOL yeah the spanx for your leg or leg girdle....fun times emoticon
    1805 days ago
    And those sock put-er on-er things are one of the greatest inventions ever! emoticon
    1805 days ago
  • ALICIA214

    Glad you are on the mend......time now to emoticon

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    1805 days ago
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