Progress Update #2
Monday, February 27, 2017
Finally, I am starting to make some good progress. My wounds still have to be constantly checked by a nurse, cleaned and treated with medicine. They are slightly smaller but are still weeping and bleeding. Some of them really hurt and others are fast approaching that awful itching stage. I don't know which is worse. There are purple scars all over the place from the wounds that have healed. They look like purple bruises. Weird!
My big news is that, today, I was able to walk up two houses and back without stopping. The physical therapist noticed that I started to weave a little when we got back to the house and he grabbed the safety belt as I tried to climb into the bed. I asked if I was weaving and he laughed and said I had been since I got back to the house. I was just so determined to reach my goal that I really pushed hard. I did it!
I never sat down in the wheel chair to rest once. Then the bad part.....I got an electric shock in the middle of my knee that brought me to tears. The shock lasted around 10-15 seconds. That doesn't sound like long but if you're on the receiving end, it is agonizing. After the shock, I had tingling in the whole area surrounding it for about a minute. The reason is.....when they make the incision, they have to cut lots of nerves and the surrounding nerves get very irritated and inflamed too. Some of the nerves are trying to heal. If you put it all together, you have a very sensitive electric feeling. I have had a lot of shocks as I increase in activity, but this was by far the worst.
My therapist moved on to stretching and bending the knee. It hurts at the beginning and then just feels uncomfortable afterward. As he was measuring my bend, he noticed that I had something sticking up from my knee. Apparently, the person who removed my stitches, missed one. That would explain the feeling that something was catching on things and pulling. I called my doctor's office while the therapist was here and explained about the missed stitch. My skin has grown up and around it so it may be difficult to remove. (It has been 5 weeks since surgery.) The doctor's office said they would send orders for remaining stitch removal to home health care. Never a dull moment! I hope the nurse can get that stitch out of there!
Once all of the activity died down, I ate lunch and took a nice nap. I feel refreshed and rested. No more drama and excitement today. I've reached my quota.