Progress Update #20
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Monday, I had my visit with my orthopedist as a follow up to last Wednesday's urgent care visit. Last Wednesday, my knee still looked angry and was red, hot and sore. After 5 more days of a strong antibiotic as well as more bed rest and ice, it now looks a lot better. That being said, it is still very warm and pink. I finished my antibiotic on Sunday. The orthopedist said that it looked better but not great. He said the numbness below the knee is coming from the area where I have all of the scar tissue from the open wounds I acquired during my surgery in January. (Still after all of this time, nobody will acknowledge where they came from. Gr-rrr!). I'm sure that he didn't mean to share that little tidbit with me but I'll save it for a later date.
It all boils down to whether we killed the infection or not. I am supposed to do some normal activity and then get off my leg. Ice and reducing the swelling are my targets. I am not supposed to do any workouts or spend large amounts of time with my leg down. Physical therapy amounts to ultrasound and ice. If the knee flares up again I have to go to the emergency room at a hospital for IV antibiotics. Scary stuff.
My therapist is being very cautious because my knee is still pink, warm and swollen. I'm sure it is a delicate balancing act for her. Yesterday was my first therapy session. If I had followed what the orthopedist originally told me, I would be is big trouble. He wanted me to start therapy right away and work the knee. That would have been a disaster. I cancelled all of my therapy last week based upon a second and third opinion and I was right. (I love being right sometimes!). When I saw the orthopedist on Monday, he totally changed his opinion. Once I'm finished healing, I really need to give him the old heave ho. He has really lost my trust but I have to finish with the knee and be released before leaving the practice.
I am in a tough position right now. I need to figure out why I keep falling. My physical therapist will help me with some of it. I think I may need to see a neurologist to rule out any other issues. Falling isn't something to play with and it scares me.