I realize I owe all y'all an update. Let me begin by thanking each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers. They made a difference – I just know they did.
Robot assisted partial knee replacement surgery happened at 4 PM, January 29. I was in PT on crutches at the hospital by 6:30 PM and out of the hospital and on my way home by 9:00 PM. On drugs and introducing myself to TV binge watching and lots of dozing until my first outpatient PT this past Saturday. He worked me hard and opened my eyes to the fact that I am actually pretty weak from so many months of not being able to do very much. Had a hard time getting IN the CRV to go there - my first trip out since I came home after surgery and still under the pain block. The pain drugs weren't touching it at the end, so getting the knee to bend getting back IN the truck was a HUGE PITA, By the time I got home I was exhausted and in pretty-much agony Felt GREAT while I was doing the work, though. Did 90 minutes nonstop. Up and down a step, sit/stands, 15 minutes on a recumbent eliptical, lots of leg pull-ups with a strap, stretching and straightening the leg with an assist from PT. Working quads and gluts to support knee. Felt good to MOVE, but paid a high price.
I will go three times a week for awhile, so guess my current marching papers spell out working hard at and recovering from PT. I embrace the adage: “no pain; no gain” so this regimen is right up my alley.
I hope to be down to one crutch in two weeks and to a cane(or nothing?) shortly thereafter. I WILL be swimming laps when the outdoor pool opens the end of May. I would not advise getting in my way!
Thank you all, again, for your thoughts and prayers.