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    Could it really take two years?

    What kinds of tests are you suggesting, Mary? X-rays look good. Neither of my doctors have recommended any invasive tests on my knee. I've been seeing a rheumatologist for 9 years for Sjogren's Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that sometimes causes joint inflammation in addition to the...
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    Could it really take two years?

    I had this knee replacement so I could keep teaching for another year or two, but it just hasn't healed well. I teach Culinary Arts/Restaurant Management at the high school level and there is no way to teach that from a chair, unfortunately. I do try to sit down and use a document...
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    Could it really take two years?

    I am more than a year post-RTKR and getting ready to unwillingly retire from my teaching job because my knee just can't handle walking on concrete floors all day every day. It's warm to the touch, swells a lot and is painful. At my one year check-up my doc said he has had a few patients take...
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    TKR Done. And now the *real* work begins!

    Hi Kgal-- Thanks for the kind thoughts. We are indeed all in this together, huh? I last saw my OS at 12 weeks (a little over a month ago). I had xrays then and everything looked fine bone-wise. I am sure this is a soft-tissue healing issue that seems to be going a little more slowly for me...
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    TKR Done. And now the *real* work begins!

    Thanks to all! You have some very good suggestions and the pep talks are appreciated. I think I have just been caught a little oblivious as to how different my days are back at work. I thought of (and implemented) things like the parking spot, sending students on errands (I teach high...
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    TKR Done. And now the *real* work begins!

    I get it, I really do, and you are right. My job is far from easy on my knee. It sure is hard to remember that, at a little over 4 months, I could still be considered "early" in my recovery. It really seems like it has been such a very long time since my surgery and to fear that it will...
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    TKR Done. And now the *real* work begins!

    I haven't been around here for quite a while, but at 4+ mos. post-op, I am finding I could use some support again. I am still struggling with pain and walking, especially now that I am back to my teaching job. At this point I can't honestly say I am glad I had this surgery because I do not...
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    TKR Three days post op

    Hopper--- check with your local transit authority. Many (all?) US communities have a special service for people who cannot walk to a bus stop and/or climb the steps to get on a regular bus. It may be mandated under the ADA? Ours is called "Dial-A-Ride" and I have used this service since my...
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    TKR Done. And now the *real* work begins!

    Me, too. Thanks for finding it for me. I am afraid I was so stretched for time when I joined back up here pre-op that having an avatar was pretty low on my priority list. Since my surgery my brain has been too mushy to consider working it out, but I love this one. Thanks! Beach
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    TKR Done. And now the *real* work begins!

    My quad seems to have finally decided to join the party. I can do quad sets, move my leg laterally, and do some painful short arcs (although I don't plan to pursue those much for a while). Once I was able to get rid of the leg cuffs for the compression device I wore for 2 weeks, I was very...
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    TKR Done. And now the *real* work begins!

    My doc is Michael Vessely. I live in McMinnville, Oregon (pop. 33,000). Our small hospital recruited him when they started a 6 bed Joint Replacement Institute here 3 years ago. He has an impressive resume and often does "problem" knees, with patients traveling to work with him. I found him...
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    TKR Done. And now the *real* work begins!

    Yay! I am now 30 staples lighter and like the way my new knee looks with steri-strips instead of "bling". Swelling remains minimal--- perhaps a result of a new drug combination my OS tried with me and one other gal for the first time? Sounded like it would be inconsequential after such a big...
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    TKR Done. And now the *real* work begins!

    I didn't mean to break any BoneSmart rules by the title of my post-op thread, but I still maintain that recovery from TKR *is* work. Just hobbling my way down the hall to the bathroom umpteen times a day is work these days. Taking 3 trips from the kitchen to my recliner to carry my dinner...
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    TKR Quadriceps Problem

    I am at 15 days post-op and also still have little or no quad response. I can sort of move my leg to the side and back, but I suspect it is not the quad muscle doing that work--- rather another muscle "helping out". I am doing PT and receiving e-stim at each session and my PT says not to...
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    TKR Three days post op

    I guess I am just so tickled that 13 days ago my extension was 15 and now it is 3(almost a straight leg). I am walking better already. My doc says limping due to a knee that won't straighten out zaps a lot of energy and that I should notice a difference in my energy level at school when I...

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