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  1. Carole4815

    [TKR] Aug 20 hard work.

    Your swelling could go down at any time! Mine went down a couple of weeks ago, I think. All the swelling is not gone yet, but really most of it is gone. Activity still makes it swell temporarily, until after I ice for a while. Like lovestocookandsew said in her post, each knee is different.
  2. Carole4815

    [TKR] Done and dusted

    For me, the staple removal didn't hurt at all. I know, I was told that too beforehand and didn't believe it, but it really didn't hurt. They use a specialized tool to do that. There's a picture of it and explanation of how it is done, in this bonesmart article (a little over halfway through the...
  3. Carole4815

    [TKR] Macknit's recovery thread

    Hey, I was up at 3 AM too, icing and elevating!! Had I only thought of the fact that others were up too, I would have checked the forum. :snork: In my case, after trying to sleep for four hours (with minor pain that seemed amplified in the dark), I went to my recliner, hooked myself up to the...
  4. Carole4815

    [TKR] Tykey's second knee replacement

    +1 Me too!! We 71-year-olds aren't done yet, that's for sure. More adventures await!
  5. Carole4815

    [TKR] Tykey's second knee replacement

    @Tykey, that is so terrific that you are driving already!!! Wow! I am in my tenth week, but still getting a kick out of driving. I was out driving alone this morning, going to get some routine lab work done. But get this: On the way home I STOPPED FOR GASOLINE. Ha. All by myself. I left my...
  6. Carole4815

    [TKR] Just had TKR

    I moved from my recliner to sleep on my bed for the first time at about 8 weeks, like @sondrals . I just didn't want to before then, because I felt overly protective of my knee and the recliner enforces back sleeping. For the next week or so, I was sleeping part of the night on my recliner, part...
  7. Carole4815

    [TKR] Aug 20 hard work.

    It is so easy to feel depressed and down during this recovery, and having swelling like that would sure trigger it for me, too. :console2: Ice, elevate, and rest, and you know it will un-swell! There will be plenty of time to ride your recumbent bike later on after you have healed a bit further...
  8. Carole4815

    [TKR] The long and winding road - round 2

    Exhaustion can make us feel depressed. That was a lot of activity for 9 days after your TKR, so congratulations on doing all that! But it sounds like it might have been slightly too much since it was very tiring, and now you need to rest and sleep until you re-gain your energy. :console2: I...
  9. Carole4815

    [TKR] Sondrals’ recovery

    My mother had awful knees, but nobody else in my family did. Her knee problems started in her early 20's. By 1989, when she was age 80, she was told she needed two TKR's but refused to have it done. In my case, landing on my knees after a fall off a loading dock in 1997 was the start of my knee...
  10. Carole4815

    [TKR] Sondrals’ recovery

    Congratulations on having such a great appointment, and getting your surgeon to agree that it's time to schedule knee#2!! :yes:
  11. Carole4815

    [TKR] Problems at 20 weeks post knee replacement

    I didn't have that, and I don't have any ideas of what it could be. If that happened to me, I'd be concerned about it too!! I'd probably have my orthopedic surgeon take a look at it.
  12. Carole4815

    [TKR] Carole’s recovery thread

    @judgar , BRRRR!!!! If it was me, I'd turn up the thermostat but even then, it would seem cold in shorts. In fact, this knee sensitivity to being touched, is one of several reasons why I am putting off knee #2 until springtime. I can't imagine not wearing shorts after a TKR.
  13. Carole4815

    [TKR] Carole’s recovery thread

    @Rather , I live close to Harahan! In fact my dentist's office that I described driving to, is in Harahan. Harahan seems like a really nice place, although I have never lived there. But as for drive through daiquiris, I'll pass. As weird as it probably seems, I don't drink, not for religious or...
  14. Carole4815

    [TKR] Done and dusted

    I agree with Tykey that pain control is so important in dealing with the early recovery period. Even though I am 71 years old, and live alone, I was so happy to return home on Day Two, about 27 hours after my TKR surgery was over. I am sure that having very little pain really helped, plus an...
  15. Carole4815

    [TKR] Tykey's second knee replacement

    @Tykey , your progress has been terrific! I would imagine that my flexion is about the same as yours, although it hasn't been measured for over a month. Like you, I have no use for 140 degree ROM. Maybe if I was a 16 year old gymnast I might feel differently, but all I really need is enough to...
  16. Carole4815

    [TKR] Carole’s recovery thread

    @Macknit , good idea to have some spots identified where you can pull over on the way, just in case! That is a very smart approach to resuming a long commute, in my opinion. It's helpful to know that the high percentage cotton pants are not as irritating to a TKR scar as other pants might be...
  17. Carole4815

    [TKR] Sondrals’ recovery

    @sondrals , congratulations on being able to sleep on your side and stomach! That is terrific. Also, sleeping 12 hours is amazing. If you are *thinking* that you can walk like a normal person, then even if you can't right now, maybe you will be soon? It sounds like something in your mind is...
  18. Carole4815

    [TKR] Carole’s recovery thread

    @judgar , I haven't tried wearing long pants yet because we are still having highs in the 80's here in New Orleans. Right now it is 85F, for example, so as always, I am wearing shorts. But my knee is pretty sensitive, like yours. It does not want to tolerate anything touching it. I am sure that...
  19. Carole4815

    [TKR] Carole’s recovery thread

    :heehee: :rotfl::loll::rofsign:@luvcats , I thought maybe people would get sick of all the toilet talk. But you're right; we've all "been there done that" and had those same problem with low toilets after TKR. Also the toilet at my dentist's office had nothing nearby to hang onto, except a...
  20. Carole4815

    [TKR] Done and dusted

    I never heard of that before! I have no idea. In my case, I didn't want to sleep on my side during the early days because I was afraid it would hurt a lot. Also for some reason I didn't know how to easily get onto and off of my bed during those early days (couldn't lift my right leg). So, I...

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