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  1. rickj

    Terrified

    Hi Molly I think I was about the same as you pre operation. For the last few months before surgery I figured I could walk about 50 steps before I had to get on crutches. By the way. All of those 50 steps were very painful bone on bone. I know you’re kind of concentrating on the imminent...
  2. rickj

    Terrified

    If I was with you, I’d hold your hand, and tell you honestly, you’re gonna do fine. The technology and drugs (once they work out what’s best for you, will get you through it) (I was done with the painkillers after 6 weeks —with bilateral). You’ve got a “mission “ in front of you and you’re in a...
  3. rickj

    Terrified

    Hello molly My name is rick I’m a year and 1/2 after bilateral TKR I’m doing very well. Walk a couple miles every day. Swim laps. Have a healthy lifestyle and pretty much all’s good Sorry that I chuckle a bit reading of your fear of needles!!! So sorry!!! I had a super gross fear of...
  4. rickj

    [BILATERAL TKR] Second Year Progress

    The wonky walking that so many of you are talking about in this thread———exactly what I went through. At 16 months post bilateral, I still occasionally say to myself “heal-toe. Heal-toe “ and pay attention to my gait. I am walking 2-3 miles everyday now, and get this ......it feels good...
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    [BILATERAL TKR] Beckaroo's recovery thread

    Hi Becks Your report brings man tears to my eyes. So proud of you. Sounds like you’re at the place of “this is the reason I went through this hell!!! I’m 1.5 years out from bilaterals ans believe it or not still improving. Walking miles and miles every week!! Thanks for sharing your story...
  6. rickj

    [BILATERAL TKR] SusieShoes' New Knees

    Susie,you are a treasure on this site. So awesome to hear you’re close to graduating with honors!
  7. rickj

    [BILATERAL TKR] Halfway there...transitioning issues<<

    I’ve had some soreness issues that are still there most of the time when I’m walking mostly downstairs. I’m 13 months out and and way way way better shape, of course then pre surgery For the last few months, while I’m driving in my truck I would work my quad just above the knees with a yoga...
  8. rickj

    [BILATERAL TKR] 9 months post op and new pain<^

    Hi DLC, So I’m 13 1/2 months cooked now. Stiffness is a minor thing now, although if I’m sitting in the car for an hour or more, I still get a little stiff and have to walk it off. It may be like this for the rest of my days, oh well! So in my recovery , For the last few months, I’ve felt...
  9. rickj

    [BILATERAL TKR] Jan 25 2018

    You said all you can really do about now is rock back-and-forth on the pedals. Advise take that as a baby step And just build on it. I can’t really remember but I probably got pretty antsy too. I’m figuring your PT has probably given you some exercises that you can do, but you know your body...
  10. rickj

    [BILATERAL TKR] Jan 25 2018

    You and I have the same BTKR anniversary date, except I am a year ahead of you. So I’ve pretty much blazed the trail ahead of you like so many others have ahead of me. This site is a godsend for us for us alarm trippers Trust me it gets better, way better. But it’s gonna take some time, and...
  11. rickj

    [BILATERAL PKR] One Year Update

    SherrieT Aha!!!! Look up tea. It’s considered a diuretic and will contribute to dehydration!!!!!
  12. rickj

    [BILATERAL PKR] One Year Update

    You’re doing really well being just one month post btkr.! I admire your drive to get back to normal, and your kick butt attitude, I certainly wouldn’t get in your way. But as advice (unsolicited as it may be), Remember to throw some “love” at your quads and related tissues. They have to heal...
  13. rickj

    [BILATERAL PKR] One Year Update

    Hope you get through that angry quad without reoccurrence...wonder if might be a slight dehydrated cramp thing?? Again for a reminder, take a look at the real or the “cartoon” version of tkr to see how brutal the surgery is to those muscles especially the quads!!! So those muscles can get angry...
  14. rickj

    [BILATERAL TKR] Marcy's bilateral TKR

    Absolute ditto to everything that you’re saying. I’ve got 13 months in the books, and yes, it is nice to be able to walk with no bone on bone pain. Myself I feel like I’m 90% there, with a bit more healing to go yet Nice going to the gym working on the stair climber machine!!!!!
  15. rickj

    [BILATERAL PKR] One Year Update

    Right or wrong, but my surgeon told me he was not concerned about me doing a lot of walking at the 2-4month span. Actually Said there’s plenty of time for walking later. He was more concerned about me working on my ROM at the time. That worked out for me. I’ve walked two theme parks with my...
  16. rickj

    [BILATERAL TKR] Beckaroo's recovery thread

    Becks, ❤️❤️❤️!!!! So proud of you!!! And high five to your hubby. My wife continues to be a huge part of my recovery. ! Keep on healing!!!!!
  17. rickj

    [BILATERAL TKR] Beckaroo's recovery thread

    Saw your post on being able to push blankets over with yer feet......woohoo!!!!! I totally get that! That’s one of those victories that stack on other victories I believe that means you’re healing !!!!! I’m still improving (not totally cooked yet), I’ve started getting the concept of speeding...
  18. rickj

    [BILATERAL TKR] Second Year Progress

    Swelling at 5 months was not unusual for me. It was at 10 months when I began to firmly have noticeably long spells of my legs feeling quite good! That was a real plateau. It gets better and better. At one year now im feeling better than I have for years! Of course I expected to be this healed...
  19. rickj

    [BILATERAL PKR] One Year Update

    SherrieT You’re doing so well! Looking back at my experience, I realize the tkr and btkr recovery is comprised of 2 parts The first part is the surgery and primary recovery dictates you,and you are at its mercy. Gradually YOU take over the recovery, and that’s where we have our real journey...
  20. rickj

    [BILATERAL PKR] One Year Update

    I’ve always wanted to warn us tkrs and btkr about the so common “regularity “ issue that strikes most of us started out on opiate pain killers Myself after a week or so-let’s say in the middle of the night, I went into “labor” and finally got relief a couple hours later, freaked out that I’d...

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