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Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by LaxMom, Jun 5, 2019.
Update, last day of visiting PT - got to 112 flexion today! Next week I start outpatient PT.
@LaxMom, you’re doing great!
What wonderful progress you are making!
Hello everyone! I have not posted for a while, mainly because I feel great and have been somewhat active. That is a good thing!
I went to outpatient PT on Wednesday, and it was the first time I solo drove my car since surgery. I drove to dinner with my husband on Sunday night. He wanted to make sure I was ok. I have been off the oxycodone for a while and all was well with the driving!
Outpatient PT was great! She had me walking for 6 minutes to observe my gait and I did the entire time without the crutches. I had been not using them around the house but was actually shocked that I really did not need them for walking. She tells me to carry one crutch with me when I walk in case I get tired, but I rarely use it now. I also got some exercises that include strengthening with elastic resistance bands - walking, leg lifts and lying down thigh lifts. They do not hurt my knee but I am getting quite the thigh work out! One other great thing that happened at PT - I was able to bend my knee to 110 without even trying at all. I could not believe it! It also is pretty straight when I do a quad set as well, so all is well in the movement department.
I started Aleve twice a day over the weekend once I was safely done with the blood thinners. Wow, what a difference that made for me! Overall swelling and pain is way down with the Aleve. And no oxycodone needed. Yippee!
I have an interesting wrinkle coming up next week. I actually have to get a colonoscopy and I cannot put it off as a recent test came back positive. This is pretty scary for me and I am trying not to think about it too much. However, starting next Thursday, I need to go off of the Aleve for 6 days until the colonoscopy is over because NSAIDS are blood thinners. I can honestly say I am not looking forward to 6 days of just Tylenol, especially since I have been feeling so great. Added to that, I have 4 days of a low residue diet and 1 day of clear liquids, not to mention nasty prep itself. Not looking forward to the food restriction as I have been trying very hard to keep well nourished through all this, which I think has really helped with my healing. I have all my protein shakes ready to go, but what a pain that will be!
Anyway, I will deal with all that next week. In the meantime, I am feeling great and am cherishing that!
Today I began using weights at outpatient physical therapy. I was so happy to be able to do that. I have not used the crutches since last Wednesday. Feeling thankful.
Woohoo! 2 more wonderful milestones!
Your update was wonderful, feel so happy for you!