Hark! I haz made progress!
I went to NYC this week to take care of my Mom and was amazed to find that I have more ROM than I realized, because I was able to descend the Subway steps normally! Last time, I had to lift my hip a little, so it is a small improvement, but very real. I also walked 30 blocks or so and felt really good, plus Mrs Knee didn't get upset with me later..no swelling or tightness (til next afternoon when I really
pushed my luck because I felt so good).
While I was in the City I took Mom to get her hair done and talked to her hairdresser who had TKR about 5 years ago. I asked her what she thought of my ROM so far, and she said"That's great! At 4 months it's really too soon to have much more than that anyway". It was very reassuring to talk to someone who had progressed slowly and had not had an MUA, but who 5 years later, has full flexion with only gentle PT and exercise.
Another observation..all the stairs I do at home every day might have something to do with my tightness..In NYC it's all flat, or elevators, and it seemed to do me good to have a few days off from stairs.
I'm checking in with my surgeon tomorrow..don't know what he will think, but I am feeling really happy about my progress and that's what matters.
My energy levels are also higher..I don't have to crash for 2 days anymore when I return from NYC;today I went out in the yard and did battle with our bamboo grove and my lopper for a couple hours.
things are starting to get really good!