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[TKR] Better and better!

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by Mutti3, Jan 28, 2018.

  1. SusieShoes

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    Your knee does look great! I took a trip to Milwaukee at six months out that went very well. Take advantage of opportunities to elevate and, if possible, ice. I didn’t ice (and wished a few times I could have), but I did elevate and appreciated the relief. No real problems, but with the extra activity, the knees swelled a bit more at night.
     
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    Good idea to ice, I will have to buy those freezer packs from a store. Can’t pack them, I am flying. But will take every opportunity to elevate and ice!
     
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    I was on my iPad this afternoon when I discovered I had no WiFi connection in my home. The modem lights were off. My Internet was down. I panic, tried to reboot the modem, nothing. I saw the electric plugs
    , got down-on my hands and KNEEs to check. Got up and realized , I was on my knees on a hardwood floors! Wow!
    My electric,was off in the neighborhood, back on after 2hours.
     
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    Wow!!! How do your knees feel now? Are they upset with you?
     
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    That’s great, my 8 month old knee protests even when I kneel on the bed to change sheets. I’m beginning to wonder if it will ever feel okay.
     
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    Surprisingly no! I plopped down and forgot!
     
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    The left knee was replaced, the right knee has no arthritis. I can kneel on the bed, and on pad. But I never went straight down on hardwood floor without a thought.
     
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    Wow, I’m impressed. I was never able to kneel on the bed with the first TKA and wasn’t expecting kneeling to in my future. Who knows...
     
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    It's great the way our new knees become so normal they just do whatever the brain says. Stairs. Floors. Kind of amazing when you get down to it. I still think when getting down on the floor or kneeling, but I can totally see just doing it. It's good to know you can!
     
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    Suggestion for your trip. Instead of buying freezer packs at you destination try taking a couple of gallon zip locks with you. I used them to ice my knees in hotels. You could even ask the flight attendant for some ice on the plane if your knee starts to bother you.
     
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    Good idea @Chemist and cheaper! This is my first trip alone since surgery. I am not concerned about TSA. On previous trips I always seem to get the pat down! And the hand dusting. I am an old lady!
     
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    I just got back from India. Security is no issue. Tell them you have a TKR and they will have you go through the scanner. No pat down necessary - I just felt sorry for the poor folks that had to look at my scan :heehee:. My knee handled the 15 hour flight with no issues, just had to stand up periodically. I also used compression socks to help with swelling.
     
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    Wow. That is excellent progress. I have a card to carry in my wallet, a prosthesis passport. When I fly, I will show it to security.
     
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    If security are doing their job properly, they will take no notice of the prosthesis passport. They should still scan you - because those cards can so easily be forged.

    I've travelled extensively and been scanned, wanded, patted down, always with care.
    It's not a big deal, but you do need to allow extra time for going through security.
     
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    Since I started my thread later in my recovery. The only picture I took in my early days. About 3 weeks post op.
     

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    I want to add a story of having minor orthopedic surgery about 25 years ago. It has nothing to do with a knee replacement, but all to do will impatient and healing. I had a morton's neuroma removed from left foot. I foolishly thought after surgery I could pick up and do exactly what I did before. My foot remained swollen for many months , unable to wears regular shoes. I attempted to run 4 weeks later, and failed.
    I looked back at that experience over 25 years ago of pain, swelling,disappointment, and unable wear regular shoes for months. I know knee replacement is major surgery, a neuroma is minor.

    That minor surgery in retrospective taught me to be patient, and understand that surgery on a weight bearing part of the body takes plenty of time to heal.
     
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    I took the below picture last night. I am sitting on block. I will do a child pose and my husband snap the picture. Couldn’t do both at the same time. Love all your props!
     

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    That's an impressive flexion! :yes!:
     
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    Wow! I couldn't do that even before my surgery! Amazing.
     
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    The last time I sat like that was when I was about 23 and my knee got "stuck" and someone else had to pull on my leg to straighten it. It was so painful I have never dared sit like that. However I could sit with my knees out and feet pulled in and get flexion like that. Still can on my unoperated knee. Operated knee, not even close. I am impressed!
     
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