RTKR 11-28-18 Little background on myself...a basketball injury to my right knee occurred in 1977 with surgery in 1978. ..I've known all my adult life that 1 day this knee would need surgery again. Well here I am...57 years young with major joint surgery. I've been a nurse for over 20 years and my ortho doc said it's time! I joined the gym 3 months prior to surgery hoping to get my right thigh as prepared for what was to come. Needless to say, I don't think anyone can truly prepare themselves for the aftermath of a TKR! First off in the hospital, no PCA pumps are currently being used due to some type of shortage and my nurses did not keep my pain under control that first 24-36 hours. It was pure hell. The exercises and discussions given to me from PT sent me home feeling like a failure because a week out, ...I'm still not able to do a small simple leg lift withh my right leg. I'm thankful to have found this site because in reading here it has helped me realize I need to relax and give my leg healing time before worrying over how well I can bend and straighten my leg or lift it off mattress. My 2 week follow-up is Dec. 11th ...and I will see what my Dr. thinks about my recovery this far and when and how PT will be involved. I've had several pain meltdowns and just want to start feeling normal again!