TKR Mystikfairy's RTKR August 21

Oh noooo!!! Fingers crossed you stay free from covid and everyone with it recovers well!
 
This doggone covid just won't go away! Thank God it has lost a lot of its potency and is not the killer it used to be. My roommate had it and I didn't catch it, so it's very possible that you and your hubby will evade this bug, too!
 
3 home remedies that really help boost your immune system and ward off sickness:
  1. Raw organic garlic minced. swallow like a pill and chase with a full glass of water.
  2. Oregano Oil(sublingually for 3min then chase with a glass of water.
  3. 1/4 tsp cayenne w/ honey and apple cider vinegar to make 2oz. Drink quick and chase with water.
Just make sure there are no possible contraindications with any meds you may currently be on. Best to try each separately and after eating. Been using them for years with great success even when immediate family members are sick.
 
3 home remedies that really help boost your immune system and ward off sickness:
  1. Raw organic garlic minced. swallow like a pill and chase with a full glass of water.
  2. Oregano Oil(sublingually for 3min then chase with a glass of water.
  3. 1/4 tsp cayenne w/ honey and apple cider vinegar to make 2oz. Drink quick and chase with water.
Just make sure there are no possible contraindications with any meds you may currently be on. Best to try each separately and after eating. Been using them for years with great success even when immediate family members are sick.
And just make sure you don't have either reflux or a typical senior citizen gastric system; any one of these three will risk discomfort or a flare up.
 
I'm all for home remedies and I am taking note of this for certain, Thanks @Axx72
However, to those reading here, if you have any doubts due to pre-existing medical conditions, or prescribed pharmaceuticals, run this by your PCP first for a nod.

@Axx72 Do you combine these three? Or are they three separate remedies? Also, when do you take it?
Daily during cold / flu season, or at first signs of illness?

@mystikfairy61
I hope you and your husband are still feeling well!
 
Do you combine these three? Or are they three separate remedies? Also, when do you take it?
Daily during cold / flu season, or at first signs of illness?
These are three separate remedies.

Usually I will take the cayenne and oregano oil at least 12 hours apart. Although good for your metabolism, pretty sure it can be pretty hard on your system. Some remedies kill everything and can interrupt natural body floura. Oregano oil has been known to be a bit easier on the gut than other tinctures like astragalus. I have used garlic in conjunction with the other two many times. I find taking the cayenne or the oregano oil first thing in the morning and/or last thing before you go to bed at night.

I usually have some kind of ‘tell’
Itchy, ear, slightly irritated throat, sick family member. Best to use them the before you feel like you’re going to become ill.

Many times I have been surrounded by family members who are feeling lousy, and have not gotten sick at all or my round of illness has been very short.

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Sept 21,2023 1 month postop

Hubby and I have been blessed, neither of us have gotten it. Wanted to let you all know that we are good and thank you all for the concern and prayers. Brother in law is a week past his 1st symptoms so I am hoping we are in the clear.
I had been needing my hair cut and was allowed to get it done. Of course, I'm sure you know my knee isn't very happy with me about it. But it was well worth the bit of swelling I have to get this mop cut, which made me feel better. I am icing religiously to get it back down to where it was. I can feel the swelling when I stand to walk. It goes from above my incision to right below it. But as I said, it was well worth it.
Otherwise, feeling pretty good. Tummy issues are staying at bay. Energy is still a little on the low side but since I was stuck in my bedroom and couldn't really do much while he was actively ill, I am beyond ready to be able to do a bit more. Even though I want to, I'm not gonna push it for a couple more days due to the swelling. I had to push my last week of at home therapy out because of the covid so they will come next week. Then we will decide if I need to go to outpt therapy or not. I really don't think I will. I know they have the order and I was told if I needed them to just give them a call.
I am going to look at the activity level for where I am and see what I can do that I haven't been doing already.
Just to say as far as the home remedies, we have GERD so I think I will have to pass, but thanks for the ideas. I am blessed with a really good immune system and am thankful that it did its work.
I meant to mention I still have numbness in the top of my foot but my feeling in my calf has returned. Then of course I have the numbness on the external aspect of my knee, which I expected. Just trying to figure out why I have the numbness just on top of my foot but it does not affect anything. I am thinking it could be from nerve compression that took place during the surgery and that it just may continue to take time to improve.

Wishing everyone on this side of surgery a restful pain-free day and sending calm to those that are still waiting.
 
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Thank goodness you and hubby didn't catch that covid bug! It sounds like your recovery is coming along normally and that icing is helping with that swelling. Unfortunately, swelling is a common complaint with this recovery and will hang around for many months. Listening and obeying your knee will give you less pain and swelling.
 
This sister GERD-er sympathizes!!!! Makes certain postop remedies problematic too!
So glad you're doing well - the swelling sounds normal and I bet you'll not need outpatient PT!
 
Happy One Month Anniversary!
Such great news you and hubs didn't catch the virus. :happydance:
I hope you have a pleasant weekend!
@mystikfairy61
 
I have a question. My veins on my op side calf are standing out and occasionally the calf will burn. It does not hurt when I squeeze the calf muscle or flex my foot just burns on occasion when I walk. No redness or warmth. Just want to be sure it is nothing to be concerned about. Wanted to run it past others. Thanks.
 
Its worth a call to your doctor's office in case it might be a blood clot. If it is, those require immediate action.
 
I agree 100% with @WFD - don't delay.
 
Sept 25,2023 5 weeks post op

My PT came by today and I had him do the test to check for blood clot and it was negative. He told me that he did not have an ultrasound in his eyes, lol, but that his feeling is that all is well. Being they are saying that covid cases are up, I would prefer to stay away from the ER. However, he said if I wanted to get US done on it to be sure that it would not hurt to ease my anxiety. I feel confident in his assessment. I did however, start back one aspirin a day because I know the risk is there until 3 months. I feel like taking that added precaution will ease my anxiety.
I got to 95 degrees on my flexion and +2 on extension. He gave me another way to stretch gently to help with flexion. Otherwise, I still have all the normally expected things. Tightness in hamstring and tightness across the knee. Overall, very satisfied with where I am. I did ask if there was a way to add a couple more weekly checks to see if I am where I need to be, instead of having to go to outpt PT. He is going to submit the request to my doctor and said it shouldn't be a problem. Going to outpt PT has become about getting paid anymore and the more things they can get you to do, the more they make. I don't want to feel like a mouse on a treadmill and get pushed thru exercises that I know ultimately will only increase my soreness and swelling and decrease my flexion temporarily. Been thru that before, I will just do things here at home, thank you very much.

Sending healing thoughts to everyone and calm to those in the wings waiting on their surgery dates.
 
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I did however, start back one aspirin a day because I know the risk is there until 3 months. I feel like taking that added precaution will ease my anxiety.
Be sure you are elevating (toes above nose) regularly throughout the day. And, get some light-to medium compression stockings -- they really do help circulation.
 
Glad to read you received the reassurance and peace of mind that comes along with it, in re: to blood clot concern. :thumb:
A great week to you!
@mystikfairy61
 
Fri Sept 29, 2023 6 week checkup

Went to surgeon yesterday. Walked in without any assistance device. Doctor was very pleased. He asked me how my flexion and extension were. My flex was 95 on Monday but he said that from what he could tell it was possibly 100. He asked if I wanted to do any outpt PT and I told him I didn't think so. He said I was doing great and that was fine. I did mention about the veins on my legs and after looking said it looked fine. I will be seeing him in 6 weeks on Nov 9 before I return to work on Nov 13. He also released me to drive.
Numbness on my calf and part of my foot still aggravating but I know it should get better with time. I have the zingers fairly regular so I know that the numbness should continue to resolve as time passes. 6 week scar pic attached.

Hope everyone is having a good day in recovery. Sending healing hugs to all.
 

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Excellent!!!! :loveshwr:
 
I've read through all your posts and they have been very helpful to me. My TLKR was Sept. 15 so you are just a few weeks ahead of me. The main thing I saw was that it was OK for me to relax a bit and trust my body. Like a sermon droning in my ear, over and over again I have heard what flexion or extension you get at 6 weeks will be all you get. It has driven me and caused anxiety and pain. Some of my in-home PTs have been aggressive and I surely thought that if the heel slides didn't cause great discomfort or at least be bordering on pain, they were doing no good. Have there been any studies that support that one healing approach or another is the best? You have already rehabilitated one knee if I understand correctly and I'm wondering what your flexion on that knee ended up being. Thanks for your help and thanks for sharing. I hope you will continue to update us on how you are doing and your progress.
 

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