The 24th of March is the 3rd day without pain medication and laxatives. I am hoping that continues. I am getting more used to walking with a cane, but have always preferred a crutch. The orthopedic surgeon and pt say the cane is preferred to a crutch. I still have the walker as well if we are out around people. I don't want to get bumped into. We have had beautiful spring weather, and that alone brightens the day. My sister has been a great support to me. She has stayed with me since the surgery, and is solely responsible for the cooking. It was especially important in the early days just after surgery, because without her, I wouldn't have had the stamina or strength to do that on my own. My appetite is very good, and her cooking has been an important part of my recovery. My first pt appointment is Friday March 29th.