Hi Folks, My second TKR is Jan. 15. I can tell I'm getting in the mood since it's in my thoughts more each day. I was thinking that I would share the good and bad about my RTKR on Jan. 30 of this year in case it would be helpful to some of you. A big truth I have learned is that we can't compare ourselves and our recovery to anyone else. We are all starting from a different place and will have different issues in recovery. First of all, I was incredibly naive about the procedure. Although my dr. told me it would be a 10-12 month recovery, I didn't think he meant me! I could do anything! And I was just plain sick of looking like an old woman when I limped out of a Walmart trip. I did not know about the terrible pain I would have those first two weeks. The good: - Bought an elevated toilet seat with arms! Love it! Also shower chair that was great. - Had strong grab bars installed in walk-in shower. - Took shorts to the hospital so my dr. could look at my knee but no one in the hall had to see my bottom. - Had ice packs at the ready and was able to bring home the ice machine from my hospital room. - Cooked a lot of meals and froze them for my husband to re-heat. He did suggest that I might not want to make quite as much barbecue this time(!). - Used surgery as impetus to finally lose a few pounds that was sorely needed. - Put bicycle basket on my walker that let me carry phone, iPad, ice packs and drink as I moved between nests. The bad and/or really, really ugly: - Did not find Bonesmart until 6 months after surgery. - Because I was "invincible", I took a 7-hour car trip to Atlanta on day 17 after surgery. Rode with legs down, did not take ice, only stopped a couple of times, and helped clean up after the birthday party for my mother-in-law, although by then I was limping badly. Really, really STUPID! - Began a PT program right after the trip. Although my dr. told me not to "let them hurt you", I wasn't sure what was pain caused by them or my knee. They hurt me a lot. I would go, come home and ice, ice all the next day, then go back for another torture session. Actually went there for 12 sessions. I'm a little slow. More good: - Finally wised up and found another PT place. They were fantastic. I had to beg to get my ROM measured. They worked to strengthen my quad (I'm not a jock and really didn't know what a quad is). No pain there, made great progress and had lots of fun with other patients. My ROM was 125 when I finished. - I continued to ice and elevate constantly. I still put my leg up on my ottoman when I sit down now. - Started a walking program while still in PT, something I'd not been able to do for 10 years. We have casinos down here so I would valet park, walk inside to the air conditioning and set off on the carpet. There are lots of seats so I would walk a little and sit down. Started very slowly and built up. I'm convinced that the walking is what made my recovery go so well. Worked on my gait and posture. Built up to 3-5 miles daily. I was amazed. Things were going great until October when I lost control of myself and walked 7.5 miles!!! I could barely walk for two weeks and knew the left knee was gone. Time to call the dr. again. - Saw dr. to schedule surgery and ROM measured 145. We were both thrilled. Plans this time around include: - Asking for better pain control for those first two weeks. - TAKE NO CAR TRIPS! - Ice and elevate like I did the first time - it really does make a difference. - Start Miralax as soon as possible - some of you know why! - Make more gumbo and less barbecue. - Read Bonesmart and give and receive encouragement from others. I realize that a lot of folks on Bonesmart aren't too high on PT. For me, when I finally got to the right place, it worked and I'll do it again. Everyone is different. I will know that the first two weeks won't be fun but now I have Netflix and will try to learn how to use it. And knowing that there is an end to the pain will help a lot. Trying to maintain my sense of humor will help too. We January Jackpots have lots to look forward to and by next Christmas, thoughts about painful knees will be gone. This turned into an epistle but you know everything about me. Please feel free to shorten it. I'm long-winded!