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We have coots around us, but I have never seen the babies. I'll pay more attention in the future.

I think standing in one spot is the worst. I try to keep stepping back and forth if I have to stay in one place for a few minutes.
 
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@bikinglynn theres just about a 10 day period when the babies look like that & they tend to stay in the reeds so hard to spot......worth the time spent looking tho I think.

@sistersinhim i should have done marching or something but I was so intent on the birds that I didn’t think of my knees until it was too late.
 
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This Mon will be 9 weeks. It’s interesting that I find myself forgetting my knees- I was good about icing & elevating but now tonight I sat down in the evening & realize I haven’t iced or elevated all day. Does this mean I can stop icing them? Or is icing helpful for the healing process?

Today I walked over 2 miles - found a nice trail at the end of a dead end road a few blocks from my house & explored it....went up & down hills that I never would have managed before my knee replacements! Attaching photos. Have I mentioned how happy I am to have done this ?!? Next plan is to buy a small RV- that was part of my plan when I sold my farm. I set aside money & if I didn’t use it in my recovery I’d buy an RV If I felt able to use it.

there are times when I feel almost guilty that my recovery has gone so well when I read of other people’s struggles. I feel as though I should post my story as I know when I was looking for information, seeing success stories gave me hope.
 

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What beautiful walks, :flwrysmile: it's great for one moral knowing that now you can do all the things you had trouble doing prior to your surgery - I'd say go get that RV and enjoy life and your knees to the fullest.

Regarding icing,:ice: I now only ice when I have overdone things, it really does help with the swelling especially after exercise, but on the whole I tend to forget unless my knee swells up.
 

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It is great that you continue to do so great. The pictures are very nice, I am glad you can now go outside easily.
I am on the same schedule as yourself and I am also progressing very fast.
Meet with my OS this week, he was impressed with my knee's ROM and said I am free to do anything but jogging, see you in 10 months.
 

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There's nothing as peaceful as walking out in nature! That paved walkway is a blessing, making it so much easier to walk. The lake added to the wonderful peace of your walk. That area will be something to look forward to seeing frequently.
 

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Beautiful photos! Enjoy your walks while you get stronger and stronger. :walking:
 
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It will be 10 weeks on Mon & I no longer think about my knees when I’m about to do anything ( other then stairs ). My plan when I sold my farm & scheduled my knee replacements was to be able to travel, so I set aside money to use if my recovery took longer then expected & would use it towards purchasing an RV if I didn’t use it up. I’m scheduled to go back to work on June 15 so started looking for an RV. Yesterday I drove 2 hours, looked at one & bought it! I’m super excited for the next adventure of exploring the Pacific Northwest on my days off with my dogs! I was able to climb all over it & drive it with no problems & driving 2 hrs there & back gave no trouble either. My only lingering problem is fatigue, but I suspect that’s just from having surgery of any kind & not specific to knees. They do get stiff at times, but the pain is gone!
 

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Oh my, what a awesome goal you have reached! Congratulations!!! Enjoy that RV and exploring God’s beautiful creation!
 

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Hi Pam. I have enjoyed reading about your progress and your pictures. I had TKR in left knee March 5th and my recovery is going well. Were you in a good physical shape before surgery?
Congratulations with your RV!
We are living in a caravan and really enjoying the freedom, and the nature here.

Thanks for sharing your progress & recovery, I wish you all the best. Enjoy your new knees and RV :flwrysmile:
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Congrats on the great recovery so far and the recent purchase of your RV. I am certainly looking forward to my bilaterals whenever that will happen and hope I have the success you have had. We own a travel trailer now and have travelled coast to coast across Canada with it. Sure is a great way to see the country.
 
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Hi Pam. I have enjoyed reading about your progress and your pictures. I had TKR in left knee March 5th and my recovery is going well. Were you in a good physical shape before surgery?
My surgery was planned on long before it happened so for about 6 months before I was riding the exercise bike daily,getting up to about an hour/day & I lifted weights to build upper body strength as I knew having both done at once I’d need good upper body strength. Since I had been unable to walk longer then 1/4 mile for so long I wouldn’t say I was in great physical shape but it was as good as I could get it before surgery
 
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Congrats on the great recovery so far and the recent purchase of your RV. I am certainly looking forward to my bilaterals whenever that will happen and hope I have the success you have had.
best wishes on your future surgery! I hope you have a great success too. This has given me my life back!
 
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Today was my 12 week follow up visit with my surgeon. He was pleased with my progress & wont need to see me for 9 months. He asked how I am with stairs & I didn’t know because I only have one step at my house. He suggested I try their stairs in the lobby ( I always take the elevator Out of habit just because I’ve not been able to do stairs other then one step at a time & even then with great difficulty & pain). I went out there & walked down the stairs, 2 flights , just like a normal person with NO pain!!!!! Yesterday’s walk was 3 miles, up & down hills . Today is rainy, so exercise bike only (& mopping my floor). I rarely ever think about my knees anymore & haven’t felt a need to ice them lately.The only weird thing left is the numb areas, but that’s a small price to pay for the ability to walk & go up & down stairs with no pain. I’ve been walking my good dog every day & training my wild child young dog- they both love it. This week is a camping trip & I get to go back to work! Once I’ve gotten a pay check or two,I will be looking at getting a bike again- sold my last one as it was frustrating not to be able to get going as my knees would hurt so bad & id fall over. Have I mentioned how happy I am to have had this done!?!?
 

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@pamsknees What a great report! I had my three month check up today too, and it went great. I can’t do stairs like you can, though. We have two flights of stairs in our house, and I can go up like a grown up (but still with some difficulty), but going down? Nope, not yet! I do keep trying, and trust that one day it will just happen. Best wishes as you continue to enjoy your new knees!
 
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@Wolvesfan - I bet you’ll be going down the stairs too soon! It was a complete surprise to me that I was able to do it. I was so excited that I wanted to jump up & down & scream .
 

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