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1st overnight camping trip yesterday & coming home today. Lots of walking & these stairs down to the beach- in the past I would not have been able to go down those. Today, I walked down, did lots of walking around, walked back up , lots more walking around, drove home & no pain!
 

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Wow, really happy for you, :happydance: it feels so good when we see a big difference in our lifestyle, it makes having gone through the earlier weeks of pain and discomfort worth it. Enjoy all your adventures :flwrysmile:
 

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It is great to hear how good you are doing. I also have got to the point where I forget about my new knee.
Get out all you can and enjoy the new camper!!
 
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I just realized it’s been awhile since I checked in . I’ve gone back to work & that’s been exhausting - I think more from wearing a mask & face shield all day along with learning a new software update than from my knees, but who knows....I do know it’s a year to fully recover so maybe exhaustion is my lingering side effect .It has been nice being back as I really enjoy my job. No pain at all from my knees - it’s so nice walking up & down the hall all day without pain! My job involves sitting & standing & walking so probably ideal for knee recovery. At this point I rarely think about my knees unless someone asks me. it’s so nice to live life not limited by what my knees can do!
 

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Your job sounds almost perfect for rehabbing knee replacements. It sounds like it's working well for you. The exhaustion, unfortunately, is normal. It takes quite a while to recovery that, especially with a bilateral.
 

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Catching up to your recovery @pamsknees - so lovely to hear how well you are progressing and that you are able to get out and enjoy life so much more!!
 
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When my knees got so bad, I gave up bike riding as I couldn’t get going & would fall over. I sold my bike & haven’t been on one other then the stationary bike in years. My new home is just a few houses down from a bridge that leads to hundred of miles of beautiful bike trails, many along the Willamette River. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to ride yet so I went for a test ride at a local ebike store. I had a blast & bought one. Today it was delivered & I rode 15 miles- so MUCH fun!! I had to come home to get laundry done & grocery shop but am hoping to get another ride in today. No knee pain at all! I’m so very glad I had my knees relaxed & did both at once. Life is good!
 

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@pamsknees ... What a great update! I’m really interested in an e-bike. May I ask what model you chose?
@Wolvesfan i went to my local ebike store & test rode 4 models. Each had a very different feel to it. The one I bought was a used 2019 BH Easy Motion Evo Street Pro. I would not have known which I preferred without riding. I love love love it! Just came back from my second ride today - just a short 5 mile ride. Living just off the miles of bike trails along the river makes it very easy to go.
 
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That new ebike is really something! I can’t believe how much FUN it is to be bike riding again. I just want to ride all the time . I feel like a kid with a new Christmas bike! My question is - can I overdo it & damage my new knees? I’ve done so well, & I sure don’t want to ruin anything. Last night I came home after work & rode 7.5 miles - so this week I’ve ridden 32.5 miles. I have no pain & no swelling, but am not sure if I need to limit how much I ride.
 

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As long as your knees aren't having increased pain and swelling, then you are probably doing just fine. I envy you. I want an ebike, also, but oh that cost! One of these days I'll get one!
 
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As long as your knees aren't having increased pain and swelling, then you are probably doing just fine. I envy you. I want an ebike, also, but oh that cost! One of these days I'll get one!
I was fortunate in finding a used one that I liked better then the new ones I tried. It is a year old & was half the cost. I hadn’t ridden in years & wasn’t sure I’d be able to get going quickly enough to be able to ride. This store offered free test rides. I probably would have put it off but they offered interest free financing.,...& once I had ridden successfully I was hooked .
 
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Accckkk! I went to ride my bike last night & a car pulled in front of me- I hit the brakes & put my left leg down hard. I got going again, rode 8 miles, got home & left leg hurt to put weight on it. I took Tylenol, iced, elevated & ended up digging the walker out of the closet. I was hoping it’d be all better when I got up this morning but no such luck. I’m waiting for a call back from the Dr on call for my surgeon. I sure hope I haven’t cause any damage.
 

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Oh no! Hopefully it’s “just” soft tissue that is upset. :console2:
 

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