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[BILATERAL TKR] Second Year Progress

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by mlwreader, Oct 24, 2017.

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    :wave: Always nice hearing from you! I’m glad you’re doing well in spite of some lingering issues.
     
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    In case anyone is thinking the recovery from knee replacement stops at the end of year one, I can report so much improvement in my balance, gait, strength and stamina, now that the weather is nicer and getting outside is so much easier. I went to my granddaughters' soccer games yesterday, walking great distances over grassy parks, and I can report that I forgot I even had knee replacement surgery done! It was only later, walking to the car, that I realized the progress. Last year I didn't even venture out to the games, because my knees were still not that strong, especially after moving at 5 months out from surgery. Now I am 19 months out and feel like there is even more recovery ahead, as my right knee still isn't crazy about going upstairs.

    Happy holiday to all.
     
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    You are so right! I have seen an increase in ROM in my second year, and even managed to go down a couple of steps foot over foot recently. I’m still uncomfortable on uneven surfaces, though, but I’m not having a “normal” recovery.

    Always great to hear from you!
     
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    That is wonderful news @Jockette. Happy to hear it!:happydance:
     
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    Good Saturday morning. I am having angst about something, and hope to get some input. I am wondering if it is safe to get a pedicure. Here's the deal. In the past (before my surgeries) I contracted toenail fungus from a pedicure facility, where I had been going on a regular basis. It has taken forever to get rid of it, and I'm really not 100% sure that it is gone. This happened a couple of years ago, and I have never gotten another pedicure, relying on myself to do my best with clippers and nail files, etc.

    Now that I have had knee replacement, I am wondering if a pedicure mishap would possibly cause something bad to make its way to my knees. If they inadvertently cut my toe instead of my nail, which has happened before. Probably a silly question but it is really bothering me. To the point where I figure I should just do the dang pedicure myself, not an easy feat for this senior body to contort to get the job done. I seriously have gotten ready to go to the nail place twice now, and have chickened out.

    I haven't posted in a while, and I understand that compared to the real challenges that newer folks on this forum deal with, this is child's play. Still, this is a dilemma for me. I am going to CA next week for my grandson's high school grad, and I need to figure this out before then.

    Otherwise I can report that my improvement is splendid. I am even able to walk upstairs without my right knee (my problem child) giving me any grief at all. What a miracle this journey has been.

    Thank you in advance for any input, including something like "Oh for heaven's sake, this is not an issue." I'm a little embarrassed about this, but ready to take my lumps.

    xxoo
     
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    I don’t know the answer to your question but I wanted to say hi! :wave:
     
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    I really don't know either, but I haven't had a pedicure since my tkr. I do the best I can myself. Polish can cover up a lot!
     
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    Hi @Jockette Hi @sistersinhim I am just not going to do it. Its not worth it and I agree that I can apply a little polish on my own. So I went to the store and there were some new kinds of polish identified as gel? Oh please, this is getting so complicated. I think I'm just going to cut and file the nails and leave it at that. I doubt anyone is going to be intensely scrutinizing my toenails, for heaven's sake. I mean, we are there to honor my grandson, not look at my silly toes :rotfl:

    Thanks for responding ladies.
     
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    I miss color on my toes but I just can’t reach them anymore to maintain it. :bawl:

    I took the nail polish off shortly before surgery and never got it back on again. I’d been struggling for years, anyway. But I miss it!
     
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    Me too @Jockette but then that nasty fungus showed up one day, and that was it for me. Except this week I thought I'd try again because of going to CA, but I just don't think it is worth it. Because of my knees, but also because I don't want to get another nasty, disgusting fungus nail again. That was the worst.
     
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    @Jockette and @mlwreader do you not have a local beauty college near you? Many colleges like to get real people in for students, they are generally meticulous about health and hygiene (as its part of the course) and even just a file and polish would feel like a treat. Just a thought. I am lucky I have good flexibility and can touch my toes from standing even if I cant bend my knee. I use an emjoi micro pedi to do my own manicures and pedicures and do home gels with Red Carpet kit (as its UV cured no drying sticky polish everywhere)

     
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    @mlwreader , I have wondered the same thing! I loved going for pedicures but now I am just too scared. I thought about going just to have them apply the polish for me and nothing else. I agree with you...at this point it is just not worth the risk of infection.
     
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    @lisabl Interesting - Too late for this trip (I leave tomorrow) but the summer is young! Thank you for the suggestion.

    @Irish471 That's what I love about this board - I can always find someone who gets it! Just looked at your list of surgeries - you've had a few. :elevate: I hope things are coming along for you. When I was your age, my knees had only just begun to give me a few twinges going upstairs. I remember thinking at the time that it was caused by the 10 pounds I gained in my 40's. If only it were that simple - right?

    Anyway, I took care of toenail business myself this morning, although I did not apply polish. I was pretty impressed with my ability to contort. Just glad no one was there to see me.:heehee: I'm headed to your state tomorrow to watch my oldest grandchild graduate high school in San Diego.
     
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    @mlwreader , congrats to your grandchild! Have a wonderful time!
     
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