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[TKR] TS’s lopsided recovery'

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by traceys, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. sistersinhim

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    I've had 11 knee surgeries with no PT or massaging and praise God, never had adhesions! I believe a very few people are prone to develop adhesion, but the vast majority are not. Tracey knee is completely different than anyone else's and she knows what she needs to do to heal. But, the majority of you that are healing do not need to go through this kind of PT.
     
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    @sistersinhim bingo!
    NO ONE should go this route with manual breakdown unless they know for sure a) they have adhesions/scar that needs it and b) they can take it because it is excruciating at the time.

    I simply am chronicling it here for my records and I know there are some others that do have similar work done or dry needling or whatever and we totally get it. But it is not for everyone.

    That’s one of the things that’s great on here - everyone’s journey and opinions are their own and can be coloured by past experiences. It’s part of the melting pot.
     
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    @traceys so glad you’re at MSK where surgeon works with pt and rmt. Good for you for making it through the first trial on your old scars, tears are okay and understandable. Love that they recognized you were “done”. Hope you have had a restful afternoon icing as the wind howls outside. Hang in there
     
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    @DLR
    Hopefully will see you in there sooner than later!

    I have a tummy full of my fav Thai food. (Hubs grabbed pizza for him) for date nite. He showed up at home with it all in hand as a surprise as he was worried I’m in no shape to move at the moment.
    :roseshwr:
     
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    How are you doing after your awfully stressful day?
    Your hubby sounds wonderful! I'm jealous!
     
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    @sistersinhim im pharmaceutically happy. :heehee: That and the endorphin release from all the spicy food has me incredibly comfy
    :prayer:

    He is my Prince Charming. Our whole story from the moment I saw him to this second is a Disney princess movie. Count my blessings daily and he takes such good care of my mom while I can’t.
    :loveshwr:
     
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    Now, that is really saying something! He even takes care of his mother-in-law. God bless you both!
     
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    Hi Tracey
    Sorry for your tears and pain and scar tissue. :console2:
    Sounds the hubs is a keeper! I can relate.
    What kind of Thai did you order? That's one of my favs too.
     
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    @beachy
    That he is. Got my ultra spicy vegetarian pad Thai and satay chicken skewers. Hubby is a meat and potato guy so he humours me walking around muttering “stinky. Stinky”. :rotfl:

    The knee this morning is definitely pissy. Didn’t sleep well last night even with a pain pill as every time I bumped the spot where she had worked the knee it woke me. This morning it is a tad.... colourful :nah:but I know from having this other times on other knee regions that in a day or two it will feel soooooo good.
     
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    Meat and taters. And pizza. LOL
    Take the day and rest and hopefully, you sleep sound tonite.
     
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    So happy to report since that killer massage Friday it is already a thing of the past.
    :yes!:
    The bruise was gone by Sunday am as was all discomfort. I’m encouraged how well it did as in the past when she’s worked other areas this way it’s taken almost a week to reach this stage..this time 2 days.
    This weekend we were out and about quite a bit running errands and a few times I found myself with my hands full of parcels and putting my cane under my arm and managing to walk without it... very slow and tentatively and no long bits ... but was sooooo proud of myself. Once I hadn’t realized I did so until son turned around and said “mom? You’re......” and hubby stopped him so I would keep going unaware.

    Today I celebrated family day by making from scratch linguine with meatballs in pomodoro. I didn’t realize how labor intensive it was until after dinner when I sat down and realized my knee was visibly swollen and stiff.
    :headbang:

    Of course pt tomorrow too. Lol. Oh well. Figured I should drop into the ODIC and see how everyone was being I’ve been away so long. :snork:

    Have appt with OS Thursday. Hopefully good things to update here on Friday then! :praying:
     
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    Occasional ODIC visits are ok. In time, everyone will be missing you.
     
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    Weren't you Madame President at one time?
     
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    @beachy yup. Now I don’t even get invited to the socials. Lol
     
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    I wish I could post video. A 12sec clip is one of the best moments lately.
    Pt went ok. Knee was tight and a bit swollen but it cooperated. I even went without my cane in the clinic today.

    I had a good chat with my therapist and she asked what my next goal was and I told her simply walking properly and longer to get ready for September. She said “sounds good. I think it’s time being you are off your cane more now. To the treadmill!!”
    She noticed I turned my foot in when I got distracted and tired but overall both feet pointing in the same direction. Hoping this helps rom and strength now.
    Knee ballooned up pretty bad after and I needed my cane to get home but expected and tolerable pain so :thumb:

    I’m exhausted. Lunch and ice on my horizon.
     
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    @traceys, I know what’s it’s like to want to take a positive step forward with pt and overall recovery. While you say your pain following pt today was to be expected and tolerable, please be sure to share that with your therapist. Following one of my early sessions I noticed increased swelling, pain, and stiffness the day after a session. I made sure my therapist was aware. As a result, he adjusted my next session to include increased time on the TENS device and ice at the end of the session. We found that really helped to minimize swelling during following sessions.
     
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    I’m sorry you had a bad experience but she already knows. Where I go the pt’s check in before you leave to watch for immediate reactions to anything you did and then decide if you get longer ice or IFC before you go. They also spot check with me when I go in the next time.
    This place is realllly a team approach.

    But I’m still proud of myself. This was a big moment for me and still is.
     
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    As it should be. Each success story should be a celebration.

    Be careful on a treadmill. I've heard of many having a lot of pain afterwards, especially if the deck bounces with your steps.
     
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    Yipphee!!!!! You go girl amazing report, so glad things are coming along for you:treadmill:, just make sure you hang on :rotfl:

    Chris:flwrysmile:
     
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    @gecko at 0.8kmh I am at no risk I assure you. I swear at one point a turtle passed me on the inside lane and shot me a look. :rotfl:

    @sistersinhim Ive heard the same but the blessing is I’m going so slow I noticed zero bounce. My pt actually wants me to find an indoor track nearby and try and walk more that way being my pt may be ending real soon unexpectantly.

    Quick question... does anyone use trekking poles (or walking poles some call them?) I’ve been advised to look at them as apparently they do wonders for balance and posture and help take a tiny bit of your weight but not as much as a cane?
     
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