I had a total replacement of my right knee on February 8th 2017 and was released to go home on February 11, 2017. Surgery took place at 7:30 AM and in the late afternoon they had me doing exercises in bed, but I was too weak and dizzy to do anything else but stand myself up near the bed. Between the compression bandages, visits from techs taking vital readings, and nurses administrating meds and shots I slept less than an hour the first night. I had some chicken soup and that went well so I was taken off a restricted diet. My next meal was a turkey dinner. The evening nurse asked me "Are you hot?" I said, "Some women find me attractive." Body functions were all messed up. At the 13 hour mark I had a catheter inserted. I told the nurse,"Usually I take a woman out for dinner before we get to this point." That got a laugh. The nurses liked coming into my room because I'm always warm. I kept asking them to turn down the heat and most of their other patients in their upper 60's or older are cold and want their rooms as warm as possible. Not me. I have a buddy who lives in another part of the country who just had his knee done. He is two weeks ahead of me. When I did my 2nd P.T. session at the hospital I tried to match my friend's score of 90 degrees on the leg bend. I thought he told me he did that on the 2nd day. I was able to match his score, but when I told him that he said, "what?! It took me two weeks to get to that point." I was mistaken as to when he achieved the 90. I understand now though how I did it. I was still full of operating blocks and had just had a morphine shot. Now that I'm home and trying to wean myself off the narcotics it's much tougher. The trade off is this: A little more pain, but less disruption to my digestive system. From what I read here, you're better off if you aren't so gung ho (I'm an alpha type, over-achiever), so maybe a little more pain will force me to ease up and give my body a chance to heal. My last dosage of Hydrocodone was this morning at 3:45 AM. I've been taking Tylenol instead and yes, I am hurting more. It's about a 5 or 6 with stiffness, but not intolerable. I had two doses of Milk of Magnesia since coming home and mid-morning I had a canon-velocity bowel movement. First one in 3 days. I've actually had 3 and hope now it's safe to pass gas again. Tomorrow is my first out-call physical therapy. We'll see how it goes. Off of the hydrocodone I don't expect to perform at the level I did in the hospital, at least not for a while. A cousin of mine had both knees replaced and he lent me his water cooler circulator and that helps. Pain Report: 1) IV needle - took the nurse 4 jabs to get in and was fairly painful 2) Catheter - major pain going in, not so bad coming out 3) Morphine shot in thigh - short intense sting 4) laxative shot in stomach - scarier sounding than it was. Needle was tiny. 5) Removal of drain from knee - just a second or two sting 6) Current residual pain to knee - 4-6 on a 1 to 10 scale and very stiff. Takes walking around a while to loosen up. I have staples. I am able to make all transfers from the bed to the walker, from the walker to various chairs in the house, from the walker to the toilet (I installed a 5 inch seat with hand rails), and after a minor accident in bed last night I decided to just get up and use the bathroom in my bedroom. That's where I'm at right now.