This past weekend convinced me that physical therapy is working. My ability to shop (even though I took frequent breaks) demonstrates that my stamina and endurance are increasing. For now I am doing pool therapy 3 times per week. It feels great, the water is 92 degrees. I am able to do much more in the pool than I would be able to do on land due to my other three non-replaced joints. After my second surgery I will move to half pool and half land.
I only have about two and a half weeks of therapy left. Then I will have a month before surgery number two. I need to find someplace with a WARM pool that I can continue these exercises so I do not lose the momentum I have gained.
Physical therapy is not always convenient, it is an interruption to the work day and takes time to dress/undress and drive to the pool. However, I am hoping my efforts now will make my recovery from the second surgery easier and faster.