Craving Normal

At three weeks post surgery I am doing pretty darn good.  I am walking with a cane more than the walker, working part-time (nothing can stop an accountant and month end close) and started outpatient physical therapy today.  I still have much more pain than I expected to have and still having a hard time bending my knee.  The goal is 120 degree bend and I am at about 96 degrees.  Today’s therapy was more about recording a  baseline of what I can do so they did not push me too hard.  I am a little worried about the next six weeks, I see more pain in my future.

flexMost of all, I am craving normal, at least normal for me.  I want to be able to:

*Take my camera outside and shoot pictures of spring emerging.


*Go to the grocery store, wander leisurely up and down the aisles.  Bring the groceries home and cook dinner.

*Shop for cute baby clothes for my soon-to-be-born grandson, Levi.


*Move freely between the first and second floors of my house without having to have my “spotter” standing in front or behind me, making sure I do not lose my balance on the stairs.


*Sleep in a position other than on my back.

*Go out of town for the weekend.


*Be able to walk without thinking about how strange my knee feels.

In summary, I am ready for this whole TKR (total knee replacement) experience to be behind me.  Gail, my wonderful in-home physical therapist, told me life would be closer to normal at about the eight week mark.  Five more weeks to go……seems like five years!


  1. You will get there Theresa! I just posted a chart showing my five month progress. You might want to check it out. It will give you an idea of when I did certain things and how long it took me to get there. I think I was slower than most and still deal with selling and soreness although I am infinitely better. Hugs!

  2. I meant still DEALING with and not SELLING. Darn ipad! Lol

  3. You’re doing great, Mom! And glad little Levi can help as a motivation for recovery.

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