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.
*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!