I am quickly approaching the five week post-op mark since my TKR (total knee replacement) and have made great progress in many areas. I have replaced the walker with a cane, started outpatient physical therapy and drastically reduced my pain meds. All of those milestones are good things, yet I can not seem to shake the “feeling sorry for myself” phase.
Two of the last three weeks the MR. has had to travel out of town for business. This means I have had lots of alone time which has contributed to this mental state. My daughter was with me in the evenings the first week he was gone which was a good thing since I was mostly confined to the second level of my house. I was just starting to come up and down our 17 stairs and did not feel comfortable doing that with no one else in the house. I have a little fridge in my master closet and we stocked up a basket with fruit, crackers, peanut butter and other snacks for my lunches.
I did not need anything and got along just fine, but you can only watch so many episodes of Million Dollar Listing without going a little stir crazy.
This past week when the hubby was gone again, a friend took me to my physical therapy appointments and even out to dinner one evening since I am not suppose to drive yet. It was great to get out of the house. She even forced me to have ice cream after one of my sessions!
I have also gone back to work, which in my case means commuting down the hall to my home office. I started part time a couple of weeks ago, but this past week I worked full time. I do not recommend going back to work so early in the post surgery recovery. Between physical therapy and the stress of work, I have been REALLY tired. Bedtime has been about 8:30 or 9:00 each evening.
I am so looking forward to this holiday weekend and trying to move closer to my regular routine. We will be attending a wedding, cooking out with family and working on a couple of home projects. I already feel the fog lifting. Have a great weekend friends!
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Glad to hear from you here in my stream. Congratulations on making progress!! I’m going to do my left knee probably at the end of summer. It’s driving me crazy. Oh the joys!
I beat Julie had to really twist your arm to get that ice cream.