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!