Post-Op Update

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.

foodbasket

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!

Sonic-sundae

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!