Friday, April 20, 2018

GRADUATION

I graduated from physio therapy classes on Wednesday. Even though my knee extension is still not ideal, they, and I, didn't think the physio classes were of any further benefit. There is a wait list for folks coming off surgery so I felt my space should be opened. My PT took me through the "test" and I did all of the movements just fine. I practically outrun her on the oval track!

Thursdays are now committed to a very crazy aquafit. I thought I would die by the end of it! I see quite a few of the group have knee scars and several of us are "recent". Our instructor has had both of her knees done. She  asked those of us with "new" knees to come a half hour earlier starting next week. She is going to put float belts on us and give us an extra half hour of torture.We had a bit of a chat after the class and I remarked that physio worked our operated limb quite hard but the rest of the body was sadly neglected. Debbie said "not for long".

I came home, took a Tylenol 3 with a cuppa tea and went to bed for the afternoon. No worries, I'll soon be in fighting form.

Our weather is taking a very welcome turn for the better. I'm so looking forward to getting out and about again. My walking is very much improved. I don't need the cane and my gait doesn't look so wonky anymore. That's all my own effort, so the more I do it the better it will get. Pain levels are good - except of course on the days when I REALLY exert myself. That's going to improve too.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Another week of nothing, or something

I didn't have physiotherapy at all last week. Monday was a holiday so the clinic was closed. Wednesday we had a blizzard and no one was moving outdoors.
I was back at it yesterday.
One of the newer exercises seems to have released the pinched nerve on the knee. The surgeon had warned me that there would be numbness for some time, and some people never get it back. Thankfully, mine seems to have fully recovered! This one flexation exercise seems to be a big help!
When I wake up in the morning I am really - REALLY! - stiff in the knee. If I do about 50 repetitions of this flex, it loosens everything up nicely.
My knee still has quite a bend to it, but am really hopefully that this new flexibility is going to loosen that up. Once things dry up I am going to walk until I drop! Right now my road is quite the mud hole. I see the weather man is forecasting another 20 centimeters of snow for us over the weekend. I'm going to have to figure something out.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Whoops, not related to my knee thing

No physio today. The road isn't plowed.
We had a major bit of weather blow in last night. Heavy wet gloppy snow. It's taking a wee break at the moment but apparently it's going to pick up again with a vengeance and high winds thrown in for good measure.
I've filled the buckets for the flush and counted our batteries for the lights and the radios.  The wood supply will do us for a few days. We will use the generator if need be.  That heavy wet snow on all the pine trees is not good for the power lines once this wind starts to really pick up.
The good news is that it is all supposed to end tonight.
It better, I have a doctors appointment tomorrow as my GP closes out her practice. I can't afford to miss that one.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

EXTENSION

I learned that my physio therapy is going to be extended by two more weeks. I was worried...

This week she gave me another new set of exercises to do. Quite miraculously, most of the sensation came back into my knee. It is common for it to take awhile to come back and for some, never does.
All of a sudden I can feel the flexation, which makes it a lot easier to do those exercises.
My knee is still rather bent but I'm pretty confident it is going to straighten out with time and work. It's hard work, and it's painful work.

I've been ordered to do these new exercises three times a day with twenty repetitions.  So what do I do? If 20 is good, 100 is better, right? NOT! Now I have a sore hip which has me not able to do ANY exercises today...

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Surgeon visit

So I'm at Seven Weeks PostOp.  I saw the surgeon, well two surgeons actually, on Wednesday.

They had a good time manipulating my scar. Dr. Matthews says I "scar funny" but it all looks good.  The bottom three inches of my scar is pale and flat. The top is lumpy and purplish and itchy as heck. He says there isn't any sign of infections though. That part is constantly irritated by my exercises and clothing apparently. I had kind of figured that out on my own but it's always a relief to hear it from not one but two doctors. The second doctor is training to be an orthopedic surgeon and doing her time in the clinic.

I have some new exercises to do which we hope are going to help this knee that won't stretch flat. One is kind of funny, but I do feel it pulling those muscles. I have to use my operated leg to pull myself around on a wheelie chair. It freaks the dog out, hahaah.

Walking is part of my every day life now. Some days it hurts but I keep at it.

I'll be back to see the surgeon later in May.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

SIX weeks in

Hello friends, and happy Thursday. The end of the week is nigh!

I'm now six weeks post surgery. My motion range is still going much much slower than it should be and I can't extend the operated leg very well.
There seems to be a bit of problem with one of my muscles. My calf muscle is very very tight. It bruises easily too. Over extension or the slightest bump will bruise it. The whole department was having a good look at it yesterday while I did a variety of movements. The consensus is that there is no blood clot, BIG RELIEF, but something isn't right.
I see the surgeon next week and will have some more Xrays.

I can walk pretty well without the cane now. I take it with me if I'm going out to the hospital, but it's more like a security thing than an actual need. Yesterday, in a light snowfall,  I walked the length of my long lane to pick up the newspapers! Such a simple thing but such a big step toward being NORMAL again! I stood at the end of the lane and breathed in, breathed out, that wonderful forest air. It was amazing. It was actually AWESOME in the real sense of the word!

The bath chair came out of the shower this week too. It got to be so cumbersome. I STOOD ON TIPTOE and put the regular shower head back on the spigot and had a nice standing shower. 

I feel like I am at least at the same point I was post surgery. Now that conditions are getting more favorable for walking, I believe there will be some improvement every week. Maybe I'm not as flexible as most of the others in my physiotherapy group, but I'm soon going to be ahead of where I was before.

I really enjoy peddling my exercise bike in the house. I've never been one who could peddle for long in the past. I think a proper bicycle might be coming to this address in a couple of months. I may not have a tolerance for a long walk but cycling seems to really be going well and could be my new thing!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Discouraged

Hello and happy Tuesday everyone.
Yesterday was physio once again. It happens on Mondays and Wednesdays. I sure wish they would put Friday in the schedule too. I find that gap hard to handle.
Well, last weekend I was just about out of my mind and needing to get out and about. On Saturday we went off to an indoor market at Killaloe, just down the road a bit. It was a lovely market and I was able to get what I wanted there - a nice jug of this years maple syrup! We hit up the little bulk store and the grocery store so that was a bit of walking for me for one day.
The next day, Sunday, was a sunny one, but windy as heck. I REALLY wanted to get out and do more walking but the wind was just too much, so we headed into the mall. I managed to get from one end to the other and in and out of several shops along the way.
These little bits don't sound like much, but they are my first real bits of honest to goodness walking.
Physio on Monday was BRUTAL. My knee was so stiff and sore! I could barely do the exercises required of me. My therapist tried to move the joint but it wasn't happening. It kind of distressed me when I heard her say Oh My God half under her breath. NOT GOOD. She put me on the bike with a good bit of pressure at the end. I think she was quite surprised that my cycling was so good. I did quite a few kilometers under a fair bit of pressure without much problem at all.
I have been working very hard at my extension exercises last night and this morning. I have to get that knee loosened up before the scar tissue shuts it down altogether.

Our blog friend Stew, "The Wooly Gnome", is still in hospital following his procedure. I'm sure my readers will all join me in wishing him well and hope he is soon home with his feet under him again.