8 Weeks Post-op now

Hey, folks.  It has been a bit, but I wanted to check in.  Things are going better, but I definitely started traveling too soon.  Even after a week to recoup, I am quickly realizing that I should have waited longer again.  Working 80 hour weeks is too much for the knee.  Trying to keep it elevated has been a challenge as I have to get up and check on the users to make sure they are doing okay.  At least this place is a a bit smaller so I don’t have as far to walk.

I went to sleep about 0930 this morning (I’m working mids this week again).  I was actually sleeping pretty good until around 1400 when I woke up in excrutiating pain.  I’m not sure what happened.  Maybe I twisted in my sleep or something, but I woke up in tears and it took me a couple of hours to settle back down to go to sleep.

I worked with a trainer last week to start working on strengthening my knee as the therapist is working with me to calm down the baker’s cyst I have.  The workout was really good, especially considering we didn’t use a lot of weights.  We used the 22.5 pound dumbbells for my arms and just body weight for the legs.  We used the fit ball to do baby squats against the wall and for roll outs for a great core workout.  I was a bit doubtful that I would get any benefit from such a workout.  However, the next day I DEFINITELY felt it…especially in my buttocks and stomach area.  I wil be working with the trainer again on Sunday (I think).  He is going to write out a routine that I can use on a regular basis and continue to improve my strength and flexibility.

I am at 120 degree in my bend and full extension plus about 5 degree hyper extension.  Stretching is very important.  I will admit…I hate stretching.  It is boring and it reminds me that I am not flexible and not stretching enough.  So, I make myself do it…I grumble the whole time, but I do it.  🙂 

I just ordered a different cuff to go with my cryo-unit.  I found a thigh cuff.  I thought this might help since I have the baker’s cyst behind my knee.  I have been using the knee cuff for the swelling on the front and then taking that off and using an ice pack on the back of my knee.  I ordered the thigh cuff off of Amazon.com and hope that this will allow me to reduce the swelling on both the front and back of my knee at the same time.  I will let you know how it goes.

The pain is definitely decreased since prior to the surgery. I have gone down from 300 mg of Nucynta to 10 mg of Norco.  I can walk most of the day without the cane now. It is just the end of the day when I’m tired and my knee gets sore that I have to use it…and that is mainly for stability.  I have no regrets of doing this surgery.  Well, maybe just one…I wish I could have had it done sooner.  That being said, I am glad it is over and I’m in the healing process. 

Ok, time to get back to work.  Have a great rest of the week and I will check in once I get home.

3 weeks + 1 day post op :) …

Today was a very long and a very emotional day.  I did not sleep much last night.  I started off by setting myself up in the CPM machine and was able to get to 110 degrees.  I just could not get comfortable.  After about 4 hours, I decided I’d had enough, and I put the machine on the floor and decided to try to sleep like a normal person.  Well, I’m a side sleeper.  Every time I rolled on to my right side, my left leg wanted to rest on my right leg.  Needless to say, the right knee did NOT like that, so that kept waking me up.  Finally I decided to just go sleep in the living room on the couch.  Again, I couldn’t get comfortable and even though I had taken some Percocet, I was still hurting.

I’m very blessed to have a family that helps me out.  My mom, sister, and nephew have all been fabulous!  However, I’m getting to the point where I want to have some independence.  If I want to go to Target just to go to Target…then I want to go…not have to call someone and ask them to come get me.  What a pain!  So, I’m definitely developing cabin fever.

To top everything off, my disability check from LAST week still has not arrived.  I called the company again to find out if maybe they mailed it to the wrong place.  They confirmed my address and said that it could take up to 10 business days to arrive at my house.  Why they are not doing direct deposit, I have NO idea!!!  I can get a letter to Afghanistan faster than 10 days.  I asked her where they were mailing it from…China??  She said, no, South Carolina.  Now, I live in Colorado…why does it take so long to get here???!!!  Argh.

Then this afternoon I was using the cryo-cuff and it felt like something was poking me in the knee.  I still have numbness on the right side of my knee so it was strange that I was feeling something poking over there.  I had to quit using the cryo-cuff because it was hurting more than helping.  I went to therapy this afternoon and chatted with my therapist.  He went and talked to the doc and then removed my steri-strips to make sure there was no infection or, heaven forbid, a staple they had missed.  Nope…neither one of those.  He found the two spots that were poking me:  it was from my scars from my surgery in December!!  The scar tissue was being moved and relocated due to the swelling from the new surgery and it was trying to readjust itself.  I was sooo flustered!  Now I have to massage those two previous scars to work them loose.  Next week we start working on the new scar.

My therapist is wonderful and he helped me realize that I am still going to have some crappy days for a while.  I mean, I knew this already, but it’s nice to have confirmation.  I’m not generally a very moody person, but between no sleep, pain, the stupid poking, and my disability check…it’s been a day.

I seriously hope tomorrow is a MUCH better day.  The emotional side of this surgery has taken a much harder toll on me than the physical side.  This is one of those time when I just need a hug.

Till next update…ciao!