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.