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.

First trip post-op…

I have completed my first travel post-op.  I fell asleep on the plane so I didn’t get up and walk like I should have.  However, that being said, I think I needed the sleep more than I needed to move…so I feel a bit more coherent.  I made it to the hotel with any a little difficulty getting into the car, but no more than I would at home.  I even went to the grocery store to pick up some stuff as I will be working mids this week.  Those little luggage carts are good for groceries as well as luggage.  🙂

There are several things I didn’t think about when I said I was ready to travel.  The first thing was the hotel bathroom.  I should have thought about asking for a handicap accessible room.  The toilet seat is so low…I struggle to get up off of it.  My seat at home is MUCH higher and easier to get off of.  The other thing I didn’t think about is the tub.  At home, I still have a transfer bench so I can get in and out of the tub easier.  The tub here is going to be a challenge to get in/out of.  Ugh. 

So, if I can, I am going to back up a bit.  Well, I guess I can, it is my blog. 🙂  The real first thing I didn’t think about was how the heck I was going to get my luggage downstairs to my car to go to the plane!  I live up on the second floor of an apartment complex.  No elevator.  No escalator.  No ramps.  Hmm…so how do I use my cane, hold the hand rail, and lug the luggage downstairs?  Yea, I didn’t think about that.  Now I have to think how I’m going to get the luggage back upstairs.  Oh…you want to know how I got the luggage down?  Silly me.  Well, I ditched the cane…that wasn’t an option.  Then I took one piece of luggage and layed it on its side.  I then just went down one step at a time.  I used the luggage as my cane and would have it one step higher than my feet.  Then I put it in the car and went back up for the next piece.  So, I’m only gone for 7 days, put I had to bring a suitcase, my laptop bag, and what I call my med bag…and of course my cane.  If anyone wants to meet me at my house around 1000 pm Saturday night and bring my luggage up for me, I will buy you lunch the next day.  🙂

I’m going to be working some whacky shifts this week.  I think my week will be primarily work and sleep.  I have an early morning flight Saturday morning.  Do you think I could get a direct flight home?  Oh, no…not me.  I will be going from Detroit to DC and then DC to Denver.  Hey…at least they all start with a “D”.  LOL!!  I will keep everyone posted on how I am doing.  If you don’t hear from me, it just means that I’m stuck on the toilet.  😉