Woke up on this fourth day after surgery feeling remarkably well. Some generalized soreness but moved the knee to 103°. How do I know? There is an app for that (actually quite a few. Measuring a joint is done with a goniometer. I downloaded an app called Goniometer by Jinfra. Works very easy. I Here is my motion:
The big news today is that I advanced myself to a cane. It just felt more natural than a walker and since I was doing some quadriceps exercises yesterday, my quadriceps strength is improving. As per my preoperative physical therapy session I used the cane in my opposite hand and safely started walking. I was so pumped I got my clothes on (regular clothes, BTW) got in the car (as a passenger) and went out into the real world.
Getting into the car was not hard. I actually decided to sit in the back seat. I went over to my friends business office and hung out for a couple of hours. Had lunch, worked on the computer, made some phone calls. Wow. As I mentioned yesterday this kind of stuff tires you out after such major surgery and I had a two hour nap when I got home.
My only advice to patients is to understand that whatever discomfort or pain or fear you have in the first few days- all will subside in a short while.
My next post will be some musings and my summary about the pain.