Monday, October 16: This represented one full week after surgery. It was my daughter’s birthday so I got dressed in clothes that did not include sweat pants and went out to a steakhouse in New Jersey (about an hour drive. My wife drove, course. When I leave the house I take my crutches. As my previous post showed, I am able to walk without any assistive devices but crutches still feel more stable- they also keep people from bumping into me on the street! I was tired at the end of the night but it was great to enter the mainstream.
The knee still somewhat still. My range-of-motion in my first physical therapy session was about 5° to 100°. I was not at full extension at physical therapy but I worked on it during the day by resting my ankle up stretching the back of my knee. Here is a picture of the exercise from my SwiftPath online manual:
Tuesday October 17, the knee was a bit sore from probably a combination of the physical therapy and going out on the town but with my Tylenol and Aleve regimen plus gel cooling the pain was no more than a 3 at only a few times during the day today.
One of the biggest problems I have been having is pain in bed at night. I am not sure if it is the body’s reaction to an entire day of activity or simply keeping the knee in one position for a too long of a time. I find myself tossing and turning to try to get comfortable and after the first 4 hours of sleep.
In the end I feel that I am progressing a bit faster than the last time.
Wednesday October 18: I actually went to work today. I didn’t really “work” though. I visited the clinic and some people in the hospital and conducted an interview. It was good to get out. I used my crutches but also walked in safe, non-public areas without my crutches.