Its now been 2 weeks and 4 days since having my knee replacement surgery. I am walking without cane or crutches. If you don't see the big red scar on my knee, you wouldn't know that I recently had surgery. I am walking with just the slightest limp. Physical therapy is still taking up about 6 hours a week of my life but I enjoy the time there and like seeing the progress. At my Thursday appointment I could flex (bend my knee) to 132 degrees and extend (make it flat) to about 3 degrees. I am seeing big improvements in my flexing but the extension is slow work for me.
I started driving at the 2 week mark and at the same time went back to feeding and caring for my horses. Last week it was easy to resist the urge to ride because 1) I was in way too much pain to even contemplate swinging my leg across my horse and 2) I wasn't seeing, smelling and feeling his soft sweet muzzle.
Lately I have been contemplating how and when I will be back in the saddle. I want to feel that gentle sway and warm back again. The big wet sighing blow of the nostrils and relax of the back he does after a few circles around the ring. The perked ears in front of me leading the way on a new adventure. The smell of fresh air, horse sweat and leather.
This knee replacement was a big investment of pain, time, money, risk of infection, and the kindness of my family and friends who cared for me and my responsiblities though. I can't willy nilly just decide I want to ride and risk that investment.
But I want to ride.
So here is the plan....
Christmas is coming and my super talented husband has agreed to make an extra sturdy wide and tall mounting block for my gift. My instructor has agreed to ride him first and then let me do the cool down. I think with her help mounting and dismounting onto a sturdy base and settling for just ambling on a relaxed happy horse should let me test the waters in a safe sensible manner.
Before the surgery I was told that it may be three months before I could get on and I'm afraid they may stick to that plan. My post-op appointment is next Thursday and I'm hoping he is so impressed with my progress he agrees that I can move forward with MY plan.
Cross your fingers for me!