Just being home was exhausting so luckily I slept better than I had been at the hospital. I still woke about every two to three hours, visited the bathroom and did my exercices but was then able to get back to sleep. Had much more sleep last night than any previous night since the surgery. Pain is becoming less - I haven't had a Percocet since last night (still on Celebrex) but will probably give in and take one this afternoon.
I got up at 6:30 am this morning, had breakfast and did some bending exercises. That tired me out! I then took a two hour nap! I going to try to stay awake now until something close to bedtime but no promises.
The challenge now is to get some bend in my leg. I am able to get it quite straight (which is the opposite of my experience with my partial knee replacement) but still cannot get a 90 degree bend. Am trying to at least get close today. You can see in this pic that I have a ways to go until I have 90 degree bend.
I am using a dog leash wrapped around my foot to help me pull the foot closer to the body to complete what the therapists call "heel slides". Each time I get closer but still not there.
This surgery they placed a drain in my leg which has helped minimize the bruising. I have some bruising under my knee and at the drain hole but not much more than that. I have bruising also inside my elbows where they took their daily blood draw. Not bad though.
The wound is healing well. I just keep some light gauze on it and an ace bandage and there is no drainage or bleeding. Still keeping a close eye on it for increased heat or drainage as a sign of infection. Looks good so far. Home therapy comes tomorrow and will continue until next week when I start outpatient. Considering how difficult it was to get in and out of the car with a leg that only goes straight, I think the home therapy was a good idea. And now the wound pic!