Its now two weeks after my surgery and I think things are going well. Two weeks is the mark when a good percentage of infections occur so I am happy to be past that. I finished at home physical therapy yesterday and began outpatient therapy today. I have been able to get to the barn a few times thanks to a friend who picks me up. I have even cleaned a few stalls. I am not strong or stable enough to lead a horse but I'm happy to at least be a little helpful.
Walking has gotten much easier but I am still pretty unstable on uneven ground. In home physical therapy said I can walk unassisted (no cane or crutch) on flat stable ground as long as I continue to walk with a normal gait (push off with the toe, land on the heel, bend the knee).
At my first outpatient therapy they were pretty pleased with my progress and said I may only need another three weeks of therapy! Woohoo!!! The most exciting thing that happened today was I was able to do a full rotation on the stationary bike. It seems like such a small thing but its pretty exciting when it happens. I have full extension but my flexion is only at 98 degrees. I would like to get to 120 degrees. We shall see. Tomorrow I go for my follow up visit with the surgeon so I'll ask what he thinks I should expect in terms of flexion. I'm also hoping he gives me the go ahead to do some pool walking. The wound looks closed to me ..... I hope he agrees.
The biggest issue I have is that my nerves are "refiring" and out of nowhere I get shooting electric shocks through the knee. Supposed to be normal and I remember this from my last replacement but doesn't make it any more fun.
Things went so well today that I wondered if I could drive before the suggested five weeks. Its only been two but I thought it was worth giving it a try just around my driveway. So I grabbed the keys and headed to the car. Opened the door and realized I couldn't even get my leg up high enough to get in the car! That was a slap of reality. I have more work to do!
So mostly pleased with the progress but certainly have a lot more work to get to the finish line. I set a goal today to be on the horse by week six. Hope I make it.
|So what do you think? Ready for the pool?|