|My New Bionic Knee|
I think the pool therapy is also helping. I have a 30-45 minute routine I follow on the days I don't go to "official" therapy. It includes deep knee bends at the stairs, stair climbing, swimming laps, walking in chest high water and treading water in the deep end with high knees and full extension. When I do the high knees while treading water, I can feel the scar tissue "snap" so I think that is giving me some decent improvement in the flexibility. For one reason or the other its easier to stretch past the comfort level when I'm in the pool.
I'm driving short distances now but since the knee gets stiff at longer distances I don't trust myself to drive longer distances (like an hour). I also have gone back to feeding the horses giving at least some relief to my good friend who has been shouldering the load during my recovery. I am able to muck stalls, feed and spread hay but walking the horses is hard! They just walk too fast for my unstable legs. I get help when I can but when I do lead them, it looks quite comical. They are looking at me confused and trying to figure out why we are going so slow and are taking advantage of my speed (or lack of it) by stopping to eat grass.
My goal is to be back on my horse July 15th which means that Golly, who has been on stall rest due to his suspensory pull, needs to start his controlled ten minute hand walking. Again, I am relying on fabulous horse friends to do this as I can obviously cannot walk fast enough to provide any therapy to him. After two weeks of hand walking he is due to start ten minutes of under saddle walking per day which I am hoping I can do.
Last bit of news on my knee is that I am trying to go without pain meds. This morning I am questioning my decision as there is some decent pain. I may have to bend and take at least an over the counter med for a few days.
Looking forward to being back on my horse. Crossing fingers and working hard to get there.