It’s been a little over a week since surgery. The improvement has been dramatic.
The first couple of days were mostly on the couch with a bottle of Percocet. The swelling was pretty bad and I wasn’t really stable on my feet. I could get around a bit but didn’t want to push it. PT started less than 48 hours post surgery.
At my first PT appointment they did an assessment of my range of motion. On my good leg I can go from 0 deg to 150 deg, pretty good. On my left leg, post-surgery, I started at 5 to 94 degrees; apparently not too bad but needed work. We went through the normal get things moving routine and gave me a list of things to do at home. From there I went to see my doc and he said everything went great, two tears and some cartilage damage, all fixed.
Friday night was my last Percocet and exercises over the weekend went fine. On Sunday I moved down to one crutch and was getting around pretty good. I tried driving since I drive a standard and that was cool. Then I over did it by trying to do a shopping trip for a couple of things at Kroger. Always got to push it.
Monday was rough and started with PT at 7am. I got new exercises and the good thing is my range of motion increased to 0-103deg. Getting around at work has been good, and I’ve gotten to practice doing lots of stairs.
Wednesday things were better and I got to start PT with a quick 5 minutes on a stationary bike to warm up. It was odd for several reasons:
- it was a recumbent
- there was almost no resistance
- I couldn’t establish any kind of decent cadence
- strangest of all, my right leg was stronger than my left. That’s never been the case
I could tell that my stability was getting better. One of the exercises was standing for 30 seconds on just by bad leg. On Monday I was very wobbly. By Wednesday I was much more steady. Today is even better.
Starting yesterday I got to ditch the crutches all together as long as I wasn’t feeling pain or getting tired. I used it a bit both yesterday and today but mostly off.
Tomorrow I get my stitches out. The only thing that is really bothersome is I can’t get enough sleep because my leg is cramping from being in one position too long. Hopefully that will resolve itself pretty quickly or I’m gonna start being really grumpy.
More to come later.