I expected to be writing about how independent I feel at seven weeks out - driving, able to stand and walk enough to do chores around the house, adding more strength and agility exercises to my physical therapy. But the reality is that I'm not driving because I still need the high-powered pain meds, that … Continue reading Double Knee Replacement: 7 weeks out
I'm going to be honest. I didn't know that this double knee replacement would be quite this tough. When I was planning it, I thought about my other surgeries. I had a lumpectomy to remove a breast cancer tumor, and just this spring I had a hysterectomy. In both cases, pain meds controlled the pain … Continue reading Double Knee Replacement: 5 weeks out
Here's a somewhat quick update of my double knee replacement. Last week was rough. Really rough. At the suggestion of two physical therapists, I only had physical therapy (PT) twice instead of three times. I took a day off for healing. And I cut back on the exercises I do. My sister had planned to … Continue reading Double Knee Replacement: One month out
I'm on the proverbial road to recovery after double knee replacement on Thursday, September 14th. I graduated from walker to cane today at physical therapy (PT). Well, I'm to use the cane only for indoors right now, but it's nice to have a hand free for carrying things from one room to the other. Getting … Continue reading Double knee replacement: 2 & 1/2 weeks out
Tomorrow I'll experience a bilateral TKR - total knee replacement, both knees. So I'm T minus 1 day . . . and counting. It's been a journey to get here. Since the end of July when I got the bone-on-bone diagnosis, I've been doing stretches every morning and working out with weights two or three days … Continue reading T minus 1 day
I'm in a perfect storm of overwhelm. My double knee replacement is nine days away. This day, the Tuesday after Labor Day, is the sixth anniversary of my breast cancer diagnosis. And I cracked my phone screen this afternoon. It's September, isn't it? The challenging month in my life! I feel so behind in getting … Continue reading September is the cruelest month
I'll give the quick update first. If you read my post last week, you know I was seeing an orthopedist about my knees, anticipating that he'd say I need replacement of both knees. And that's what happened. I'm scheduled for double knee replacement - that's right, both at the same time - in the middle … Continue reading Knee Replacement: How was I so unaware?