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Four Months after a Total Knee Replacement

Four months later, my knee is still swollen and the flexibility still needs improved.  It can be depressing, but there is no joint pain like prior to my surgery.  I can walk without pain and do not need to carry around crutches like I did prior to my total knee replacement.

When someone (friend) asks me how my knee is, I reply “It’s getting there.”  What else can I say?  It’s a long process. Am I wrong to think that replying “oh, I’m working on going downstairs, I can go upstairs, I still need to work on flexibility, I have no pain in my hamstring, etc,” is not interesting to others?

I’ve learned to reply this way since I’ve heard “suck it up” so many times throughout my life.  I don’t need to hear that when the pain is so intense, it’s depressing.  That includes a week after having the major surgery. Who needs that?

FYI: I started going downstairs without using the railings, but it is still slow.  Going upstairs is easy, though.  Nice.  Stairs are not easy to do during the recuperation process.

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  1. I am going to reply to this post since I am at 4 months on the 18th…….I can not do stairs without the railing, I’m too unstable right now. Going up is definitely easier than going down.

    When I go somewhere that I have to sit for an hour or more, I take a shoe box with me for a foot rest, because I am short, my legs are short, and my feet rarely touch the floor let alone sit flat on the floor, so the shoe box helps take the “hanging” pressure off my thigh….but last Wed. when I had the 5 hour meeting, I forgot my shoe box! I sat at the end of the table and propped my foot on the support brace on the folding table….it was NOT the same, hence the intense swelling in my leg for days now.

    Last night, I wrapped my leg from ankle to thigh in my ace bandage and put ice on my outer knee, and this morning the swelling is gone and pain has subsided, although, all I’ve done this morning is sit here with computer in my lap!

    Yes, people are constantly asking how it’s going, and I try to say the same thing, it’s better than last week but not there yet! Everyone at work comments on my gimpy-ness (is that a word?) in the morning, b/c it’s always stiff early in the day and my gait reflects that. I try very hard NOT to limp, but sometimes can’t be helped.

    I still have trouble at night when I try to turn over and lift the tkr leg over the other one…..and I have so many pillows in bed I look like I’m sleeping with Snuffleupagus….lol.

    It’s going to be a nice day, the sun is finally peeking out and my garage is in dire need of a spring cleaning and organizing……oh no!!!!

    Debi

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