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.