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Thu May 31, 2012, 01:19 AM

Home from the rehab hospital!

I actually got home Tuesday afternoon, but was too exhausted to post. They were planning for me to leave Wednesday morning, but my insurance company refused to pay for one more night, so with five minutes notice, I was out the door.

The rehab facility was great and the physical therapy was awesome. Although the nursing staff was also awesome, there were various problems mostly because they are chronically understaffed. By the time I left, I was cruising the halls of the facility with my Rollator (fancy four wheeled walker that my BIL got cheap). I'm doing as much walking as I can and doing all the exercises the therapists recommended. The new knee actually feels better if I get up and walk every 15-30 minutes. The bad knee hates that.

The only major problem I have now is that my bad knee is hurting as much or more than the new knee. I see the surgeon next week and will try to get him to schedule replacing the bad knee the week after Labor Day.

My husband has requested that for his birthday at the end of January we go on a hike together. I think I will be able to for the first time in a decade!

Edited to add - I wasn't able to post or read all last weekend because the internet was down at the facility and the one guy who knew how to reboot the router was on vacation.

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csziggy May 2012 OP
CaliforniaPeggy May 2012 #1
csziggy May 2012 #3
bluesbassman May 2012 #2
csziggy May 2012 #5
Joe Shlabotnik May 2012 #4
csziggy May 2012 #6

Response to csziggy (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 01:22 AM

1. YAY!

I'm so glad to see your great news, my dear csziggy!

I'm not a bit surprised at how your bad knee is feeling...

Good luck with the surgeon!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Thu May 31, 2012, 01:37 AM

3. Thanks - it has always been a worry with doing the knees one at a time

I think I'm going to try to stay in out patient therapy right up until the bad knee is replaced. If I can get in better shape, I should heal up even faster after that surgery.

Walking would be my first choice for getting in shape, but the bad knee is not going to allow for that. The standing exercises are stressing it too, so I need to find some other ways to exercise both legs without adding to the stress on that knee.

But the new knee is healing much faster than I expected. The incision is healing beautifully and I think the scar will be minimal. It definitely is not hurting all that much, what I feel is mostly the swelling and stiffness when I sit too much.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 01:35 AM

2. Good to hear csziggy!

Be faithful on your rehab routine and you'll be hiking for sure!

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Response to bluesbassman (Reply #2)

Thu May 31, 2012, 01:41 AM

5. Thank you! And I will absolutely keep up with the rehab.

I spent today sitting for short periods and walking around the inside of the house and doing the recommended exercises. Tomorrow morning my husband and I are going to try walking around the yard a little. The Rollator is supposed to be able to handle uneven ground so I want to try it out. The mornings are still cool enough to be comfortable outside so I will take advantage!

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 01:38 AM

4. congrats

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Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Reply #4)

Thu May 31, 2012, 01:41 AM

6. Thanks!

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