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Another Hazard for tkr

It was a beautiful day when I decided to take my new knee for a walk through the local mall.  All was fine and dandy until….I came face to face with a new hazard.  A hazard that I was never made aware of, but still on the same level as a big dog.

While browsing through the jewelry department, suddenly a tribe of small children came into view.  One backed up without looking, while the other two were hyped up while trying to convince their mom to let them go home.  All three children came to my waist level.  One was swinging his arms, another pushing her brother, and still another anxious to just get out of there.  One by one, they would have knocked into me if I was not aware of my surroundings.  (It’s kind of hard not to be aware when the sounds of squealing kids is in the air.)

Anyways, I mention this since as a total knee replacement patient, we are made aware of small dogs and our home environment as being potential hazards.  Never did I hear that small kids could be considered part of that category.

Hmmm….watch out for the little human munchkins.  They mean well, but those little bundles of energy can pack a solid unexpected whallop.

Walking for Exercise – tkr

The simple task of walking is a pure delight for getting my knee in shape after a total knee replacement.  There is a local walking trail that has a bit of everything.  There is gravel, pavement, grass, and wood walkways.  I can go walk along the freeway (ugh), go walk on the roadside (another ugh), or stay in the peace and quiet of wildlife (yippee!).

It’s fun to go with a group of people and chat along the way.  We reach a fork in the trail and take the unknown path.  Fun..

Anyways, I find walking to be the best exercise for using my new knee and working up a sweat.  I can walk faster now, so the sweat comes. Cool…

As far as flexibility goes, walking downstairs does it. It’s still a SLOW process, but I’m getting there. It’s still painful, but temporary.  It’s been 4.5 months after surgery.

Walking is a blessing.

Continuing Total Knee Replacement Rehab

Hi everyone! It’s been four months and a week after my total knee replacement surgery date and my knee is still swollen, my flexibility still needs improved, and my hamstring still needs stretching.  It seems to be taking longer than what I had originally expected.

  The medical people told me I’d be swollen for about 2-3 months after surgery. The swelling is better than it used to be, however.  I’m not complaining, just observing.

Also, while on a walking trail yesterday, a large dog (Labrador Retriever) came up behind me and bumped into my knee.  OUCH!!!!! I got over it, but was reminded about an article I just read that said to be careful not to slam into anything or have anything slam into you.  TKR hazards. Funny how life works…

When I mentioned to someone how much longer my recuperation process was taking than I was originally expecting, I was told I just needed to work harder.  Hmm…good idea…never thought of that.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Four Months Post TKR Update

Hi everyone. And, another month has flown by. (Where does the time go?!) Here is my four months post tkr update:

Four months later, my tkr 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 this total knee replacement 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. It is not a pretty site, either.

Hoping my tkr blogging insight helps others going through the same thing four months post tkr. Find interesting? Kindly share…Thanks!

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Using Rowing Machines as a Total Knee Replacement exercise

Hi my favorite readers! While gaining flexibility in my knee after a total knee replacement, I have found that using rowing machines as a total knee replacement exercise works  well.

The seat can be adjusted, either stationary or moving. The moving function offers me a chance to gain the most flexibility.

Even when not using the handle bars (similar to using paddles or oars), the moving seat offers a pretty good leg workout. it definitely gives a good upper body workout, which helps increase the circulation.

As much as using the rowing machine helps with my knee’s flexibility, I believe the exercise bike is more beneficial. However, one makes do with what is available. 🙂

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Memorial Cup Incident

Spokane just won the CHL’s Memorial Cup.  As the captain and co-captain were lifting the trophy by the cup, the cup came off.  The two did not know what to do.  They tried putting it back on, but it didn’t work. They both looked at each other, while one was holding the cup and the other one had the base.  It was a priceless moment to witness.

Eventually, the camera shot to other team members who were laughing.  In the end, it did not matter, since each player took turns holding the base overhead while skating around.  Some others hoisted the cup.

Walking as exercise for a Total Knee Replacement

Hi everyone. Due to popular demand, here is a reprint into using walking as exercise for a total knee replacement.

By walking, a definite effort needs to be made of maintaining or developing the proper gait.  I needed to learn how to walk again after 30 years of wearing a shoe lift, so it’s not as easy as one may think.  I needed to retrain my muscles.

NOTE: This was before I found out I still had a leg length discrepancy… after going through physical therapy and my  tkr recuperation process..  Another story. Yikes…

Anyways…The more I walk, the more I notice a greater swing to my knee.  My hamstring is stretching as is the front of my knee (I can’t remember what those/that muscle is called). That is a nice feeling. First time I noticed a ‘swing’ it felt really good.  However, later in the evening, wow….did it hurt!

And, the more flexibility in the hamstring and front of the knee, the easier it is to go up and down stairs.   It’s easier to get in and out of cars.  And, my leg can lie flat on a surface without being propped up on a pillow.  Before, a pillow was required due to the pain level of my hamstring.   Cool.

Walking is great exercise, and it is cheap to do. I’m still not at the point of hiking, but I will get there.

Here’s hoping my insight can help you feel less alone in your tkr recuperation journey. Find this tkr blog post about walking as exercise for a total knee replacement interesting and helpful? Kindly share..thanks!

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other health concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

The Hockey Song

Since the Detroit Red Wings have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final (WOOHOOOOOOO!!!!…LOOK OUT PITTSBURGH!!!!!), it is only appropriate to include the following lyrics to a well known Canadien anthem:

Oh, the good old hockey game

Is the best game you can play.

And the best game you can name,

Is the good old hockey game

written by Stompin’ Tom Connors

Having A Swollen Knee After A Total Knee Replacement

Hi everyone! I was told I would have a swollen knee after a total knee replacement surgery for about 3-4 months.  So, it’s been three months and I still do have a swollen knee, but less than others I have seen.  It’s not a pretty picture, but who cares? It’s the healing process.

I actually like showing people my scar since it’s a trophy of sorts. 🙂 Just add it to the collection, I say.

Today is an eye opener.  I walked for about two hours today at the zoo.  (What a great time!)  Now that I am home, my knee is swollen in areas it didn’t use to be.  Oh well, that’s what ice bags are for.

I’ve been told that my tkr knee will look like my healthy knee in time.  That will be interesting to see how it works its way out to that point. Right now, I can’t imagine that.  Time will tell.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has some wonderful information on what to expect after a tkr…including swelling after a total knee replacement. Here is a link to click on for more information:  https://www.orthoinfo.aaos.org

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This multiple award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

Total Knee Replacement Recuperating Surprise

While going through physical therapy, my therapist offered me the use of the facilities during my free time.  I took her up on it every day.  It was great having the option, and I took full advantage of it.  It’s fun watching my knee progress…slowly but surely.

When I mentioned to her how much I appreciated it and how I thought many others would take her up on the offer (she offers it to all her patients), I heard…”Nobody else comes in as often as you do.  Most people don’t even take me up on the offer.  Most people are too lazy to work as hard as you have. I’ll always remember your drive.”  I was surprised to hear that.

I’m not mentioning this to pat myself on the back.  I’m mentioning it due to the fact that….how can people be that lazy? Who wouldn’t want to get the full benefit out of their new knee?  I mean, the operation alone costs enough to feed a person for life and beyond.

I was talking to a lady who had a total knee replacement a year ago.  She stated that she still couldn’t walk down stairs.  That has got to be because she does not do her exercises.  (Practicing physical therapy using steps was mention earlier in my blog). Maybe her additional 50 pounds has something to do with it.

With diligent practice, plus pain and discomfort, I am able to walk down stairs 3 months after my surgery.  And, my knee is not your typical knee replacement as hers was.  Mine involves trauma from 30 years ago.

Granted, there is still a ways to go for me.  A long ways to go, in my opinion.  However, even though it may be at a slower rate then what is preferred, it can be done.

Graduating from TKR Physical Therapy

Today, after 10 weeks, was my graduation from tkr physical therapy. That doesn’t mean, however, that I don’t need to do any more exercising. On the contrary, I still have muscle stiffness that needs some stretching. Graduating from physical therapy means that my flexibility degree was at 110.

I’m going to miss going in every day to do my exercises there.  It was a quiet atmosphere and the machines were great. Plus, the laughs were much needed by me. My PT lady was just great.  She’s a Jimmy Buffet fan that has the most upbeat attitude.

I have a rowing machine at home that will do well in stretching my leg muscles. It’s fun to use, actually.

So…outpatient pt has ended. A new phase begins. The work is not over. I’m going to work until I reach 125 flexibility.

Knee Replacement Flexibility

Part of going to physical therapy while recuperating from a total knee replacement is the fact that you are working towards obtaining as much flexibility as possible.  The goal for “graduation” from my physical therapy (pt) program is 110.  I was told that 110 is the graduation goal for all knee replacement patients. The “average” person has about 125 (or so I was told).

Even though I will graduate with 110 (as others do), in order to obtain the 125, exercising and daily living will help us obtain that goal.  There’s still a ways to go.  It is a lot of work….moaning and groaning along the way. 🙂

Anyone who is going through a total knee replacement surgery needs to know that the surgery is the easiest part.  Rehab is the key to success.

Total Knee Replacement Update

Hi everyone. I once mentioned about good and bad days during the recuperation process. Well, here is my latest total knee replacement update worth sharing so you realize you are not alone!

After having a great first two weeks – meaning increased flexibility and less pain – last night…ouch. !!  All I did is sit in a chair for a couple of hours.  (Yes, I got up to stretch in the interim).

Stiffness and pain returned.  I’m not complaining (or maybe I am), but bummer!  That’s what happens during the recuperation process/ordeal.  I’ll get there.

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AUTHOR NOTE:  Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This multiple award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.