Hi everyone. Many of you have asked me to share a previous article I wrote about my eight months post-tkr update. So, from my archives and without further adieu…
It is eight months after a total knee replacement surgery. I like to keep track of how things are going, so I figured I would update it here. In addition to keeping a physical log, this post will be part of my emotional log. Here is some personal insight about my eight months post tkr situation.
Yesterday I went for a wonderful walk, my usual Sunday walk. It is a 1.25-1.5 mile walk. Ranking-wise, it is easy. The walking surface is varied – gravel, wood walkways, pavement, and grass. So, it is hard to get bored with. The walk was a great exercise and I felt fantastic afterwards. Then….
Two hours later, as I was driving home…I got very tired. My knee started to hurt and swelled up more than usual. I took a couple aspirin. Then I ate lunch, took a shower, and laid on the couch. I iced my knee, figuring it would do some good.
The rest of the night, my knee hurt and stayed more swollen than usual. I iced it again for awhile. I feel like I am coming down with a cold, too. I’ll have to fight that, too. This is tiring.
Today, my knee still has increased swelling (even though I iced it earlier), some tingling from my damaged nerve, and has pain on and off. I’ll ice it some more.
I’m so tired of this.I thought this would be over at eight months after a total knee replacement.
I’m grateful for the surgery, but this recuperation process has got the best of me today. It’s tiring and ticks me off so much – I’m depressed. I know it could be much worse and feel bad about griping about it. So why am I? I know as time goes on, things will work out. These negative emotions are just temporary.
I want to get things done, but live upstairs and just don’t want to do the stair thing today. Sometimes I just can’t stand the sight of stairs. Today is one of them. 🙁
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