Hi everyone. After receiving many requests for my update for two weeks after my tkr, I wanted to share the news about my total knee replacement recuperation at this stage again with everyone.
My entire tkr leg was a dead weight.
This was quite unexpected since no one told me about this happening. I needed to lift my leg with my hands to get into bed or a chair.
Undergoing home physical therapy.
A physical therapist was coming to my home three times a week. She would not let me give up on myself.
Exercises consisted of sitting in a chair, using my “good” leg to gently bend my tkr leg, and walking with crutches/walker – among other crucial total knee replacement recuperation exercises.
I couldn’t stand up long.
I got tired very easily. It took all I had to even stand up with my crutches. So…
Needed someone to prepare my meals.
I was too weak/tired to carry pots and pans or cook meals.
I did my own personal care.
This included dressing, shampooing, showering (every carefully), and personal hygiene tasks.
Was in continual pain.
The doctor’s office handed me a painkiller prescription that cost $100 for 10 pills. Insurance didn’t cover the costs. So, since the price was out of my budget, I chose aspirin. That is one reason I was in continual pain.
I was in so much pain on one day when my physical therapist was scheduled to come over, I called and canceled. She wouldn’t allow it and came over as scheduled. “This is the time when you especially need your physical therapist,” she told me. It was brutal, but effective. I did feel better after doing some exercises.
I was using my crutches to walk around the house.
I did this every other hour for 10 minutes. I knew that exercising/walking would be a benefit. It helped speed my healing process.
I had an automatic shift, and my tkr leg could not move enough to even enter/exit the car.
That’s about it for now. When, and if, I think of something else about my update for two weeks after my tkr– I will freely share the news on this total knee replacement blog.
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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 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.
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