Days 25 & 26 – Progress After Knee Surgery

Sherry on the CPM machine three times daily for two hours. Part of her home therapy after total knee replacement surgery.

Sherry on the CPM machine three times daily for two hours. Part of her home therapy after total knee replacement surgery.

It has been quite a journey since my total knee replacement surgery last month. I have had use of a CPM machine, an at home physical therapist, and now I have progressed to physical therapy sessions at an out patient facility.

While physical therapy is challenging, I take it seriously and look forward to getting range of motion better than before the surgery. I am very excited to report that I graduated from a walker to a cane, thanks to my wonderful home physical therapist.

On Friday, I requested a less powerful pain medicine to one that does not affect my cognitive capacity. It is so refreshing!  Wow!  It has made a big difference, yet it is still effective on my knee pain.

To help prevent blood clots, my compression hose and daily aspirin are working well. Completely by accident, I have become a compression hose expert. There are so many types of compression hose, brands, styles, and sizes; yet so few retail outlets carry them. As I resorted to shopping online, I was so overwhelmed, it took me two days to try to sort through it all.  In the end, online prices and local retail prices only varied by a couple dollars (pretty unusual). They are all pricey.  And, I was finally able to find the right compression, size and fit at My Pretty Place across from Norrhlake Mall.

Also, thanks to special friends, family and church family, I do not have to worry about household chores, grocery shopping, laundry, meals, or a ride to my doctor or physical therapy.  I thank The Lord for my “village”.

Have you or anyone you know had knee replacement, hip replacement or any type of surgery requiring home help and months of physical therapy? If so, what tip(s) can you share that can help others?

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