Mags,Congratulations on coming along so far. I , too, am using my hip and thigh to try to contract the quad, as I can't feel it, the therapist says he can feel a mild contraction of it, when I try as hard as possible. The only way I can get it to fire is to try the leg lifts and try to hold it about 10 inches in the air. He uses the reinforcement of sound by putting the stimulator on there. I had trouble the first time around and finally got mad, and they left me with it for 45 minutes and I learned to contract and get the reward system in place. MY biggest problem is all the nerve pain I am having in my leg and foot, maybe due to a failed misplaced sciatic block, or due to the fall I took about 10 days ago. My foot and leg turn out even when I walk, so I have to keep watching to make sure I point those toes forward.
I am glad your knee seems so much straighter, and am jealous of your small scar. Mine is about 10 1/2 inches long, but I have a revision knee with a 3 inch post in the femur and a 4 inch post in the tibia. Hopefully, this will be my last one for a LONGGGGGGGGG Time. Teresa