I've actually been surprised at how quickly things seem to have progressed considering the amount of surgery that was done. (6 hours!) I'm walking without much of a limp, and can ride the bike, swim, deep water run etc., but I know that there's still a lot of instability. I couldn't imagine things like running, jumping or changing direction, so there's still a long way to go. However, I'm hopeful that it'll end up being better than it was prior to surgery. I've also come to realize that there really isn't an 'end' to knee injuries....just a continued work in progress with continual changes and readjustments. I never imagined when the injury happened that this would be the result, but there's no point in dwelling on that aspect of it - it was an accident, and accidents happen! I've actually been feeling really positve and happy since the surgery - the long wait and disappointments were the hardest to deal with - and at least now I have something positive to work on. As for the pain, I don't know if I've just become accustomed to how things feel 'not being right', but I was only on prescription pain killers for 1 day out of the hospital before I decided that the side effects were worse than the pain. All in all, out of the 3 surgeries this one has been the easiest to recover from! Keep you chin up, and keep me posted with your plans!