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06/06/18 Day 141 Four Months Post Op

At 20 weeks post-op recovery is slowly making progress walking with less of a stiff leg. My ROM is now 125 degrees that matches my left knee my good one. My physio is pleased with my progress. Been transferred to my local private hospital a mile down the road on NHS choice. I live within the hospital postcode and Prof Snow works at BMI Droitwich Spa Hospital. This is where my mum got her left knee and hip replaced 2 years ago through the NHS. Becoming more common taking on NHS patients at private hospitals, it helps reduce patient congestion in the large city hospitals. Think I am limited to 5 sessions that should be enough.

Will go swimming again after meeting the lady that runs the leisure centre café this morning in the street that happens a lot in  smaller towns. Said the changing rooms have been refurbished, last went in July 2017, was not impressed with the not very functional changing rooms. Will give it another go and see if it has improved.

Tempted to go back to gardening around the neighbourhood! Not sure if it wise and  should wait longer. I cannot do any digging, have to kneel on my left knee with all my weight straining the knee. Will end up aggravating the knee with some swelling showing up on the medial side, best to avoid kneeling on my left. Cannot kneel or squat with my right just as it was pre-op to scope #2 and #3. Feels like an elephant is sitting on my right knee if I try to kneel or squat on both knees.

My right hip consultation has been changed from Friday 15th June to Friday 27th July that often happens on the NHS. The right hip is behaving well at the moment, hope it stays this way.

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16/11/09 Medial plica excision, fat pad trimming

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13/06/18 Day 148 Four Months Post Op

No changes with right knee remaining the same, can walk at leisurely stroll if I try to increase my leg becomes stiff with a more obvious limp. Can hide my limp if I stick to a slower comfortable pace. Does not matter if I lag behind others just have to add more time to my journey when walking.

Getting to the stage where I tempted to go back to do some gardening around my neighbourhood once again. My concern is that I will aggravate my knee causing another tear that might not be obvious straight away. Have now lost all my clients that have taken on other local gardeners.

I have not been able to earn any income this year relying on my deceased dad's army widow pension. It is a good amount ranked a Major. Just feel bad using my mum's husbands widow pension. My PIP that was previously DLA will be stopped on June 19th that was only £88 a month that I took out when I was still at work in 2010! Appealing against the decision. On the latest PIP assessment report they have left out important parts in my giving me 0 in communication when I am autistic and struggle with communication and socialising. Mental health, stress and anxiety is not classed as a medical condition so wont fund it. Many individuals are having their PIP's taken away, that is scandalous and corrupt that have daily high anxiety and stress condition, some cannot leave their front doorstep.

Still keen to help and support young people with disabilities that relate well with me, I can engage well with youngsters with LD and autism at a evening club I help out at every 2 weeks on a Monday evening. It is a natural gift coming across in a positive and friendly caring manner. Due to my previous conviction in 2005, causing minor cuts and bruises to hostel staff who tried to pin me down on the floor after shattering a glass fire exit door window due to frustration and anger. Was subjected to months of verbal, emotional and physical abuse by staff at all 3 hostels where I was forced to stay at in 2005. A one of incident is still hampering my life and career path caused by wrong meds and my dad's terminal cancer to cope with 13 plus years later. No lawyer in the UK is willing to take it to the Supreme Courts! This is so unfair and unjust not removing a minor criminal record.

Sorry for a rant, just want to get my life back to a normal again with a steady routine by earning an income, that is being hampered right now by unfair and unjustfied barriers and red tape.

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« Last Edit: June 13, 2018, 08:40:48 PM by Clarkey »
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16/11/09 Medial plica excision, fat pad trimming

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16/06/18 Day 151 Five Months Post Op

Five months post-op is still early days, not sure at this stage if surgery #3 has made any difference. My right knee does not give out, which is positive and feeling ok apart from around the portals still feels sore and delicate with swelling still around the bottom of the kneecap. Walking is fine as long as I stick to a slow pace can walk good distances, if I speed up then feel anterior knee pain. At least I am no worse off 3rd time round reaching the same stage prep-op with less sharp pinching pain that must have been the damaged cartilage. Hopefully as the quads build my walking pace will increase as well.

Can lift light to medium weight about 10 to 15kg can lift 25kg bags if it just a short lift into a trolley and boot of the car. Digging will stay away from and any other action that involves exerting pressure onto the kneecap. Driving feel good long distances are ok, would say at times the right hip and left knee can feel stiff and rubbery. Using the clutch in heavy traffic is what triggers the pain and discomfort.

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16/11/09 Medial plica excision, fat pad trimming

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20/06/18 Day 155 Five Months Post Op

Might need to slow down again at this stage post-op, becoming too over confident walking longer distances. Knee has given out a few times this week that should hopefully improve once the quads get stronger that are still small and feel like jelly. When I tighten my left leg my quads are solid with a large muscle mass My right quads are smaller when leg is tight.   

Sitting seems to increase stiffness and some pain and discomfort in both knees. Nothing major just nudging pain that must be PFPS. At my age reaching my 40 in December some wear and tear as well as the PFPS is normal. Driving seems to cause more pain and discomfort with my left knee when use the clutch a lot in city traffic and jams. Could have it examined next time I see Prof Snow to get an official diagnoses of what I expect could be runner knee. Will stay well clear from any cortisone injections and surgery. Would expect to be referred for for physiotherapy to help strengthen the muscles that could also be very tight that is contributing towards the anterior pain. 

No contact yet from my local NHS Choice referral to see an physio at my local hospital, might take a while to get through as a none private patient. Live within the postcode and taking pressure away from Birmingham ROH Physio Department for patients that live in the city of Birmingham makes more sense.

Sorry about last week moaning, sorted now with some support from the leader of the adult and young peoples group I help out at. PIP and hopefully employment support in areas that I want to pursue in to take away the negative labelling brick wall I am banging my head against for something that happened 13 years ago. Discretion of employer, from personal experiences many managers want to give me a breakthrough. The people above them are the one that lack empathy and understanding, still living in the 20th century with biased old fashioned opinions.

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« Last Edit: June 20, 2018, 10:57:16 PM by Clarkey »
RK: PFPS, Arthrofibrosis, Tendinopathy, Five cortisone injections
16/01/18 Anterior interval release, distal patella excision, lateral meniscal repair
18/07/14 Anterior interval release  
16/11/09 Medial plica excision, fat pad trimming















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