1.5 years post op
Hey everyone Ė thought Iíd post a quick update. I took a nice long break after I saw my OS for my 1 year appointment. Which overall was really great for my knee. After the constant rehab for a year, it really needed a break and it seemed to loosen/relax much of the tightness left in my leg. But after a couple months of sitting on my butt, I could also feel the inactivity getting to my knee as well. I think this was the ďhealthy balanceĒ my OS encouraged me to find.
SOÖ That meant I needed to get back to the gym.
Iím to the point where I just live my normal life and do what I want when I want. My gym routine isnít rehab focused at all, and while I do some strength training yet Ė it doesnít consume my workout. I am usually jogging a couple miles a couple times a week with no problems, filling in with biking and the elliptical for more cardio work other days. If I push it too many days in a row, I do get a little swelling in the knee, and thatís when it doesnít feel the best. But within a day of rest though, itís usually gone. I have very little pain compared to pre-surgery, and if Iíve been pushing my activity, itís usually my other knee that is yelling at me it seems. All is right in my world again.
The great thing the last few months of working out, Iím finally feeling endurance and power come back to my leg which is a huge aid to my confidence. I accept the fact that my knee is always something Iím going to have to manage to a degree. It is what it is. But itís a heck of a lot better than what it was and I sure donít worry about it anymore.
My goal this summer is to run a 5k at some point. I know some Ďrunnersí on this board think this is easy peasy. But Iím not a runner, and actually hate it Ė but it is growing on me. My time isnít going to be amazing, but I just want the satisfaction of doing it. Iím also looking forward to playing volleyball this summer again. Okay, Iím just looking forward to summer and all the fun activity it holds, I have a lot to look forward to this year. Itís been a long, cold winter here in Minnesota.