As I come into week 6 I think I'm right on track (thanks to all of you), but this is really mentally tough! Doing "alot" used to be riding the stationary bike for an hour and lifting weights. Now "alot" is a day at work and I'm exhausted. Before the surgery I was certainly not disabled, but walking or standing too much caused swelling and pain and I had to carry ice everywhere I went. It wasn't fun.
My pain has diminished significantly, though when I'm up and about alot it gets quite warm and swollen with an ache. Too much bending also does that. I finished with the CPM at three weeks, I didn't see the point. My ROM is great and I do it on my own. I went to PT once but they had no clue what to do, despite having my surgeon's protocol, and just had me do some exercises and ice. OH, and they placed their hands on my knee for two minutes. I do all this on my own now. Maybe once I can do more they can be of assistance, but until then it's a waste of money.
I can't wait to get out of the brace! I am weight bearing and always have been. Some days I have swelling and pain for no reason and other days I feel like I could kick the braces out and "Run Forest Run"!
I still have significant crepitance under my knee cap during range of motion and that worries me. I was hoping for a smoother articulation. I can only hope that's part of the process.
I'll keep updating once in a while, it helped me to read other people's journey's.