This time last year I was arguing with Physio persuading them that I would be better off at home than staying in hospital living on chocolate and crisps, I won and got released from hospital only to get home and realise that I couldn't even get up my own front step without my hubbie lifting me!
I spent 3 months non-weightbearing (as most of us do) before gradually getting more mobile. My consultant initially told me that I would need a knee replacement within 2-10 years (at 37 years old I wasn't impressed with that idea!), my physio told me that was a "conservative" estimate and that I should seriously think about changing my career (I work as a theatre nurse in the operating theatres where they fixed me!) as she didn't think I'd be able to continue my job
Those days were some of the worst of my life, without this site, and my hubbie and my best friend, I'd have been a mess - so thanks everyone here for your support!
It took me 7 months before I was fit enough to return to work, I went back on phased return so started with a few hours a day doing mostly office work, building up over about 6 weeks until I was back up to full time, working 9 hour shifts (I just make sure I have a stool in theatre so I can sit if I need to). I don't use my stick at all within work, but just for getting from work back to the car at the end of my shift (it's a long way if I've been on my feet all day).
When I was on phased return I spent a lot of time doing office work, which meant that my organisation and computer skills were noticed by the new manager (who started there the same week I broke my leg) and partly because of that I have just been successful getting a promotion at work and will be starting there as a Sister at the beginning of next month - so breaking my leg has had a positive side, and nah nah nah nah nahhhhh to my first physio!
I'm still healing and doing things that a year ago I didn't think I'd be able to ever do again, just the other day I was sat on the bed using my laptop and suddenly realised that I was sitting with my legs folded (like you used to at school) without any pain or discomfort - not a sensible position to sit in but great to know that I could! I know that I'm not finished with the healing journey by a long way, but it's nice to still be noticing improvements, and with my new job I'll be able to fit in time to get to the gym (I get 2 half days each week) so will be able to improve even more.
After seeing the last xrays that were taken my consultant revised his estimate from 2-10 years for a TKR to 10-20 years and when he checked my leg over the other week he announced that it was "healing a lot better than he thought it would" and he was really pleased (particularly as he has to see me at work nearly every day!)
Just really wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone on here for all your help and support over the last year, and to hopefully give encouragement to those who are just starting out on their own road to recovery!
Good luck and good healing to everyone!