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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2008, 07:38:16 AM »
I've been away for the weekend and just thought I'd pop in now and check up on you. It sounds like you are really on top of things!! I too am a side sleeper and I found if I could get just the right alignment of pillows I could make it work lol. However, at some point in the night I would generally move somehow and wake up in lots of pain. It was back to sleeping on my back for quite awhile. Takes getting used to!!

I hope hubby is taking good care of you!!

Cheers,
Candace
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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2008, 02:28:51 PM »
Didn't sleep so well last night....the knee is really painful.  I have been managing well with one percocet...and had to take another mid-dose last night.  Rx says I can have 1-2 every 4-6 hours.  I've been doing well with 1 every 4 hours...but it was frustrating and I took another.  We'll see.  Is it normal for pain to surge and subside??

I've been spending about 5 hours a day in the cpm.  Up to 95 degrees flexion and -2 extension.  I didn't do much walking yesterday...I guess I need to go out and take a stroll today. 

I got up and showered this morning...I usually feel better after a shower..and I actually took the time to dry and style my hair...so I feel pretty good.

My husband has my day planned out in terms of entertainment...I have to get caught up on Sara Connor Chronicals so I will know what's happening tonight when the new season starts.  LOL

Ya'll have a great day.  Kathy
Tore ACL March 1992
Fixed ACL Patellar Graft March 2005 (That's right 13 years later)
TKR Sept 08

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2008, 09:01:12 PM »
Hey Kathy,
I am sorry to hear you had a painful night. It does seem to happen that way for some reason. I am also very glad that your husband is taking good care of you! It is so much easier with a little TLC!

Take it easy and don't be shy about taking the meds if you need them. It is much easier to keep on top of the pain issue than to try to be brave and have that pain sneak up and take over.

All the best,
Candace
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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2008, 11:27:58 PM »
At first I was trying to stay at 5mg every four hours.. for about a day..  Than I had my OS change it to 10 mg and give me a new RX for the higher strength.   The pain is like that for about 8 weeks.  or more..   After 8 weeks I was taking vicodin and darvocet (depending what type of pain I was in)   I was also given ultram, Which makes me sick and ready to pass out..

I was also given ambiem 5 mg and than when that didn't work I was give 10mg.   and when that didn't work..  I became a night owl and caught up on my Frazier DVD's  Plus all my Jane Austen DVD's .   Than Lord of the rings stuff.   There is nothing on between  3 and 5:30 in the AM.  While I figured I was up .. I always went to ten AM out patient PT and worked my butt off. Came home cat napped for a few hours after lunch. Came back to the land of the living around six thirty...  exhausted myself going up and down 15 stairs a few times.. and watched Fox TV.. American idol.

Which reminds me .. Whenever in the far out future my left  knee gets done.. do I plan it around the fall season when all the new TV shows are around.   Or do I plan it during the spring months when I can walk around outside and breathe in that fresh air.. sunshine.


Sounds like you are doing very well.  Do not try to stingy out your pain medication when you are in pain.  Believe me when the doctors feel you are ready to be cut off they will down grade you to something to make you as comfortable.  Or at least mine did.    My GP was pretty good about reassuring me that this type of operation he has seen other patients on far harder stuff that is harder to get off.


When you do not have pain anymore ..  You won't need it..  You won't even think about it..

why sit in pain..  The only person who feels the pain is you right now..


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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2008, 01:13:02 PM »
So far the 5 mg every four hours has done pretty well....with a few exceptions.  Every once in a while it makes me feel incredibly jittery and I can't sit still.  It always hurts to an extent.

I have my first outpatient PT today...not sure what to expect.  I'm sure we're going to be recording all of the starting points in terms of strengthand ROM.  I imagine we'll see if I can get my foot all the way around on the bike....we shall see.  I'm ready to get this going.

Hmmmmm, I picked my time for surgery carefully.  I love to swim, so I waited until after Labor Day.  I take my grandkis swimming and love every minute, so that was my consideration.  I have enjoyed watching the political sparring....republicans sure mixed things up and it's fun to watch.  There are some new shows on now too, so that's a bonus.  Add a few hurricane's to the mix and I'm good...I would have been watching anyway.

Well, my day is SO busy...better get busy laying down and watching the news.  Smooches.  Kathy

Tore ACL March 1992
Fixed ACL Patellar Graft March 2005 (That's right 13 years later)
TKR Sept 08

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #20 on: September 09, 2008, 05:06:46 PM »
Hey Lauren,
I am glad the pain has been tolerable. It is also nice that you were able to plan the approximate date of your surgery. Up here in The Great White North ( which is very warm and sunny ) we don't really have the option of picking times of the year or dates. It is more or less wait until your name makes the top of the waiting list. I had thought I didn't want surgery in the summer, but now I am glad it was. It would have been difficult to sit for days on end in the house once the rain started, not to mention the ice and snow.

Good luck at your physio appointment. Sometimes it is helpful to take and extra pain med before you go. That's a tip that served me very well from another KneeGeek. Even now that I am 3 months post op, I still take one pill before physio. It's pretty much the only one, but it helps for sure.

Enjoy your day!

Candace
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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2008, 02:43:31 PM »
Candace--

Thanks for the extra med tip....I had heard that before but forgot, so it was good to get a reminder.  It still hurt!!!!  LOL  Didn't do much.  I can't do a single leg raise.   >:(  I can do the side lifts but my quads are in refusal!!!  My ROM is very good 96/-2 degrees.  I had trouble with my quads after my ACL repair and we had to use estim.  I have a tens machine at home so I guess I need to start getting serious about it.  I'm not going to work it quite yet....my brain turns off the muscle when I have pain...and I'm not sure if the pain is from the new knee or if it's from the actual trauma from the surgery. When I try to do the SLR's my kneecap starts to spaz..painful.  I can LOWER my leg if someone raises it for me...so I guess I'm going to do a bunch of that today.  I need to get on my cpm...my son came over to hang out with me today and he's sleeping...haha.  I wonder who is caring for who???  LOL

Well, let me run along!!!  Thanks as always for your tips, and just knowing there is someone out there who knows what I'm going through is comforting.  I check frequently to see what new comments are there....I guess I'm needy.  This is the next best thing to hanging out with a bunch of folks who have all had knee woes...only difference is I don't have to brush my teeth first!!!  LOL  Have a simply marvelous day!  Kathy
Tore ACL March 1992
Fixed ACL Patellar Graft March 2005 (That's right 13 years later)
TKR Sept 08

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2008, 05:35:44 PM »
Hello Kathy,
Speaking of having one's head in a fog... I called you Lauren hahaha. I am so sorry. Where did that come frome LOL.
How are you doing today? Still getting that same pain in the knee cap when doing the SLR's or is it starting to get easier with the passing of a day? I am heading out to physio now, myself, to see what new torture will await me :D. Last session was the stim on the quads while doing SLR's with weights on my ankle for 10 mins or so. That was tough!! Trying to get the quads going again.

Hope you are having a great day and that any company who may arrive will stay awake haha.

Candace
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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2008, 11:54:01 PM »
I CAN DO SLR'S!!!!!!!  YEE HAW!!!!!!  I know that sounds stupid, but it has been a concern!  Was just doing negative reps (lowering the leg) and decided to give it a go and was able to just do them.  Now I'll do hundreds every day!  I feel like I'm getting somewhere now!!

Kathy
Tore ACL March 1992
Fixed ACL Patellar Graft March 2005 (That's right 13 years later)
TKR Sept 08

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #24 on: September 12, 2008, 08:37:29 PM »
Went all the way around on the bike at PT today....yeah!  Can do SLR's now.  The only thing that bothers me more than I think it should is the outside of my knee is very stiff when trying to extend all the way.  I pretty much doubled my exercises today....so getting there.  Yee Haw!
Tore ACL March 1992
Fixed ACL Patellar Graft March 2005 (That's right 13 years later)
TKR Sept 08

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #25 on: September 12, 2008, 09:03:25 PM »
girl you are going to be stiff and swollen for at least 2 month.

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #26 on: September 12, 2008, 11:07:13 PM »
keep it up!! You are doing great so far!!
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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #27 on: September 13, 2008, 05:04:42 AM »
Hey...anyone with input...please feel free.  My patella is hard as a rock.  Should I be massaging it yet.  Still have staples.  Kat
Tore ACL March 1992
Fixed ACL Patellar Graft March 2005 (That's right 13 years later)
TKR Sept 08

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #28 on: September 15, 2008, 08:31:44 PM »
I'm a bit disappointed....I haven't improved my ROM since last week...any suggestions?!
Tore ACL March 1992
Fixed ACL Patellar Graft March 2005 (That's right 13 years later)
TKR Sept 08

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #29 on: September 16, 2008, 12:21:30 AM »
Are your staples out yet?  I would suggest taking a bath and trying to get up..  It worked for me.. hehe.  Seriouslly. If you have a yoga ball and yoga strap.. Keep pulling your  knees in and out .. and I say this not to scare you.. AS HARD AND WITH AS MUCH STRENGTH AS YOU CAN POSSIBLIY GIVE.  You are still very early in your recovery.  I think at a little past 4 weeks. I was past 135 flex and zero extension.  I had to work on my heel toe and endurance.    You know walk across a busy street and a bus is two blocks away.. and see if you can get across before being road kill.   Go food shopping and bend and lift the bags from the cart to your car.  At six months I thought I could even carry a few bags until the little old lady down the street from me yelled at me for trying to do so much.  Said get the men to do it.

Rome was not built in a day..  So with that in mind.. Nor will your range of motion.  Keep up with your out patient PT.   As your PT if she does knee cap massage.   I know mine did.  Also she bent me like Gumby..  ouch ouch ouch...  I must say I kept all the pain in and teared a bit. but didnt scream.    There was a few screamers in my group.    The old biddies.. 

It is not easy..  Young - Old - Older.   Sometimes you think Omg this pain..   It is more or about the same you had .. before the operation and it is weeks later.    Give it a year.  It is not scientific or anything..   but about a year  you will feel strong and on your feet again.

These early stages.. are really baby steps on the bigger picture..    I am happy to read you are able to do the biike..  I never had that problem.  I did experience not being able to do a leg lift for about 10 days afterwards but your whole body trying to make sense of what was done.  Your muscles have to relearn everything.   Its the joys of the pitter patter of a shiny New Knee.  Look who is walking now!!!  You are doing fab. Keep up the good work and push push push that knee to bend.