The proof of the pudding is the measured degrees of flexion (bending) and extension (straightening) of my knee. The most difficult for me is the flexion; last week I'd attained 70 degrees - not quite a right angle. This morning that figure was 85 degrees. Vince says that's great for this stage in the game. One thing I have to keep in mind is that between the torture sessions, the muscles tend to go back to a 'comfortable' position; I have to increase the number of times per day that I do the exercises to insure that the permanent flexibility will be maximum.
I know I've mentioned all along that this whole experience has been better/ easier than I'd anticipated; I continue to feel that way. However, beginning now, I'll be heading out for visits and walks outside the house - maybe to the grocery store, coffee shop, etc. Vince has cautioned me about only going places where I have the option to leave if I get tired or hurting. For example, he suggests that I put off going to a movie until I'm more comfortable with sitting for long periods. And, I won't be doing any driving for the length of time that I'm taking pain medication, for obvious reasons.
As I recall, the movie theater was one of the places where I had lots of difficulties before the surgery. I'd sit in the theater for the length of the movie, and then would have to get myself into a standing position very painfully at the end of the film. I'd also have to hold the handrail as I walked down the steps and out of the theater. I always tried to 'appear' like it didn't hurt, but oh boy, did it!
I'm really looking at this rehab as my full-time job right now. Tomorrow I'll see my surgeon for the first post op visit; although, because Kaiser has all-inclusive care, the home health nurse and the physical therapist have been in communication with him each time they visit me here. I may sound like a broken record but I can't say enough about how great it is to have Kaiser care. Every provider has ongoing information about all aspects of my care and recovery. For instance, anticoagulation therapy is de riguer for post knee replacement. So, every afternoon I receive a call from the pharmacist who's monitoring my blood levels of the drug therapy; she tells me what dose to take each evening.
Well, enough of the diatribe of my recovery - for now at least. As I get further along I start to think about what I want to do when I'm completely ready to get back in my adventurous life-style. I'm just not sure whether I want to head out for a long distance, or do I want to make several shorter jaunts to places here in California? I will have to make some decisions in the not-to-distant future as my house is rented; so, when I feel well enough to be completely on my own, I'll have to decide where I want to park my RV when I'm not traveling. I'm sure the answers will come as I go along.
I'll leave you with a few photos:
Eleanor getting comfortable in our bedroom - likes to look outside, but has no interest in going outside
Holland and Max at last year's prom. Holland graduated in 2013; Max will graduate this year.
Here's the beautiful couple last Saturday evening
Max was elected Prom King 2014
And, finally, here's Bailey, with her diaper on, keeping me company
That's all for now, folks!