It has been three weeks since the surgery and things are coming along. Per my original schedule, I am half way through the non weight bearing part of the rehab. I see the doctor again at the end of the month where I hope to learn more. For now, the major pains are gone and I am progressing with my physical therapy.
After the brief week delay with the blood clots, I am back visiting Tassinari Physical Therapy three times a week. Rusty, one of the owners has been very good to me and it has been an overall great experience. My current goals are to regain muscle use and range of motion. After the surgery, your muscles really shut off. It is strange to suddenly not be able to lift your leg or control movements like I used to. I am slowly getting a lot of the use (I can make the muscles flex now) back. There are a lot of limits because of the microfracture. Rusty put together a rehab plan for this first six week phase, and I am on track, so that makes me happy.
Even though I would say that cabin fever is running strong for me, I have been able to get out more. I think the whole family likes getting away from the house together particularly after a couple of crazy weeks. I can’t crutch around too much, but we are doing well. We’ve been to the coffee shop, a couple of ice cream places, some meals out, the marina to fish a little and the park. I still have a while before I am fully active, but things are going well considering I can’t walk normally for a few more weeks.
Best of all, I feel better. I almost have to remember not to get up and walk. I really don’t feel much pain. If anything, I have some discomfort and no pain. Mentally, I am doing better too. There are times I want to do more, but I just have to remember that I will be able to do a lot more as long as I am patient now.
Sleeping at night has also improved. I think it is a combination of getting used to the CMP machine and learning how to adjust during the night. I still get up a lot, but it is not as hard or often as it was even a week ago.
The girls are still doing great. It was hard for me to realize I can’t play with them as much, but they don’t seem to mind. I am stil “fair game” and a gymnasium to them. They don’t hesitate to climb one when I am doing my exercises and are making the best of my moving around slow. I attached a cup holder to my crutch that Sophia has claimed as her own. She likes to keep her sippy cup in there.
So, three weeks have gone by and I am doing as well as I can hope to this point. My next big milestone will be to go weight bearing again. I think that will be in about 3-4 weeks depending on what the doctor says.