Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Physiotherapy consult

My surgery is two weeks from today.
I had an appointment with my physiotherapist today. She did lots of measuring and watch how I walked and took me through all of the exercises on the sheets I was given.
I learned that I was NOT using my cane properly, so that was a big help.
She also got on me about the way I walk, as I literally drag my right leg through life. It is so painful to bend my knee! She wants me to do a "marching" motion whenever possible. I can't see me doing that in the grocery store mind you!

I had a VERY difficult pain day yesterday. My knee was excruciating, then the hip, then the lower back.  I had to take a lot of pain medication and use all my pillows to get comfortable. Once I fell asleep I had a good solid night though. I was also rather groggy when I woke up this morning. Pain or no pain, I just cannot take the prescribed pain medication.

Yesterday afternoon I had a great long chat with a good friend who had her surgery here just a few weeks ago. She reassured me that I would be spending a full day in the hospital here in Pembroke. We talked about the process at our hospital, which seems a bit different from the Queensway Carlton. I feel a little better now.

Next week I have my preOp physical and ECG, yet another set of labs and xrays and another physio consult. All on Tuesday.  I cannot begin to imagine how much this all costs. Thankfully in Canada we don't pay for these services. We wait, but we don't pay.


10 comments:

  1. I'm going through knee physical therapy now. Not for a replacement or a break -- arthritis. I love the therapists. They do their best not to add to the pain and start you so gently sometimes you wonder why you're going but it builds you up. I know you'll be fine... it'll take time, but I know in the end you will be fine.

    You're in Pembroke! Rick rides his bike from Michigan to Pembroke every year(and beyond; last year to Quebec City). When he's there he stays with his clients who have a well drilling business -- I think their name is McKinnon. He said it's just beautiful in that part of Canada!

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  2. On the odd occasion when I've been in enough of a scrape to require pain meds, I've always disliked having to use them. They fog the mind.

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    1. I will NEVER understand these people who are addicted to things like Tylenol 3s. How do they function???

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  3. I feel so bad for your hurting knee, and I know the pain med problem. Soon, soon it will be behind you. :-)

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  4. I feel so badly for you!
    There are so many issues around getting pain meds, and making them work. Good luck with all this.

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  5. Continuing to wish you the best. This is when we give thanks for OHIP!

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    1. We are indeed lucky - though I know people who wouldn't agree so much.

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  6. THe Best of Luck Karen, I hope all goes well.

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    1. Didn't you have yours done Debra? Or am I thinking of Nora?

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