Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Another day, another appointment

Spring really feels like it is rolling in around here. The temperatures are fluctuating just above and below freezing. I am longing to spend more time outdoors. Sadly, it is so icy about the yard, walking about is impossible. It's a huge ordeal to get to the van to go for appointments.
I am now into my second week of physio therapy. It's very hard, but I push myself to do it all. My bend and tolerance is quite good, but extension (ie. making the leg stretch out flat) continues to be a challenge.
The other day they measured my extension and it was a *15*. I don't know what that number means, but normal is 0.
I saw the surgeon again today. He was happy with my healing. He also measured my extension at a *10*. My friends, I was so anxious going to that appointment today. Getting that 10 was a huge relief! My orthopedic surgeon is such a wonderful, encouraging doctor. He's one in a million these days.  He told me about another patient he had whose extension was slow to come, in fact, he didn't think this gentleman would ever get a straight leg, but it did come along. "Don't lose faith," he said.
This afternoon I iced my knee and put my foot on a pillow and stretched the daylights out of it. Imagine my surprise when I could BARELY manage to squeeze my hand behind my knee! I'm at four weeks and I think it's finally going to go straight!

I went outdoors with my small shovel and cleaned a lot of ice off the side and back porches earlier. The warm weather this week should dry things right up so I can haul my lawn chair out on sunny days!

9 comments:

  1. It sounds like you're making progress.

    I don't think winter's quite done yet, but we'll see.

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  2. Good job. Be careful on that ice. To sit in the sun in the spring will have you heal in no time. Hug B

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  3. I waited for the crash when you went out for the ice. Be careful, and good job on all the progress.

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    1. A bucket of ashes from the wood burner helps. Better than salt.

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  4. I think that magic number is a number of degrees. Sounds like you are doing great. Be careful not to hurt yourself.

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    1. Yes, the all important numbers. I have good bend. It was 105 degrees yesterday which is very good.

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  5. You're doing GREAT! And I think it's wonderful you have a terrific doc in whom you have confidence. But be careful with the shoveling!

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    1. It was all big chunks of icy snow that had fallen off the roof. I just pushed it off with the shovel, but my back is sore today.

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  6. Pretty dark today! And more snow. Ah, well. soon it will pass!

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