Thursday, May 29, 2008
I have always been hesitate to post info regarding progress or lack of progress regarding my knee replacements (in the same leg) because I have never had faith it was on the right track until now. I know how closely you all are following along and how much you care. I can't thank you enough for your calls, emails, prayers and visits. What we thought would be about a 6 week rehab back in January is now entering its 6th month. What makes me optimistic enough to post info? A visit from a physical therapist yesterday who said it was a great sign of a good outcome to be able to achieve the motion I have already achieved with the CPM machine. The 110 degrees I mentioned a few days ago was not accurate. The leg wasn't quite loaded into the machine properly so I wasn't getting a totally accurate reading. Now however I'm getting a pretty darn accurate reading and I'm at 92 degrees within 1 week with a goal of 105 degrees within 3 weeks. My doctor didn't prescribe the machine with the first knee he put in in January. We asked for the machine this time. He took the first knee out last week and replaced it with a smaller knee that fits better (2.5 hour surgery) and I can tell a difference. The blisters caused from the surgical tape (I won't go into that part) are healing nicely and should be healed up in a couple of weeks. The bleeding appears to have almost completely stopped which allows me to stay aggressive in the CPM machine. And just a while ago, I walked with my cane to the bathroom so I'm able to put almost all my weight on the leg. My pain level seems to be subsiding a bit too so all in all, I think we're on track this time but, I'm cautiously optimistic.