67 days since injury
5 days since surgery
These first few days have gone by fast.
My first night at home was difficult. I woke in the night in a lot of pain and sleeping with a knee brace is difficult for a side sleeper.
I have now found a rhythm and am getting used to sleeping on my back. Before the surgery, I picked up a memory foam knee pillow from Amazon, which has been helping me keep the knee comfortable during the night.
Taking the painkillers before the pain comes back has been crucial, so I set reminders for every 6 hours.
My friend Lisa is a nurse, and she came to check on the incision wounds for me today.
It is the first time I have seen them, and there are a lot.
There are six incisions in total, with a mix of staples and stitches. One of the main entry points went over my scar from a previous surgery 17 years ago.
Everything looks neat and clean, and is healing well on the outside.
The swelling has come down a lot thanks to the PhysioLab Ice Machine I rented for the next month or so. It is expensive, but it is looking like a good decision.
For exercises so far, I have started with:
- Ankle Pumps – Flexing and pointing the ankles with straight legs. This is to get the blood flowing and the lower leg muscles activated.
- Straight Leg Raise – This has been too hard so far, but I have been trying. It’s important not to do this exercise if the quad is “lagging” and your knee bends as you raise.
- Knee Bends – Bending and straightening the knee within the range of the brace, which is currently 0 to 30 degrees.
- Glute Engage – Just simply tensing and relating the glutes while sitting.
The next step is the first physio session tomorrow.