Tomorrow will be 2 weeks post op for me. It’s gone by quickly even though at times the minutes seem to be like hours. Overall I’m doing well. Progressing. The surgically repaired knee is now my Good Knee. My Strong Knee. It’s stable and sturdy and feels good to walk on. To that end, I walk mostly unaided these days. I’ll use my cane overnight or for the first few steps in the morning, but otherwise it is not necessary.
My hurdle has been the other knee which no doubt will be replaced in the future. Being off the RA meds since the beginning of February has caused the expected flare. In my hands, wrists and the other knee. The other knee formerly known as my good knee. The pain has caused me to cry for a few moments most days. I get overwhelmed, tired, behind on pain meds or just feel a bit sorry for myself. I sob for a few moments and then rally. Because that’s what RA has taught me to do.
I was supposed to stay off the RA meds until after the staples were removed, but I will confess to starting the methotrexate 4 days ago, and the Xeljanz 2 days ago. The swelling in the new knee has diminished, my physical therapist says I’m doing great – I did climb a set of stairs yesterday and walked down the street and back up (it’s a hill). Today is the first morning I’ve not cried since surgery. Yes, I was stiff and sore, but the pain seems manageable and the RA flare is being extinguished.
I’ve had incredible support from Mr. Phat. I couldn’t have gone through this without him. He’s held my hand, cooked meals for me, and most importantly is my Iceman. He keeps my icing mechanism full – he says I have a $4 a day ice habit and we’re not even making margueritas. My parents drove down over the weekend for a visit which proves that you can be 55, but you’re still a daughter. Mom needed to see for her own eyes that I was doing well. I’ve had tremendous support from my friends and colleagues at work, which has helped me go through this challenge. And my ski group, Team Cannon, left for the annual trip to Switzerland over the weekend. I know that my spirit went with them.
Stay tuned for more updates.