Happy Mother’s Day. It was a low key day here, as the week has been. Had Total Knee Replacement of my right knee last Monday, came home from the hospital on Wednesday and have been working on healing since.
From the very beginning, the procedure and the interaction with the hospital was far better than 11 weeks ago when I had the left knee replaced. The hospital had completed their transition to the new computer system so I could tell that everyone on the staff was less stressed. My ortho and the Anesthesiology team was on alert to be sure not to repeat the painful visit to the recovery room that I had last time. They were so good with the concoction that they gave me as I left the OR, that I slept soundly for almost three hours in recovery. And the nurses on staff made sure to medicate me before I went up to the floor. I was in my room by 3:30pm and the PT and OT were there at 4:30 to get me up. And I got up, went to the toilet and sat in my chair for dinner.
What a difference. One of the physical therapists said to me that all joint replacements are different and I certainly believe it. This new replacement has had a few episodes of pain, but nothing like the prior one. I have pretty good mobility as well, and was at about 93 degrees bend the first day. I used the walker at home for a day and then switched to the cane. You can’t carry a cup of coffee when you’re using a walker.
Another big difference is the bruising. My first knee had almost no bruising. This one has varying shades of purple, brown and yellow from my groin to my ankle, both front and back. So while it’s fairly ugly to look at, the pain level is minimal.
I’m off all my RA meds except for one celebrex per day and unlike the prior surgery, I’m having NO RA symptoms, which I find amazing. I’m barely taking pain meds so that’s not mitigating the RA symptoms. I just feel pretty good.
Admittedly, I’m a little tired of my couch, and my icing machine and my pj’s. I’m looking forward to getting a few steps beyond rehab and back to living. I can see the weeds growing as I write this.