One month out. I’m finally feeling human again. I guess that’s a pretty good timeline and I suppose that I’m impatient and expected to feel good and be back in action in half that time. My new knee feels very strong and sturdy. Yes, there is still pain, but it’s tolerable. I took a long walk 2 days ago as part of rehab and it felt therapeutic. I can’t wait to be back walking on a regular basis. Abbie the jack russell can’t wait either.
The most surprising part of the surgery was how violently my RA acted up. I really wasn’t expecting that. I control that damn disease and it does what I tell it!! Usually. Not so post surgery. Of course the biologic that I am on, Xeljanz ER (or is it XR) is a daily pill. Which means that it leaves your system each day, unlike Enbrel which stays in your system for a bit. Once I stopped taking it prior to surgery, without any residual in my system, the RA flared. Post surgery the RA continued to rage through my system and was the worst part of recovery. The pain of the new knee was nothing compared to the pain of RA. Interesting to have a point of reference.
I have found a bit of success by upping my daily dose of prednisone, but that means I don’t sleep until 3am. My time table is a bit off. However, I backed down a bit this morning on the prednisone and I’m trying to return to my “normal” life. Which is funny because my friend said to me this morning that if I became normal, she wouldn’t recognize me. But I’m back sleeping up a flight of stairs in my bedroom, and no more riser on the toilet. I’ve been working from home, but am going to head to the office tomorrow. Life is waiting for me to resume.