I have 11 days under my belt now and I’m feeling great….so much better than I expected to be feeling at this point.
I had my first check up with the Physician’s Assistant and other than having some irritation at the incision sites from my Band Aids (I’m not allergic to latex so I don’t get it, but this always happens to me when I use band aids for a period of time), he said everything looked great. I got to ditch the compression hose and ace wrap and they gave me a shorter compression sleeve to wear that covers the knee area and a little above and below. I will be done with crutches next week (though my Physical Therapist mentioned dropping down to one next week so maybe it will be a gradual progression down :)) and my CPM machine- phew! It hasn’t been painful at all, but it’s been tough to be tied to it for so long. In fact, I’m missing a party tonight because of it- boo! I will keep my knee brace until I’m 4 weeks out and the most difficult part is that I won’t be able to drive until I’m 6 weeks out. We also went over my surgery and he discussed what they found and went over the pictures with me. He said as soon as they got in there he made the statement that it was no wonder the orthovisc injections didn’t work for me. I had a lot of ratty cartilage that they cleaned up and one spot that was down to bare bone. The good news was that outside of this area, my knee looked great. I asked him what he thought my odds were considering what the damage was and what’s been done, and he said that their goal is to get me back to running. He added that it means I probably need to cut back on it and add in cross training but I already had that expectation so at least we’re on the same page.
I started Physical Therapy the day after my check-up and it felt great. The exercises I did were very simple (leg raises and quadriceps contractions, etc.) but everything felt fine and that was reassuring. I’ve been scared to do anything so it was nice to have a professional guiding me on what I could do. I wish I could fast forward to the point where I can actually do cardio but I know this is going to be a long, slow process and I have to be patient. Patience is a virtue and unfortunately not one that comes natural to me, but I’m determined to do this the right way. I asked my PT if he has treated other Microfracture patients and if so, what there results have been. He said that it’s a very individual thing, but said that he had never seen so much work done. He also said that I was lucky to have such a skilled doctor because not every surgeon would take a case like mine. But, I didn’t take this to be discouraging. I think I have a lot of things going for me….and I think it never hurts to stay positive :).
I have 3 more days on my CPM machine and I have big plans. After my daughter’s basketball game tomorrow morning, I am back home on my CPM machine rooting on the Seahawks in the NFC Championship game vs the Packers. I’m really excited for the game and it will make the time in the machine fly by :). After that, I hope to finish watching The Killing. If you enjoy murder mystery tv shows, this Netflix series is a must-see. Going into this recovery, I had grand plans of reading every book on my shelf that I’ve had sitting there for years, waiting to be read. And then my Sister told me about this series….and I’m now almost done with the 3rd Season (there are 4 total). So yeah….that didn’t work out quite like I’d planned but I’ll feel accomplished if I can complete the series.
That’s it for now- Go Hawks!! 🙂