Knee replacement

It’s been almost three months since I had my knee replaced.  I’m  amazed at how quickly I’ve resumed my life — and it feels terrific.  Today when I was dressing I noticed that I could stand  on my leg to slip on my pants; I didn’t need to sit or to grab on to something to balance.  That’s the first time I’ve been able to do that in maybe 7 or 8 years.  I’ve been walking in the afternoons with a neighbor.  The  knee does just fine on our mile and half route, but the rest of me needs to get back in shape.  I do have inflammation in the thigh afterwards, but it subsides after a few hours.   I find myself energized and certainly don’t miss the constant pain I had before surgery.  The discomfort and pain sapped my energy and motivation — now they’re  back!

A friend told me that it would take about three months for the pain to go away.   Except for a bit of tightness just above my knee cap, I have no pain.   I’m still a bit uncomfortable at night.  The knee doesn’t nest well with the other knee and I have pressure points that make it difficult to find a comfortable position.  I use a pillow between the knees but that puts my hip in a weird position.    

My other knee is also bone-on-bone, but I’m hoping to keep it in use-able shape with injections for a few more years.  I’ll definitely have it replaced when it comes time, and I won’t wait until I can’t walk to have it done.

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