I can't claim total victory yet, but I have made it through two weeks of my knee replacement recovery. My blogging has had to take a back-seat to resting, icing and exercising. I can now sit in a chair and put in some desk time. At first I was stunned by the pain and lack of mobility. Now I am mostly uncomfortable but making progress each day -- as long as I don't give it a rest or slack-off. TBG has been keeping me fed and drives me to PT, helps me with exercises and keeps my morale up. This has been a very difficult process. I consider it a victory that after two weeks I am bending my knee beyond 90 degrees. I'm told that is a good thing!
The staples were removed this morning and that has been a relief. I am now down to steri-strips which aren't painful (staples pinch!). I do my PT exercises once per day and go out for short walks three or four times per day. I have met many men on my block who have had this surgery and they offer me encouragement too. Today I did not have to use my cane at all and was able to go on a three block walk by myself. I've also been managing to use both legs on the stairs -- with ample support. Not just the "up with the good, down with the bad" method I was using at first.
I had hoped to only miss two weeks of work then do a week at part-time, but that was based on a smaller incision on the side of my knee that is common for a partial replacement. My ortho went in from the front so I have the incision and underlying wiring to deal with -- basically the same as if I'd done a full. I'm feeling badly about that and am pushing for progress. My plan is to be back at work on 6/26, just short of four weeks.
Hopefully, my life will get more interesting once I can expand beyond my house and the few blocks around it, and I'll have better material to post about!