This is a very picture heavy post…. Recap day by day (almost)
Getting over the post-surgery two week hump, things have definitely started to improve!
Day 16 at PT, this time I remembered to take my pain meds on schedule, and I was able to achieve great things. For the warm up on the bike, I was able to immediately go into full rotation! So I biked, slowly, for 10 mins and covered 1.1miles. The month of pre-hab, between injury and surgery, I could easily do 2.5-3 miles in this 10 minutes….with no pain. I also got ‘cleared’ to start walking without my crutch as my body felt able… but I was cautioned to keep the crutch with me when going outside of the house. Additionally, my range of motion, bending improved significantly!
Day 1 – ROM 50something
Day 9 – ROM 98*
Day 14 – ROM 109*
Day 18 – ROM 115*
(Pre-Surgery – ROM 141*)
Most of my days have been spent working (from home) and not a lot of social interaction. So this morning, day 18, I decided to go with Gregg to our CrossFit box. Of course, I did not work out… I didn’t even sit on the rower. But being out of the house and socializing with people I have missed helped my spirits!
I plan to return to the office on Monday. I am very nervous about this and hope I don’t push myself too far.
Over all the bruising is going down, and so is the swelling.
Surgery – Day 0 – No Pics. My mom took a few of me in recovery, but I don’t think I will share those…
Day 1: Worried Pups and some bleeding (told to leave wrapped until therapy on day 2)
Day 2: Unwrapped and a little bruise on the back of knee (also first day of PT)
Day 3: A little more swelling – (2nd day of PT. miserable)
Day 4: swelling continues and stitches looking angry – pain in the front of knee cap
Day 5: Bruising down to ankle (appears yellow)
Day 6: Less yellow. Still very swollen. (mom goes home)
Day 8: Not much difference, except bruise on back of kneeand thigh are getting darker
Day 9 (4th of July): my knee looks like a walrus and bruising continues to grow
Day 10: Time to get the stitches out
Day 11: Working on reducing swelling
Day 12: Swelling significantly reduced and bruising no longer “growing”
Day 15: Swelling under control
Day 16: Bruising almost gone on thigh
Day 17: Looking good