Apr 20, 2017

A Pain in the Knee: Part XI (aka Life Since Discharge)

It's been awhile since I have written about my knee and in case you were wondering, my knee isn't 100%. In fact it's going to be awhile before it is back to how it was (or actually better), but I am making progress.

So since I left this story last I had been discharged from PT and cleared from the doctor to continue life normally. In fact I had no limitation placed on me at all since I was out of the danger zone with my knee. It was all about doing things at my own pace as I feel comfortable. 

I had been itching to get back to exercise for awhile now but I had been hesitating to do that until I was done with PT. I knew I had to continuing working on my knee but I was ready to be done with my PT exercises and push my knee a bit more. So after much consideration I decided to do just that. I stopped my PT exercises which I felt like I was stalling with it and just frustrated all the time.

So I have progressed to just working out. In a few weeks I will have more about my workout itself but the point now is that I have stopped doing the PT exercises which wasn't pushing my leg anymore and instead working out 5 days a week. Just in case anyone was wondering there is so much leg work in my exercises that I'm still definitely getting the work in. But I'm able to push it more because there is more than just simple squats.

I am also walking on a daily basis and if you have seen my house then you know I have a lot of stairs which is great practice itself. So my leg is getting all kinds of work on a regular basis and like I said I'm not in any danger with my leg now because it is strong enough now.


As for the strength in my leg, you can still tell that the muscle isn't there yet. My knee still swells sometimes - depends on the weather and how much I'm on it and if I got smacked in the knee by my 1-year old that day - but mostly it looks almost normal. The muscle is just just quite there. It's definitely getting stronger though. I can know get up off the floor holding Connor. I can walk up and down the stairs alternating feet holding Connor (although I don't do it too often because habit...?). I can squat and lunge. I can do little hops and have been working on jumping jacks through my workout. Running is a not there yet. I can do a small jog in place but it's awkward and feeling awkward. My leg wants to snap back straight without any control, so that's still coming along. Sometimes it still wants to give out on me but that happens less.

So I feel like it's doing much better. There are still some things I struggle with. It still gets stiff in the mornings and aches like crazy when I first start working out (it does stop doing that and stretches out over the course of the workout). I feel the weather changes. Sometimes if I leave it bent or straight for too long then it starts to hurt, but it's much better.

Can't say that I feel 100% awesome about the fact that I did this surgery in the first place. I know one day I won't say that and know that it was the right decision because no more worrying about my knee but those days that it just really bothers me, I have a hard time seeing that it was the best idea. But those days of hating that I had the surgery are mostly behind me.

So that's the short and sweet about my leg. I still wear the compression brace. I'm doing it less around the house but I still wear it quite a bit when I go out. I did do my first short walk without my brace the other day with no issues or pain or even it aching.

A Pain in the Knee: Part I (aka The Backstory)
A Pain in the Knee: Part II (aka The Surgery)
A Pain in the Knee: Part III (aka The Recovery)
A Pain in the Knee: Part IV (aka Physical Therapy)
A Pain in the Knee: Part V (aka Still Recovering)
A Pain in the Knee: Part VI (aka Knee Surgery & Recovery + Being a Mom = Really Hard)
A Pain in the Knee: Part VII (aka Brace Off)
A Pain in the Knee: part VIII (aka Walk Faster!)
A Pain in the Knee: Part VIIII (aka Outer Quad vs Inner Quad)
A Pain in the Knee: Part X (aka The Discharge)

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