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Well what can I say that hasn't already! Came out the surgery feeling it hadn't been as bad as the picture I had built up in my own mind! Day following surgery was able to do all my excercises and was also signed of by o/t as I had no problem dressing, sitting on the toilet, getting in the shower etc, Great I thought! Then day two, I couldn't even lift my leg! Exercise seemed impossible and my knee was three times the size of the other, physio assured me that was fairly normal and to keep on trying to get through the exercises, taking all the pain relief they had to offer and using loads of ice I finally managed day three exercises, but physio said I can't be discharged until I can get at least 80/85 bend, I'm only getting 65/70 with a push. So they decided to put me on a bend machine, designed for day 5 patients post op, I was very apprehensive about this, anyway the young lad assured it be be fine and once it gets going my leg bend will improve daily, he said I could use the machine as often as I felt able, indicating twice a day for an hour or two, the machine does work very slowly.
So he strapped me into the contraption and off he went leaving me to manage alone, he never returned. After almost the hour I managed to get a nurse to get me out, I had had enough! My leg was agony and I could barely walk. Day four and I'm still in hospital but feel I have taken a step backwards following the kinetic machine, and I don't know when I'll get the bend close to 70 again, right now I'm lucky to get 40/45, has this happened to anyone else so soon after surgery?
Thanks for taking the one to read this.
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