I've been depressed for about a week, what should I do?

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Hi,

I am a 36 year old lady now Day 18 post unicompartmental knee replacement with ACL repair. I was in hospital only 1 day but the pain that I experienced was nothing I've ever felt in my life! The first week was excruciating but it started getting better from there. I've been completely off pain meds for about a week now (since about day 10) but since I can't bear weight on my knee at all for 8 weeks, I've been stuck in my house unable to drive anywhere. I find that I'm more teary now, feeling down most times and am not sure what to do about it. The pain is manageable and I have a lot of support from my family but I just feel so down all the time. What advice can you give?

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    Everyone's comments are so true. I watched Frankie & Grace on Netflix to cheer me up. Sitting in the sun when it shines really helped me. Using the time to drink lots of water, eat healthy food with the occasional cake outing helped me feel better. Massaging my leg and listening to music was a distraction. I think if you need a good cry you should and then a big hug from someone you love. Be kind to yourself you have been through major surgery. Reach out on the forum it is full of such kind people xxxx

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      That was just funny Susiemah - your post came through on email with the first words up to 'using the time to drink.....'  and I just wondered if you might say 'using the time to drink yourself silly' ' or 'drink yourself under the bed' or what LOL!

      Yes, I think it's SO important to give yourself treats and find things you enjoy to lift the spirits.  It does all help:-))))  And look forward to being without the pain you've had for such a long time - that's another one!

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