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I have been following this wonderful forum since I had my first TKR just 12 days ago. I am 71 years old and in pretty good health. Many of my questions are the same as those already asked, which has helped. But after doing everything I've been told to do I feel a bit like I'm not where I should be at this stage. I know I'm in the early stages, but it is hard not knowing what to expect.
The first 4-5 days were so hard, I did as many of the exercises as I could, but all I wanted to do was rest. These past 6 days I've tried to do more, but I am just so exhausted, stiff and sore. I'm on Percocet 1 every 6 hours, I was on 1 every 4 hours, but, as many of you know, caused constipation. Sleep deprivation is a constant and I'm afraid a bit of depression is affecting me. I know I am early in my recuperation, but how did all of you handle the stresses of this difficult surgery?
I see my surgeon next week for my first visit since my surgery and I start OP physical therapy also. The only PT I've been doing is what they gave me on my hospital instruction manual, which basically was pictures with how many times I was suppose to do them.
I thank the Lord everyday that I have a wonderful husband that has been so helpful and encouraging. It's just that this is so new and I just don't know what to expect.
I would appreciate any wisdom that you could share with me to help me get through this.
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