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I am now 28 weeks and 13 weeks post op from my two TKRs. Looking back at the last five years or so I have to reflect on all that's taken place and must say that if I knew THEN what I know NOW I definitely would have gone in sooner to see about having my surgeries.
Of course recovery from ANY surgery is grueling, and TKRs bring their own special issues (swelling, having to walk on knees that have just had tremendous trauma, pain, dealing with medication FOR pain that may bring its own trouble and side effects, taking blood thinners and giving yourself SHOTS in your abdomen, having to be helped to the bathroom...The list goes on and on!)
Even with all of the recovery issues and dealing with physical therapy and STAIRS (my personal nemesis!), I STILL have to say that I am MUCH BETTER off than I was before my surgeries. Before having surgery I would begin experiencing pain even walking into the grocery store! By aisle two I was standing on one foot, standing on the other foot, leaning on the cart and wondering how I was going to get all my shopping done. If I grabbed a few items and left, I was angry at myself that I didn't get all I needed. If I stuck it out and DID all the shopping I needed to do, I really paid for it when I finally got home, needed to put away everything and put my legs up KNOWING I would be experiencing great amounts of PAIN for days to come because I went GROCERY SHOPPING!
That was absolutely ridiculous on my part, but I put up with it, and I bet many of you put up with it, too!
I now can shop for HOURS, garden, shovel snow, play with our granddaughter, climb into our son's new truck, stand in the yard talking to my neighbor, bake cookies, and NOT have to stand on one foot, stand on the other foot and look for chairs to sit down on everywhere I go. I wish I had soldiered on and gotten my surgeries sooner.
I was fortunate to have no complications with my surgeries. I thank God every day for that. I am retired, so I have no schedule I must keep and can rest as needed. My husband has health issues of his own but TRIES to help. I am grateful for that. I am a positive person and pray a lot, and I KNOW FOR SURE that has been a HUGE part of my recovery.
I often look down at my HUGE scars on my knees and reflect on the last 28 weeks of my life. I have to say that even WITH all the pain, the recovery issues, the relearning how to walk again, using the walker and cane and working on developing proper bend and successful straightening, I STILL would do ALL of it again because I now have my life back. At 64 I can walk again. I can do the things I USED to love to do, and I have a chance to enjoy my family again by looking forward to our youngest son's wedding in September and playing with our oldest son's baby girl without CONSTANTLY being in pain and thinking about my knees.
I am SO GRATEFUL that I took the leap of faith and had my surgeries!
It is my hope that we all reach a point of less pain, be able to do things we haven't been able to do, get our life back and enjoy ourselves and our favorite things to do.
I am so thankful to everyone here on this site. I have learned so much here and have especially appreciated that I have people available who really understand my issues. Thanks to all who have helped me throughout these many weeks of recovery and will continue to be there as I keep recovering!
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