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I'm getting on for around six months post op now and It occured to me this morning, while getting out of my car after having arrived at work, that it seems to be much easier than it was previously. So I paid attention to exactly how I was managing to get out of the car more easily.
It transpires that I still have to have the door wide open, and the seat as far back as possible, to enable me to get my right leg out of the car (right knee being the replaced knee joint), I swing both my legs out and 'ground' them, and then shuffle towards the edge of the seat and using my right elbow/arm as a lever against the outside of the door pillar, use that to come to a standing position. It all sounds very complicated and fairly slow, but it happens 'almost' without thinking about it, and in a couple of seconds. I have no pain and all seems very second nature, but in my heart I know it's anything but natural.
I just wonder if we sort of adapt ourselves into whatever task we're doing, so it doesn't hurt, or whether, we are actually improving.
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