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Wow...March 10th, 2018...already? Where did those two years go? Oh yeah...I've been trying real hard to forget all that crap!!! The end result?
IT WAS ALL WORTH IT!!!!!!! BIG TIME!!!!!
Eight months after the TKR, I got spinal stenosis which put a big crimp in my rehab. LLIF fusion in March of 2017...then a wrist repair in November and an L2-L4 spinal laminectomy this January. Yes...more crimps in my rehab. Still in a brace but started yoga and looking to resuming the gym work in April for my quads.
Unbelievably, I can climb stairs two at a time, no holding on, so stairs are no big deal for me. Lots of "muscle memory" from 45 years of hockey. But when I try to balance on one leg at yoga? Fuggeddaboutit. All those muscles are still weak from two years ago. I got more work to do. The exercise will be a lifelong thing...abandon it and you lose all that muscle tone. Keep up the work!!!
But the knee itself is GREAT. Some minor cramping a few days a months...Voltaren Gel...done. An occasional click or pop...ignore it. Virtually zero tightness or stiffness. Any remaining symptoms will disappear as I get the gym work done.
So...for all of you finishing one year: It keeps getting better. Just give it time and don't stop working at it.
For those of you still in your first year: time, work and patience. You will get there. Stay strong.
For those "Kneebies" just starting out: It helps to scream into a pillow. Take your meds ON SCHEDULE, eat healthy, hydrate, do your home exercises, ENDURE PT, ice, elevate. One big thing: Give up all your expectation and time tables. You CANNOT push a knee to recovery. If you try, it just swells and sets you back. The recovery takes a year...period...accept it...own it!!!
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