Update 7 weeks post TKR

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Hi All,

Its been 10 days since my last post so I wanted to see if I could compare progress with anyone out there kind enough to reply.

I am at 7 weeks post op tomorrow (TKR) and I am 47 years old. I had my 6 week follow up with the consultant and he seemed really pleased and made another follow up for 6 weeks time. I had my 5th visit with the physio on Friday and he has signed me off for a month as he is so happy with my progress. I walked approximately 5 miles on Saturday, have driven to work 3 times in the last week (140 mile round trip) (not a good idea as I had issues afterwards that I previously posted) I am visiting the gym 2 to 3 times a week, exercising, stretching, swimming and generally doing all that I should be !

So why am I still feeling a bit low ?? I can't seem to shake out of it at the moment and have been feeling paranoid about my job (Sales Director). I just have the feeling that out of sight is out of mind even though I have worked from home since the day I came out of hospital ! I went to work feeling that I had to but it set me back slightly so I am working from home this week.

I am probably being a bit soft and I can usually pick myself up when I feel sorry for myself and in fact just typing this makes me feel better.

Has anyone else felt low following the Op or insecure about their job? I am putting it down to age and frustration that I can't yet keep as fit as I would like to be and that I am used to being out and about with work and not isolated and out of the way.

Any thoughts are appreciated.

Mike

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    Well, personally not such a stellar recovery as yours, but well within the expected limits I think . .and yes, definitely do feel depressed at times, although logic keeps telling me that there are loads of people much worse off than I am . .etc.etc. but it doesn't really work does it!  I do think that sometimes we underestimate the massive shock to the system which the operation itself causes. . . the loss of blood, trauma etc. . .We are actually at almost the same stage . .my operation was 9th January .

    .Still having rouble sleeping, still taking very small dose of tramadol (18 grams morning and evening)  Walking two kilometres a day ; . .don't think I could make your five miles but then I am a lot older!  Hope you soon feel more optimistic. . It's one nasty operation isn't it!

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      Thanks Martina,

      Immediately I had written the post I wanted to retract it as I don't usually feel so sorry for myself. I think it was just the work thing really and I should stop worrying about that as we work to live and not the other way round! I have read many of your posts and you always seem positive which is how it should be. I already feel better and thanks for your kind words.

      Yes it is a nastly little op but as you said I am sure that there are worse things that can happen.

      best wishes.

      Mike

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    Hi Mike

    I am just over 4 weeks post op and I too get down and it frustrates the life out of me because I'm such a strong woman of 56 who works full time and normally has an active life. Iv been off sick for 8 months due yo first surgery going wrong and I must admit I'v stopped stressing about work, I will return to work when I'm fully recovered Im putting my health first even though I'm now on half pay

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    Hey Mike,  from the sounds of things you are doing really well.  I have my ups and downs at 6 weeks out.  Stay the course amigo!
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    I will be getting my op at the end of the month so am very interested in the progress of the rest of you! I am amazed that you have already walked 5 mile I truly amin awe, well done
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      Dotty,

          I know pre-op, I made myself think about how painful (with absolutely no hope of improvement) my knee was.  I keep that in mind and even have a little reminder posted on the wall to remind me on the difficult days.  I'm 6 out today and get to go see the surgeon and look forward to walking up to him with no cane with a smile on my face, knowing I'm not done, but, as the saying goes: "I see the light!"

      (and knowing that light could be the train)

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