Daily Bread #78
It finally feels like I am recovering. It has been 3 full weeks since my knee replacement. They keep saying it is major surgery, and I am not disagreeing. I still have a lot of pain, but I am even beginning to think it might be close to the time when I can start tapering off the narcotics. I asked when I can start taking ibuprofen again, rather than Tylenol. Tylenol has never provided sufficient pain relief for me. They said 6 weeks after the surgery. Everything is 6 weeks it seems, including being able to drive. I will be practicing patience in the meantime, which is not my strongest attribute.
I tried walking with a cane rather than a walker, under the supervision of my physical therapist. Scary, but I did OK. The fear of falling is real, but I am (slowly) getting my balance back. The knee bending exercises are going very well. I am almost at the 115 degrees they want after 6 weeks and it has only been three. I may be pushing too hard, which of course increases the pain level,
My weight is now down to my pre-surgery number. It helps that my surgical leg is no longer swollen to twice the size of my other one. I am still recording what I eat, but not stressing about it.
As I get better, I am getting grumpier about all the things I still can’t do. Like I said, patience is tough. I can only hope Anne has more patience with me than I have with myself. We went for a drive this afternoon, and it felt good to get out of the house, even if I did not get out of the car until we got back home.
L’Chaim! This week’s stats: I am drinking about 96 ounces of water most days. My Fitbit report shows 5600 steps last week for less than 3 miles. I ate approximately 9219 calories and burned 11068 for a deficit of 1849. I am down 3.4 pounds for a total loss of 142.2.