Here’s my hubby coming home from work, one week and one day after his left knee replacement surgery.
Look at him wield that walker!
Look at him go!
He went back to work today, although I think he spent more time at physical therapy and the hospital (to monitor his Coumadin levels–to prevent blood clots post-surgery) than he did at work.
Hardly anyone goes back to work within one week, but Barry has a desk job and isn’t slinging cement blocks. He can also come & go as he pleases, lucky fella. As long as he gets a newspaper out once a week.
He’s still a bit challenged with swelling and bruising poor baby, but the physical therapist didn’t seem worried. (He has purple TOES, dear reader!)
He keeps the knee propped up above the heart for hours at a time, the ice machine cooling the new knee.
He’s a good sport.
We’re doing well, dear readers, both of us.
If any of you wish to know more about the knee replacement scenario, please visit my new blogging buddy, Christine M Grote at Random Thoughts from Midlife. Here is one of her many blogs about her husband’s knee replacement from two months after surgery, the lucky duck: http://randomthoughtsfrommidlife.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/bilateral-knee-replacement-surgery-two-months-and-back-to-yard-work/
I spend a lot of time adjusting pillows, searching for pills, here’s your magazine, what do you want NOW?
But it’s OK. He did the same for me during my gall bladder surgery–how many months ago now? Let me count. That would be sixteen months ago when the surgeon sharpened his knife and laparoscopically dove in to remove the hapless gall bladder, goodbye gall bladder, how I loved you…
Gosh, young folks don’t appreciate their moving bones and knees and functioning gall bladders, do they? OK, young people, I don’t really mean YOU. I mean that I never appreciated mine as fully as I should.
Honoring the body parts which still work, which still zing, which still can run up the road and through the woods and down to the lake…
Any body parts which you’ve replaced? Whispered goodbye? Learned to handle gently, with care?
P.S. Walker Boy approved this headline, so don’t worry that I hurt his tender feelings…he’s such a GOOD sport, isn’t he?
P.S.S. Later addition–I don’t mean to imply that he’s pain-free. He does experience pain during the day, but he’s dealing with it. Knee replacement surgery and its recovery isn’t easy, but he’s up and about and doing his exercises. Hoping this continues…