Two Weeks After Knee Replacement

SwampMan has survived another week after knee replacement surgery. He got his staples out Wednesday. His range of motion immediately increased to 110 after the staples were removed. He continues on a long-acting pain med at night, and may (but not always) needs a 5-mg dose of oxycodone @ 4 a.m. because he cannot lay still in bed at night. My new rule is that I will be awakened to carry his crap around and/or make a sandwich as he changes sleeping places ONE TIME ONLY. He’s on his own after that. Otherwise, I would be awakened every hour to carry pillows, blankets, ice pack, CPAP machine, etc. to whichever area he thinks he would be more comfortable.

Except for the night dose, he’s off pain meds. He says he’ll start weaning the evening dose(s) effective tonight because he’s tired of being a zombie. He’s been doing a lot of sleeping in the day and wandering at night, and he’s got to get his days and nights back to normal again before he returns from work a week from Monday.

The physical therapy is going much better this time than last time. He forgot to get his walker this afternoon, and was walking around the house without walker or cane and appeared to be perfectly stable and pain free. He was actually surprised when I reminded him about using a cane or walker.

We drove about 20 miles to get a camel rider sandwich this afternoon, and he did fine, but is not ready to go out to his favorite restaurant quite yet. (He was still using his walker at 6 weeks postoperatively last time due to his bad left knee.)

Right after the boys went home after spring break, little Zoe came down with the flu. She stayed with us through Friday. She was always worried about Papa’s booboo knee and, even though she was ill herself, kept a close eye on her papa and brought him toys and blankets to make sure he felt better. We were glad that she had been vaccinated so that may have ameliorated the worst effects. The boys (knock on wood) and Mommy haven’t gotten ill at all.

Zoe can also spend the entire day playing quietly by herself with a bag of assorted toys without demanding attention or a playmate. How nice is that?


8 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    kae said,

    That’s great news.
    Knee replacements are rugged, I have a female friend who had hers done and was in terrible pain. The second wasn’t so bad, but it wasn’t the worst knee either.
    Hope he continues to improve quickly.

    • 2

      swampie said,

      This knee has gotten better so much faster that it’s amazing! He is 3 weeks and 3 days after left knee replacement, and he took the grandsons to McDonald’s for breakfast while the oil is being changed on his truck. Then they’re going in to work with him while he picks up his mail, etc. in preparation for returning to work Monday.

      Hunh. Maybe I should go out for breakfast, too.

  2. 3

    kcduffy said,

    Howcum I haven’t been reading your posts??? *sigh* Sorry…

    Glad to hear The Man is improving so nicely. Now I’ll continue reading and find out more. Hey, call any time!

    • 4

      swampie said,

      Because you’ve been busy having a life? You’ve been hiking and picking out a house and moving and packing!

      • 5

        kcduffy said,

        Oh. Yeah. You’re right. We sign the lease tonight when Duffy gets off work, then going down to Gallery Night downtown. Hope to see Tree Hugging Sister there!

        Not a lot of packing to do, we didn’t bring much with us. Mostly clothes…

      • 6

        swampie said,

        Congratulations on the house! When will you be back to pick up your lonely cat?

      • 7

        kcduffy said,

        Next weekend!

      • 8

        swampie said,

        Woohoo…oh, crap. The kids will be here all next weekend because their mommy is going to be putting in 12-hour days on Saturday and Sunday.

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