When do you stop counting? I don’t mean counting at all, but I mean when does one stop counting the days, weeks, or even months? It’s been 32 days since having my knees replaced, or four weeks and four days, or one month and one day.
I’ve already stopped telling people that it has been X amount of days when they ask how long ago my surgery was and tell them in terms of weeks plus days. So when do I go to saying it has been X amount of months plus X amount of weeks? And then when do I go to years plus months? I figure by the time I get to the years plus months the surgery will just be an afterthought that I will only be reminded of when I look at the scars on my legs or have a followup appointment with my orthopedic surgeon.
As I push through week four of my rehab I have transitioned into a different type of pain. While I occasionally have the random shot of bone pain most of the pain I am having is muscle pain.
Lots of people have said that they can’t imagine the pain I am in and lately I have been telling them to just imagine going to the gym for the first time in five plus years. That muscle pain and stiffness that you experience, well that is what I am going through right now. The last time I worked out in any form was when I lived in Richmond Virginia, I moved from there shortly after my 26th birthday and I am now 31.
Yes, I did pre-surgery exercises as instructed by the physical therapist but that was mainly just gentle stretches along with a few leg lifts. Since surgery I have continued to do those exercises but have been doing more of them and have added 20 minutes of bike riding three times a week when I go to therapy along with squats and some calf exercises. They have not added any weight lifting exercises but I expect that to come after my 6 week checkup which comes the week of Labor Day. That will be the first time that I get a look at what my new knees look like internally, and also the first time that I have seen my surgeon since the day after surgery.
Overall though therapy has been going well and I can notice the improvements every week. I am sure that there will be more pain as the weeks turn into months, but I am prepared to continue to push through it so that I can take full advantage of this new lease on life.