- Ask more questions during the visits to the surgeon, write down things to ask him.
- Listen for the answers or have someone with you who can remember the answers! My son insisted on coming along to all such appointments. HE remembers!
- Take ALL prescribed medication in the dosage recommended and at the time recommended.
- Don't be afraid to ask for refills on the pain medication...I had to have mine renewed three times.
- Go to ALL physical therapy appointments, even if you don't feel like it... you will regret missing any.
- Ask the physical therapist questions. They have extensive training and knowledge about how the body works.
- DON'T OVERDO IT! This means walking, exercising, sitting too long, moving quickly without thinking about how your knee is positioned.
- Get plenty of rest and sleep.
- Take a shower every day, even when you have to wrap your stupid knee with Glad wrap to keep the incision dry. (YES...KEEP...IT...DRY!!! Otherwise, you will get an infection like I did!)
- Don't expect things to heal up quickly. A total knee replacement takes MONTHS! I healed up much faster when I had my hysterectomy!
- Eat normally. Not like you won't ever see food again...
- Drink plenty of liquids. Ice water is good!
- If possible, find a 'buddy' who has had the same kind of surgery. You can compare notes and find out that you are not the only one having a problem dealing with the whole situation. Your family will get tired of hearing you talk about certain aspects of the healing process, but someone who has been through it will be glad to share their experiences.
- If your dr. recommends a walker, crutches, or a cane... USE THEM!!! You will thank me later!
- Keep a journal of your progress. I wish I had done that. My husband and son remind me now and then how far I've progressed.
- Try to look ahead. Some day soon, you will be able to walk without a cane, get up out of a chair gracefully, turn over in bed without groaning, and hopefully, not have any more pain in the affected joint!!!!!
Sunday, January 06, 2008
What I Have Learned...
Since my knee surgery (October 4th), I have learned the following: