Mako Robotic Arm TKR Week Six
Visit to doctor yesterday who is very happy with my progress, called it fabulous. PT today who put me on a pressure-sensitive treadmill and showed me the results. For 6 weeks it's fine, but I roll through my foot from heel to toe much better on my good leg than the surgery leg. He now wants me to find a good place to walk (mall?) where it isn't wet and the ground is flat, and concentrate on hitting with my heel and rolling all the way through on the surgery leg. I am at 126 for flexion (with pulling on leg, but only trying once) and 0 for extension (all those painful exercises are paying off) but only when on the table; when I walk the knee does not get perfectly straight. He also assigned me a kind of isometric clamshell where you put the bad leg on top, a few inches in front of the good leg, and hold the leg in clamshell position with a band on it for 30 second. Not easy!
In terms of feeling normal, far from it yet. Big numb patch that seems to be shrinking slowly. In bed hard to move without the knee waking me up, various twisting movements don't work at all. Small sharp pains now and then. Certainly nothing like the good knee. I started weight lifting again and hope that will have some effect as the muscles strengthen.
A few additional comments:
Sleep: I sleep 10 hours a day but wake up several times, and sometimes need a nap. Did any of you experience this? It is hard to get much done with all the exercises and icing and elevating and then having to sleep so much. I feel sleepy through much of the day even without the meds. Is this the body repairing itself?
Bowl movements: I had to switch to the "gentle laxative" (Bisacodyl) as the prescribed one made me throw up. It works fine, but it would still be tough without my bidet toilet seat. On the strongest setting it is like an enema, and very helpful.
Glad to be here where people talk frankly about their problems and avoid the Instagram curse of performative posts. I've learned a lot. More soon.