Did you hear that? After nearly a month of walking with an awkward gimp (both pre-surgery and post-op), I feel like a caged bird set free. It's been so long since I've been able to bend my knee (like, since a few days after Grandma's Marathon, June 17th), that the "Frankenstein gate" had become my norm.
That all changed this week....here's the nitty gritty:
Not much to report from Monday, but I did return to work. I was discharged from the hospital four days prior (hospitalization details HERE), and had a chance to adjust to life back home (without an army of nurses and hospital personnel catering to my every need). Some of my co-workers gave me a beautiful coffee mug (which will be my main go-to for my daily chai latte's). Talk about feeling appreciated, supported, and loved.
|The last pic of Voldemort's stitches|
By Thursday, I could see even more substantially reduced swelling and diminishing fluid retention (which is s.l.o.w.l.y being reabsorbed by my body...or so I'm told). It's nice to finally see that my right knee is almost back to being the same size as my left!
|Looky there! The two knees are almost the same size!|
Saturday was a warm day, but with the most action I've seen in several weeks. I took Max out for a 1-mile walk in the early morning hours, and wound up walking two additional miles by the day's end. Even though I can walk pretty normal, and my "speed" isn't bad, I still have to use caution...I can't get too sweaty (if at all) with the suture site (still healing) and the PICC line (still in place). Also, since my circulation is a bit temporarily jacked up in my right leg, I do notice a bit of swelling around my ankle if I have been on my feet a lot. That's another "recovery" issue that is becoming less of a concern, though.
My total number of miles this week is debatable. I didn't walk much early in the week, since my leg was pretty heavily bandaged with an Ace wrap (making it difficult to walk without a very pronounced gimp). I'm gonna go with a generous approximation of 8 total miles (most of which were in 1/4 or 1/2 mile increments). Stay tuned...I'll have a more accurate mileage count for you next week (and more miles!).
Road to Recovery update:
***IV at-home infusions via my PICC line (whom I have named Linus) are a reality. Thus far, I have administered 30 at-home infusions. That number is crazy! I have a follow-up with my Infectious Disease doc this week, to assess whether I need to continue with the IV antibiotics longer or if I can switch to an oral medication. Thankfully, the infusions really are not much of a production. As mentioned, the leg lifts and single-leg balance holds are a great distraction during the process. I do the leg lifts at a moderately slow "speed" so I can feel the burn pretty good. The balance holds are not only strengthening both legs at once (trust me, BOTH legs are getting a burn, regardless of which leg is being held up), but they're good for overall balance work.
***Mobility is dramatically improving everyday! I'm able to walk up the stairway in a somewhat normal manner now instead of stepping up with just my left leg (and dragging the right leg up behind). Going downstairs is still a little tricky. I can do it, but it's a bit freaky not knowing if my right knee will bend enough to allow the left leg to "step down" without gravity forcing a faceplant and subsequent downward roll. No doubt, I'm being cautious.
***Range of motion feels so much better! I can bend the knee almost 45-degrees right now, and that makes simple, day-to-day things like walking or climbing into (and out of) a car much easier. Since I spent the past 3+ weeks with my leg mostly in a straight position, it feels liberating to have the ability to bend it.
***The suture site (which now also has a name, Voldemort) appears to be healing well. There is a tiny spot that is still draining slightly, so I have to be careful to not do any activities that will make me perspire much...remember, we're trying to heal the wound and keep it as clean as possible. Perspiration is a no-no.
In the other news:
The planking is back in action and feels like I never stopped (I had a 7-day "time-out" while in the hospital). The daily 2:30 morning planks are part of my routine again, and I couldn't be happier.
|Planking with a PICC line...it can be done!|
|Santa is an Iowa Hawkeye fan, too!|
How was your week? Hot weather? Any races? Ever been sidelined for an extended period, if so...how did you cope?