One year on Tuesday
Friday, March 16, 2018
Today I saw my orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Christine Pui, for my one year check up after my knee replacement surgery. First of all, I can't believe it's been a whole year. Second, I can't believe I can do so many things I hadn't been able to do for YEARS! I guess I pretty much gave up when things got too hard.
I passed with flying colors. In fact, I am so much better than ever that even I can't believe it. One thing I wanted to ask her about was that sometimes I feel like I'm hyper-extending my right knee. It certainly goes back further than the left knee, and than it ever did before. After checking me out she said the difference is that I can actually straighten my right leg, my left leg doesn't completely straighten. I remember how Jerusha (my wonderful physical therapist) kept telling me that I had to straighten my leg - it was important that I work on that. Apparently I did without even realizing.
The other thing I learned is that because of my efforts to stretch and strengthen my muscles, I have actually loosened my ligaments just a bit - which means my knee crunches when I do Pilates. That's pretty much the only time it happens. She said she could put in a larger knee - NOPE, I'll deal with the crunching, or stop doing Pilates!
So I am done. Of course, if anything ever feels wrong I will have to go in to have it checked out. I am not 100% me anymore. But I am so much better than me - I wonder if that's how the Bionic Woman felt! Hopefully with all this strengthening and stretching I can avoid having the other knee done indefinitely. My mom never had the other knee done and she managed to get around just fine.
So my knee replacement journey is complete and I thank each and every one of you wonderful spark friends for helping me through!