The days start to run together when all you do is sit, ice, elevate. I can’t complain about the past few days though! The only bummer is that I am getting tired of sitting here.
I had the intention of getting off of the pain pills as soon as possible so on day three, I ended up taking only one pain pill in the morning when I woke up. I was still a little nervous that I would be in pain but figured I would never know unless I gradually started to lower the dosage. The nurse told me to be diligent the first two days and set alarms to stay on top of the pain but also said to let my body tell me what to do for the third day on. I decided to just take that one and then when it started to hurt I would take another. That was the only one I took that day and I wasn’t in any amount of pain to take another. My leg looked good, a little bruising was starting to show but I could cover up the stitches with a few bandaids and it looked good as new!
I noticed my knee starting to get more stiff as the day went on so I stuck to what I said and I gradually started moving it a little more throughout the day. I started with a walk around the house then I would sit on a chair with my legs dangling. I would move my injured leg with my good leg wrapped behind it leg to get more range of motion (this allowed me to get movement without using my injured leg’s muscles). After I did this 15-20 times, I would go sit with my knee at 90 degrees for a minute or two before getting back onto my mound of pillows on the recliner. It ended up being a great day and was very relaxing!
Day four ended up being the first day that I ventured out of the house. This was more work than I thought because I had to try and figure out how to get the brace to fit me again. I wore my big brace coming home from the surgery center but underneath it was a bunch of gauze and ace bandages. It took us awhile to figure out how to tighten it but eventually we figured it out. I am thankful my doctor didn’t instruct me to wear the brace at home. He allowed me to put full weight on it and walk around on it without the crutches as long as I didn’t have a limp. This brace was pretty uncomfortable putting it on but its better to be safe using it! I maneuvered my way into the car and we went out to lunch. It felt so good to be out of the house but it’s amazing how much pressure floods to the knee when it’s not elevated. It was nice to get out of the house but needless to say, I was ready to be home and ready to get out of the brace! As soon as I was home, I was back on the recliner with my leg elevated and ice packs on. It was so funny to see how much my leg morphed from the brace! I guess my leg was more swollen then I thought.
I was able to come home to my apartment last night so now it’s day five and I have a change of scenery. I got a good night’s rest and was able to sleep in a little too. My knee felt pretty good this morning and I took the ibuprofen for the purpose of the swelling but don’t really feel like I am in that much pain. There is a lot of bruising that is starting to show and it goes down my shin but overall everything looks quite healthy. Now that I am home, I realize how nice it was to have someone there to help me. I’m starting to think about how much of a process it is going to be to go to the grocery store, so it looks like I am going to use all of that perishable food that I have on hand. Shakeology saved the day for lunch! I am going to migrate over to my mom’s house for dinner tonight since we have family in town for Thanksgiving but I don’t plan on moving too much from her couch there.
I feel really blessed with how seamless this process has gone. I really am thankful that I have a God that cares for me. I was so worried about how all of this was going to work out and I don’t like being so unsure of the unknown! This reminds me of my emotional moment that I had a few days before surgery as I was driving to work. A song on the radio came on by Casting Crowns called “Just be Held”. During the song, I felt a sense of peace and I felt like this is a time in my life when I need to just be held. My injury wasn’t something that I wanted and I didn’t know how to plan everything around it. I kept fighting harder and harder and trying to do more and more to make things easier and better. Ultimately it was just causing more stress and anxiety that I didn’t need. I needed to give it up to God because everything is in his hands and it isn’t what I do but what He does. He cares about me and about everything that is happening in my life, all the way down to a non-life threatening knee surgery. After that song ended, the radio host cited 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” God sure has perfect timing doesn’t he?
Here is the link to the video in case you are curious!
Casting Crowns – Just be Held