It’s been a very good week!
Christine (physical therapist) had Odel out of the motorhome again on Wednesday, taking a short walk back and forth along the concrete slab where we park. We determined that the walker was unnecessary, and she suggested a cane sized correctly for Odel’s height. As soon as she left, we loaded ourselves into the Jeep and drove over to CVS. I ran in and, minutes later, Odel had his new cane.
Then we were off to Panda Express, for some of the greasy food Odel has been craving. We zipped into a disabled parking slot right in front of the door, hung the temporary disabled placard (be sure you get one of these prior to your knee surgery!) from the mirror, and Odel had his first excursion away from the motorhome. Yippee!
So, Week Three brought big changes. Odel has been cleared to walk (short distances); has been taught a series of standing exercises for stretching and strengthening; has been able to get into the car for excursions. He moves around the motorhome quite easily. We’ve been able to take the lawn chair back outside, as he can sit comfortably on the couch again, and stand up from there. He has begun to cut back on the pain medication, both in the quantity and the interval.
When Christine measured on Monday, Odel had 101 degrees of flexion (aiming for 110-120) and –5 degrees of extension (the goal is 0), and his knee’s circumference was 42.8 cm. By Friday, he had 107 degrees of flexion (111 if Christine pushed his knee as far as he could tolerate), –3 degrees of extension, and his swelling had reduced to 41.8 cm circumference.
What does all the mean in the real world? It means he can stand. He can do dishes! He grilled our lamb chops for dinner last night! He can carry things around, and can get his ice packs out of the freezer when I am not home. And… he’s getting antsy, tempted to push himself just a little more than he should. It’s not so difficult to watch daytime TV all day long when you’re a pain-pill addled invalid, but he is leaving those days behind – and fast.