Post op- Day 5

Post op- Day 5

Day 5

So my tubey-grip tried to attack me last night. I woke up at 3am with my knee area hurting like hell, only to feel that my tubey grip had all rolled up and was digging in super right right above my knee. You know when you wear a pair of socks that are too tight around your ankle, and it digs in, and you get a good itch from it where it’s gone all red? Well, it was like. Only, replace the satisfying itch with excruciating pain. I might start sleeping with it doubled over rather than tripled over. I fell back asleep again, s’all good.


I’ve taken some swelling pictures. I’m pretty impressed. There’s not a lot of difference, from my biased perspective.

Swelling
I know, I know. You want a close up of these bad boys. Well here you go.
Still a bit squidgy


I am, however, legitimately concerned that I may have been beaten up by the surgeon and his team. My leg looks like a prop from The Walking Dead..


Corpse leg vs normal leg

EURGH. From this angle, my bad leg is definitely more swollen. Mainly in the calf and ankle though. It doesn’t seem to bad looking down on it. On second thoughts, I have done such an unreliable photo. The picture of my bag leg was taken considerably closer to my leg than my right one. And I’m a freakin’ scientist. How embarrassing. Anyway, I digress.. 


I’ve officially hit boredom today. The weather is too inconsistent to lie out in (I’m lying out in the sun for like, 7min intervals. It’s hardly worth lowering myself into the sun lounger), my brother has just gone back to uni so I have nobody to bully, and I suck at PS3.

I’m about to write a diet plan so I a) avoid turning into a super fatty and b) can return to Jiu Jitsu just sucky, not fat and sucky. I eat pretty good on the whole (too many treats recently) but I know what works well for my body and how to lose the weight properly (I’ve lost about 40lbs since starting Jiu Jitsu). I’ll have to keep doing bits and pieces like that to keep myself busy. I’m really hoping I’ll be able too do a small upper body workout maybe tomorrow or the next day. I’ve bee feeling good today, so we’ll see.


Exercises

3 x 10 Knee Flexion
3 x 5 mins knee hangs
3 x 10 straight leg raises
3 x 10 quad tensening thingies
My exercise regime has yet to change, as I’m following my rehab notes given to me when I was discharged from hospital. It says to do this stuff from day 1 to day 14. I’m booking a Physio appointment tomorrow sometime, so I guess I’ll be doing the same thing until then. 

It’s good because I can tell I’m getting better at them. I don’t have to shout “Up! UP!” at my leg when doing straight leg raises anymore, and I only swear a little bit when I do the knee flexion drills (again, they felt really good today, maybe even reached a 110 bend)

I’ve been slacking on strengthening my quads. Which is stupid because one of the things I was worried about was having one hench leg and one chicken leg, yet I’m doing nothing about it. The exercise is to literally tense your quad. When I do that, I feel it over my entire knee cap. I just did it then, as I typed this. I’d rather stick pins in my eyes. It’s foul. No thanks.

I’m waiting until I can weight bare better, then I’ve read that they start getting you to do baby squats. Maybe I should just man up and do the tensening drills though..

Knee hangs are fine again. Feeling like I can relax more, and really sink into them. Weeeee.
Here’s a video of my knee flexion drills. I reckon I’m close to 110 degrees on them:








Icing (20-30mins)

10am
1pm
3pm
6pm
9pm

My best friend (the cryocuff) is serving me well still. Oh, that reminds me. I lied yesterday. I said I took no pain killers. It got to about 7pm and I felt really achey so I was persuaded to take them. Today I took some ibuprofen late morning, it’s 4:30 as I type, so I may take some more at dinner. I guess they’re antiinflammatory too. Bonus.


Technically today has been another success, I’m just feeling a little deflated. It’s one thing being off work, but if I can’t train/go to the gym/paddleboard/DOANYTHINGILIKE then what’s the point? Man, I can’t even carry anything anywhere. I roll my bottle of juice down the hallway as I make my way to the lounge. Winner.



6 thoughts on “Post op- Day 5”

  • I had a meniscal repair last summer and got the same bruising all down my shin and ankle as you seem to have got. The physio said it was all part of the trauma the knee faced! Keep up with the icing you seem to be doing great, movement and swelling wise.

  • Hey lovely lady, I am going through this as well and I am on day 6 now but I have had the same issue about excruciating pain since day 4.5 so second night in a row it’s keeping me awake! It’s not the pain from the scars… it’s just the tightening of the compression tights!! Not prepared for that! Thanks for your blog… it comforts me in my situation. :))

  • This blog is great!! Im on day 5 of an ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair. Its driving me mad but your comments and blog has helped loads!! did you get pins and needles in your hands at all?? or is this just me? 🙂 Also how long was it until you could run/ cycle/ get back to the gym? 🙂

    • Hi Kat!

      Thanks for the kind words 🙂

      Pins and needles in your hands?! Nope, I never had that. Sounds a bit strange though. If it’s still happening regularly, it would be best to get that checked out by your GP.

      Cycling was one of my rehab activities, so I was slowly cycling on a stationary bike by the second week I believe. I could do upper body circuits as soon as I had decent balance and could walk well which was around the 3 week mark if I remember correctly. It will be different for everyone really. It’s finding a balance between pushing yourself to be able to bend your knee/do rehab exercises fully (as they can be painful to do!) and over-doing it.

      Best advice I have would be to listen to your body 🙂

      Best of luck with the recovery!

      Hannah

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