If you missed my initial post-op post, click here.
The walker has been retired.
I frequently wonder where in the hell I've left my cane.
The pain is minimal, and none of it is in the joint. What a beautiful thing!
I have a set of 10+ exercises that I am to do 2-3x/day. They are so basic. I started getting agitated because the rehab seemed lame. Then I realized that I'm not rehabbing from a sports injury and trying to get back into competitive form...I'm helping my body recover from a MAJOR trauma. Seven layers of tissue were sliced open and then stitched/glued back together. Nerves and muscles were retracted. A bone was sawed in two pieces. And then a metal rod was hammered down the center of my femur.
- Calf raises and some anterior tibialis thing.
- High knee "marches" (quad and hip flexor, challenges balance).
- A thing like butt kicks (works hamstrings, stretches quad, challenges balance).
- Rear leg extensions, standing with minimal movement...just enough to activate the glutes.
- Side leg lift, standing with minimal movement...just enough to activate the glute medius.
- Walking up and down stairs, alternating feet.
- Seated leg extension.
- Seated leg extension with quad lift.
- Seated leg extension with slight abduction.
- I walk a lot.
I'm so very lucky and deeply appreciative to have such a supportive group of online and RL friends. Many thanks to all of you for your well-wishes and advice :)