(Last Updated On: March 29, 2009)
It’s over two weeks post-op now. The first week I had amazing progress. That progress has slowed, but that’s to be expected. My knee still keeps getting better and better. I’m largely off the crutches. I really only need them when it’s snowing outside. The swelling continues to go down and nearly all of the bruising has gone away. On Monday the doctor removed the surgical tape covering the incision points. There were some of the dissolvable stitches poking through, but they said they should go away or they will cut them out in a few weeks. My ROM is over 125 now. I’m doing lots of physical therapy both with my PT guy and at home. I’m able to ride my bike on a trainer now with a higher resistance now so I can actually get a good workout. My PT consists of some stretching, massaging my scar tissue at the incision points, moving my knee cap around, straight leg raises, quad sets (tightening my inner quad muscle), step-ups, balancing on one leg on a pillow, leg presses, squats, calf raises, some exercises with a pilates band, and core strength exercises. I spend at least a couple of hours a day working on my PT exercises.
Other than that, I’ve been very busy working. My work load has increased since being injured in February. I suppose that’s good. I would have had to turn some of these jobs down if I was still skiing. Might as well work a ton if I can’t ski!
The hardest part has been not being able to ski. April is my favorite month, when ski mountaineering usually peaks. Knowing that it’s right around the corner is hard for me to cope with. I will be going out of town for a week in April to visit my family in Ohio- trying to escape the April mountaineering scene. But, I can’t take more time than that off as I just have too much work to do. Hopefully the work will keep my mind off of these things!
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