Posts Tagged ‘ACL surgery and recover’

Knee/ACL Status Update – 5 weeks post-op

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

5 weeks post-op -- 5 incisions healing very nicely

In the last couple of weeks I’ve received several inquiries about the status of my knee/ACL reconstruction surgery and recovery.  Here’s a quick summary:

When I saw my surgeon on Tuesday for the 5 week follow up, he was extremely pleased with my progress.

He released from Physical Therapy after completing just 4 weeks.  I can achieve a greater than 120 degree bend in the knee.  I can fully straighten the knee.  I have been walking crutch free for 3 weeks.  I have been back to my spin (indoor cycling) classes for a little over 2 weeks. I’ve been back in the pool, swimming freestyle with no kick (using a pull buoy to immobilize the legs).  I can go up and down stairs (relatively) normally alternating feet in the stepping motion.  I still go slowly on the stairs–especially coming down–but every day is getting better.

I still have a some swelling, but it is going down little by little every day; although, it does flair back up when I have been on my feet too long.

Things I am not allowed to do: NO running, twisting or lateral (i.e., shuffling or sliding sideways) movements for another 3 – 6 months.

My surgeon has given me the go ahead to get on my road bike whenever I am ready (no clipping in tho’ — have to use plain/open pedals).  If the weather stays nice, I will give it a try tomorrow.  YAY!!!!  Oh yeah, I am excited.  And a little nervous.

Thanks so much everybody for caring and for your support over the last few months.  It really means a lot to me.  HUGS!!!

Happy Spring & National Quilting Day — and a BIG Thank YOU!

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Happy Spring and Happy National Quilting Day! Did you know that the National Quilting Association has designed a free pattern for your group or guild as you celebrate National Quilting Day?

Check it out:  http://nqaquilts.org/nqday/nqday2010.php (this link opens in a new window).

I want to say a BIG “Thank YOU!” to everyone who wrote such warm and encouraging notes (both on the blog and through private email) to my last blog post.  It meant more than you can imagine! I really, REALLY appreciate your all your kindness, concern and understanding.

Status update – I have made good progress this week. I am down to one crutch (comfortably) and doc says I can get rid of it as soon as I feel ready.  I am ‘shooting’ for Tuesday, but we will see.  I have been diligent in working on my Physical Therapy, home exercises, stationary bike (I’m up to 35+ minutes now and have added resistance & a little speed), as well as the 6-8 hours a day on the CPM. It’s still a little (OK, a LOT) frustrating how much time is eaten up by all these requirements; but I believe that my investment of time and energy now will pay off.  In fact, I am already beginning to see proof of that.

Patience–especially with myself–has never been my strong suit, so I am learning life lessons on many levels. Thanks again for your kindness, encouragement and understanding.  I truly feel like I’m well on my way back to my energetic, creative self.

My ACL Repair – Post Op Update

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

If you’ve been a SewThankful eNews subscriber for a little while you know that I tore my left ACL (ligament in the knee) in early January this year. After several weeks of strength training and stabilization of the muscles surrounding the knee, I was scheduled for surgery to repair/replace the ACL with an allograft.  My surgery was this last Wednesday (March 3rd) and I am very pleased to tell you it was a success. I was able to have same day/out patient surgery and sleep in my own bed that night.

As was expected, the first few days were the most challenging for the body to adjusts and recover from the surgical trauma (the new graft & screws), anesthesia,  pain medications and regaining strength.

I am very thankful for Jeff (my wonderful husband), our sons and our fantastic employees.  Jeff, Jared & Jacob have taken such great care of me. They make sure I have everything I need every day and they are patient when the pain becomes difficult.  Jeff and our amazing employees, Cindy and Heather, continue to keep SewThankful running smoothly while I’ve been confined to the bed and limited to working on the laptop.

My mobility and strength increase more every day and I am looking forward to returning to full function (business wise) next week.  I have an appointment early in the week to have the incision clips removed and set up my rehab plan.

In the meantime, I am focused on recovery, recovery, recovery.  I’m having fun using my crutches dressed in Quilted Crutch Coats and  I have come up with a new FREE project idea to share with you (no, it’s not the quilted crutch coats–it’s something else but it is very practical and virtually everybody can use it)If all goes well, I will have the pattern/instructions finalized by the next eNews, so be sure to stay tuned! If you’re not an eNews subscriber, be sure you sign up to receive the link to the free project.  Click here for the sign up page.