Spousal unit had his left knee replaced on Sep 3, and the right will be replaced on Dec 3. As I write this, we’re a week from his hospital release (they kept him overnight because of another recent surgery - apparently this doc normally does knees as day surgery.) I’m wondering how our experience compares to others.
He expected the pain - both of his parents had both knees replaced, so he’s gotten lots of anecdotal feedback. But I don’t think he expected the therapy to be as painful as it is. He’s done his best to stay on top of the pain, but he’s avoiding opioids as much as possible because of the constipation side-effect. Ice packs help.
What surprised both of us is the bruising. His leg - especially the inner thigh - looks like he was beaten with a sledge hammer. Shades of purple, red, and yellow one rarely sees together. The reaction of his therapists and the nurse was pretty much “Yep, you’ll see some colorful bruises.” I don’t know why we didn’t expect this.
His biggest problem is getting sleep. He’ll get comfortable, fall asleep, then wake in an hour or so in pain - sometimes he gets up and goes to sit in his recliner a bit. I can’t recall the last solid sleep he got. And, unfortunately, the same goes for me. Even if he was sleeping thru, we’ve got alarms set for his meds every 6 hours which means if I’m lucky, I might get 5 hours straight. So far, the best is 4.
Follow-up appointment with the surgeon is Thursday - just shy of 2 weeks after the replacement. Not sure what to expect, but I know my husband is itching to drive again. So far, I refuse to let him, mostly because of the drugs, but also because even tho his right leg still mostly works, he can’t walk but a few steps without his walker, so what’s the point of driving anywhere? OK, it’s boredom.
Tell me it gets better fast! I need something to cling to!! And I need sleep.