|Night before surgery: my right knee is marked by the surgeon at the pre-surgery appointment.|
|At home, I had a sterile gauze over the incision with this fish-net stocking to keep the gauze in place.|
|Twenty-five staples held my 6-inch incision closed. |
I have really thick calves and knees so I was surprised the incision wasn't larger.
|My mode of transportation for about two weeks was the walker.|
Actually, it held me up and my legs did the transporting.
|Ultram, Extra-Strength Tylenol and Oxycodone were on board for pain during the first two weeks at home.|
|TEDS stockings to prevent blood clots.|
I wear these every day and take them off at night.
|We kept my meds and instructions in a container on the cupboard.|
|My mom stayed for two weeks and was so good at keeping track of my meds and giving them to me on schedule.|
I have to say that I really didn't have a whole lot of pain and I believe it was the good nursing care I had!
|Ice packs. Two of these nifty ice packs were sent home from the hospital with me. |
They slide into the blue cloth bag pictured under the pack.
I continue to ice several times a day even one month after surgery.
|Two wonderful-I-can't-live-without aids in the bathroom: |
an elevated toilet seat and a shower chair.
|Flowers, cards, phone calls, emails, text messages, |
and meals mean so much during the rehab after surgery.
Happy New Year!