Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rehab and beyond.....

I spent about 10 days using my (Herschel) Walker... lol we just had to name it that!! I was really delighted when Mike (my physical therapist) said it was time to get a cane... Yes I guess I will call it Michael (Caine?!?!) I....willhelpyou....walk....acrosstheroom. Yea that's the way they write his scripts! It would have been nice to get one with flames on it, like House's. But I'm not willing to put out 80 bucks for one. So got a black one with shiny butterflies for $15.
On 10/6 the visiting nurse came and took out the staples. They were really gross looking, and I was glad they would be gone, but I was nervous about having them removed. Turns out they come out quite easily! A few little pinches, but most of them came out painlessly!
Every Monday and Thursday the phlebotamist comes and takes my blood. Then every Tuesday and Friday the doctor's office calls me and tells me how much Coumadin to take. Coumadin is a blood thinner always prescribed after leg surgery to reduce the chances of blood clots. It is very powerful and comes with a long list of bad drug interactions. Seems like everything increases the effects of this drug. Can't wait until 10/22 which is the last day I have to take it.
For 3 1/2 weeks I have been doing my stand up leg exercises twice a day. Mike comes 3 times a week to bend and stretch the knee.
I am happy to say that I am going to the grocery store for short trips, can walk around for 30 to 45 minutes. It is so good to be getting out, but always come home exhausted. Glad I don't have to go back to work too soon!!
I go to the doctor on the 24th, and will know then when we are going to do the right knee. Until then I'll keep doing my exercises and building my stamina!


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