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Monday, June 11, 2012

Post Knee Surgery Update- Back to Hiking and Biking!

First ride Post Surgery!

I think the lesson in life is to try and avoid having to have surgery. But there are times when you do need it and you have to have it. Things can also go wrong. Who knew my leg would decide to develop thrombophebitis?!? It is a slow, very slow heal.

Last week I went to my primary care doctor. She said it could take up to six months to heal...some never do completely heal! Well, I sure don't want to have to face this forever so I am going to do everything I can to help it heal. The doctor's recommendation was to wear support socks/hose as much as possible and start taking an aspirin a day to help with any residual blood clots.  I look very cute! I decided to go with the one sock look rather than wearing a "knee hi" in white on both legs. I will win no fashion award! But it does help with the swelling and the "gurgling" my veins do during the day. My leg doesn't get as tired. However, the long socks have somehow triggered pain, swelling and stiffness in the back of my knee. I am now trying a method of wearing it intermittently during the day...first thing in the morning for my exercise, then off for a while, then back on towards the end of the day when my leg gets tired and I start to limp. We shall see...

I have been struggling to keep my weight down with so little exercise so I decided I just needed to start moving and my leg would have to adapt. My left leg hasn't adapted so well but the rest of my body and mind and soul have loved hiking again and getting back on the bicycle! Nothing too heavy-duty. We hiked up to Agnes Falls near Buena Vista last week and then this weekend I went for my fist bike ride since the Fall. WAHOO! It felt great. Now to convince my leg...