Monday 9 September 2013

3 Weeks Post Op

I am now three weeks post op, following my knee surgery, and to be honest I'm finding it all really difficult to get my head around. I think part of the problem is that I was not fully prepared for the operation; yes I had done some research and asked questions to my consultant etc, and he and I both thought that the procedure would be a quick and easy one to recover from... but unfortunately when he opened up my knee, it became clear that this was not going to be as easy as we had initially thought. He performed the procedure he thought was best based on his own expert opinion (following my consent), and my two week recovery time went up to six months. This came as a shock to me as I am such an active person and to be so limited as to what I can do is really hard for me. I attended my first physiotherapy session last week and after the assessment I received more bad news; that full recovery in six months is unlikely,  I should plan for a year! A year ! Initially I did not know what to say, but now I just want to cry There have been many tears of frustration and I am sure there is going to be many more as the days go by.

My painkillers are not doing a very good job, or maybe I just don't react to them very well; however my meds have been increased yet again, and wow, this new strength really does affect me differently. It's hard for me to believe that someone could become addicted to strong painkillers such as Tramadol, as for me they are awful, they make me feel on edge, tired, dizzy and feel really sick; no why could I ever imagine being addicted to them, give me a bar of chocolate any day. They do however get rid of the pain, but the side effects are so great, I wish there was another answer. The Dr I saw last week recommend that I take my painkillers regularly instead of as and when; to be honest, I'm worried I'm going to rattle, she assures me it's normal to take all these various meds, as I've had quite a big op.

I'm not really sure why I'm writing this blog post, I just needed to write to try and get my head around things. The prospect of a year of recovery scares me and even then the outcome of the operation might not have been successful. I am getting so incredibly frustrated at the things I can not do, so I wondered, do you have any advice as to how I can rest and any hobbies that I could take up to get me occupied?


  1. I feel so awful commenting on this post without back tracking a little. It's just my sister in law is due to go in for an op on both her knees and I wondered what your op was for. She has beem given a 6 week recovery period.

    I don't blame you for having a moan. My husband has arthritis and knows all too well what it's like trying to cope with pain.

    Big hugs and I promise to read back through what I've missed on your blog xx

    1. Thank you very much, I had a open lateral release as well as some other bits and pieces too. Hope your sister in laws op goes as planned. xx

  2. I'm sorry to hear your having a horrible time at the moment. It sounds like you have had no time to prepare yourself mentally or physically and I can only imagine the frustration you must be feeling!
    Are you able to walk independently on your knee or are you on crutches?
    How about creating a header on your op and do a weekly update post, this may help you to see how well you are doing in your recovery - even when it doesn't feel like it.
    Sending you lots of hugs!
    Becks Xx

    1. I am just about managing without crutches but I am walking funny on it and not putting that much pressure through my knee, sometimes I have to resort back to the crutches though. I think its just sheer frustration on my part, thanks for the idea about a header I will look into it and give it some thought xx