I am writing this nearly 5 months post knee replacement surgery of my right knee.
I have come a long way from initially not feeling my right foot, which was quite surprising. My brain was disconnected from my body. I had to relearn how to walk. It all felt very scary. For most of those days, I felt like life was no longer worth living. I felt hopeless, exhausted, and drained. Some days, I even wished for my leg to be amputated completely.
Today, I can walk.
It’s not perfect. It hurts after a short while. However, I am celebrating this win.
I am no longer in the intense kind of pain in my right knee that made me think that life was no longer worth living. I celebrate that I can walk without a walker or a cane. I can get out of bed and walk downstairs without any support.
These improvements have not come lightly. Physiotherapy 2-3 times a week, plus chiropractics, acupuncture, osteopathy… I had several consultations with different professional opinions, a lot of trial and error with various therapies, and I have had to be diligent, consistent, and accountable with my exercise every day at home to get back to “normal”.
Some learning lessons here are:
- Celebrate your wins, even if they are small ones so that you really experience the progress.
- If a movement is not working, explore with your therapists until someone can help other parts of the body that need to be enlisted to support function.
- Recovery is not easy. Be very gentle with yourself while putting in the work.