I have probably watched more movies in the past two weeks than the rest of my life combined! I finally caught up with the majority of the Marvel movies and found them more enjoyable than I expected. I have read two and a half books and listened to a lot of podcasts too. After the first week, I was able to get out of the house for church and game nights with friends. Meanwhile, my leg continues to heal from ACL surgery with no setbacks.
At 11 days post-op, I had my first follow-up with a PA from Bridger Orthopedic. The PA seemed happy with how my leg looked, commenting on the lack of swelling. I was informed I could put weight on my newly reconstructed knee so long as my quad could support it. The staples and stitches were removed and I no longer had to wear the compression socks. I hated the compression socks! They were tight and uncomfortable, but, I guess that's the point.
Through physical therapy, I have reached 113 degrees of flexion and full extension back in just two weeks. I feel like my quad is functioning well and the muscles are firing. In short, I am right on track. Each day that passes I feel less and less pain. I have this week left on crutches, then I will drop down to one crutch. I dropped hints to my PT of my hopes to backpack this summer. He didn't approve. My goal is to be ahead of schedule though! We will see what happens. :)
The squish in my knee is gone; apparently, my body absorbed the extra fluid. I had to keep an eye on the lateral stitches due to some building redness. However, I determined it was just from rubbing on the knee brace. I started letting the stitches air out without the brace on and the redness disappeared. I do have some scar tissue built up under one of the incisions. This will take some uncomfortable massaging to dissipate.
The first couple of showers were humbling as my wife had to help me in and out. I only needed help the first couple of times. The pain and inflammation subsided quickly enough I was able to become self-sufficient again.
The hardest part has been sleeping. I am a side/stomach sleeper. This injury forces me to sleep on my back. I am also supposed to sleep with my heel propped up on something so my knee is fully extended. I find this highly uncomfortable which makes it hard to actually sleep. I try to work on extension a lot during the day to help with my sleep at night.
All things considered, I really can't complain because everything has gone very smoothly. To a certain extent, I have actually enjoyed being forced to slow down as I can be a bit of a busybody.
Rachel has been a huge help and I really appreciate her. She has been working and taking care of me at home with zero complaints. She has made my recovery and comfort immensely better. Thanks, babe!