It is true. I did not share anything about my 4th week post-surgery. I am guilty. Let me ‘splain.
The 4th week was rough. Like… really, really, really rough. One of the girls quit at work and the other girl was on vacation and that left me holding the bag and having to cover ALL. THE. HOURS. Which was great for that paycheck! But, not so great for my knee. 🙁 Not that I knew that at the time. But….it wasn’t good. Instead of working close to 40 hours for a 2 week period, I worked 50. Doesn’t sound like much but when it takes me approximately 12,537 hours to just get dressed, all those hours ON MY
FEET FOOT doing all the things were pretty exhausting. Add in to the mix a second college class that started on March 6 and the guided study for my NASM CPT cert that started on March 14 and suddenly, I was not only up and about too much, I was pretty darned overwhelmed. I told my sailor I felt like I was stuck in a really long tunnel and I couldn’t see a light at the end and I could no longer see the light where I entered. It was a tough spot. Something had to go. And it was blogging. Sorry, ya’ll.
Okay, my knee. So, everything was progressing quite nicely until I worked all the hours and I started noticing that my knee was actually starting to hurt/ache a little, everything was really uncomfortable, and my heel slides to 90 degrees were pretty difficult. Up until that point, they had been pretty easy. But, suddenly, it felt like my knee cap was “getting caught” every time I went to bend my knee and it just plain old hurt. And it made me cry. Plus, every time I came home from work, my knee and entire lower leg and foot were swollen (I sent entirely too many pictures of my foot to my sailor that week! I swear we don’t have foot fetishes!) and the area around my Achilles was SUPER sore and bruised and it just hurt to wear my left shoe.
So, I had my 4 week assessment at physical therapy on the 14th. It took me a few tries to bend my knee to 90 degrees. :/ We talked about everything and she said, and I quote, “Does Dr. xyz know you’re working so much? Do you need me to call him and get your restrictions?” Well, in my defense, no one knew that the girl at work was going to quit! Anyway, she said my IT band was as tight as a guitar string, all the swelling was hindering my healing, and I needed to spend way more time on my butt than on my feet. I also was given instructions to use a heating pad at least 2x a day on my IT band and to use ice at least 3x a day, especially after doing my exercises and/or being up and about for a bit. *sigh* Needless to say, I had work after PT and when I went in and they asked how therapy went, I cried. I tried so hard not to but I couldn’t help it. There was way too much crying!!! But stress + stress + stress = tears in my world. #dontjudgeme
Anyhooooo, I explained what was going on and they jumped into action. After work that day, I had the rest of the week off, worked for a couple of hours on Sunday, and have limited hours until I go for my 6 week follow-up and hit weight bearing status. Then, I’ll get direction from the doc about what I can do and for how long, etc, and we’ll go from there. Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE my job?!?! I was super stressed because I know why they hired me and I cannot live up to those expectations right now and I am so lucky they gave me the opportunity and I was afraid they were going to fire me. Drama much? Yes. Do I stress about all the things? YES.
The good news? All those days off allowed me to 1) get ahead on my school work (BOOM!) and 2) relieve a lot of the stress and pressure on my knee – mobility is so much better now!! I do hamstring, IT band, and achilles stretches at least 2x a day (usually 3x), and I have been totally following orders with heat and ice. I may or may not be going slightly stir crazy sitting on my butt all the time but…..I want to run and squat again so it’s worth it. Plus, there’s wine so…… 😉
Also, I had this guy nearby to make me smile.