ACL Post-Op Day 42

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It’s staggering to see the difference in muscle between the two legs after over a month. Some of the muscle loss was pre-surgery but the loss was even more significant post-op.

Status:
* Brace is mostly gone (the surgeon told me to “throw it away” but I haven’t yet) but still around in case I need to be in or around large crowds.
* Have comfortably walked 2km without issue.
* Going down stairs and downhill slopes are my biggest enemy right now. Up stairs and uphill are fine thanks to lots of step ups, downs, and overs.
* Added some resistance to my biking (level 4-5) although it feels easy.
* Started the leg press at the gym.
* More advanced exercises to come this week as I’m now past 6 weeks.

ACL Post-Op Day 27

Status:

  • Cleared to ditch the brace for moving around.
    • Although, my physiotherapist suggested putting it on — still locked — for any longer-than-usual walks).
    • This also means I can drive again.
    • It’s pretty uncomfortable walking around, not because of pain, but because I have to put a lot of thought into walking properly (basically, learning to walk again, which is harder than you think).
  • Started standing exercises!
    • Calf stretches!
    • Heel raises!
    • Squats!

ACL Post-Op Day 25

Status:

  • Progressing better than expected (according to PT).
    • Entire left leg feels stronger and more confident.
    • Lots of walking with the brace on Saturday around Pan Am Park.
    • Trying to walk between 0.5-1km every day.
  • (Likely) One more week with the brace.
    • Need to be cleared by PT first.
  • One more week until we can progress to standing exercises.
  • Showering frequency has increased to every other day.
  • Range-of-Motion almost back to normal (i.e. compared to right leg)
    • Extension: +5° (hyperextension) (baseline: +6°)
    • Flexion: 140° (baseline: 144°)
  • Started upright bike
    • Been on it three times now for ~10 minutes each, at no resistance.
  • Total leg lifts/heel slides/quad sets completed: ~2850 each

ACL Post-Op Day 18

(Wrote this on Tuesday but posting now.)

Status:

    • First post-op follow-up with OS (had to wait ~2 hours).
    • Butterfly bandages were removed.
      • There were no stitches, just glue.
      • I was as surprised as the resident who removed the bandages.
    • Wound and knee are healing well.
      • Pretty itchy, though.
    • Stuck in knee brace (locked at full extension) for at least two more weeks.
      • Can sleep without the brace now.
    • Can move around the house without crutches.
    • Can move around more outside and long-ish distances with knee brace.
    • Cannot drive until knee brace comes off.
    • Number of times showered in the last 2.5 weeks: 2.
      • Can now shower without a bag over my foot so the showering frequency may increase.
    • Extension: +1° (hyperextension) (baseline: +6°)
    • Flexion: 130° (baseline: 144°)
    • Started 5-10 minutes on recumbent bike at PT
      • Will start upright bike on Friday.
    • Total leg lifts/heel slides/quad sets completed: ~2000 each

ACL Post-Op Day 10

Status:

    • Can move around with one-crutch without issue.
    • Can manage a few steps without crutches.
    • Still using brace locked at full extension.
    • Still have stitches, although butterfly bandages (“steri-strips”) are starting to peel.
    • Cannot drive yet.
    • Showered for the first time last night in nine days.
    • Extension: 0°
    • Flexion: 119°
    • Total leg lifts/heel slides/quad sets completed: ~1300 each (~30 each, 5 times a day since the operation)

Main Accomplishment Today:

Walked to Mabel’s and back with just the one crutch. Got a coffee and a nanaimo bar.

When you factor in the insanely long hallway in our building, that comes to a total of ~360m. (Also, did ~250m this morning on two crutches to get to and from my physio appointment.)

Bittersweet

It’s bittersweet, but we will be saying goodbye to Paulette’s Original Donuts as part of the Delica Kitchen Brand.

When we started Paulette’s three years ago, we had one Delica location, today we have three. Delica has always been our first love and as we look to the future, we have decided to concentrate all of our efforts on our motto of offering “Fresh, honest and wholesome food, that’s good to go.”

I miss you so much, Paulette; Probably the best doughnuts I’ve had.