Today marks 3 weeks since my knee surgery–1 week with the leg brace. I went to see the Nurse Practitioner again today. It was more of a check-in with me to make sure I had taken to the brace OK. You’ll recall that it was the surgeon’s preference that I remain in a full cast for 6 whole weeks, but that last week I opted (in his absence) for the brace. They had tried to get ahold of him while I was there, but could not. Well, he called back and re-stated his preference for a cast, but the NP and the aide convinced him that I was OK with the brace. It turns out that he and I have something in common: years of dealing with people who don’t follow instructions! 🙂 In his experience he can’t trust patients to keep the leg as straight as possible, so he doesn’t give them any option. I’ve demonstrated that I can follow instructions and he was convinced of this and so approved of my keeping the brace. (It’s ultimately my decision anyhow, but it was nice to hear.)
I have permission to continue slightly stretching the tendon by bending the knee, but no more than 30 degrees. I have tried and still cannot get into the front seat of the two cars I currently have at my disposal. Our 3rd is in the shop and is a larger car–I may have better luck with that.
My next appointment is on Monday, April 18th–5 weeks to the day after my fall. It will be here before I know it! I’m hoping he’ll authorize some kind of physical therapy at that point.