Day 5: 1st visit to the Surgeon
- Arrive at surgeon’s office with a list of questions
- Nurse comes in, asks a few questions and took off my bandages
- Bruising on the right side of my knee and shin bone + behind my knee (see below for behind my knee – the bottom part is my thigh, the picture is kind of confusing)
- Shin feels like someone threw a huge brick at it
- Doctor says knee looks pretty normal (excuse the dr suess socks/slipper- it’s ZERO degrees here in ohio & I just wanted to be warm + I just put on whatever was the easiest to get on my foot :))
- I requested a refill on the pain medicine + a handicap parking pass + my physical therapy prescription
- Nurse came back in, put a new wrap around my leg, and re-adjusted my brace. I can bend my knee up to 90 degrees!
- Nurse gave me my old wrap, which I washed – I can alternate wraps now.
- My hamstring also started twitching later in the day – I called the nurse, who said that my hamstring was just getting used to part of it not being there anymore.
- Homemade antibiotic – melaluca, oregano, flu oil blend: 2 drops in an empty capsule, 1x/day
- Calcium & magnesium: 1 each,3x a day
- Pain medicine: 4th day, i was taking 1 every 2 hours. The 5th day, I started weaning off – taking 1 every 2-4 hours. It really depends on the person and how much pain you are in. You can start to take Aleve instead (up to 5 a day), but check with your doctor.
- For the twitching hamstring: basil
- Day 5, applied directly to my knee: spray mix of frankincense, Helichrysum & lavender + 1-2 drops: lemongrass (for pain/repair), white fir (for inflammation) (or melaluca, eucalyptus or rosemary – find which one works best for you), clove, wintergreen and a sports oil blend. I applied peppermint last to drive all of the oils deeper.
- This might sound funny, but I have been talking to my knee the whole time! I tell it how great it is doing, how amazing it looks, i tell it thank you for healing, that i am so grateful for it… it sounds funny, but i truly believe in the power of positivity. If you don’t believe it, check this out – so many people have done this experiment + it is proven that energy, whether positive or negative, affects water. and guess what – our bodies are made up of 75% water! So you better believe I’m talkin’ to my knee! I might even sing to it later ;).
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I have the same bruise! Mine is now more yellow than dark but it’s pretty much identical otherwise. 🙂
Ah mine is more yellow now on the shin and dark under my knee
I love your blog! It’s nice to see how things go. I am scheduled for surgery on March 27th. I can’t find any break away pants… Any ideas?
Hi Judy! Thank you! I would look on amazon – I think these are the pants that I wore after my surgery. You will live in them, they are great! Mens Tearaway Athletic Pants (Charcoal/Black) – Large https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008L43ENW/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_Ucncvb0J4EHSR
Best of luck in your recovery 🙂
Thx so much you have been a blessing!
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Hi , I can’t express how much I enjoy your blog. On 12/2/16 I got surgery on my acl and meniscus. Your blog has given me peace of mind that I will recover just fine. I actually started reading it beforehand and I read it over and over. I’m pretty much at day 8. Today I bumped my cpm to 90 degrees. I did 105 leg lifts today! I am doing good so far.. Cpm 6 hrs a day. Took a shower by myself. Things are looking up considering I’m half of my meniscus is gone. My femur was affected and therefore I need to generate new cartilage. I’ll be in the brace 5 weeks but I’ll get through it. Thanks for the blog . Greatly appreciated.
Hi Donna! I am so happy my blog has helped, it is exactly why I wrote about my recovery! It sounds like your recovery is going really well so far… once you start physical therapy, your strength will get a lot better 🙂 If you have any questions, I am happy to help… Best of luck in your recovery!