I will be honest – Day 2 was one of the worst for pain. I think if you have a hold on your pain meds, then it might not be such a problem. BUT. i was all over the place, trying out 2 every 4 hours, then 1 every 2 hours.. i just overall was not feeling very good. And the bruise on my arm from the needle finally showed up – I felt like a mess! It actually looked way worse in person.

Below are some tips and what medicine/oils I was taking on the second & third day:

  1. Lavender, Frankincense & Helichrysum – spray above & below wrap, over top wrap: every 3-4 hours
  2. Lemongrass, Cypress, basil (good for muscle spasms), wintergreen, marjoram, lavender: applied to both legs (above wrap on bad leg, knee on good leg) + bottom of both feet: every 3-4 hours
  3. After applying all oils, Peppermint was applied as the final oil – this helped drive in all the oils deeper
  4. stomach blend – applied to stomach whenever I could remember
  5. Diffused: frankincense/flue oil blend throughout the day
  6. Mom did an Aromatouch massage on my hands in the afternoon/at night
  7. For pain: lemongrass, clove (This helps numb any area), eucalyptus, white fir – try out which oil works best for you. Lemongrass was a godsend – i remember crying from the pain, and my mom applied lemongrass to the pressure points on my feet & in between my toes – the pain was reduced within 5 minutes! (see chart below for knee pressure point on foot)
  8. sports oil blend – applied to ear pressure point (see chart below): every 3-4 hours

  • Vitamins/pain medicine
  1. homemade antibiotic – melaluca, oregano, flu oil blend & thyme: 2 drops in an empty capsule, 3x/day
  2. calcium & magnesium: 1 each, every 4 hours
  3. Multi vitamins
  4. pain medicine: I tried to take 2 every 4 hours, but it made me too nauseous and out of it. So, I started taking 1 every 2 hours. this helped me keep up on the pain, but it was annoying, as I had to set alarms through the night to wake up and take my medicine. AND you have to eat when you take it, so i was literally stuffing my face with rice cakes at 2 and 4 in the morning and then going back to bed.

  • Your Knee
  1. Keep elevated at all times. prop pillows up so your leg is above your heart, with your heel on top. Let gravity keep pulling your knee down. This is critical in your recovery!! Elevation and icing helps reduce the swelling, which will help you move your leg quicker and easier.
  2. Don’t put weight on your leg until your doctor says you can. Since you are on so much pain medicine, you won’t be able to tell if you are hurting something in your leg.
  3. Listen to your doctor! My doctor was different from what I had researched and heard from everyone else – he didn’t want me moving my leg, didn’t give me a CPM machine and did not recommend setting up physical therapy until 1-2 weeks after surgery. I still moved my leg a little bit, but only a little – I knew when to stop. Use your judgement!


I hope this helps! If anyone has any questions, please let me know and I can try to answer or add to this post in more detail!

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