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Progress Update #10

Thursday, April 06, 2017

This has been a big week for me. On Tuesday, I was released from home health physical therapy. I am now at a fully functional level. The therapist gave me several sheets of exercises that I can do by myself. I'm still having pain and swelling issues. The therapist said that what I am experiencing is normal for the amount of soft tissue damage I've experienced plus the normal swelling from the knee replacement. She suggested that I may want to wait to do out patient physical therapy, until after my daughter's wedding. I haven't been released from wound care yet so I'm not sure what I want to do. I haven't tried driving yet.

My wound care nurse said that next week I will be released from wound care. My open area is now only about half an inch long. It is in a spot that I can see and I should now be able to care for it myself. It has been a long painful road to reach this point. I have finally been sleeping at night. I've found that I'm exhausted by bedtime. Pain still wakes me up, but I just change positions and go back to sleep. I can tell that I have been sleep deprived because I'm sleeping so deeply now. The result of my deep sleep, is a marked jump in my healing. That only serves as an obvious reminder about how important deep restful sleep is for your body.

For the next week, I'm going to concentrate on food content. This will be tricky because the many medications I was taking, messed up my sense of taste and smell. Many of the foods I used to like, now taste awful. Example, I tried to eat a lean loin pork chop. I couldn't stand the taste because it tasted like tuna fish. I also have trouble eating fish because all of it tastes very fishy to me right now and it smells awful. I hope this is only temporary. I've been eating a lot of chicken and beef. Eating beef is something that I used to do only occasionally. I've had to eat it more frequently recently because of a low blood count. I'd like to go back to eating it just occasionally. I want to increase my salad consumption. The leafy greens will help my healing rate. I'm happy to say that fruits and veggies still taste good. That is a relief.

I'm pleased to be making good progress. It has been a very long, rocky road. I'm not out of the woods yet but now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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