Post op day 8 update!! Today was quite a challenging adventure! Started with FINALLY feeling more human and getting a nearly normal shower. It was a bit more difficult that I anticipated, but the pain was oh so worth it. Then it was off to my first physical therapy appt. Which I'll be honest, I have been slightly nervous about it. With only 8 days into my recovery, there's not a whole lot of intense exercises I'm doing yet. My focus is first on keeping my quad engaged and contracting. It's very important I keep that strengthening that muscle. The doctor says it's common for people to have problems with it but that I'm doing very well. She was impressed with how well it's already engaging and happy with my progress there. I also need to focus on the extension of my knee, without hyperextending which is natural for me with the EDS and being hypermobile. As well as range of motion with bending my knee. The goal at 2 weeks post op is to be able to bend to 90 degrees, and if I push I'm able to get to almost 45 degrees as of today. So I'm on track with hopefully being to 90 by next Tuesday at 2 weeks! I'm also adding in straight leg raises, although at the moment doing them standing is easier than laying down because it's less pressure but still will engage my muscles until I'm able to do them laying down.
All in all, she says I'm doing good for just a week in. So even though it was quite exhausting and painful, I'm feeling pretty good about my progress so far and everything going on. Just keep reminding myself, one step, one day at a time. It's going to be slow and there are going to be difficult days, but progress is progress. There is so much changing and big things in the works for my near future and I just need to keep working towards them.