In addition to the patella break, I damaged muscles. They restrung bits in that area to accomplish the repairs. It's complicated; however, not impossible.
I fell September 7th. For repairs to heal properly I won't start physical therapy until early November. I wear a brace and have been admonished not to bend my knee because the healing muscles are the ones that allow me to walk.
PT will last 6 weeks. The first two they'll try to bend my knee 30%. The second two weeks will hopefully bring it to 60%. The last two shoot for 90%. Then I go back to my surgeon's office where they will do x-rays and "see" if all is well.
I also tore upper arm muscles when my right arm took one for the team to heroically break the fall. I ache on occasion.
Emotionally, I'm adapting and enduring. It's only been 4 weeks. It appears I still have 10 weeks of cruel convalescence to contend with. We'll see if the good Colette can keep the bad Colette in check for that long. I'm giving it the old college "try." No promises.
In summary, I have three modes during this recuperation.
- I lay on the couch with my right leg extended. (lay, lie? Come on Robbie, help me out here).
- I hobble hither and thither with my walker.
- I sit up in my rented wheelchair with the leg extender
|My grandson and husband decorated my walker for me.|