… for those interested …
I had a pretty good visit to surgeon today. To date I have been instructed to not use my quads, but for the next two weeks I’m instructed to use them in a limited way (in a highly controlled manner). At the same time, I’m to carry out more aggressive joint flexibility work.
After two weeks, I’m to shift to more aggressive work with quads under supervision of physical therapists. Interestingly, he says I can drive whenever I can get in the car and work the pedals. So maybe a few weeks. Strangely, the LAST step in the process will be removing the brace. The brace stays on well into cane-use period, which in turn probably starts in about six weeks.
The Alien bump object I had mentioned on Facebook is likely an internal stitch, which will either go away or he’ll cut out at a later time. Pain levels are not really expected to go down soon, but they aren’t bad now, and the pain is increasingly meaningless which makes it quite tolerable.
So, regarding what I can and can’t do, I’m looking at two weeks with no change, followed by a couple weeks of aggressive effort to make change happen, during which time I’ll start being able to do things I’m restricted from doing now.
Most importantly, he did not look at my knee, turn pale, and say “Oh my god, what have we done… WHAT HAVE WE DONE!!!!” … or anything like that.