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Now for the HARD part!!!!

Monday, July 04, 2011

My surgery went well. All the new parts fit and are in place. Now all I have to do is the rehab so I can get back to the activity level I was at before and then move forward.
Actually I got home last week, but was very surprised how much the surgery took out of me, and how much pain is involved. Today is the first day I have even sat at my computer long enough to write anything. I can't imagine how it would have been if I had not gotten myself into the condition I was before going in. I would probably still be in some rehab facility trying to get strong enough to go home.
I was in the hospital for about 4 days, then stayed with my sister and brother-in-law for a few days before I drove back home. The 180 mile drive was surprisingly easy!!! I did stop in Grand Forks (about half way home), which helped. I had to stop there at the bike shop to order my new one!!!! Ya, I'm a little crazy, but I just thought I would need a faster, more road type bike when I get all healed. I'm really looking forward to getting it and being able to really go riding!!!!! I'm already planning my goal for October. Since I won't be running a 5K by my 60th birthday, I have changed my plans and am going to work on a 60 mile ride on that day!!!!
Back to the knee. The Doctor said things went well although he had to put in a couple more screws than usual (something about a crack in part of one of the bones where the attachment was made). I started therapy the day after, and by the time I left the hospital I had 88 degrees of flexion in the joint. Now I am going to therapy here twice a week and doing exercises at home. The therapist says I'm doing fine (that makes one of us!!! LOL).
I still spend most of my time with the leg elivated and ice on the knee, but I think I can see some improvement daily. It wil be a week or two before I can go back to work and I still have trouble sitting at my computer for very long, but I will get back soon, I'm sure.
I'm glad it is over and I want to thank all my Spark friends for their prayers and well wishes. Knowing some one cares makes everything a lot easier.
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    So glad to hear everything went well and that you are on the road to recovery and a 60-mile bike ride !!!! What an optimist you are !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOve the "CAN DO" attitude. emoticon
    3650 days ago
    I was wondering about you so went to your page. I can't believe you drove that far so soon after knee surgery.
    I had hip replacement some time back and didn't let it stop me for too long either.
    The doctor's always say you can't drive for 6 weeks after any kind of surgery but sometimes it is easier than if we were doing other things like running a 5K for example. emoticon
    Happy about the new bike. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon
    3666 days ago
  • SCOTTK3000
    take it nice and slow and easy! all the best!

    3669 days ago
    So Glad You're back Gregg and all in one piece (that works) ! ! !LOL

    3671 days ago
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    Welcome back Gregg. I'm glad to hear you are doing well. Don't rush your recovery. Just like your weight loss, it takes time.

    I'm curious to hear what you decided to purchase for a road bike.

    Take your time, but get well soon. emoticon
    3672 days ago
    Great to hear from you and that things went as well as they did!

    I just KNOW that as soon as you can you're gonna be up and SPARKIN' in whatever way you can!

    3672 days ago
    Welcome back: and thanks for the good news. You prepared and were in optimal shape for the surgery, and you'll work hard on the rehab . . . love the idea of getting the new bike!!

    Hope that every day reduces the pain and increases the strength and flexibility!
    3672 days ago
    Hope you are back at it and feeling better real soon.
    3672 days ago
    So glad all went well. I know a lady on here that is nursing her Hubby back after the same surgery, he does not seem to be doing as well as you so I would have to agree, it was the fine shape you got yourself into before your operation.

    New bike yeahoo, you deserve it.

    Hugs Mary
    3672 days ago
    I'm so happy you are back home and recovering on schedule! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    With your spending on things to help you recover, when are you going to get a laptop to make Sparking easier on you? Just saying. emoticon

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    3672 days ago
    Welcome back
    Glad your doing well on the therapy and have Goals already.

    3672 days ago
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    OMG I am so glad everything went GREAT for you! And I am excited to see you progress in your recovery and get back to biking!
    3672 days ago
    Glad your back and that everything went well.

    See ya on Trivia!
    3672 days ago
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    I'm so happy that you're back sparking and making plans already, lol! Very determined guy! emoticon emoticon
    3672 days ago
    Welcome home! I'm glad to hear everything went well. You will be off to new heights soon! Can't wait to hear about your adventures.
    3672 days ago
    Thanks for the update, Gregg. Good luck on the 60 (x2)!
    3672 days ago
  • TMW54812
    Glad to have you back on-line and on the mend. There is no question your level of fitness plays a major role in your rapid recovery....a nice dividend for all the effort you have put in to achieve fitness and a healthy lifestyle. It won't be long before you are cooking dinner for the ladies again! LOL....
    3672 days ago
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    Welcome back 'mr bionic man'. Glad to see everything went well and you are on the road to recovery. So, new bike? tell us more....

    So, 60 miles in october, that is impressive. Good thing the bike is good for rehabilitation. I am very impressed with the goal you have, and send mea mail if you need any information about hydration and nutrition for that distance. There are several way of doing it - and just to warn you - if you ask three cyclists about nutrition and hydration you will get 5 different ways of doing it.

    Again, glad to see you are back and you are well.
    3672 days ago
    Thanks for update and glad to hear all went well. Now to get you back to 100% better.
    3672 days ago
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