On July 29th i went into hospital for total knee replacement surgery on my right knee, a very painful procedure and one which will keep me somewhat incapacitated for 3 months. The operation went very well and my initial recovery was also good, so good in fact that i was discharged a day early than most people.
Since getting home after the surgery, i have been diligently following the physiotherapy programme that i have been given in order to regain the total movement in my knee. This has meant that every day, from 8.00am to 7.00pm, every hour, on the hour, i have had to do exercises aimed at increasing the degree of flexibility in my knee, alternating with exercises designed to increase the degree to which i can straighten the knee. Each set of exercises takes 15 minutes and afterwards i have to have the knee raised and packed in ice for 20 minutes. Then, for 15 minutes before the next set of exercises, i have to have the knee in a hot pack. This has meant that 50 minutes in every hour for the entire day have had to be taken up with rehabilitation with only 10 minutes where i can do anything else.
The good news though is that i saw the surgeon and physiotherapist last week and my recovery and rehabilitation is ahead of schedule. After 3 weeks i was already where they would not have expected my by 4 weeks and as of this week, my exercises have changed. However, i am still spending 50 minutes every hour on rehabilitation from 8.00am to 5.00pm. At least now i can get to my office at 5.15pm and hopefully also in the evenings.
My knee is still swollen a little but i am able now to walk almost normally. The joint is still tender and while it does not give me any pain unless i am doing exercises, it continues to be uncomfortable and i am finding it difficult to sleep continually, waking at least 3 or 4 times a night because the knee does not like to be in one position for any length of time so i wake up in pain and need to get up and walk around for a few minutes to loosen the joint again. i was taking pain killers but i found that they made me sweat in bed and i would wake up soaked in cold sweat which was horrible so i have stopped taking the pain killers which is OK because i am not usually in any pain other than when exercising or at night in bed when the knee has not been moving for a while.
So, i am hopeful now of being able to spend a little more time at my desk and so get back into communication with the rest of the world. i am missing being Roxie enormously and of course also seeing Mistress Ana. It is simply impossible for me to get away with anything that relates to Roxie while ever my wife is around and even if she is not the opportunity is still filled with physiotherapy! i am still very much confined to barracks as i am told i should not drive until at least 6 weeks after the operation although i am optimistic that by next week i will be able to do so. Even then however, i am not sure how i can get out of the house for i am not able to work and need to continue with the physio so doubt that i will be able to conjure up a viable excuse to get out. i do hope though that i will be able to be more active on line and begin posting again on this blog from today.
i had a couple of opportunities this last week to go shopping and did wonderfully well, first picking up 3 pairs of ballet flats for just $24! i do not usually wear flat heels, preferring my footwear to have at least 3″ heels but right now, with my knee giving me a lot of grief and problably more grief still in the first few weeks after my forthcoming surgery, i felt i needed some nice flat heels so finding these 3 pairs was a godsend! Also, Mistress Ana insists these days that i wear flat heels when i am doing her housework so as to protect her polished wooden floor so once again the ballet flats met a need.
The following day, i had an hour to kill while my wife was having a bone density test at a local hospital so i wandered to a nearby shopping mall where i found a great little boutique that had some gorgeous dresses on a $10 rack! i picked out these two lovely dresses.
I was not able to try the dresses on that day but was able to do so when i went to Mistress Ana’s house yesterday. Mistress Ana is away at the moment but i still needed to go there to make sure all was well and do some housework. I was able to quickly take the pictures of myself in my new dresses before i did a small amount of ironing and then dusted all the surfaces in the house, swept and then polished the wooden floor having first changed my footwear from the wedge heels i wore to model the dresses to the black pair of ballet flats shown above.
i noticed that someone had used the house over thee weekend for theire were weekend newspapers in the lounge and a few dishes in the sink which i washed before i left for home. It felt lovely to be Roxie once more, fully “en femme” wearing my bargain purchases and the only downside was that Mistress was not there for i would have loved to have heard her comments on my choice of dresses. i also miss her a lot and will be doing so all the more over the coming weeks.
i go into hospital on Wednesday morning for my surgery and am told it will be at least 3 weeks possibly even 6 weeks before i will be able to drive again which will mean i shall be reliant on my wife for getting around which obviously eliminates Mistress’ house from my itinerary.