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Eight weeks after total knee replacement Sam’s life is returning to something closer to normal

It’s been eight weeks now since I had total knee replacement surgery on my left knee. The incision has healed nicely. The swelling is down and my knee sort of looks normal.

What’s up on the movement front?

๐Ÿ’Ÿ I’m doing aquafit twice a week

๐Ÿ’Ÿ I’m riding my bike on the trainer most days

๐Ÿ’Ÿ I’m also doing physio most days, seeing the physiotherapist, Estee at Defy, twice a week.

๐Ÿ’Ÿ There are also short dog walks.

But beyond that, things are seeming more like normal. What do I mean by that?

๐Ÿ’Ÿ I mean, I’m sleeping through the night without a constant waking and rearranging of pillows.

๐Ÿ’Ÿ I’m back at work, walking around campus, enjoying seeing people and finding the work challenging and satisfying in the usual ways.

๐Ÿ’Ÿ Some days I forget to take painkillers.

๐Ÿ’Ÿ I’m using the cane but I keep leaving it places!

๐Ÿ’Ÿ I can easily put on socks and shoes, but perhaps even more importantly I can sit with one knee crossed over the other.

๐Ÿ’Ÿ And maybe most strikingly sometimes hours go by in which I don’t think about my knee.

Goals for the next 4 weeks?

๐Ÿ’Ÿ No big distances and very much weather permitting, I’d like to ride outside on an actual bike just once before winter hits. Likely it will be my Brompton with the step through frame.

๐Ÿ’Ÿ I’d like to start regular spin classes. Don’t worry I’ll tell the teacher I’m recovering from knee surgery and I’ll take it at my pace.

๐Ÿ’Ÿ My gym has hot yoga and I want to get back on the yoga studio. Again, I’ll be reasonable about going at my own pace.

๐Ÿ’Ÿ I’m starting personal training at the university again (hi Meg!) this month and I’m looking forward to doing more physical activity that’s not all about rehab.

Wish me luck!

Hereโ€™s me checking in after Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week Four, Week Five and Week 6 and Week 7.