It’s been one month since my knee anthroscopy. I have been amazed at how quickly I have been recovering. Aesthetically my knee looks pretty good. Just a few small holes where the scope went in.
I still don’t have full mobility and experience pain from time to time, when I attempt something I’m not ready to (like a front crawl when swimming, or a speed walk). The worst pain actually comes when I squat. A lot of the women’s toilets around Taiwan are squat-style, so if I really, really have to go I’ll squat down but then have a hard time getting up and am in agonizing pain.
But on the up-side: two weeks after surgery I was back on my bike (at a very slow pace), back in the pool (doing a very cautious one-legged frog stroke), walking pretty normally (without a cane, minor limp, struggled with stairs and could only use my good leg to get up/down them).
Now, four weeks later, I can bike much faster (still not normal speed), swim (two-legged frog, experimented with front crawl today but still have pain), walk fine and can use both legs going down stairs but I am still struggling going up stairs.
Last night I attempted a few yoga moves but the deep knee bends were quite sore so I eased off. Part of this might be that I have lost a lot of muscle in my left thigh. It is noticeably smaller that the right. I am going to have to work on rebuilding that strength so I don’t continue favoring my right leg.
To celebrate my one month post-op I took a trip to Costco as our fridge was in dire need of restocking.
My second favorite fridge item (although not from Costco) are these lychees:
Our freezer is equally stuffed full of goodies.
If the last three things I ate were blueberries, lychees and artichoke hearts, I’d die a happy woman.
In more exciting news today is a very special someone’s birthday, my second cousin, Josie.
Like me, Josie is a big cat lover, so I did my best to have Fern and Goose pose in a special birthday photo for Josie. This was the best I could do:
Happy Birthday Jos! We hope you have an amazing day!
Love, Mel, Luke, Fern, and Goose