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Updated: Jan 31, 2023

Arthritis can be a challenge to manage and at times, it can seem like there's no end in sight. On January 20, 2023, I received my second total knee replacement, and even though I was calm and relaxed that morning, I still couldn't help but wonder if this new procedure would restore the mobility that I had lost from arthritis.

As I checked in for the procedure, I felt my nerves start to rise. Despite trying my best to stay calm and relaxed, I couldn't help but feel anxious as I began to get undressed. It wasn't until the anesthesiologist came in to prep me that I really began to feel the weight of the situation. Despite my best efforts, it seemed like there was no way for me to escape the jitters that come with any medical procedure.

Although it can be nerve-wracking to face a stressful situation, luckily I was able to stay composed this time. I was fortunate enough to have taken a prescribed medicine that helped me remain calm, but now that I am reflecting on the experience, I realize that it made me drift off to sleep quite early.

After a successful surgery, physical therapy is an essential step in the recovery process. Unfortunately, it was not successful for me and I struggled to stand up or keep my eyes open long enough to do physical activities. After surgery, it is important to follow the instructions of your doctor and medical team so that you can have a safe and successful recovery. As soon as you wake up, physical therapy begins to help you regain strength and mobility. You must pass all necessary tests before being allowed to go home. It is important to take care of yourself during this time and follow all post-surgery instructions in order to make sure that you heal properly.

I failed pt about 5 times and at the point, the doctors told me I would have to stay overnight. I could not let that happen. I barely passed.

After undergoing surgery, it is common to experience nausea due to the anesthesia and other medications used during the procedure. For me, this was no different - I experienced nausea for the remainder of the night after my surgery. Every second felt as if I had to vomit again or was about to pass out.

After a long and difficult journey, I am proud to say that I am finally on the road to recovery. Next week, I will make sure to keep you updated on my progress as I continue to heal and get stronger.

- See you next week


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