Franken-knee

As you may have noticed, I have not been blogging every day in November.  Oh, what optimism I had at the beginning of the month!  I was so silly.

At this moment I’m sitting in my mom’s living room while she is in the bedroom having her knee automatically moved back and forth by a machine.  We’re in California, where it’s the coldest November in memory and the rain is threatening to ruin crops.  We were hoping to leave Dutch weather behind but instead we brought it with us.

But back to the knee and my mom….  Mom had knee replacement surgery on 17 November.  She had no cartilage left and was trying to walk with bone-on-bone in her right leg.  She kept putting off having this done until I convinced her that our visit at Thanksgiving would be the perfect time for such an operation.  We would be here for 2 and a half weeks to be able to take care of her.  Boy are we both glad that DB and I are here!

She was in the hospital for 3 days and then, after showing she could walk 100 steps, she was allowed to come home.  We brought the leg machine with us.  Here’s a photo of it:
knee bending machine

The platform very slowly moves back and forth, up and down, from a flat and straight leg position, to this bent position.  We’ve been cranking up the angle every day with a goal of 90 degrees after a week.  She has to be in this machine 6 hours a day!  We break it up into 3 sessions of 2 hours each.  And then she has exercises to do, pills to take, a shot every morning…. it’s a full day of recovery work!

If you are not squeamish, here’s a photo of her Franken-knee.  Yes, those are staples.  They will come out on December 2nd.  Every day I clean it for her and wrap it back up in gauze.
Frankenknee

The first couple of days that she was home she couldn’t do much of anything for herself, but every day she’s able to do more.  It was a big relief to both of us when she could manage to get in and out of bed by herself.  She uses a walker and practices bending her knee while slowly making her way around the house.   There are physical therapists coming 3 times a week to work with her and to give her more exercises to do.

I’m really proud of her.  I know she’ll be up and walking without that walker in no time.

2 Comments

  1. What is the machine called
    Did you hire it.

    I had a second op to free up my knee after surgery went wrong in Nov 2012.
    On Monday 28th Jan I had a manipulation In hospital, I used one of these machine to start my recovery, but then was discharged.

    I’m now looking to hire a machine to use at home to aid my recovery.

    Hope you can help with a name.

    Good luck to your mum with her recovery.

    Jeff – Epsom, England

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