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You fresher than me man, Mine was back on the 7/11.
Keep it iced and elevated I am sure you know
These helped make life easier for me.
I had to have a fasciotomy due to compartmental swelling to save my leg. So I don't know how many sutures you have.
[link] (not until a week after suture removal.) Otherwise I kept pressure with a long long ace bandage securely wrapped.
Best of luck man, it's a long road but we will get there.
How'd it happen?
edit: also it may be bs but I bought supplements for bone regeneration and take these everyday [link]
My husband had ACL repair with hamstring graft and about 50% of his miniscus removed. This is information provided from when I was caretaking.
We got ice packs from amazon that conform to your knee, we got two so we could switch them out. These are what we purchased and they have been great. Stay cold for about half an hour, refreeze pretty quickly so by switching them out they stayed cold and were ready for the next hour quickly.
We also used a cryocuff which is a cooler of ice and a water brace that he wrapped around his knee, took cold water from the cooler into the brace, then when water got warm we would put it back in the cooler and swish it around then refill the brace. That was good and because it wasn't as cold as the ice pack we could keep it on for a long time.
DO YOUR EXERCISES. Seriously. The dr had us doing leg lifts, heel slides (sit on the ground and slide your heel towards your butt as far as you can go), ankle pumps, and set his foot on a pillow with nothing under the knee so it gets as extended as possible. He was really good with his exercises and his recovery has been super duper.
His schedule the first few days was 20 minutes icing, 20 minutes elevation (get that knee up HIGH, you lay flat on your back and get your leg up at a 45° angle, make a ramp of pillows from butt to foot), then 20 minutes exercises. Repeat allll dayyyy longggg. He watched a lot of Hulu and Netflix.
Try and write yourself a schedule for pain meds. He was taking one oxy pill every 6 hours so on the days I was at work I wrote down and set alarms on his phone for what time to take the pills. Have small snacks to eat with the pills so it is easier on your belly. Pudding packs, applesauce, crackers, etc.
We are a month out now and he is down to 1600 mg of ibuprofen a day and that is more for swelling than pain. He is icing about 3/day. He stopped taking the oxy about 5 days out because it made him very nauseous, so for pain we alternated ibuprofen and tylenol.
To sleep he was on his back, a pillow ramp from his butt to foot to keep his leg slightly elevated. We had to use two different blankets because his high leg took too much of mine.
Make a "home base" for yourself with snacks, phone charger, water bottle, pills all in reaching distance so the only reason you have to move is to go to the bathroom.
Speaking of bathroom take stool softeners, drink lots of water, eat lots of fruit and veggies. Start taking them now, keep taking them until you've been off the hard meds for a few days. Pain meds plug your butt up.
If they can give you anti nausea meds those help too because the pain pills can make you nauseous and that is no fun.
He has been walking off crutches for about 2 weeks. Currently he is able to bike flat stretches and take easy easy hikes. But each individuals recovery is so so so different and you need to be patient with yourself, try not to compare. He wore the brace 24-7 for a week, then only when he was out and about or around jumpy dogs, and now he is to no brace.
I'm a big fan of my ice pack that I got off Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Vive-Knee-Pack-Wrap-Osteoarthritis/dp/B079JX3J4W/
Provides decent compression, and the insert packs cover all around the knee, not just the front. I had an ice machine, but this is what I used when I ran out of ice.
Would recommend getting a second set of inserts for it, as you can cycle them in and out of your freezer. Later on in your recovery, if you're instructed to alternate ice/heat, you'll have the second set for that, too.