(Avon Park, FL) Lo 47 Hi 58 -- I want to give everyone a quick update on Dee's knee replacement surgery. Last Monday we headed to Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring at the not-fit-for-humans hour of 5am. She went through the pre-op routine and was in surgery by 7am. The surgery went extremely well and she spent the rest of that day recovering from the anesthesia. On Tuesday morning she sat up on the side of the bed and later that day had her first session on the continuous passive motion (CPM) machine. (We call it the "torture" machine.) This machine attaches to her leg while she's lying in bed and slowly moves her knee up and down (about 45 seconds per cycle). This first session she her range of motion was 0-56 degrees. It was pretty painful for her physically, and painful for me emotionally. No one likes to see their loved one suffering. She had two-hour sessions on the machine twice a day on Wed and Thu, and the pain level subsided a little each time. By Thu afternoon her range of motion was 0-112 degrees, which is only 3 degrees below what's considered full motion. And she's walking around the room with a walker. Yay! She's very motivated, and I'm so proud of her!
Unfortunately overnight Thursday she developed a mild case of pneumonia and they also discovered she has a potassium deficiency. So all day Friday she had antibiotics and potassium pumped into her via IV. She was feeling pretty miserable all day, but started to perk up by Friday evening. She was scheduled to be released Friday, but that was initially delayed until today (Saturday). However, they want to make sure she has a good day today before releasing her tomorrow (Sunday) for a two-week stay at Oaks of Avon Park rehab center.
So that's a short review of our week. Hopefully Dee will be at her laptop to give you an update next week. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers. They're working!
See you next week.