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mpfl reconstruction: one week down

Welp. It's officially been one week since my MPFL reconstruction. It's been both a great and trying first week. On the one hand, I'm doing much better than I thought I would be at this point. On the other hand, however, I'm frustrated because there is still a lot that I can't do. My first post-op appointment is this Wednesday, and I'm hopeful that I'll be cleared to partially weight-bear.

Right now, I'm on crutches doing a partial "heel-touch." I won't lie. I've put some weight on this week, and though it definitely doesn't feel good, it doesn't feel awful either. I have four incisions. The one on the lateral side is the most painful. I have one directly over my kneecap where they placed the anchors for the ligament graft, and one just by my upper shin where they harvested a piece of my hamstring. There is also one tiny one where they inserted the drain and camera on the left side of my knee.

Tuesday was the worst day, and I think that was the last time I posted. My pain level was very high - around a 9 - most of the day. I could only manage it with the oxycodone I was prescribed. By Wednesday, however, I went from eight pills (the max) to five. Then on Thursday, I only took two at night to sleep more comfortably. I did that again on Friday and Saturday, and I'm officially free of the oxy now at one-week post-op! That was big for me. I'm not entirely comfortable taking opioids. Color me crazy, right?

But seriously, I've made a lot of progress. I can now shower by myself. It's still a bit of a task because I can't bend my knee yet. I have to maneuver myself into the tub sitting to be able to shower, then I have to exit, re-bandage, and put the brace back on - all while sitting and without bending. It's a process, but I'm getting there.

We didn't really do anything this weekend because I'm not that mobile. That's hard for the boys - especially when it's as cold as it has been here lately. We did manage to go on a quick Target run yesterday for necessities, and that was hilarious. I rode one of those motorized scooters, and the boys thought it was the coolest thing in the world. I did manage to get up and make the boys banana pancakes with sprinkles and whipped cream, so I guess I did something well!

Today, however, I'm back to work. I'm doing work fairly uncomfortably at my desk, though I'll probably switch to the couch soon since it's a lot more comfortable. I'm still applying to jobs and doing my best to keep things moving though, so that's a plus.

OH! And the best news...we found a house to rent in Washington! My mom came to visit last week to help while I recovered, and we were browsing the rental sites and came across an incredible house available the first week in June, which is the perfect timeframe for us. Needless to say, we jumped at it! We spoke with the owners this weekend, and we'll be signing our contract and placing our deposit this week, so we're very excited. It's about 1,000 square feet bigger than our current home, has four bedrooms and a dedicated office, so we're ready to do this.

Here's to a good week ahead, friends! Thanks so much for your kind words and positivity during this time of recovery and craziness.

I'm linking up today with B Loved Boston for Weekending.

mpfl reconstruction: day 2

Well, here we are, two days post-op. I'm feeling a little saner today. I was allowed to shower for the first time since Monday, so that was heaven. Obviously, I can't stand in the shower, but I could sit and let the hot water run over me, wash my hair, and feel a little more refreshed. My surgery was at 7:30 on Monday morning, and while I knew what I was getting myself into, I also didn't really...if that makes sense. 

They gave me a nerve block since they'd be playing around with the ligaments, as well as two IV drugs and general anesthesia. The surgery took about two to two and a half hours, but everything went well. I had a little nausea post-anesthesia and ended up throwing up twice, but other than that, I was just glad to be able to go home. My boys thought my barf bags were the best toy in the world. Spencer said, "Thank you, mommy! Thank you for my cat-in-the-hat surprise!" I couldn't stop laughing.

My nerve block wore off around 3 AM that night, and my pain went from about a 3 to a 9 in a matter of a half an hour. It was excruciating. They grafted a piece of my hamstring to reconstruct the MPFL, so that compounded the pain. I'm not a big fan of pain relief drugs, but this is no time to be a hero. I've been popping them like pez (okay, in moderation), to moderate the pain.

I took another two pain pills before bed, and I actually slept well last night, which was fantastic. I took another around 3 AM, and I finally got about 9 decent hours of sleep. That, plus my shower, has me feeling like a new woman. 

I was able to take the bandages and brace off only for the shower today, and I was able to see the leg. It looks gnarly. Good, all things considered - but still gnarly. My first post-op appointment will be next Wednesday, and I'm excited to hopefully start talking about starting PT sooner, rather than later!

I'm going to chronicle my recovery here, so I hope you'll all bear with me as I do! One thing I'd really hoped for prior to this surgery was a blog on which I could really read into their MPFL journey and recovery. There are a few, but I think it's an important resource for people, so I'm hopeful that maybe, just maybe, it'll help someone else.

If this post is loopy, it's because I'm a little drugged, but I'm hoping my next posts will make more sense. Happy Wednesday, friends!