We are catching up with our recurring patient Karen. Her inspiring story kicked off our Patient of the Month feature – read part one here https://harrison-pt.com/cant-keep-good-woman/ .
She has come back to see us after her second knee replacement. Karen loves to travel and has been globetrotting regularly for the past few years. She tell us her sister was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Together they are visiting and checking locations off her “bucket list”.
Since we helped Karen get through her first knee surgery, she has been to Scotland and Morocco. Karen says the trip to Morocco was also partly to celebrate recovery of her first knee replacement surgery. ” I went shopping in the town of Fez, where the alleys are very narrow. There where many wet spots and it was all cobblestone streets. It was crowded with people and animals. I had a moment when I just stopped and thought, Oh my God, I am able to do this! My knees are terrific now. We don’t know how long my sister has, and she really wants to get all the countries that aren’t handicap accessible first before she can’t visit them.”
Karen is recovering from knee #2 right now and progressing very well with physical therapy. She has these these words of advice for folks out there considering a total knee replacement:
” Plan on being regimented, stick with the program and don’t give up. My doctor said between 6 weeks – 8 months is the “grouchy phase”. Know that it takes time for your body to come back. Don’t be too hard on yourself.”