Peter I am so glad you are making it and so sorry it is not an easy time for you.
Maybe you could get one of those harnesses the movie people use to "stage a hanging" scene on video?
Saw this done as a prank by a troubled teen on that new TV Series "The Affair" -- near the beginning, his dad (the star) comes up to the kids room to find out what is delaying him joining the family vacation. The brat is hanging there, faking his own suicide.
Your wife could just hang you up and let you down when she has time to watch over you.
I am having a great time -- I am LiTERALLY on a GREAT vacation. I returned home about the time you were posting that first 1-finger message above (5:45 Oct 24th) and even with two hands, 10 fingers, and very little pain it was tough to write such a message so *I* am HIGHLY IMPRESSED by your ability to string a coherent message together while you are so much less comfortable that you would prfere and using only 1 finger.
Call me if you wish, as we previously discussed, and we'll work through some exercises to determine if those are of any value TO YOU.
Do NOT put that knee brace back on until YOU feel that it will do you more good than not, Ok?
Put that brace on as soon as it is the right and most effective thing to do to improve YOUR situation, current and future health.
Your wife continues to sound like a beautiful gem -- we're just trying to figure out what YOU did to get her to LOVE YOU.
You 6-7 knives and 5-6 burning sounds very difficult to deal with or put aside and I am HIGHLY IMPRESSED by your ability to keep going. (I don't think most people know how uncomfortable a "5" is on a true scale; they tend to call every bad an 8, 9 or even 10 -- on an accurate scale there must be room for levels that most people have never even dreamed of.)
A 10? That's the one where the Vampires in TrueBlood (great TV series) "greet the sun" and explode into a big pile of vampire goo.
I haven't seen much in the way of a 2 over the last few days, and cannot testify to any 3's though I have had a few brief excursions there tonight when arriving home tire.
Really though, it was more fatigue than discomfort (3 hours sleep Thu night, awake for 14+ hours on Friday, 6 hours with a 4-hour (half-dose of max) med, Exparel wearing off, and the stress of the second PT in the pool, packing to leave the hospital, and the trip home, plus setting up once we arrived home.)
And of course the puppies had to get me to play briefly with them too. (170 lbs of puppies packaged in all white and all gold.)
I made (at least one) minor, tactical error: Scheduling the trip home to overlap the likely exhaustion of the Exparel.
BTW, it SOUNDS like you had something like Bupivacaine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bupivacaine
infiltrated into YOUR joint.
Bupivacaine usually lasts about 7 hours (it's the most common epidural drug used for things like child birst.)
Exparel is basically "time release Bupivacaine" which is advertised as lasting "up to 72 hours" -- weasel words, but I have read the monograph on it and it really is likely to have a 72 hour efficacy curve.
This is also twice now that my own results have born out the advertisement even though this time the surgeon was required to "split the vial/dose" between two separate surgical sites whereas he put the entire dose/vial into my hip when replacing that single joint 9 weeks ago.
I slept from about 10pm until 12:30am in my recliner (and yes, that is a big boon to my recovery and wish you had one) so feeling pretty good now. (Good enough to write the above.)
The TWO Polar Care cold therapy machines have been happily chilling my knees for the last 4 hours as well.
My meds are caught up, though I can now have a full does of 2 more Percoset (Oxy+Tylonol) now (1:45 AM).
The sleep refreshed me, and now I am going to figure out what the best next step is.
(My choices include going to bed dragging the two Polar Care machines, watching TV and/or eating again. s in my recliner with the 2 machines, take some more oxy or Norco [hydrocodone + Tylenol], play on the Internet, etc.)
I am almost certainly NOT going to work on setting up the CPM machine (by myself) and certainly not going to drive anywhere
Carol is asleep and I don't know anyone who would want to visit or talk this late at night
Thus the chatting here on this forum which is a BIG PART of my recovery strategy.
Unfortunately they banned me on the BoneSmart Forum (hip and knee joint replacement) so I can't go over there to read, comment, and chat with others dealing with similar issues.
You are all I have Peter
Along with the other kind folks here who are taking an interest in my recovery.
Seriously Pete, you MIGHT want to check it out and see if reading and asking questions over there is of any value too you.
They really are nice people mostly and very well-informed about joint surgery and replacements.