The following is copied from my post on KneeGuru forums:
Post-Op Days 10 & 11 (Friday and Saturday)
Updated at Day 12 Post-Op Sunday Nov 2, 2014 2AM
Friday Day 10 was really tough but not due to my new knees
The day started quite enjoyably with the first post-op check after discharge.
The surgeon and his assistant (who closed them both during surgery) were delighted with my progress and their work.
We literally had a lot of fun, especially when I showed them my NEW Moon Walk -- it was technically correct, but artistically lacking due to the delays from the serious edema the 2nd week.
The serious side of this visit was relating difficulties the severe edema (25 lb water weight gain) has cause and the plan my cardiologist and I were using to undo the damage the hospital had helped cause.
My surgeon had trusted that the attending internist was going to help me get everything straight and that the nursing staff would remember to put on the TED hose before seeing me to the door.
Contrary to what you might think, orthopedic surgeons are about as clueless at managing such things are internists are at replacing and balancing a new knee. The OS had referred me to the hospital doctor who was supposed to keep me healthy and had no clue how badly that would go.
Again at land and pool PT on Day 10 each of the knees were better than 99.9% of other single knee replacements, even days or weeks later.
My wife's medical issues (especially her back trouble) required me to exert myself all day (literally no time for food or rest) to make sure she was getting treatment and I ran myself right to the edge of what everyone really means when they say, "Don't do too much."
Midnight Day 10 I stopped all of the narcotics which I had almost literally been taking "by the clock" (1 or 2 every 4 hours had meant, "I TAKE 2 of them 6 times per day.")
The narcotics needed to stop to determine if it would be safe to begin driving, to take my wife to her surgical back procedure on the following Monday.
Saturday, Day 11,
was also required me to pull back from going out to the nearby YMCA because I didn't know if my wife would be able to pick me up quick enough if my energy and resources began to run out.
Stopping the narcotics was no issue at first, and my wife and I began to prepare for our scheduled Walmart run in the afternoon. We needed lots of juices, snacks, medical supplies (4 x 4's etc.), flashlights, and had been collecting the list for over a week.
Her back was hurting and my lower legs were still holding 15 lbs of fluid -- about an extra GALLON EACH leg -- but we both felt good about the trip.
We also had planned or considered a secondary stop at Lowe's and a massage at the walk-in Chinese spa right by the house.
I decided that it was far more important for *ME* to go the the YMCA pool and get some relief, with the massage as a possible follow-up.
She was actually good with going to Walmart alone and wanted to 'drop me' at the pool while I wanted to drive myself on what would be very short first drive. (It's the same first drive I made on Day 4 of my THR in August.)
My car however wouldn't start, and I returned to admit that we would need to follow my wife's plan to leave me at the pool while she went to Walmart.
I was literally headed out the door for the second time, when I called off my trip, and immediately went back to my pillow stack in the bed, staying there the entire 3 hours she was actually gone on HER solo Walmart trip (good call!)
By the time she returned, we had dinner, watch one TV show, I had to return to the bed pillow stack -- the pillow stack in my easy chair was insufficient to keep my legs comfortable or allow them to keep draining sufficiently.
So I rigged up both Polar Ice machines again, retired to the bed pillow stack and mostly slept until midnight, refreshed, as she came to bed.
I ensconced myself in the bathroom for wound care -- damns those incisions look good -- and checked to discover that I had dropped another 5 lbs of the added water weight. (I also took off the TED hose for a couple of hours to let my legs rest further.)
10 lbs of the 25 now remain.
So I am headed to the CPM machine for a short session on each leg (elevation plus motion should move more fluid as well) before I intend to return for sleep.
It was during this 2 hour period that the idea of a book first occurred to me.