ACL Post-Surgery Week 3

3 Weeks Post-Op! I feel like time has absolutely flown by! I guess when you move slower, time really does go by faster. Recap of week 3 is below, along with a few PT exercises & what I have been doing vitamin/essential oil/nutrient wise. Below are a few pictures of 2.5-3 week post op. Bruising it pretty much gone, my scars are healing awesome… the first 2 pictures are 2.5 weeks, and the last 2 are from today, 3 weeks post-op that shows most of the swelling gone. Obviously, my left leg is skinnier than my right. It looks so sad.

3 wks post op ACL 2      3 wks post op

ACL Post Op 3 weeks      ACL 3 weeks Post Op

Recap/PT:

Between the 2.5 and 3 week point, magic happened:

  • I suddenly remembered to walk, with almost no limp
  • I can cross my legs comfortably (I could actually do this sooner, maybe around the 1-2 week mark; I just happened to notice when I went back to work and was sitting in a chair for half the day)
  • My swelling went down considerably
  • Pretty much all bruising gone!!
  • Only icing 1-2 times a day
  • I could do more exercises at physical therapy
  • I discontinued stim at PT since my quad had gotten strong enough
  • I got the go-ahead to walk around the house without my brace
  • I can stop using my brace in the next week or so
  • I started going into work (half day only)
  • I began to workout at the gym
  • I started to get energy again
  • 2 weeks: 95 degrees flexion
  • 2.5 weeks: 110 degrees flexion
  • 3 weeks: 118 degrees flexion
  • Started walking backwards on an incline on the treadmill

My leg has been straight since my first PT appointment, so I never had to worry about hitting 0 degrees. I am not sure what happened between that 2.5-3 week mark, but even my PT was impressed with how well I could walk. I literally just got rid of crutches at 2.5 weeks, and I came strolling in a few days later. I walked to the gym the night before my 3-week PT appointment and did upper body weight lifts, PT exercises and core work. I felt really great afterwards – and if I had any regrets about anything I have done for my recovery, not staying active would be the only thing I regret. And I really don’t have any regrets about the whole surgery/process. So, anyone after ACL reconstructive surgery, pay attention – GO TO THE GYM!!! I know you cannot do much, but getting that circulation and blood moving in your body is huge. Just doing upper body weights is good enough! All-in-all, I am so happy with my recovery so far. I try not to compare myself with anyone else, so I don’t care whether I am behind or ahead in recovery. I know my body, and I have been so impressed with the healing so far.

Vitamins/Essential Oils

I started taking multi vitamins again, which I am wondering if they had anything to do with my speedy walking recovery… my cousin, who is an oil consultant, also gave me a new protocol to try on my leg. I think I have been over doing it with the oils in my body, so this is a little bit more simpler, and I am not applying the oils as often (mostly because of going back to work/being more active).

  • Began taking multi vitamins again (I had run out)
  • Continue to take 1 calcium + 1 magnesium pill, 2x a day
  • Continue to take cod liver oil vitamins, 2x a day on an empty stomach
  • Not taking any pain medicine, not even aleve
  • 1-2 drops of wintergreen on quad (for muscle development) – 2-4  times a day
  • 1-2 drops of fennel on bruised area – 2-4 times a day
  • Sports oil blend roll-on whenever my knee was aching, or right after PT/doing my PT exercises at home
  • Food wise – lots of chocolate, gluten-free pizza & tortilla chips. My body hates me, especially the rolls on my stomach & back that appeared over night. I am going to start incorporating more protein to help aid in the strengthening of my muscles + more veggies to help aid in healing/balance my PH levels. A girl can’t live on chocolate forever! (In my dreams maybe)

On another note, My first 1/2 day back to work was great! My co-workers decorated my desk & put lots of creepy pictures of sloths all over it – it seriously made me so happy! I love sloths!

Welcome Back

Sloth 2        Sloth

And to top off last week, my cousin was in town – AKA time to be super weird together. So we went to Kroger down the street to embarrass her younger brother that works there. I drove around the cart with my sunglasses on, complete with my cousin putting a bird house on the back of my cart. I kept hitting things and people with my crutch – I had to put it in the front basket because there was no where else to put it. So if a grocery cart maker is reading this – you should really consider a place to put crutches. It will leave the store in less shambles after I leave.

Kroger Cart 3      Kroger Cart 2

Kroger Cart

Until next time!

PLEASE NOTE:

The information I have provided is not intended to be used in place of professional medical advice. This is information that I have gathered on my own through a variety of sources, and if you decide to use/apply any of the ideas from my site, you are taking full responsibility for your actions. This information is not meant to diagnose or to treat any medical condition. Please consult with your primary care physician/holistic doctor to diagnose/advise of any medical condition if you have any questions. I am not liable for any damages or negative consequences resulting from any action by any persons reading or following the information on this site.


ACL Post-Surgery Week 2

The second week can be summed up in a few words: Pain, Progress, Ice. The more I have been going to physical therapy, the more I am motivated to get better. My second PT appointment, I was told my quad was not as strong as it should be. So every hour, I set an alarm, doing quad squeezes – 20 times, holding for 5-10 seconds each time. Below are a few tips/warnings my PT/PTA gave me + a few of my own. I will also talk about the Doterra Oil protocol/natural medicine I was taking the second week + my 15-day follow up with my surgeon.

15-day Follow up with Surgeon:

  • I drove to my appointment (could drive about 1-2 weeks post surgery, just depends on your knee flexion)
  • Knee looks great! Still  little swelling under knee, but that will eventually go away within a few months (each person is different)
  • Can walk with 1 crutch when going out and about
  • Bruising is normal for about 1-2 months post surgery
  • I returned my ice machine at the 2 week mark – so I ended up buying a compression knee brace that I could take to work – I bought it on amazon, for about $30. Only issue is that the brace doesn’t ice the knee cap, which is where all of my swelling is! So I just put a smaller ice pack over my knee cap under the brace, so it works out.
  • No need to elevate my leg when sleeping anymore (THANK GOD!)
  • Had my steri-strips removed – most likely will not be any scars! (See images below)

ACL 2 Weeks     ACL 2 Weeks 2 ACL 2 Weeks Side Incision   Side Knee Bruise ACL

Tips from PT:

  • Quad squeezes, as often as you can. You want to strengthen your quad and get your knee-cap moving. The stronger your quad, the sooner you can begin walking, and the less atrophy you will experience.
  • Ice, elevate, repeat to get your swelling down. My knee was still a little swollen, which was preventing my kneecap from moving up as far as it should when I was squeezing my quad. There is no such thing as elevating your leg too high.
  • Pain is normal – especially when doing PT exercises.
  • There will be pain. not like post-surgery pain – this is different. Using your muscles again, its more of like a sore/cramping pain. And it feels awful. But DON’T let that stop you! You will be sore, it will hurt, but just know that you are strengthening and conditioning your leg/knee for use. There are nights I have a terrible time sleeping because of the aching in my knee – if that happens to you, just try taking a pain pill or aleve before bed.

OSU ACL

Oils/Medicine:

  • I started following a protocol to help with bruising, pain & swelling: 5 drops Helichrysum +  4 drops Lavender +  3 drops Cypress +  3 drops Lemongrass +  3 drops Geranium. Mix with a carrier oil and place in a spray bottle. Spray over swelling/bruising & top with 1-2 drops of Wintergreen + sports oil blend & layer on peppermint last.
  • Some days I switch it up – Cypress + wintergreen, topped with peppermint & lemongrass + lavender on the bruising in the morning. Marjoram + Wintergreen in the afternoon. Sports oild blend after icing…. I try to switch it up to see what feels the best at the moment. Find out what works best for you!
  • A few other great protocols for athletes can be found here
  • The left side of my shin is numb, where the surgeon hit a nerve. So, I have been rubbing a circulation oil blend on that area specifically, to help stimulate feeling and circulation.
  • Diffused a few different oils: Balance, Purity, Wild Orange, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Lemongrass, White Fir. None really stood out for me, but try out a few different oils and find out which one you  like the best.
  • Began taking Arnica 30c + rubbing Arnica gel on my leg to help with the swelling/bruising. This is what I used.
  • Continued to take 1 calcium + 1 magnesium pill, 2x a day
  • Continue to take cod liver oil vitamins, 2x a day on an empty stomach
  • Cut back on the homemade antibiotic to 1x a day, every other day: melaluca, oregano, flu oil blend: 2 drops in an empty capsule
  • Took 2 Aleve once or twice a day. If the pain was unbearable, I would take 1 pain pill, which would last for a good 5-6 hours

And that’s a wrap for week 2! I am now driving myself to PT, running errands, going out to dinner with family… it is great, but very tiring. So when you start venturing out again, make sure you are giving yourself enough time to rest or take a nap! I am going to go into work next week, 2 half days and 1 full day for a class. I also have 2 PT appointments and a few meetings almost every night next week… so fingers crossed I survive! It seems a little overwhelming, but I think once I can begin to walk better in the next month or so, things won’t seem so bad.

I hope this 2-week post surgery recap is helpful! Oh, and one more thing: ACL reconstructive surgery is expensive. Like, SUPER expensive. Thank God for insurance!

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PLEASE NOTE:

The information I have provided is not intended to be used in place of professional medical advice. This is information that I have gathered on my own through a variety of sources, and if you decide to use/apply any of the ideas from my site, you are taking full responsibility for your actions. This information is not meant to diagnose or to treat any medical condition. Please consult with your primary care physician/holistic doctor to diagnose/advise of any medical condition if you have any questions. I am not liable for any damages or negative consequences resulting from any action by any persons reading or following the information on this site.


ACL Surgery Day 6 + Day 7 First Physical Therapy Appointment

Day 6 was probably one of the best days yet. Why is that? Because I got to finally WASH MY HAIR! After I was given the go-ahead from my doctor, I was able to take off my brace, put a trashbag around my leg and actually take a full-on shower. It was like dancing under heaven’s magical, hot, steamy liquid droplets that made every tragic disaster in the world disappear. Never again will I ever complain about taking a shower. Below are some shower tips + my first PT appointment experience, 7-days post-op.

Shower tips:

  • My boyfriend bought a handicap chair for me to use in the shower – only used this once, but it might be useful for other people. on the 3rd day post-op surgery, I drew a small bath (up to my ankles) and sat on the chair with a trashbag covering my leg. I didn’t wash my hair, but I suppose I could have in the sink. It was too complicated for me, so I just didn’t.
  • To tape up your leg: get a trashbag (i used a drawstring one for a normal sized-kitchen trash can). put a hole in the bottom and slip your leg in. tie the bag at the top, making sure your bandage/wrap is completely covered. Take some tape (I used sports tape) and wrap the top and bottom of the trash bag to seal it.
  • Take a shower – while standing on one leg. I tried to use the chair, but just ended up pushing it out of the way. I didn’t stay in too long, because I was afraid the water was going to seep in through the bag/tape.

Day 7 – Physical Therapy – 1st Appointment

  • Arrived at physical therapy – the place I went to is where I had my surgery, it is about 10 minutes from my house + my insurance covers it. I think I get 60 appointments a year with a $20 co pay – I have anthem PPO, which has been pretty great (besides having to pay the 3K max out of pocket) – but check with your insurance beforehand & find out what your coverage is.
  • Did a few exercises (see below)
  • Got stim on my leg (see below). Every time I got the prickly-stim feeling, I was supposed to squeeze my quad muscle for 5-10 seconds. This was done to stimulate my quad muscle + help teach it to work on its own again.
  • After the Stim, I put my wrap back on. My leg was tired!
  • I was taken to the game ready ice machine, which iced/compressed my leg for 10 minutes. You can see the picture of my boyfriend studying the exercises – he is going to have to help me with some of them the first few weeks until my leg gets strong enough to lift on its own
  • Went home and slept. literally. all. day.

stim    PT exercises

gameready    review

PLEASE NOTE:

The information I have provided is not intended to be used in place of professional medical advice. This is information that I have gathered on my own through a variety of sources, and if you decide to use/apply any of the ideas from my site, you are taking full responsibility for your actions. This information is not meant to diagnose or to treat any medical condition. Please consult with your primary care physician holistic doctor to diagnose/advise of any medical condition if you have any questions. I am not liable for any damages or negative consequences resulting from any action by any persons reading or following the information on this site.


ACL Post-Surgery: Day 4 + Day 5 Surgeon Follow-Up

I am not going to write much in terms of what oils/vitamins I took, as it has stayed the same as the first few days, except for what i started on day 5 after my bandages were taken off. My boyfriend took me to my first surgeon follow-up appointment – I had to sit in the backseat of the car on the way to the surgeon because I wasn’t sure if I could bend my leg yet. Below are a few pictures of what my knee looked like 5 days post-op -the swelling is not too bad, my leg is completely straight and i have really great flexion already.

Post Op 1st Appt

Day 5: 1st visit to the Surgeon

  • Arrive at surgeon’s office with a list of questions
  • Nurse comes in, asks a few questions and took off my bandages
  • Bruising on the right side of my knee and shin bone + behind my knee (see below for behind my knee – the bottom part is my thigh, the picture is kind of confusing)

bruised back of knee

  • Shin feels like someone threw a huge brick at it
  • Doctor says knee looks pretty normal (excuse the dr suess socks/slipper- it’s ZERO degrees here in ohio & I just wanted to be warm + I just put on whatever was the easiest to get on my foot :))

Acl Post Surgery 5 days   Acl Post Surgery 5 days_3

Acl Post Surgery 5 days_2    Acl Post Surgery 5 days_4

  • I requested a refill on the pain medicine + a handicap parking pass + my physical therapy prescription
  • Nurse came back in, put a new wrap around my leg, and re-adjusted my brace. I can bend my knee up to 90 degrees!
  • Nurse gave me my old wrap, which I washed – I can alternate wraps now.
  • My hamstring also started twitching later in the day – I called the nurse, who said that my hamstring was just getting used to part of it not being there anymore.

Oils/vitamins/pain medicine:

  • Homemade antibiotic – melaluca, oregano, flu oil blend: 2 drops in an empty capsule, 1x/day
  • Calcium & magnesium: 1 each,3x a day
  • multi-vitamins
  • Pain medicine: 4th day, i was taking 1 every 2 hours. The 5th day, I started weaning off – taking 1 every 2-4 hours. It really depends on the person and how much pain you are in. You can start to take Aleve instead (up to 5 a day), but check with your doctor.
  • For the twitching hamstring: basil
  • Day 5, applied directly to my knee: spray mix of frankincense, Helichrysum & lavender + 1-2 drops: lemongrass (for pain/repair), white fir (for inflammation)  (or melaluca, eucalyptus or rosemary – find which one works best for you), clove, wintergreen and a sports oil blend. I applied peppermint last to drive all of the oils deeper.
  • This might sound funny, but I have been talking to my knee the whole time! I tell it how great it is doing, how amazing it looks, i tell it thank you for healing, that i am so grateful for it… it sounds funny, but i truly believe in the power of positivity. If you don’t believe it, check this out – so many people have done this experiment + it is proven that energy, whether positive or negative, affects water. and guess what – our bodies are made up of 75% water! So you better believe I’m talkin’ to my knee! I might even sing to it later ;).

PLEASE NOTE:

The information I have provided is not intended to be used in place of professional medical advice. This is information that I have gathered on my own through a variety of sources, and if you decide to use/apply any of the ideas from my site, you are taking full responsibility for your actions. This information is not meant to diagnose or to treat any medical condition. Please consult with your primary care physician holistic doctor to diagnose/advise of any medical condition if you have any questions. I am not liable for any damages or negative consequences resulting from any action by any persons reading or following the information on this site.


ACL Post-Surgery: Days 2-3

I will be honest – Day 2 was one of the worst for pain. I think if you have a hold on your pain meds, then it might not be such a problem. BUT. i was all over the place, trying out 2 every 4 hours, then 1 every 2 hours.. i just overall was not feeling very good. And the bruise on my arm from the needle finally showed up – I felt like a mess! It actually looked way worse in person.

arm

Below are some tips and what medicine/oils I was taking on the second & third day:

  1. Lavender, Frankincense & Helichrysum – spray above & below wrap, over top wrap: every 3-4 hours
  2. Lemongrass, Cypress, basil (good for muscle spasms), wintergreen, marjoram, lavender: applied to both legs (above wrap on bad leg, knee on good leg) + bottom of both feet: every 3-4 hours
  3. After applying all oils, Peppermint was applied as the final oil – this helped drive in all the oils deeper
  4. stomach blend – applied to stomach whenever I could remember
  5. Diffused: frankincense/flue oil blend throughout the day
  6. Mom did an Aromatouch massage on my hands in the afternoon/at night
  7. For pain: lemongrass, clove (This helps numb any area), eucalyptus, white fir – try out which oil works best for you. Lemongrass was a godsend – i remember crying from the pain, and my mom applied lemongrass to the pressure points on my feet & in between my toes – the pain was reduced within 5 minutes! (see chart below for knee pressure point on foot)
  8. sports oil blend – applied to ear pressure point (see chart below): every 3-4 hours

Ear pressure points

  • Vitamins/pain medicine
  1. homemade antibiotic – melaluca, oregano, flu oil blend & thyme: 2 drops in an empty capsule, 3x/day
  2. calcium & magnesium: 1 each, every 4 hours
  3. Multi vitamins
  4. pain medicine: I tried to take 2 every 4 hours, but it made me too nauseous and out of it. So, I started taking 1 every 2 hours. this helped me keep up on the pain, but it was annoying, as I had to set alarms through the night to wake up and take my medicine. AND you have to eat when you take it, so i was literally stuffing my face with rice cakes at 2 and 4 in the morning and then going back to bed.

  • Your Knee
  1. Keep elevated at all times. prop pillows up so your leg is above your heart, with your heel on top. Let gravity keep pulling your knee down. This is critical in your recovery!! Elevation and icing helps reduce the swelling, which will help you move your leg quicker and easier.
  2. Don’t put weight on your leg until your doctor says you can. Since you are on so much pain medicine, you won’t be able to tell if you are hurting something in your leg.
  3. Listen to your doctor! My doctor was different from what I had researched and heard from everyone else – he didn’t want me moving my leg, didn’t give me a CPM machine and did not recommend setting up physical therapy until 1-2 weeks after surgery. I still moved my leg a little bit, but only a little – I knew when to stop. Use your judgement!

rest_Elevate   moveleg_1

I hope this helps! If anyone has any questions, please let me know and I can try to answer or add to this post in more detail!

PLEASE NOTE:

The information I have provided is not intended to be used in place of professional medical advice. This is information that I have gathered on my own through a variety of sources, and if you decide to use/apply any of the ideas from my site, you are taking full responsibility for your actions. This information is not meant to diagnose or to treat any medical condition. Please consult with your primary care physician holistic doctor to diagnose/advise of any medical condition if you have any questions. I am not liable for any damages or negative consequences resulting from any action by any persons reading or following the information on this site.


ACL Post-Surgery: Day 1

I have been waiting 5 days to write this post. 5 days! I wanted to write about my ACL experience for anyone else that will have to go through this surgery in the future, so that they know what the expect and to plan for. However, I was not anticipating how out of it I would be from the medication, so it has taken me a little bit to log on. I had my mother take care of me the first few days, and she wrote down every single vitamin/medication I took as well as every oil application she applied. Thank goodness, or else I would have nothing to blog about. Below is a recap of what happened the day of surgery, pre and post. I will write separate posts for days 2-5, including my first check up with the doctor.

Day of Surgery:

  • Do not eat any food OR drink anything, even water, past midnight. I was PARCHED when i woke up – you will just have to wait until after surgery.
  • bring bag with id, insurance card, cash/check/credit card/flex spending account card
  • wear loose fitting shorts + loose pants (my boyfriend bought me tear-away pants – these are essential)

Arrival at Surgery Center

  • Did one last handstand in the parking lot at 6am

Handstand

  • Registered at front desk, filled out paperwork & paid surgery fee

PreSurgery with mom

Going into Surgery:

  • I was taken back into a room and given a gown, cap & socks to put on. I had to take everything off, but could leave my shorts/underwear on. I also had to pee in a cup for a pregnancy test, so wait to pee until you get to the room.
  • The nurse repeatedly asked me what leg the surgeon would be performing on, and what type of surgery he would be performing. I then had to sign papers and write it down, then initial the knee the doctor was going to operate on with a permanent marker.
  • my mom and boyfriend then came in – they couldn’t stop laughing and just HAD to take a picture:

Pre Surgery ACL

  • Someone else then came in and had my mom and boyfriend leave shortly after to administer the nerve block. This is when things got a little hazy.
  • I was then wheeled into the surgery room.
  • In the surgery room, there were a few people moving around, and an oxygen mask was put on my face. I kept asking questions.. then the next thing I know, I was out of surgery.

Post-Surgery

  • I woke up feeling nauseous, and the back of my leg hurt pretty bad. The nurse brought me water and ice, and she gave me some medicine for the nausea and pain.
  • My mom applied a balance oil blend to the bottom of my feet while I was still at the hospital – this is supposed to help restore the body/nervous systems after trauma.
  • My nausea was not going away, and I didn’t want the nurse to give me any more medicine, so my mom put a drop of peppermint oil under my tongue – this really helped the nausea go away.
  • The nurse gave me 1 pain pill right before I left the hospital
  • After surgery, the doctor came out and explained to my mom everything that happened. He showed her pictures and told her a few things:
  1. my kneecap looked great (usually people my age/runners have a more worn-down knee cap)
  2. My meniscus was a clean tear – the doctor called it a “pinch and tear”
  3. part of my hamstring and cadaver was used to create my new ACL
  4. my tibia bone was soft (Not good!!!) – this is a sign of pre-arthritis

Meniscus Pictures   ACL Pictures

  • I had my mom take a picture of me – I was really out of it.

postSurgery ACL


Arriving home

  • There was a slight issue getting home – I live on the second floor of an apartment complex. I couldn’t put any weight on my leg, was really out of it and my 54 year old mother was not about to carry me up the stairs. So I sat on my butt and inched my way up. Not the best way, but pretty much my only option. Here is a picture – I look like one of the 3 blind mice:

PostSurgery_ComingUpStairs

  • Once I got home, my mom hooked up the ice machine to my leg – the game ready wrap was already on my leg under the brace. [Edit: My PT said to freeze small water bottles and use with a little bit of water instead of ice – this eliminates the need to constantly be changing out the ice all the time/having to store so much ice in your freezer.]
  • Also – please note that I set up my living quarters the night before – this is super necessary, because I was a mess coming home. I would have slept on the floor if i didn’t have anywhere to lay down.

couch prep

  • Once the ice machine was set up (30 minutes on, 30 minutes off), my mom began applying oils:
  1. Sprayed a mix of frankincense, lavender and helichrysum on my right knee at: 11 am;2:30 pm;5:30 pm; 7:30 pm
  2. Diffused frankincense & flu oil blend at 12:30 pm, balance at 7:30 pm (to help kill off any germs/infections)
  3. on both feet: applied birch, white fir  at: 1:15 pm; 3 pm; 4 pm; 7:30 pm
  4. on right knee – 1 drop each – marjoram, wintergreen, lavender and peppermint at 4:05 pm; 7:45 pm
  5. Applied stomach oil blend on stomach at 2 pm; 4:30 pm (to combat constipation from pain meds)
  6. Applied cypress and basil to knee (over bandage) at 1:30 pm; 4:30 pm
  7. Applied sports oil blend to both feet (on pain/knee pressure points) at 5:20 pm
  8. All oils were applied on top of bandage of left knee at 9:30 pm
  9. Mom did an aromatouch massage on my hands at 8:30 pm

Mom spraying oils on my bandage & boyfriend applying oils to my feet below:

KneeSurgery_Oils   PostSurgery_Oils

  • began taking 1:1 ratio of calcium and magnesium (for bones)
  • Began taking multi-vitamin
  • I did not want to take the antibiotic given to me, so I made one of my own: 2 drops of melaluca, oregano, thyme and flu oil blend in an empty capsule. I took this 3x day for the first 4 days, then only 1x day for the rest of the week
  • I was afraid the pain medicine would make me super constipated, which is what everyone kept telling me, so I drank some natural laxative tea the first night. I am so glad I did – I was regular the entire first week and had no problems (the stomach oil blend also helped with this + I took my normal probiotic in the morning & at night on an empty stomach)
  • My nerve block began to wear off the first night – so I upped the pain medicine to 2 every 4 hours. This made me SUPER nauseous, I had trouble sleeping and my mouth was extremely dry. The first night I woke up every 2-4 hours to take the medicine, and haven’t stopped since. The pain was the worst on the second and third day. However, I felt like there was a break in the swelling, which went down on the third day finally. After the 5th day, I am down to 1 pain pill every 2-5 hours.

The biggest/best advice I would give to anyone on their first day from ACL surgery is this:

  • Ice and elevate!
  • Elevate your leg, with pillows under your heel, NOT your knee – gravity will pull down your knee to straighten it. This is KEY to your recovery – if you do not get your leg straightened as much as possible the first few days, you will spend the next few months trying to do this. It will be uncomfortable, it will hurt – but it is only for a few days that you will have to do this. After I was done icing, I would give my leg a break and not elevate it for a little bit. But once the ice machine went back on, up went my leg.
  • Keep up on your pain medicine – you will immediately regret missing taking it. And make sure you eat something before taking it!!!
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help! Have your mom/significant other stay and take care of you the first few days – I honestly don’t know what I would have done if my mother had not been there to help me

I hope this is helpful – having lots of friends and family to help out was super critical in my recovery. I never complained once, even when the pain was bad. Yes, I cried a few times, but all I ever thought  about was how grateful I am to have a new ACL. Positive thoughts help speed up recovery – so be as upbeat as possible, no matter what. I love the quote below by Eckhart Tolle – I truly believe this is happening in my life for a reason, and I can already see so many amazing things coming out of this experience. The pain is temporary and the recover may take a while, but I am truly growing in my relationships, trust, etc and and am so grateful for everything that is happening at this exact moment.

Eckhart Tolle

Lots of edible arrangements, gift baskets and special gifts from friends, family and coworkers made me feel so special!

EdibleArrangement_1    EdibleArrangement_2

Gifts_1   AntiInflammatory_Basket

PLEASE NOTE:

The information I have provided is not intended to be used in place of professional medical advice. This is information that I have gathered on my own through a variety of sources, and if you decide to use/apply any of the ideas from my site, you are taking full responsibility for your actions. This information is not meant to diagnose or to treat any medical condition. Please consult with your primary care physician holistic doctor to diagnose/advise of any medical condition if you have any questions. I am not liable for any damages or negative consequences resulting from any action by any persons reading or following the information on this site.


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