I hope I’m not speaking prematurely. After all, I am still in the rehab center, and I guess something still could go wrong. But unless something unexpected happens soon, this whole experience of having bi-lateral knee replacement has been an unquestionable success. And I believe the reason for that success is two-fold — prayer and preparation.
Any of you who have read here very long know that I believe in the power of prayer. So I truly believe that the prayers that many friends and family have prayed for me have been answered in spades.
And the other component that I believe was a key component to my success was preparation.
As soon as the word got around that I was going to have both my knees replaced, I got a call from a friend from our church, Paula. She had gone through knee replacement herself about a year ago, so she had some valuable advice based on her own experience, “Do the pre-surgery exercises!”
The doctor’s office had given me a large booklet full of information about what bases to cover with my insurance company, what to expect during and after the surgery, and how to prepare for the surgery.
In that how to prepare section, there were about eight exercises recommended for you to do twice a day for six weeks before your surgery. I like to think that I would have been smart enough to do those exercises even without Paula’s advice, but she was so adamant about what a difference they would make in how things went, that it was her voice that I heard urging me on, every time I did them.
And now I’m reaping the rewards of doing those exercises. I have not encountered any other patient in therapy sessions, either at the hospital or here at the rehab center, who is better able to do the therapy than me. And I believe the main component of my ability to do what is asked of you in therapy, is that I had started strengthening key muscles six weeks before the surgery.
So, bottom line is, I am thankful. Thankful for all the prayers that were said for my success, and thankful for that excellent advice Paula gave me. I truly believe those were the most important two components of my success.
I’m looking forward to going home Thursday afternoon. They’ve been great to me here, but there’s nothing better than sleeping in your own bed. One more step toward “normal”.