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I had total knee replacement almost 3 weeks ago, only one knee. You are making the right decision going to rehab as there is no way you could make it at home without a 24/7 caregiver. Especially having both knees done at the same time. Is your bedroom on the first floor. If not you might consider setting up a bed there. Stairs are not impossible but difficult at first.

My husband is my caregiver so I came straight home with no stay at extended care. Within two weeks I could do many things for my self. I have physical therapy 3 times a week coming to my house. I have had a nurse from Visiting Nurse as there was a complication during the surgery. An accidental cut on my calf which required dressing every day.

Yesterday is the first day I have felt anything like my old self. I can take sponge baths, put clothes in the washer/ dryer/ straighten up the bedroom. I have not attempted cooking yet.

Even though you may dislike the extended care idea, you are better off there since you will need all the help you can get after discharge.

For me the almost 3 week mark is the time I am beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel.

I hope you have an easy time during your surgery and a speedy recovery.





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