Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Darrin's Robot Knees 2.1

This morning was very busy.  So many people have been in and out of here I can't remember them all.  The drains were removed, Darrin is healing very well.  He still has the pain pumps in his legs.  They are so cool, they are little catheters in the veins of his legs to block the pain.  They dial them down during the day, so he can work his legs, then back up at night so he can rest.  The little black bags in the pictures are the pumps that are attached.

We had our first physical therapy session in the room this morning.  Darrin was able to straight leg raise his left leg which is really incredible; usually people who have their knees replaced will not be able to do that for 3-4 days after surgery.  One brace off!  The right knee isn't as easy to move as the left, because of the extensive reconstruction required.  But we'll get there!  After a few strengthening excercises, the physical therapist helped Darrin, using the walker, get up and walk about 25 feet!

The nurse just took out Darrin's IV!  Next will be lunch, then group physical therapy.  All in all, things are going very well.  Time to rest for a while.  He may be up for visitors or calls this evening.  If you want to check in, please call me first and I'll let you know how he is doing.

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