Duane and I agreed that it would be in his best interests to establish at home a routine similar to the one that he followed in the rehab hospital. That plan will easily incorporate his out patient pt and allow him to have more control in his recovery.
Here’s our plan. Sometime in the morning he takes his pain medicine then we walk around the rv park. He decides how long we walk depending on how he is feeling. When he has walked enough, we do morning pt. When we are at home, he decides the order of his exercises. Sometime after lunch we do the same, but the exercises are more occupational and less intensive than the regular pt. If we have a doctor’s appointment in the am, Duane will incorporate as many of his intensive pt exercises in the afternoon as he is able. For afternoon appointments he can incorporate going up and down steps and getting in and out of the truck into his occupational therapy plan.
This plan is intentionally fluid to accommodate appointments, weather conditions, and how well Duane feels.. By having more control, Duane is more motivated to push himself to accomplish his goals: get back on the pickleball court, back on the bike, back in the driver’s seat, and back in bed to sleep. (Our mattress is very firm, and right now, since he can’t yet totally extend his knee, it is very uncomfortable.)
Tomorrow is his follow up appointment with his surgeon.
Louise and Duane