Back to Work

It has been 12 days and I am back to work again after taking more time off because of post operation problems with my right knee. Actually, the knee is healing well and physical therapy has been great. The flexibility is almost back to normal, minus some lingering pain that still exists. The strength is slowly coming back with continued exercise, I might actually connect the Wii back up since WiiFit, as I was told by my PT is a great way to strengthen the knee. Hmmm…who would have thunk it?

The problem still resides in my foot, where the tingling persists on a 24/7 basis. The pain is much worse at night when I go to bed, but is with me all day. If I have been on my feet all day or walking, sitting with knee bent (like today at work) I know by the time my punch out time rolls around I am going to be in more pain.

I posted a message on another message board (Teton Gravity) under their “Gimp” section pertaining to my ACL tear and surgery. Someone mentioned to find a homeopathic ointment call Trauma Oil. I have not been able to find it locally, but do see it sold on the Internet. Trauma Oil consists of Calendula flower, Arnica flower and St. John’s Wort in a small 1 oz. bottle. As described, “Indicated in injuries, strains and inflammations of muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints: fractures and dislocations, sprains, bruises, contusions, arthritic joints and rheumatic pains.” Can’t hurt to give it shot since the numbness on the right side of my knee is not going away either.

I have 2-3 months of possible FMLA/Short Term Disability available to use, IF needed. Hopefully I won’t miss any more time at work, but if needed it is there. The chance for a second surgery is still there, but not for at least a month of so. I return to the orthopedic surgeon on May 20th, for a two month follow up. We will see what he says at that time, as it stands now I don’t see any improvement in the sensation.