So I'm nearly a month out from surgery, and I'm progressing OK, but swollen. How swollen, you ask?
The best way to answer that is to take a look at the pics I snapped yesterday, Nov. 4. The frontal view doesn't look too bad, but the pic I snapped while looking down at my knee shows the swelling. Actually, it's not as bulbous as it looked several days before, when it looked like I had "balloon boy" hiding inside my knee.
I've started taking circumference measurements of the knee with a cloth measuring tape from our sewing kit. Over the five days I've been measuring, it's hovering between 17 3/16 of an inch to 17 1/16 of an inch. My good (right) knee measures 15 1/16 of an inch around. Ain't the English measurement system swell? Well no, but basically, I have two inches of swelling to get rid of.
My physical therapists tell me the swelling is what makes it harder and painful to push my range of motion. It can also make your knee cap float around a bit and bump against the joint--ouch! I'm also told the swelling can go up if you push the knee too hard. So it's a balancing act: I need to make sure I keep pushing range of motion, while keeping my knee from looking like balloon.