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Do the exercises, consistently and diligently...


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Doing the P.T. is critical to full recovery! I had my double knee replacement surgery on January 21st and I have been doing my P.T. “consistently and diligently” with good results. I am already walking unassisted and I only carry a cane with me as security because I’m not at full muscle strength in the legs. I still have a ways to go, but I’m confident I’ll be hopping on my 1500 by mid-April if my rate of recovery continues as it is.
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Good work GBKid a double replacement. My right knee will also need to be replaced, my surgeon wouldn't do a double, I wasn't keen on the idea either, but I am committed to the second surgery in December again. I feel pretty strong on my repaired knee, it's actually stronger than the other knee. You're very ambitious saying you'll be riding in April, good for you! Continued good luck on recovery!!

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Thanks Big Bob! I asked to have both knees done at the same time and I’m glad my Dr. agreed to it because I don’t think I could have mustered up the courage and determination to go through it a second time. Furthermore, my desire and thought to have them both done at the same time was so I didn’t have to have down time more than once. I’m glad I decided to do it in the dead of winter so I could be ready to go by Spring. There’s nothing to do outside anyway except snow removal and my great next door neighbor is taking care of that for me. I can handle the cabin fever with a little help from my friends carting me around until I get the green light to drive again. I would have gone insane wasting the summer away on rehab and recovery.
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Hey Big Bob,

I had my knee replacement on 10/16/20, so I a little over 3 months ago. I would tell you to do your P.T., but also to know your body. I worked my knee too hard and tore the stitches the muscles inside. Luckily, it wasn't bad enough for the doctor to go back in, but he was thinking about it. Since then, I will give my knee a rest at times. If I feel sore, I let my knee rest for a day.

I am at about 95% of strength now I feel. Pain is gone. Now it is just the stiffness. I continue to walk, go up and down stairs and exercise in the swimming pool. The swimming pool really helps the stiffness especially if the water is warm.

I am ready to get the Goldwing out and go for a test ride. I feel my knee is strong enough to hold the bike up.

Best of luck.
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Big Bob wrote: Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:40 am Well it has been a long time since I have posted anything here. I'm now almost 3 months since surgery, I'm back to work FT, that is going pretty good still not 100% with lifting etc. I wear my compression sock and that seems to keep the swelling down, enough to wear I'm only icing my knee at home in the evening. I admittedly do not do my exercises as much as the PT would like, I still try to do a couple different ones everyday, but that is inconsistent. My thoughts are that here in MN we are getting temperatures in the 40's, I will still probably wait until April (4 months) from surgery b4 I will attempt to move/ride my wing. Any pre riding things I should be aware of, do or anticipate b4 attempting my maiden voyage with bionic knee! Dr. gave me no specific rules or time frame. Any thoughts or helpful hints would be great. My bike wants to be riding, I can tell everytime I walk by it!! Have a great day!!

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I'm glad you are at least thinking about pulling up to that stop sign. That is what I am most concerned about,the lower speed coming to a stop. I always put that left foot down first.
I have been doing little things to the bike,like oils,etc,and just a good ol looking over, throwing lots of moth balls at her. For some reason we have way more mice than usual this winter. Weather is starting to get better for scooting around. Not to sure about riding alot because we are starting a long time coming new home construction,which will be taking up a lot of riding time. The doctor cut me loose and wants to see me in a year. I have been having a lot of sciatic nerve issues,that's not fun. Good luck on the left knee bionic recovery.
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What you do is your bussiness. However, be aware that if you chose to wait 4 months without regerious, consists to exercising of that new knee you are in great risk of the knee freezing up with scar tissue that you will not be able to work out In short, that requires going back to the OR table, opening the knee and scraping the scar tissue out of the joint. Otherwise you will have limited motion in your knee at best.
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CaptKen, trust me I still do SOME of the excersing, and bonus I am at a job that has me on my feet about half of the day. I will not stop the excersing, just have cut back on the quantity of them. I still keep working the range of motion ones in particular, also one legged stands for strengthening. Curt, great to hear from you, sounds like fun with the new house project, my riding time is about half of what it was. We have a cabin in northwestern WI, that takes up half of my time in the summer, there is always something to get done up there. It's my wife's family cabin we are inheriting, I enjoy it but it is my project now, and bonus an extra property in the family to, so currently 2 pieces of property, and 2 more we babysit so if I ride 4k a year that's it, a large part of that is my ride to work. Take care buddy!

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Big Bob
Do you have time and access to a gym or fitness center with a leg press? That machine is THE best for strengthening and building range of motion in your knee and thigh/calf muscles within the least amount of time.
Take care and good luck!
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CaptKen, I do not have access to a leg press..unless I were to join sometime like life time fitness. Funny that we're talking about knee exercises, I just opened my bill from the new calendar year of medical claims. I had 5 PT appointments, $297 each, ins. covered $110, my bill and some diabetes lab work just under $1,100!!🤔😡!! Sad....

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Bob,
Sorry, we all are aware of the outrageous medical billing taking place across the country. ‘Nuff said! Deep squats will do almost as well.... just make sure you have a sturdy means if maintaining your balance. I really don’t mean to intrude,but I had to learn this all the hard way due to a serious illness at the beginning of my PT that kept me immobile for about 8 weeks. I just do not want to see anyone else have to suffer like I did to get a useable knee out of the surgery..
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Ken, I've been expecting some bills (co-pays) to start 2021. My insurance is okay except for the deductible is high, to keep my rates down. I have a $2500 deductible before the real coverage kicks in. I met it bo problem last year, especially being diabetic, just sayin hi to my dr. and some labs runs me close to $300. A few dr.appt. and so medication, bingo $2,500!! I have a family member who just had a knee replacement, he's having issues with pain and pain medication, he's in a masonic home for probably 2weeks, yuk. Anyways, I appreciate the help and advice, I like the knee bends idea. Take care.

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You have a leg press in the garage.

Put the Goldwing on the center stand, then put a soft strap through the front wheel. Grab it with both hands, straddle the front wheel, bend your knees and lift the front of the bike repeatedly...
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tamathumper...😂😂😂😂 that would probably work!!

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Like many a retiree, I am on Medicare with Blue Cross Blue Shield as the 2nd insurance and Meds Ins. ( $4.00 per script )

IMO, if the the insurance does not cover all of the balance, then we should NOT be liable for more than the Medicare rate...

e.g., I got a bill for ~$350,
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Blue Cross paid about $25
the lab billed me for the entire remaining balance :twisted:

I had a little discussion with them and just flat out said, you have got all you are going to receive, I am on social security and what you want is all I have left for groceries, "goodbye"

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Big Bob wrote: Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:05 pm CaptKen, I do not have access to a leg press..unless I were to join sometime like life time fitness. Funny that we're talking about knee exercises, I just opened my bill from the new calendar year of medical claims. I had 5 PT appointments, $297 each, ins. covered $110, my bill and some diabetes lab work just under $1,100!!🤔😡!! Sad....

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I've been using a dog leash wrapped around my foot and doing that heal slide that really seems to help with the bending of the knee. I have been keeping up with the squats and walking. But that dang sciatic just gives me fits. I don't even want to get started on the insurance stuff. And our sheriffs insurance is pretty good.
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Today it’s been 56 days since my double knee replacement surgery snd I’m happy to report I’m doing very well and very close to being back to resuming ALL activity, including most importantly riding my Wing! My target date goal from the beginning was April 15 and I’m very confident I’ll meet that goal. That’s my normal time to break out the Wing anyway because the roads are usually rained on a few times by then and the salt and sand gets washed off and pothole repair is underway. I know this has been emphasized, but doing the rehab is the key to recovery. The first 3 weeks is the hardest, but bite the leather and work through it because after that it gets easier to do and you’ll recover quicker. Best wishes to everyone still doing rehab and those who are contemplating getting the surgery in the future. I’m glad I did it. Happy Trails!
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GBKid wrote: Thu Mar 18, 2021 12:40 pm Today it’s been 56 days since my double knee replacement surgery snd I’m happy to report I’m doing very well and very close to being back to resuming ALL activity,
Glad to hear you are doing well.

My neighbor's left knee is completely loose, it will swing left/right and forward/back at two inches in any direction. She is scheduled for April 20th.... hope it goes well, she is 65.
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Thank you AZgl1800! I hope your neighbor does well with it.
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GBKid, sounds like you're doing well after your double replacement, IMO that's pretty gutsy. I had asked my dr. about doing a double replacement, he said he wouldn't do it. Doing a double replacement wasn't top on my list also!! My knee is doing fine, still some swelling as I'm icing it right now, I still work 8 hours a day with lifting involved. My surgery was back in December, my goal for first ride is April 1, weather pending! I need to do more exercises again, see if that helps the swelling, mostly around my knee, and recently my foot swells a little more! Continued good luck on recovery!! AZGL1800, good luck to your neighbor and her surgery!!

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Big Bob, I’m glad I did them both and my doctor had no issues with my decision because he thought as I did the down time would be one time instead of twice. The fact you’re putting in 8 hour work days already is impressive. Several people I’ve talked to who have had knee replacement surgery, including my doctor, said it can take up to a year to fully recover where you don’t even think about your knees, but good enough to do just about anything after 3-4 months as long as you do the rehab regularly. My PT also told me it’s okay not to do anything for a day or two between rehab exercises just to let them rest and recover. Good luck and Happy Trails to you too.
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GBKid, just curious when you did the double replacement, did you do ALL your recovery at home, or spend sometime in a rehab facility? My procedure was outpatient, in at 9am, out at 6:15. That was spooky for me, worse for my wife. Thanks for the supportive words, I think I did alright, yes the 8 hours of work is enough, fortunately part of my day is at a desk!! Keep up the good fight!!

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I started out 3 times a week at a rehab facility that was cut to twice a week and that ended 2 weeks ago. However, I did my own rehab at home even on the days I went to the therapist. I also spent 3 days in the hospital before I was released. Wow, I can’t believe yours was outpatient surgery! That’s seems crazy! I bet it was intimidating for your wife.
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It was a little scary for her, fortunately the nerve block really kept the pain in check for the first day plus, then the Oxycodone did it's job. I was in regular PT 4 days after surgery. Yes I did my pt at home on days I didn't go to pt, difference being they have exercise machines I don't have, and direction for my recovery. Keep up the good fight, it's supposed to be 60°, I might touch the Goldwing today!!🤔😊

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Yup just as I thought, it got a little warm outside (57°) and I noticed the cover on the Goldwing was starting to fall off, next thing some how the next thing I noticed, the new tabs were on the plates. Well then I had to check the air in the tires, all the fluids, start it and go for a short 50 mile ride. Felt great, no problems moving the bike around, nice first ride of the season, and a little early from my beginning start to ride date.

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