Physical Therapy is the most important and difficult part of my Knee Replacement operation. It means fighting with pain. And pain is a very depressing feeling.
I have reached a bottleneck on the second week of my rehabilatation, and I am depressed.
My knee was able to bend almost 80 degress (from zero) when I left hospital. It was a battle of determination and endurance of pain that I have reached 100 degrees after a week of physiotherapy.
To rehabilitate the wasted muscle that I have not been using for the past 4 years, is a very difficult and painful journey. I needed to bulid up my tight muscles (quardriceps) that control the knee.
This is one of the reasons that knee replacement must not be delayed too long.
My weak muscles' protest and complaining of pain have prevented me from pushing further. That's where the frustration and depression set in. Occasional throbbing pain of the wound，boredom of doing nothing much and insomania are the causes too.
I sensed that I must pull myself out of this depression. After few days of sulking, lazing and with the encouragement of my wife - the able private nurse, personal assistant and driver, I am fighting back......
I got up early today and joined my Taichi members for our monthly birthday celebration. They have planed to visit me at my house after the celebration this morning and were pleasantly surprised to see me.
This post is dedicated to my wife who is by my side throughout and provided 24-7 tender loving care selfless and un-reservedly.