As many of you may know, the first few weeks after an ACL reconstruction are pretty light on. Mostly sitting down and doing the few exercises you can get started with as well as icing the living hell out of your knee.
It sounds like an extremely boring day, and it is, so I thought I would try and share some of the things that I have done to break up these first few weeks. As well as some strategies to help increase your self reliance.
First up we have some of the simple activities that I have been doing each day to pass the time. Doing these everyday I have found that the time has actually been passing quite quickly.
- Netflix: This one is obvious, find a show you really like on Netflix and watch it for a couple hours. I personally can only do this for an hour or two before I get sick of it and have to move onto something else.
- Reading: I am lucky enough to be in the middle of a 20 part book series which I am really enjoying. I highly recommend you find a collections of books that is engaging to you to read as well.
- Blogging/Website Building: This one is not for everyone, but with all of my free time I have found a bit of a passion and enjoyment in building a website for myself and building this blog with it. I see it as an investment in my future and helps me stay positive/motivated during the day.
- Video Games: Now unfortunately I do not own a PlayStation or any other consoles, so whatever I play it has to be played on my laptop, on my lap. Because of this it isn’t super comfortable and I can only really find enjoyment in playing for an hour or so a day.
Now some of the tricks you can use to be a little more self reliant.
- Use a Neck Bag: Especially in the first few days, to get anywhere you need the full support of 2 crutches, one in each hand. This can make it hard to move anything from one place to another. In comes the neck bag, its just a bag you can put all your stuff in when you’re walking around the house that sits around your neck.
- Ween off Crutches: Going from 2 crutches to 1 crutch is a huge leap, all of a sudden you can move around and still use a hand at the same time. Try to weight bare as much as the pain will allow in the early stages and as soon as you’re confident enough, ditch a crutch for the short trips. Keeping both for longer expeditions.
- Set up Your Space: Have everything you need for your day close by. Computer, remote, medication, water, books etc etc. Anything that you think will make you less reliant on everybody else.
Hopefully that gives everyone a little bit of an idea of what the first few days and weeks look like for an ACL patient. If you have any further questions feel free to leave a comment down below!