By BJ Reyes
That headline reflects the degree of bend in the new knee -- an increase from the 65 degrees measured two days after it was first allowed to bend. (Not bad, though I had my hopes set on breaking 80 degrees after one week.)
Rehab continues as we get the new joint in condition to travel.
Not much else is new. Rehab gets slightly more strenuous each week, with a couple new exercises added to develop muscles in the abdominal core and calves -- both areas that need to be developed to help walking once full weight bearing is allowed. Right now, I'm still limited to only placing about half my weight on the new joint(s) as I walk with crutches. After six weeks that will be re-evaluated to determine how quickly full weight bearing can be restored.
More pictures and videos later as rehab continues.
UPDATE, Jan. 31, 2014: As of Friday, the bend was 85 degrees! Five more degrees until we reach the 90-degree target!