I am just wondering if I will ever be able to lift things again or if I need to rethink loads of the things I do. I really don't want to mess up my chance of escaping further surgery by doing something stupid.
So - when I was 17-18 I went a bit mental (teenage anxst or something) and swam loads and loads of breaststroke to keep thin (like 2 miles a day). This took its toll on my knees and I ended up with them sometimes just giving way. They are quite a bit better now, swimming crawl not breast stroke and I did do some weights classes for a while which strengthened the muscles around my knees.
Anyway they are still not great and all this squatting etc is really hard on them and they really hurt/ nearly give way sometimes. As a result I cannot lift anything from the floor that has any real weight. I know that at the moment I probably shouldn't lift anything too heavy any way (15 weeks post plif) but I am worried about how I will cope in the future.
So - any tips? Like how to lift a basket of wet washing off the floor etc? I only mean the usual day to day (woman's!!) jobs. Also how do you all manage to lift shopping in and out of the car without bending? Will I always need someone to help with the heavy stuff?
I am also guessing that once I start to feel better I am going to need to get back to my knee strengthening exercises. Just most of them put some pressure on your back. I have wondered a few times recently if my knees are the reason for my bad back. In as much as they haven't really been taking the impact of my steps for 17 years now so my poor discs have been doing it instead. I also know that breaststroke isn't great for your back so maybe it was a combination.