Meet my new BFF, the CPM (continuous passive motion) machine.
The day I got home from surgery, they suggested I start with minor excercises and start using the CPM machine. Everyone who gets an ACL reconstructed will get familiar with this bulky piece of equipment. The premise is simple: lay down, strap your leg in, set the machine to elevate your leg to the desired degree and let it do the work for you. Set it and forget it, if you will. The doctor recommends I stay in this machine four to six hours a day.
The day of surgery, I was supposed to start at 30 degrees on the CPM. (Kicking and screaming, I got there.) Each day I increase the intensity by 10 degrees. The goal is to get to 90 degrees by my first post-op appointment, which is next week.
Random Piece of Advice for the Day: My friend Mike told me that he just read a list of the 33 healthiest foods, and pineapples were on the list because they aid in joint health. Stock up!