StayCation after Joint Replacement Surgery

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The recovery time for a joint replacement can vary from person to person. Sometimes, like with a knee replacement surgery, it can take 4-6 weeks to be feeling better, but depending on the severity of the surgery you might be looking at 12 weeks of steady healing progress

In the summer a lot of people choose to take some time off to vacation, but even though sometimes travel is approved, your comfort and other circumstances may get in the way of full-scale vacation plans. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything. Here are some ideas on how to make a stay-cation work for you while you’re recovering.

Stay-cation does imply staying close to home, but it doesn’t necessarily mean having to stay in your home the entire time. A location within driving distance of your home can quench your need to go somewhere while playing it safe. Do a little research and you may discover some hidden gems only a few miles from you. Bring a buddy to share the driving with and make sure you check out the accessibility of any accommodations you book or places you visit in advance.

If you do decide to stay home there are lots you can do to keep yourself entertained. Stock up on library books and set yourself a goal. Can you finish an entire series? An entire Author’s repertoire? If you’re feeling adventurous check out 3 books entirely blindly and give them a read. You might discover a new favorite book. 

You can also use this time to do some crafting. Spruce up your mailbox, make some decals for the wall, learn to use watercolors. Doing something physical and mental will help your recovery pass a lot more pleasurably. And at the end of it, you’ll have something cool to show for it or a gift to give away to someone special.

If you’re the camping type but don’t want to risk going to a campground with unsteady ground you can try camping in your own backyard. Get some help pitching a tent and roasting some smores over a fire pit or BBQ. If you’re concerned about being on the ground a fun alternative is to unleash your inner child and create a tent fort in your living room. Use pillows, cushions, and blankets to create a giant tent with lots of soft surfaces. You’d be surprised how quickly you feel you’re someplace new when you’re in there. You can even play outdoor noises on your phone to complete the illusion. 

Your body may have some physical limits after surgery, but your brain doesn’t! See what else you can come up with to make a killer stay-cation.


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