Post ACL Surgery Helpful Tip #1 – Carry a bag with all that you need inside around the house
Things I never go without moving anywhere – my crutches, and my bag with all my necessities
Pack everything you need into a bag, and carry it with you wherever you go in the house. This will:
- Minimise additional movement should there be something else which you require but forgot to take after you have sat down
- Reduce reliance on others to help you get things
So in my trusty backpack, I have 2 water bottles, my antibiotics and pain killers, towel for rehabilitation exercises, towel for ice pack, handphone and laptop and my chargers.
I learnt this the hard way on my first day back home, when after I sat down comfortably on the couch, I realised I forgot to take the ice pack. So I got up (and getting up is such a pain and hassle) to take the ice pack. After which, I realised I forgot to take the towel to wrap the ice pack to put on my leg, so I had to rise to retrieve it again.
So it’s a lot more convenient now to just put everything in one bag and travel round the house with it. Though I’ll still need help getting a cup or a bowl of food, as both my hands are busy operating the crutches post ACL surgery.