Tony, It has been about 5 weeks since surgery to reattach the right quadriceps to the knee and healing is going well and a bit ahead of schedule. I have to wear a leg brace to keep leg locked except when I am doing stretches and exercise and PT, however, I can support weight and move around well except I am like Chester on Gunsmoke hobbling around. I am becoming more active and starting to dig out for the foundation footings of our new house addition and filled 5 gorilla carts with dirt and dumped today. I am now using a riding mower to haul over to the field where I am dumping dirt so that makes that part easier. I would not be able to pull that heavy cart right now. As the doctor told me I let pain tell me when I am overdoing it. When my leg starts throb and ache a bit I know it is time to back off.
One indication of progress is how much I can bend my knee. I started at about 15 degrees right after surgery, and needed to be at about 90 degrees at the end of next week and was at 95 degrees last Monday. I have a strict regimen of stretches & exercises I do at home and have even come up with a couple on my own in our clawfoot tub! LOL I expect to be coming out of the brace in another month or two. I'm getting there!
I think the hardest I have worked since the surgery was running a 75ft 18" trench from my house to street to put in new water supply line replacing 3/4" PB with 1" PEX, and adding a 4" storm drain from the house. Those two might tasks were done on Christmas Day and my Birthday (Dec 26!). So I may be still healing but I am keeping busy when not catching up on my reading!
Thanks for asking.
Looks like you are coming along just fine and ahead of shedule
Must be nice not to have to go deep! Here in northern Minnesota, Those lines would have to be 9 feet deep to keep from freezing! I'm jealous.
Our Frost line is only about 8" here in my location. I actually went about 1' deeper than code down to 18". The supply line I replaced was about 12 to 14" down. It is funny but regardless of where I dig in my yard or under our house we have about 1' of topsoil, 1' of light tan to orange clay, then really orange/red clay below 2'.
You must be feeling pretty good to be doing as much physical work as you are getting done
Hard to keep a good MAN DOWN !!