Went for my 2 week follow up from the surgery. Doc said that the knee looks as good as is possible at this point (which is really good...no swelling, no pain, no limp).
however (and this is doing a very slow sink-in to my subconscious here)...
I have a considerable amount of patella arthritis (which is behind the kneecap). He has told me that I can't do more than the occasional bike ride, to avoid stairs, no squats...and to keep the leg extended rather than bent every moment I can. This will cut down on the wear and tear and prolong me keeping my original parts.
I am not interested in a sedentary lifestyle, so he has me set up for 2 weeks of 3 day a week Physical Therapy to learn how to make my knee stronger without wearing it out further.
I'm just sort letting this soak in. The knee feels great. I want to keep that for as long as I can. I'm only 45, but he said my knee is about 65.
EDIT: I guess I'm not regretting anything that got me into this shape. "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out"
I just need a martini.