Got complimented by the nurse just before the operation, good 'condition' apparently. I'm not sure she understood quite how many different types of painkillers I'd been taking.
Got a bit worried after the first few days post-op, it seemed to stop getting better and the heat/swelling around the wound wasn't reducing. There weren't any other warning signs of infection however so I read up a little bit, ordered some top quality waterproof wound dressings from the internet and changed it every couple of days. This seemed to do the trick and eventually it cooled down and got smaller.
A bit early to tell but I'm sure it has made a significant difference. There is still this up and down thing going on, some days it's more painful than others but very little pain in the vicinity of where the twisted up ends of the wires once were. It's bitter-sweet, there was sure a part of me that kind of expected to be 100% pain-free, don't know why. Just have to focus on the fact that it will surely be less painful from now on. When I really contract the quad muscle at full extension it definitely doesn't hurt like it used to.
Decided to go for a jog on Friday, a bit controversial with my stitches still in but the wound is a vertical one and it had been over two weeks. Took very small steps in any case, tried not to kick much at all. Alarming the next day was the pain in my left hamstring just sitting down on a hard chair! My left-side, left to its own devices, unmaintained, totally screwed.
And on the 700th day he manages to catch a cold, I suppose it had to happen at some point! Over 5 months since the last one, nice. Probably a blessing in disguise, stop me from doing too much before the stitches get taken out!