Howard. welcome. Annie, sorry to hear about your dad --- bqtr is incomprehensible to me. China Girl's advice to read this whole thread is the way to go. There's a lot of collective wisdom here. I agree with China Girl that there are definitely two schools of thought --- passive and aggressive. If you are going to follow the aggressive school of thought you need to keep in mind that your tendon needs to heal to your patella and in the early stages you can not put undue pressure on that healing connection. To overly stress the healing connection of tendon to patella does not seem like a wise thing to do. That being said, I think it is wise to push the envelope a little bit with, walking, quad flexes, weight bearing, message and icing because these things do not seem to put pressure on the healing process but they do help to keep your leg as a functioning appendage. Excessive attention to increasing range of motion at the early stages, in my opinion, is unwise as it puts stress on the healing process. I am now 3.5 weeks post surgery. I am 55 years old and in good shape. I have been weight bearing since I injured myself on 7/16. I was given a brace when I first saw the md. I just started walking around the house without the brace. When I walk without the brace around the house I concentrate on my walking motion --- that is, I try not to walk with a peg leg motion. My rom is about 30 degrees and when I put my injured leg forward when I'm walking I try to land on it with my leg flexed -- not straight. For the last few days I have walked outside, brace on and with a one treking pole, about a half mile. My condition is improving and I am optimistic. I am trying to follow the recovery process of Sinrider whose posts you find on pages 1 -7 of this blog. In the end, each of us has to determine the best route to take to obtain the quickest and most optimum recovery. It's a journey. It's not fun but I believe there are positive things to be taken from the experience. Thanks for sharing your experiences. It has been so helpful to me. Best to all. Brian.