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Friday, 12/21 Recovery Day 4 at home, The Blizzard!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Hi all,

Oh my--the weather is almost bigger news than my hip. (Almost--as one of my dear and slightly crazy friends used to say--almost only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades, ha ha) We only have 5 inches of snow here but it won't keep blowing. TYhe kids are home from school again as is my son who teaches. My school district is open and doing business as usual.

I had a lot of problems with that physical therapist when I had my last back surgery. Part of that long nasty story includes the fact that she made me roll back and forth to get into that impossible body brace rather than putting it on me as I stood as the other therapists did. She also took me out for a walk after she had me in hooting, crying pain and spent ther time visiting with the person from the company that made my brace and didn't watch me as I stumbled around. I got chewed out by soime doctor who had no clue what was going on and I couldn't catch my breath or talk at that point. I thought I was choking. When I got my voice back, I screamed at her and let her know my opinions of her at that point in time. So, as Linda pointed out in her response to my Day 3 recovery blog--I am not sure torturing me by making me lie flat on my back was protocol either. I have the printed exercise program for people who have had hip replacements and it isn't on there. I also slept quite well in my recliner, using my leg block strapped on so I didn't roll my leg out. I plan for this to go quite well and will do nothing to cause me any grief.

Yesterday was okay, but it tired me out greatly. The antiseptic nature of the hospital is good for recovery. I didn't have to move furniture there to get around. I think they have everything moved sufficiently for me so we don't have to keep moving this and that as I walk around. I had a pretty good night all in all. I did a little more shopping online--I keep thinking I'm done but another nice sale came my way with free, rush shipping. I got one thing for the girls that was something on one of their lists that I didn't get and that I know the other had wanted--yay.

Today, I am still in my jammies and I have done my exercises once. I am having pain that is mostly managed with my meds. It would be easier without any of it, but it also wouldn't be on its way to being better either. It is achy with some bruising. My incision is clear and clean and I am going to try for a shower today or tomorrow. I am worried about climbing over the side of the tub. (Ha ha, I could go to the fitness center and use their easy entrance shower... Actually, I'm a member, I could do that. I am going to give that some thought. I just texted Megan to see when she could help me to do that, lol, I found another way to make my life easier.

I received an email from our local National Board Teachers group encouraging us to apply for a position in the Teacher Ambassador Fellowship program. The opening statement is asking for the "best and brightest," so it may be a rigorous process to get one of these position We would work half of our year for our district and half of the year doing a variety of duties promoting education for the federal government. I am giving this some serious thought--it may fill my need to grow professionally in a positive way. It isn't due until January 29th, so I can think about it.

I guess I am scattered. I also have a workshop to organize for January 7. I need to organize what I am teaching and the materials I am using, along with the activities for the attendees. I also have to prepare the handouts and get them copied by then. I will be busy, but more on the kind of things I love to do than lousy paperwork that is limited by the cooperation of others. I think this new hip and my new vision are rejuvenating me by reducing my discomfort.

For now, my goals are more simple--I am sitting carefully, holding my leg and foot in a proper way, not picking up anything I drop, doing my exercises, taking my meds and leaving everything else to anybody else. That's my plan and I'm sticking to it!!

Have a great holiday weekend!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/25/2012 6:52PM

    We are getting the blizzard tonight. I dread it. It sounds like you are recovering well.

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ACIMPEGGY 12/22/2012 11:47PM

    Dropping things is awful! I have such pain when I do that! I have to stick my right leg out behind me and bend very carefully, preferably holding on to something for balance..

I had to read all your most recent blogs to catch up here! It sounds like you have a great attitude, Sylvia! I predict a full and rapid recovery.

My neighbor - quite a young man - has had a hip replacement and is quite pleased.

I am trying to manage my degenerative disk disease and locked disc a different way. You'll see on the chat thread.

Snow storm? Gosh, I thought we were pretty close to each other (me southside of Chicago). We just got a dusting here, although I know 'up north' it was worse.

Glad you got your shopping/wrapping done. I haven't wrapped a thing yet!

Keep us posted, honey.

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DETERMINEDJANET 12/21/2012 5:44PM

    Glad you made it home safely and that you are getting things organized to help you recover well. I think using the walk in shower at the rec center is a great option for you!

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_LINDA 12/21/2012 5:32PM

    Awesome work! No way should you consider getting in a bath tub -I had no choice, but they gave me a transfer seat to do it so there was no chance of slipping or falling. USE the shower! I wasn't allowed to shower so soon -your Dr.'s have way more relaxed rules.
I am glad to see you being so careful and allowing others to help. I am a little surprised not everything was shut down with five inches of snow. What a coincidence for it to happen now -it allows your family to be home when you need them the most!
Great shopping -I have never shopped online for gifts, but this year as I can't get around I had the brilliant idea of letting them go pick out a gift on the Air Miles website -I have so many airmiles I don't want them to expire before they can be used (47000 miles!) So lots of spending power! I already got Mom a food processor and a toaster oven.
I hope you pain continues to be held at bay,
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 12/21/2012 4:22PM

    emoticon Sounds like you have a good plan. Organizing, copying paper work. Looking at your plans for professional growth are things you can do resting your leg, and they should help keep you mind occupied so you don't dwell on other things you want to be doing and can't right now. I know you will rest your leg and there are several strengthening exercises you can do with you leg without hurting it. I'm sure you have copies of those exercises. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and happy holidays with your family and friends. emoticon emoticon Pat

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Thursday, 12/20--Recovery Day 3: Going home (in the blizzard)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hi all,

My body isn't quite awake, but I am doing well enough that my surgeon is letting me go home today in the snow. I am going to get dressed as soon as I write this blog and wait for everything from losing this IV to wearing real shoes and clothing. I might even have pizza again, ha ha. (I do like a bit of salt on my food, lol.)

I had a fair night last night. Miss Sadistic, the PT, forced me to lie flat on my back yesterday for 15 minutes to stretch out my hip. It didn't matter to her that I was writing in pain from my back. This gal and I have a lot of ugly history and it started to rear its ugly head in the 2 times I saw her yesterday. My husband was here today and she didn't behave that way. I climbed two flights of stairs--not fast, but I did it.

I have a lot of Christmas gifts to take home that I have wrapped. That is one thing I accomplished while getting better.

My husband just got here and there are lots of cars in the jeep. This snowstorm is getting a lot of attention because it is closing up the midwest.
He didn't have any trouble getting here when he was in four wheel drive, but the nurse just said that I have to have another therapy and it will be a couple of hours before I can go.

I'll get home sometime today!!
Take care, my friends!!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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_LINDA 12/21/2012 12:55AM

    Wow! You are doing amazingly well to be able to climb the stairs and get dressed! Can't imagine why you would have to lie down on your back for 15 min doing this stretching. My PT never did anything like that. I was just given bed exercises and standing exercises to do on my own. Never even touched my hip, except to see how my range of motion was coming along, which she did have to do while I was laying down. I guess any bed exercises will be out of the question for you :(
So glad you do have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get home in. Sorry you had to deal with this uncaring PT. I have been lucky, the ones I have had have been very compassionate and don't push me nearly as hard as I push myself.
Safe trip home,
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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DETERMINEDJANET 12/20/2012 6:06PM

    Hope you make it home safely!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/20/2012 2:37PM

    I hope you guys can get home soon. It is getting wilder and wilder here. Stay safe.

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Wednesday 12/19, Recovery Day 2

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hi all,

Yesterday was really weird. My hip is what it is, probably doing a bit better than can be expected. I do know that knee replacements are more difficult than hips, but I am moving around fairly well. (I just took a walk that surprised the therapist.) Yesterday, I was in the restroom and became nauseated--not a little but a lot and that included a nasty pain in my right side that was excruciating. I ended up in bed for the majority of the day. They gave me a variety of pain meds and it turned out that Tylenol #3 worked best along with the stuff for nausea. It passed in the evening and I slept for a while. I woke up around 3 AM and have been awake since then, making up for all of that extra sleep I got yesterday. All I can say is that I am sure I never want to feel that pain again--I think it might have been built up gas or something related.

I just was interrupted by the occupational therapist showing me the equipment I can get to put on (and take off) my socks and shoes. That went well--I don't know if I need to buy those things for three months of use because I have plenty of help to put on my socks and shoes. I did fine with that little lesson as I did with my first physical therapy exercises. I think I came into this well prepared in body and spirit. My body is in the best shape it has been in in my entire life, so that makes sense.

I have been given three rules that cannot be broken--no crossing my legs, no extending my leg over 90 degrees and no bending at the waist over 90 degrees. From what I learned this morning, those rules are for three months because the big problem with a new hip is making it come out of the new socket. I would absolutely hate to do that.

Today, I have some presents to wrap that didn't find their way from our mail up to my room last night. (My kids remembered to put them in the jeep right away, but they didn't tell my husband they were there. e told me that I didn't get any packages and I thought that was wrong...) I will keep walking and I am sad that I have broken some of my spark streaks that have went on for years, but this is more important than that.

We have a mind-boggling snow storm coming tonight which might keep me in the hospital an extra day, according to the occupational therapist. If we get the "big" amount of snow, it won't be safe/ possible for my family to drive in town to get me. Otherwise, it looks like I will go home on Thursday, just as my doc predicted. I feel like I can handle that.

Thank you all for giving me support. I didn't get all of my sparking done yesterday because I was sick--I will try today! I'm thinking of you all, along with that pool that I have learned to love so much!! Take care of yourselves.

emoticonGentle hugs, emoticon
emoticonSylvia

  
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_LINDA 12/21/2012 1:02AM

    You must have had a delayed reaction to the anesthetic perhaps? Glad something worked for your pain. With all the GI troubles I have had, that familiar gas pain was the worst. Fortunately, after a month of really bad trouble, its settled, likely because the painkillers have caused me to swing the opposite way from diarrhea to constipation. Not quite sure which is worse :P.
Those three rules are the most important ones you must listen to -they told me one dislocation and you will have trouble with it the rest of your life (like poor Dedicatedtohim Cynthia on the RA team)
Its really incredible how well you are doing with the mobility!!
Hope it keeps going so well!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/19/2012 3:34PM

    Gas can be so painful. I hope you are over that for good.

It sounds like you are doing very well otherwise. I hope the storm at least waits until you can get home. You will rest so much better there.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 12/19/2012 2:53PM

    WOW SYLVIA YOU ARE SOME LADY!!! YOU ARE ROCKING THIS SURGERY.
yOU WILL BE HOME BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. TAKE CARE AND REMEMBER TO REST. emoticon emoticon PAT

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DETERMINEDJANET 12/19/2012 1:12PM

    Just focus on your recovery Sylvia. That is more important than your spark streaks and keeping up at spark at this point. Overall it sounds like you are recovering well. Glad you are feeling better today with the nauseau.

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MUNCHNIT 12/19/2012 10:45AM

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PJBONARRIGO 12/19/2012 10:29AM

    Good for you! It sounds like you are on your way to recovery! Hope it's fast! Merry Christmas to you and your family and best wishes for the New Year! emoticon

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Tuesday, 12/18 Recovery, Day 1

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hi all,

I'm guessing that it would be no surprise to you that I am doing far better than anyone expected. I had a lot of trouble with my back yesterday and last night. I simply do not lie down flat. That was something that I have had to explain to each and every staff member here starting in pre-op. They were terribly kind to me and those folks caught on quickly. I have to say that I love, love, love those heated blankets they provide. They even gave me one behind my back since I don't lie back.

I had to wait a bit extra for them to clean the OR. My ortho and my pain doc/ anesthesia had a morning full of surgeries and it would seem that I was number four for their tag team. Dr. F, my pain doc and I talked about how he was going to manage me and how I have had a few procedures where he couldn't give me an epidural because of how tight my spine is and because of the metal that holds it together. He had a plan and it worked great. My epidural was about halfway down my back, not anywhere near the lumbar area. It worked great. I was even awake for part of this surgery--although it wasn't a lot of conversation between us. In the big picture, everything went according to the book this time round.

While I was in recovery, my back took center stage over my hip with spasm after spasm after spaasm, That earned me a couple of shots of morphine. It eventually worked some. They helped me to get my bed into a 90 angle so I was sitting as good as possible. I got to my room around 3:30, after it was cleaned. I have a private room (yay) with a lot of space. Sometime they brought me dinner--baked chicken, broccoli, mashed potatoes and gravy, apple juice,mandarin oranges, 2 cookies, a slice of whole grain bread. I gave them back their potatoes and gravy and I cut the chicken breast into 2 servings. For dinner, I ate half of the chicken, broccoli, 15 grapes that we brought from home, apple juice, and the mandarin oranges. For my snack that night, I ate a half of a chicken sandwich, 2 clementines, and 2 fiber one cookies that I brought. Unfortunately, I ate those two sugar cookies around 3 AM cause my tummy was growling and I couldn't get to my bag of fruit. I also took a walk to the bathroom twice last night but they wouldn't let me go any further.

My most difficult time was around 4:30 this morning. I had to go to the bathroom, but she went into the hallway for all of 6 seconds and couldn't find anyone to help. She insisted that I use the bedpan. My body went from urgency to total refusal when I got on the pan, my body gave up the entire idea. I sat on that thing for about 25 minutes and then she told me that I needed to get up and sit in a chair. (???) She called someone on the phone in her pocket who came fright in. Once I was standing, I asked to go to the bathroom. When I sat down in there, my body got busy and did what I needed. Grr-rr. I am going to have to be pushy and assertive for what I know I need.

They brought me to a chair and brought my breakfast. I had 2% milk, corn flakes, a western omelet (yuck), apple juice, and a muffin. Hmmmmm??? I gaver them back that omelet, I ate grapes, mandarin oranges, and apple juice for breakfast. I am holding on to the cereal,milk, and the muffin. The physical therapist and occupational therapist came in and let me walk to the hallway and back. They will both be back later--one to get me walking more and to learn about the "No No's" to this process while the other will be here to teach me how to do things like putting on my shoes and socks. They both are astonished by how well I am doing. I attribute it to my daily workouts at the pool.

I am tired now and have a bit of a headache. I'm going to finish my breakfast and my (yuck) mandatory miralax, and then maybe nap a bit before I finish sparking. I'll be checking in sometime, somewhere here! Take care of yourselves!!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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ARIANERA 12/19/2012 9:22AM

    Glad to hear that the first day or so is going well.

In a weird paralell, my BIL had his knee replaced yesterday. By the accounts we heard, the surgery went fine, but he is in a lot of pain.

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_LINDA 12/18/2012 8:30PM

    Wow! You are doing fantastic! They wouldn't even let me out of bed on the first day! That is really amazing you can get out of bed on your own without any assistance!!! I had trouble lifting my leg with the sling to swing it over, but then my upper body is in bad shape with the elbows and hands. Yes, I hated the bed pan thing, but worse, they were going to put a catheter in right away. They had come around with this machine that registered I had a lot of urine in my bladder -they did not think I would be able to go while 'frozen', but I demanded to be taken to the toilet -I said I would go and did. You really do have to stand up for your rights, but boy do you have to be careful not to dislocate your new hip doing too much right away, one wrong twist and its bad news.
Do be careful!!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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GOTTAPLAN4U 12/18/2012 6:34PM

  Thanks for making the effort to update us. So glad to hear you are progressing well. Here's hoping your rehab continues smoothly.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 12/18/2012 4:05PM

    Sylvia, you sound as if you are doing great as expected. You have such a wonderful attitude you are so motivated I don't think they can keep you down. I hope you will rest and take things slow. You do need to let your body heal. It sounds like they are doing pretty good in the food area, except for the omelet and some of the desserts. How is your husband feeling? I know he was sick when you left to go to the hospital. Hope he is doing better. Take care and get well quick. emoticon Pat

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DETERMINEDJANET 12/18/2012 12:35PM

    Sylvia~Glad to hear that things went well for the surgery and that you are on the road to recovery! You've done so much to prepare mentally and physically for this so it's no wonder you're surprising them all! And yes, keep pushing for what you know you need.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/18/2012 10:33AM

    It sounds like you are doing great but then I knew you would. Love you!

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Monday, 12/17-Surgery Day

Monday, December 17, 2012

Hi all,

We are loading the car as I type to run a couple of errands beofre I have to be at the hospital in just over an hour. I will then have to register again and go through the endless paperwork, my surgeon autographing my hip and another sticky cleaning, and so on... before my 11:45 surgery schedule (if things are on time.)

I have two Christmas gifts left to buy, many that are coming in the mail, and everything wrapped that I have purchased and received. I have an entirely messy house and a very sick husband. It has been quite a week.

Everyone is waiting on me--it is time to go!
Have a great day--The hospital has WiFi and I have my laptop. We'll talk again soon!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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DETERMINEDJANET 12/17/2012 4:03PM

    Glad you can remain connected while recovering in the hospital. hugs & prayers

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ARIANERA 12/17/2012 3:31PM

    Hope everything goes smoothly. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/17/2012 12:53PM

    Forget all about all the work you have to do that isn't done. It's time for you to rest and heal. I hope you have a speedy recovery, GF. Love you!!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 12/17/2012 10:57AM

    emoticon Good luck on your surgery I will be thinking of you emoticon

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_LINDA 12/17/2012 9:26AM

    All the best Sylvia!
Our hospitals are primitive -no internet- so when I go in, all Spark streaks are broken as usual. Looking forward to hearing how it went and you will have much more time to Spark now ;)
{{{gentle hugs}}}

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LADYJ6942 12/17/2012 9:09AM

    Thoughts and prayers are with you for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 12/17/2012 8:54AM

    Thoughts & prayers go with you. emoticon

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KKKAREN 12/17/2012 8:39AM

    Good luck on your surgery.

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