Friday, December 21, 2012
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!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
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!!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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!!
Monday, December 17, 2012
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!
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