Sunday, June 26, 2011
There, I said it. I. Am. Bored. We were never allowed to say we were bored growing up, and if we did there was always some horrible chore waiting to get us un-bored. Sorry, Mom, I said it anyway. And I'm not cleaning your toilet.
Surgery was 6/14 and I can't believe I've already cycled through thinking this would be a breeze, thinking pain would kill me, thinking I'd get sent to a nursing home, thinking I'd never move again without thinking about it first, thinking about firing the home PT people, thinking I had plenty of magazines to read and projects to do. I do have a rash on the lower 1/2 of my operated leg (wierd!) but that's not my idea of fun.
It's 1 a.m. and I can't sleep, probably because I haven't done a darned thing to make me tired. I did eat every I could find (2 100-calorie packs) but I don't suppose that counts as aerobic... I would have made to go with them, but then I would have had to drink it standing on 1 leg in the kitchen as I can't carry anything like that in the basket on my walker. Although now that I think of it, 1-legged tea drinking might have been somewhat aerobic and definitely not boring!
PT exercises for a posterior total hip replacement are fairly simple. Lie on bed and slide heel toward bum 10 times. Lie on bed & clench bum muscles 10 times. Let leg fall outward 10 times. (Hubby LOVES this one and has appointed himself necessary to monitor my progress. Can't wait till he thinks to bring out a tape measure!) All necessary but not exactly challenging as a work-out. The home PT people seemed quite disorganized--short notice for each visit, different person (who hadn't even glanced at my chart) each time, different advise each time. Yesterday we agreed that I could do just as well on my own. Too bad it took a few co-pays for us all to come to that conclusion.
I was soooo looking forward to recreational reading. I made sure to take my license exam before surgery so I wouldn't have to look at anything "professional" if I didn't want to. Today I realized, though, that reading is a LOT more enjoyable if you can say things like "I could be (insert sweaty chore here) but instead I'm luxuriating in this book."
Yeah, I know, in the scheme of things these are not bad problems to have. I could have had complications & still feel as crappy as I did on day 2. I actually feel better than I have in years and my only "real" complaint is that it's summer yet we had the heater on briefly today . Of course, now that I've whined publicly , I really have no choice but to find some way to engage myself. Dammit! Next time I want to wallow, I must remember to keep it to myself!
So off to bed, again, 3rd time's the charm? There is excitement SOMEWHERE here in my house and tomorrow I'm going to find it!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Thomas and I are both a bit off balance with him taking care of me. Usually I'm the one making sure everyone gets to appointments, takes the right meds at the right time, etc. I love him dearly, but he sucks at it. So, starting today I'm back in charge of me. I'm also cutting my short-acting pain meds from 2 to 1 today. People keep telling me stories about friends & relatives who were out riding bikes 3 weeks post-op. That AIN'T me! But I am definitely progressing.
It's akward getting around without putting weight on my left leg, but having the joint pain gone is amazing! I think I have the "hip precautions" internalized so I can actually move around without thinking through every single motion. I have better range of motion than before surgery :-) even with a lot of recovery to go. Incision is healing well. Appetite is...hearty.
I'm trying to focus on protein to heal and fiber to keep all that protein moving along--and don't even want to know what the scale has to say. I'm sure by the time I can weight-bear again I will have gained some weight back. That makes me kind of sad, but I feel like I should go with the flow while I'm re-building bone and muscle and err on the side of extra nutrients. That said, a couple of people have brought me brownies and after eating one I sent the rest home with my daughters.
I just got a call from Co-Pay Relief to say I'm approved for a year of help with co-payments for pain meds. They will even help with pain meds from the hospital! This will be such a huge help!!! This is an amazing organization that has been reimbursing Thomas and I for costs of pain medications. They define that liberally--including anti-depressants, muscle relaxers, etc. They will help with co-pays for various health conditions, even if your income is up to (I believe) 400% of federal poverty level. More info at: http://www.copays.org/
So, I am going to take a shower and then Thomas and I were thinking about going for a drive. No where in particular, just to get out of the house. If the sun comes out (big if) I'd like to roll down the window & stick my head out as we cruise along. But I'll me sure to keep my mouth shut in case of bugs--I don't need extra protein that bad!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
2nd night after surgery was BAD. There were several times where, on a scale of 1-10, the pain was at JUST KILL ME NOW--even after they accidentally double-dosed me on oxycodone at one point. The next day my doc doubled my long-acting pain meds and problem solved. Amazing how much better PT went after that. Some of the worst pain was my left KNEE (below the operated hip). I have arthritic knees too, doc thinks he may have wrenched it while man-handling me during surgery. Ice is my friend!
I was eventually able to do everything PT/OT wanted me to do except go up/down stairs. There are 2 steps to get in my house, but no way was I going to be able to put the walker sideways and hop up on 1 leg. And, get this, they expected me to do it on the first try, without falling! Snort! 300 lbs x jumping + narcotic-induced bad balance = very sad right leg! Luckily Thomas is a medical transportation provider and has a portable ramp that worked just great. If there had been more stairs I'm not sure if they would have gotten me a wheelchair or sent me to rehab. I acquired a wider walker at the hospital (wish they would have rented but made me buy). It's too big to go through the bathroom door, so I have to swap on the way and am glad we had the narrower one handy.
Doc did order some at-home PT. Since he didn't use cement on my hip, I'm non-weight bearing for at least 4 weeks & it would be a really hassle to go out for PT. I can do most of the exercises OK except the ones that involve moving leg/hip out to the side. Just replacing the joint gave me more range of motion there, but my muscles are seriously confused.
Co-workers send me flowers & cards. Kids came to visit (except daughter w/strep throat). co-workers didn't visit (as requested, thank you!). I called Mom to tell her I'm alive, but should probably do that again today. She worries :-)
Great to be home for me, although Thomas is one tired puppy. Have been trying to figure out how to carnally thank him but at this point it's next to impossible for me to sneak up and surprise him :-) Suppose I could let him watch me shower--that shower chair is pretty darned sexy...
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
lots of pain today. i know it will get better but when i try to get up its enuf to make me think this was a mistake. i'm behind on pt & afraid i'll end up in nursing home for rehab. getting home pt at very least--was hoping to avoid that expense. at least thomas went home so i can cry w/out scaring him. i've been a very good sport till now but need to vent a lil.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
hi all! i'm typing 1 handed w/o2 monitor on left hand & iv in left wrist so nothing fancy like caps. feeling surprisingly good. sat, stood & 1 hop on good leg. doc said 'it was a big job' (har har) but all went well. did i mention i love toradol + long-acting tylenol + celebrex + oxycontin? tomorrow hoping to hop to bathroom! thanks for all the good wishes
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