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Sunday, June 26, 2011

emoticonThere, 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 emoticon I could find (2 100-calorie packs) but I don't suppose that counts as aerobic... I would have made emoticon 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 emoticon 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." emoticon

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 emoticon. Of course, now that I've whined publicly emoticon, 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, emoticon3rd time's the charm? There is excitement SOMEWHERE here in my house and tomorrow I'm going to find it!

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BLACKROSE_222 6/26/2011 11:32PM

    Hang in there - think to the future, and grin and bare the present. emoticon

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PUGRAD1995 6/26/2011 10:25PM

    Hugs, I remember that point post-op. I live alone and it was just a real pain when I felt good enough to do something, but didn't have the resources (couldn't drive).

Hang in there-glad it's going well. I had a similar experience with home PT, but after week 2 I had the same guy each time and that helped alot. It was knee rehab, so they are a little more exciting switching up the exercises.

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ONESILLYME 6/26/2011 2:04PM

    Jessica- You are right. Hubby has weights I can borrow (or use soup cans for that matter, lol). I'm just out of sorts with not having a focus. I'm used to having a schedule and a plan. Heck, the last time I took a vacation was in 2003 and I had somewhere to be or things to do nearly every minute. Maybe this week my lesson is in just "being" but I definitely do need to work off some of this nervous energy! Thanks!

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JESSICA2140 6/26/2011 6:54AM

    Have you thought of doing arm exercises? Could you use small weights in bed? I'm not familiar with what your limitations are right now, there is ALWAYS something you can do to try to get yourself moving, if for not other reason than to be able to sleep!!

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Role Reversal

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:

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!

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JUNEBUG1944 6/25/2011 6:06PM

    Those people who "know someone who was out riding bikes at three weeks" are dreaming! You're doing great! I tried to "fire" my husband at caregiving after a few days! He was always there "bugging" me. He still thinks I can't walk and wants to let me out at the door of Wal-Mart! I walked 16,000 steps in Biloxi a couple of weeks ago with no problem!

I'm so glad you got help with you meds. They are expensive and do add up!

Hope you feel better and better every day!

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RONNIE0404 6/22/2011 6:54PM

    I just went through your other blogs from surgery day on. You have such a good sense of humor. I'm glad things are going well and you sound strong and determined. Keep up the good work. Take care of yourself.


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Home Sweet Home

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...

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JUNEBUG1944 6/20/2011 9:06PM

    Snicker, Snicker! It does help to have a sense of humor after a replacement, doesn't it? I'm glad you're doing so well. Yeah, pain meds can be our friends! Thank goodness that modern doctors figured this out instead of making us "tough it out!" I look forward to hearing more about your recovery!

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  Loved this blog and I love you. Talk to yu later today. emoticon

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hard day

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.

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JUNEBUG1944 6/15/2011 11:04PM

    I am amazed that you are even on the computer so soon! I didn't even want to think of it after my TKR for a few weeks! Did you tell your Doc you are in pain? That's what pain meds are for! Don't be brave, tell them and get some. You can't heal if you hurt! The anesthesia does depress you, so crying is natural, so cry away!

You'll be fine...I know hips and knees are different, but we all have to go thru PT. I was fortunate because My Doc had a PT department in his practice and it was close by so my DH could take me.

Get lots of rest, take those pain pills, and think how great it will be when you are healed and there is no more pain!

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PUGRAD1995 6/15/2011 8:10PM

    emoticon just remember you had major surgery, lost blood, are in pain and on major pain killers, and in general have a messed up body. Give it a day or two. It will be okay! And crying is always helpful.

PS-I did the rehab after my knee and it wasn't too bad. I lived alone, so I knew I had little choice, but there are nice people there to help you!

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ONESILLYME 6/15/2011 7:40PM

    ty lisa

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OHSOCOOLLISA 6/15/2011 7:35PM

    I'm sorry you are having a hard time. It will get better. Try to visualize how good it will be and think about those happy moments to reduce some of the sadness that comes with pain. This was a major surgery and your body will need to heal from that. Good news; you have a new hip. You lost a ton of weight just to get to this you know it will get even better.

I say, go ahead and cry for a bit...if it helps. Please don't stay in tears too long or think it won't get better. It WILL get better, in time. Sending happy thoughts and gentle hugs!
~ Lisa

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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 emoticon

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JUNEBUG1944 6/15/2011 11:08PM

    Yeah, Oxycontin is nice! LOL! Keep smiling and you'll be healed in no time!

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TERP_TERP 6/14/2011 11:25PM

    glad to hear your surgery went well! Hope you have a speedy recovery emoticon

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