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...