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!