Saturday, September 03, 2011
First off, thanks for all the prayers and well wishes-they did well. This surgery ended up being easier than the knee replacement. A big surprise to me. Still surgery-but all in all, I feel pretty well.
My incision is still creating alot of fluid-especially at the top and bottom-the Physician's Assistant okayed Home Health to come for a week to help with dressings. So far not a one has stayed on all day. But otherwise it looks great. I also had alot of redness-the Vancomycin in the hospital and the Keflex at home seems to be doing the job on getting rid of it. Not sure whether it was actually infected or just really irritated-by both the tape and the oozing.
Still tired-but I am sleeping much better in my own bed without IVs hanging every hour or two. And more than glad to get rid of the PT - My only instructions are to not sit for more than 30 minutes without a break-get up and walk around. I am using a walker, but I am already standing taller unless I am tired. My muscles on the sides are sore since they aren't used to that position. And getting out of bed in the morning isn't any worse than any other time-unlike before surgery when everything hurt!
The cats have decided that I belong here. I apparently did not smell right coming home from the hospital and they totally dissed me when I came in the door. They each took their own time, but after two days, they crawled into bed with me last night. So more like back to normal!
As for me-slow moving, but getting better each day. Starting to sleep through the pain pills wearing off-so using less each day. And walking is easier than before surgery-so that won't take long to build up my endurance. Still have to be careful about bending, lifting and twisting-and that will be the tough part.
Again thanks for all the prayers. I was so reluctant to do this surgery, and already I am so glad I did! Diana