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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
    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!
    2496 days ago
  • RONNIE0404
    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.

    2499 days ago
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