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Saturday, September 03, 2011

Hi All,
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

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    emoticon Very interesting that you think this surgery is easier than knee surgery. I continue to put off back surgery for many reasons, but I am currently having the worst back pain that I've had in a long time. I think it's due to stenosis, but not sure. I really appreciate your post detailing the pro's and con's of the surgery and I am so happy that you are doing so well emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm sure a lot of it has to do with your positive attitude going into the surgery!

    My cats spit at each other when they go to the vets together, so I imagine you did smell pretty bad to them emoticon I'm glad they've decided you are okay. Cats are so funny and it's so much fun to watch their behaviors emoticon

    Continue to do well and post when you feel up to it. I'm really happy things are going so well for you!

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    Comment edited on: 9/5/2011 10:03:24 AM
    emoticon What great news that you are home and feeling so much better. Watch out for that BLT (Bending, Lifting and Twisting), that's a biggy. Do you have a "grabber" that will help you reach and pick up things without BLTing? It's fun to challenge yourself picking up small things. I could finally pick up a penny or a toothpick with it. Ask for a Grabber if you don't have one.
    Do what those Dr.s and PT's tell you, but be careful not to overdue. Keep on blogging about your improvememts.
    emoticon Glad your kitties love you again.
    3470 days ago
    I am so glad that it is going so well! Take it easy and take care of yourself! Hugs and prayers, Mindy
    3470 days ago
    Diana, so glad to hear you making progress so soon after surgery. Just take it day by day.
    Glad you smell better to the cats too, I am sure you missed them very much!!
    3471 days ago
    WOOHOO!!!!!!! So glad this one went well so far, Diana!! Prayers continue for the rest of your recovery -- complete healing, no complications, and continued good outcome. You rock!!

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    Glad you are getting on at home okay & that you have rebuilt your relationship with the kitties.
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    So glad you are feeling better, little by little. You are still in my thoughts everyday emoticon Take care!!
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