Thanks lh25 - but of course not everyone's recovery experience is the same. From another forum someone commented: "It will be very difficult to care for yourself straight out of the hospital, partly because of drowsiness from the pain meds, and partly because you will be on crutches and unable to carry anything, and it will be too painful to stand up for more than a few minutes at a time. Stairs and bathtub ledges pose a danger, as you will only have one leg you'll be able to stand on and thus can't transfer your weight very safely.(Forget using any area rugs - they are a real tripping hazard.) It can be hard to get to the bathroom quickly enough, so a bedside commode might be needed. It would have to be emptied and cleaned, something you won't be able to do during the week or so you need the commode." Fortunately my bathroom is right next to my bedroom. My sister cannot come to support me during recovery owing to her own health problems. Others on this website have told me I'll be able to look after myself but that is not the story above.