- May 9, 2023
- United States
Started this thread a couple days ago but the drugs kept me pretty sleepy. Had left hip replacement on 6/2/23 and finally writing this on Day 3. It's been an interesting road so far. I'm on the ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) fast track plan. Daily schedule is walk for 5 minutes, ice for 20 minutes, rest for 40 minutes, then do it all over again, all day, plus fit in some basic stretching exercises too. I barely have time to sleep. My day of surgery was really quick. I arrived to the hospital at 5am and was home by 1pm same day. In recovery, he asked if I could wiggle my toes, I said not yet, and he said let's get up and walk, I said I don't think so, and sure enough, still numb. I felt like I was taking longer than they wanted to allow for this fast track schedule. Now that I've been through it, I do feel like total of 10 hours for this type of procedure is really too soon to go home. Nobody ever said it would be partial weight bearing, and that I would struggle just to get into bed. All the education and handouts they give you ahead of time never mentions that. The few people I spoke to said they never needed a walker and had no pain. That is not my experience. So I am managing, struggling, but getting by. Making sure I eat healthy, though not much of an appetite. Home health nurse is coming tomorrow and I almost feel like telling her no because I'm just barely getting around with the walker at maybe 65% weight bearing. I'm not sure what exercise she's going to want to give me. I'm all about challenging my body, but I also think it's important to listen to your body. Will update again in a couple days.