hello everyone Well I can’t believe the day finally came and went - Finally I’m on the other side of the operation - which frankly should’ve happened years ago! I want to thank everyone for their kind words of support as well as all the information I gleaned from everyone’s posts of their personal experiences- I must say I actually surprised myself by being remarkably unafraid the last weeks prior - by then I knew I had no choice - and the added info from this site was so helpful as I had not much support system around me here- Anyway surgery was the 13th - woke at 4 - did my last set of those antibacterial wipes - my daughter insisted on taking the day off to be there - despite my insistence that her dad and I had this - her presence was a huge help - arrived at the hospital at 515 - paperwork - prep - met with OS and anesthesiologist - rolled in the OR at 730 on the dot! I was surprised how cold it was in there! The anesthesiologist said we are giving this test shot to see how you react to the sedative - it relaxes - and that was it - the next thing I knew I was in recovery at 930 ! I couldn’t believe I finally did it !!!! Taken to room - my first attempt at walking was a disaster in my opinion- smarty pants me thought I could control the pain with just the Tylenol- I took 2 fairly painful steps - broke out in a sweat - told them I was going to faint - they sat me down - and lunch reappeared from my stomach - uhhh - they told me it was the anesthesia - that it sometimes happens - but I promptly realized everyone’s advice to stay ahead of the pain is so totally true - and that Tylenol alone would not Be enough in my situation - I told the nurse bring on the bigger guns - I am now at this point on lowest dose of roxicodine Also my concern with the penicillin allergy - thank goodness came to naught - I successfully tolerated the Ancef -a cephalosporin- during surgery Second day much more successful - Waked - did stairs I’m a bit bummed that they kept me 2 nights - but the fact I only walked the one day - and most people are released after 2 days of walking- the nurse made her professional decision I’m still here at the hospital - leaving hopefully in a few hours - PT will be coming to the house tomorrow- and for one week I’ve already scheduled my outpatient PT for this coming Friday Personally I feel as if I’m not quite getting the walker thing - finding it hard to not be so cautious - I need to get the flow of walking rather than take step stop step stop etc - but it’s also a combo of the fact I can’t get used to bending my knee on the surgical side - not having a severe limp ( I can’t believe it’s gone !!!!) - and the weight bearing on the surgical side is a bit of an intense experience - I’m also s bit surprised how difficult it is to lift the surgical leg off the bed etc - before the surgery I could do those leg lifts like crazy !!! But I look down at my surgical leg and it’s actually able to go forward !!! Before the surgery I wasn’t able to rotate the hip enough to make my knee and foot face forward - I’m ecstatic!! Also I can see, even with the walker, my limp seems to have disappeared!! So that’s it up to now guys - hopefully everything else in the process continues to go as well - (knock wood ) But at 2 days in - count me in as another one who can’t believe I waited this long to have it done - !! And thank you again for being a big part of getting me over the pre-op jitters!