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[THR] Going4fun new hip adventure

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by Going4fun, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. EL11

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    That is great news. You're doing remarkably well!

    I don't know if you have made your decision about the card yet, but I think it's a lovely idea and I'd go with something addressed with all their names. Sending flowers and/or chocolates as @Layla suggested would be a bonus, but with or without, I think it's the exception for a patient to acknowledge those who took care of him.
     
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    Hi @EL11, I'm definitely feeling like my recovery is going well. My surgeon operates on the side (anterolateral) ... and just over two weeks, I can actually lie on that side without it being too uncomfortable.

    Yes, I will send a card recognizing all the great nurses ... and I think I'm going to write a review online about the hospital where the nurses worked ... and I'll single them out in that online review.

    You're right EL11, I do not take good nursing care for granted. I imagine that comes from having spent years helping my parents as they were ailing and dying ... There were a lot of hospitalizations ... and the good nurses ... and the hospitals with adequate staffing of good nurses ... really stood out ... I felt so much more relaxed when my parents landed at one of those places. By contrast, there were places where I would sneak down the hall and get the extra blanket or even sneak in a room and get snackfood for the parents because the staff was so unresponsive or spread thin.

    Hope you are doing well.
     
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    Good on you!! That's really kind of you to acknowledge them @Going4fun -- I so get it about added appreciation for good care after caregiving your ailing parents. It's such a relief when you can find that rare combo of staff where you can relax and know they're in good hands when you're taking care of parents.

    An online review is a good idea. Also, most hospitals send out post-op surveys to patients where you can do write ins with specific names to give credit to their employers. I too was super fortunate to have a top nursing staff both times at my hospital.

    You scared me when you said "My surgeon operates on the side"!! I thought at first glance you meant he moonlights as an OS and has a day job!! Lol! Glad that wasn't the case... :)
     
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    Hi, @Going4fun! Sounds like the two week mark might be something to look forward to. With the hippopotamus clinging to my right thigh at the moment, the kind of movements you're describing sounds pretty incredible to me, but I'm only at Day 1 of recovery! Glad to read that things are going well for you!
     
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    @1stSurgery, this is a great line ... cracked me up ... even three fourths of the way into your sentence I couldn't predict where you were going. My surgeon has a sense of humor ... I might share your comment with him at the one-month post-up ... which is a week and a half away for me.

    @Barbaraj, hang in there ... I think you can ice with or without elevation ... I got a little lucky, I think: my swelling was really minimal. A surgeon at my surgeon's practice (colleague of my surgeon) ... gave a televised Q & A session in which he did say some people just randomly swell more than others ... and there was little rhyme or reason to it ... surgeons couldn't predict that ... and swelling didn't mean anything was wrong.
     
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    Thanks, @Going4fun, I clearly am NOT one who is escaping swelling! Ouch, only my first full day home and my thigh is amazingly huge. But I called Nurse Ratchet (AKA husband) to order another ice pack. He’s outside mowing the lawn but promised to bring one up in about 10 minutes. And I could use an afternoon snack as well.
     
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    Of course, feel free to use anything you'd like @Going4fun! Maybe your OS does stand-up when he's not doing hips? The BoneSmart jokes just keep on a comin! That's what you get when you have 20,000 hippys laying around floating on ice and pain meds....Twisted medical humor.
    Good luck on the upcoming post op! Mine is a two 1/2 week post op appt this time, which is fine with me!
     
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    The four week update!

    Saw my surgeon's nurse yesterday ... for my four-week postup.

    Overall I'm doing well. I'm off all medication at this point ... taking pain meds as needed. After a ban on NSAIDs for the first four weeks, the nurse says I can now take Alleve or ibuprofen if i want to.

    I'm still using a cane, though I can walk without the cane--though I typically have a limp. The nurse encouraged me to try to walk freely without a limp. I'm a bit more patient ... in that my leg seems to be getting stronger everyday ... and walking without a limp for a long stretch creates some discomfort. I can tell my operated side isn't quite ready ...

    But I'm feeling close to walking unassisted. Maybe in about a week.

    Quick recap. Operation on left hip on September 12th. Minimal pain and discomfort at home. I had purchased a fancy Ossur icing machine ... washed every stitch of clothing I owned ... and really prepared myself for some low moods and all of that ... and the truth is ... I used the ince machine for the first week and after that, just didn't ice very much ... once or twice a week. Because I didn't need it.

    I'm cleared for going to the gym to do upper body exercises or a slow exercise on the treadmill or elliptical. I'm going to head to the gym any day now. Just don't want to force anything. And that's been my method ... think about trying something ... and then doing it when I feel like it.

    I credit my surgeon for my seemingly non-pain-in-the-rear recovery (literally since my surgeon operates laterally on the side) ... I also think I had the surgery earlier in my arthritis deterioration than a lot of people. At surgery, I could walk around the block or several blocks fine ... I could go up and down stairs fine ... I simply could not exercise--whether elliptical or biking or walking a good mile without serious pain. And most disappointing, I could not engage in my great love, swing dancing (Lindy Hop) --without serious pain--during and afterwards.

    Exercise is a huge part of my life ... it goes back, I think, to suffering a horrible depression in college and figuring out that exercise was great for my mood. Exercise also helps me sleep better, eat better (I want to take advantage of my work). I swear exercise suppresses my appetite ... it also adds structure and down time to my day. So after a lot of back and forth, I decided to have the surgery even though I was not hobbling through the day.

    My surgeon is very athletic himself, and he appreciated my desire to move without pain. Funny: when I told him I was single and that swing dancing was really my fun "thing," he got a real kick out of that. I encourage people to share your real dreams with your surgeon and find someone who is skilled and is confident they can help you reach those dreams.

    Lingering challenges. I get really stiff after sitting ... I sometimes stand and just let my joints loosen up before moving. I can tell my knee feels like it's doing a lot of extra work on the operated side. It sometimes complains with stiffness.

    Want to thank the BS community for its support. It's amazing how much this "community" comes up when I'm meeting with friends and discussing expectations and what I've learned about joint replacement.

    My advice to newcomers and those considering the surgery. Forget all the approach stuff ... and choose an excellent surgeon ... There are simply too many variables involved in successful surgery to focus on one or two glittery variables that catch the attention of non-specialists.

    Oh ... and thanks to BS, I avoided the Overdidit Club (ODIC). I enrolled myself in the Chill And Let Things Heal Club, aka the CALTH Club. I'm proud that only once or so have I overdone it ... and that only led to immediate pain ... and no pain a day later.
     
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    A tip -
    Try heel-toe walking when / if you're limping. Let your heel hit the ground first followed by toes.
    It takes a concentrated effort but I believe you'll notice a difference. Give it a try.

    You beat us to the punch. Was going to wish you a happy one month anniversary on Friday the 12th.
    Will do it now instead.....Happy One Month Anniversary! :happydance: :yay:
    You're doing great. Keep up the good work.
    Hope the rest of your week is all you want it to be.
    @Going4fun
     
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    Thanks @Layla ... thanks for your heel-toe suggestion ... total truth: I read you recommending this to someone else who was at the point I am now at in my journey ... So just today, I walked to the corner cafe today without the cane ... and I hear an imagined "Layla" voice saying, "heel-toe" "heel-toe."

    Yes, it works!!!! Reminds the brain and body to do something that it is used to doing automatically.
     
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    What a wonderful and remarkable recovery, @Going4fun! Envious of going back to the gym, feel like such a slug myself although I realize even if I were cleared for the gym, I have no energy. But I am two weeks out, minimal discomfort and able to walk unassisted around the house—so getting there. Wish you the best of luck in your continued recovery.
     
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    Hi @Going4fun
    Hahaha! You're not the first to say they heard that heel-toe voice in their head! That's funny.
    It's crazy, but it works.
    My PT suggested it and while it was unfamiliar and initially takes concentration, it does work!
    I hope you have a great weekend as you continue healing :)

    PS Happy One Month Anniversary! :happydance:
     
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    Thanks for the encouragement @Barbaraj. I have to say ... I think my surgeon did a great job ... energy has been way better than I imagined ... You're already walking around the house without the cane. That's fantastic. I am 80 percent off the cane ... I feel like a kid on the verge of learning to ride a bike ... any day now, I'll feel comfortable putting the cane in the basement .... But I'm not rushing ...

    @Layla, it's amazing the things we remember--like me remember toe-heel. Show you how much I and others get from reading other people's threads.
     
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    One of the few positives I can see in our otherwise slow, laborious recoveries is that each new accomplishment seems like such a big deal. Even if all seems to move along like molasses sometimes we are ALL moving in the right direction. Glad it’s going so well for you.
     
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    @Going4fun,
    We are very much on the same page, dancing-wise and convalescence-wise. I could go on at great length about dancing, but am using my iPhone , and it’s too maddening with the tiny screen. But for swing dancing , the best natural anti-depressant,/joy inducing/ brain & body exercise ever. It was the reward of dancing again sooner rather than later that motivated me to “ chill and heal” ; so far so good. A dancing BS moderater recently left some advice on my thread about how to start dancing again . I feel so good I may move my inaugural first dance event up a month from November to the end of October— Halloween . I’ve got a dancing buddy who does a perfect Groucho Marx. I will channel good old Margaret Dumont - the straight-lady foil to Groucho’s antics. :)
     
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    There was an article in the papers this morning about Dancing being prescribed to lonely old people on the NHS… sounds like a great idea!
     
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    How are you doing? @Going4fun
    I see you're out spreading encouragement and cheer.
    Hopefully your recovery is going well at almost 5 weeks post op.
    Shoot us an update...we'd love to hear.
    A great week to you! :)
     
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    So, @Going4fun, did your trip to the gym encourage you to go back again? I know you posted on my thread that it felt, well, pretty good and I trust that means you'll go again. I know gyms aren't for everyone but if you have one available and you like using it, then it's great. And as I live in the rainy PNW, indoor physical activity is really more practical. Wish I were cleared for more than just a bit of slow walking and could do some other exercises as well, but about another week and a half and I go back for my 6 weeks post op and maybe will be cleared for that. So, just need to be patient. Cheers, and have a great Monday!
     
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    Six and a half week update:

    Well, I continue to progress ... almost off the cane. Still have a sore spot in my quad ... my surgeon was anterolateral ... and when I walk without the cane, that muscle/tissue (whatever it is) is still not quite table. So I limp and then concentrate to walk straight ... and then muscle feels weak ... I go for walks with my cane ... and then spend periods holding the cane and not using it.

    I should say that I'm comfortable walking pretty fast with the cane and don't really let that hold me back from hanging out with people. I think I feared I would be a bit embarrassed or something with a cane. Totally not. I feel like I'm taking 100 percent good care of myself.

    Pain levels are very low ... I take maybe 1000 mg of Tylenol each day ... I did a little dancing the other day ... I was playing music on my computer (connected to a blue tooth speaker) ... and I played Sinatra's "Summer Wind." Well, I simply HAVE to dance when Summer Wind comes on, just the rhythm and happy bounce in the song's intro... Of course, I couldn't real squat much (what dancers call "pulse") ... but what I could do felt great!

    I feel extremely fortunate in that my pain level has been low since surgery ... and my energy level has been great. Don't know how to explain and know that's not the case for everyone. There are days when I'm still just proud of myself for going through with the surgery and not putting it off any longer. I'm a college teacher and I'm also super proud of myself for scheduling the surgery in the fall when I could take leave ... instead of scheduling the surgery over the summer. I feel I'm renewing myself during this time.

    @Barbaraj, no ... no one encouraged me to return ... but I'm returning there tomorrow ... I'll go every other day ... for now /.. it was a milestone to go to the gym ... I'll stay with 12 minutes again ... and gradually see what more I can do ... I can feel my left quad getting stronger and more stable every day ... but sometimes I want to scream: get stable now!!!!
     
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    Oh, @Going4fun--I know that feeling of irritation when you are wishing that things were going a little faster but they're not. I think sticking with a very low dose of gym exercise is the smart thing to do for now. I pushed myself a little yesterday, and added a small bit of resistance on the elliptical yesterday--right operated hip felt fine but, ouch, left hip in the groin area starting twinging a lot. Fortunately, once I hopped off I was fine but it is a nasty reminder that the left hip isn't far behind which depresses me enormously. We'll see what the surgeon says at next week's 6 week check up. I am just "sick of being sick", if you know what I mean, and the thought of going through this again is not an exciting prospect. However, part of me thinks sometimes, "just go ahead and get it done". My husband and I had thought about a vacation this spring, as he'll be fully retired by then, but maybe a fall vacation would be more realistic if I really and truly--heavy sigh--need to go ahead and get my left hip replaced. Hope you are feeling good today, a new day and another step along the hip recovery journey! Cheers!
     
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