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Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by Gretel, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. Gretel

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    Well here I am with two new hips! I was really nauseous and out to it most of yesterday. My blood pressure has been dropping quite low. I got upright earlier but it dropped so I was quickly flat on my bed.
     
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    Yayyyyy 2 new hips. :wowspring::flwrysmile::dancy:. Sounds like you're doing well keep us posted :prayer: for you too
     
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    You made it, you did it.....So, so happy for you!
    I'm sure these minor complications will work themselves out soon.
    Hopefully your pain is well managed and you're able to get the sleep you need plus lots of ICE.
    Get some rest and post when you're feeling better.
    Prayers for your comfort and healing.
    Sending a hug..... @Gretel
     
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    Congratulations, Gretel! Take it easy and let your blood pressure normalize. I received only one new hip, and had problems with low blood pressure, too. It became normal about the time that the pain medication was decreased, then changed. Nausea is no fun. Hope it all straightens out soon!

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    @Gretel Glad you have that behind you. Rest and ice and let the blood pressure get back to normal which it will soon. Prayers that you have a restful night. Post when you are feeling more up to it. We are here waiting to cheer you on.
     
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    I think the low blood pressure is fairly normal from the anesthesia. Congratulations on the new hips!!! I look forward to reading about your recovery when you feel up to it. We are all here for support when you need it.
     
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    @Gretel, pleased to see you on here but sorry to hear about the nausea. Hope you have a good day.
     
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    Hi Gretel!
    I had low blood pressure too for several days after take it easy everything will fall into place! Where did you do your operation?
     
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    First week worst, Gretel. Rather jolting I remember. ALL TEMPORARY...meds and shock of it all..Try to relax...YOU DID IT.
    So happy to have a new bilateral buddy with us. Many healing hugs going your way...I know how hard this part is, just know it gets better.:friends:
     
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    Hi @Leap where on my body or where in the world? Two new hips in Penrith Australia :)
     
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    I've had to get up twice to go to the toilet tonight. I'm all shaky again and found getting up harder. Making me want to drink less but I know it's important.
     
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    @Gretel,
    Glad that you have the surgery behind you. For now rest, ice and continue with your pain meds.
    Post when you can.
    Praying for you.
    Hugs.
     
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    Well done Gretel.
    Easy Peasy Now and you'll get there.
    Here's some reading for you.
    Don't miss The BIG TIP.
    Joe........
    Hip Recovery: The Guidelines
    1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary
    2. Control discomfort:
    rest
    elevate
    ice
    take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)
    3. Do what you want to do BUT
    a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you
    b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.
    4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these
    BoneSmart philosophy for sensible post op therapy
    5. At week 4 and after you should follow this
    Activity progression for THRs

    Pain management and the pain chart
    Healing: how long does it take?
    Chart representation of THR recovery

    Dislocation risk and 90 degree rule
    Energy drain for THRs
    Pain and swelling control: elevation is the key

    Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it

    Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds
    Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

    BIG TIP: Hips actually don't need any exercise to get better. They do a pretty good job of it all on their own if given half a chance. Trouble is, people don't give them a chance and end up with all sorts of aches and pains and sore spots. All they need is the best therapy which is walking and even then not to excess.

    We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery. While members may create as many threads as they like in a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask that each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.
     
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    I cried when they took out my catheter and did the same...don't want to drink so I didn't have to pee. Then cried when had to call for help to pee...it's going to be okay. You had two hips replaced at one time!
    Bionic superheroes have to heal first.:console2:
     
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    @Gretel you are doing so well keep positive it will all work out.
    I still haven't stood up yet! Think they might try it today! I'm guessing they like to do it slowly slowly here in Cyprus. Keeping catheter in another day! Sending you huge hugs xxx
     
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    @Welshgirl thanks. I'm struggling a bit today. Hope you're doing okay.
     
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    @Gretel What approach did you have...anterior? Posterior?
    Are they keeping your pain managed well? I felt so helpless I begged them not to "throw me out" of the hospital because I was afraid my poor hubby could not lift me around and help me. First days are for sure tough. I got home, so tentative and spent first days mostly in recliner, iced and elevated eating grapes and dreading bathroom trips. Only the first days were so so frightening and tough. Walked with walker only tiny trips from chair to bed, to bathroom. Make sure you are taking something for constipation as we would have a hard time "sitting" for long.
    You may be feeling like "what have I done" now, I know I was mad. But all this will pass. Try not to worry, breathe and drink, and eat meds, and try to doze it away when you can.
    Body in shock and need tender loving care...
     
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    Yes @Mojo333 currently questioning my sanity! I can have endone but I don't seem to get much notice. I'd been asleep and woke up shaking like a leaf thinking I was cold. Turns out I was and the pain hit!
     
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    Aww @Gretel
    My heart goes out to you. It must feel so frightening. I know I was afraid of everything initially and I only had one hip done. But you've got this....you'll do fine. The nurses and PT will guide you while in the hospital
    and you will understand your limitations by the time you leave. Once home with well managed pain, lots of
    ice and rest you'll be on your way. There are a handful of bilaterals here who will encourage and cheer you on as we all will. They may have special advice that the rest of us don't have.
    The three that always come to mind first are @Mojo333 then there is @Irish Joe as well as @gaulsuerou
    They'll all have great advice and support to offer.
    Prayers that you do well in the coming days and weeks.
    Please keep posting so we can continue to encourage you along the way...
     
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    Ahhh @Gretel so sorry to hear you are struggling a bit today, keep positive and hang in there.... sending you huge hugs :) :-) (:
     

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