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A few tears have never hurt any of us @zinfandel, in fact they are therapeutic. I spent mot of the first few weeks in my living room. Since I live alone I liked being in the front of the house near the door. The toe touch is awkward at first, but I got used to it after torn labrum repair. In fact, when they told me full weight-that was hard to get used to. I had my mom’s old wheelchair available back then and used it for some store outings so I could get out a little longer.

Just do the best you can with restrictions, you will gain more confidence as you move around. It’s great you have such a thoughtful boyfriend to provide assistance and support.

Bathrooms are just awkward. Do you have a raised toilet seat at home? I found the one with arms that sit over toilet was a life saver (it’s amazing how low a regular john is!)

Hope they get pain under control today.
 

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Happy Friday!
Oh my....that's some pain you were suffering. I'm so sorry @zinfandel
Hopefully it's addressed soon you can begin to rest comfortably. The icing should also
prove beneficial.

Easier said than done, but try to relax. Surgery and recovery is definitely an anxious time.
You're not alone in your feelings.You've done this before and triumphed. Remind yourself of that often.
You'll do it again!

It's wonderful to hear you'll have such support in a caregiver. The effort put forth in love should make you feel confident you're in good hands. Once home in your little recovery nest I'm sure you'll feel much more relaxed.

Prayers that today feels brighter, your pain becomes well managed, your anxiety lifts and you feel a confidence
in the days to come.

Sending a big hug!
 

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Understood @zinfandel. You definitely have a pain management problem. My BP went so high they called in a heart specialist and it was stress. Are you taking an anti-anxiety drug of some kind? Have you ever tried breathing from your stomach for that anxiety. Sometimes it gets so high it feeds on itself and that sounds like what is happening to you. Lay back and take a deep breath filling up your stomach but not proceeding to your chest; keep your chest clear. Then slowly release the breath. My PT taught me to belly breath and it helped me control the stress; still does.

I know how afraid you are. You've had a horrific time of it. Surgery is not easy and the first few days can be terrible. But trust that this too will pass. I had about 24 full hours of pain as you describe. My doctor uses a "pain bomb" which is an implant directly into the pelvis area releasing a strong pain relief locally and it worked like a dream. Once it got going with the automatic pump releasing a combination of pain meds. I never used a pain pill again on a regular basis. So once your pain is managed you will be able to relax, get some rest, and begin your recovery. I know it is hard but have patience and keep demanding what you need from your doctor/and or your pain management team. It's work and an advocate would help because you are tired and in pain and afraid. Can your SO make regular visits to hospital and speak for you to those in charge of your recovery? It is so comforting to have an advocate who knows your problems and will speak for you.

Are you asking for assistance to go to the bathroom. The fact that you are walking there is progress. I wasn't allowed to get out of bed without assistance, "Call, Don't Fall" signs were everywhere. Sounds like bathroom problems are about unfamiliar equipment. Are you using the walker?

To be frank, zinfandel, sounds to me like anxiety has got a tight hold on you and taken over your recovery. Your pain and fear are real. Somehow, you have to concentrate on relaxing and the doctor has to provide you with managed pain. But pills are not enough. . .attitude is everything now. This is not to make light of what you are feeling but it is important to understand that some times we can be our worst enemy. I was; I am! Sometimes I just need to be told (and Bone Smart does this so well!) to stop telling myself to be afraid.

It is lovely that you have such fine support at home. Your BF is a gem! You haven't mentioned PT yet, your walking. Nor, the lessons on getting in and out of the car and managing stairs. Today is the 12th. Your surgery was the 9th, they should be talking about when you will go home. But you won't be going home until your pain is managed, your heart rate is controlled and you can walk an acceptable distance and manage the car, the steps and certain aspects of your daily life.

It would help us greatly to know more details of how recovery is going for you. We are getting vague impressions of your life on the other side, zinfandel, try to tell us what is happening with more detail, when, where, what and how. . .more like a story line.

Meanwhile, someone will always be here to walk with you through the pain or the progress with care and loving counseling. Hang on and trust that your situation will be better in brighter days ahead. Take a belly breath and relax though and let it happen. Lots of hugs your way and a bundle of sunflowers.:flwrysmile::flwrysmile::flwrysmile::flwrysmile::flwrysmile::flwrysmile:
 
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Hope all easing some....first days are so tough as I remember.
Healing mojo coming at you...:friends:
 
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@zinnia thank you as always. They sent me home yesterday with 4/5 days of pain meds. I can call for more but I’m furious they’d send me home with pain and heart rate so high. Oh well.

They did the typical PT at the hospital but released me day before I ever left hospital saying I was doing great. It was only because I remembered the exercises from last surgery. I still don’t have my wheel chair as case management screwed that up. I feel like it just a debacle so far. I guess I’m own my own this weekend because I haven’t heard from PT that would come to house. Yes I have anxiety medicine but may need more. Lol.

Sorry for venting. I’m going to try and call where my therapy is supposed to come from and LM regarding wheelchair. I’ll keep you posted.

Thank you again for your great advice I love the belly breathe one
 

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Does sound like some mess ups @zinfandel. Hope they can get wheelchair to you today. Don’t blame you for venting. With what we/insurance pays for these services, they should get basics right. I’d call hospital today complaining, possibly multiple times, as well as therapy.
 

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Good morning @zinfandel
I understand your frustration, truly I do. Please try to relax and just B-R-E-A-T-H-E.
It's hard to imagine you in a state of anxiety in addition to your physical pain.
All will fall into place. Try not to worry about the PT right now, give yourself a few days
allowing them to connect with you. You don't need PT this minute anyways.
Take this time to rest, ice and elevate, worrying about nothing aside from your comfort.
Try to find something calming to relax your mind and body. I'm sure your heart rate will decrease
bringing you a feeling of calm.
Prayers for your comfort and peace of mind.
 

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Well. I'm glad you're home in that nice downstairs bedroom where you can start getting better @zinfandel. I didn't have PT come for a couple of days. Usually they give you a discharge packet with instructions about such things. Did you not get one? Did the OS or their PA not come to see you before you were discharged? And the wheel chair? You will have the wheel chair because of the weight restriction? Does he not want you to walk even with the restriction?

There are two very easy exercises I still do as a part of my exercise regime. You probably know them but just in case: lying in bed for both; 1. press down the operated leg with the foot in upright position into the bed and hold for a bit, release and repeat for as many times as you can up to 10; 2. isolate the glut of the operated leg, squeeze, hold and release. I love these two because you can do them in the car, on the plane, in the recliner, etc. Have you tried belly breath?

Are you saying that you have been released with out your pain being controlled? If so, hound your doctor until you get a cocktail that helps and you can tolerate. When you say "heart rate" are you referring to the rate of beats or your blood pressure? What are the numbers of the heart rate you refer to? There is a threshold to those numbers, for instance, when my BP was so high, I was terribly alarmed because there are strokes in my family history. But it was under 200/? at 190/?. That drove me crazy until they gave me a valium and it all calmed down after awhile. All stress but 200 was the threshold.

Never apologize for venting. . .never on this site. That's what we do, listen and try to calm or help in any way. Some times it's just good to have someone listen. You are still full of anxiety. . .going home is a good thing. Being in the comfort of your home should help to soothe that anxiety. Being in the space your SO has made for you is a good thing. . .you have to teach yourself to relax and be patient. Layla has told you, PT isn't necessary now anyway. Don't fall behind with filling the pain medication. The hospital just gives you an amount that will hold you over until you can get prescriptions filled. And stay in bed except for brief trips to brm until the wheel chair comes. And for heaven's sake, calm down, get ahold of that anxiety. Give yourself a good talking to and belly breathe until you begin to relax. It works, it really does.

I am hoping for a more relaxed and steady recovery for you. Many hugs; have a lovely quiet weekend at home. . .that part is over! Yeah for you, you're on the other side and home. That's super work.
 
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Thank you everyone for your kind words as I can always count on on this site. I finally had PT come to the house this am and wheelchair arrived, a bit big but better than too small. Lol.

Pain is still there and my Dr since he’s in another state is Fedexing me a new script to arrive tomorrow. All these regulations now limit how many they can write for. What a pain. I’m definitely swollen and sore and bandage comes off tomorrow and email picture to Dr. Hopefully healing well.

I’m getting around best I can with either toe touch w walker or wheelchair. Dogs have been great to not jump on me and boyfriend has been wonderful helping. So today was definitely a more positive day just a lot of throwing in leg. I’m hoping that’s normal.

Thanks again zinnia, Layla and MommaT
 

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Well I’m glad it seems to be getting straightened around @zinfandel. Working across state lines is a hassle, but if your doc got the job done right, it will be worth it. Just need to factor in fedex time!

If you mean throbbing in leg (I’m so glad I’m not the only one auto correct gets!), I remember it well. As swelling went down it got better. Ice!
 

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Hi @zinfandel
Happy your wheelchair arrived. These first couple weeks seem to produce lots of symptoms with the
bruising, swelling and inflammation. Ice and elevate as much and often as you can tolerate.
I had an ice pack permanently affixed to my incision area, or so it seemed. My pain was minimal and very tolerable and I feel icing really contributed to that.
Get lots of rest and keep in touch. A great evening to you!
 

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Glad you're home...I was concerned about my dog as he was always underfoot and in my lap!
They do know something isn't right, and my little dog figured out how to get out if the way of my walker after a few days of fussing and a smoosh on the tail!
Hope all gets easier soon!
 
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Well after a nightmare with pain meds after three days wo finally got my script. They were supposed to fill out an override form because insurance limits oxy to 4 pills a day. The form would have explained my surgery. Ugh.

So feeling a bit less pain. I’m able to do my exercises in bed but not as many as PT wanted with all that pain. Walking with walker but feel like I’m putting more than 10% on leg. But no worse pain when walking.

Any advice on how to make sure I don’t put too much weight on leg?

Thanks
 

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When I was limited I used crutches and literally just did toe touch, I was really paranoid about doing in damage.
 

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Hi @zinfandel
I'm sorry I don't have anything to offer on weight restrictions but hopefully someone will come
along with some advice. It's great to hear your meds are sorted out and your pain is lessening.
That's promising and something to hopefully build on. I wouldn't worry too much about the exercises
right now....comfort first this early on.
Wishing you a nice weekend!
 
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@MammaT I don’t know how you did crutches. I can’t do it. When I can use just one I’m ok but not two. Lol. Good for you.
@Layla thank you so much. I got some exercises done this am but not as much as would liked but also did wash myself up as I can’t get into shower yet because it’s a tub shower so they told me to hold off and sponge bath. So now tired. I hope everyone has a great weekend!! Always appreciate the advice!!!
 

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I’m able to do my exercises in bed but not as many as pt wanted with all that pain.
Did you read the Big Tip at the bottom of the list of recovery articles. Hips don't really need exercise. I would not recommend exercises especially since you are only 10% weight bearing.
 

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Well @zinfandel, from what I’ve read there are a variety of approaches to walking aids.i think we each just need to use what fits our individual situation.
 

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Hi @zinfandel
Just take it slow....it will come. You're so early into recovery at this point.
Take advantage of lots of R&R, saving energy for healing.
You sound relaxed and well....you're doing great!
 
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@Jaycey thank I have seen that but nice reminder!! I don’t want to rush anything because that’s what caused all my issues with my two other surgeries. I’m not a fan of PT because I do believe it’s what caused my issues. Thank you again!!

@MammaT that is true. I’m happy I can get around on walker and next week I’ll go out to dr but use wheelchair

@Layla thank you so much your kind words always help. I am focusing on the rest portion as I said to Jaycey I feel PT is what caused my issues with both surgeries. Thank you again so much

Overall pain is ok. Better than past surgeries. Getting around ok the 10% is tough. Mom came over yesterday to help me wash my hair. Lol. So glad to have her close by. My boyfriend has been wonderful at helping and taking care of dogs. So overall life is getting better so far.
 

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