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Home Alone After Surgery

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Celle, Jun 21, 2015.

  1. Celle

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    Different surgeons have different policies about post op wound care. Before buying any dressings, do ask what policy your surgeon has. You may not have to do anything to your incision.

    My wound was covered with a waterproof dressing from the start, so I was able to shower. That dressing had to remain in place until my sutures were removed and then the wound was left open to the air.
     
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    I live in a two story-split level home and my main level is 14 steps up - so with physical therapists and nurses supposed to come to the house for a couple of weeks after I have my surgery on the 8th of December, I spoke with the PT and he suggested that I keep the garage door opener upstairs to eliminate me coming to the front door to open it for people to come into the house. If they let me know they are coming or call before, I can open the door for them and then they can come up the stairs.

    I will have my son home from IL for a few days after surgery and anticipate that I can get into a routine in those days to do OK while he is gone before the Christmas holiday when he will be home for a week again. I have all the phone numbers for friends and my 'nest' as some have stated already going! With me not getting around very well prior to surgery I found it more convenient to have a plug in cord (6 outlet) nearby for phone charger, extra reading light, etc. and a table top to put things on like a magazine, pattern for crochet, etc.

    I have frozen some meals for me - but I'm wondering about what 'other' things I should have on hand. Many mentioned fruit. I have yogurt on the list and I have some cheese and lunch meat - so I'm hoping that I will find things to encourage sensible eating. I have heard that appetite is declined after surgery - and since I'm heavy anyway I don't find that a problem - but I don't want to get weak from not eating 'something'.

    Thank you all for your thoughts on getting along alone. I'm going at this with a positive outlook - that I CAN do this and I want very much to be able to do things on my own and get stronger each day. It is time to get this knee fixed so I can get the right one done too!
     
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    Have a few crackers or snack type things to take with pain meds. If you don't eat something with pain meds you're likely to get nauseous.

    After my infection surgery I had nurses, PTs, and OTs coming to my house during the Polar Vortex winter. There was snow on my outside steps and I didn't want everyone traipsing snow into my living room, so I worked out a plan for the health care workers to honk and I'd open the garage door (kept the opener beside me in my basket). They didn't have to tromp through the snow so much, could leave their shoes etc. in the basement family room and had safe inside stairs to use. They usually called to give an ETA so I was prepared and listening for them.
     
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    Thanks so much. I got some crackers today. Appreciate your experience so I will be better prepared?
     
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    I had difficulty eating anything as you cannot carry food when you are walking with a walker.
     
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    What I did eat was when I was standing up. Therefore I ate very little and lost too much weight.
     
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    Great forum! Completely agree - prep is the word - I am on my own, followed suggestions, currently 3 weeks post op, and doing great thanks to this forum and a bit of resourcefulness - folding crutches [$30 ebay] have helped with my stair challenges and portability - stainless steel `S' hook [off one end of a rubber bungee] works well on toting those `nija' containers - [manage with one finger and crutches] have only dropped my tea on the carpet once, ha! Has anyone else tried natto powder for additional vitamin K? Might be worth a look - [I'm not selling the stuff] - My best to all in 2017!
     
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    I stugged with the walker and carrying things too. The. I thought of what kind of shelF apparatus could be used through the two side rails. A long while ago, I had gotten a "lap" desk that you put on your lap to write on or put a book on and I guess I thought I would use it. Found it in the closet and miraculously it fit perfectly between the side rails and was just the right dimension to stay put. That was a god see D to me so I could take a plate of food and drink glass at the same time to my chair to eat. The bag on the front was good for the phone a hair brush, pen and paper, hand lotion, etc. Finding things to make it more convenient those first few weeks makes your life so much easier.
     
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    We bought a flat bottom basket at a dollar store and attached it to the walker with zip ties. It helped my dad to carry things around the house easily.
     
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    I used a Home Depot fabric apron/tool belt. It worked great on the walker.
     
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