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Dolly llama

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I am almost two weeks in recovery from a TKR. The person I was counting on for helping me didn’t work out.

so I’m alone. Should I be? Should I hire someone?

Im not very far on those measurements you post. I over did a couple days and am paying for it.

Do people do this on their own? It’s pretty scary. What do others do and suggest?

I don’t have neighbors.

who should I call.
 

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I had help for two weeks. It was a bit of a struggle after that but I made it. We are all different. You probably need emotional as well as physical support. Do you belong to a church.?
 

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Hi Dolly
Ok take a deep breath, I don't want you scaring yourself. Now I will admit that, this is something that is easier with some help but I'll make a few suggestions them you can decide if you want to hire someone or not. So the first few weeks you will be sore and in a lot of pain and on some heavy duty drugs, my concern is. How you will eat and just minor help that is some times needed.
Do you have some one who could call and check in on you daily?? This will also give you a bit of piece of mind.
 
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No, i was thinking of calling one. Or friends that do go to church who would know some one in the congregatio.

ive not lived here forever and I retired and left that whole business connect world in another town. Now a more rural area.

what even does a person ask for when they make a call. Never have had to do anything like this in my life.
if I could check into a rehab center....done!! But the virus...it’s slowly making its way around here
 

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Hello @Dolly llama - and :welome:

Please will you tell us the full date of your knee replacement and which knee it is, so we can make a signature for you? Knowing the exact date will help us to advise you appropriately.
Thank you.:flwrysmile:

Yes, you can manage on your own. People have done it before, and they will again.

We have a section here with lots of advice about it:
https://bonesmart.org/forum/threads/home-alone-after-surgery.31170/

Has your surgeon arranged at home follow-up for you, someone to check your incision and offer gentle exercise?

You will need to arrange transport for yourself, for doctors' appointments and things like that, and possible for grocery shopping, but you won't need someone with you all the time.

Here are are recovery guidelines - lots of good advice for you:
Knee 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
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

5. Try to follow this

6. Access to these pages on the website

The Recovery articles:
The importance of managing pain after a TKR and the pain chart
Swollen and stiff knee: what causes it?
Energy drain for TKRs
Elevation is the key
Ice to control pain and swelling
Heel slides and how to do them properly
Chart representation of TKR recovery
Healing: how long does it take?
Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

There are also some cautionary articles here
Myth busting: no pain, no gain
Myth busting: the "window of opportunity" in TKR
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds

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 the 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 the member’s history before providing advice, so please post any updates or questions you have right here in this thread.
 

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Dolly llama - my son in the Air Force took leave to come & help for 2 weeks after my bilateral knee replacements I but have been on my own since he had to go back. My house wasnt as clean since I couldn’t do a lot, but I was able to heat up food & did just fine without any help. I am fortunate in having great friends from my church that I could have called, but I never needed to. I bet you will be fine on your own

the measurements really don’t matter - I had no PT as everything was shut down so I never had any measurements but am doing just fine with walking every day
 

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The person I was counting on for helping me didn’t work out, so I’m alone. Should I be? Should I hire someone?
Many of us recovered completely alone. I did and it wasn't too difficult. You're already two weeks into your recovery so you have past the very worst times. Be sure and keep your walker and phone with you at all times until you get stronger. Being by yourself means you have to get up to get your drinks, snacks, and meals. This is all the PT your infant knee needs. Each time you walk you are exercising your knee and your body.

Use your walker when you get up during the night to go to the bathroom. Make sure you have a nightlight on and no trip hazards anywhere in the way. That is probably the biggest danger when you are alone. You don't want to fall! That's why you always keep your phone on hand.

Contact your next-door neighbor and tell her what's going on with you and ask if you can call her if it's an emergency. I'm sure she'd be glad to help. People want to feel useful and needed. Plus, knowing that you can call on someone will help to ease your mind.
 

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