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Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by turtleyhip, May 16, 2018.

  1. turtleyhip

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    Well, as the life of a mother with young kids goes, my preschooler brought home an intestinal bug and now I'm worried that I'll have to cancel surgery because of it. It started out with her vomiting, but she pretty much bounced back within 24 hours. Then one of my boys got it and he had vomiting and diarrhea. I myself have had diarrhea, light nausea, and no appetite for several days now. I had to call off work last Friday because there was no way I was leaving the house. I thought I was getting better, but now, Wednesday, I'm right back to square one. Surgery is six days away. Do I call the doctor's office and ask their policy? Should I give it a few more days? Would calling them with that type of concern raise flags for them and force me to cancel regardless? Ugh, I'm sick of feeling sick. Any advice?
     
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    I'd call your regular Dr. to start with. Have you had your pre-op exam from him yet?
     
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    Call your GP by all means but you must call the hospital too because they have other patients to worry about. Such infections spread rapidly in a hospital and some of the patients might be frail and vulnerable. That's your first concern.
     
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    Thank goodness I am feeling better these last couple of days. Ironically, it's just in time to start taking the pre-op stool softener that is recommended. :sad:
     
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    Lol....timing is everything :heehee: glad you're feeling better @turtleyhip, and hope you have a quiet and worry-free last few days before your op
     
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    :wave:@turtleyhip
    When is your surgery?
    Hope there was no delay.
     
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    @Mojo333 No delay, thankfully. Surgery tomorrow. Should get the call sometime today as to what time to be there. So nervous.
     
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    I know. Believe me I remember how anxious I was.
    Good thing is.. bye hip pain..:egypdance:
    You've got this...
    Wishing you all the best!
     
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    Good luck @turtleyhip ........all the best for a speedy recovery :flwrysmile:
     
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    Just breathe and know that this will be a beginning...one that you deserve!
    Thinking of you tonight...
    And will be happy for you to be through tomorrow:friends:
     
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    Hi @turtleyhip
    Hope you're resting comfortably and not in too much pain.
    Ask for ice if they haven't provided it. It really helps with pain and swelling.
    Start a thread on the Recovery side when you're feeling up to it. We'll be waiting to hear from you.
    Please check out the Recovery Article below. Lots of beneficial info.
    A peaceful night to you!

    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
    5. At week 4 and after you should follow this

    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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