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Ok... I think all is set, just waiting to hear from admission for the the time of my surgery tomorrow, but it will probably be in the morning. Trying to make this just any other day... My youngest daughter is here from Copenhagen and will be taking me to the hospital and will be with me for my stay. My oldest daughter is a dietician and has a 10 day shift at UBC hospital so she'll be working when I'm there! :yes!: Isn't that great?! Love having my girls with me :loveshwr::loveshwr:it's definitely has helped with the jitters.

See you on the other side, thanks for all your well wishes and prayers. This forum has really helped me prepare and I really appreciate the love and support from all of you ❤
 

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Haha yes, I hope it’s completing boring and textbook.
I'm wishing that your wish does come true, successful but uneventful! It really does happen so keep the faith. Hoping you can get some sleep.....tomorrow will come and go before you even know it. We'll see you on here soon! :flwrysmile:
 

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Wishing you a restful night, even if you don't get a lot of sleep and that everything tomorrow is as boring and uneventful as you wish. See you on the other side! :zzz::loveshwr:
 

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Jumping up & down with best wishes! I so wish I'd had my RN daughter home for mine but just couldn't figure out how we could cope with a very busy 22 month old baby. Excited to see you coming out of surgery!
By UBC hospital, do you mean Vancouver? I can't see your country on my phone App.
 

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I grew up in Victoria so know UBC well. You are in exceptionally good hands!! Some fabulous walks in and around Vancouver once you get going too!
 

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Cute thread title.
You may surprise yourself and sleep tonight. I was pretty anxious and didn't think I would, but I did!
Prayers for some sleep, peace of mind and an uneventful surgery and recovery.

Following please find the Recovery Guidelines -

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
6. Access to these pages on the website

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 the at 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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Best of luck from another bilateral friend - mine was Feb 19th 2019. Am sure you will do amazingly and will find this site ENORMOUSLY helpful - lots of useful threads on bilateral recovery.
 
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I survived!!! But, Wow, what a time the last 36 hours has been. I won’t get into it as it wasn’t exactly pleasant, but suffice to say, TODAY is sooooooo much better than yesterday! Ate my first meal for dinner tonight and beginning the process of being “normal” again. I’ve been able to cut back on the various drug cocktails I had yesterday and last night...
Really off the charts sore and stiff but I seem to be ok when not moving. Had 2 physio sessions today (I looked at them in horror yesterday) and while both were painful and hard work it seemed to be a slight degree easier in the second session. Am doing rest, ice and have a compression machine on both lower legs, Morphine drip that I can control and a variety of meds in IV and oral form that I recognized from my hippie comrades recovery forums. Still have the catheter in which is a blessing not to have to use the bedpan.

Quite happy that the surgery part is over and onto the healing phase. Doc said I will be here at least until Monday. I’m tired, but feel very well cared for
 

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So glad to hear from you. Sorry if it has been a bit difficult but hope they have your "cocktail" just right now. Rest, relax and let them take good care of you for the next couple of days. :) :-) (:
 
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Sorry to hear you had a rough start but really nice to see you out of surgery and in recovery. I like that you are staying in over the weekend to rest and get your bearings with your new parts before heading home. I hope things stay settled now for you and you are finding relief from the pain meds.
:flwrysmile:
 

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