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What a great update. Everything sounds like it's falling into place for a smooth Recovery.
You're on your way! :yahoo:
Wishing you comfort and a great first week home.
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@Carriemay60 I have been pleasantly surprised by this experience so far. I always expect the worst so it does happen! I am following the Bonesmart plan and your example all the way - slow and steady! :) :-) (:
 
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Day 3: Slept well again. I have felt more pain today and the bruising seems to be coming out. Spent the day watching TV and walking every hour or so for 5 minutes, as per advice on here and from the physio at the hospital. I feel incredibly sleepy - I'm guessing that is the effect of the tramadol- and have very little appetite. All part of the process, I suppose!
But I am certainly not complaining! It's early days and I am taking one day at a time! :curtsey:
 

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Hello @linette333
It's good you slept well again.
New bruising is normal, as is feeling sleepy. Take advantage. Your body does it's best healing while you're asleep. Sounds like your doing well at only three days post op. Keep it up.
Wishing you a peaceful evening!
 

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For the first week to 10 days I was very sleepy and tired easily. So sleepy I would fall asleep mid sentence and once fell asleep on a video call with my daughter and grandson! I napped for a few hours everyday. I would still enjoy a nap most days but got to the point that I felt I was missing too much of the day. It's not just the Tramadol (actually mine doesn't make me sleepy at all) It's the energy drain and general recovery from major surgery.
 

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@linette333 My hydrocodone made me very sleepy, so I slept well too which was a good thing. One day at a time like you said, you are doing great.:flwrysmile:
 

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Hi! :wave:I'm taking it one day at a time too. I'm starting week 3 so I did cut back to using acetaminophen only. I'm not so sleepy now, but kinda liked being sleepy because I've had insomnia for many years, but I don't use sleeping aids. So now that I'm restless at night I took to sleeping in the living room recliner so not to keep my husband awake because I ice during the night, browse the Internet, have a snack, walk around with my walker to loosen up the stiffness that settles in mostly during the night. I'm just trying to be patient....:bored: with my progress. I'm sore in the butt, had posterior....and still not quite able to side sleep, which will let me go back to my bed when that happens. :yes:
 
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@Cecropia I am also an insomniac, so I am rather enjoying this sleepy feeling too!
Day 4: another decent night, then the usual round of resting, walking, elevating and icing. I'm certainly not missing any nice weather - dark, wet and miserable sums it up! :nah:
I had a my first home shower today and managed ok. It was so tempting not to put those stockings back on, but my husband insisted, so .....! A friend called by with some flowers, which cheered me up.
I am feeling stiffness rather than pain - mostly when I walk.
 

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Sounds like you are doing very well for just days out of surgery. Easy does it! The weather is just dire - so you are not missing any sunny walks outside.
 

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@linette333 Oh how I love the showers. I use a bench now, I think I'll keep it for later use, shoulhid be easy when I can shave my legs again instead of standing in the shower. lol. My first week I slept in bed comfortably because of my narcotic. Because I'm stubborn I stopped it 6 days ago now, so my pain level is a bit higher even tho on acetaminophen and why sleeping is more difficult as I feel the muscle aches more. So if I'm more sore it's my own fault. The stiffness will get better walking. That's one thing I've noticed is better. I think you had anterior, does your bottom hurt to sit? That's my biggest problem, sitting is very uncomfortable no matter even if it's my recliner. Icing a lot, just makes no difference.
 

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So don't be stubborn and stop your narcotic unless you are a stubborn one too....:thumb: :wink:
 
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@Cecropia I have enough narcotics to last another 10 days and I have no plans to stop for some time yet! Actually I also had posteria, but the incision is more to the side and doesn't interfere with sitting at all - I'm very grateful for that.
 

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Thanks all for your kind messages. This forum has been invaluable.
Day 2 (hospital told me that officially the day following the op is day 1): I had the best night's sleep I've had in months! After the horrible nausea and drowsiness on oxycontin yesterday, it was decided that I would not take it last night. I had anti-nausea medication and was told I could have oromorph if needed, but I had no pain so didn't have that either and slept right through except for 2 bathroom breaks - amazing! The low blood pressure issue seems to have resolved itself now. The physio came again and gave me some very simple exercises to do daily, showed me how to do stairs and declared me fit to go home. The nurse removed my dressing and I have stitches which will dissolve. So now I am back home!
Medication: for pain I have tramadol, celecoxib and paracetomol with oramorph if required; asprin: laxatives. Not forgetting the hateful stockings of course! Follow-up appointment in 6-8 weeks.
The operation and whole hospital experience has been so much better than I ever expected. :egypdance:
Now for recovery ...!
Congrats. Hope you have a speedy recovery. Tomorrow is my big day. Yikes!! Surgery at 8am.
 
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All the best @yorkiegs1 ! It's certainly a scary prospect, but it will all soon be over. I am so pleased that I did this! I will look forward to seeing you on this side very soon! :)
 
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Day 5: I am pleased with the progress with my hip. My walking is definitely smoother and today's walks around the house have been slightly longer. The swelling is more pronounced today, especially round the knee.
However I woke up this morning feeling very nauseous and this has continued throughout the day. I am guessing that this is due to all the painkillers I'm taking. But strangely it seems to be worse when the next dose is due and then relieved for a while after I've taken them. Any ideas anyone? I will ring the hospital tomorrow if there's no change.
I will be glad when I can start reducing them, although I am not really sure how soon that is advisable.
 

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@linette333 Sorry about the nausea. Painkillers effect everyone different. Have you asked about anti nausea medication? I was on something different, hydrocodone. I was prescribed 10mg every 4 hours. I cut mine in half, it had the cut line and my pharmacist said it was okay to cut them if I felt the dose was too strong. So I took 5mg every 5 hours and that seemed to work for me. I would check with your doctor and see what they advise. You don't want to be in major pain especially when you are only at day 5.
 

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