Well, tomorrow is the big 6 Week checkup! My OS pretty much discharges from the hospital with instructions to walk, start non resistance stationary bike at about 4 -5 weeks, and a very few basic stretching exercises - heel pumps, quad tightening, and butt squeezes - no official physical therapy. I had good instructions for pain control, dressing, management, observations for symptoms of DVT, and showering. No restrictions except a sheet showing I should not turn the surgical foot inward while reaching down on the outside of that leg - told by the inhospital PT to just always reach down inside my legs. I had a mini posterior (lateral) approach, so really expected more restrictions from reading this forum, but very happy that I didn't. However, I does sometimes make me afraid I might be doing something wrong - pretty much decided if it hurts, I stop!
The only thing on which I wish I'd had better instructions - how to position for sleep. I mostly slept on my back with legs elevated for 2-3 weeks, but still don't like sleeping on my non op side, even with pillows. It seems to make my hip(s) really sore. So I've been turning on the op side for the last week or so, as soon as it wasn't too sore. I'm a chronic poor sleeper, toss and turn in my sleep like a mad woman, hubby says. Some mornings I wake up really sore, I assume from some positions I've managed in my sleep. Does anyone think I could be doing anything harmful? I'll ask tomorrow, too.
I'm exhausted and really sore today. . It's such a challenge figuring out how much I can do, and how much is too much. In the midst of a minor pity party today, because I had such a FUN day yesterday, and felt great. Had a nice doggie walk in the AM, rode the stationary bike, rested, then had about 45 minute ride downtown (in the Pearl district) to my best friend's art gallery to see her latest exhibit, sample some local wines and chocolates and visit with dear friends. Didn't stay long, but probably more time on my feet than anytime previously. Came home, iced, and rested, but perfectly miserable today. . .darn!!
We're still looking forward to leaving for our winter home in AZ, hopefully by about mid January. It's a 1500 mile trip; we're planning no more than 300 miles/day in our small motor home, (with a comfy bed, and frig for my ice packs). I am so ready to leave the cold rainy weather for the sun, but still a bit nervous about the trip. I guess I will have a better idea in a few weeks - and we can stop more frequently if necessary.
As I review this before posting, I have to say I'm a bit embarrassed to be such a wuss - I've been incredibly lucky with this recovery. . So thanks for letting me vent - especially those with much worse challenges.