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[THR] Rhiannon89's recovery thread

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by Rhiannon89, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Rhiannon89

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    I'm in recovery and I'm waiting to go to my ward, woke up feeling fresh from my sedation but my right leg is still completely numb (I only came out of theatre an hour ago though!)

    Feeling good at the moment but I'll keep you updated!
     
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    @Rhiannon89 Welcome to the other side. I can take a few hours for the spinal to wear off. Worry not - it's great pain control just post op.

    I'll put your recovery list here in case you need to refer to it:

    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 this BoneSmart philosophy for sensible post op therapy
    5. Here is a week-by-week guide for Activity progression for THRs
    6. Access 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 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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    Wow! You are a tiny warrior posting so quickly! So happy to see you out of theatre and moving forward.
    :flwrysmile:
     
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  4. Rhiannon89

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    All set up in the ward, my boyfriend just went home and I've got my laptop on with Sabrina the teenage witch playing :heehee:

    Managed my pain well so far asking for morphine when I need it, only issue I'm having is a bit of a sore bum from staying in the same position!!

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    Welcome to the bright side! Is that the new Sabrina starring the girl from Madmen? It is a very different take from the original.

    Advice from an old hippy. Stay ahead of the pain - enjoy your time out from “real life”/ I finally got to watch the Crown and don’t overdo anything physio wise and ice ice ice as it really helps with the swelling....
     
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    Welcome to the happy hippy side - initially it feels a bit surreal but it sets better and better every day. Good luck with your recovery.
     
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    Get the nurses to help you move every 15 or 20 minutes. You're too young to be getting bed sores!
     
  8. Rhiannon89

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    @SurreyGirl it's the original Sabrina, I've got it all downloaded on to my laptop! Its one of my happy programmes :)

    @Josephine they have just rolled me and seem to be on top of it, much more comfortable now!
     
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    Congratulations on your new hip and welcome to Recovery! :welome:
    Sounds like you're resting comfortably. Hopefully they're providing you with ice, which is great for swelling and pain. Wishing you comfort and some restorative rest overnight. Keep us posted.
    @Rhiannon89
     
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    :wave:@Rhiannon89
    You look splendid and soon will be loving this new hip.
    Healing hugs....:roseshwr:
     
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    So I have done a few steps this morning but the nausea rushed over me pretty quickly and I had to get back into bed. Catheter was removed this morning and I can now use a bedpan... I'm not a fan but it's something!

    I'm now sitting up on the side of my bed and reasonably comfortable, just had a bit more morphine :)

    Also finally wearing my new t-shirt!
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    There you go! Love the Tshirt:loveshwr:
    The aftereffects of the anaesthesia...nausea and bp dizziness are usually short lived...just be careful.
    No falling:no-fin:
    All temporary...healing mojo coming your way.
     
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    Slow and steady. If you are too dizzy to get up please don't let anyone talk you into moving. Best to get this under control and then move on. Should ease fairly quickly.
     
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    So I can now get to the toilet by myself! I also did a bit of physio, after about 5 mins the nausea came back and I was put back to bed but I can now get about on 2 crutches, I'm now sitting in the chair next to my bed and am nice and comfortable.

    It is so weird having a leg that feels this heavy, I'm not moving around without help as the nausea hits very suddenly! Hopefully things keep improving, I've gone from not being able to get around at all this morning to walking the corridor on crutches :)
     
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    @Rhiannon89 Have you asked for anti-nausea meds? The heavy pain killers may be contributing to your nausea so ask for meds.

    I called the heavy feeling in the op leg log leg. This will ease soon.
     
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    They gave me anti nausea meds as soon as it happened, my blood pressure seems to drop quite easily and they were concerned about my red blood cell count so this could all be part of it.

    Fingers crossed things keep improving but they will check my bloods again in the morning and go from there!
     
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    Good to see you are up and at it! But please be careful.
     
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    How are you getting your heavy leg into bed? Are you using a strap or something to help lift it. Great to be on the chair - I always liked to be out of bed for most of the day.
     
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    I'm putting my left leg underneath it, seems to be the easiest way the physio showed me!

    I felt really comfortable in the chair for quite a long time, started to feel really drowsy though so my boyfriend just helped me put on a clean nightie and now i'm back in bed and nice and comfortable for the evening.
     
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    Glad you are relaxing and getting some rest. These first days are exhausting. Sleep when you can. Nice that your OH is supporting you.
     

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