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[THR] Sowotiff is on the mend!

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by sowotiff, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. sowotiff

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    Whew, I am so excited to be this close to the recovery side. I just got my scheduling call and will be heading to the surgery center at 7 a.m.

    Thanks to this forum I have learned so much and know both what to do and what NOT to do. Here are my reminders to myself:
    I am not Superwoman and I do not play her on TV.
    Stay on top of my pain meds (my SO will help me do this).
    Take as prescribed, not when the pain comes.
    Sleep as much as I want, sleep helps the body heal.
    Don’t over do it! Take it easy and let others help.
    Walking is the best exercise, but not too much. No need to do excessive PT exercises.
    Ice, ice baby. Constantly and for long periods of time (40- 60 minutes).​

    I am so lucky and grateful that I have a SO who will be home with me for 2 weeks. I don’t have anyone to worry about or take care of except me. While we have a dog, my SO is his primary caregiver. I can take all the time off from work I need and it will be ok (both financially and professionally).


    I am looking forward to Netflix, podcasts, audiobooks, and Pinterest! However, when I had my Core Decompression last year I feel like all I did was sleep, wake to take pain meds, eat a little, and sleep. So, if I don’t get to any of my activities that will be ok too!


    Here’s to recovery!
     
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    You've got it! You're on your way and you sound more than ready.
    I'm excited to feel your positivity....you're going to do great.
    We'll be here watching for a little :thumb: when your feeling up to it.
    Big hugs and best wishes for comfort and a peaceful night:flwrysmile:
    @sowotiff
     
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    Yep, you got it. But you're going to get these as well anyway!

    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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    :yawn: :sleep:
    :alarm:
    :zzz: :elevate: :egypdance:
    :dancy::spin: :cheers:
     
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    @sowotiff

    Best wishes tomorrow!! Your list sounds great, you know what to do. If you need us, just yell. Someone’s always around. I’ll be thinking good thoughts and sending prayers your way.

    Janet
     
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    Sleep:sleep: well. We will keep you in our prayers :praying: and watch for your:ok: Thumbs Up! A O.K.:SUNsmile:
     
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    Best wishes for the best surgery! See you tomorrow.
     
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    image.jpeg Well your in a great place and I know your looking foreword to getting thru the rehab and you will be set by summer and life back to business as usual!
    I met your surgeon and he is the best!
    See you soon!
     
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    Look forward to hearing you are on the other side, remember your list, no faltering!! slow and take care.xxx
     
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    Best of luck! Love that list.
     
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    All the best! See you here soon!
     
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    Thinking of you, can't wait to get a :thumb:
    @sowotiff
     
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    Welcome to the FLIP SIDE! :flwrysmile:
     
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    So far so good! Waiting on food and hoping his spinal wears off soon.
     
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    Surgery day! Well, that was quick. A little Motown, a little poke in the back for the spinal and then next thing I know I am back in the recovery room with my SO, parents, brother, and SIL all staring at me. And yes, the tears started flowing. Not sure why. I wasn’t feeling anything, but the tears can anyway. I must have looked pretty bad, because my family quicky scooted out.


    The nurse came in to give the first set of home instructions:

    • Ted stockings during the day for a minimum of 2 weeks

    • DVT-EZ machine for use at night for at least 2 weeks

    • Aspirin & colace

    • They will figure out the right pain med before discharge

    • Can shower tomorrow

    • Bandage off in 7 days

    • Weight bearing as tolerable

    • A few home exercises

    • Walking

    • No other “restrictions”, just do what doesn’t hurt

    • Ice and Elevate ( although their recommendations are way too minimal)

    • PT will come tomorrow
    Should be ready to go by 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.


    This is what I heard today. They will repeat these instructions before discharge tomorrow and I’ll see how much I heard correctly!
     
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    Thinking of you today @sowotiff
    All temporary stuff.
    Hoping you are being well taken care of.:ok:
     
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    Soon you’ll be headed for home...showing of all your new shiny additions...Walker, toilet set riser, bed tray ...
     
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    Trouble tinkling!!! OK ladies, I cannot urinate independently. This is a requirement to go home. They have already done one straight/ stick catheter which was AWFUL!!!! They got me up a few hours later, but I still didn't go on my own. They will come back later to try again in a little bit. I fear if I'm a no go it will be cath time again. I'd like to avoid that. Any ideas for helping myself along? Running water didn't help. Pressing on my bladder only helped when cath was in .
     
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    I’ve always found making a swish swish sound repeated helps :)
    Hope you’re able to go and therefore get home soon. Wishing you well with your recovery :flwrysmile:
     
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    Hi there @sowotiff
    Let us know how you're doing when you're able.
    Hopefully you're resting comfortably and your pain is well controlled.
    Thinking of you and saying a prayer that the issue has resolved itself by now.
    Warmest wishes for a peaceful weekend!
     

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