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[THR] Supersonic's Post Op Thread

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by Supersonic, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. Supersonic

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    Evening Bonesmarties, surgery was 3-5pm, 0 been on the ward for awhile now. Was shaky and cold when l first came around.
    So far no pain, had a spinal plus sedation and lots of intro and oral meds & fluids as standard.
    Could snooze none stop at the moment.
    I've had tea & toast but l need to wee before midnight - TMI - sorry!
    Feelings returning to my toes.
    So far so good
    Special :wave:hello to @mainegirl1 hope you are feeling well too. Going to sleep now. Love the nhs :sleep:
     
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    @Supersonic
    hello! Hugs!
    Pee will come! I've had four pees. The trouble is the IV is a PITA
    and I am overeating. again
    If it is food and near me it is down the hatch
    Bangers and mash for dinner! Yes really
    Sleep is now going to be lovely.
    Back sleeping is going to be hard. My natural position is on my op side which I can partly lean on
    I hope that you too have no pain!
    I hope mine continues to be absent. They did not do a block
     
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    @Supersonic
    Welcome to the Other Side!
    Sounds like you are off to a good start!
    Here are the Hip Recovery Guidelines, the articles are short and will not take long to read.

    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 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.
     
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    Supersonic,
    You'll notice that I have moved your newest post and started your recovery thread. For several reasons, we prefer that you have your own recovery thread:
    • That way, we have all your information in one place. This makes it easier to go back and review your history before providing advice.
    • With your own recovery thread, you will see the posts and advice others have left for you.
    • Having only one thread will act as a diary of your progress that you can look back on.
    So please post any updates, questions or concerns about your recovery here. If you prefer a different thread title, just post what you want and we'll get it changed for you.
    If you need an urgent response to a question, just tag a member of staff.
    How to tag another member; how to answer when someone tags you

    Here are the instructions on finding your thread, How can I find my threads and posts? . Many members bookmark their thread, so they can find it when they log on.
     
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    i am pre-op and these are the type of posts I love to hear about. Glad everything going great for you. Looking forward to hearing more about your progress!
     
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    @Supersonic Welcome to the other side! Hope your recovery continues in this positive direction. Update when you can.
     
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    Welcome to the healing side @Supersonic! Sounds like you have got off to a great start! Yes, we are truly blessed to have the NHS.
     
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    Good to see your update and you’re on your way!!
    I hope you had a restful night with good pain control. :flwrysmile:

    Edited because my phone hates me
     
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  10. Supersonic

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    Hi Smarties,
    I'm nibbling bits that take my fancy. I feel a bit sick and still have low blood pressure. Too low to walk , but been wmptying my bladder on thw commode pain is more uncomfortable than pain. Manageable...just...
    Early days, did a little maybe too much !
    Onwards and upwards xx
     
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    Ask for anti-nausea medication @Supersonic . Drink lots of water and please don't feel pressured to move about until you are feeling totally confident. Early days indeed!
     
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    Welcome to Recovery! :welome:
    It's good to hear from you. Sorry to read you're feeling a little sick and they're holding you back from walking. I'm sure it will ease soon and you'll be up navigating the halls.
    Wishing you comfort and a peaceful Tuesday!
    @Supersonic
     
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    Not looking forward to tomoro. They want me walking and say the average stay is 2-3 days!
    At this point it seems an impossibility but time will tell
    Also keeping fluids up should help my BP.
    Hope mainegirl1 is feeling better than l do !
    xx
     
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    @Supersonic For this second hip I felt really rocky for the first day and then turned a corner and recovery seemed possible! I think many feel that way. Meds for nausea help, pain meds help, fluids help, and simply tincture of time.
     
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    Oh @Supersonic so sorry you have to stay 3 days! Yes you can walk.. I walked some two hours after surgery and it was pain free. Frankly the next day was worse ( the day I went home- was in one night) That is when I felt like I had been in a bad car wreck.. Today is my day 3 and its fine for me but I did start Dilaudid last night when the worst of the truck wreck agonies hit. And I used it at 4 am. I think I need it to sleep well. Not during the day.

    Everyone reacts to anaesthesia differently.. I managed to pee a total of 7200cc in the hospital.. I had to get up alot to pee( some 10 times in one day and they were all massive..they measure the pee in the pee hat). So I was well hydrated.. That may have affected my pain tolerance( I did not take anything other than Tylenol that 27 hours in hospital.

    I am also hungry all the time.. not the normal reaction.. GA makes me ravenous.

    Guess where I am going later ( as a passenger) The grocery store. Again. We went yesterday( mobility cart for me and I just supervised) I know :watch the entrance to the ODIC club.

    Anyway we both just need to listen to our bodies!
     
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    You'll get there. It is amazing how quickly you can improve knowing you will be going home. I left on the 4th morning. BP low too--its the meds so I couldn't start pt but that went up quickly with liquids and food. You'll feel better soon I promise.
     
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  17. Supersonic

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    Hi
    I've had a good day bp better, walking, eating a little. Good pee output. Can't believe mainegirl1 got home after 27 hours!
    I think the nhs are moving in that direction . Ship em in ship em out ! Its the tail end of the nhs.
    Worried my scar is being pulled as l've been getting out good leg bad leg and in bad leg good leg. That pulls it too much need to get in bed good leg bad leg but my table is in the way.
    On 2x paracetamol 500g and 30g codeine 4 times a day. Injectedf my first anti coagulant too.
    Home tomoro for sure. Feel my appetite creeping back.
     
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    Don't compare recoveries . Lots of it depends on the health care system you get care fron
    Mine classifies one hip as short stay and for insurance purposes boots you out next day.
    Remember I am in the USA where corporate wants rule;grrr. I can start ranting but..
    Getting in to and out of sonething is easier with a slippery something beneath you.
    I have that personal bag for belongings from the hospital that is empty and I put it down under my bum if getting into out of bed or a chair

    Hope the NHS moves toward Eliquis
    Blood thinner pill. No shot
    Next goal for you. Poopies. I took one stool softener and voila 12 hours later it worked
    At 3 am:tantrum::tantrum:

    I have half a box of prunes to dispose of....
     
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    :hi: and glad to hear you are getting some appetite back and hopefully as the anaesthesia aftereffects wane, you will feel even better. Glad they kept you there to keep an eye on the BP issues but...
    Hope they let you get home soon.
    So much easier to get comfy.:yes:
    Sending healing vibes:flwrysmile:
     
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    Thank you ladies the nhs is truly magnificent if a little dated in it's concept of time.
    They ideally would like a 48h turn around but the ladies on the ward plus my mother are having none of it ! Seems a 4 day to 12 day stay is the norm.(age dependent)
    I just need to pass, crutches , stairs and a bowel movement then l can go home :dancy:
     
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