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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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    So looking forwards to having a proper shower rather than strip wash. But got to keep my scar dry until dressing is off ( 2nd Sept)
    Need someone to help me wash my hair too. Not sure how to do that and keep to hip precauctions.

    Its 2.30am and spasms have passed as i've woken up feeling comfortable (meds kicked in ?)
    Had then last night too. Maybe need to.look at dosage times.
     
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    I never got the leg spasms but @Layla recommends magnesium supplements for that. Several folks here used them and said it helped. @Fiona444 didn't you have a go?

    The timing of meds is helpful. I made sure I alternated my paracetamol times with the codeine times. That way everything wasn't all going in at same time nor crucially wearing off at same time. And I always took my full dose of the codeine before bed to get me through the night, even when I started weaning off the codeine dose during the day.
     
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    Oh re hair, I had a waterproof bandage so luckily I was fine to shower when I got home in day 3. However other hippies have said they leaned over kitchen sink (usually higher than the bathroom counter) for the hair wash. I don't think you would go over the 90 degree precautions if you did that, but maybe have someone around in case you get dizzy or something.
     
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    Hello @Supersonic it sounds like you are doing well and progressing nicely. Sorry about the spasms though. I did take some magnesium and guess it must have helped as do not remember it being a huge problem. I couldn’t shower for 2 weeks so did washes at sink. Wasn’t comfortable bending forwards so just tied my hair up and forgot about it for a while :heehee:. Hope you enjoy a lovely day in your garden today the weather is gorgeous
     
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    Hi @Supersonic ! I have been taking magnesium both pre and post op for restless legs/spasms etc. and it has worked wonders for me. It helps with sleep too.
     
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    Thats such a good idea to alternate meds. Never considered that before. Will be doing that from now on.
    Already looking into a phased reduction. So far it says to aim to reduce narcotics by 10% per week.
    Found a nifty opoid calculator to help with the figures.
    I take magnesium at night. Will take it earlier tonight.
    Out for tea at my mums at 3.30pm but aim to be back by 6pm.
    Think l got too tired by 10pm last night.
    Actually forgot about it for abit today too.
    Did some laundry with help too.
    Took over 2 hours to wash, dress & organise!
    Will attempt hair tomoro.

    When did l stop going with the flow and become such a clock watcher ?
    :thud::shrug:
     
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    Only temporary, dear Supersonic. You'll be back to your normal self before you know it.

    Hope the Magnesium kicks in / helps soon with the leg discomfort.
    Enjoy tea at your moms this afternoon. Let us know how the hair washing goes tomorrow. May be a wet chore getting it done but it's sooo worth it afterward.
    Have a good one!
    @Supersonic
     
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    :hi: These are Critical days of healing where all your energy needs to go to repairing the soft tissue injury and trauma suffered.
    I know its Boring :bored:
    But all temporary and worth it.:tada:
    Easy does it today, my friend.:ice:
     
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  9. Supersonic

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    It's late afternoon here dear BSs. Enjoyed tea at my folks home and stayed 3hrs. Got back exhausted and crashed.
    It's been a busy morning - got dressed ! Pottered then had a flurry of visitors bearing flowers, fruit, chocs, cards & paella which was delicious :yes!:
    I've had my leg elevated most of the afternoon but managed not to snooze. My scar's beginning to itch but clips not out until 2 Sept, the full 10- 14 days as recommended by the nhs.

    My sleep pattern has gone to pot, it's just a case of sleeping as and when.
    I can feel my mobility improving daily so must be doing something right.
    Took slightly higher meds and magnesium last night too so no wonder l slept. Even after crashing for 3hrs on the sofa.
    Hopefully things will settle down in the next day or so.
     
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    You are doing very well @Supersonic! I've enjoyed reading your recovery thread. You have a good sense of dry humor. That sleep pattern will most likely remain wacky for a while yet. I am trying hard to go to bed earlier and to wake up earlier, I've developed some bad habits during my own recovery!
    Good to read about the improved ROM.. You are doing a very good job!! :happydance:
     
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    That's what I had to resign to...sympathies for being a night stalker:yawn:

    Or next day or six...:heehee:
    You are doing great friend...healing hugsxxxx
     
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    Hubby drive me around in the car
    I fell asleep instantly!
    Swelling seems to have decreased though my replaced knee is black and blue and hurts
    i have 3 days to go before staple removal
    The incision itches
    I have a waterproof dressing so shower has been ok all along
    You will feel great when you get that first one
    OK I have shower advantage. Paella no
    you win on that one!
    I too look forward to sleep!
     
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    My sympathies are with you over the tkr. They can be tricky at the best of times so l hear. A complicated joint in a healthy person. Asking it to work harder than normal is bound to set off some form of protest.
    Taking it easy today - again - :yikes:starting to relax into the pace.
    I've forgot how far l should be walking by the second week.
    I need to get up to a comfortable 7000 steps by week 12 to return to work so no pressure !
    Noticing how swollen l am from thigh to knee :yikes: but that's to be expected.
    My son's lovely girlfriend is bring me casserole any minute now. As it's gone grey and overcast it's just what the doctor ordered :)
    Think my family are amazed by how calm l am but l've had months to prepare for this with all the good advise here.:wave:
     
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    My hip was replaced. My knee (TKR 2016) is bruised
    I did 512 steps and intended to watch fishing.
    But my recliner ate me and I had a 2 hour nap!
     
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    Unscheduled naps are the naps best ever !
    Did 1.3k steps today and l've still got to climb the stairs :oyvey:and use t he bathroom lol
    Just read Hip4life's recovery very interesting. Would recommend if like me you have a 'back to work date'.
     
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    Being retired I cannot imagine having a HR dept dictate my hip recovery!
    Are stairs daunting? I thought so aftee TKR and today by not paying attention found myself descending landscape stairs normally.
    They are shorter than regular stairs and wider
     
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    Thats great that you can do stairs mainegirl1.
    I practiced before to strengthen my knee on good side.
    I'm not gonna let HR dictate even if it means a change of jobs.
    After all my job contributed to hips decline in the first place. There's plenty of time to explore the job situation.
     
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    I see you are up my night owl twin!
    Or early. I think we have a 4 hour difference
    I am some achy after four hours in bed !
    Those first few doddering steps are the pits!
    Had to go pee and now will listen to the sound of rain on the roof
    Boys got several fish yesterday but they released them all!
     
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    Yes the down side of a sleep.
    ..PAIN!
    Pottered in my kitchen, washed my hair then had shivers for 2 hours. Not sure what l've done or if its the drop in temperature around here.
    Did my last anti coagulant jab yesterday now have omeprozole and 2 asprin for28 days so coul be that too.
    Anyway tomorrow l'm going to stroll to the ernd of the road and back maybe 40m.
    Not once has any literature l've been give mentioned rest or elavation. Just relentless sets of reps and walking. Apart from bonesmart that is.:loll: so that's good
     
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    Hello Bonesmarties,
    Its the last day of summer and it feels like it too! Time to hyge the heck out of the next few months.

    On a serious note, l'm not coping well with self administering my meds. My hours are erratic and as l dont have 'pain' in my hip as such. l have begun trying to reduce the sheer amount of opoids l'm on as referenced in an early post and l'm doing it in a controlled way.
    Consequently l'm getting sweats, chills, chronic headaches, poor appetite and fevers no matter what l do.
    I'm having my clips out monday so will mention it then.

    I'm sleeping well at night and snoozing in the day sometimes according to my fitbit. As l have good mobility, can do most things by myself (yay for grabbers!) Maybe l should just put up with the other discomforts as a temporary inconvenience.

    I honestly think its all down to poor meds management. Anyone got any advice ?
     
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