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[THR] swimmer77 Recovery

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by swimmer77, Aug 26, 2019.

  1. Debru4

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    Will you be able to return to your home full time soon? I stayed with a friend for the first few days, and have to say that even though she was wonderful, I really was eager to get back home. Once I returned home things really started to pick up for me. Just being in my own house was incredibly healing, and my restlessness leveled out. :flwrysmile:
     
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    Fortunately for me, I am staying at my parent's apartment which happens to be in our business building. I operate the family business so this has allowed me to work starting 2 days after surgery. Mind you I am not doing the physical work I normally would do but am able to maintain the accounting part of things.

    Having said that I am very anxious to go home. My Dad did take me by my house so I could check on things and get the mail.

    I am so very eager to drive and have a post op appointment Wednesday. Don't know if I will get the okay to drive or not. Is it conceivable to drive after only two weeks with a THR on the right? As mentioned before I am off the pain killers. I've practiced the motion of hitting the gas and moving to the brake pedal. My car seat moves pretty far back and allows me room to get in. And, I am not driving a Smart Car nor do I have Monster Truck nor am I riding a horse!
     
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    I'm glad you had a chance to check in at home. :SUNsmile: Hopefully you can make the move back soon, but I do see where staying there with your family has given you access to support, a driver, and a chance to do a bit of work as well.

    At my two week follow up of my right hip replacement, I was given the OK to drive, as I was no longer on pain meds except for Tylenol and an occasional Tramadol at night. Getting in and out was the only hard part, but it was manageable. I believe this 2 week approval was soon compared to most people---but at this point I was walking well, rarely using my cane, and since I had been unable to take strong narcotics for pain, my system was pretty cleared of drugs. I didn't drive often, or longer distances until closer to 3 1/2 or 4 weeks. So maybe/maybe not on the approval for driving at 2 weeks. The first couple of times I went, I took a friend in case I struggled, and I didn't get into much traffic---don't think I'd have had the confidence right away to jump out in traffic.

    Good luck with your appointment---sounds like you are doing great!:loveshwr:
     
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    2 week post op follow up today. I am so fortunate. My knee is more sore than the brand new hip. I am not concerned because it gets better each day but admittedly I did not anticipate a temporarily bum knee.

    Cleared to drive. It doesn't hurt despite being my right side. I am not ready for long drives but I can get to and from work, go to the grocery store and go for a beer. :beer:

    I am at home for the first time in a couple of weeks. Just that does plenty for my psyche. I look around at everything that needs to be done inside and outside. I think why did I wait so long. Can't wait to delve into the "house" projects with no pain.:spin:

    And special thanks to my caregivers. I don't know that the "journey" could have been any better. That would be my advice to those in pre op. I looked at the whole process as just another "journey". Embrace the new experience(s). I swear it did me wonders. And this forum played an important role in the "journey".:friends:

    And last but not least.............I can swim in two weeks.:dancy:

    Wait..........last but not least. Maybe my Doc. Thanks for restoring order and giving me the opportunity to enjoy the simple things again. :yes!:
     
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    Well, these things are important!:)

    It really does!

    Tough tookie, now ya got to wait.:umm:

    Well, tough tookie, ya gotta wait.:)

    So glad we are sharing your journey.

    :swim: Yay!
    Felt EXACTLY the same.
    Nice to be hip pain free!!!!:yahoo:
     
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    Great news---you are driving, and you are home AND you can get to the grocery store and grab a beer---If you lived nearby, I'd join you for a beer:) :cheers: Just be sure you are basking in being home, but not overdoing. Plenty of time for that later!
     
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    Good news @swimmer77
    My knee was more sore than my hip also. Bruised a bit too.
    I'll bet it feels good to be home. I know you're back to work already and feel you can handle it, but
    please take time to rest also as your body heals and you look forward to that first swim.
    Have a nice weekend!
     
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    Beginning my fourth week of recovery today. I'm still on crutches primarily because of my knee. However, each day the knee gets a little bit better. I do test it at home and can walk some steps pretty comfortably without crutches but then the pain flares up and it's back on crutches. I'd rather be on crutches and practice my gait than be limping around like I have already done for a few years. As long as it keeps improving I'm okay with it for now. The hip feels good as best as I can tell. Some tightness in the thigh and every now and then a pain somewhere but nothing that lasts.

    I believe when I was limping my toes had a tendency to angle out. I'm really concentrating on pointing the toes straight ahead and frankly I feel less pain when I concentrate and do that. Anybody else have any input on that?

    Anyway, the assistant to the surgeon said my incision looked "beautiful". Isn't that some sort of oxymoron? :what:

    I went to the grocery store and was successful in NOT knocking anything over. Steering a cart with one crutch is not my forte.

    Visited the local social club and twice my crutches fell over. Not sure what their problem is. I'm the one drinking a beer, not them.:scratch:

    Fortunately, (or unfortunately) I live close to work. So I've been going in for a couple of hours in the morning and then leave to rest, elevate and ice and still work on the computer. Repeat in the afternoon.

    A couple of people came in our store and had their own "hip" stories. Both involved dislocation which terrifies me. I was glad to hear the stories because they served as stern reminders of the things that I still need to be doing.

    And last but not least - one week until I can swim again. My knee and hip can't wait either. :swim:

    Best wishes to everyone else recovering. May everything get sorted out with a positive outcome.
     
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    Swimmer,

    You sound like you are doing great - I especially like your successful effort to get off narcotics quickly! I have always felt this is under discussed.

    You will be off assisting devices very quickly - think how incredible this is!
     
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    Okay, I am getting impatient. Started week five today. Still meandering around on crutches primarily because of my knee. Pain is on the outside. Anxious to get back to the OS because I don't quite know how to treat it. I've just been resting as much as possible and ice and elevate. Pain is on the outside of knee. Sometimes is just feels like severe stiffness as opposed to real pain. Don't know if I should push it or not. Maybe gets a bit better each day but I guess I want it to be better super fast. LOL

    My brand new hip probably wonders why this "old man" knee can't get its act together. Stopped my aspirin and Tylenol regimen. Will try some Advil for the knee if need be. It has gotten better. I remember the first week or so it hurt badly just to swing my operated leg into bed because of my knee.

    Other than a bum knee I'm sleeping a bit more comfortably. Can't you tell? That's why I am up posting at almost midnight. :unsure:Can sleep better on my non-op side at least.

    Planning to start swimming on Saturday. Hopefully, that will put things on a better track.
     
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    You are at the stage where I became impatient, too. But the knee and inflamed soft tissues don't care about our impatience.. we just need to wait it out. Overall you sound like you're doing really well.
    Usually, when the lateral side of the thigh and knee hurt, it's due to a extra tight iliotibial band. Mine was crazy tight on this latest recovery and is just now beginning to ease up at 12 weeks, and you are just beginning week 5.

    Most of the time it's reacting to possibly overdoing some activity. Just something to think about.
    I wonder if the surgeons ever feel badly about how pained and swollen they make our knees?
    Probably not since we do recover and can walk and sleep without pain!!!

    I think the swimming will be a great addition, I think I tried it around week 7 or 8 and it did help the stiffness and overall tightness of the entire thigh.

    Wishing you continued success in your recovery. :flwrysmile:
     

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