THR surgery confirmed but would love some practical advice ahead of time please

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  • Janlyn
    Janlyn Member Posts: 334
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    @Jojo72 thank you, I really hope I do as well as you and @frogmella and @swimmer60.

    Wishing you all the best for your consultant’s meeting. I’m amazed you’re managing two miles a day, you’re really giving me hope as this extra wait for me has led to my mobility severely reducing.

    just sat in hospital waiting now x

  • Janlyn
    Janlyn Member Posts: 334
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    @Jojo72 all good wishes for your consultant's meeting - I think it is today?

    @Denis68 I think your surgery was yesterday? Hoping all went well, and you're taking it as easy as possible?

    I've started my own thread to try to keep my progress (hopefully) in one place in case it helps anyone following me on this journey. So far so good. I came home yesterday, I could have come home the day before, the day after surgery, but preferred to spend another day as I'm alone at home, although with family dropping in daily and good neighbours and friends. It all feels a little bit strange, surgeon is happy with how it went and I am surprised my wound isn't as painful as I expected. I am cross with myself as I am taking so long to do anything, and my exercises feel to me to be a bit disjointed.

    I'm hobbling around the house slowly. I've a tote bag around my neck to carry things from room to room. Water I've found is best if I put it in a bottle then transport it and glass in my bag to my comfortable chair. I'm finding I can sit on my normal sofa. For food I have a table in the kitchen and my fridge, cooker, kettle, sink are all close enough for me to prepare and then put on the table. I'm getting used to it.

    I'm not allowed to shower for a couple of weeks and struggling a bit with that but trying not to put pressure on myself. Getting what I need organised and in the right place is happening slowly. I had to get up a couple of times in the night and quite honestly wondered whether I would be able to get myself into and out of bed. I eventually managed and hope I improve my technique. It felt like a long night so I put my radio on low and attempted to listen which sent me off to sleep a little. Sleeping on my back wasn't as bad as I imagined, although I can't get my operated knee straight yet. I also woke up with my operated leg a little out of the position I wanted it in but hoping no damage done.

    Wishing everyone else the very best of luck with your progress.

  • Denis68
    Denis68 Member Posts: 54
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    @Jojo72 @Janlyn and all thanks for good wishes. My Op went ahead and was successful on Monday. I'm now back home and starting to learn how to navigate a domestic environment.

  • Janlyn
    Janlyn Member Posts: 334
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    @Denis68 that’s such good news. Take your time and hopefully all will go well and get easier each day. I’ve found some of my exercises a little difficult but getting slightly easier. Balancing pain relief with its side effects takes practice but all much better than I could have dreamed. Good luck and please keep us updated!

  • Jojo72
    Jojo72 Member Posts: 31
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    Hi all

    @Janlyn and @Denise68 so glad that your surgery went well and you're on the recovery side of things. It sounds like you're both doing really well.

    My Consultant visit was good, he's discharged me and lifted some of the precautions. My limp is improving and I have physio again in 4 weeks when the rest of the precautions will be lifted and they'll teach me how to bend safely etc.

    @frogmella thank you. It's amazing isn't it and like you say, the knock on it has on daily activities that you don't even realise......it's bonkers!

    Off to read Janlyn's thread.

    Hope everyone continues to recover smoothly and swiftly.

    Jo x

  • Janlyn
    Janlyn Member Posts: 334
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    @Jojo72 that's a good consultant's visit, amazing you're discharged and some precautions lifted. More so that your limp is improving and hopefully your physio will sort it out properly.

    I don't know if it helps but as my operated leg has been stiff for months I had developed a way of holding on to something safe and sliding my leg out behind me and that way I could reach most things I'd dropped on the floor. I've found I'm not dropping as much (maybe because my gait is straighter now) but also not using my grabber as much as I thought I would be.

    @frogmella I'm beginning to find some advantages and knock on it has on daily activities. I had medication upstairs and downstairs as once upstairs or downstairs it was so difficult to go and fetch anything I had forgotten but now it's not nearly so hard, even after only a week.

    Take care all, Janet x