My hip replacement diary
So far today my journey has gone so much better than I dared to hope. I know I had read lots of stories and had so much encouragement from this ahead of me but I didn’t dare hope I’d be the same.
After having my surgery postponed by almost seven weeks due to low haemoglobin/being borderline anaemic I was nervous it wouldn’t go ahead and nervous it would. I’d had time to prepare my home better, done more research but my mobility decreased to the point I was almost housebound and clutching the furniture to move around so I knew the surgery had to go ahead.
Yesterday, indeed the last couple of weeks, had been spent planning, packing, and trying unsuccessfully to exercise. Today I had to check in at the hospital at 7.00am. From then until almost 2.00pm I had a succession of lovely people checking me, surgeon, anaesthetist, physiotherapist, nurses, and more.
Anaesthetist was particularly good telling me exactly what would happen. I had wanted to see and hear nothing at all but he said there may be breakthrough noise and explained what it would be and that I only had to look at him and he would increase to keep me asleep. As it happened I was awake almost throughout and was disappointed to nod off at one stage. I won’t go into detail but I have an increased respect for the surgeon, it is a brutal process but he was so confident and methodical, I felt no pain or anything at all and would recommend to anyone suffering.
In the recovery room I said I had enjoyed it, and was grateful to everyone for their compassion and professionalism. They thanked me and said they would be redundant without people like me. One said it was time I restarted my life and that I could now🤣🤣
Sorry for this long post but I hope it helps those following me? It is now evening, I am sat comfortably in bed, albeit drugged so no doubt I’ve trouble/pain ahead. I’ve managed to get to the toilet - I have to be supervised until they deem me safe, I’m back in my own clothes. I’ve really appreciated the food and they’ve taken my orders until Monday breakfast. If I want to go home before and they feel I’m safe I can, if I’m not confident then I can stay.
Getting out of bed was awkward but no worse than it’s been for weeks, if not months. The arthritic pain has gone, I’m a little unsteady and unsure of myself, but know I have to move to improve. Physiotherapist will be back tomorrow and I will get more gentle exercises.
My son video-called and my five year old grandson asked if we could go for a run on the canal bank again if they came for me tomorrow. I’ll have to find a way to lower his expectations!
Its not painful so far to lie on my back and I managed the regular toilet seat - they don’t use raised ones here as they prefer us to get used to as normal a life as possible as quickly as possible. Apparently there’s far less risk of dislocation with modern surgical processes, so I’ve to take care but listen to my body. I’m a bit scared but trying not to be.
Once home I’m told I can walk outside immediately and I’ll find how far I can go very quickly. I’ve lovely neighbours offering help and I will ask if I need them, but that is a challenge as I’ve never before had to ask for help, maybe I’ll just ask them to join me for short walks.
Thank you if you’re still reading, you deserve a medal! If you have any questions I might be able to answer please ask.
Take care, best wishes to all, Janet x
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