My hip is done
I had my hip operation on the 1st Feb. I was first on the list. Reading all your comments helped me a lot and the staff were wonderful. I had the freeze spray, then anaesthetic injection followed by the epidural. I didn't feel much until I got a shower of electrical pulses in my leg and foot (they had hit the right spot in my spine). I don't remember anything after they started putting the equipment in place as they gave me the promised sedative. I woke up as they were wheeling me into recovery. Everything had gone well. I shared a ham sandwich with my husband at lunchtime and they got me up in the afternoon for the bathroom. Physios came round just to check on me and did a little exercise on the bed.
The next day I got washed and dressed with minimal help. Physios took me for a walk and tried the stairs which were fine. They were not as deep as our steps so I was a bit nervous about climbing at home. I came home around teatime and I did manage our stairs, it just took me longer.
We had to get the OT to have a bed rail fitted because there was nothing to help me to get up and out of bed.. I also got a bed ladder to help me sit up safely. They have been a godsend.
I struggled badly at first with sleeping on my back even with the U shaped pillow and others. We ended up getting a memory foam topper which helped a lot. I also need my feet elevated as I'm prone to swelling anyway. My husband has been a big help with these things. He even manages to sleep with the U pillow next to him :)
I managed a few aisles in home bargains yesterday so I think walking around stores will become one of my bits of exercise for a while as they make the walk more interesting and many have quite long aisles. I don't have to worry about rain or snow either.
All in all I am doing remarkably well.
Many thanks to those who spoke about their own experience because it really helped me.
I would say to anyone who is hesitant to just get it done. The old pain and crunching went immediately and the hospital were so good about regular pain relief that I can't say I suffered at all.
I asked a lot of questions beforehand and told the consultant and anesthetist about my fears and they answered every one so I wasn't really afraid either.
Next hurdle is getting the 33 staples taken out next week.
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