Hey Desiree! So glad you made it home safe and sound. Aren't you glad the surgery is over without having to agonize for months? I've read up some on your Dr. and he certainly sounds like one of the best.
Get lots of rest, stay up on your meds and give us all the gory details when you feel up to it.
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Hi exdancer, yes, now 2 weeks post. Hip graft was done sutures came out on Thurs, and site is still a bit sore, but improving. New cast is lighter, and narcs are diminishing. A long day in NYC Thurs, and next appt in 5 weeks. Monday will be one week for you. Hang on. It gets better, but it is a long haul.
[QUOTE=Pesher;5107816]Roxygirl..... I am 2 weeks post w Dr. Deland. Next appt is 5 weeks. Still on meds, foot in air. How soon before you felt better? Two weeks is very early in the recovery process. I used the knee scooter and also a two wheeled walker in the house. I spent the first few weeks downstairs on the pull out couch. At about seven or eight weeks, I started to feel somewhat human. We borrowed a friends wheel chair and about 5 weeks post op, my husband wheeled me to a bagel place a few blocks from my house. It made me feel human again. Like an outside car ride or trip? Did you use knee scooter in house? It's a life saver. Once I was weight bearing using a boot, I used even ups which helped to make the height of both feet similar and alleviated the strain on my back etc.
I took demerol in my IV while in the hospital. It made me extremely dizzy. I had that every 4 hours and percocet every four in between. The first two days were rough but by noon on Sunday (Surgery was a Friday) I was only taking percocet. Do any of you have issues with the narcotic medications keeping you awake? I think I only slept about 4 hours in the hospital.
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Yes! I can't sleep very well, at all, when taking pain meds. I'm usually wide awake, which makes it hard to heal properly. It's one reason I try to back off of pain meds as soon as possible. It's a catch 22......either deal with the pain and don't sleep, or take the pain meds and don't sleep! I'm not having this problem with the Demerol.
Btrfli, are you still in the post op splint? If so, once you get that off, I think you'll sleep a lot better without the feeling you've got a cement block attached to your leg. You'll be able to move around in the bed without waking up to heave your whole leg. Sleep deprivation makes the situation just hateful.
Hi Ginger, No, I got the post op splint off last Tuesday, at dr appt, and have been in a cast since. Yiu're SOOOO right....cast is much more comfortable, and I've been sleeping in my bed, pretty comfortably. I do feel so much better, and stronger,now that I'm sleeping well. the first few days post op were miserable, until dr got the pain meds right. The intense itching was driving me crazy! I'm really feeling good, considering, just stir crazy!! Hope everyone is well. Wishing you all Happy Hoildays! Jeanne
All narcotics have an element of sedative. They put me to sleep. Surprised to hear the opposite from some of you. the Benadryl worked for 12 hours, so my itching seems under control. Now...just to get this urine catheter OUT!! And hopefully the bladder will wake up and kick in. A hair wash in the laundry sink took the energy and wind out of me. But clean now for a few days. I do not want visitors yet. But food is plentiful from friends. Hope to hear from you all. I love the communication. Thanks. Phyllis
Hi Phyllis! Glad to hear you were up to washing your hair. For me, that alone made me feel better! My shower head in my upstairs bathroom converts to a hand held, so I've been pretty comfortable washing my hair whenever I've been up to it. Bathing in that tub is very manageable. My bathrooms are fairly large, so I can fit a chair and my knee walker and still have room to move as I need to for dressing. I've taken a bath every day, beginning nite of surgery. Of course, my husband is here to set everything up for me,,,clothing, towels, etc and to clean everything up, so that's been a huge help. Bath just makes me feel better. Good that the Benedryl is helping control your itching. It helped me for a very short time, then the intense itch would return. Hope your kidneys wake up soon! That catheter must be absolutely miserable. I'm us you'll feel much more comfortable, once that's gone! Take it easy and hope you have a good day! Jeanne
I'm having a bit of an off day...
I'm feeling a lot of healing going on in my surgical area. With this is a lot of itchiness and some numbness. I took Benadryl last night which helped a little. I may use a prescription I have for itching as it is starting to make me crazy.
Also, does it hurt to have sutures removed? I know I have a lot.
Thanks and Happy Holidays,
Hi Desiree, As you know I'm two weeks ahead of you. The blip in my recovery has been a catheter. I was not able to use the bathroom because my bladder wasn't working. They said it was a narcotics and immobility. I hope to get the catheter out on Thursday. So I am cutting back on the narcotics. And trying to get around on the scooter a bit more. I have had some horrible itching. The Benadryl does help. It is from the narcotics. Norco especially. I had a 12 o'clock appointment For the new cast and some stitches out. At 11 o'clock in the car I took some pills. The pain is not too bad with the stitches. They removed the stitches from my hip area. And a few staples. Then the cast technician got me ready for a cast. His name is Rodney. He is very good at what he does. The biggest problem is getting into the building. We had a driver take us down so my husband could help me. There is no one in the lobby and no help for you. I took my scooter with me. I have my husband with me the whole time. Otherwise he would've had to go park the car. Be aware the appointment is on 72nd St. not at the hospital. You will be very happy with a fiberglass cast because it's light. It was a full day for me from Connecticut so what will be even more so for you from Boston. Sorry for some grammatical errors I'm using the iPad. My surgery was December 7. Time is not flying by. My bedroom is on the main floor. But to get out of the house I have steps to the garage. I had to be carried to the car. I am getting around my main level. With the scooter. The foot in the air is the hardest part all the time. My next appointment is in five weeks. That seems like an eternity from now. I have my moments up and down. I have not been able to focus on books or TV. Maybe that's just as well. Continue to improve and we will be in touch. Phyllis in Ct.
Exdancer... Are you going for a cast change? You'll need some help getting out of the car and into the building. We had a driver take us so that my husband could work with me. Otherwise he would've had to park the car and I would have had to wait. Keep us posted. Rodney the technician for the cast is great. Pick a color. I chose pink. I did see Dr. Deland while I was there. And Christine. But everybody is always very busy. So you don't get much time with either of them. Good luck.