Tuesday 11am: RTHR day. Had epidural with enought anaesthetic to keep me asleep (not as much as general anaesthesia and no tube in throat). Low BP so had to drink loads of water.
Wednesday: 1 day post-op. BP was going up to normal, then dipping, then up to normal, so still drinking loads. Taken for check xrays mid-morning. They got me up to walk about 6 steps with a frame and sit in chair for 2 hours. After the 2 hours I really glad to get back in bed.
Thursday: day 2 post-op. BP mostly normal today so that was a relief. Out of bed for a sponge wash. Then breakfast and tablets. Then about an hour later Physio wanted me to walk more with the frame and I said I felt I'd be better with crutches. Proved I could do about 10 yards with frame and they gave in and got crutches. After a slow start learning how to walk with them I walked across the ward, off the ward, down the corridor to the stairs. All the way they were telling me 'you must be tired. sit in the chair now and we'll push you.' etc. Me? Tired? Not a chance!!! I was having fun! first time in over a year I've been able to walk with NO pain. I kept right on going, proved I could walk up a flight of stairs safely, turn at the top and walk down again, and then walked all the way back to my bed. Then got on the bed and proved I could do the exercises they set. So physio discharged me from they're care! About half an hour later the adrenalin must have run out cos I was shattered. Also regular obs showed I had a slight temperature. so I had a snore for an hour or so. When I woke up I felt good so went for another walk. In all I did 4 good walks that day.
Friday: day3 post-op. managed a natural number 2, no laxatives or anything. So they removed the catheter. Did my exercises. Had a lovely shower. walked around the ward in circles, went little walks elsewhere. Started running errands for the other patients (only little stuff, messages, things that would fit in pockets, etc). In the afternoon I taken to the Occupational Therapy department to prove I could look after myself safely without compromising the THR rules. Passed easily... was actually telling how much better I'd set our home up ready.... When I got back to the ward my consultant was waiting to see me. He was very pleased with my progressed and said I was ready for discharge.
So when OH came to see me he got a big shock finding he could take me home!!!
Saturday: day 4 post-op. I've had a good night. 2 solid 3 hour chunks of sleep. Not done that in over a year! Doing exercises, pottering about every half-hour, sitting comfortably inbetween. Taking painkillers regularly.. if I miss them I feel badly bruised and sore round the wound, but no joint pain at all. Energy levels are fluctuating... do a little and they dip, but sit a while and they come back up. Taking it careful, listening to my body and following what it tells me, but loving it!!! I'm a happy bunny!
No problem at all. I wasn't intending adding to it daily. Just wanted to show how good it can be with good preparation. Got my dressing changed today and counted my clips - 46 - quite a lot? But no bruising. It's like a miracle!