Hi again, larimergirl:
I forgot to add that I am still using the dressing stick to push my regular socks off. I had hip replacement surgery on December 12 but can't bend way down to the floor yet, so need the stick to get these regular sox off. I haven't worn panty hose for years - however, there is also a gadget for getting those on, but I don't plan on wearing any in the near future. I wear slacks all the time, with low heeled shoes.
I spent two weeks at a rehab facility after two days in the hospital. Having my meals made for me was the greatest help I think. Also, having supervised physical therapy twice a day was a great help. I had originally wanted to come right home after the surgery, but realized, when I came to, that there was no way I would be able to do that and get along at home, alone! I was able to do for myself when I did get home, but wish I had had a tray on my walker right away - it would have helped get the food to the table after fixing it myself.
I did get a tray, but by that time I was getting good at balancing the dishes and handling the walker at the same time. But in case I have the other hip done, I now have all the equipment here already.
If you go right home from surgery, you are going to need some help, I think. At least for a week or so, probably. Everything gets easier day by day, I have found. Even now I see improvements every few days. I can now sleep on my operated side and no more tenderness around the incision. Yay! Also walking around home without walker or cane, short distances. Still use walker when I go shopping for groceries, get gas, etc.
It is great that you are able to post here and get tips from those of us who have had THR. I found that reading the extensive stickies about "6 months after THR" was a great help.