Sorry I've been offline lately. Thank you to everyone who has left comments on other posts to me...much appreciated! I've been dealing with some depression from post-op pain. And I've been overwhelmed by the total dependence on my hubby to help me with 90+% of my daily needs; all I can do unassisted is dress my upper body and brush my teeth or physically feed myself. My hubby has to help me with bathing, putting on socks and shoes, styling my hair, cooking and preparing my plate of food for each meal, as well as getting my drinks, getting all my meds for me 3x a day, getting me a pillow or blanket it pretty, etc... You get the picture.
It's been very hard to realize I'll be like this anywhere from 4-6 more weeks, according to my doc at my follow up this week. I'm not allowed to bear weight on my left leg AT ALL for this duration of time (I know why after accidentally standing up and shifting onto that leg for all of 5 seconds if that... neuropathy pain out the whazoo!). This means I can't drive either, so I'm having to reschedule some appts so my hubby won't have to take so much time off to get me to appts for my PT and follow up in June. Because I can't bear any weight on my left leg I'm hopping on my right leg with the walker. And I'm finding out I have very weak muscles in my legs and arms. It takes everything I have to stand on one leg long enough to brush my teeth! All this weakness has occurred since my leg injury in November last year. Who would have thought I'd lose so much strength so fast? Anyway I'm not use to depending on anyone for so much assistance and I'm struggling with it. I'm just very very thankful I'm blessed with a loving, caring, considerate hubby!!💕
Thankfully my pain has improved a lot. Once again I had an allergic reaction to the pain med, Dilaudid this time, and had to come off on post op day 10 due to severe itching and rash. And I have a lovely red itchy rash from the pre-op wash (orange stuff they bathed me with in the operating room). I've been taking Benadryl and using caladryl lotion for over a week to no avail...itch, itch, itch. Good thing is my pain is rarely above a 5-6 which I can tolerate with Tylenol arthritis. But getting in bed last night I sat down on the bed wrong, and wiggling to adjust myself something popped in the hip causing off-the-chart pain! I did not sleep until after 2am, sporadic sleep-wake episodes, and had to get up at 6 am for my 8am appt. Apparently next time I'll need additional time to get ready, due to my shower & dependent needs though, as we were nearly late for my first PT appointment. I feel exhausted and although the pain is improved this morning, after taking gabapentin multiple times with a muscle relaxer & pain med. That's how it is when my pain ramps up; it takes most of the night to get it under control even though it only takes a few seconds to go off the charts! 😲 I've had multiple episodes since surgery where something pops in the hip and the pain gets out of control suddenly, but thankfully they've not been too frequently. The doc said I must not sleep on either side to prevent strating the internal stitches, so I'm having to sleep flat of my back, which is not good on my lumbar-sacral pain and sciatica.
PT went well enough considering. It takes everything I have to get from my bedroom to my kitchen, so the walk from the waiting room at PT to the area I was taken to took several "stop & go's.". Lol at least my tech was very patient. She gave me at home exercises and told me to do them on both legs. I'll go twice a week for 7 more visits before my next post-op check up. I hope & pray I will be released to drive them and start bearing weight on the leg! Until I build up enough strength to walk the very long hall at my stepmom's nursing home, I can't even go visit her. It's going to be hard enough to get through the halls on my narrow walker, where they place most patients for "easy eyes on observation". There's no way I'd get through in a wheelchair even if I had one, which I don't because it won't fit through my own hall & doorways.
Anyway I hope everyone has a safe and blessed holiday weekend (USA). It's going to be super hot here in the SE states; at least we can stay indoors in the AC (we're going to set record highs). But my thoughts and prayers are for all those in the path of the tornadoes & flooding the past week & upcoming weekend, and those who have been displaced from their homes! Please stay safe!! I remind myself often that no matter how bad things might get for me at times (circumstances &/or pain), there is always someone else in worse shape. Hugs love and prayers for everyone to has as painful a weekend as possible! 🙂❤🙏🌼