Sunday, May 1, 2011

Update - Week 1

A number of you asked for updates so I will try to post some from time to time.

I am a week plus a couple of days out of surgery. It hasn't been easy.

The trip home from the hospital was hard. Then it took three days before I realized that lying on our couch was making me hurt more! So I can only lie down on our bed. Hopefully I'll be able to lie on the sofa on the screened porch. The piece of furniture cannot be low or soft. Our new chair works great.

I don't like being dependent but I am learning. I can do a few things by myself. This morning Ray helped me get up and get my brace on. He has gone back to bed. I am sitting and can maneuver the bedside table to be in front of me. The computer was already on the table. I  also have access to the TV and a book. I can get up with my walker and walk around the house. I am able to get water from the fridge. I think it is better not to list the things I cannot do!

The pain this week has been unreal. The nerves are beginning to wake up - OUCH! The nerves were stretched, bruised, and purple - I think that translates to lots of nerve pain! You know how it feels to have your foot go to sleep and then wake up? Well multiply that by 1000 or so and make it continual - it just doesn't go away. I have also begun to feel the pain of my left hip where the bone was harvested. I am on  narcotics around the clock. They doubled the night dose on Thursday and it has definitely helped my sleeping. I can double either of the other two doses but I'm not sure I will. I think we'll just wait and see for now.

I know I am still somewhat groggy. Knitting and crocheting aren't working too well. I haven't tried any quilting.

My brother lent me a heavy, big old walker - I laughed at it. And now I love it! It is sturdy and turns within its own space. I walk 5 minutes at least 3 times a day. I love being outside and walking in the driveway. The only problem is getting back into the house. Those 6 steps are very difficult. So most of my walks are inside. On Thursday, we had visitors - grandsons Mack and Griffin and their parents. This is a picture of my best walk so far:

1 comment:

  1. Grandkids make everything better, don't they? Glad there is progress being made albeit painful. Praying for a smooth recovery and nothing out of the ordinary taking place.



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