A quick update after my right leg total hip replacement three weeks ago, split out by weeks, with some graphic explanations.
This week was mostly taken up by sleeping and dozing (thanks, Tramadol!), interspersed with exercises and brief walks around the house. A few items of information which you may find interesting:
If you don’t sleep on your back, start practising now. I absolutely hate it. Good thing for the Tramadol as it knocked me out quite well The DVT socks had to taken off each day for an hour, which my wife did, which is much appreciated.
You may be given laxatives to counteract the effects of certain drugs. TAKE THEM. And prunes, lots of prunes. Six days on, I went to the loo, and frankly felt like I shat a brick. It was extremely unpleasant and painful, and took half an hour. Look up “digital impacted fecal removal” for er, shits and giggles. Seriously, take the laxatives.
You probably will be given lots of drugs, make sure you take all those too, they’re to aid in your recovery.
Slow progress, and I got a bit down, frankly. The recovery time seemed to be a long way off, my days were filled with daytime TV (Bargain Hunt!), the nights were filled with constant bloody trips to the loo, very annoying.
I felt a lot better when my mother came to visit for a few days, albeit still housebound. I was pleased when my mother and my wife got out of the house for a few hours, as I felt I was cooping them up. My mother then told me about her hip replacement, and how she borrowed a wheelchair from the Red Cross. The next day, we made enquiries and picked on up on the next day so we could get out a lot more. It was good news
My mother left, we had a day to recover, and my sister and niece came to visit for the weekend, which was great as well. Lots of chatting, watched films, ate well, chatted some more
The swelling from the operation was, by now, pretty much all gone and the scar was healing well. The Tramadol, gabapentin et al were finished in this week, so it was just painkillers and stomach settlers to take.
Movement on both crutches had been improving very well over week 2, and continued to improve. There were occasions where I could walk with one crutch, but not for long.
The malaise of week 2 had passed, and passing the halfway mark of recovery certainly felt good. I was out a lot more thanks to the wheelchair, and the powerful engine that was my wife – apparently, it provides a very good cardio and arm workout
Near to the end of week 3, I stopped taking the painkillers as well, as my pain level was no more than a 1, plus some discomfort, but nothing bad.
Another tip: when you have your DVT socks off, rub some (manly) moisturiser into your feet, shins, ankles, etc., they’ll probably be a bit dry.
More next week