The good news is, barring complications, I will be coming home on post-op day 2 or day 3 after my surgery. My hospital discourages the use of rehab/nursing facilities for three reasons:
1/no foreign germs in your home and less chance of infection,
2/therapy at home is just as good and moving around your home better;
3/ mental, being in a nursing home (even for a short stay) can depress you. So here’s to my quick mastery of stairs which should begin within 24 hours after surgery.
We learned many things in class Wednesday, I already knew some of them from having experienced David’s hip surgery.
1/ Equipment: I found a second walker (I want one upstairs and down), called a roller (with a seat); I am still looking for the appropriate second ‘raised’ toilet seat.
We have David’s ‘hip kit’ rehab tools in a closet upstairs, but I bought additional items (cheaper if I don’t buy via the hospital).
2/ Physical Therapy: I am lining up PT for the weeks following my in-hospital and in-home therapy which are arranged by my case worker (this onsite ‘after’ PT begins day 14).
3/ Rehab: If I am NOT among the lucky who go home after surgery (most do), I must select the names of 3 rehab facilities for case worker.
Wednesday, after the 3 hour presentations by nurses, PT folks, and dietician, we were given handouts with all the info they covered including dietary prep (to prevent constipation and build up physical strength) and instructions for preoperative exercises to build up the body for PT after surgery.
There is much material to read and memorize,and I must prepare a list of every med I take for my nurse, who will call tomorrow for pre surgery interview. More blood tests next Wednesday the day before surgery.
When David had his surgery, we installed grab bars in all bathrooms, double railings on the stairs, higher toilets (like those found in handicapped stalls) railings outside the doors, etc. This past year, I bought a new raised mattress for me (it is easier to get out of a higher bed). Even so the toilets are not quite tall enough for me as a hip surgery patient, hence the additional raised seat…which if I raise it too much may become an obstacle. Tricky tricky.
Yesterday, when I came home, I began to check out car seats, chairs in my house where I sit, etc. for height. With hip surgery, the seating area must come above my knee. So, I have been purchasing many cushions. Lots to do.
I fixed a new WW Quinoa chicken recipe today…very yummy. Then Kathy brought a dish of pasta and arugula from her kitchen to ours. She tasted my dish, but did not like because I added cilantro,which she hates because “It tastes like soapsuds,” she says.