Countdown To A Total Hip Replacement (Continued and Update)
A total hip replacement as it happened
8/6/2012 Here I am at the hospital; it is 5:30 am.
My husband and I were waiting for the doctor and the anesthesiologist. Then suddenly things are moving faster than anticipated.
Dr. Heerwagen asked me if I am ready. I said yes, as the nurse is putting thigh high TEDs (stockings to prevent blood clots) on me; the anesthesiologist is asking if I am allergic to any medications as he is inserting the IV. I said, "I need a drink of water", he said I just gave you one, in your IV. That was the last thing I remember before surgery.
Total Hip Replacement Surgery
I don't remember being in the recovery room
Hubby asked, “Do you know where you are?” I answered, in recovery? No, you are out of recovery and in a regular room. Oh…and then I was out of it again. I awoke with a handle in my hand and a button on it and, the nurse told me “when you feel pain push the button.”
I was in pain at that moment and, my first thought was, “Dear God, have I done the right thing?” Then it was as if God answered my question, this is not the excruciating pain I walked in here with. And, I pressed the button on the handle; I heard or imagined five beeps and almost instantly, I was out again.
I am sorry I am so boring
When I woke, my son was there working and, I must have moaned, and he grimaced. My granddaughter and her husband, and my husband were there also, I remember saying, I am sorry, I am so boring.
Then the lunch tray was brought in, or maybe it was the dinner tray. I am sure the food was wonderful, but the smell made me nauseated, and I was given medicine for it. But, had to use the bags that to vomit. This must happen to lots of people because there were lots of bags to vomit in lying beside me.
The anti-nausea medication must have worked because I no longer felt sick, but I was to tired to eat, and they took the tray away, I vaguely remember.
I would need help getting in and out of bed
My legs were strapped to a wedge to keep me from putting them together, and I could not move. The nurse came in and unfastened the straps from my legs and removed the wedge.
Then the afternoon of the operation, my son’s girlfriend, who is also Dr. Heerwagen’s therapist, told me the doctor wants you sitting up. I said okay, and grabbed onto the trapeze over the bed. I thought it would be a piece of cake.
But it was not a piece of cake. I attempted to move my left leg, my mind said move but, it would not move. Snow, the therapist had to help and, I sat on the side of the bed for about 15 minutes
Moved to a rehab hospital
The next couple of days were a blur, of trying to walk and move around as much as possible.
8/9/2012 I was told that I would be transferred to a rehab hospital. I think my son had something to do with that decision, he must have felt that my husband, who was still recovering from surgery at the end of May, was not up to helping me as much as I would need and, he seemed relieved that I would get better care at rehab.
At the rehab hospital, finally they listened to my complaints about the blisters around my leg, caused by the TED hose (thigh high stockings to prevent blood clots,) and they were bandaged.
8/10/2012 I could manage to get out of bed and go to bathroom by myself, but they frowned on that, they were afraid I would fall and pop the hip out.
I was strapped into compression stocking that would fill with air and then release and I had to ring for the nurse when I needed to use the bathroom.
I was given a laxative, stool softener and blood thinner.
The medication was working just fine and I rang for the nurse and after 10 minutes, when no one came, I sat up in bed unhooked the stockings from the machine slid my legs over the side of the bed and slid onto the floor, the walker which was usually close enough for me to reach it, was across the room. I stood there for what seemed like an hour and when no one came, I walked over to the walker and got into the bathroom just in time.
When I finished, I had a hard time getting up off the toilet, so I rang by pulling the cord, and everybody came running. From then on, they were in the room within minutes.
We had breakfast at 8am and, from 9am to 10:30 we had physical therapy; lunch at 12:00pm, and occupational therapy from 1pm to 2:30pm; we had dinner at 5pm.
There is no place like home
8/15/2012, I was sent home, and had home therapy, and a home health care nurse.
Snow, my son's girlfriend was my home therapist. When I told her I wanted to lay on my side, she showed me how to do it.
8/20/212, Dr. Heerwagen’s nurse removed my staples (21), which I thought would hurt, but did not hurt at all. And by the end of the week, I graduated from the walker to a cane.
8/31/2012, I started outpatient therapy, my therapist is Mindy, who is very sweet, and with the exercises she had me do, I felt so much better.
9/5/2012, Tony was my therapist; Mindy was busy with someone else. Tony was a little more aggressive, and I needed an ice pack at the end of the session. But, it is moving along and I feel that it will not be long until I can stop the cane.
I thank God for surgeons like Dr. Heerwagen.
Post Hip Precautions
Physical therapists Bob Schrupp and Brad Heineck present the common precautions one should follow after having a total hip replacement.
Going home after a hip replacement
I think it will not be long till I can return the cane.
9/10/2012 - Tomorrow I will meet with my friends at the Cotton Patch Cafe, I am returning the equipment loaned to me by my friend Sarah.
9/12 and 9/14 I have outpatient therapy.
9/17 I have six week appointment with Dr. Heerwagen.
And hopefully I will be back to normal, without the terrible pain.
A Dinner Invitation
Today my son Walter and his girlfriend Snow had dinner for our friends Sarah, Patricia and me.
Sarah had hip surgery about three or four weeks before I did. And I just found out that Patricia will have her hip replacement soon.
Exercises someone with a hip replacement might want to try.
Heidi, clinic director for ATI Physical Therapy at Norridge IL, demonstrates 4 exercises to help you get back to your normal routine after having a total hip...
© 2012 Shyron E Shenko