Re: honor's ceremony ... will you be on a knee scooter or crutches? The scooter requires much less stamina. Make sure you scout the access (flat or stairs). Sitting (even with a special pillow) will be a nearly impossible challenge. But Mom's are determined people. Although I wouldn't bet against you the video is a good/safe alternative.
You might be fine with the modified toilet seat and hand rails. I didn't have them (wish I did) so I don't know how well that works on day one. It sounds doable with a knee brace.
At first I was reluctant to accept friends' assistance but saying yes was so helpful and reduced the burden on my husband and mom. When someone would say what can I do to help I would answer "come over and have lunch with me Tuesday ... my treat". I literally started scheduling people and gave my mom those weekdays off.
I was concerned spending so much time with my mom would be a challenge. But she has been great! She (and at first my dad,too) took and are still taking me to doctor and PT appointments to minimize my husband's time off. Since I injured my left leg I am hoping to drive soon.
A group of my friends used the website mealtrain.com and volunteered to bring my husband and I great dinners on Tuesday and Thursday nights for the first 6 weeks. I realize I am blessed with thoughtful and generous friends.
I strongly recommend backpacker cleaning wipes that are microwaveable to "bathe" the first few times. With help I was able to wash and condition my hair in the kitchen sink. I used my scooter sideways and leaned my head forward. Within 10 days I could do this myself. A long handled shower brush is a must once you can use a real shower. It is important to avoid bending at the waist.
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My first test today was driving my boss around visiting clients - very tired now and looking forward to lying horizontal however glad I was able to complete those tasks.
Mr Yan (alias Michael)