Thanks Ned We needed your return to the site!
Thank you Ned, Besides this site, I don't know anyone who's had this done and your input is appreciated. It's nice to hear all the various outcomes and what to expect.
Merry, how are you doing?
My one week countdown has begun. Pre-op appointment is on Monday morning. I have SO much to do this week. I figure I'll have lots of time to rest so I just have to get it all done. I actually considered canceling yesterday. It's really hard to be up and about, going about my normal daily activities for the most part and know that in a week, I'm going to be down for the count for a long time. In a way, it would be easier to have an acute injury that immediately needs fixing. Go from pain to pain.
Tricia, keep us posted. I wish you lots of luck and a speedy recovery. Before you know it, you will be back on your feet and then dealing with butt issues!
Try to get them to show you the proper way to use crutches. My hospital showed ne how to go up stairs, get in and out of a car, on and off the toilet and in and out of a bath tub. It's easier to learn before the operation than after.
Heal well, Ned
Thanks. I have been practicing on the pair of crutches I have. With 4 kids and a husband who has had two knee replacments, we could open a medical aid store. I think I found 4 pairs of crutches around the house. Of course, when one is injured, you never remember where you must have put those. So, I have been doing a lot of self-practice, from figuring out which car and how to get home to getting in and out of things. I am lucky in that my bedroom is on the main floor as well as I have a walk in shower with a built in seat. I do have a raised toilet seat already with handles that was for my husband's knee op, but am wondering if the cut out one might be better. Thoughts? I can't find that grabber anywhere and KNOW we had at least one. So I must get that. My mom is now coming (God help me) on the Sunday or Monday after surgery (surgery is Friday). So that will be good I guess. Thanks for the well-wishes.
Tricia, I didn't have a cut out toilet and I really regretted it. I just had a riser under the regular seat, but there wasn't really anything to hold on to. I had to figure out how to straddle the seat without bending...ugh it wasn't easy. So if you have a toilet sit that has one side that can be removed, that's great! You will need a grabber...definately. Ask for it in the hospital. It's great that your bedroom is on the main floor. You will be able to be "present" with the kids, even when in bed. If nothing else, your mom can make the kids breakfast and help get them ready for school until you're on your feet....
i'm booked in for the re-attachment op on the 8th april and supposed to be going away for10 days on the 13th may. exactly 5 weeks after the op. I would like to know how people were feeling 5 weeks post op and do you think i'll be able to fly and go?
I am a few days short of 4 weeks from having had mine done...I hate to be the bearer of bad news but....sitting on a plane is bad enough on any given day but sitting on the plushest, softest seat in the world would not be good right now. I do think Ned though hasn't had too much trouble so maybe you will be able to sit comfortably at 5 weeks. Will you have a brace? Most people on here have had that so if you do then they'd be the ones to ask about sitting in a brace, which I think is impossible. My doctor doesn't use them so maybe yours will be like mine. That said, I hope you aren't planning anything active on your trip if you decide to go. At this time I am barely walking well and by the end of the day if I over do it, I pay for it. Though if it's a vacation to lay in the sun..can I come too ??