Sorry for the delay in posting this very important update. But I do appreciate all of the well wishes I received via my blog and via twitter.
So yes, I have a new titanium hip! I went in for surgery on Aug 17 (Wednesday) and got home on Aug 22 (Monday).
I got to the hospital at around 6:30am. I checked in and then sat in the waiting room for about 10 minutes. I was then called in to put on my hospital garb.
The first bandage on my hip seemed to be a pressure bandage in order to ensure that there was no bleeding/leakage.
I had lots of visitors and that was nice. Having the private room was especially nice since I knew that I was not disturbing my next door neighbour.
I actually wanted to document a lot of my surgery via video, but the camera I’ve been waiting for samsung to send me a pocket cam to replace a defective one. I first sent them my defective device in mid June. Well..let’s just say that I don’t have a camera yet.
Anyhow, after a couple of days, my pressure-typed bandage was changed to a regular gauze bandage that wasn’t as bulky.
This breathing apparatus helped me to practice taking deep breaths. I was told why this is very important, but unfortunately I cannot remember.
I’m at home now and I’m adjusting to the whole “not being able to walk” thing. Well, I can walk but I have to use a walker to walk, and a cane to go up and down stairs. I use my cane in my room as it is much to small to use a walker to get anywhere. My staples are supposed to come out next week Wednesday, which would mark the 14th day since my surgery. I am going to make sure that THEY make sure that the staples have been in long enough. I don’t want/need my leg popping in like my stomach did when THOSE staples were removed too early. But the person who will be removing them will either be a close family friend (i refer to him as my uncle) who is a very experienced ER nurse, or I will head to my family doctor to have him remove them.
The next pic is of my staples in my leg. It doesn’t look gross to me, but if you are sensitive, perhaps scroll quickly and pass this picture.
There are other stories to tell, including my stories of physiotherapy, and of hospital nurses (one in particular-I know everyone loves a good ol’ nurse story..!). Those posts will come in the future.
That’s all for now and again, that’s for all of the thoughts, prayers, and positive energy!