Well, I made it home yesterday and am now 4 days post-op. The good news is that I am PWB instead of NWB which I was told before the op. I didn't have to have a cast for 3 days either.
The hospital stay was good and not so good...the nurses were fantastic - really couldn't have been more helpful. I had been moved to a rehab ward post op because my bed was needed for a male patient. The trouble with that was that I was away from any other patients having had similar ops and I can't be certain, but I felt I had been overlooked by the doctors and physio. I should have been fitted with the brace on the day after the op but the doctor forgot to order it and physio didn't know I existed. The doctor, having been reminded by the nurses, filled out the form to order the brace, but didn't send it to the right department, so still no brace. Two doctors came round to see me on the Thursday morning (now 2 days post op) to ask me how I was feeling. I expressed my concern about not having seen a physio or brace and they got things moving. Physio came to fit the brace and left me rapidly telling me she wasn't part of my surgeon's team, so that was as much as she could do! I still hadn't been out of bed at this stage other than to use a commode. So there I lay for the best part of that day in the brace. At about 4pm that day 'my' physio arrived and told me the brace had been fitted incorrectly and they needed a new one
. Fortunately she managed to find the physio who fitted it and she managed to adjust it without the need to wait for another new one.
Now it gets better thankfully.....with the brace correctly fitted I was shown how to walk which opened up a whole new world for me. I could get to a toilet! (with assistance
) The following morning I tackled steps and then felt confident enough to go home.
I'm on that steep learning curve at the moment trying not to become too frustrated with myself, other people and everything else everywhere lol!! I've managed to have a shower today which has made a big difference to how I feel in myself.
I have to do 15 x heel slides and 15 static quads every 2 hours which I'm struggling with, but doing as much as I can but not yet brave enough to hang my leg over the arm of the chair yet. The doctor said I could do that, but the physio didn't mention it, so not worrying too much about that yet. I should be going to physio next Friday and the brace should be unlocked then.....onwards and upwards.......