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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sunday Morning Post (V.1, #37) – Recovery at Home


Good morning all.  I hope this entry finds everyone well.  I am home from rehab, recovering from my recent hip surgery.


My right hip arthroplasty on October 2 went well.  The surgeon replaced my original hip with a different joint then the one he put in my left hip last year.  This new joint will — it is hoped — give me more stability.  I knew my gait was, to put it charitably, “out-of-whack”, owing to several birth defects involving my ankles and hips.  That should all be corrected now as I re-educate my body to walk like a normal human being.


Unfortunately, another type of joint also meant I had to endure more pain than what I remembered from last year’s surgery.  There was also a new complication this year: a urinary tract infection resulting from the placement of a catheter while in the hospital.  I had had experiences with a catheter before.  It was annoying, but otherwise not too painful.


My usual routine at home is to rise every hour during the overnight to urinate.  I could not imagine calling the hospital nurse every hour just to position the urinal so I could pee.  I requested — yes, I requested - that they insert the catheter so I could be less of a nuisance to them.  After this year’s experience, I will swear off catheters for life and if I am a nuisance, then so be it.  I do not want to gross out my readership, but suffice to say that the catheter placement was more painful than my previous experience and caused my infection. And oh yes, for a full week my urine was merlot wine red and not the customary yellow. 


I am still on antibiotics for the UTI, but my urine color is back to normal. If there is a silver lining to all this, it’s that the infection took my mind off any post-surgery pain I had. 


My original hope was to go directly home after my hospitalization.  The physical therapist at the hospital talked me into going to a rehab facility prior to going home. In retrospect, this was a good decision, as my stay at another facility gave Warrior Queen a break from caring for me at home.  I chose a facility which is close to my home, accepted my insurance, and I was familiar with since my uncle had been a patient there during the last years of his life.  

Unfortunately, the insurance took four days to authorize my stay so I ended up going home for a few days anyway.  I stayed at the rehab facility seven days and came home on my 60th birthday.  It really was a great birthday gift just to come home.


Otherwise, my recovery has not been bad.  I can only think of one slight indignity through all this and that has to do with one meal I was served at one of the facilities.  The hospital meals were good; the rehab facility meals were tolerable.  Once I was served a hamburger and French Fries.  Usually I would require several servings of ketchup for both.  This time I received one packet of ketchup to split between the meat and starch.  And, oh yes, the ketchup was not Heinz!


As another blogger buddy would put it, “Oh, the pain!”


(Thank you for reading.  And how was your October?)

9 Comments:

Blogger Bob said...

Catheter. The word hurts.
Glad you're on the med and back home and relearning your steps.
You'll be tap-dancing in no time!

After my Dad's ankle replacement, he was told during his rehab that he needed to work on his balance again because he hadn't been using his toes before the surgery and so his balance was whack.
Eighty-years-old and learning to walk.
But it worked.

Continued success on your path ... a walking path! And happy belated birthday!

October 27, 2019 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Dave R said...

Welcome Back!!

Oh, and I would have called for the nurse... that's why they get paid $30 an hour.

October 27, 2019 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Raybeard said...

We're all pleased to see you back home, even if (trying to) read the words of your pain and trials was well nigh impossible for this over-sensitive soul. But I do get the message of your now being in a state of a mixture of relief with true hope for the future, making the agonies of recent times no more than a fast-fading memory. Sincerely wishing you all the best for coming days with discernible and evident improvement in your mobility. The only way is UP!!! Very best wishes.

October 27, 2019 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Glad you've made it through and are home again, where you can have all the Heinz ketchup you want! Places that serve inferior ketchup mystify me. Why prepare good tasting food and then ruin it with crappy ketchup?

October 27, 2019 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Travel said...

It is great to hear from you! Sorry about the infection, I somehow avoided that in my 2015 adventure that included more catheters than I can count. The pain of rehab, will be rewarded in being about to walk a block or two without stopping. One step at a time.

October 27, 2019 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Deedles said...

Oh you poor, poor thing! Been there, done that with the UTIs and my nether regions empathize with you!
I'm sending you love and a cyber hug, and my condolences over the whole crappy ketchup debacle!

October 27, 2019 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Ur-spo said...

I stop by regularly hoping to see you posting
I am pleased as punch to see you back in the saddle as it were.
Oh the pain indeed!
No fun this; get well soon !

October 27, 2019 at 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Old Lurker said...

It is nice to see you back online. I hope both your hip and your urinary tract heal up well.

October 27, 2019 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

Thank you, Bob for your thoughts.

Yes, next time I will taker full advantage of the nurses services, Dave.

Thank you, Raybeard. I tried my best not to be too graphic.

Good question, Debra.

Walking w/o constant stops is one of my goals. Thank you for your thoughts, Travel.

Thank you Deedles. Somehow I survived the indignity of inferior condiments.

Thank you for your get well wishes, Spo.

Thank you Old Lurker. Both areas are on the mend.

October 28, 2019 at 9:24 AM  

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