I barely slept, the beeps the alarms and chatting nurses kept me awake, I tried music and earphones, eye mask but still it alluded me.
I managed a few cat naps, but nothing substantial in a block of hours. So when the lights came on at 6am, I thought I may as well get up.
Straight away I was asked if I wanted to have a wash, freshen myself up. So I did. Feeling reasonable, though I can tell some pain relief I got from surgery day had positively worn off.
Now the leg feels so weighty and hard to put weight through on the walker. Hoping I get some crutches later though, as I feel more confident and safer on them weirdly.
I sat in the chair, while they changed the bedding and freshened up the room. I got to eat at 8.30am I’m shocked at how well I’ve been able to eat.
OT came round at 9.30am and I got crutches!! Yay so off we went for a walk, we found a flight of stairs and I managed them with ease, so I’m now officially signed off OT. So at this point I knew I could go home.
But as ever you need x-rays, bloods, many many observations, and a doctor visit before you are free to go.
To break the day up I had a wonderful visit from Chelsea, one who herself knew what a Triple Pelvic Osteotomy feels like, and is back soon for screw removal. We had been speaking via the Facebook support groups, and I can’t tell you how much this lifted my spirits. To compare tales and feel validated in our woes, did me the world of good. Thank you so much sweetheart xx
So dinner time came and went, the food was great. But I’m feeling a lot more pain now, it’s the movement of the leg. So I give in and get back into the bed at 1pm.
At 1.30pm I was took down to x-ray in bed thankfully, and it hurt moving from my bed to theirs, they stole my pillow too (never did get it back!) X-ray was fast. But the pain lingered so I gave in and pressed the buzzer for pain relief. I got some oramorph.
Took eons to get a doctor’s review on x-ray, so it’s looking like early evening before I can go. At 5pm they said I needed a new x-ray as the screw looked like it was in my bladder.
So that was scary, though I’d been weeing freely since I woke up from surgery. I did not know I had a screw until this point. So down to x-ray in a wheelchair this time, new position for x-ray, which was hard. I had to lean 45 degrees onto operated leg!!
But it was over fast thankfully, though it made me feel woozy sick from the position. I soon was back to my room eating tea, and trying to liaise with husband as to when he can come up to collect me. Finally free from the cannula as well, what a relief!!
X-ray needed another review and it came by 6.30pm so at 7pm husband was in the building. But I’d had some dihydrocodeine and I felt sick, a bit dizzy and exhausted. I still hadn’t slept over 4.5hours in 2 nights. So I drank lots of water, and got dressed while we waited for the discharge nurse.
By 8pm I was free, and hubby wheeled me to the car in a chair, as I couldn’t face the walk yet. As soon as I was in the car I felt relief to be going home, I finally relaxed a bit.
Spotted the hospital’s resident kitty on the way out, got Mr Moon to snap a pic!
And of course as I predicted as soon as I got home and comfy on my sofa, I was flat out asleep!! I needed that so much!
Found it harder to get onto sofa and bed with my leg, I think it’s more to do with technique than anything else. I slept so well until midnight, when Mr Moon said let’s go to bed. I took my dihydrocodeine and off we went. And I slept right up until 5am, then dropped off again until I needed paracetamol at 7.30am. I shockingly fell asleep again until 9.30am and got a much needed drink, and at 10.30am I had my dihydrocodeine.
Not bad for the first time at home, it’s positively harder at home, but I hope I will see improvements each day, a little victory here and there.