Hip Surgery - Minus 2 weeks and counting
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
One good thing about my upcoming hip surgery is that I know it's coming so I can plan for it. When my femur broke, several years ago, I sat on the ground in shock, waiting for the ambulance to come, confused and not having a clue what the next days would hold. The "not knowing" made things worse.
Having several weeks to prepare for this hip surgery, my "need to know/ need to do something" coping mechanisms kicked in and I have had time to prepare for the difficult days ahead. Here are some things I have found helpfull:
1. I've been cleaning and rearranging things with the help of my family and friends so that all I have to do is concentrate on recovery and not the dastardly dust bunnies which like to party under the bed. I learned many helpful things during my femur recovery time about what I needed most and where to place them for ease of access.
2. I have a list of exercises that I received to help strengthen myself for the recovery time. I can't do all of them right now because of the pain in my hip joint, but I am keeping up with as many as possible so when the time comes, I will be able to recover better Spark People has been a great resource and motivator to make these lifestyle changes with the support and encouragement of team members!
3. I've had time to educate myself more about the process of recovery with the hip surgery. There are some really great videos about what to expect that have been produced by hospital staff of major surgical centers which walk patients through the post surgical days. While each hospital is different, there is still a lot of great info which helps me to be mindful of things I should and shouldn't do after surgery. By making changes in how I do things now, I won't be so overwhelmed by all there is to remember after the surgery.
4. I've also defrosted my freezer and have been cooking up freezer meals. I can continue to eat the healthier meals I'm used to and it will relieve the extra burden of meal prep for my husband during the first two weeks home. So far I have about 5 meals prepped for us and have plans for several more next week
Anyone have any favorites you'd like to share?