Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sleep At Last

Home Sweet Home

How lovely and quiet it is here compared to the hospital. I have caught up on some of my sleep, but there is much yet to go.

My pain is moderate and fairly well, though not 100% controlled by pain meds.  It's mostly a cramping kind of feeling that might feel better if I could stretch and bend my legs completely, but there is some swelling so that's not quite in the cards. I've been using ice on the swelling and heat on the very sore muscles in my thighs.

Nest time I change clothes...in long pants now--I will take a picture of my sutures.  Each leg has about 50 staples holding the surgical site closed. Every expert who has seen them has commented, "What beautiful knees!"  Apparently, my surgeon's skills are quite impressive. I suspect the inside is as good as the outside.

I can feel a huge difference in the stability of the joints already although the soreness and swelling do impact how things feel. Still....wow!

I hope to start my out patient physical therapy next week. In the meantime, I have to discipline myself to do my exercises at home but right now sleeping feels so much better. Hopefully after another nice nap, I will feel more energized.

Everything here at home seems fine although Tucker is stuck inside after losing his shoe. He also cut his ankle a bit, but my horsesitter is treating it. He should be just fine.

Off for my nap.

8 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you are sleeping alot. It is a big part of the healing process. When I broke one little bone in my hand, I would come home from work with the overwhelming urge to nap. Go with those urges cause they really help the healing. Glad the boys are coping. Have you had the velcro kitties surrounding you in bed yet?

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  2. you'll feel a whole lot better being at home, able to eat what you want, when you want, be back in control - albeit slowly and carefully! as jazzbird said, sleep is the best healer, and hospital is the worst place in the world for that, whatever they say...

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  3. Glad you're at home and resting up. Then on to PT . . .

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  4. That's comforting to know that your surgeons skills are well regarded.

    I bet you are tired. Pain wears a person out and I am sure the hospital is no place to really sleep. Ice, heat and pain meds but still so glad to hear that you can really notice the improved stability. And how great that you were able to do them both! Only once do you have to go through this. Sleep well!

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  5. Sleep is the best healer. You've been through a major operation and that really tires you out. Of course, there's no such thing as sleeping in the hospital, between the noise and waking you up every five minutes for medications.

    Glad you're feeling okay. And happy to hear the boys are good. Sleep tight.

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  6. Glad to hear you're home and enjoying your naps. Sleep is good for healing, get all the sleep you can now while you've got help.

    Can't wait to see the pics of your new, beautiful knees!

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  7. That sounds like a huge number of staples! Are you sure the experts aren't just admiring your naturally beautiful knees?

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  8. I was going to email you, as I was waiting for you to post some news. I am glad you are feeling better.

    Pain is really draining even if it is "just" a cramping type, you are tired because your body is healing. Listen to yourself, and catch as much shut-eyes as You can.

    I am so happy to hear from you ^-^

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