The Next Step in the Adventure

Home from the hospital with many contraptions, but the best “contraption” is my friend Lois who has the icky jobs of taking off and putting on my ted hose and helping me get up in the night. She’s an awesome, friend and I am very lucky.

I discovered in the hospital that — at this point — when I’m not on oxgen, I get nauseous, so I Β came home with two oxygen tanks and a prescription for oxygen.

But —

Oddly enough, I enjoyed the hospital. The nurses were kind, competent and — after a while — fun to be around. I was happy to be in the hospital and being cared for. Realizing this, the nurses were happy to joke around with me. We ended up having a good time, agreeing that laughter really helps with attitude adjustment and healing.

And…a word on Millennials. All of my nurses were Millennials, beautiful, personable, 30ish women living in the moment of raising kids, pursusing a difficult career on the surgical floor of large hospital. They asked about the book I’m reading,Β Another Good Dog by Cara Achterberg. We talk about our dogs and our jobs (mine in the past obviously). One of them had been a non-traditional college student and she was eager to tell me all about her experiences.

My “family” was there, too. It’s a family with no blood ties to me. I guess we’re held by love ties.



Francis the Blue Dragon and Little Bear


I’ve already experienced the benefit I gave myself of all those months of riding the Sainted Air-Dyne and the two months of physical therapy. Yesterday when I was gotten up and taken for a walk around the hallways I could feel the muscles in my thigh supporting, holding onto, the wounded area. My legs are closer to the same length and I stand up straight.

As for the incision, it hurts, but not much and my hip joint no longer hurts at all. They sent me home with pain meds, but I don’t feel enough pain (IMO) to need to take the full dosage. Just at night, I think. I have also the distinct “pleasure” of giving myself a shot in the stomach once a day. The physical therapist wil show up this afternoon. Things are moving right along — even me, kind of. I made my own coffee this morning. πŸ™‚

31 thoughts on “The Next Step in the Adventure

  1. Hooray for healing. How lovely to have the surgery, and now the hospital as well in the rear view mirror! Am glad that you are experiencing the lack of joint ache that is the immediate relief of replacement surgery. Love your hospital pets! Francis and LB.

    A hint on changing the TED hose–using a plastic bag like newspapers come in (and a Ziplock will do), put that over your foot and ankle, the hose slides up much more easily over the plastic, and then pull the bag out through the hole in the end of the sock.

    Welcome home, best healing wishes, and so glad that you have the support of your family of affinity! Nice to have you back in the blogging family, too!

  2. I’m absolutely thrilled for you, Martha. Supportive “family” and of course Francis and Little Bear looking on gleefully is massive! πŸ™‚ Very happy for you!!!!! that all went well and your in so much less pain! Woooooooooot

  3. You’re doing great, Martha!! Sometimes 2 days after is the worst, and then you start to feel a lot better. Glad the oxygen is helping with nausea. They probably told you that some kinds of pain meds will cause some nausea too. Glad you were well-cared for also! My very favorite kind of patients were people who were used to having to do things on their own – they usually appreciated someone caring for them when they needed really needed it.

    • I definitely appreciated my nurses. And I felt kind of bad every time they said they were sorry. I kept saying, “You’re not trying to hurt me, You’re trying to help me move!” I’m on a pain med that does cause nausea and I don’t like it under general purposes, anyway, because it also makes me itch. I haven’t really needed much today. πŸ™‚

  4. Such fabulous news! Now you can get back to life. Can’t imagine how great (mentally) you must feel to be on the other side of this! Hope you continue to heal and remain the poster child for preop exercise!

    • Thank you, Cara. Your book has been good company. And definitely. I just walke a block and I know that is the result of all the work I’ve done leading up to this. Ah also, is this review copy PERFECT or might i find stuff that isn’t right? I happened on something yesterday that was bewildering, but it might be the drugs :p

  5. Welcome home and I’m so glad you are feeling better! I was sure you would feel better and it only improves from this point onward!

    A good friends is incomparable. I had one of them to help ME through two major surgeries. I don’t know how I would have survived without her.

    A good hospital is not a bad place to be, but a bad hospital is a terrible place. I was in great shape the last two times I was in, especially the last time where I felt SAFE. I really felt they had my back and I was being well cared for. It’s a very good feeling.

    Happy homecoming and many good year to come for you!

  6. Such great news and I am glad that you had a good experience of hospital life, it makes all the difference. I was in casualty the last time which means operate, let her walk around a bit and send her home, but I have recovered and today got the all clear for no more therapy. I wish you all the best for a quick and speedy recovery and I am sure the hounds will be glad to see you again. By the way, love your sexy leggings, I am sure you look great in them. I got something similar in hospital, but not for long.

  7. Welcome home!!! I’m glad you had such a positive experience with the hospital, the surgery, and the results. It will all be easier by the day from here on out, and you’ll soon be back to healthy!!

  8. Thank you for the update, Martha. I’ve been thinking about you this week even as I’ve been unable to devote little time to blogging. I’m grateful your surgery went well and that you had such a pleasant stay in the hospital. May your road to healing be short, well-paved, and free of bumps, dips, & potholes!

  9. Hooray. I’ve been waiting on the news, and reminding myself that you are a day behind us, so to speak. I’m glad it went so well, Martha. All that research you did on your doctor was well worth it. As soon as you are off the pain meds and unhooked, there will be no stopping you. A big hug to Lois for looking after you, too. Don’t give her too much sass, well, not unless she likes it that way.

    My sympathies about the nausea. With my first C-section and two frozen shoulders, I worked out that I couldn’t take opiate based pain relief. So when I had the second c-section, it was paracetamol only once I returned to the ward.

    • I’m with you on the opiate pain meds. They make me sick to my stomach which is not good because then I don’t want to eat and I’m supposed to eat. Plus Lois is one of those people who gets sick when she sees someone else barf! :O

  10. Martha–I am so happy that you are home. I’m glad your hospital experience was good, and that you have someone to help you–you, go Lois!!!! I was reticent to take my pain meds, too, but the nurses and the doctor said, ‘Take the pain meds. Don’t chase the pain.’

    • πŸ˜€ I’m happy I’m home, too. I haven’t had much pain, but I’ve had a lot of nausea and I know the pain meds can cause that. I’m taking the milder one of the two (Tramadol) and the Percoset only at night at this point.

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