Wednesday, August 24, 2011

" My Last Day at the Hospital ! "

Hello everyone! I am typing this between my lunch and my next physical and occupational therapy treatments. I have two treatments a day and trust me, they are killers!!

I have learned a lot though and gained quite a bit of strength. Things are getting better everyday. I just have to remember to keep taking my pain pills. Yesterday I had forgotten to ask for more and the pain got ahead of me which was just awful. Fortunately I had a great nurse last night that knew what had happened and she got it back under control for me.

Yesterday during Physical therapy I had to learn how to walk up and down the stairs so that I would be able to get into my house. I was a bit ambivalent at first as I really didn't have a clue as to what it would feel like or even if I could do it! Well after my therapist "Alice"  showed me what to do, I had no trouble. I did take it very slow and cautiously. Once I went up and down two or three times, it felt much more comfortable and had more confidence in the task.

Today I was taught how to get in and out of the car which was great as that was the first time I got a whiff of some fresh air!!!

It's all leading up to my homecoming tomorrow. Everyone at the hospital as been very helpful and accommodating but I do feel ready to go home now. I few days ago I know that I didn't feel ready but I do now. Jake has had his training in assisting me but they don't think that it will take me very long to be able to do thinks on my own. People have been amazed that I have gone through this surgery but truthfully it hasn't seemed so bad for me. Yes the physical therapy has at times been a real killer but I know that it is a means to an end. A happy ending. I am feeling so excited about my future I can't tell you! 

And here's some even better news. My surgeon and therapists all agree that I can do as much housework that is comfortable and that I can handle while using a walker!!! It's good exercise. I love cleaning so my therapy should be great!!

I'm really missing my family and pets now. I'll be very happy tomorrow when it's time to leave! I have some photos to post but will wait till I get home to do that and then I should also have more time to start visiting everyone again. This is a very busy place!!

So until next time (when I'm home!) have a great day.

24 comments:

Sharon said...

Wonderful news, Di! I'll bet it won't be long and you will figure out how to use the vacuum cleaner with your walker! I'm really happy for you that things are going so well!

Barb said...

Hi Di, I'v been wondering about you - I've been off-line but just checked in and read your last post, too. So happy for you, Di! Glad you are rehabbing well and keeping the discomfort under control. PLEASE - don't do too much when you get home! I'm thinking of you. You must be the first woman the Dr's ever had who is excited to do housework!

Anvilcloud said...

You've done so well. I am impressed.

Rebecca said...

Diana, I'm impressed! Good for you.
I can't wait to see your pictures. I know (given your guts and grit) you'll be breaking all kinds of records once you get home!

Ginnie said...

WOW...up and down stairs after all you've been through is amazing! If you can do that after this short time you'll be just fine. I'm so happy for you.

Lois Evensen said...

wow, I'm so happy for you! Terrific! :))))) There is no place like home. I'm sure it'll be wonderful to get there tomorrow.

Wanda..... said...

Glad you get to go home before your goal of Friday...you must really be doing great, Di! Come November you are certainly going to have plenty to be thankful for at Thanksgiving! See you at Home! :)

Bonny said...

so very happy to hear that you are doing well. Remember to rest when you need to. Take care Momma! So excited for you and all the things you are gonna be able to do with your new knees!!

Talin's Corner said...

I am so glad to hear that you are progressing. You love housework? You are a gem.

Lynilu said...

WOOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!!! She's a-comin' home!!!!!!

That is GREAT news!!!

jules said...

It sounds like you are doing awesome! I am so excited for this new beginning of yours.

Teacher's Pet said...

If anyone can do it, Di can. I'm not a bit surprised at your amazing progress, my friend. It sounds like you are way ahead of schedule. Hugs to the staff at the hospital for taking such good care of you. Give Jake an extra hug from us...and tell him that we know that he will be the best assistant ever. Hugs to your family, Di...and big ones to YOU.
Love,
Jackie

Sandi said...

This news is awesome, Di! You are a shining star! I know the PT can get difficult, just keep ahead of the pain with the pills and you'll be fine.

Gee, I didn't want to do housework with a walker. I bet your family is happy!

Keep up the great progress and I look forward to hearing more about your recovery!

Rob-bear said...

So glad to hear that things are going well. Looking forward to your news from home.
Blessings and Bear hugs.

Jerelene said...

Hi Diana!
I am so glad to hear that you are doing so well...I am not surprised..you are a strong lady. Don't rush the housework...you'll have plenty of time for that..You made me laugh when you said you love it...I wish I did :)LOL I guess we need to get together so you can rub some of that off on me :)
Glad to hear from you...you are in my prayers and thoughts...
Love and hugs, Jerelene

Bernie said...

Oh Di I am so happy for you. You will heal even faster at home I'm sure, hopefully you won't over do it sweetie, just take it a day at a time. I am sure that everyone at home is missing you as well and are looking forward to having you back there. Sending you big hugs, tons of prayers and much love, xo

Brenda said...

Yay! You sound good!

I remember learning to do stairs and getting in and out of a car when I borke my leg/hip several years ago. Those are all steps in the right direction. Blessings.

Gail said...

HI DI - oh my, hallelujah!! Welcome home my friend, I humbly celebrate this wonderful day with you.
Love Gail
peace......

Being Pramoda... said...

Hi Di.. nice to know that u r keeping well.:)

yeah.. its tough time..keep up the spirit..Hope u will enjoy with ur family soon..:)

Have nice time dear..happy recovery..:)

naida said...

Glad to hear you are ok Diana and going home soon!! xoxoxo
Take care of yourself.

Maria said...

Hi Diana!
I've been keeping you in thought and prayer, wishing you the smoothest recovery ~
I'm so happy things have gone well for you!
You have a lot of courage and I know this will be so wonderful for you when you have reached your physical therapy goals! Take joy in each success along the way! Enjoy being home again!
God bless you!
*Maria

Tranquility Speaks said...

Where there is a will, there sure is a way, and you Diana are a living example. I am so glad you made it through the surgery and are making great progress everyday. The pain is transient, and I am waiting for you to post a jig online, where we see you dance :) Loads of love

quieten said...

Di,
Soooo glad to hear that you are on the mend. This is the first time I've been able to check on you since we had Hurricane Irene come for a visit and I am greatly relieved to know you are doing so well. You are a marvel! Just watch that itch to do housework.....no painting the ceilings or moving the furniture!!!!
Huggz

Teacher's Pet said...

How is my friend????
Da truffe. Da whole truffe, and nuthin' but da truffe.
I send you much love.
Muuuuuuwahhh (blowing you a kiss as I sign off!)
Jackie