Other than being pretty groggy and unbearably itchy today, Day 1 post-op has been successful and eventful.
Though my epidural has numbed both legs (the non-op side better than the op side, go figure), I was able to sit up and swing my legs off the side of the bed this afternoon, less than 24 hours post-op. Okay, so I didn't really swing my legs; it took Mom, Vanessa and me about two minutes to accomplish this!
Vanessa (my physical therapist) also had me doing isometric exercises, which caused a few tears to fall, not from pain, but from the heartache of not being able to move more than an inch at a time. It's hard to make the switch from strong and athletic to weak and incapable. Vanessa told me not to be so hard on myself and that with my determination, we should be able to make it home by Friday.
I think I'm going to go off the epidural tomorrow morning so I can stand and walk tomorrow. Yay!
My pain is at a 1 when not moving, a 3-5 when I'm trying to get up.
I am receiving one of two blood transfusions for the day. Not a single person who's come into my room has passed on the opportunity to tell me how pale I am. My hemotocrit had dropped to 26, so I'm getting my A+ buhlud back. They moved my IV from my hand (a painful spot) to my arm, so I've had no pain during this transfusion, which takes four hours per unit.
Today I also changed beds because the first one wasn't big enough for the hip CPM and didn't have a trapeze. They just slid me over on the backboard and pulled me onto the other bed.
I want to claw my skin off. The Dilaudid in my epidural makes my stomach and back so itchy I can't stand it! Mom has had to grab my hand and slap me to keep my hands off my skin. They gave me Benadryl last night but I didn't notice any difference. Will ask for something else soon.
My nurses so far have been fantastic. Such a nice change from last time.
So hard to get sleep. The nurses are in here every one to two hours. Looking forward to getting more than a couple hours' worth at a time!
All in all, doing well. And ready to go home already!