2 Weeks Post Op
Firstly, can I just say congrats to Xandra on your new site.
My partner is the hippie in our relationship and at the age of 43 she is due to have her first hip replacement surgery on the 20th Feb.
I have managed to get 2 weeks leave from work for when she comes home from hospital but I'm concerned that this isn't enough time. I have no choice but to go back to work after the 2 weeks so I was wondering, based on readers experiences, what stage we can expect her to be at 2 weeks post op and what sort of things I can do to ensure that I can leave her safely for up to 9 hours a day?
Aside from arthritis in the hip being replaced she is otherwise in good health.
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Thank you! I hope this site helps with your queries 🙂
5 days away now? How is she doing? I know I was pretty nervous as the days were getting closer to the surgery. Plenty of distraction will help with that.
I think that most people who've had hip replacements have been in your position. I think planning is definitely the key, making sure that she is 'set up' for the day, while you're not there; up and washed/dressed before you go, having had some brekkie, easy lunches, bottle of water.... Netflix 😉 Also make sure there are no 'death traps' lying around, things she could trip over. I have an cross-the-body 'day bag' that has all of my supplies I need for the day, that might be useful.
At 2 weeks, for me, it was the end of the worst bit, things started to get easier. But still being on crutches made doing things by myself not impossible, but more difficult. If she doesn't already have one... get her a grabber, which will really help for when you're not around to pick things up when they get dropped - having the TV on the same channel all day because you've dropped the remote is hell! 😉
All the best with the surgery! Post an update with her progress 🙂
Thanks for the advice and responses. We have bought one of those grabbers - my partner's been having a little practice with it, it's not as easy as you think! We're packing all her bits and pieces ready for hospital; tomorrow is the day! We have to set off quite early to be there for 7:30am. I'm still very unsure about leaving her when I go back to work, but we'll take each day as it comes. I'll make sure I update with her progress... and we'll see you on the other side.
I just wanted to give an update on my partner.
It's been just over a week now and although things were very difficult to begin with, it's starting to settle down a bit now. She had a lot of difficulty to begin with, with sickness from the anaesthetic and other 'toilet' issues, shall we say! However, she came home on the third day and now we're just trying to get in a routine, with medication and other daily chores.
I am very aware that I go back to work in less than a week, which is still something of a worry for me. The GP didn't really come back with anything helpful other than to source my own care to come in half way through the day, something I'm now looking in to. Even if I knew that someone would be coming in at lunch time for instance, that's less time to spend on her own during the day and also someone who can help with meals.
Hopefully, she will start to get stronger soon, but at the moment she is very reliant and seems as though she may be for some time.