It’s just coming up to 4 weeks since my hip replacement and it’s been a bit of an up and down week.
I’m still not getting a lot of sleep because I have to sit propped up in bed, but I’m starting (sort of) to accept that this is how it has to be until I hit the magic 6 weeks. Once there I will be allowed to sleep on my side (but still not on the side that’s had the new hip, and only with a pillow between my legs!).
The area where my scar is still feels quite tender and swollen, but I assume that’s to be expected. The hospital didn’t give me much information about this, other than to advise me to let them know if the scar tissue becomes very hot and inflamed, and as this hasn’t happened I’m assuming all is okay!
I’ve also had a bit of a dodgy tum – not sure what that’s all about, so let’s move on…
On the plus side I’ve managed to shower by myself and although I’m not allowed to bend down to soap my legs I felt a real sense of achievement!
My last injection of clexane (blood thinner that reduces the risk of deep vein thrombosis) is on Sunday night, so that’s a bonus!
And my wonderful beauty salon Elle Vie pulled out all the stops to enable me to have a manicure and pedicure on Tuesday and that felt brilliant. Big thanks to Chelsea who had to work very hard to make sure I didn’t have to bend too much.
Plus, the HRT patch went back on this week, so I am looking forward to the flushes receding – they’ve not helped with my sleep problems; just as I get off I am woken up by what feels like internal combustion taking place that generates so much heat I am convinced that I could cook an egg on my skin when it happens!
I did manage to get out, and I am really grateful to my friends who have been coming over to walk with me or take me off for tea and cake somewhere.
All in all it’s not been too bad, but I am aware that this post probably sounds a bit lacklustre (because to be honest, that’s how I am feeling). So to liven it up, here’s a little video I put together on Monday when it all seemed a little too much and I needed to get a grip. Hope it makes you laugh as much as it did Mr K, and I can confirm that no hip was harmed during the making of the film 😉.