I am back in my home! I was released August 20th. Being home is not as easy as I thought it would be. The last 3 months have taken quite a toll on my body and I am quite weakened. Following my fall, I spent 2 months laid up waiting for my hip and foot to heal so I would be able to have the full knee replacement done on my left knee. The doctor cancelled the surgery 2 times due to my hip. The surgery finally happened July 20th. July 23rd I was sent to stay in a rehabilitation center. There were some bad experiences there due to some miscommunication, and lack of communication with my surgeon. The center kept trying to call my primary care doctor instead of the surgeon, and I have yet to meet my primary care so he never responded as he did not know who I was. The lack of connecting with my surgeon despite my requests led to problems with a brace on my leg (delayed PT for a week) and problems with the catheter and its removal! This caused me great pain and led to interventions by friends of me to make its removal finally happen!
Oh, and the food in the rehab place was horrible. The cooks overcooked most of it and it was not edible. I lost 40 pounds in the full 3 months, mostly muscle. The physical therapists were great and worked hard with me over the month there. I was told by them that it will take much longer for me to regain muscle strength and be strong again and I need to be patient. I see the surgeon on Weds. to find out if he will release me to drive and tell me what else I need. I am going to be getting PT at home through home health care.
It is hard for me to ask for help and everyone has been so kind and helpful. I am so touched by the loving kindness that has been shown to me. So many took time out to care for my 2 cats, to care for my home, to get mail, to drive me to and from appointments, caring for my yard, to shop for me, to visit me, and to show love to this old lady. It has meant a lot.
Not sure when I can return to work for more than 2 hours a day as after 2 hours of sitting, my left leg muscles start to spasm in pain. PT told me that is because of the loss of muscle.
I am not sure how my work will take that when I am told I can return. That is, if they allow my return to my part-time position at even lesser hours per week.
I am so happy to be home, though struggling with some things and finding myself tiring out way too easily. One of my problems that is complicating things is my eating disorder that I have lived with all of my life. I think I will tell you about that in another post.