I thought I would pop on and give an update on how I am progressing.
I am still doing extremely well. I do have some ups and downs, but for the most part I feel great. I had a bad evening a couple of days ago after riding in the car to my doctor appointment and sitting there then riding back (it is a 45 minute ride). That was to be expected, though. It didn't help that I forgot to take a pain pill with me and was overdue. That put me behind the pain and it took me until the next morning to get back ahead of it.
I started physical therapy this week. The therapist comes in twice a week. I had 2 sessions this past week and will see her twice a week for the next 3 weeks or so. I also have a nurse that comes in. She was here once this past week and will also be coming twice a week. I am walking as much as possible, but the doctor and the nurse told me to take it easy with that. The street I live on is not level, so I am just walking around the house as much as possible. I am also doing the exercises that the physical therapist is giving me.
As far as medication, I am still taking Dilaudid - 8 mg every 4 hours and 2 mg every 4 hours for breakthrough. I thought I was not going to be able to continue on this medication, which made me panic (I have a very high tolerance to pain medication and nothing else I have taken over the years has helped at all). My pain management doctor said in a month we can come up with a plan to slowly wean me down to a lower dose and then maybe off completely some time after that. This is the only medication that works for me, so I want to make sure they don't wean me off of it too soon. He agrees with that. He told me that this is definitely not the time to be worrying about stopping... I am only a little over a week after a rough surgery.
All in all, I am doing so much better than I envisioned I would be at this stage. I don't have any complaints. I do remember to do exactly what I am supposed to do and nothing else (it's so easy to overdue when feeling so good). Watching a lot of TV, and reading a lot right now.
That is about it for me. I read everyone's posts, and although I don't reply a lot - I am thinking of everyone and hoping everything goes well.
Would love to hear back from you all!