My Home PT came over for the first time today (8 days post-op) and had me walk, sit, lay in bed and get out of bed.
I am not conscious enough about all of my movements. When walking and I turn toward someone beside or behind me, I am twisting instead of using my feet to turn my whole body.
I am taking too big of steps and not staying "straight", knees, belly-button and nose in line at all times.
I have to do the log-roll getting in and out of bed. I have been "snapping-up" and twisting my torso too much. Also getting in and out of bed too fast.
I just have to SLOW DOWN and do everything in a more conscious way and take into consideration where all my body parts are.
I have been laying in bed at a 45 degree angle, propped up with pillows. PT said only to sit at a 90 degree angle or lay as flat as possible.
He was also concerned that he was not sent out to me sooner. I thought 8 days was early but not if I spent the first 6 days home doing everything the wrong way!
He also said to use my walker inside our home. I figured I had plenty of "stuff" to hold onto but in doing so I was twisting a bit and using the walker will eliminate that.
I am to avoid getting constipated (eat more stuff with fiber), don't talk loud or yell (abdominal strain) and the same with coughing and sneezing (not much I can do to stop that!)
I was so glad to have him come over. He will be back on Friday. So I guess the nurse and PT guy will be coming over 2x a week for now.
Boy! I am so glad to have found this forum! Hope you all are healing well or calm about upcoming surgeries!
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