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cathydrew
04-06-2015, 02:57 PM
Heading into NYC tomorrow afternoon...surgery Wednesday morning.
I think I'm ready...

ADMoul
04-06-2015, 03:23 PM
Hi Cathy,
I just wanted to wish you luck and let you know I am thinking of you this week. Have been reading some of your recent posts and I can totally relate to what you're going through. The anticipation in those last few weeks is the worst and then you just sort of settle in and "let it go." You've made a decision that is going to improve your quality of life forever, you have an excellent surgeon and you just kind of have to relinquish control. And that's really hard for most of us. I am so very, very thankful for the new lease on life that Dr. Lonner gave me and looking back, it was worth all the struggle, anxiety, fear and discomfort. Everyone is different and you may find your recovery is not as difficult as you anticipate. I know, it's good to be prepared for the worst case scenario but even with complications, I was singing a choral concert a little less than 3 months after my surgery. Stay positive, stay strong, don't be afraid to ask for help and know that all of your forum buddies are pulling for you. If there's anything I can do for you along the way in your recovery, please don't hesitate to contact me. Godspeed!

PeggyS
04-06-2015, 04:13 PM
Thinking of you, Cathy & sending prayers.

golfnut
04-06-2015, 09:22 PM
Cathy,
I will be thinking of you on Wednesday. Anne said everything so well that have nothing to add. My recovery was much easier than I had anticipated, although it takes a lot of patience.

titaniumed
04-06-2015, 11:46 PM
Cathy

Have your hubby post so we know how you are doing. Write down your username and password for him.

Your ready, you can do this....

Ed

JenniferG
04-07-2015, 05:40 AM
Ann said it all really. Best of luck for a smooth journey.

Marianne
04-07-2015, 08:42 AM
Cathy
Thinking of you today,
When you read this it will be all over. Wishing you all the best with your recovery.
We know it will not be easy for the first while but like Ed always says " Deep Breaths it will get better"
It will be my turn next Wednesday!

mabeckoff
04-07-2015, 12:22 PM
Hope all goes well.

It was good to hear from you Anne

Melissa

susancook
04-08-2015, 10:15 PM
Cathy, Sending healing thoughts your way.
Susan

cathydrew
04-24-2015, 02:35 PM
So here I am two weeks and one day out. I'm not going to get into details of what a horrible first night it was and how the morphine made me itch so badly that I had to grab the oxygen things off my face until it was all scratched up, or that they had to freaking restrain me which was no fun at all. I also am not going to talk about how horrible night nurses were at Beth Israel because the day nurses were fantastic and most of the night nurses were great. What I am going to talk about is what a great idea it was for my husband to get a night private care assistant to stay with me all night long the whole time I was in the hospital cash out-of-pocket. I also want to mention Dr. Lonner 's incredible team including his thoracic surgeon whose name I believe I cannot believe I forgot I think it might've been Kleinman, and his amazing plastic surgeon who enabled me to use my arms 90% of the way immediately by meticulously reattaching all the muscles whoever they belonged to. My husband and I are camped out in the living room me I am at a hospital bed which is fantastic because of the adjustability and he is just all over the big couch which is huge so he's comfortable too. I do want to mention the only complication that I had was the hip surgery my right hip where they screwed in the screw has given me more pain than the entire rest my body. After x-rays and sonograms and CAT scans nothing showed up which means it's just a bunch of bullshit I actually mean healing pain but it makes it very difficult to walk, sitting and standing are nearly impossible.
The bottom line is I keep looking at myself and thinking to myself I did it I finally did it the thing I have thought about for so many years the thing that has defined for me so many years . It's done.

PeggyS
04-24-2015, 07:53 PM
Yea, Cathy! It sounds like you're semi-comfortable at home & that's a great place to be! I hope you can find relief for your hip - you'll soon be doing lots of walking! I'm approaching 6 months & sometimes I can't freaking believe I did it, either!

titaniumed
04-24-2015, 08:28 PM
Cathy Congratulations!

They also tied me down so I guess I was a bad boy....that’s what everyone told me anyway. (smiley face)

Sitting is very difficult and it does take many of us a long time to get through the difficult sitting phase. It does improve but it takes a lot of time.

What happens when you stand? Where is the pain? How long are you standing? Can you walk 30 feet?

Easy does it....the first 6 weeks are hard for all of us and we have to stay strong.

Hang in there

Ed

cathydrew
04-25-2015, 04:54 PM
Hey Ed. Yes I can walk 30 feet I can make a whole circuit of my house. I can sit but it's incredibly uncomfortable even in the bathroom. The pain starts in the joint area and radiates down the leg the outside of which leg is numb. I can shower get to the bathroom withhelp change my clothes, all that but then all I want to do is go back and curl up in my bed usually panting like a dog. At this point even making an appointment and going to see the doctor is distinctly impossible. But I love my results and I love my pictures. Here's the after photo:

mabeckoff
04-25-2015, 05:21 PM
Looks good. Life will get better

JenniferG
04-26-2015, 12:17 AM
Your back looks amazing Cathy.

Everything will wear you out for a while. I slept 3 hours a day every day for 6 weeks, then eased off. I slept 12 hours at night and was still dopey and dozy during the day. But the time went so quickly. Sleep when your body tells you. It's the best way to heal and pass the time.

I think a short walk every day is good for your general well being, if you can. It will get better! You will be a completely different person in 3 months!

cathydrew
04-30-2015, 07:26 PM
So yeah I'm feeling pretty good I'm of them down but I am so tired I sleep all the time I wake up to eat go to bathroom take a shower walk around the house little bit acknowledge my children and my pets and I go back to bed I hope that is normal!

mabeckoff
04-30-2015, 10:35 PM
Where do you live in Long Island? I am originally from there... a very long time ago

LindaRacine
05-01-2015, 12:07 AM
Cathy...

I'd like to encourage you to send a message to Dr. Lonner. Your inability to walk could have a big impact on your recovery. Did he put bolts in both sides of your pelvis? If so, I'm wondering if he could remove the one that's so painful.

--Linda