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Old 02-12-2009, 08:15 PM
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Default Re: Info re surgery & beyond

Hi Judy, I just found your questions.

What usually happens in hospital? How soon do they get the patient up and walking? Usually on the second day the patient is taught to log-roll to the edge of the bed and sit up. Provided she's not too wobbly or faint, the Physios usually help her to her feet. If it's not to difficult a short few paces across the room then back into bed. Each day walking further is encouraged.
Is sitting usually for only very limited time? I found sitting the most uncomfortable position. Standing or lying was better. It was weeks before I sat for more than 10 minutes at a time. I spent some time lying on the sofa each day just to get out of my bedroom.
When the patient comes home....what is expected with their day to day activities? At first, not a lot. Walking is encouraged every day. Eat healthily, rest, sleep. Is it pretty much lying around most of the time for many weeks. There is a lot of lying around for many weeks! It sounds boring, but the time seems to go quickly because the drugs make you sleepy so you do sleep a lot, well I did. Often 8-10 hours at night then more during the day. Each day things get easier and easier. Soon you start doing things like peeling the vegies for dinner and trying to be useful but you need to take things slowly.
Are they able to move themselves around in bed a bit, like lying on their side, or is it just lying on the back for a long time? Yes, you can move around in the bed though it's difficult in the first couple of weeks. It seems to be most comfortable lying on the back and you get used to this.
Any useful hints to make things easier when they come home? It depends on the patient really. Lots of patients make use of shower chairs, toilet raisers, grabbers. I didn't need any of these things though now use a grabber because my knees are starting to object to all the squatting (which you do in place of bending at the waist.)

I hope I've answered your questions adequately.
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