After her recovery period, Nicole was groggy and drifted in and out of sleep. She was soon moved to her room, where she did much the same thing for a while.
Eventually the physical therapist came to teach her to walk again. Nicole met this with a lot of resistance, as she was in a considerable amount of pain while on her feet. However, sometime later I came back after checking on the dogs, and found that she had been walking up and down the corridor outside her room (walker assisted), and was no longer in excruciating pain. Tomorrow she gets to come home!
The doctor just came out and told us that Nicole’s surgery was a success, and went according to plan. There was some minor issue with the anesthesia, and she had had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics they had her on initially, but all that got worked out, and now she’s through surgery and in recovery.
Her mom and I are now waiting (about 45 minutes) for her to leave recovery and go to her room, so we can go and see her post-0p. The doctor plans on prescribing some fairly light pain meds, which is encouraging. But for now, all’s well, and Nicole is now the proud owner of a brand new bionic hip.
Nicole mentioned a while back, I think, that I (Brian, her husband) would be posting on her behalf during her surgery and recovery, to keep you up-to-date on what was going on.
Right now, I’m sitting in the waiting room at the Rothman Institute, while she is prepped for surgery. Once her IVs are started and the anesthesia has begun, I and her mother will be brought back to see her, one at a time. It’s early right now, six in the morning; we were up at 3:30. Very soon she’ll be under the knife.
The surgery, itself, will take about two hours, but I don’t imagine that we’ll be able to see her for closer to three. Her mother and I will be staying with her for the bulk of the day, with infrequent forays back home to take care of the dogs and make sure they’re not freaking out about being left home all day. She’ll be staying overnight tonight, and will be released tomorrow (or, that’s the plan, at least).
There’s some dispute regarding recovery time; the doctor has told us 7-10 days, then she’ll be walking on her own, and that she won’t need narcotics. The physician’s assistant, on the other hand, has quoted us 10-14 days on a walker, and on narcotics. We aren’t sure who to believe at this point; the doctor has more medical knowledge, but the assistant probably has more practical experience with recovering patients. We’ll see I guess.
That’s all for now; I’ll update again when she’s out of surgery.