Knee Surgery Hospital Horrors and Highlights

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This TKR recovery is a long haul!   We WILL get there in the end.  I am still looking back from time to time to my time in hospital.  I was fortunate to have a very positive experience, which was a relief because I have had some bad experiences in hospital in the past.  What I would like to suggest for this thread, as a bit of entertainment more than anything else, is for people to post ONE (just one!) hospital highlight and ONE (just one!) hospital horror.  Probably keeping fairly brief would be best if possible.  It could be entertaining!   My start is:

highlight...the first time I stood up.  I could feel my operated leg was wonderfully straight and it hasn't been that way for years!  

horror...the time I realised that my nightdress was just that little bit too short.  I hadn't factored in the fact that when using a walker you have to lean forward.  I also hadn't registered that my fellow patient had visitors as I trundled off to the toilet...leaning forward!!!  lol

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    Long haul...

    https://patient.info/forums/discuss/the-tkr-recovery-bell-curve--563756

    Nightdress...LOL!!!!!!

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    Oh LOL!  That's funny:-))))  The lady in the next bed to me had the same problem LOL!

    Highlight - how easy it was to walk with the walker - there was no stopping me and the physio told me I was the star of the ward LOL!  Horror - Debating this one - I think it must be the first time I went off to do a wee and I STILL don't know how I did it but I SOAKED my nightdress and knickers LOL!  Had to come back and change LOL!  But debated that answer with this one - I clearly wasn't with it after the op and fell asleep in the chair.  The doctor came round and asked if I'd done a first wee yet and I told her I'd done it yesterday, so she looked puzzled and repeated the question and I repeated the answer.  She then told me I'd only come in that day and it was the same day as the operation LOL!  I thought I'd been there at least a day LOL!  But I did remember doing the wee and the consequences LOL!  And in case anyone is wondering, I had a spinal and sedative, not a general anaesthetic LOL!

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    This sounds like fun.  Something to get our mind off rom.

      Horror- in the hospital they wanted you to be up and dressed everyday.  

    On the second night I wanted to go to bed so the night nurse came in.  She had been fairly unfriendly and I worked hard to get her to talk. Anyway, that night I was having her help me and im sitting naked , no shame, I got my nightgown on.  As she left I,said" thanks ma'am for all your help.  She turned around and said, "you know you've been calling me ma'am for two days and I'm actually a guy."  I turned a horrible shade of red and felt pretty stupid.  Stupid too because I was flinging clothes around thinking I was getting undressed in front of a woman.  

       The funny thing was in PT the second day.  We, all the knee replacement people wee sitting in a circle.  She had us doing heel slides.  One old guy next to me was moving his heel back and forth like no tomorrow.  The PT said "sir, you need to do that with your other knee". Huh, he said being hard of hearing.  You want me to do what?  You need to use your other leg.  He said, I just had that operated on, I can't do that.  Well, everyone got a good laugh at that.  

       You've got to find humor where you can. 

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