It is 2:23 am and I can not sleep. It has been a difficult week. A few days after I came home from the hospital, Dave came down with a nasty upper respiratory illness that hung on for a week. There is no doubt in my mind he picked it up in the hospital. As much as he tried to keep it to himself, the virus did not co-operate and by the second week I also had it. To make matters worse, I am also fighting a bacterial infection that I picked up in the hospital. The first round of antibiotics did not work so I am on my second round. Fighting both of these while trying to recover from major surgery has resulted in one tired person. I am convinced hospitals can kill you.
An infection is not a good thing to have after joint replacement surgery. If bacteria attaches to the implant itself, it is almost impossible to fight. In many cases the implant must be removed. I know someone who had this happen after a knee replacement. They had to remove the implant and put in a spacer. For six weeks he could put no weight on the joint. Eventually they did another surgery to put in a new implant. He is doing great now, but that is after three surgeries and months and months of recovery.
I do have some good news though, three weeks after surgery my new hip is doing really well. Every day I am making huge strides in my physical therapy. I have very little pain and this past weekend I promoted myself from the walker to a cane. That is almost two weeks earlier than surgery #1. I attribute this faster recovery to the fact that I do not have a broken femur this time and that I have another good hip thanks to my first surgery.
However, my lack of patience is roaring its ugly head again. I am feeling like a prisoner in my house. My first recovery was in the dead of winter and the cold weather and snow did not invite me outside like the sunshine I have been seeing lately. I do not remember feeling as captive up as I do now.
My goal for this week is to improve my walking with the cane. I am still taking baby steps and not feeling very confident yet. I am hoping I can go out to dinner this weekend. I think that will improve my spirits tremendously.
Now, if I could only go to sleep………