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Re: need advice please

Thanks folks....

My mother is very active at 70 something. She actually
teaches line dancing twice a week along with all of
her other activities.

She came back from a trip and couldn't walk for all
practical purposes, although she can get somewhat
around, but it is painful.

Anyways, I would imagine she will heal faster than
most as she has the determination and a high tolerance
of pain normally. Her comment to the regular doctor
yesterday was - she was ok with a surgery as long as
she can walk and dance afterwards.

I have three weeks that I could be there 24/7 but past
that would be a problem. Sounds like that might work,
baring any complications. I can always come home for
lunch etc, but she would have to be mobile enough to
go to the bathroom etc while I was at work so
hopefully after 3 wks, she could do that.

I have always read charts when any of my family was
hospitalized. Recall getting into an arguement when
they 'hide' it on me once....don't always understand
everything I am looking at... but can figure out the
gist of it.


--- Judy Browning <judylee@lewiston.com> wrote:

> That sounds about right, Sue. Some folks are up &
> about sooner, some later. 
> Depends on the specific procedure and the person's
> pain tolerance and 
> willingness to walk on it, even with some pain. The
> newer procedures don't 
> cut through as much muscle & connective tissue.
> Folks seem to be up with 
> less pain with those. Ice packs help a lot. When
> she's not up walking, she 
> should lie or sit with the knee elevated and iced.
> She should only sit 20 - 
> 30 minutes at a time for several days right after
> surgery. Lying down with 
> that leg above heart level, with an ice pack, will
> decrease swelling (and 
> pain). Walking improves circulation and decreases
> stiffness (and pain). If 
> she's fairly active now, she should do well, Donna.
> If you have limited time 
> you can be there 24/7, consider a short stay in a
> rehab center. She'll get 
> therapy a couple times daily, you can visit and walk
> with her to keep her 
> moving in addition to what the staff can do. If you
> choose to do this, lay 
> out some clear expectations with the administration
> and make sure they buy 
> into your goal for your mom (increasing independence
> and safety, for 
> instance). When you visit, be a nuisance, ask to see
> her "chart" and review 
> her progress with the nurse on shift. If they know
> you will be closely 
> monitoring her care, it's more likely she will get
> great care. In general, 
> nursing staff care and want to do well, but that's
> where cuts get made in 
> the budget. When you can't get everything done that
> needs done, "easy" 
> patients don't always get the attention they need to
> really do well.
> Dang, there's that soapbox again.
> Barring any unexpected problems, she should do well,
> Donna.
> Judy B
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "SueNY" <sue.nyc@att.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 7:34 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] need advice please
> > My aunt had her knee replaced last year. She was
> in the hospital about a
> > week and then home...was walking on her own at
> about 6-8 weeks and is 
> > doing
> > great now.
> >
> > Sue
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
> > To: "gardenchat list" <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 10:28 PM
> > Subject: [CHAT] need advice please
> >
> >
> >> Anyone or a close loveone ever had a knee
> replaced?
> >> Seems my mother has overdone her trips, stairs
> and
> >> other activities and is looking at having this
> done.
> >>
> >> Heading to the specialist next Thursday, but that
> >> doesn't give me much time to inform my boss about
> my
> >> up and coming vacation the following
> Monday...which I
> >> may need to reschedule.
> >>
> >> So... how long of a hospital stay (or is this an
> out
> >> patient thing)- how long once home will she need
> >> constant care?
> >>
> >> Trying to decide if I should cancel all my
> vacation
> >> plans so I can use that time to care for her....
> >>
> >> TIA
> >> Donna
> >>
> >>
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