I owe you all an update. Friday she had her hip replacement. Surgeon said “it went beautifully.” So I take it the surgical part has gone well.
Later than evening when the anesthesia wore off, she was in severe pain. She was in agony actually. They gave her oxycodone, but it didn’t seem to make a difference. Not only that, the contraption that they put over the bed for hobbling patients (see image) to lift themselves fell apart when she pulled on it and one of the support bars came off and hit her on the leg that had just been operated. Ultimately they had to give her morphine.
Over the weekend she improved. They had her up and even had her walk with a walker for some twenty feet. She was to get discharged today, Monday, but they held back. Her blood pressure has been very low, and I just figured out why for the nurses. She takes a blood pressure medication to raise her blood pressure, Midodrine. She has the opposite of blood pressure issues than most people. It’s too low from orthostatic hypo tension. The medication lifts her pressure, but when I read the details it says that a patient should not take it if they are bedridden. It’s plays havoc on her blood pressure. So hopefully they will either change the dosage because she is bedridden or get her on her feet more.
So that’s where we are. She’s doing well, but delayed from going over to rehab. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes. It's most appreciated.