Response to csziggy (Reply #31)
Sun Mar 4, 2012, 07:17 PM
CaliforniaPeggy (120,635 posts)
32. Rehab is not really a terrible thing.
I guess I thought it was going to be brutal, but it isn't.
While I was in the hospital, the PT folks would come around a couple of times daily and we would take me for a gentle walk, plus do some exercises in the bed. I found myself enjoying it.
And now that I'm home, the young man comes 3 times a week, and we work my leg about 30 minutes each time. He only pushes me a little, and I seem willing to push myself too. I am motivated, and I really want to get better as quickly as I can!
In the hospital, I didn't have much energy for too many other things, although this did change over time as I felt better. I had my blackberry for surfing the net and that was enough. I hadn't taken any books or other things to play with. Remember you will be recovering from a very major surgery and your energy will be going into helping you recover from that. I suspect you will be too tired to want to play with extra toys. I know I was.
I would talk to the admitting folks at the hospital about what sort of things to take. I was pre-admitted, and had a list. The hospitals generally have shampoo and that sort of thing, but they recommended that I bring my own toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, lip gloss and deodorant, which I did. I would suggest that you bring anything you cannot do without! I always say: Better to have and not need, than to need and not have.
I hope this helps!
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