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Being a medical support person

Community Expert ,
Apr 24, 2022 Apr 24, 2022

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Over in Seen Any Good Movies Lately? - Adobe Support Community - 12717801 I mentioned that my wife broke her kneecap and is watching a LOT of Netflix right now

 

She is in physical pain when she is not VERY careful how she moves... and even when she is careful, she has to take a Tylenol 2-3 times a day because even going from bed to bathroom and back is enough movement to cause 'small' pain to add up to being miserable

 

I am also in pain... the mental kind... because I can't FIX her (surgery this coming Tuesday) and when she is upset about what is happening I just have to let her yell at me because she is frustrated

 

Not a good situation... and I hope her surgery goes well and she recovers sooner rather than later... reading online indicates a minimum of 2 months, and maybe as much as 6 months... depending on what the surgeon find when her knee is opened to put the two parts back together

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Apr 24, 2022 Apr 24, 2022

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Sending good vibes for a good recovery!

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Community Expert ,
Apr 25, 2022 Apr 25, 2022

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Very sorry to here you both going through this. Hopefully the surgery will go well, and she will recover quickly, and your house6can return to peace. 

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Apr 25, 2022 Apr 25, 2022

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Right now she is alternating stressing about the surgery, which she knows she must have to put the two pieces together, and hoping that the recovery time after the surgery will be 'short' rather than as long as some reports

 

We don't know, yet, what will be involved by she has been told that physical therapy will be required to 'slowly' work on being able to bend her knee and put full weight on her leg

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Community Expert ,
Apr 25, 2022 Apr 25, 2022

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Best of luck to you both in the days ahead.

 

Her doctor could prescribe a stronger pain reliever.  OTC Tylenol is not very effective except for mild pain.  But her surgeon may not want her on anything that promotes bleeding right now. Consult with her doctors.

 

Pain puts people in a very bad mood.  They say and do things they wouldn't under normal circumstances.  This puts a strain on caregivers. But you must ignore it.  Just be supportive & try to remain cheerful.  Don't let her see you stressing out.  After surgery, there will be good days & bad days. It's best to take each day as it comes.

 

PT is essential.  I did it for 3 months following a leg injury.  It's not always pleasant but it can mean the difference between being mobile or not.  No matter how much she protests, encourage her to go to PT and do the exercises between sessions.  It's really, really important.

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
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Community Expert ,
Apr 25, 2022 Apr 25, 2022

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I hope all goes as well as it can for your wife and you.

 

When she does have the surgery, make sure that she follows the recommendations of the physical therapist - not more than she is told to do and not less.  Communication is important, too, so that the therapist knows the pain level when therapy is administered.  I've had both my hips replaced and credit my physical therapist with my full recovery.

 

Also remind her that although it is difficult to be in pain, each day that passes will bring her closer to recovery. Patience is key, both on her part and yours.

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Community Expert ,
Apr 26, 2022 Apr 26, 2022

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@John T Smith wrote:

I am also in pain... the mental kind... because I can't FIX her (surgery this coming Tuesday) and when she is upset about what is happening I just have to let her yell at me because she is frustrated


 

Is today the "Tuesday" of the surgery? Let us know how it goes John, and I wish her well.

 

I have been in both roles — as a caretaker and as a patient. Neither is easy.

 

No, you can't "fix" her, and she will be in even more pain in the first few days after surgery. All you can do is be there for her. But it's also extremely important that you take care of yourself or you won't be a good caretaker for her. It might mean taking a walk every day or venting with friends, but another option is to find a support group for caretakers so you can talk to others who are going through the same thing at the same time. If you can't find one, you might look for a couple of sessions with a trained counselor. It might only take one or two times and can probably be done online.

 

Wishing you the best,

Jane

 

 

 

 

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Apr 26, 2022 Apr 26, 2022

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Today was surgery, now home again and she is sleeping... VERY tired, which may be 'sleepy drug' residual

 

She is on STRICT bed rest for 3 days with her leg on a pillow... only allowed out for bathroom... at least she has Netflix where she is staying on the 1st floor

 

An array of pills, each with a different time requirement, so I made a spreadsheet (with gridlines) to write down the time each pill was taken... from now through next Monday, and then start over if needed

 

I'm resting while she is sleeping... nobody else allowed here while she is more vulnerable to any illness someone might have... Kaiser has VERY strict limit on who could be there, and I was told to go away and wait as soon as she was wheeled from the waiting area to the preparation room

 

Supposed to get a call in 2-3 days about physical therapy... but NO knee bending for now

 

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Apr 26, 2022 Apr 26, 2022

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I'm glad to hear the surgery went well John and I hope her recovery is speedy! 😊

 

Jane

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Apr 27, 2022 Apr 27, 2022

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Best wishes to your wife and her speedy and full recovery.


Rob R, Photographer

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Apr 29, 2022 Apr 29, 2022

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Friday after Tuesday surgery and she is still wearing a 'locked' leg brace so she doesn't bend her knee but she is doing much better... using her walker to get out of bed, and even sat on a chair in the living room for about 20 minutes to watch TV, then back to bed because sitting was not very comfortable

 

She starts Physical Therapy May 10 which I am sure is not going to be pleasant

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Apr 29, 2022 Apr 29, 2022

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The 'water mainfold' instructions said to use circulating ice water for 2-3 days to reduce swelling... so it is now out and in storage (comes with a one gallon container for water & ice and a small pump)

 

With the manifold removed she is to use her walker for exercise (still straight leg with brace)

 

We have a central 'core' in our house so you can walk a complete circle around the core... she made one lap through the rooms and had to go back to bed to rest... leg is tired but no 'major' pain from her lap around the house

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May 03, 2022 May 03, 2022

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I'm glad to read the surgery went well. 
Sending my best wishes to both of you!

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