I am 36 days away from the first PAO and I decided to take the plunge and make my first purchase of durable medical equipment. Yes, I promise, this was as uninteresting as it sounds.
Following the surgery I need a lot of ‘aids’ to help me around the house and, you know, to move and live and stuff. These aids include (but are not limited to): a shower seat, a gripper (to pick things up from the floor), a raised toilet seat, a wheelchair or walker and crutches. I will get my compression stockings (hot!) while in the hospital and will wear them for 3 weeks following surgery.
I have decided to start with a wheelchair after the procedure. I figure it will be my safest bet in case it is slippery after the surgery. I really don’t want a situation where I have to walk a long distance or accidentally fall after the surgery. I may change my mind after I have it and switch it out for a walker. I am 35 years old and may need to use a walker. This is so screwed up!
As to the crutches, I have decided to go with the Millenial Crutches. They are supposed to be better for long-term usage and since I will have to use them at a minimum for 6 weeks after each surgery, and likely longer, I had better find something that I like and am comfortable with.
I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s the cold, or the fact that it’s November, but I think I am starting to get a little worried. I feel like it is something that is or should be happening to someone else, but certainly not to me. And yet it is. It just feels weird and sorta creepy. I really want this all to be behind me. Partly I just want someone to understand how hard I fear this is going to be. What if it is TERRIBLE and then, 4 months later, i get to do it again? What if I can’t get back to my life for so long that things get screwed up. I am starting to play the ‘what if’ game and it’s rough. I know I shouldn’t but I can’t stop it.
I’ve never had a broken bone — I don’t understand.