Yesterday I got out of bed for the first time and, despite being brightly branded as a FALL RISK, did very well! The first time up with the physical therapist I used a walker and was able to walk about 20 yards down a hallway, turn and come back. It wasn’t too difficult, but I definitely see why they want someone here with you when you are starting out. Even though you are fully aware that your leg is gone, it still feels like it is there and you can support yourself with it! The physical therapist was impressed with what I was able to do my first time out of bed and said I was well beyond where he was hoping I would be, which was good news.
The only blip from this first round of walking was the pain was pretty excruciating. They took my blood pressure after I got back and was sitting in a chair in my room and it was something like 190/110! I have never seen the bottom number get up to 90 before, let alone break 100! I got back in bed after that and sat there for a minute before throwing up in the nausea bucket. I’m not sure if the nausea was caused from the stress of walking or from the pain meds, but I felt a lot better afterwards.
Later the occupational therapist came by and watched me walk with the walker and said she was happy with my progress so far as well. After that the physical therapist came by one more time with forearm crutches for me to try. I did ok with them, but they were significantly more difficult than moving with the walker. I think regular crutches would be easier than the forearm ones and we might give those a try today.
I am sharing a room with a guy from Staten Island who had a knee replacement and we’ve gotten along well. We had the curtains open and everyone talking across groups which was fun. Apparently we had 17 people hanging out in the room at one point, all laughing and having a good time.
Dr. Rapp’s resident came by at 6am this morning and woke me up to ask how physical therapy went yesterday and if I thought I was ready to go home today. Needless to say, I was pretty groggy. I told him let’s see how it goes today and decide after that. I don’t want to push myself too hard and throw up everywhere if that was the cause of my sickness yesterday! Either way I don’t expect I’ll be in the hospital longer than tomorrow at the latest.