It is now June which means I can no longer say that my operation is next month.. it is actually this month! No more months to wait! I still have plenty of unanswered questions about what is to come, even after reading the extensive booklet I was given at my pre op (https://younghipandhorsey.com/2018/05/17/practically-passable-in-every-way/), but proper preparations have started.
Firstly, my lovely boyfriend has started shifting the furniture so that it is more ‘crutch friendly’. When we moved in together we amalgamated most of our furniture but the house isn’t really big enough to cope. Until this week you had to be pretty slim to get past the furniture to the bedroom and the shower room but that clearly wasn’t going to work for me post op. Now the spare room can only be accessed if you are a mouse but the important rooms are far more accessible. We used to have an equal, foot wide passage either side of our bed but the bed is now shifted all the way to one side so he has been practising climbing whilst I have been enjoying the luxury of space!
After the conversations at my pre op about not being able to shower at least for the first day after my operation, hygiene and cleanliness have been at the forefront of my ‘first world problem’ panics. I took a trip to Boots to stock up on the things I think I’m going to want whilst I’m in hospital to help me to try to feel more normal. It felt a little funny buying one of those travel bags of empty bottles to fill for hospital rather than for a holiday. I also got a free gift of travel sized Liz Earle products when I bought my usual products from them – again, perfect for hospital! Two and a half weeks to go and my wash bag is packed – not bad considering these days I tend to take one day at a time.
I also bought a few new, loose dresses. I know that there are tips and tricks as to how to get trousers on – men must do it! I can’t help thinking that in the early stages it might just be easier to wear dresses. As for the funny gadgets to help you put your socks on (that I have seen in my booklet) I feel like if I don’t wear socks for the rest of June and July, it is not the end of the world!
Physically, I’m doing my best effort at my physio exercises and trying to keep my muscles going whilst not knackering myself out completely. I am having varied success with that as I still have nights where the pain completely takes over and I realise I have overdone it in one way or another. It is hard to break the habit of a lifetime! I have started to do a bit of yoga (strictly in house using videos to help me) and of course I am still riding. Not for long, not far and since the pleasure ride (https://younghipandhorsey.com/2018/05/20/pleasure-and-pain/) barely out of a walk! Sometimes I feel like I can’t actually move my leg while I’m riding (not good if you need to put a bit of leg on when your pony sees a monster in the bushes!) Most nights I’m happy just to spend some time with Pea. Apart from the walking required to get to her, that is relatively painless!
At this stage I’m not sure what other preparations I need to make! If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them.