Last night I slept longer than I have since the operation. I slept straight from 2 to 6 a.m. and then got more sleep after taking my meds at 6 a.m. Last night I was dozing off while I watched the news and a movie. While the pain prevents good sleep, the meds seem to keep me from staying too awake. I nod off quite frequently.
I was able to save a med in the last day by extending the time for taking meds from four two six hours. For example, I delayed taking my 10 a.m. med until noon. I didn't seem to have too much more pain.
This morning when I woke up I cooked eggs for my breakfast. It is the first time I have cooked since my operation. I supported myself on the kitchen counter while cooking and cleaning up.
Fortunately, the guest bedroom at my son's house is on the main floor, next to the kitchen/dining area. A bathroom with a walkin shower adjoins the hall leading to the bedroom. I use my walker for support when using the toilet and shower.
I was able to undress and dress and take my shower today without help. Except that I still needed my son to put on my socks. I'm now able to raise my "bionic" leg off the floor about a foot and so can put on my boxer shorts and leisure pants. I wear leisure clothes (or exercise clothes) that are loose fitting and I can wear in public.
My feet are dry and cracking so my son rubbed them with lotion. He also helped me with one exercise where I put an elastic cloth around my toe and then stretch. I couldn't quite get the eleastic around my toe. I could get an elastic cloth around my knees. I have six exercises from the physical therapist that take about 20 minutes. Then I elevate my legs and ice my wound. I listened to an audible tape for variety today.
Although I'm getting more flexible, I'm still very stiff and my wound hurts. It stings almost constantly, even when I elevate it.