Surgery on Wednesday - recovery tips?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 02, 2012 at 9:48 PM

On June 25th, I was hit by drunk driver. I was wearing my seat belt, but I was severely injured.

I am out of the neck brace; out of the long arm cast; slowly recovering from traumatic brain injury (I still can't always tell when my husband is being sarcastic, but it's getting better)

and Wed. AM I will be having major reconstruction of my right hip and femur (I am inexplicably walking on it right now, albeit with a limp and out-turned foot, but walking somehow- I do have a insane pain tolerance)

They'll be putting in roughly 8 anchors, shaving down the femur and socket, releasing some muscles, cleaning out bone fragments, and possibly putting in a rod. hopefully, they can do it all in one surgery.

My surgeon is a badass. My Orthopedic group are rockstars of the bone-sawing world. So I know i'm in good hands.

I have my bone broth simmering, my fish oil and my vitamin D are on hold until the morning after (drs orders) but I'm wondering what else I should be doing/taking (arnica?) to promote healing.




on September 03, 2012
at 04:13 AM

I would add probiotics and magnesium to the mix.



on September 03, 2012
at 12:24 AM

You sound like a rock star! Your attitude is fantastic and that will go a long way in your healing. I'd definitely add probiotics to the mix to help with the effects the antibiotics may have on your system and get lots of rest.

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on September 02, 2012
at 10:28 PM

I don't have anything to say other than to wish you the best. I've worked in several brain injury rehabilitation centers and have some idea how difficult recovery can be. Sounds like you're doing a lot right and it may be giving you some significant advantages over those who eat a crappy Western industrial diet.


on September 03, 2012
at 02:10 AM

I know from experience that many of the pain killers post-surgery can be really hard on your stomach. Fresh ginger tea, or ginger in a smoothie, may me good to help with post-surgical nausea.

Good luck, and heal quickly!

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