Husband's foot hasn't been put in plaster as we'd thought it would be, it's heavily bandaged and padded, he's been given a big shoe thing with Velcro straps for when he has to stand up. But no crutches....Yet he was told not to put any pressure on the foot for 2 weeks. So how is he supposed to go to the bathroom or move around from room to room, go up and down stairs, have a shower (it's an over the bath one, not a cubicle) without putting any weight on that foot? We don't have a downstairs loo, only upstairs. He can't move around without holding onto something - he's almost 70, unsteady on his feet at the best of times, and not skinny! So I've ordered him some crutches, they'll be delivered tomorrow. In the meantime, I was going to borrow a Zimmer frame for him from a neighbour whose husband used it before he died....unfortunately, she's gone to stay with her son for a few days so I can't. Ridiculous not to give him crutches, how on earth did they think he/we would manage?
I've been up and down stairs so many times (he stayed in bed yesterday) - what with that, walking the dog 2x daily, doing all the housework (minimal I have to say!), cooking, washing up, washing, taking rubbish out, sorting his bedroom out which looks like a bomb's hit it, he's so untidy, I will lose stones without even trying. And I am totally knackered. Just trying to keep up with giving him pain meds 4x daily, along with the 8 or 10 normal heart etc meds he takes every day, wears me out...He's so forgetful, I have to do everything for him, it's like having a demanding child. Not that he demands anything, he doesn't, he is aware how helpless he is without me. I'm just so tired.
He's got to go back to hospital in a fortnight to have the bandages taken off and renewed, the consultant will check his foot then and decide on the next steps....whether/when to start physiotherapy. Although now we're back in lockdown I can't see how he will be going for the weekly physio sessions for 6 weeks that was originally mentioned.
He says if he knew how painful his foot would be and how difficult it would make everything, he wouldn't have had the op. Well, I'd guessed it would be, I don't know why he thought it would be a breeze. At least he won't be in daily pain like he was before the op, once he's recovered.
He's a very difficult patient and I'm not cut out to be a nurse. Sorry to moan, but I'm so totally knackered, physically and emotionally.