Every morning doctors Tomford and Steward visit. Dr. Steward checks the wound and changes the dressing every other day. There is a drain in the wound that gently sucks out excess fluids. That is emptied once a day or so.
I walk a short way using a walker. It's exhausting and I get a little light-headed.
The urinary catheter is removed and I have to pee into a little plastic urinal with a handle. Another new experience for me.
Two lessons I didn't learn soon enough:
Another lesson would be to have the surgery on a Tuesday so for most of the visit you are tended by the weekday staff rather than the weekend staff. The disadvantage of that is you would be discharged by the weekend staff.
The food still is uninteresting. I can't eat. One side effect of Percocet is constipation. A suppository produced one small stool.
The IV is removed so I'll have to start eating pretty soon.
My daughter and cousin visit me. I sleep through most of my cousin's visit.
[An update from 2012: I am reviewing this site in preparation for my second hip replacement. One observation I have is to not take the maximum level of painkillers, since they do a number on your digestive system. Perhaps if I had stayed at 1/2 strength rather than full strength, I would have gotten my system back on-line sooner.]