I'm hoping I can get some ideas from you experienced ortho nurses....
I'm having an open dislocation hip surgery next month, and I live in a split-level house (need to climb stairs to get in the house). I'll be anything from 0 to 50% weight-bearing for a while, and I tried crutching on the stairs already and totally can't do it (they're steep and very narrow). I've been looking online for some kind of tools- temporary stairway handrails, steep temporary ramps, etc.- but haven't found anything that (a) would work, and/or (b) isn't prohibitively expensive.
I also have 2 dachshunds that go out on-leash, and I'm not allowed to put in underground fencing (rental property), and can't get to the door to let them in the yard anyway. I do have a 2nd story deck in the back and the door is on the main level of the house. I'm thinking of putting a gate on the deck to block the stairs and laying down some piddle pads for the dogs to let them do their business there.
Anyway- I can't come up with any other ideas to deal with the dogs, or for me getting in and out of the house. My husband works 12 hour shifts in a locked-down military facility and I won't be able to reach him easily, and he's not been given any time off to help me, so I'm going to be on my own for half of several days each week. We just moved to this town and live in a pretty remote area with few neighbors.
I know I'll have PT, OT, nurses and case managers looking after me, but I'd love some suggestions for what I can put in place now, in case I need to order something. Plus, I like to be well-prepared, probably to a fault.
Any suggestions, or places online I should look for ideas and/or tools? I'm much more nervous about safety at home afterward than I am about the surgery itself. I'd like to avoid spending a week in rehab, if possible- the hospital is 2 hours from home and I won't see my husband at all if I'm stuck there.