The daring young girl on the trapeze

Rachel uses the "trapeze" to move herself in bed. She has to keep her hips straight and be careful not to harm her new hip joint.

This morning I woke up feeling very tired. I also wanted to scooch down in my bed a bit, but it's really difficult to reposition myself in bed because I have to keep my hips in a straight line, and I'm wearing a big wedge pillow between my legs so I don't pop my new hip joint out of the socket.

Then, a nice man named Joe came in with a cart full of equipment. He had what the docs call a trapeze and he put it up for me over my bed. A trapeze is a kind of strap that hangs off a long rod over my bed. I can grab ahold of it to pull myself up and move around a bit in bed. When Joe was finished putting all the pieces together, I said, "Cool!" I can work on my upper body strength with this thing. I told my mom that we should take a picture and send it to all my friends' moms so they know I'm doing OK.

When my nurse, Sara, and a couple of nursing students changed my sheets this morning, I wanted to use the trapeze, but I was afraid I wouldn't be able to hold myself up for long. But I tried and I was able to move myself and help them. It felt good to be able to do something helpful. Besides, it was fun!

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