The daring young girl on the trapeze

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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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