17th Day of Recovery

I woke up in pain. I elevated my feet last night and I guess I should not have stayed elevated the whole night. My back hurts and my leg hurts. My leg was stiff.

I got a call from the hospital this morning. Physical therapy now is too early, which I knew it was. I’ll find out more about if I’ll have physical therapy at my 6 week post-op appointment with the doctor.

Other than that their is nothing new.

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16th Day of Recovery and 2 week Post-op Appointment

Today is the first day I slept in to about 10 am. Today I think is a good day. My 2 week Post-op appointment is today at 2:30. I’m about ready to get these staples out.

Another first, is I was able to get into the shower by myself. I got up and my mom was in the kitchen and didn’t notice. Its a tub and I have a shower chair. I used my walker and got into the seat and swung my legs over into the tub all by myself. After I got started showering, my mother came over and said how did you get in there by yourself? Why didn’t you call me? She still is concerned and thinks I should not do anything. I was able to cut my dog’s toe nails last night. Sitting down of course with her on my bathroom counter. Shes a chihuahua. My mom was upset I did that, but its good to be mobile and do things at this stage.

I can move my operated leg almost without me holding it. I still have to hold it, but not completely.

My mom added a cushion to my walker’s handles. I hope it helps. I will be using my walker and not my crutches. Today will be my first official day out of the house. I don’t count the first day home. I wonder how many people will stare at me using my walker? Below is a picture of me about to head out for my post-op appointment. My feet were too swollen for almost all my shoes. The only ones that fit are a pair of ugly brown crocs I have. I hope the swelling goes down before school starts on the 14th.

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Above, are my hip X-rays taken a day after my RPAO surgery. I got these today when I went for my 2 week post-op appt. She took the staples out and everything is good. She is going to ask the doctor about physical therapy and I’ll find out about that. She told me I could use vitamen e on the incision later at about 6 weeks, after I see the doctor for my post-op then. For now, nothing on the incision. It actually hurt when she took the staples out. Mostly on the lower part of the incision. She put on steristrips and taped a bandage over it. The bandage is just supposed to stay on until I get home. I guess they can’t let patients leave without one. The steristrips will come off in a week. Just for precaution, they are there.

My left hip almost did not make the trip because its giving out of me because its holding all my weight. I made it though. I did not use a wheelchair at the hospital because I felt I could use my walker. People sure like to stare at a young person using a walker. I even had a lesbian couple say to me in the elevator that its hard, isn’t it. I told them, yes it is. I also told them, its better than crutches. They told me I was doing well at 2 weeks post-op. They were just curious. I can’t believe I got 5 pins. I was expecting 3 or 4.

15th day of Recovery on NEW YEARS!

My mom last night said to me at midnight, to become healthy for 2013. Don’t I wish I could become healthy and normal. My 2 week follow-up is tomorrow and I get the staples taken out.

I feel kind of crappy. Not fully crappy but just at the brink of crappy. I experimented with crushes yesterday to give my hands a break from the walker. Their normal under arm crutches but are not so hard on my hands. My carpel tunnel was killing me. This morning, I tried to use the crutches again and my underarms hurt so bad, I almost collapsed trying to use them. My left armpit is especially painful. Well, there goes my plan to use them. Someone mentioned getting crutches that attach to your forearms, but I can’t go out and get anything like that right now.

My mom had to pay for the shower chair which was 40 dollars and I’m not going to ask her to pay for anything else. My walker was paid by insurance but my insurance will not pay for anything new. I have a maximum allowed and I have used it all with this surgery. I’m just glad I was able to have this surgery done. I have a complicated insurance. My mom will be adding cushion to the crutches and walker and I hope it will help.

My left hip is getting weaker and giving out on me, because its a bad hip too, and I’ve been putting all my weight on it. I don’t think it can take much more but I have many more weeks to go before I can put weight on my right hip.