Sorry I've been so non-communicative.
1. I am fine.
2. Recuperating is a full-time job.
3. I spend a good amount of time therapizing, walking from room to room, going to the bathroom, and icing my hip, leg and butt.
4. I'm not sure the reason, but my attention span is as short as my memory so it's hard to remember to do things.
5. Also hard to complete things.
6. Getting a hip replacement hurts.
7. People who say it is a piece of cake are lying.
8. It's not awful. Because you have hope. Lot's of hope.
9. Every hour, every day, you get a little better. You can tell.
10. A picture for you. This very long metal piece is now pounded into my femur. The ball on the end goes into a metal socket lined with a thick layer of hard plastic. Sorry I didn't get a pic of the socket. It's pretty cool.
11. Inside me, the whole thing looks like this:
12. Pretty cool, huh?
13. So parts of two bones are cut off, two gluteal muscles (butt muscles) are cut, a couple of ligaments are removed from the bone and reattached, and I can't remember what else.
14. Basically, when they do all this stuff your muscles have to re-learn how to move. That's not hard. Just painful.
15. I had a little problem with nausea for three days. I feel sorry for the people in my therapy classes. "keep doing your exercises please. don't worry about Karen. she's just vomiting her head off. we'll get her out of here as soon as she can walk."
16. There are two approaches for hip replacement - anterior and posterior. My surgeon uses posterior. It's more like side approach. If you stand up, hang your hands at your side and pat the top of your thigh, where the base pad of your hand hits is where the scar begins. It moves at an angle up towards the upper butt. My scar is 9 inches long.
17. When you first look back at your scar it is quite alarming. When your husband first looks at your scar he is alarmed. When your friend first looks at your scar she jumps back and says "OH MY!"
18. You wear the staples holding your butt together for 2 weeks. The whole time you have them you see them like major industrial hardware.
|What your staples look like and feel like while they are in your body.|
19. When you get your staples out you are apprehensive because you are just a little afraid that your butt is going to come apart and you will be able to see inside...
20. When you get your staples out it only hurts a very little bit - just a tiny little sting with each of them.
21. When you get your staples out you are completely astounded at how very small they are. It is unbelievable how small they are. And that they kept you together.
|What your staples ACTUALLY look like. The little v in the middle is where the remover bends them to pull them out of your skin.|
23. The most painful part? When I lay on my back with my leg extended flat and bend my knee and slide the heal up towards my butt. That still hurts. Not as bad but it still hurts.
24. This is what my couch looks like pretty much 24/7. I mostly lay on my side with one of the back pillows between my legs. Or I lay in a V with my head on one pillow and my legs on the other. I can't actually SIT on the couch because it puts me in a position that I'm not allowed yet.
25. I'm still using a walker and have lots of restricted motion. My left leg can only be moved forward and backward. No lateral - no crossing the mid-line and no abduction (lifting away to the side of the body). That will come soon enough. I also can't bend at the hip beyond 90 degrees. That means no touching my toes.
26. I'm pretty sure that I get to graduate to a cane on Monday. Nothing could make me happier. NOTHING.
27. The stack of books I so diligently prepared for my recovery time sits mostly unread. I did read most of Room - the 1st quarter and the last half - and found the story to be pretty fascinating. I get really uncomfortable and restless every night about 8:30 so I go to bed and read stuff on my phone. I should probably use that time to read books instead. We'll see.
28. In case you were wondering how you shave the bottom half of your leg when you can't bend more than 90 degrees.
29. I haven't figured out a way to clip my toenails yet.
I hope the last month has been good for you. I've missed hearing from you and I appreciate that some of you cared enough to check on me. Now that I know I can sit in one place long enough to do a blog post I should be in your mailbox more often.
Thanks for listening!