Black Friday- Weekend

I spent the morning in the recliner looking at all the Black Friday deals and completing my Christmas shopping.  My mom and I decided to go out and hit some of the Black Friday deals.  We weren’t out long…..we went to Menard’s, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Joanns, Home Depot, and Lowe’s.   We didn’t buy much and most of the stores were very quick ins and outs, but it was nice to be out.  We used my handicap placard and the stores weren’t crowded at all.  The main thing I was looking for was yarn to make a scarf and hat for my sister (her request to go with her new jacket my mom is getting her for Christmas).  We also were looking for a new vanity and fan for my house.  I thought there would be Black Friday deals….and I was WRONG!  It was nice to get out, but I was tired and sore when we got home.  I iced while we watched another Hallmark movie.

Saturday was fairly similar.  I needed to run by my house to pick up a package that was delivered.  After that we ran a few errands and then ended up at McAllister’s for lunch.  When we were leaving I was stopped by the lady sitting at the table behind us.  She asked me if I had hip surgery.  I was surprised she actually knew that my brace was for my hip, typically people think I had knee surgery.  I told her I had and she told me she was having hip surgery in December.  As the conversation continued I found out that she is having FAI surgery on her left hip with my surgeon and is seeing my PT too……small world!  We chatted until my hip hurt from standing.  I gave her some tips and reassured her that Dr. Ellis is fantastic and she’ll do great.  She was just happy to see someone walking at 3 two and a half weeks post-op.

By today (Sunday) my hip is sore and swollen.  I have absolutely NO plans, except sitting in the recliner with my ice machine.  I’m also attempting to finish our family calendar, but the Snapfish website keeps crashing on me!


Day 9 & 10- Thanksgiving

The last two days have included many Thanksgiving festivities.  Yesterday (Thanksgiving Eve) started with me in the ice machine.  I am typically the one to do most of the cooking for Thanksgiving, so I knew this year was going to be difficult!  My sister and nephews showed up around 12:30pm and we made lunch.  After lunch it was time to start on the pie baking.  Thanksgiving for our family is only 7 people (my parents, 2 nephews (4 and 18 months), sister & brother-in-law)…..but we made a total of 9 pies.  My nephew really enjoys measuring and stirring, so he likes to help. My sister is the expert pie crust maker (she says it’s the only thing she can do without screwing up), I make the filling, and mom bounces around helping everyone and doing dishes.  We made 2 Kentucky Derby Pies, 2 Pumpkin Pies, 1 Cushaw Pie, 1 Apple Pie, and 1 Chocolate Silk Pie.  Well the pies were baking I worked on making dinner and starting to prep for other side dishes.  After dinner we ate 1 of the Kentucky Derby  Pies for dessert – so we made another one.  My mom and I were up until 1am finishing up pies and prep work.  Although I was sitting a lot with my leg propped up I was on my leg too much and I think I overdid it.

I headed up to bed (my sister was sleeping in the same room with one of my nephews).  I couldn’t get comfortable and my hip hurt so I came downstairs to lay on the couch.  Around 4am I decided I needed my ice machine.  I limped upstairs to get ice and then hung out in the recliner with the ice machines until my 4 yr old nephew came downstairs around 7am.  He cuddled up with me in the recliner and we watched Rusty Rivets until his mom and brother got up.

My mom had put the turkey in and the egg casserole we had prepped the night before. So, once everyone was up we had breakfast.  After breakfast we hung around and played with the boys.  There wasn’t much left to prep except for the stuffing.  When it was time to put the stuffing in the oven I headed upstairs to prepare it and got yelled at….my mom really didn’t want me overdoing it!  She said if I went and prepped it that was the only thing I was doing today.  I’m glad I did because it was the best stuffing we’ve had in years!  Everything got done on time and we ate around 1pm.  We hung out and ate lunch, pie, and then played with the boys.  I didn’t do as much today, but I did end up in the ice machines again for a few hours tonight while watching Christmas Hallmark movies.

We may try and brave the Black Friday shopping tomorrow afternoon after all the crowds have dispersed some…..we’ll see how my hip is feeling tomorrow, but I’m excited for the new Gilmore Girls episodes that come out tomorrow 🙂

1 Week

I can’t believe it’s been one week since my surgery.  Today was my first PT appointment since surgery.  It’s been 3 weeks since I was at the PT office.  I’ve been going to PT regularly for 2 years (and off and one since 2009), so they’ve all become family.  I’ve missed them.  Today was the typical easy PT visits.  Lots of circumduction, prone props, prone knee flexion and lymphatic massage to reduce swelling.  I caught up with all my favorite PT’s.  Then my PT packed me in ice.  Overall my PT was very happy with my gait and overall presentation.  Of all my surgeries (she’s treated me for one other hip surgery and the hernia surgery and her husband treated me for my original hip surgery) I look and feel significantly better this time.  She even asked me how many weeks post-op I am because I look closer to two weeks than one week post-op in her opinion.  I’ll find out from my surgeon next week what they actually did…but for now I am going to say that some of this is related to the arnica montana and staphyagria that I used for the first 24 hrs after surgery to help with surgical wound healing.

After PT my mom and I headed to the grocery store to pick up groceries for Thanksgiving.  I am typically the main cook for Thanksgiving so I am going to need extra help this year from my mom!  The grocery wasn’t as busy as I expected, but I did get a lot of fun looks for my brace and crutches….I even got hit on by an older grandfatherly gentleman.  After the grocery we picked up dinner and headed back to my parents.  And back to the recliner, ice machines, and crocheting for me (I have a deadline on the mittens for my sister’s student…..I told her I’d have them done by Thanksgiving).

Ice Machines

Many people ask if it’s worth it to rent GameReady machines.  I rented one for my first surgery and LOVED it, but it was $350 to rent for 2 weeks.  When my second surgery came around I couldn’t justify the cost again.  I wanted to have an ice machine, but didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg.  So, I started searching online to see what other options were out there.  The one thing that I liked about the GameReady was the compression feature.  In my searching I found the Cothera VPulse Ice Machine.  It is a dual featured ice machine with compression sleeve and the optional calf compression sleeves too.


I started watching a few on Ebay.  I started bidding on a few and finally won a bid for on for $95.  I had to buy the hip sleeve for $70.  So for $165 I have an ice machine with compression.

At my 2 week pre-op appointment for my second surgery I found out that the Hospital  provided an Donjoy Iceman as part of the surgery cost.


I’ve been using them both and it works very well.  I use 8 oz water bottles to fill the Donjoy…it works better than having to continually fill it with ice.

All this to say that there are other options than the GameReady.


It’s been a lot of the same over the last few days.  Ice, Ice Baby!

Friday night my mom picked me up after work and we ventured out for my first time since surgery (except the quick TJ’s visit on Day 1).  We went to dinner and the waitress quizzically interrogated me about my brace and crutches.  She wanted to know what kind of surgery I had.  After dinner we ran to Michael’s to get more yarn for a scarf I was working on.  I was tired after that so we can home and I iced some more.

On Saturday my sister and nephews came up to see me.  I sat at the dining room table and did crafts with my 4 year old nephew for a few hours.  Sitting upright was not the best idea.  They stayed for dinner and after they left I went straight to the recliner to iced while watching a Hallmark Christmas movie with my mom.

Sunday was low key.  Ice, crocheting, NCIS, Hallmark movies, bike/exercises.  All those fun things!!!

POD 2 & 3

Day 2!  I tried to sleep in the recliner so I could use my ice machines overnight, but I just couldn’t do it.  I am a side or stomach sleeper.  I made it until about 2am and then made my way upstairs to my old bedroom.  It wasn’t the best sleep, but it was better than in the recliner.  I woke up around 8am and decided to take a shower.  I wanted a shower so badly!  I am allowed to get my incisions wet….I can’t use any soap or anything on them (just let the water roll over them.  After my shower I made my coffee and made my way back to the recliner to ice and watch tv.  It’s amazing how much better you feel after a shower!!

Pretty boring day.  NCIS Los Angeles and Candy Crush.  I think I’ll start crocheting tomorrow.  I didn’t have the attention span to start today.  I got on the bike for 5 minutes, slow and easy.  I was very stiff, but it felt good.  Currently I’m doing ankle pumps, iso knee, prone on elbows, and glute sets.

Day 3 was more of the same.  Recliner, ice, tv, 5 minutes on bike, exercises.

Post-op Day 1

POD 1 has been unique.  I’m staying at my parents during my recovery, but my gas company is redoing my neighborhoods gas lines and I needed to be at my house to let them in…not the best timing, but if they don’t get in today, then I’ll be without heat in my house.  So, I got up at 6am to pack my beverages, smoothies, lunch, etc.  We left my parents at 7am for my mom to bring me to my house.  I hung out at my house with one of my ice machines until she got off work.  I worked on clearing my DVR so it had room for all that I have scheduled to record.

The surgery center called around 9:30am to check on me and remind me to do my ankle pump, watch for fever/drainage, etc.

Still taking diladid every 4 hours, Tylenol every 8 hrs…throat lozenges for my sore throat….and constant icing!  My neck is very sore from being intubated too!  I remember this from my last 2 hip surgeries and it takes a few days to go away!  I took off my bulky bandage to find that Dr. Ellis only used two holes to do everything!  It’s amazing to me!

My mom picked me up around 5pm.  Since we were down that way  we went to Trader Joe’s.  I was very slow and we were only there a few minutes to pick up a turkey, but I made it.

When I got back to my parents I did “tummy time” and had my dad do pendulums and log rolls.  I’ll try and get on the bike tomorrow for a few minutes.

Pretty uneventful boring day!