Update

Today was day 6 of my prednisone taper!!

On Saturday I mowed my lawn….I wanted to curl up in a ball and cry.  After I mowed I was so miserable.  I then went up to my parents to help my mom make my nephews birthday cake.  When we were done I fell asleep on their couch with an ice pack.  I came home ate dinner and chilled on the couch.

Sunday was my nephews birthday party.  I felt a little better.  I think that the prednisone, turmeric, ice, and compression shorts may be helping.

Today was PT.   I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again…I love my PT.  She truly cares.  She has been researching since last week to figure out if there is anything else she can try to help.  She is still mentally planning that I will have to have to have surgery….just because if I don’t that will be a blessing.  She still thinks it’s a 50/50 shot.  She really worked on my QL today and needled a bunch.  She’s thinking outside the box!

I told her I don’t want her to get complacent!!!

More to come….

Debbie Downer

I am having an emotional day!  Typically when ‘something happens’ my PT has time to mentally prepare me before she hits the ‘panic button.’  This time that didn’t happen.  She took one look at me Monday and called my surgeon immediately.  Monday I couldn’t grasp what was going on.  I have been through 5 surgeries in 2 years and I really thought I was close to being done with all this hip drama.

I saw my wonderful surgeon this morning.  He doesn’t know what’s going on, but we have a plan.  He prescribed a steroid taper.  I am to call the office after the steroid taper if the pain hasn’t gone away.  If that happens we’ll do a local injection (I have already had 3 steroid injections into the joint in the last 6 months).  He really tried to improve my outlook, but I’ll be really honest…..I’m panicking!  I have been off 9 months in the last 2 years…..I can’t do this again!  He said that the steroid taper has a 50/50 chance of working.  I’m scared.

My PT worked on me this afternoon.  I was more swollen today than I was Monday….not good! She spent time with me trying to reassure me.  Today was a day that reality hit.  This ‘set-back’ has hit me harder than any of my others!  More than the revision, more than both hernias, more than the right side!  I am so done.  I put my brace, crutches, and ice machines in storage!

More to come when I have news.

6+ months

I’m almost 7 months post-op  from my hip surgery (210 days post hip, 103 post hernia).

I’d been doing fairly well and we’d been progressing slowly until the last 10 days or so.  My PT had been on vacation and today was my first session back with her in two weeks.  She was in one of the clinic rooms with the curtain pulled when I got to the clinic today.  She heard me talking to one of the aides and could tell by the tone of my voice that something was wrong.  She walked out of the room and asked if we needed to hit the panic button.  I just laughed because I didn’t know how she knew!  She just had a feeling.  So she re-evaled me and was concerned.  I was super swollen, had lateral and groin pain with pinching with internal rotation.  She did some soft tissue work and then dry needled.  Then she packed me in ice.  She said that she was going to call my surgeon.

It’s now 8:15pm and she’s left him a message and said she’d email him later this evening after she gets the kids to sleep!

Fingers are crossed nothing happened and I don’t need the dreaded “R” word (revision).

UPDATE: My PT spoke with my surgeon today.  I’m seeing him tomorrow morning at 7:15am!!!

Update

154 days since hip surgery
47 days since hernia repair

I’m behind on my update.  Work has been crazy and I’ve been exhausted by the time I get home.  Last Tuesday I saw Dr. Ruane.  As I said in my last post, my IT band and where it inserts in my knee has really been bothering me.  Dr. Ruane didn’t want to do another injection until I have some time to really rehab my IT issue.  I finally hit 6 weeks last Wednesday, so I can finally start rehabing my hernia, hip, IT, etc.  At PT last Friday I was a mess.  No starting exercises because it took my whole appointment to get me back in place.  I had a large innominate dysfunction.  I took 3 different techniques (5 total attempts) to get my pelvis back in place.  I can’t remember what else was funky, but I know we needled and had a rib out…mostly my typical issues!  After my PT appointment we went to the Zoo!

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Today we resumed two sessions per week.  I started having some pain on my left side yesterday after I mowed the lawn and it concerned me.  At PT this morning we did my exercises and fixed my pelvis/back first before our needling adventures.  My innominate wasn’t as bad today, but it was still there!  Wendy wants me to go back to wearing my brace and doing a self correction every day until we can get me “stiffer.”  Needling-wise  she did my obique, IT, adductor, gluts.  Some on both sides, some on just one side.  We found that my left side is wicked weak (almost more than my right).  So, I have a long rehab road ahead of me!!!

Crazy Week!

I’ve honestly lost track as to where I’m at….luckily I have a counter app on my phone!

146 days since hip surgery (almost 5 months)
39 days since hernia repair (almost 6 weeks)

Last week was intense!  We had the grand opening of our new Cafe AND we had a survey team in….that meant a crazy amount of steps for me!  I worked a few hours on Sunday to try to get ahead, but that didn’t work very well for me because I still took 17,738 steps on Monday.   That was by far the furthest distance since before my surgery in November….if not longer!  I worked long days (mostly 10 hour days) and then had to go in on Saturday for a “Disaster.”  We had a flood from a broken sprinkler head.  It was a MESS!  I ended up going in to help move furniture/equipment in to storage so they could start the remediation.  My week totaled out at 74,248.  My body held up fairly well.  I was exhausted and was back to taking my Tylenol and Tramadol combo.  I took a few hot Epsom salt baths.  I also was in bed very early.  My knee decided to join the party.  At PT Friday, Wendy told me that she wasn’t surprised my knee was bothering me.  Due to my lack of glut med activation, my IT band was compensating.  The IT inserts into the knee in the exact spot that I am having pain.  I’m back to icing…..my knee!  I still don’t have feeling back….but the glue came off! I see Dr. Ruane on Tuesday….hoping he may have some ideas for the IT, glut med, knee issue!  The saga continues!!!!!!!

I’m almost 6 weeks (Wednesday)….so I am clear to start swimming and we can start increasing my “exercises” at PT!  YAY!!!

4 weeks…something magical!

Last week my surgeon told me that there was something magical about 4 weeks and  6 weeks.  It’s not that I didn’t believe him, but I am amazed by the difference a week made.  I’m not saying I am 100%, but the pain is significantly better.  I went from needing regular tramadol and tylenol to nothing almost overnight.  My swelling hasn’t changed….I’m still pretty swollen by the end of the day.  Because of the swelling, I did add back the mobic as an anti-inflammatory.  Luckily the walk to my office doesn’t feel like a marathon anymore, but more like a 5k.  My numbness hasn’t changed…it’s still super weird!

Other than that….I have PT Friday…more for my neck/back than anything else! I don’t start hernia/hip rehab until 6-8 weeks!

Post-op appointments…

Today was a day!  Oh my!!

Today started off fine.  I didn’t have to leave for my appointments until 9:10am so technically I could sleep in, but I woke up at my normal 6:30am.  I stayed in bed until 7:45am and then got ready.  I left on time, but was surprised when I turned my car on, my battery light was on.  I got nervous, but needed to make these appointments.  So, I called my dad and asked him how concerned I should be.  He told me he didn’t know, but asked if I had time to run to their house and swap out with their truck….no and I didn’t have time to go swtich cars with my mom either….so I took my chances.  I drove the hour and 20 minutes without heat or the radio!  I also couldn’t charge my cell phone (which hasn’t been holding a charge). I made it with time to spare to my first appointment with Dr. Ruane as a follow-up to my glut med injection a month ago.  When I got to my appointment my phone was at 55%….knowing that my car wasn’t acting right, I put my phone on ultra power saving mode.

Dr. Ruane is typically on time…..but today (of all days) when I had another appointment at 11:30 am…he wasn’t!  I waited, and waited, and waited….I was getting nervous!  I finally got called back at 11:05am.  I told his MA that I thought I was going to need to reschedule.  I asked her how long it would be until I saw him.  She looked at her watch and apologized.  She told me that Dr. Ruane’s colleagues flight was cancelled last night so he was covering some of his appointments….and she said there was an accident on the highway that caused patients to be late .  She told me that she knew I drive up from Dayton, so she’d get me moved to his next patient so I could get to my appointment with Dr. Leff.  Since I’m still dealing with pain from the hernia and on intermittent pain meds…Dr. Ruane wants me to pay close attention to when the pain from my hip (glut med) and get in to see him before it gets too bad…he said “that sweet spot.” Once I got in to a room, I was in and out in less than 5 minutes.  Luckily my car started (I had planned to walk to my appointment with Dr. Leff if needed….it was less than 1/2 a mile).

I made it to Riverside with plenty of time to spare.  My appointment was at 11:30am.  Dr. Leff’s MA took me back to a room at 11:40am.  She told me that he wasn’t back from surgery yet, but would be there anytime.  Anytime turned in to 12:10pm.  I rushed and panicked for no reason!  Dr. Leff came in and asked me how I was doing….he reminded me of how much I’ve been through over the last 2 years and that things are going to take time to heal….especially since he had to convert to an open procedure.  He checked my incision and had me turn my head and cough.  He was happy with my recover so far.  We discussed my questions and he reassured me that everything I was feeling is normal.  He said that the swelling will last for months and I will need to continue to ice for awhile (and probably start icing at work throughout the day as able).  He said I need to take this recovery slow and focus on my posture when walking and focus on flexibility.  He said I probably wouldn’t start therapy until 8 weeks.  He’d prefer I wait to start swimming until closer to 8 weeks too!

I did get a copy of the op report….I’ll write more on what he actually did later.

I’m tired of being tired all the time.  It’s taken me three days to write this because I kept falling asleep after work.