Friday, February 22, 2013

11.5 weeks post op

I have spent the last 2 weeks on "vacation" and then recovering from vacation! I went w my family to Disney World, mostly because my kids really wanted to go, and L had told me over winter vacation, when we didn't go anywhere, that "it was the worst vacation ever". Sorry kid, I was 3 weeks postop and could barely get out of bed!
I rented a scooter and the trip went fine! Now that I am home I am playing catch up with work and life. 
I am still on 2 crutches but can do some walking in the house with 1. I still am very limited with walking with 1 and am feeling discouraged because the progress is super slow. I am also making a few more "public appearances" and am really sick of people saying "oh, you are still on crutches? How much longer do you have to use them?" I wish it was that simple and I could say "I have to use them until Monday and then I will be perfect". I wish I knew how much longer I would need them! I wish I didn't need them anymore!
There is no magic number of weeks on crutches, weeks of not driving, weeks of not working etc. Unless you have had this procedure (or any procedure) you won't get it. If you are an outsider looking in, don't ask "how much longer until...." We don't know. If we knew, we would tell you!
I have started driving more and spent quite a while in the car yesterday. I also ran my first errand. I went to one store and bought one thing. I have to start somewhere!

Monday, February 4, 2013

9 weeks post-op

I can't believe it has been 9 weeks since my surgery. Some days I am shocked at the lack of progress, others I can't believe how far I have come. At 9 weeks I occasionally go a day or 2 without narcotics, other days I need 1 or 2 Dilaudids to get me through the day. I am still in 2 crutches 95% of the time. Occasionally I can walk to the bathroom from my bed with one crutch. Some days even to and from the kitchen. Unfortunately I end up with a lot of groin pain when I do too much single crutch walking. 
My pain these days is mostly groin. Or at least it starts there. If it progresses the greater trochanter starts to hurt, then the entire incision, I have a "hole" from my last surgery at a scope site- that starts to get tender followed by all the muscles surrounding it. If things get really bad the nerve pain comes back. 
I play games and end up losing to pain- I wait and see if I "really" need narcotics and usually I do, and it gets to be too late to actually effectively control it with meds so I end up nauseous and in tears. There is no way a scope was anywhere near this tough bc there is no way I would have agreed to a second....or fourth. 
As far as functioning- I am still mostly home. I drive only if I absolutely have to, and only very, very short distances I have driven a total of 4 times since my surgery. Ice is my best friend, still. 
So, in summary, at 9 weeks post op, life is pretty crappy. I am going away this week to part of out trip will be Disney. Should be interesting. My kids and husband think it will be so fabulous since I will need a wheelchair so they will be able to skip lines. I'd rather stay home!