Recovery is going well although I am feeling a bit frustrated at my lack of mobility and independence. It does have its funny moments, though. The other night I was in the washroom and my slippery satin pj pants fell down around my ankles and I could not pick them up, lol! talk about feeling helpless. Of course I did not have my reacher with me; I only take it in when I am going to change clothes. Had to call my husband to come and rescue me.
My 2nd surgery, left hip
I’m now officially a bilat hippy, and boy oh boy am I glad it’s all over! I hope to God I NEVER have to go through another hip surgery again in my life.
I had my surgery Friday morning at 8 AM (Feb. 9, 2007). I tried to get the same anesthetist but had no luck there. I explained to the one I got how what I used last time (spinal-only for surgery, local-anesthetic- only with no narcotics for pain control post op) worked really well for me, and she listened and smiled and agreed. Or so I thought. The spinal did not “take” very well-actually, it took fairly well on the other, non-op side and while it did not hurt (until they got to the staples), I felt EVERYTHING they did; all the drilling, all the movements, tugging, pulling, and so on. She turned the “juice” up once or twice when I told her I could feel it but since she kept telling me it was “normal to feel something during surgery as long as it was not painful”, I just gave up trying to explain that I had not felt ANYTHING last time. I said some prayers and…then it was over. Actually, I felt calm, it didn’t scare me or anything, but I would have preferred to not have felt anything physically and to be as numb as I was the first time. Oh well.
Even though I felt everything while they were working during this surgery, I can barely remember it, it is as if it happened to someone else. (I remember the first one much more clearly). This one feels now as if it was a dream. The doctor who had been in the OR for the first part of the operation with Dr. Smith told me later that I had had (at least) three large cysts and that Dr. Smith had done a bone graft. He implied that if I had not had such an experienced doctor I probably would have ended up with a THR. At least, that is how it sounded to me.
Because of the bone graft, I am on touch-weight bearing for 8 weeks (maybe longer? Not too sure on that, have to ask) on a walker (walking frame).Ugh. I feel as if I could just start in doing all kinds of normal activities, but that’s not to be! The pain this time was much worse for the first 2 days or so and my leg is HUGE; very, very swollen. I did the toes-above-the- nose thing this morning and it helped so will use it again. The afternoon of the op, for some reason, the pain got really bad, and went up to about a 9 on a scale of 0-10. Finally they got it under control, but I have no idea why it was allowed to get so out of control in the first place.
I have 23 staples and my incision is about 6 inches long (the one on my right hip had 18 staples and is 4 inches. I wonder if the reason this one is longer is because they had to do a bone graft?) On about the 2nd day post-op I developed a pressure sore, which hurt more than the incision or hip. It still hurts, but is getting better slowly. They had to bring in a special mattress for me because of it. I also began to get sore elbows and last night woke up feeling like my big toe on the operated foot was rubbed raw with sandpaper. I also had 2 blood transfusions (2 units, transfused one unit at a time)and was given several units of potassium by IV. On a happier note, I feel that this recovery is going much faster than the first, and I don’t have all the fatigue and stuff that I did the first time.
Caroline RC2K 17/07/06 LC2K 09/02/07 Dr. Frank Smith Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Six week checkup
I had my 6 week checkup with Dr. Smith on Monday, March 26, 2007.
I was given permission to start putting 25-30% weight on that leg (I had been on touch-weight- bearing only), which means I can now manage the crutches and go up and down stairs-I can have a SHOWER now, finally!!!!! !!! Yee haw!!!!! lol And even better than the shower is that I can go outside. I LOVE LOVE LOVE being outside, I am not an indoor-type of person, and now it is spring and my bulbs are all coming up…beautiful. So now I can get out on the porch and have my morning coffee and plan my flowerbeds and stuff. <<Bliss!>> I have to continue wearing the TEDS for another month or so, and have to observe the 90 degree rule until my next checkup (he is being so conservative this time around because of my multiple cysts and the bone graft he had to do) plus he said something about having done a reduction (not sure what that is exactly…). I saw my Xrays and this hip is really weird looking, much more vertical than horizontal, with a visibly shallow acetabulum, and he had to put the implant in on somewhat of an unusual angle (looks like a crooked dreidle lol) but he assured me that it was fine. I really believe that if I had had a less-skilled doctor, I would have had a THR on that side. I also asked him about my foot, which is at times varying-and alarming-shades of red and a bit swollen. One walk-in clinic doctor diagnosed me as having “very bad circulation” and said that “it’s not critical YET but you need more tests” and so on and so forth. Quite alarming news for a diabetic to be told, but thankfully Dr. Smith said he believes it is just something to do with a nerve or nerves, is related to the surgery, and should clear up over the next 2-3 months. He also said that I have “a pounding pulse” in that foot (meaning there is nothing wrong with it, it’s good and strong) and that I had gotten “quite a misdiagnosis” from the clinic doc. Thank God! I keep feeling like saying, life doesn’t get any better than this, but I guess it will, won’t it? lol. I’m doing well, and feel great.