March 17, 2011

I am scheduled for a BHR at NYU hospital for joint disease on March 25th. My Doctor is Justin Lamont. I am experiencing typical anxiety about the actual operation but am even more anxious about whether I should be doing this at all. I do have days of great pain but do function relatively normally. I can still exercise low impact (1 1/2 hr on elliptical and weightlifting) so I just want to be sure I am making the right decision.

March 26, 2011

Got my new hip yesterday at7am. Lying in hospital bed now. Mucho Paino but a great feeling of satisfaction.... All is well.

Great website made the decision so much easier.

March 29, 2011

It was definitively the most painful experience of my life. Barely made it. I can tell you I did not go far just across the room and into a chair. Hindsight being 20-20' I would probably recommend a day of rest first. The reason I say this is because the next 48 hrs, for me at least, make a world of difference. No one considering this procedure should be under the allusion it is easy. It is a tough operation and you need to be prepared for the pain.
For me, the worst night was Saturday, the pain was constant out of control and it took the hospital a while to figure out the right meds to get it under control. Saturday night I was questioning my sanity of getting this done. Now, no doubts!

I am on crutches for 1 month per my doctors Orders. I could see where if you feel It, you would try to walk without support. To my mind Drs word is law. I am waiting to leave the hospital right now and am looking forward to being home. I am adopting a doctrine of patience which is completely against my nature. I want to give my body the time and conditions to heal.

My doctor stopped by this morning to check in and again assured me everything I am experiencing is normal and the procedure went extremely well. I guess I could not ask for more.

April 10, 2011

I signed on today to give a two week post op report and saw your 3 week, perfect timing. I am at 2 weeks 2 days post op. I have been on a walker for most of the last two weeks and also rented a wheelchair just to lounge around my living room. over the last 4 or so days I started using elbow crutches and went out for a walk around the block yesterday (first time outside in two weeks), it was tough but gratifying. I am regaining a little more strength every day and at certain moments feel like I could start dancing! On the pain side I steel feel a fair amount. I feel it at the incision and I still get muscular discomfort at night. I think that comes mostly from being so still on my back. I am still taking painkillers at night as they just help me sleep and sometimes during the day if I feel I need them. I am staying very consistent with my exercises and I think that is helping alot. I for one had quite a bit of swelling in my thigh for the first 7 days after the operation that swelling then went to my foot and is now finally gone. At his point I am still sleeping on my back and it is driving me nutty. Just last night the inevitable happened; half asleep I forgot I was a surface hippy, and flung myself onto my side, woops! A little painful but not too bad. I am hoping, like you I will be able to sleep in my old favorite positions at 3 weeks.

On the mental side of things I can relate to all of what you say. This is a long tough slog! the key word to my mind is PATIENCE, PATIENCE, PATIENCE!!! (OK 3 words). I really believe the key to this is careful and thoughtful recovery. This is all going to pay off in the end.  As far as doing all those things you said you would do while recovering, don't sweat them. I said the same things and I thing the only thing I have really acheived is a record amount of scratching my nuts.
Don't be hard on yourself over this issue. The only thing you need to achieve right now is HEALING. If you accomplish that you have accomplished all you need to during this period of time. Be a friend to yourself and don't worry about it. I can say however my Call of Duty skills have improved greatly, yippee!

Anyway that's my report. It feels great to share this experience, it really makes a difference for me. Feel good hipnhop, better times are coming!

April 13, 2011

19 days post-op and I am just now being able to sleep on my side for short periods of time. What a relief! The key for me is putting pillows between my legs to keep the legs straight and evenly spaced from hip to toe. Although you gain strength every day precaution seems to be the better part of valor.

May 18, 2011

I just wanted to mention that I have been exercising in my pool. I don't ,know if there is any research on this but I can't imagine a better, safer way to rebuild the muscles without over stressing (word?) the prosthesis. My exercise includes simply walking in circles in the 5' deep area against the resistance of the water.

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