July 20, 2009
5 days post op today. I am home, getting around on crutches pretty well. I
actually just tried one crutch so I could carry my cup of coffee over to the
computer and did real well! That was exciting.
My surgery went flawlessly according to Dr. Rector. He is awesome. If anyone
in or around Colorado is considering surgery, please look him up. Everybody
I spoke to in the hospital had nothing but great things to say about him.
The nurses and staff at Boulder Community were so nice and caring as well.
And Boulder is a great place to be for your loved ones.
Now begins the healing process. Dr. Rector prescribed a “Game-Ready” machine
to ice and compress my hip and let me tell you – it’s the BEST. You all
should check into it. I use it every couple hours or so. It runs for 30
minutes and makes my hip feel great.
The worst part, I think, so far, is trying to sleep in my bed with the damn
wedgie pillow between my legs, having to stay on my back all night. It’s
almost more comfortable just to stay in the recliner.
I still need a Percocet in the morning and take about two more throughout
the day. I’m looking forward to being able to just take tylenol but I’m not
Dr. Rector has also prescribed in-home PT which will start tomorrow. I’ve
been doing the PT exercises as outlined on my discharge papers. The hardest
thing for me to do is to make my hip flexor muscles work. Trying to lift me
leg up to walk is hard and when doing PT, laying down and lifting that leg
up straight is killer. Anyone experience that?
Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts, and thanks Pat, this site is the
July 21, 2009
Thanks for everyone’s kind thoughts! My husband has been very helpful and
loving, but no one know what this feels like but US!
I spent most of the night last night in the recliner, and the last 2-3 hours
in bed. Not too bad. Except I wake up at 2 am to go to the bathroom, then
can’t get back to sleep. Maybe a Tylenol PM wouldn’t hurt. I’ll have hubby
get me some today.
In home PT starts here in a couple of hours. I wonder what we’ll do. I will
write back and update everyone later.
July 22, 2009
OK – I tried the stomach sleeping thing last night and was terrified that my
leg would turn in while I slept. Scared myself out of staying in this
position and spent the night miserably trying to sleep on my back, finally
getting up and sleeping in the damn recliner again. Everything is going so
great except for this back sleeping nightmare. I have not had a full night’s
sleep in over a week. I’m 7 days post op today.
July 23, 2009
I am 8 days post op. The surgery with Dr. Rector went perfectly. Everyone at
Boulder Community Hospital commented on what a great surgeon he is. The
staff over there is phenomenal as well. I had as pleasant an experience as
I came home from the hospital on a Saturday (my surgery was Wednesday – Dr.
Rector said it was ok to go home on Friday, but it was late and I didn’t
feel like making the 4 hour trip over the mountains that day, so he
authorized another day in the hospital and I went home on Saturday. The trip
was fine by the way. We stopped up in Silverthorne to take a break and
continued on to Grand Junction very comfortably.
I have insurance through Rocky Mountain Health who has their own home health
care department. On Tuesday they sent over a rep, a nice guy named James. He
came over and asked a bunch of questions, watched me walk and gave me tips
on what to do better. (I was hiking my hip – probably I was so used to
limping before I had forgotten how to walk properly.) Then he went over all
the PT exercises that Dr. Rector gave me to do at discharge. He told me what
to work on and corrected any bad form. He will come back next Monday for a
final in home visit and then refer me to outpatient PT. St. Mary’s Life
Center apparently has a top notch PT dept. Full gym, pool etc. so I am
looking forward to that.
Everyday I get better and better. I can walk with one crutch, take a shower
on my own, make myself something to eat, dress, etc. etc.
Good luck to you. Please let me know how you make out.
July 25, 2009
I am now 10 days post op. I’m doing my PT exercises twice a day for about 30
minutes each time. Every day I see improvement. Right after surgery it
seemed like my quad muscles just forgot how to fire. I could not lift my leg
up and started out with a shuffle. What a difference 10 days make!
My incision is still sore, so I’m still taking Percocet, but cut it down to
1/2 a tablet every 6 hours. I take Tylenol PM before bed and finally found a
comfortable back-sleeping position. (The secret seems to be to elevate your
legs using 2 pillows.)
I am going to return to work Monday and am looking forward to not being home
all day. I have a very understanding boss, since he had this same procedure
done about 8 weeks ago!
July 28, 2009
It’s getting better every day! I went back to work (yesterday) at 12 days
post op and I’m back in the swing. I wake up early, do my PT, go to work and
be sure I get up and stretch and walk around a lot, back home for more PT
and finally, rest.
Hope I’m not overdoing – it doesn’t feel like I am. I’ve been discharged
from in-home PT. PT guy said I was amazing and I’m now set up for my first
oupatient PT next week.
August 1, 2009
I really can not believe the progress that I have made in 17 days.
NO pain meds.
Working full time.
Driving to work.
Walking with a cane only.
I’ve increased my PT exercises to two sets of everything at 15 reps.
This week I’m allowed to start stationery biking – can’t wait.
This operation is just amazing. NO hip pain what-so-ever. Slight groin pain
after pt – but that is it!
I AM LOVING LIFE.
August 17, 2009
I am 4 1/2 weeks post op after my surgery with Dr. Rector. I think you will
be very pleased – he is an awesome doctor! Everyone at Boulder Community
commented on what a great surgeon he is.
I am walking mostly unaided – I bring my cane for long distances (and it
came in handy when I went to the Obama Town Hall meeting this weekend in
Grand Junction! I got to sit in the “handicapped” section up front! LOL)
I have progressed to three sets of PT exercises every morning and most
afternoons after work I head to the gym for 30 minutes of cardio –
stationery biking, elliptical or walking on the treadmill. I’ve also added
some leg machines to that every third day or so. It’s amazing how much
better I’m getting so quickly. And NO hip pain at all – NONE! Ever since
surgery day it’s been gone. My surrounding muscles were weakened and that’s
what I am working on strengthening.