Hip Dysplasia

Slow Progress

January 2, 2014

I’m three weeks post-op now and making slow progress.  During week two, I finally managed to be able to pick up my foot to advance it using the walker.  I was thrilled about this, because it didn’t seem to be the norm for PAO patients.  I was worried something was very wrong.  So, I’m able to actually walk with the walker.

During week three, I started being able to get out of bed better on my own and able to shut the recliner with my good leg.  I know this seems silly and paltry, but it means I can be more self sufficient.

As of yesterday, I have been instructed by my home therapist to change my primary mode of transportation from the wheelchair to the walker.  I know I need to — it’s just challenging.  Especially since I go the bathroom every five minutes since I’m trying to drink more water and the bathroom is on the other side of the house.

I am doing more exercises now and generally doing better.  I can sit better without being so cockeyed and I think my hunch is a little better when standing.

I get to stop taking Coumadin in a few days, so I’m hoping that means I can ditch the compression socks and start shaving again! 🙂

I am starting to wean myself off of the pain meds. I started taking only one pill each time instead of two and now I’m taking them every four hours as opposed to every three hours.

The only problem is that I’m in more pain with the added exercises and much more walking.  I think this is normal, but it stinks.

We took our first outing — the babies first and mine since surgery — to my grandparents house.  I did a really stupid thing by forgetting to take my pain meds before leaving and then being gone the whole time without them.  Getting in the car was harder than I thought and the ride was harder than I thought it would be.  And, being at their house was also hard. I had assumed I’d be able to sit comfortably at their house, but I was anything but comfortable.  So, maybe not too many more outings in my future.

Also, night is a whole different story.  I am pretty miserable late in the evening and all night.  I can’t sleep good and it’s really getting to me.  I can only sleep 2-3 hours at a time and then only up to five total.  Then, during the day, I’m tired but can’t sleep.  Oh, to sleep a full night’s sleep…

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