Because of avascular necrosis, I had anterior surgery on right hip Wednesday December 12 with spinal anesthetic. I awoke in recovery with a major neck-ache and hallucinations like kaleidoscopes. Up in my room, everything sparkled, and my son was sitting facing me, and it was like a gossamer fabric between us. When I closed my eyes, I saw faces. One was sort of scary-looking, so I blinked and changed to a more pleasant one. It really let me know what a highly visual person might experience. I walked down the hall with the walker and noticed the surgery had left me with a much longer leg. (It has gotten better. At PT this week, it was measured to be 1 cm longer. Since the arch of my foot is still higher from the swelling, maybe when it flattens a little bit, that will make it closer. My doc said to give it six months.) I went home the next day on the 13th. I had to get the final semester grades in, so the next day sat at my table with my laptop and checked to see if any students had turned in late assignments and then worked on final grades and got them submitted on time. That felt like a relief – now I was off work until mid-January. I had oxycontin but it made me sick, so I just stuck with the high-strength Tylenol. Thus I didn’t experience any oxycontin side effects from then on. I had to give myself the Lovenox shot every day for two weeks, which made little bruises on my stomach. I found it was better to sit down to give the injection, and I did so every day at 8:30 a.m. It was fairly painless. I kept a tally of when I took the drugs so I could easily tell how long between painkillers. The first week, I could sleep only two hours at a time. I found three places to sleep – my bed, my recliner chair, and my sofa, but I didn’t use the sofa at first because it is low until well into the second week. I would get up and walk around between sleeps. I could feel my body was recovering from the shock of the surgery, but I was surprised that sleep was so seldom. I read two books, one for a book group scheduled for mid-January. I binge-watched Dead Like Me on Hulu or Netflix, not sure which one. I also binge-watched Gas Corner on Amazon Prime. Add to this some episodes of Cutthroat Kitchen and Nailed It. As you can see, I’ve been more on the comedic end. I’m sure I slept through a few episodes, dozing on in my recliner. I listen to This American Life archive, too. On about the fifth day, I woke up with a red foot. So I had to go for a scan to see if it was a blood clot. Fortunately, veins looked good. My doc recommended wearing a compressive stocking, so I ordered a pair. But when I tried to get one on with the sock thing, I couldn’t get it on, so I did not wear it for a couple weeks. But I did also order a leg-raise pillow so I began sleep with my feet upraised. Now I can get the sock on. I have a varicose vein, so maybe that is the cause of the red foot. I found it hurt the groin area a lot to lift my leg, but the leg-lifter tool was great. Before surgery, I had bought the kit that included it, the sock thing, the clipper, and a hook. I recommend the kit – it just makes things easier at first. Now it’s doing well. Between sleeps, I would do the PT exercises. Now I sleep about 4 hours at once. And then I can go back to sleep for a few more hours. I've noticed that when the swelling goes down, the pain goes up. At first my leg was swollen a third or so bigger than its normal size. As the swelling went down, pale-looking bruises appeared down my thigh and calf, around my knee. Even my shin has been sore. Now at four weeks, I do still have that pain. My calf feels like I’ve been running. My doc said he keeps patients on the walker for three weeks. So I used it even though it didn't seem necessary. However, I did not take it outside because it jolted on every bump, which felt dangerous. Last week, I switched to a cane, but I don't really need it, so I don't use it inside. I do take the cane with me when I go out. I’ve been walking eight blocks. I fortunately live in an good city walking area, and there are a lot of people out running, walking their dogs, or pushing baby strollers. I started driving last weekend. My doc said I could do so any time after the second week, but I waited a bit because my car is low. When I got in, I was able to left my leg in, and it was fine. What a relief. Freeing. My outside hip is still numb, but at last, today, some of the numbness is gone along with swelling. So it hurts. Kind of stinging ache. It likes to be stroked lightly. There is still numbness just below the incision. I also observe that at the top of the incision is a bump. I’m wondering if I should start massaging this. We’ve got a snowstorm going now, so I just cancelled my PT for this afternoon. But I will continue to do the exercises and will attend next week. It is 60 stairs up to my fifth floor apartment, but I have not done the stairs yet. It freaks me out a little to look down the 15-step flight, but I know I will do it soon. My on-campus classes begin in two weeks, and I'm confident that it will be a smooth process. Now to update my syllabus. A bit of an overview of the last four weeks, eh?