I am waiting for the other shoe to drop, but so far my recovery is easy. Last time, I was bruised, battered, swollen, and depressed. I had a little bit more of a honeymoon with the pain last time because the nerve block lasted two days, but then on day 3 the pain got so much worse. This time, it hurt right from the start and the pain has let up some now (Wednesday surgery, so I am calling this day 4).
I told myself I wouldn’t have any expectations this time because that is what caused most of my disappointment last time. Several nurses told me I was going to do great because I was so strong right after surgery, but I tried not to hang my hat on that. A couple differences this time: I weigh 9 pounds less and I did a ton of hilly hiking up to my surgery date. Also, my first hip was worse (on x-ray) and because it caused me back pain, I didn’t get as much exercise pre-op with the first hip. Second hip hurt pretty bad, but the pain was mainly isolated to my butt, so I could grit my teeth and trudge on. I am trying not to get too excited—you never know what will happen after a big surgery like this—but so far I am pleased. Sure glad it happened this way—easier experience with the second surgery—than vice versa.